Instagram Adds AI to App for Improved Accessibility
Instagram today introduced two new tools that the visually impaired can put to use. First, Instagram is turning on automatic alternative text so the visually impaired can hear better, more detailed descriptions of photos that are displayed under the Feed, Explore, and Profile tabs. Instagram says this tool relies on object recognition to generate the photo descriptions. Similarly, photos uploaded by the visually impaired will rely on custom alternative text for more accurate descriptions. Instagram called these changes a first step forward improving the social network.
Snapchat Works In Giphy Support, Debuts Tabs
Feb 20, 2018
Snapchat is pushing an update to its mobile app that adds several new features, including support for Giphy stickers and Tabs. With Giphy on board, Snapchat users can add GIF stickers to their snaps by tapping the sticker button.
Facebook Video to Turn Up the Volume
Feb 14, 2017
Facebook is making several big changes to how it treats video on mobile devices. First, sound will fade in and fade out as users scroll past videos in their News Feed as long as the phone's volume is turned on.
Google Bringing Search-Based Feed to Its Mobile App
Jul 19, 2017
Google today said its personalized feed will begin to appear in the Google mobile app for Android and iOS devices. The feed, which Google has been testing on Android since late last year, displays information cards below the search bar based on each user's individual search history.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Facebook Facial Recognition Tool Lets You Find Yourself In Untagged Photos
Dec 19, 2017
Facebook today rolled out a new feature meant to help people control when and where their image is posted to Facebook. Using the same facial recognition functions meant for tagging, Facebook will now notify people when they appear in a photo on Facebook even if they haven't been tagged.