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The legend has fallen

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Loved by few, hated by many. The legendary browser that enabled us all to view our profiles on Facebook or MySpace is soon to be a thing of the past. The infamous Internet Explorer (IE) has been reportedly shut down and the Microsoft will no longer offer support to this app.

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Developed in 1995 for the upcoming Windows 95 package, and offered as the default browser for all Windows computers, generated a lot of users. By 2003 it had a 95% usage share among all browsers. From there, the usage plummeted, as Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox and Opera’s Opera quickly outperformed the good old IE. Windows tried to revive it and keep it living for almost 2 decades more, but the time has come to put it all to an end. The explorer will live on in the form of the Microsoft Edge which will be still offered in Windows products until 2029, and after that the future is unsure.

Internet Explorer is officially dead and the internet is having a field day
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We all remember the years of pain the poor performance gave us and the time spent waiting for a website to load, which would usually end in code 404 provided by the great IE. Still, we can thank it for the memories of our younger years and for being a good meme material.

It sadly is the sign of an era coming to an end, and let us raise one last glass to our good pal, Internet Explorer. Our task is to tell our children about this ancient app, that did not work and caused us so much trouble, and remind them how lucky those bastards are with good internet speeds and browsers that let them do whatever they want.

Share your best memories about the Intenet Explorer in the comment down below👇

References:

https://www.theverge.com/2022/6/15/23167121/microsoft-internet-explorer-end-of-support-retirement

Yes, Internet Explorer Is Dead, But Will Microsoft Edge Take Over?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer

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Gucci stores to accept cryptocurrencies in US

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A woman walks in front of the Gucci store on Fifth Avenue in Trump Tower.

Italian luxury brand Gucci will start accepting payments in cryptocurrencies in some of its stores in America.

Customers will be able to pay using a number of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin. The service will be rolled out later this month at some of its flagship outlets, including Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and New York’s Wooster Street.

Gucci, owned by France’s Kering, joins a growing number of companies that have started to accept virtual currencies. The firm said it will also take payments in Shiba Inu and Dogecoin – a so-called “meme” cryptocurrency that was originally created as a joke.

The brand said it plans to introduce the policy to all the North American stores it operates directly in the near future. Some of the world’s biggest brands now accept digital currencies, including technology giant Microsoft, US telecoms firm AT&T and coffee chain Starbucks.

From my point of view, it is a new step to the future and no-cash payments. All the companies should start to accept crypto.

References:

https://www.bbc.com/news/business

https://www.gucci.com

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TikTok will change its ads policy

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Despite being one of the biggest apps for influencers and content creators, TikTok is awful when it comes to monetizing your creativity. The platform does not offer creators the ability to easily earn money from the ads in the same way as Facebook or YouTube does. Because of that, major income comes from donations and collaboration with companies. As a result, smaller accounts can struggle to earn significant amounts of money. Because of that, Bytedance announced that it will introduce a new program that allows creators to monetize their content easily. TikTok Pulse is going to let companies choose their target audiences and put their ads before the most popular videos in the chosen category. Thanks to that, the marketers will be able to take more advantage of the platform and creators will have a chance to earn more. 

The first tests of the program will take place in the US next month, and later this year should appear in other countries. Unfortunately, for now, only accounts with more than 100k followers will be eligible to join the program. 

Elon Musk Becomes Twitter’s Biggest Shareholder

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Just over a week before “giving serious thought” to building his own social media platform, Elon Musk went on to become the biggest Twitter shareholder through an acquisition of a 9.2% stake in the social media platform.

Following this acquisition Musk has stated he plans to answer questions some of the employees may have following this acquisition, and intends work on resolving freedom of speech problems present on the platform. Additionally on the 5th of April Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal, announced that Musk has been appointed on the board of directors, and expressed his excitement to working together to improve the platform.

A frequent request from Twitter users over the years has been for an edit feature to be added to Twitter. Following the acquisition of his stake Musk launched a poll raising the question whether or not such feature such be added, following over 4.4m votes, 73.6% voted in favour. Before its conclusion Agrawal responded to the poll saying the consequences will be crucial, and to vote carefully, showing that Musk’s actions already hold some weight.

