You Can Now Launch Video Calls In Instagram That Supports Up To 50 People
Making video calls on Instagram isn’t exactly a new function or feature, however in a recent update to the app, Instagram has announced that the video calling feature will now support as many as 50 people at a time. This is thanks to the integration of Messenger Rooms within the Instagram app.

Judge Rules That Looking At A Phone’s Lock Screen Could Require A Search Warrant
Law enforcement agencies are currently pretty miffed at companies like Apple and Google who have made it harder for them to access devices. This is because these companies have basically handed over the encryption keys to the user, meaning that only the user can unlock their devices and there’s really nothing that these companies can do.

Google’s CEO Is Open To Working With Apple On Other Projects
As some of you might have heard, both Google and Apple had teamed up not too long ago to develop the Exposure Notification API. This API would allow developers to create contact tracing apps to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. This was actually a surprise announcement as both companies are typically seen as each other’s rivals.

COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Found To Have Shared Data With Foursquare And Google
One of the selling points of Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API is the emphasis on privacy, where both companies will be using anonymized data and explicit user consent. As a result, some governments are choosing not to use the Exposure Notification API due to the various restrictions Apple and Google put in place.

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Amazon Prime Day Might Now Take Place In September
If you were hoping to get yourself some good deals on Amazon Prime Day, you might want to take note that the company could be planning on delaying the event. Prime Day typically takes place in the summer of the year, but according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that Prime Day could be delayed to the fall of 2020.

Reebok Shows Off Its Concept Fitness Masks
Fitness masks aren’t really a new concept. If you’ve ever seen fitness videos, you might have noticed some people wearing them. The idea behind these masks aren’t really about protecting the wearer from bacteria or viruses, but more about restricting airflow to help simulate high altitudes to help improve cardiorespiratory fitness levels.

Netflix Will Start Canceling Dormant Accounts To Save Users Money
The thing with the subscription model is that companies hope that you will keep paying for it, even if you don’t necessarily use their products on a daily basis. This is like joining a gym where whether or not you go, the gym will still debit your bank account every month. However, Netflix now seems to be taking a different approach.

Justice League ‘Snyder’s Cut’ To Be Released On HBO Max In 2021
For those wondering how differently Justice League would have turned out had Zack Synder completed the post-production on the movie, wonder no more. In an official announcement by HBO and Warner Bros. Pictures, it looks like the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League will be released on HBO Max in 2021.

Astronomers Might Have Witnessed The Birth Of A New Planet For The First Time Ever
How was the universe formed? That is a question that many are no doubt curious about. Do planets suddenly just pop into existence? Or were they always there? Now thanks to recent observations made with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, scientists might have a better idea.

Apple Wants To Build A 192 Room Hotel On Its Austin Campus
Apple has several campuses places around the US, but it seems that the company could be planning on expanding on some of them, or to be more specific, the company’s campus located in Northwest Austin. According to a report from Culture Map, it appears that Apple is apparently looking at introducing a 192-room hotel in its Austin campus.

Twitter Testing Allowing Users To Choose Who Can Reply To Their Tweets
One of the upsides to public social media platforms like Twitter is that you can engage pretty much anyone around the world, and create discussions with strangers on the internet. This is obviously a good thing, but it is a double edged sword because it also means that it leaves posts open to trolls and harassment.

A Court In Singapore Just Handed Down A Death Penalty Through Zoom
We’ve seen how video conferencing apps are gaining quite a bit of steam these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced many people to work and study from home. Meetings and classes are now being held through platforms such as Zoom, and over in Singapore, it seems that the courts have handed down what appears to be the world’s first death sentence through the app.

This Copper-Laced Jacket Could Help Prevent The Coronavirus From Spreading
Depending on the material of a surface, the coronavirus can live for hours or up to days. However, did you know that copper actually can kill viruses? In fact, back in the day, hospitals actually used copper for things like doorknobs to prevent bacteria and virus from spreading, and in 2015, researchers found that copper alloys used in hospital settings actually reduced infection rates by as much as 58%.

Facial Recognition Helped Reunite A Kidnap Victim With His Family 32 Years Later
Facial recognition technology has gained quite a bit of a bad rep due to potential privacy concerns. However, over in China, it seems that the technology has a pretty happy story because it managed to reunite a kidnapped victim with his family after having been abducted 32 years ago.