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YouTube Launches Picture-in-Picture Mode on iOS in The YouTube TV 📺 App
YouTube is finally launching the Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode for iPhones and iPads, allowing you to watch videos on YouTube while using other apps on your mobile device.
In a Twitter post, the company said, “We’re happy to share that picture-in-picture is now rolling out to your iOS 15+ devices. Simply select a video to watch and swipe ⬆️ from the bottom of the screen to return to the device’s homepage. The video can scale down and move across your screen.”
With this new feature, you’ll be able to keep watching YouTube TV when you navigate away from the YouTube TV app.
When you close the YouTube app, the video will be displayed in a small window, which you will be able to move to different corners of your device screen.
While the feature has been available on Android for years, it’s good to see that YouTube has finally rolled out the feature to iOS devices. However, it’s worth noting that the feature will only be available to those iOS users who have a YouTube Premium subscription.
Apple 📱 to Allow Reader Apps Sign up New Subscribers Without Paying Fees
Apple has announced that it will now let ‘reader apps,’ which allow users to access libraries of content on their phones, use external links inside their apps to enable users to sign up or manage their accounts, the company said.
The tech giant said, “Starting today, with the update of App Store Review guideline 3.1.3(a), developers of reader apps can now request access to the External Link Account Entitlement.” It added saying, “This entitlement lets reader apps link to a website that is owned or maintained by the developer so that users can create or manage their account outside of the app.”
Apple previously restricted app makers from directing users to sign up through a website. However, this move will enable reader apps to handle their own customer management for users acquired through the app.
The change, which was announced in 2021 as part of a settlement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission, applies to apps that provide magazines, audio, newspapers, books, music, or video content. These apps include some of the most popular apps on Apple’s App Store, including Netflix and Spotify.
Bengal Energy to Mine ⛏ Bitcoin Using Stranded Gas Wells in Australia 🇦🇺
Bengal Energy, a Canadian gas and oil miner, will be conducting a pilot program that involves accessing formerly “stranded” gas wells with portable Bitcoin mining rigs.
Bengal Energy would reportedly carry out a trial project that is expected to entail about 70 Bitcoin mining rigs.
All of them would be placed in the local mining industry as a ‘donga.’ They would further be constructed near an array of stranded gas wells, which were previously out of operation in Australia’s Cooper Basin.
The company has acquired the gas wells from its local oil and gas extraction partners, Santos Energy and Bridgeport Energy.
A distribution pipeline work is in progress, which would act as a bridge for the gas wells that are being constructed by Bengal Energy.
A pilot donga will be entailed with 66 mining rigs that can generate approximately 0.005 BTC per day. If the pilot is successful, Bengal Energy will look to multiply its Bitcoin mining output by a factor of 10 to 20 times.
Token And Equity Management Startup Sprout Raises $3 Million 💰
Sprout, a Hong Kong-based token and equity management company, has raised $3 million in its seed funding round.
The funding was led by Sequoia Capital India and included other venture capitalists and firms, such as Sovereign’s Capital, NDN2 Vision Fund, Firsthand Ventures, along with other Hong Kong SAR Government–led funding programs. The round also saw participation from angel investor Ruby Lu.
Founded in 2019 by Andy Lee and Tony Sun, Sprout offers cloud-based, automated Stakeholder Management software as a service. The startup aims to empower its stakeholders with seamless finance management and knowledge with the aid of its well-devised equity management software.
It wants to expand its presence to multiple industries, including but not limited to FinTech, e-commerce, insurance, and more.
The startup plans to use the fresh funds to add more product and engineering staff to its current team of 30 and expand in Singapore.
The capital will also help the company in its expansion plans to launch a new token management platform, Folium.
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Terra Smash Buys Bitcoins Worth $139 Million: Terra Smash, a bitcoin wallet, has bought bitcoins worth $139 million, bringing its total reserves up to 31,000 bitcoin or $1.47 billion. The wallet address believed to belong to Terra (although not officially confirmed) received another 2,943.00002511 BTC ($139 million) on March 30.
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