It’ll be interesting to see where this combination takes both of these parties as these are still the early stages of his involvement, and what the long term plan is for Musk following what seems to be a u-turn on his thoughts of starting his own social media platform, which the poor performance of Parler and Trump’s Truth Social may have made him reconsider. Let’s also see how this works out for Twitter in the long run, as the news increased its valuation, but as seen before with Tesla, a single Tweet from Musk can cause the market to change quickly.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-60995694

https://www.ft.com/content/9db0403f-f6d1-45dc-89a8-f80da924cbe1

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2022-04-06/is-elon-musk-s-plan-for-twitter-speculative-investing-video

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/05/elon-musks-9percent-stake-in-twitter-and-board-seat-heres-what-it-means.html

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Google Letting Developers Use Their Own Billing Systems

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Google has decided to test the possibility of allowing developers to use their own billing systems on their apps, with Spotify being one of the first to be granted the opportunity.

Allowing such feature would allow users to pay or subscribe through the app rather than having to go to an external website from the developer. In this case users will be given the choice to subscribe to Spotify through the app using either their Google Play wallet, or Spotify’s own billing method. Under this new agreement Spotify will be charged less than the standard 30% commission, but the final figure has not been announced at this time.

I believe that the move is beneficial to both companies and will most likely lead to change in the app market, if this method proves successful it will allow more developers the ability to adopt this feature. Having the ability of using your own billing system is a big advantage and useful tool for developers. In the past when using Apple’s App Store, if users wanted to purchase a Spotify subscription they were required to pay £12.99 due to Apple’s 30% commission, Apple also didn’t allow the possibility of Spotify telling users to subscribe outside of the App Store system to pay less, which it was later ruled that the move was in breach of the EU Competition Law, following this Spotify stopped the ability for new users to subscribe with Apple, and to use their website instead. This move from Google will help to avoid problems like this on their platform, and may later push Apple in a similar direction of it proves to be a competitive advantage for Google.

Sources:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-23/google-opens-its-app-store-billing-starting-with-spotify

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/spotify-google-billing-system-subscription-deal-1235212772/

https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/23/22993417/google-pilot-test-android-alternate-billing-systems-spotify

https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/112622?hl=en

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/30/eu-says-apples-app-store-breaches-competition-rules.html

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VR is on a new level. Emerge Home allows a tactile experience.

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Nowadays, VR techs are actively developing and in the next article one of such cutting-edge technologies will be described. The Emerge Home system is a breakthrough, which allows you not only to immerse yourself in the world of virtual reality and metaverses but also to feel the inner virtual space with bare hands. It is not just a VR set that allows you to see the 3D objects in the virtual worlds or games, but also to interact with them, to sense their shape, and help the user to get as much VR experience as possible, transporting him or her into the virtual world with just a few clicks. 

The Emerge Home system is currently at the development stage, and its VR kit consists of two main tech components and a mobile application. 

How does everything work?

The first tech component that helps the user to enlarge his VR experience is a VR headset (Emerge Home Quest 2 app). 

The second component is the Emerge Wave-1 desktop device that conveys a physical experience with breakthrough technology. Sculpted ultrasonic waves on the surface of the system create a field in the air up to three feet above the device itself and allow users to interact with virtual objects. Moreover, the system itself is similar in size to a thirteen-inch laptop.  

For the final step, the user has to install a dedicated Emerge Home mobile app, which allows him or her to connect the devices, customize the avatar and set a Center environment. Moreover, this application is capable of sending messages, creating rooms, and inviting your friends before gathering in the metaverse.

Based on research conducted by the National Research Group, It can be concluded that more than half of potential customers (78% of respondents) claim that when communicating with people virtually, they lack the opportunity of physical contact, and this cutting-edge VR system can significantly improve the situation. 

However, there is a high risk that, in the nearest future, live communication, which is an important factor in human interactions, will be replaced by such kinds of technologies. 

