In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at news from Instagram and Facebook, as well as the unveiling of a 100TB SSD.
INSTAGRAM UNVEILS SEVERAL NEW FEATURES
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Instagram had a busy week, announcing a whole host of new features. The first change is that users can now (finally) put links and hashtags in their Instagram bio. You’ll also be able to ‘@’ other accounts, so you can link to friends or any other profiles associated with you or your business.
Instagram is also planning to introduce a ‘post re-sharing’ tool. This is following after companies like Twitter and Facebook, who have always given users to option to either retweet or share things on their respective platforms. Currently, Instagram users must use third-party apps such as Regram to share other people’s Instagram photos, so it’s surprising the platform hasn’t moved to introduce this sooner. Instagram has confirmed to techcrunch.com that it is trialling this tool at the moment.
In addition, Instagram will be expanding its ‘shoppable photo tags’ feature to 8 new countries after its success in the US. This feature makes it easier for companies to send their Instagram followers to their online stores, by displaying a popup with prices and a link to purchase the item. The company claims that the roll-out of this feature will make online shopping through Instagram easier than ever.
NIMBUS DATA ANNOUNCES WORLD’S LARGEST SSD
Nimbus Data has unveiled a solid-state drive (SSD) that can hold a whopping 100TB of data – insane, right? Up until now, the largest SSD could hold 60TB data, and this has now been surpassed. As well as being the only SSD with this much storage, it will also be the world’s most energy efficient, drawing 80-90% less power than its competitors.
To put 100TB into perspective, this 3.5” SSD will be able to hold approximately 17,000 HD movies. Nimbus hasn’t announced a release date or pricing yet, but watch this space.
FACEBOOK CRACKS DOWN ON THIRD PARTY APPS
After facing lots of criticism in recent days, Facebook this week announced it will be cracking down on third party apps who use customer’s data on the social network. Facebook has come under fire due to revelations that companies such as Cambridge Analytica used the platform to harvest 50 million Facebook profiles for political ad targeting.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has said the company is committed to keeping user’s data safe, and hopes to be more transparent with how apps use Facebook data going forward. Zuckerberg announced a range of new measures, such as:
-Reviewing apps and banning any developers that misuse personally identifiable information.
-Telling users if they have been affected by data misuse.
-Turning off data access for apps that have not been used in three months.
-Rewarding people who find vulnerabilities by rolling out a new bug bounty program.
Facebook described these changes as the first of many. You can check out the full list of changes and the company’s statement at newsroom.fb.com.