Facebook Tests Tabbed Interface

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Facebook Tests Tabbed Interface
Number 1053
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 19, 2020
Episode Length 5:15
Hosts Tom Merritt

Adobe adds features on Photoshop’s 30th anniversary, Facebook is internally testing tabs in the news feed and Twitter acquires the makers of an app to edit a feature Twitter doesn’t have.


Twitter acquired Chroma Labs which makes iOS photo editors targeted at Instagram and Facebook Stories and Snapchat. Twitter does not have a similar ephemeral post feature. Chroma Labs is shutting down its products and will only update in the future if an iOS update breaks it. Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said Chroma Labs' employees will join the product, design and engineering teams "to give people more creative ways to express themselves on Twitter."
TechCrunch reports Facebook is testing a tabbed version of the news feed page for mobile. It includes the current Most Relevant feed, moves the "Most Recent" feed from the sidebar to a tab and adds a tab for Already Seen previously only available at the URL facebook.com/seen. The prototype was found in the Facebook for Android code by engineer Jane Manchun Wong. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing the tabbed interface internally.
On the 30th anniversary of the launch of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe announced updates to the photo editor. Photoshop for the iPad now has object selection which first came to the desktop three months ago. It uses AI to detect objects in an image. The iPad version also gets additional typesetting and formatting controls. On the desktop, the lens blur feature now runs on the GPU providing a more realistic bokeh effect. And the content-aware fill workspace now lets you make multiple selections and apply multiple fills at once.
Starting this week, Ring will require all users to use a second factor when logging in. Users will be offered text message or email to receive a six digit code. Ring also introduced new options for controlling when data is shared with third parties. You can turn off sharing data with companies that create personalized ads. And data sharing with analytics services is paused while Ring works on an opt out system. Last month, Ring added a privacy dashboard and options to control whether or not police can request footage.
The Android app for Mozilla's VPN service is now available in the Google Play store. The Firefox Private Network is powered by Mullvad which has a no-logging policy and uses the WireGuard standard. It offers servers in more than 30 countries for a limited time beta price of $4.99 a month.
The Internet Society's Chapters Advisory Council will vote this month whether to recommend that the society not proceed with the sale of the .ORG domain registry business unless a number of conditions are met. The conditions include more details around the proposal to sell the .ORG domain registry to Ethos Capital. While the sale can go through without the council's support, the registry relies on public support to justify its non-profit status.
The European Commission has set out a number of proposals for a new digital strategy in the EU targeted at promoting European tech businesses and providing a regulatory framework for AI. Use of AI in high risk sectors like health or policing would need to be “transparent, traceable and guarantee human oversight.” AI would be required to use unbiased training data. Other proposals include: AI certification and safety tests for consumer protection, a voluntary labeling scheme for low risk AI, a regulatory framework to encourage responsible data sharing between businesses and government, opening up of public sector data sets to foster innovation and incentives for energy-efficient European cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft released its all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android to everyone. The app combines mobile versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and lets you browse files in OneDrive. It supports third-party cloud storage from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud. It also syncs with Windows 10 Notes and includes OfficeLens scanner and a QR code reader. A version with limited support for Android tablets is also out with a tablet-optimized version for both Android and iPadOS coming soon.
A report in Nature describes a device called Air-gen created by electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst that generated electricity from the moisture in the air. Electrically conductive nanowire produced by the microbe Geobacter interact with naturally present water vapor to create current. It works even in low humidity conditions like that found in the Sahara desert. The Air-gen can power small electronics like wearables and should reach commercial scale soon.
Yonhap News reports the 30-micrometer thick glass on the Samsung Galaxy Fold Z comes from a collaboration between Samsung and Doowoo Insys. Samsung owns a minority stake in Doowoo Insys. The bendable Ultra Thin Glass display covering is available for other manufacturers.


Preceded by:
"Apple Will Miss Revenue Expectations Due To Coronavirus"
Facebook Tests Tabbed Interface
Followed by:
"Apple Reportedly Considering Allowing Third-Party Default Apps on iOS"