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Twitter has come up with a new prompt that could be shown to users before they engage or reply to a particular tweet. The plan is to warn them that the conversation can possibly get intense and heated. 

The micro-blogging platform is currently piloting prompts for its apps on Android and iOS, that would inform users about a conversation that could get heated. The company says it is working on the feature as part of its efforts to “better support healthy conversation” on the platform.

The company shared an image of the feature in action, showing a tweet with multiple quoted tweets and a reply under it, as an example of a tweet that might have received controversial replies. Under the regular tweet action bar, the new prompt will notify “Heads up” followed by “Conversations like this can be intense”. According to the company, the service might consider the topic of the tweet and the relationship between the tweet author and the person replying to display the prompt.

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TikTok has launched an app for LG’s 2020 and 2021 smart TVs. The app is already available in these recent webOS 5.0 and webOS 6.0 models with a firmware update that started rolling out on October 7th, but will also be coming to older 2019 models “in the coming months.”

The app is primarily launching in the UK, France, and Germany, the TV manufacturer announced. Considering how optimized TikTok is for portrait-mode mobile viewing, it’s not going to look great on living room televisions. But TikTok is claimed to be trying to reach a broader audience with its smart TV apps, as well as to tap into the higher advertising rates associated with TV viewing.

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PayPal has launched cryptocurrency trading on its platform in the United Kingdom. This is the first expansion of crypto trading on PayPal outside the US, where the service was launched in November 2020. 

Crypto trading will only be available to customers with verified accounts. Users will also get real-time prices and educational contents related to cryptocurrency on the platform. The company announced that all eligible PayPal customers in the UK can now buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, BitcoinCash, and Litecoin.

PayPal says it has over 375 million daily active users and 30 million merchants on the platform. While the company does not charge any fee for holding cryptocurrency, it is charging users for transactions and currency conversions.

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Facebook teamed up with Ray-Ban to create its first “smart glasses”, with a pair of cameras, a microphone and speaker to listen to podcasts, and a voice assistant to help users do the whole thing hands-free. 

Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are powered with two 5-megapixel cameras which can capture images with 2,592x1,944 pixels resolution and 30-second videos with 1,184x1,184 pixels resolution. Users can capture and store around 500 images and 35 videos of 30 seconds each. The cameras are equipped with an external-facing LED as a privacy feature that will allow others to know when they are being captured. 

Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories price ranges from $299 to $379(roughly Rs. 22,000-Rs. 27,900). The frames come in four color variants i.e. Black, Blue, Brown, and Green. Customers will also get an option to customize lenses as per need. These smart glasses can be purchased online via Ray-Ban's website and through selective retail stores in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, UK, and US. Its availability in India is not yet confirmed.

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Twitter announced that it is piloting emoji reactions for tweets that go beyond a simple “Like”. 

In the upcoming days, users in Turkey will be able to respond to tweets with the “Face with tears of joy”, “Thinking face,” “Clapping hands,” “Crying face,” emojis or a simple “Heart.” This test is only scheduled to run for a limited time, but Twitter says it might expand it to users in more countries depending on the response.

The aim is to give people more ways to quickly show how they feel about a tweet. The emoji are accessible via a long-press of the Like button, while a short tap will send a regular Like. Rumors of the test emerged earlier this year after users reported being surveyed about potential emoji for inclusion.

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According to a recently published report by analyst firm App Annie, app users in the UK and US are spending more time on TikTok than on YouTube. 

The short-video app is considered to have “upended the streaming and social landscape”. The report also states that the average watch time per user in the US on TikTok was approximately nine percent more than that on YouTube.  However, the difference was much more vivid, in the UK where the average time spent per user on TikTok was over 64 percent more than on YouTube. The growth comes despite the ban of TikTok in India, which was the largest market for the app. 

Though YouTube managed to retain its leadership for overall time spent among social, communication, photo and video, and entertainment apps globally. The average time spent data posted by App Anni is based on the consumption of Android users.

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WhatsApp is reportedly working on the message reactions. Message reactions or also known as Emoji Reactions will let users react to a specific text in a conversation with an emoji. Users will be able to react using any emojis as per their will. 

WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo said that the reactions will show up below the chat bubble in a small dialog box and they won't be anonymous. Everyone in the conversation will be able to see who reacted to a specific message. This feature is currently under development so even the Beta users will not be able to spot it yet.

The messaging app is also allegedly working on the new chat bubble redesign for iOS users, a UI change that has already been introduced for Android beta users. The new redesign brings a more rounded chat bubble with a new green colour. WhatsApp is also trying to expand the new archive interface for multi-device function users.

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World's largest and most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin, scaled $50,940 (roughly Rs. 37.23 lakhs) on Monday (September 6) afternoon. The price of the cryptocurrency touched $51,809.55 (roughly Rs 37.87 lakh). This is the highest ascent for the currency since May when it took a downturn after reaching a record high of $65,000 (roughly Rs 47.51 lakh). 

After consolidating for a few months since May on August 23, Bitcoin had touched $50,505 (roughly Rs. 36.91 lakhs). In the last couple of weeks, Bitcoin had been trading between $46,500 and $50,000 (roughly Rs. 34 lakh to Rs. 37 lakh). Bitcoin price in India at 6pm on September 6 was around Rs. 39,60,000.

On a side note, in June, a proposal by El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele to embrace the cryptocurrency as a legal tender had received approval. Bitcoin's rise above $50,000 on Monday comes just a day prior to the South American nation's plan to recognise the cryptocurrency. The law will take effect tomorrow (September 7).

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Ecommerce tycoon Amazon seems to be all set to launch Amazon-branded TVs in the American market. The Alexa-powered smart televisions could be launched as soon as October this year. 

The Amazon-branded television has been under development for the past two years, said ‘Business Insider’. The upcoming televisions will be powered by Amazon's own voice assistant Alexa and will be launched in screen sizes ranging from 55-inch and 75-inch. These TVs will be manufactured by partnering with third-party makers such as TCL.

Amazon sells a good number of consumer electronic devices such as smart displays, smart speakers and Fire TV sticks, and many others. It is now looking forward to adding smart televisions to the list. Though the official launch date is not declared yet.

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For the very first time Apple will allow apps like Netflix, Spotify, Kindle to link their website where users can sign up and manage new and existing accounts.

Currently, app developers are required to use Apple's in-app purchase systems, and can't usually direct users to buy content elsewhere. Which means that some apps do not offer in-app links to the designated websites where user could sign up and it only works if the user already has a subscription obtained from elsewhere. The upcoming change would include apps providing already purchased content or subscriptions to "digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video". Though it does not cover games, where the App Store rules are currently the subject of a legal dispute with ‘Fortnite’ developer Epic Games.

Apple claims the change named "reader apps" will be available globally from early 2022.