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Snapchat may extend stories features on web: report

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San Francisco, Dec 28, 2017: Popular photo-sharing platform Snapchat is working on extending the reach of its “Stories” feature on the web as it also continues to test a major redesign of its Android and iOS apps, reports say.

“Snapchat is developing a new product called ‘Stories Everywhere’ with a goal of making ‘Stories’ available outside the app for the first time and kick-starting the app’s stagnant user growth,” technology website Cheddar reported late Wednesday.

The company is also likely to makes it easier to share videos on other platforms through a web player that prompts people to sign up and download the app, the report added.

Meanwhile, Snap Inc. — the parent company of Snapchat has hired Rahul Chopra — the former Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Video at News Corp and also the CEO of social data agency Storyful to lead the project.

“Stories” allows the user to string together pictures and videos taken throughout the day.

Similar to social media giant Facebook’s “timeline”, this feature is public for all friends on the platform.

Snapchat is expected to overtake Facebook for the first time in the US as the user growth of the latter is set to slow among teenagers and adults, a report by market research firm eMarketer said recently.

The app currently has 166 million users globally. (IANS)

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Apple devices accidentally sending emergency SOS alerts

Apple users have been complaining about their devices accidentally sending emergency SOS alerts to the police when worn or used in a wrong way

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  • Apple users are complaining
  • The complaints are about their devices sending unnecessary SOS messages
  • This is causing a lot of inconvenience to the users and authorities

Apple users have been complaining about their devices accidentally sending emergency SOS alerts to the police when worn or used in a wrong way, the media reported.

“If you sleep on your Apple Watch the wrong way, you might get a wake-up call from the police. That’s what happened to Jason Rowley, who tweeted about the incident earlier this week. It’s a problem for iPhones too, since the same alert can be triggered through the side button,” The Verge reported late on Sunday.

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The police are accustomed to such misdials. IANS

“Using his watch as a sleep tracker, he ended up holding down the crown button to trigger an emergency call to the police, who showed up in his bedroom at 1 a.m.,” the report added. The man reportedly said that the police were friendly and helpful and “accustomed to WatchOS misdials” like this. The feature is called “Emergency SOS” which was rolled out as part of WatchOS 4 and iOS 11 OS.

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It works when a user is in danger or otherwise in need of help. It is a potentially life-saving feature but of course, butt dials are going to be more common than actual emergencies. Meanwhile, several Apple users have been reporting about similar incidents on Twitter.

A user named Colin Weir tweeted last week: “Apple Watch really needs an ‘I’m changing bands please don’t trigger emergency SOS or password wipe’ mode.”

These accidental SOS calls are causing inconvenience to many.

Another user named George Edmunds wrote on the micro-blogging site: “Pissed up getting home last night and somehow pressed emergency SOS on my phone and fell asleep woke up to loads of calls my sister thought I fell in snow and was dying.” IANS

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