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VLC is coming to the new AppleTV

This is some very exciting news as it means that you’ll be able to play tons of different video formats on the new AppleTV. It’ll also be good news for those people with a large local collection of media. Apple seems to focus on the streaming aspect and this should cover the local media part.

VLC simply confirmed that they would be working on this in a blog post this week.

[VLC via Gizmodo]

Why People Make Fake Instagram Competitions

So, you see a post like the one below on Instagram and figure, why not give it a shot?

Insta-scam

 

So why shouldn’t you give it a shot? What do you have to lose?

Well we all hate fake and spammy posts on social media. We also hate people who buy fake followers (mostly a Twitter problem) and then exploit them to get jobs in social media or make money by selling adverts and spamming your timeline. It seems like every month there is a new “fake follower scandal” of some sort.

To remedy this problem, social networks work really hard to stop scrips from signing up for thousands of accounts. These “fake” accounts are also really easy to spot with simple algorithms.

So to bypass all of these checks and systems, scammers have become quite clever. This is the easiest way to get thousands of “real” followers quickly so they can them either sell the account to a less then honourable owner or use it themselves. They or the new owner can then rename the account and claim the influence for themselves or start posting spammy adverts.

So, no you aren’t going to win any free tickets anywhere. You’re just helping some scammers or spammers do their job.

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Don’t be a dumbass, all your followers will think you’re an idiot. Don’t follow shitty accounts like that Kulula one.

Confimation

News24 to Disable Comments

News24 is switching off its very controversial comment section otherwise known as a cesspit of racism.

I bet there are comments blaming various racial groups for this change already.

I for one think this is a good thing. Unfortunately it removes the legitimate debates below articles but those are few and far between as there is almost no mechanism to curb the hate speech.

Farewell racists, see you on EWN?

The War on Online Advertising Has Started

Between Apple allowing content blockers on iOS and Google blocking flash advertisements, the whole world of online advertising is set up to change.

Google has announced that they will be lowering the search ranking of sites with large popup adverts pushing you to install their app.

Google Preferred Adverts

I know those apps are really annoying and I’m happy that Google will be pushing sites to remove them.

Apple is understandably okay with blocking web adverts as they don’t supply, use or make money from them. Google however does. So why is Google blocking certain types of adverts and trying to discourage others?

Well I think the rise of content blockers is forcing online advertisers to adapt. If they make their adverts less intrusive and less annoying, you might be less lightly to install a content blocker. That will enable them to still provide (and make money from) adverts.

I think this could be a big win for consumers. And just remember, if all else fails, just install a decent content blocker and be on your way.

Instagram Is No Longer Square

You can now post various different aspect ratio photos and videos on Instagram. No more white or black cropping around the photo.

I’m not sure how I feel about this as I’ve always felt that photos on Instagram should be taken and shared straight from your phone. Most of the 16:9 photos that show up are taken professionally and then put on Instagram. Either that or The Fat Jew steals screen shots from somewhere else and then battles to make them square.

I definitely see this as Instagram pivoting to be more a part of Facebook. It will remain to be seen how really tall photos will show or how really wide photos will show.

Oh, if you’re looking at how to do this, update your Instagram app and then on the screen where you can select a photo from your library, there are two little arrows that allows you to turn this on and off.

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