Any breakthrough in science is valuable. Some people may find it useful, while others may see it as technology that brings more harm. However, Emerge’s expertise can help the science and progress of virtual reality, and not only facilitate human interaction but also lead to new innovations that follow.


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Opera is launching a new Web 3 project – ,,Crypto Browser”

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Recently company Opera has launched it’s new Web 3 project into beta. Crypto Browser Project is an internet browser with built-in Web 3 features. In the statement Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera, says that: ,,Opera’s Crypto Browser Project promises a simpler, faster, more private Web3 experience for users. It simplifies a Web3 user experience that is often bewildering for mainstream users.

One of the key features built inside a internet browser is crypto wallet that is compatible with some major crypotcurrency: BTC, ETH, but in february 2020 company plans to anounce compatibility with Solana and Polygon. Browser also include access to cryptocurrency and NFT exchanges as well as aupport for decentralized apps (Dapps)

With the news emerging daily about new Web 3 project it is interesting to see how Opera ,,Crypto Browser” project will develop. Estabilished company and strong team are some of the benefits of this project but with growing intrest circulating around Web 3 it can be dificult for Opera team to

With the news emerging daily about new Web 3 project it is interesting to see how Opera ,,Crypto Browser” project will develop. Estabilished company and strong team are some of the benefits of this project but with growing intrest circulating around Web 3 it can be dificult for Opera team to approprietly develop it

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Woebot – the future of the mental health?

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WHAT IS A WOEBOT?

Woebot is a bot, that invites people to talk with him and encourages them to have an honest conversation about their feelings, thoughts. On the webpage of Woebot is it said that:
“Woebot uses AI and Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to learn from millions of conversations annually and to provide therapeutic encounters that are psychologically related, responsive to a person’s dynamic state of health, and targeted using tools from cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal disciplines.”

The Woebot has a different versions for different people, like for example for being in control of a maternal mental health, not only during the pregnancy, but also in time of a postpartum etc. I think this is a really helpful for women especially during this time, because as shown by the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), CDC research shows that nationally, about 1 in 8 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. 

https://woebothealth.com/science-and-technology/

THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING AN ONLINE CONVERSATION

Personally, I think that many people have the problem with being honest when it comes to talking about their feelings. Furthermore, the problems with mental health are often neglected, because of the social view on them. Many people are ashamed to talk about mental health, due to being scared of what others may think of that. When it comes to human-like therapeutic encounters and talking with a bot, many problems vanish. The fear of being judged is not an issue anymore. I also think it’s worth to mention that Woebot is free, so it’s available for everyone with a smartphone.

IS THE BOT REPLACING THERAPISTS?

No, Woebot isn’t created to replace the professional help. It’s only a useful tool for people who are seeking help in something different than traditional methods.

IS WOEBOT AVAILABLE IN EVERY LANGUAGE?

Unfortunately, as for now, the bot is talking only in English and partly in Italian.

The mental health awareness is really important and I’m really happy that initiatives like Woebot are becoming a thing.

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This is the end of Facebook?

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According to statistics provided by Facebook this year, their “website currently has over 2.8 billion users per month, of which 1.9 billion use the website every day”, which undoubtedly shows how huge the global success of the website is. Along with tremendous success, there are also many challenges of good and bad fame.

Not more than 17 years ago, when Facebook began to be popularized, everyone was delighted with the possibilities social media offer. The following years were a good time for Facebook and other social networks, which were gaining popularity among people of all ages, every corner of the world and with various interests.

In the beginning, it was a hit, every day users shared their thoughts, photos from travels and everyday life, shared songs, quotes, commented and liked posts with others. Over time, users stopped engaging in creating their profiles, and then increasingly stopped wasting time scrolling. More and more often we can hear about detox from social media, setting a time limit for their use or completely uninstalling them. Growing negative feedback due to scandals, data leaks for Cambridge Analytica to prepare political campaigns, and the publication of algorithms by Frances Haugen showing how the company increases profits at the expense of society by driving hate and arguments or failure to stop the dissemination of material from the Christchurch terrorist attack, has sufficiently rejected users.

