Tip Jar: Twitter lets people leave tips for some tweeters
Media|World|: San Francisco: Twitter on Thursday began letting some users add virtual tip jars to accounts so people can support their tweets by tossing in money. A limited number of users around the world who tweet in English can add a "Tip Jar" feature to their profiles, according to Twitter senior product manager Esther Crawford. The group included creators, journalists, experts, and non-profits. "You drive the conversation on Twitter and we want to make it easier for you to support each other beyond Follows, Retweets, and Likes," Crawford wrote in a blog post. "This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter - with money." A Tip Jar icon on a profile page indicates an option to be taken to services such as Patreon, PayPal or Venmo to send money to a creator, according to Crawford. Twitter does not take any cut of tips, she said. "Soon, more people will be able to add Tip Jar to their profile and we'll expand to more languages," Crawford said. The one-to-many global messaging platform is keen to broaden its ranks of users and get people spending more time at the service. Twitter last week reported weaker-than-expected earnings and disappointing user growth. Twitter has struggled to expand beyond its core audience of celebrities, journalists and political leaders, even if it has become an important forum for policy debates. Twitter has faced challenges in tackling misinformation and abusive content even as it strives to become a platform for political discourse.
Google Photos to offer only 15GB free space from June 1
Media|: San Francisco: Google Photos, which currently offers unlimited free storage for "high quality" photos for all users, will only offer 15GB of free storage space for new photos and videos starting next month. However, this change doesn't apply to those who own a Pixel 2 or later, XDA Developers reported. Pixel users will continue to get unlimited free "high quality" photo backups on Google Photos. However, those who don't own a Pixel phone will have to get a Google One subscription, which starts at $1.99 per month ($19.99 per year) for 100GB. The company, last year in November, announced that it would no longer offer unlimited free storage for "high quality" photos on Google Photos starting June 1, 2020. The company had revealed that it would limit free storage on Google Photos to 15GB and users would have to pay for a monthly Google One subscription for any additional storage. Since photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos before the deadline won't count towards the new 15GB limit, users should probably upload all their precious memories right away and avoid paying for the Google One subscription, the report said.
YouTube TV is now available on PS5
Gaming|: San Francisco: Sony PlayStation 5 now fully supports YouTube TV live streaming with a dedicated app from the PlayStation Store. If you are in the elite group of YouTube TV subscribers and PS5 owner, you can now enjoy all of your favourite shows and channels without having to cast an envious glance at Xbox owners, 9To5Google reported. The PS5's YouTube TV app is ready for download from the PlayStation Store. For those lucky enough to have their hands on the router-looking entertainment system, the addition of YouTube TV live-streaming support is another big bonus, the report said. Sony's latest gaming system was recently added to Google's official device support list. Microsoft's latest consoles have been able to use YouTube TV since launch day. Part of this is owed to the OS and compatibility of existing Xbox One apps, which is one of the reasons the Series S and X have had one core advantage over the PS5. Recently, the company announced that it managed to sell 7.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles till March 31 this year. In its latest earnings report, the company revealed that PlayStation Plus has 47.7 million subscribers globally, a 14.7 per cent increase (year on year). Sony has registered $3.14 billion in operating profit for its 2020 financial year.
Google is turning on two-factor authentication by default
Media|: San Francisco: To secure users from online security threats, Google is reportedly enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) on Google accounts by default for users. Users who have set up 2FA will be asked to confirm the right person is signing in to an account by tapping a prompt on their phone. "At Google, keeping you safe online is our top priority, so we continuously invest in new tools and features to keep your personal information safe, including your passwords," Mark Risher, Director of Product Management, Identity and User Security, Google, said in a blogpost. The company said it will soon start switching on 2FA for everyone automatically, as long as their Google account is set up in the right way, Engadget reported. Users can check whether that's the case for them through the Google account Security Checkup. Users will also have the option to opt-out. This is an expansion of an authentication feature Google has had for a while. It might ask users to confirm their identity with an Android prompt or through the Smart Lock, Gmail or Google app on iPhone, as long as you're signed in to the same account. Tapping a prompt is certainly easier than having to punch in a code and Google says it's more secure than other 2FA methods, the report said. Although this only works for Google accounts, it's highly recommended to turn on two-factor authentication on every account that supports it. In a blog post, Google noted that it has a secure password manager for Chrome, Android and iOS that can autofill your login details on sites and apps.
Google rolls out improved Assistant features for families
Media|: San Francisco: Google has announced new Assistant features for families, including improved broadcasts, bell reminders and new stories and games for kids. Google said in a statement on Thursday that new Assistant feature will be rolled out globally on Mother's Day (May 9). The Family Broadcast feature will now send messages to Assistant on smartphones as well, which family members can reply to. The popular Family Bell reminders will now expand to eight new languages, including Hindi. Google will now let users automatically remind family that someone needs to water the plants or remind your kids (or spouse) to clean up the house. Since last summer, more than 20 million Family Bells have been rung to help families stay organised. "Another highly requested feature we're rolling out today is the ability to have Family Bells ring across multiple home devices at one time (not just one smart speaker or display)," Google said. Assistant is also getting new stories and games that you can access from a smart display or Android device. Google said it is partnering with Pottermore Publishing to bring more stories later in the year, along with bringing the "Who Was?" series from Penguin Random House to smart display.
Facebook adds new features to Instagram Direct, Messenger
Media|: San Francisco: Facebook on Thursday announced new features and recent updates for Instagram Direct and Messenger to help users better express themselves. The company has introduced new camera stickers on Messenger and Messenger Kids celebrating the diversity and impact of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API). "You can use one of four Messenger camera stickers to support and raise awareness of key issues important to the API community," the company said in a blogpost. "Kids can explore the richness and diversity of unique traditions, histories and cultures across Asian and Pacific Islander countries through a series of Messenger Kids camera stickers," it added. The company said they have created an easy sticker reference guide to help parents have more in-depth conversations with their kids around API cultures. It also said that they have added the ability to send a visual reply in Instagram DMs on iOS with another photo or video of the user's choice. To use the feature, simply tap the camera icon to respond with a photo or video of your own. If you are an audio messaging fan, the company is making it easier to go hands-free with tap-to-record on Messenger. "Now, you no longer need to hold down the mic -- tap-to-record allows you to craft the perfect audio message while you're doing other things and makes it a more accessible feature," it added.
Bird-like dinosaur could hunt in total darkness, pointing to thriving prehistoric 'nightlife'
News/Science: Under the cover of darkness in desert habitats about 70 million years ago, in what is today Mongolia and northern China, a gangly looking dinosaur employed excellent night vision and superb hearing to thrive as a menacing pint-sized nocturnal predator.
China says there is little threat of rocket causing harm as it returns to Earth
News/Science: China says the upper stage of its Long March 5B rocket that launched the core module of its space station will mostly burn up on re-entry, posing little threat to people and property on the ground.