Day: February 14, 2020

Justin Bieber skated circles around Jimmy Fallon in a hockey shootout

Justin Bieber skated circles around Jimmy Fallon in a hockey shootout

Justin Bieber joined Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show to introduce him hockey: Canada’s most sacred tradition next to apologising profusely to the cashier at Tim Hortons. 

Bieber showed off some impressive skills on the ice, demonstrating some quick drills and dragging a wobbly Fallon across the rink. The singer also demonstrated how to do a backhand shot, which the two practiced alongside backhanded compliments before their shootout.

“Have you lost weight?” Bieber asked. “You look a lot better than the last time I’d seen you.”

The result of their competition was very much a forgone conclusion, but it did give Bieber the opportunity to belt out “O Canada” as he took a victory lap on a Zamboni. Read more…

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Instagram prototypes “Latest Posts” feature

Instagram users who miss the reverse chronological feed might get a new way to see the most recent pics and videos from who they follow. Instagram has been spotted internally prototyping a “Latest Posts” feature. It appears as a pop-up over the main feed and brings users to a special area showing the newest content from their network.

Instagram Latest Posts

For now, this doesn’t look like a full-fledged “Most Recent” reverse-chronological feed option like what Facebook has for the News Feed. But if launched, Latest Posts could help satisfy users who want to make sure they haven’t missed anything or want to know what’s going on right now.

The prototype was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, the master of reverse engineering who’s provided tips to TechCrunch on scores of new features in development by tech giants. She generated the screenshots above from the code of Instagram’s Android app. “Welcome Back! Get caught up on the posts from [names of people you follow] and 9 more” reads the pop-up that appears over the home screen. If users tap “See Posts” instead of “Not Now”, they’re sent to a separate screen showing recent feed posts.

We’ve reached out to Instagram for a confirmation of the prototype, more details, and clarification on how Latest Posts would work. The company did not respond before press time. However, it has often confirmed the authenticity of Wong’s findings, and some of the features have gone on to officially launch months later.

Back in mid-2016, Instagram switched away from a reverse-chronological feed showing all the posts of people you follow in order of decency. Instead, it forced all users to scroll through a algorithmic feed of what it thinks you’ll like best, ranked based on who and what kind of content you interact with most. That triggered significant backlash. Some users thought they were missing posts or found the jumbled timestamps confusing. But since algorithmic feeds tend to increase engagement by ensuring the first posts you see are usually relevant, Instagram gave users no way to switch back.

Instagram previously tried to help users get assurance that they’d seen all the posts of their network with a “You’re All Caught Up” insert in the feed if you’d scrolled past everything from the past 48 hours. Latest Posts could be another way to let frequent Instagram users know that they’re totally up to date.

That might let people close the app in confidence and resume their lives.