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Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and the news you may have missed: GENERAL the competition of the TikTok-Oracle-Walmart deal continues to drag on, with speculation that the deal will not conclude until after the election. Facebook’s NPE team has made its crowdsourced prediction app “Forecast” publicly available in the US and Canada. You can check it out here. Google continues to double down on retail, now offering free listings on the shopping tab in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Google is also launching local services ads. Available in 10 countries (not the US), this ad unit ...Read More
Hello This is a special edition update of Last Week in Digital Media. TIKTOK As you may recall, a ruling was expected on the TikTok ban before the deadline at 11:59pm US ET on Sunday the 27th of September. The judge ruled in TikTok’s favor. This means that TikTok will still be available in the app store. Full details of the ruling here (PDF link). Joshua ...Read More
Hey! Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all of the news you may have missed. GENERAL the TikTok ban continues to be in the news, with TikTok filing a preliminary injunction to stop enforcing the ban scheduled for this Sunday (9/27). The judge making the decision even asked the US Government if they would consider delaying the ban, so he had time to make a decision. Where it stands as of Sunday afternoon (9/27) is the judge promised a ruling before the ban is due to come into effect which is 11:59pm US ET. for those tracking, the ...Read More
This TikTok US Ban summary and timeline was prepared by Joshua Lowcock, drawing on public information. This includes updates from the weekend of September 19th and 20th, where the Whitehouse gave preliminary approval of a proposed TikTok deal. TIKTOK US BAN TIMELINE (9/20) if you're wondering how we got here, it all comes from an August US Presidential Executive Order that sought to ban TikTok (and separately, WeChat). fast forward a few weeks and the sale of TikTok’s US business looked like it was making progress. Oracle confirmed it was the successful party with a Bytedance/TikTok in a very briefly worded ...Read More
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media. It’s impossible to review the week without putting the TikTok updates first (it’s almost last week in TikTok). Here’s a breakdown of the key TikTok events as they played out during the week and into the weekend: TIKTOK the sale of TikTok’s US business looked like it was making progress. Oracle confirmed it was the successful party with a Bytedance/TikTok in a very briefly worded statement. Microsoft issued a statement that it had not been successful. Meanwhile, Walmart, who had partnered with Microsoft, didn’t give up hope. reports surfaced that Walmart still ...Read More
If you're like me, you're probably frustrated with the large power brick that ships with your laptop. It takes up too much room in your bag, it's impossible to keep the cables tidy, etc. If you're after a smaller and easy to keep tidy laptop charging setup, then I can help. This is my personal laptop charging setup. I use a Lenovo Laptop which according to the power brick is a 45W charger. Most laptops require at least 45W. You can check what you need on the brick of your original charger but a word of advice, you're unlikely to ...Read More
Important I am not affiliated with Apple and this is my personal experience. I am not paid by Apple. If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or buy my book on Amazon (it has nothing to do with technology). It helps keeps this page ad-free. Thank you! With Apple iOS 14 releasing on Sept 16th in the US, they have made further changes to the way the Apple ID is both used, accessed, and controlled. If you have different user accounts for iCloud and a different one for the AppStore such as you need ...Read More
Hello Here's your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. GENERAL twitter is making further improvements to the way it gives context to trends, adding headlines, and improved descriptions, so you have more information on why something is trending. Chrome will start blocking 'heavy' ads as of Chrome 85 (available now). A 'heavy' ad is one that uses more the 4Mb of network data or takes 60s of CPU time. There are controls in place to ensure this does discourage specific ad formats, such as video. Instagram is testing a new layout, with dedicated ...Read More