After all the situations that put Facebook in a bad light, at the end of October this year, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the platform was renamed “Meta” in order to seemingly distract users and start a new chapter. This name comes from the concept of Metaverse called “new internet”, the idea of which is to build a virtual world connecting millions of users in 3D technology. The idea may seem distant when it comes to an uprising, but the work on its creation has already started and a huge amount of money and experts have been invested in it.

https://www.benchmark.pl/aktualnosci/meta-jest-wyjatkowo-uzalezniajaca-francis-haugen-krytykuje-meta.html

With the implementation of the idea, the first concerns also arise. After so many mistakes and the instigation of toxic relationships on the platform, how would users trust Facebook’s next project? Despite promises to create a safer place for the community, it is almost impossible to control the behaviour of such a large community. Deputy chairman of Augmented and Virtual Reality at Meta, Andrew Bosworth warns, saying:

“virtual reality can often be a “toxic environment” especially for women and minorities”

Will the name change and the new Meta idea change the image of Facebook? Will they manage to create a place friendly to everyone and change the users’ opinion about them? Is it just “sweeping the problem under the rug”? Each of us will have the opportunity to answer these questions, after implementing the idea soon.

https://whatsnext.pl/545095-metaverse-facebook-wirtualny-swiat-internet/

Sources:
https://www.whysosocial.pl/uzytkownicy-social-media-w-polsce-i-na-swiecie/

https://www.komputerswiat.pl/artykuly/redakcyjne/dzien-sadu-dla-social-media-jest-blisko-jak-bedzie-wygladala-post-rzeczywistosc-gdy/qpn3qfz

https://www.komputerswiat.pl/aktualnosci/internet/byla-pracowniczka-facebooka-algorytmy-nakrecaly-hejt-dla-wiekszych-zyskow-gigant/hprskxm

https://www.ft.com/content/d72145b7-5e44-446a-819c-51d67c5471cf
https://www.euractiv.pl/section/gospodarka/news/facebook-ukarany-za-skandal-z-cambridge-analytica/




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myKROSS – application for bike lovers

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

MyKROSS is a free application available on mobile devices with Android and iOS. It brings together cycling enthusiasts of various levels, from those who go for a short ride on a bike to professional cyclists for long distances.

The app allows users to scan their KROSS’ bike, one or more, with the NFC code and add it to the app. The user can also add a different brand’s bike manually. After the bike appears in the application preview, the user can obtain all possible information about his model, the number of the frame, forks, wheels, driving elements, brakes and much more.

The application offers the creation of a community in which users create routes for cycling and share them in the application for the other bike enthusiasts by adding ratings, photos, and comments. Then, other cycling fans, regardless of what part of Poland they are in, can use the proposed routes in their area, filtering according to the length of the road, surface or opinions and comments. The application informs the cyclist on a current basis about the distance, speed and time covered by him and displays the route covered so far. Records all parameters that can be shared with other cyclists after the completed route.

Based on the interaction with the user, the date of purchase of the equipment and the number of kilometres travelled in different weather and terrain, depending on the bicycle manufacturer the application will suggest to the user a technical, warranty, periodic or seasonal review of the bike or its specific elements.

In the application, the user has access to the full specification of the bike even when he does not have it with him which allows checking the necessary information about the bike’s accessories, and then using the map of service points and shops recommended by KROSS to do the review, buy new equipment or prepare the bike for the cycling season.

MyKROSS is an innovative application for customers of the KROSS brand and the other cyclists. Not only for those who start their adventure by riding a bike or like to go for a short ride, but also the professional ones. It enables and makes it easier to check regularly your bicycle equipment. Allows you to discover and share new interesting routes and share your passion with others.

Sources:

https://kross.eu/pl/aplikacja-mykross

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.kross.mykross&hl=pl&gl=US

https://apppage.net/preview/pl.kross.mykross

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