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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.

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 11.28.30 PM

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

Confimation

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.

Design Flaw vs Idiot

You may have seen in the news that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a “design flaw.” Android Police has widely publicised this with both that article and a YouTube video.

The so called “design flaw” is that if you insert the S Pen backwards it breaks. Either the phone stops detecting the S Pen or the S Pen gets stuck.

Some poor guy at Samsung actually had to respond to this:

We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around.

Very rarely do I side with Samsung on something but this is complete bullshit. It is one thing to expect companies to make a device that is reasonably safe to use but to expect them to recall millions of devices because they aren’t idiot proof is a bit of a stretch.

This is kind of like expecting Apple to recall their Ear Pods because they can get damaged when inserted in wall socket.

FFS people, this isn’t a design flaw. Calm down, be careful and I’m sure you won’t fuck it up. I’ve gone my entire life without inserting the wrong thing into the wrong hole or inserting the right thing backwards into the right hole. But you say “What about the kids, they won’t know better!” well I say, “don’t give your kids your phone.”

Okay, I’m glad we had this talk. Now be safe out there in this dangerous world filled with backwards inserting S Pens.

Update

At least Wired seems to agree with me! They just have some more tact.

[Android Police]

WhatsApp for Web Rolling Out to iPhones [UPDATED: Out now!]

Great news fellow iPhone owners! If you’re anything like me, you get a little frustrated when you get a message on WhatsApp at work because you can’t just reply from your computer right in front of you. This is one of the main reasons why I love iMessage so much.

Well now you can end your Android counterpart’s bragging about being able to use WhatsApp on the web. An app update is rolling out around the world as we speak. With this update comes the ability to use WhatsApp for the web.

Hopefully WhatsMac will also be supported. (It should be as it is just a web wrapper.)

This should make WhatsApp a little less painful to use for me. Ideally I’d like to see Apple offer iMessage and FaceTime on other platforms, but until then (never) this will have to make do.

I’ll update this when I get the update and get some testing done.

Update

Works as advertised. Head to web.whatsapp.com and scan the QR code from WhatsApp on your iPhone. You’ll find the QR Code reader under Settings > WhatsApp Web in the App. Goodbye productivity.

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