• Instagram Testing Replacing Search With Reels

    Instagram recently launched a new feature that’s part of its service called Reels. This is Instagram’s version and answer to TikTok, although given that it is buried within Instagram which is already packed full of features, we imagine that it might be a bit hard for users to find out how to use it.

    This is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that for some Instagram users, it appears that the company is trying out a new design with its app, where they have replaced the Search button at the bottom navigation row for a Reels button. The idea behind it is that by placing Reels more prominently, users will be able to find it easily and make or watch videos.

    Search will not be gone, obviously, and the Search button has since been moved to the top. If you don’t see these changes, don’t worry because

  • Want to Save Lives? Name Heat Waves Like Hurricanes

    This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

    Last summer, a monstrous heat wave descended on the United States. It claimed four lives in Maryland, one in Arizona, and one in Arkansas. Temperatures skyrocketed, with heat indexes—the measure of how hot it feels outside—reaching between 100 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. Power outages wreaked havoc on the residents of New York City and Washington, DC, who were left sweating in their homes.

    That heat wave caused fatalities on par with many of the named hurricanes that circulate in the Gulf of Mexico. But unlike hurricanes—the worst of which carry memorable household names like Harvey, Sandy, or Maria—the July 2019 heat wave went nameless.

    Now, as triple-digit heat waves set records around the country and around the world, a group of health experts, climate scientists, and policymakers are trying

  • Google Pixel 5 Might Only Come In An XL Variant

    For the past few years, without fail, Google releases a new Pixel phone that comes in two sizes. One is the base size and the other is an “XL” version. However, it seems that this year could be different as Google might only release the XL version of the upcoming Pixel 5 handset that will be announced this fall.

    This is according to a tweet by @ImjustSayingJC who claims that Google will only release an XL version of the Pixel 5, and that it will cost $699. Google had previously announced the Pixel 4a which is a mid-ranger handset. The company later confirmed their plans for the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5.

    We’re not

  • Telegram launches one-on-one video calls on iOS and Android

    Secure messaging app Telegram has launched an alpha version of one-on-one video calls on both its Android and iOS apps, the company announced, saying 2020 had “highlighted the need for face-to-face communication.”

    In a blog post marking its seventh anniversary, Telegram described the process for starting a video call: tap the profile page of the person you want to connect with. Users are able to switch video on or off at any time during a call, and the video calls support picture-in-picture mode, so users can continue scrolling through the app if that call gets boring. Video calls will have end-to-end-encryption, Telegram’s blog posts states, one of the app’s defining features for its audio calls and texting.


    “Our apps for Android and iOS have reproducible builds, so anyone can verify encryption and confirm that their app uses the exact same open source code that we publish with each