Instagram believes that messaging experiences are best delivered via a stand-alone app instead of within a larger app, mostly echoing CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sentiments from a few years back that "there's a big premium on creating single-purpose, first-class experiences" in mobile. Installing Direct will remove the messaging functionality from the main Instagram app.
While it's only officially a test now, a wider release will give parent company Facebook 3 messaging apps, including Messenger and WhatsApp. The new standalone app, also called Direct, is now being tested with users in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.
InstagramDirect is now available only in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Uruguay. Once you download and install Direct on your smartphone, your messages inbox from the main Instagram app will be replaced, and, will be accessible from the Direct app. This could be just a test version, but it probably points to a move towards getting rid of directmessaging on the Instagram app altogether.
The popular social network has been busy making improvements to the app. Direct also ships with four exclusive filters and is ultimately seeking to grow its user base even more by providing people with a more focused experience, albeit one that's still deeply integrated into Instagram. InstagramDirect will borrow another page out of Snapchat's playbook: It will open directly to the camera first in order to encourage sharing. Creators came up with it because they feel that it's hard to have a great private messaging experience in the same app that allows you to publicly broadcast messages. To do this, they've made sure that the app opens straight into the camera. Instagram's vice president of product, Kevin Weil, said in a tweet.
Snapchat has been recently struggling with profitability in the face of constant Facebook and Instagram updates that keep upping the ante in the game for market share dominance. The company designed an app to enable children use social media safely.
It is being reported Steinhoff did not tell investors about transactions amounting to almost $1 billion (R13,5-billion). In October, Steinhoff bought back 78 million shares, a deal handled by Johannesburg-based PSG Capital.
Manafort is facing felony charges involving allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes related to work in Ukraine. The bulk of the spending- $1.7 million - has been on personnel salary and benefits, according to the report.
There is a bill that is backed broadly in the House and has enough Senate Republican support to beat a filibuster. They were among 14 national Republicans to vote no on the bill. "I think it is frightful ", Zacker said.
Transport networks face widespread disruption and power cuts are possible as a result of the extreme weather, the forecaster said. Winds are forecast to strengthen across parts of Britain on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Storm Caroline.
They expect this year's earnings to fall -14.41% year-over-year to $0.95, followed by 11.58% growth in the next year to $1.06. The acquisition is expected to be strongly accretive to earnings in the first full year following Completion in fiscal 2019.
The slightly iffy bit about the Apple TV is the choice of native apps in the Apple TV App Store, which still isn't all that great. Both Amazon Prime Video and YouTube are available on Roku, a streaming stick not manufactured by tech industry behemoths.
Asian major also settled higher on Thursday with Nikkei 225 index climbing over 1 per cent followed by Hang Seng 0.28 per cent. The Nifty mid-cap and small-cap indices climbed by 1.43 per cent and 1.44 per cent, respectively.
The newly-discovered black hole is part of a quasar , meaning it sits at the center of a cloud of gas that it's slowly swallowing. That dates it to a time when the first stars started to light up the inky blackness of the early universe.
Remember: Swift embraced the snake emoji in the buildup to her new record after being indirectly called one by Kardashian-West. The recording went viral and also ended up on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians .
European airlines generate the second-most revenue when compared by region and made $9.8 billion in net profits this year. A strong upcycle in the cargo markets will also support the expected profit improvement next year, it added.
Conservative Arizona Rep. Trent Franks resigning
The lawmaker has not yet confirmed or denied the resignation rumors, but Franks is expected to make a statement later on Thursday. He sought to clarify the comment, saying later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.
Men: Dark Phoenix - Fiery First Image Revealed
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Google to yank Youtube from Amazon in nasty giant fight
The latest dispute is over the e-commerce company's refusal to sell some Google devices that compete with Amazon's products. The video service will be pulled from the Echo Show today, while Fire TV owners will lose access to it on January 1, 2018.
Amazon launches Prime programme in Singapore
Amazon have launched Prime in Singapore offering free delivery on millions of products along with streaming media benefits. Though everything points to an eventual local Amazon online store, he remained mum about their plans.
Is Facebook Down, FB messenger down for many users
The outage follows a similar problem for Facebook Messenger on November 30, when users reported being unable to send messages. It's now only available in the United States while it is being trialled and you can also only access it via an IOS device.