The month of January was highlighted by the news of new features coming to Instagram in 2019. The social network is preparing a package of news to expand the possibilities of Stories and new stickers for editing images and videos. The new tools of the social network drew the attention of TechTudo readers and the article ranks first among the subjects of the Software editor.
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The period was also marked by advances that produced bizarre technologies, such as the evolution of deepfakes, the use of augmented reality and other strange products, which are already assimilated, such as ordering races on Uber. In addition, the fall of the Xiaomi website was highlighted due to searches related to Coronavrus and safe ways to share images on the web. Check the following list of the ten most read articles in the Software TechTudo in January.
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1. Six functions expected for Instagram in 2020
Most anticipated funes for Instagram in 2020 Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo
Instagram often brings new features. In 2020, it seems, it will not be different. According to engineer Jane Manchun Wong, who is famous for anticipating social network updates, the app team is working on new camera modes, smart lists and augmented reality effects.
Users, in turn, eagerly await the news of the tool. With that in mind, we have prepared a list of the six most awaited Instagram updates for 2020. Among the possibilities highlighted by Wong, are the "Poses" mode that simulates an old photo booth. Other possible features are the suggested photo mode and event stickers.
2. Six bizarre technological things from the past decade
Scientists work to fight deepfakes Photo: Reproduo / Discover Magazine
In January, we looked back at the six most bizarre technological things of the past decade. Technological advancement has provided great surprises in innovative devices and systems. However, certain inventions can cause initial estrangement, as in the cases of virtual assistants who talk to the user, video montages in the deepfake style and the use of augmented reality to view virtual effects – as in the case of the Pokmon Go game.
Other technologies, however, were quickly assimilated by the population of large cities, such as ordering cars using mobile applications. Following this compass, we have the advance of virtual currencies, as in the case of bitcoin. The current scenario is that there are more than 16 million in circulation, all of this, based on software that performs encrypted calculations that can guarantee more security against hackers.
3. Coronavrus causes Xiaomi store to go offline
Coronavrus: Xiaomi store goes down after high demand for surgical masks Photo: Reproduo / Xiaomi Youpin
Fear of the new Coronavirus has caused Chinese to expand their search for surgical masks. With that, Xiaomi's online store, called Youpin, was one of the main sites accessed in the country for marketing the health item. After e-commerce started advertising with lots of masks, the site got a great flow of access, culminating in the server overload that caused the site to crash for a few minutes.
In addition to offering the masks on sale, the Chinese giant made a donation of 300,000 yuan (about R $ 182,000 in direct conversion). The material was sent to quarantined regions, such as the city of Wuhan, which was the epicenter of the Coronavirus epidemic.
4. Five ways to share private photos from your PC
Five ways to share photos anonymously on the computer Photo: Reproduo / Helito Bijora
Sharing photos over the Internet is a procedure that requires certain care so that personal files are intercepted by malicious people. With that in mind, we have prepared a list of five ways to share where privacy is guaranteed. For this purpose, we highlight famous platforms such as Google Photos, WeTransfer, Flickr and Dropbox. All have features that allow users to offer viewing and downloading images to authorized persons only.
Closing the list, it is a service that is not very well known, but equally effective. Smash allows you to send heavy images for free without registering. The platform also does not impose an upload limit, as it happens with its main competitors.
5. Seven curiosities about Instagram
To make Instagram Stories colorful, just use hashtags commemorating the month of LGBTQ pride + Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo
Another highlight of the month was the article with seven curiosities about Instagram, which includes everything from the co-creation by the Brazilian Mike Krieger to the sale of the social network to Facebook. The photo sharing platform has Brazil as one of its main markets. In 2019, Instagram had 72 million Brazilian profiles, which made our country the third with the largest number of users.
In addition, many users have used the network to flirt, but differently from what happens in Tinder. The tanned features in old photos and the possibility of starting a private chat has been attracting the attention of people looking for new "matches". The list closes the great popularity of Stories, profiles dedicated to studies and the information that the network can be harmful to the users' mental health.
6. Ten little-known Instagram functions
The ten little-known functions of Instagram were featured in the month of January Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo
Even though it is one of the most used social networks in the world, Instagram can reserve some secrets for users. The platform, in its versions for iPhone (iOS) and Android, brings a series of little explored features, such as options to silence people, name tags, the possibility of following hashtags and logging multiple accounts in the same application.
There are features that can even help people improve the quality of their photos, such as the platform to find new filters to use in Stories. Thinking about these possibilities, we prepared a list with the ten resources little explored by Instagram users.
7. Site to find partners for exchanging couples
Tutorial shows how to use the Swapfinder website to find partners to exchange couples Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo
The Swapfinder website, which offers free option and exclusive version for subscribers, was developed for swingers. When creating an account on the website, you can use internal resources to find people nearby, view live video streams, chat and make appointments. The site also has discussion groups and options for premium users that allow, among other things, access the full profile of other members and view visits to the profile.
8. Exclusive features of Gmail rivals
Exclusive features of Gmail rivals draw attention in January Photo: Divulgao / Google
Over the years, Gmail has established itself with one of the leading email managers on the web, but its main rivals continue to launch exclusive features and attract the attention of more demanding users. This is the case with Outlook, which has been enhanced by Microsoft to offer tools such as a calendar, integrated contact calendars and a priority inbox. There are still other options, such as Spark, developed for users with large message traffic and with versions for mobile devices.
There are also other options like ProtonMail, Tutanota and Apple's iCloud. The complete list shows in detail the differential of each of the services.
9. Illusion of ethics on the web confuses users
Optical illusion: length of lines does not change in size Photo: Reproduo / Ana Letcia Loubak
The illusions of ethics usually attract public attention on the Internet, and this time, an image with blue and pink arrows caused repercussions for producing a visual effect of movement. However, it is all just a trick with the arrowhead on the graph. The secret is when the tips of the arrows point into the graph. At that moment, an illusion is created by alternating the ends of the drawing.
After popularizing on the web, the image was identified as being created by the Italian artist Gianni Sarcone, a specialist in ethical illusions. Sarcone, however, created the work as a variant of a drawing by the German psychiatrist Franz Mller-Lyer dating from 1889.
10. Unfollow people who don't interact with you on Instagram
Tutorial shows how to stop following profiles that do not interact with you on Instagram Photo: Marvin Costa / TechTudo
A little-known feature of Instagram users can help clean up followers. Available on the iPhone and Android app, the option shows people who least interact with your profile. The tool uses the platform's internal algorithm to identify low interactivity between connected accounts. That way, you can find out if a friend watches your Stories, posts comments or likes your posts.
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