Instagram is Experimenting 🧪 With a Full-Screen Home Mode For Its Feed

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Instagram is Experimenting 🧪 With a Full-Screen Home Mode For Its Feed

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Instagram is testing a new feature that would offer a similar, instantly immersive experience, which it says is designed to “bring video more front and center.”

In a Twitter post, Instagram head Adam Mosseri confirmed the test saying, “We’re testing a new, immersive viewing experience in the main Home feed.”

The Meta-owned platform also shared an image of what an upgraded news feed would look like, with photos taking up the complete screen, while likes, comments, and other features will appear at the top rather than the bottom where they showed previously.

Instagram says that other features will remain unchanged, with Stories, notifications, and messages being available at the top when users open the app and buttons for Home, Search, Shop, Reels, and Profile appearing at the bottom.

With this new feature, Instagram is looking to increase its revenues and also win back some of the users it has lost to other rival video-publishing apps.

Twitter Testing Twitter Circle ⭕, a Feature to Send Tweets to Select People

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Microblogging platform Twitter is testing a new feature called ‘Twitter Circle’ that will allow users to share their tweets with a limited audience.

The new feature will reportedly let users pick up to 150 people to join their Circle, including followers and non-followers alike.

In a Twitter post, the company said, “Some Tweets are for everyone & others are just for people you’ve picked. We’re now testing Twitter Circle, which lets you add up to 150 people who can see your Tweets when you want to share with a smaller crowd. Some of you can create your own Twitter Circle beginning today!”

The new feature is currently in the early stages and is being tested with a limited number of people around the world for iOS, Android, and web apps.

If Twitter Circle is available to a user, they will see the option to create a Circle when they compose a new tweet. Anyone invited to a Twitter Circle can interact with them, the company noted.

Kraken Opens Waitlist For Its NFT Marketplace 🎊🎉

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Crypto exchange Kraken has finally opened a waitlist for its non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace in beta four months after the company CEO Jesse Powell announced the initiative.

The company touts its NFT marketplace as “the complete solution for exploring, curating, and securing your NFT collection.”

Kraken says that users of the new platform will not pay any fees for trades, as crypto traders won’t be charged any blockchain network fees for trading activity on the platform.

However, gas fees will be charged when tokens and NFTs are transferred off the platform.

“Once your NFT is custodied with Kraken NFT, you will not pay any blockchain network fees for trading activity that takes place within our platform. This helps you build your dream collection with near-instant transfer speeds and the peace of mind that spikes in network activity will not impact the cost of your purchases and trades,” Kraken announced in its blog post.

While the NFT platform will eventually offer support for multiple blockchains via a single interface, it will only support Ethereum and Solana NFTs at launch.

Spatial Intelligence Startup SLAMcore Nabs $16 Million in Series A Funding 💰

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SLAMcore, a vision-based location and mapping for robots, autonomous machines, and consumer electronics products, has raised $16 million in its Series A funding round.

The funding was led by ROBO Global Ventures and Presidio Ventures. Samsung Ventures, Toyota Ventures, and Yamato Holdings, along with Amadeus Capital, Global Brain, IP Group, MMC, and Octopus also participated in the funding.

Founded in 2016, SLAMcore is a London-headquartered company that provides location, mapping, and perception software for robots and other autonomous machines to become spatially intelligent.

The platform enables fast prototyping and development of commercial products using visual SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) software for autonomous location, mapping, and perception.

The company develops industry-leading algorithms for machines and robots to understand where they are and what’s around them — in an affordable way.

By bridging the divide between demo videos and real-world performance, SLAMcore is transforming the vision of its customers into a tangible reality.

SLAMcore is planning to invest the latest proceeds towards expanding its consumer-grade suite of offerings.

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