Top tech stories of the week: September 16

Top tech stories of the week: September 16

This week the world of technology had a lot to share. Apple stayed busy, stocking its shelves with the latest products and rolling out iOS 16 on the iPhone 8 and newer devices. Social media platforms continued to trick each other: Instagram began testing a new feed repost feature similar to Twitter, and TikTok launched experiments with a new BeReal-style feature called TikTok Now. And on another note, we received an update on the status of Elon Musk’s tumultuous $44 billion Twitter deal.

Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the week’s best tech stories so you can stay up-to-date on industry trends.

Apple released iOS 16

On Monday, Apple unveiled iOS 16, or what it calls the “biggest update ever to the lock screen,” for the iPhone 8 and newer models. Within the updated OS, users can now add a depth effect to the background and change the font or type style of the time display. In addition, users can choose to display either one static image as a background, or they can choose a new gallery feature that switches between multiple images.

Elsewhere, iOS 16 offers new widgets that streamline access to important information, including alarms, time zones, calendar events and more; and notifications now appear from the bottom of the screen. In iMessage, users can now sync content including movies and music via SharePlay, ideal for both work collaboration and leisurely activities.

Twitter shareholders voted to approve Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition

As Musk continues to try to pull out of the massive deal, a majority of Twitter shareholders on Tuesday approved the Tesla chief’s $44 billion buyout. During their meeting, which reportedly lasted just seven minutes, shareholders approved two separate proposals.

The first proposal followed the merger agreement, in which Musk would buy Twitter as a private company; and the second proposal provided context for how Twitter executives would be compensated pending the deal’s approval.

The company did not share the exact number of shareholders who voted to approve the proposals, although it will disclose those numbers at a later date.

Instagram began testing a new repost tool

People have long been able to share other users’ content to their Facebook and Twitter feeds, and it looks like Instagram is preparing to introduce its own version of the popular feature. Of course, users can already share other people’s content to their Stories, but this latest test also allows Instagrammers to “recommend” content on their own feed, a first for the social media giant.

“We’re exploring the possibility of rebroadcasting posts in the feed — the same way you can rebroadcast in Stories — so people can share what resonates with them, and so original creators are credited for their work,” a Meta spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. “We plan to test this soon with a small number of people.”

Users will reportedly be able to reply to a repost with a message. Instagram has yet to confirm when or if the feature will roll out publicly.

Comcast shared plans to introduce 2Gbps Internet in the US

Comcast will soon make 2Gbps internet available in the US, specifically in 34 cities before the end of this year. Initial destinations will include Augusta, Colorado Springs, Panama City Beach and Philadelphia, though the company notes that upload speeds will be limited to 200 Mbps initially. Symmetrical speeds will be available in 2023.

“We’re making our network even smarter and faster, allowing us to rapidly deliver true multi-gig WiFi to tens of millions of business and residential customers at an unprecedented pace,” said Comcast Cable Chief Technology Officer Charlie Herrin. “Whatever the application, whatever the future holds, our network and world-class whole-home Wi-Fi experience will be there and ready to power all of our customers’ connected experiences.”

The company said the project has been in the works for two years. The goal is to deliver 2Gbps speeds to more than 50 million households by the end of 2025.

TikTok started experimenting with a new BeReal-Style feature

TikTok Now, like BeReal, will ask users to post either a photo (from both the front and rear cameras) or a 10-second video in a limited time frame during a new test that is scheduled to run in the “coming weeks .” In the US, the feature will be available in the flagship TikTok app, although other countries may receive an entirely new app dedicated to the new tool.

While the popular video-sharing app is no stranger to other companies duping its original features, this test is among TikTok’s first attempts to borrow a core concept from another platform. TikTok has yet to confirm whether the feature will become permanent on the platform.

Apple’s latest iPhones and Apple Watches launched globally

On Friday, Apple’s new iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE hit the shelves of the technology giant’s stores worldwide.

Among the many product launches, the iPhone 14 Pro stands out, with Dynamic Island, a forward-looking design feature that operates intuitively alongside a pill-shaped notch, as well as an Always-on display and a first-time 48-megapixel camera. Elsewhere, the Apple Watch Series 8 enhances the company’s top-tier health and safety features, with a host of new technologies such as temperature-sensing features, retrospective ovulation estimates, Crash Detection and international roaming.

Go to Apple’s website to shop the full product list.

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