Last week saw a flurry of tech news that even the most avid followers of modern gadgets and devices could have overlooked. As means to keep one updated with the latest happenings in technology, here are some of the latest developments in the industry that happened last week.
1. Twitter changed its timelines to show tweets that are out of order.
Last week, Twitter rolled out an algorithmically generated timeline which will reveal tweets that are out of order.The social media network believes that what most account holders would want to see are the most recent tweets first. This is a departure from the reverse-chronological order that Twitter always used since the day it started.
2. YouTube restored its original programming to increase it's paid service
YouTube resurrected its original $9.99 YouTube Red pay service by offering "A Trip to Unicorn Island." This service is available to U.S. residents. Google, which has acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion, aims to make the video-sharing site profitable by establishing a video stream using Red.
It seems that with this move, Google will be able to compete with Amazon.com and Netflix in offering original programs that are betting on homegrown talents' star power instead of relying on Hollywood stars' charisma.
3. Free internet of Facebook banned in India
The free internet being offered by Facebook was rejected by India because that country supports full net neutrality. All the effort, time and money spent by the social media giant went to nothing since India denied its Free Basic service which is Facebook's way of supplying limited internet access. It supposedly includes Facebook and other tools at no cost.But India doesn't want cellular companies from charging different rates to various parts of the Web.
4. Instagram allowed users to switch between several accounts
To make it manageable, Instagram allowed it's users to add new accounts from the settings menu. After completing the process, they just have to tap their usernames at the top of their profiles to navigate between them.