Instagram’s TikTok-like test feed is underwhelming and a lot of people hate it. But it’s going nowhere. The head of the social network, Adam Mosseri, posted a Twitter clip confirming that the video-focused test feed is “not good yet.” He also said that Instagram would inevitably become more video-centric over time, as that is the content being shared on the network.
Mosseri also defended the surge in recommended posts in users’ feeds. He said they’re the “most effective and important” way for creators to grow their audience. Users can pause all recommendations for a month, but is that a priority for creators or the audience? It’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation.
— Mat Smith
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The country will focus on building its own space outpost.
The head of Russia’s space program says the country will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024. Instead, it will focus on building its own space station to succeed Mir. Russia and its cosmonauts will remain on the ISS for at least the next two and a half years to fulfill commitments to partners. Earlier this month, NASA and Roscosmos signed an agreement to swap seats on flights to the ISS starting in September.
They offer new colors, designs for smaller hands and expensive accessories.
Logitech’s Aurora collection is a line of “gender-specific” gaming accessories: a mouse, keyboard, and headset. The devices are designed for “comfort, accessibility and playfulness” based on “feedback from female gamers from across the community,” the company said. There are some interesting features, but at relatively high prices, indicating a pink tax on products designed for women.
Zoe arrived this week.
The city of Seville is trying something new to raise awareness about climate change. As oppressive heat waves are a daily occurrence in Europe and other parts of the world, the Spanish metropolis has started to give them names. The first, Zoe, arrived this week, bringing with it expected daily highs in excess of 109 degrees Fahrenheit (or 43 degrees Celsius). It’s a system similar to organizations like the US National Hurricane Center, which has been used for decades to raise awareness of upcoming tropical storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. The idea is that when given a name, people are more likely to take a threat seriously and act accordingly.
The line is part of Saudi’s controversial megacity project Neom.
The Saudi government has released images showing what The Line could look like. The linear city was to be only 200 meters (656 ft) wide but 500 meters (1,640 ft) high and 170 kilometers (105 miles) long. It will house several communities surrounded by a glass facade along the coast, eventually home to up to nine million residents. The plans include no roads or cars, and the city would run entirely on renewable energy. The line is part of Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion Neom megacity project, which has been fraught with controversy from the start. Around 20,000 people will be forced to resettle as a result of the construction.
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