According to a Tuesday report from TechCrunch, TikTok is testing a repost button, a new way for users to share videos with their followers. The button is comparable to Twitter’s Retweet feature, allowing people to share a clip that will then appear on their friends’ For You page (or in their homepage feed).
The repost button reportedly appears below the share arrow on the right panel of the screen, where you can send already TikTok videos directly to friends or post them on social media. Reposted videos will not appear on your Tiktok profile. Instead, they’ll only appear in your friends’ feeds, TechCrunch says.
A TikTok representative told CNET, “We are always looking for new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience. Currently, we are working on a new way for people to share TikTok videos. experimenting with.”
The repost option appears only when you watch a video on its For You page, TechCrunch notes. This means if you find a video on the Discover page or in a message in your TikTok inbox it will not show up.
Plus, these recommended videos will appear in people’s feeds only if they follow the person who reposted the clip and that person also follows them. TechCrunch says the company is testing the button “with a small number of users.”
Currently, TikTok users who want to share a video have the option to stitch or duet it, for which they have to contribute by giving feedback in some way or adding it to a clip. A repost button will let them easily share the clip without adding or creating their own content.
Apple is reportedly adding a new voice option to Siri that is gender neutral. According to Axios, this voice option for English speakers was added in the latest beta version of iOS 15.4 on Tuesday.
Apple is continuing to test the update for iOS 15.4. This will be the next version of iOS 15, which was initially launched in the fall of 2021. As of now, the beta version of iOS 15.4 also includes a new batch of emoji, security improvements, Face ID refresh, and Universal Controls. iOS 15.4 is due to roll out sometime in the spring.
Apple did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment, but told Axios it is “excited to introduce a new Siri voice for English speakers, giving users more options to choose the voice that speaks to them.” See you.”
Last year, Apple removed Siri’s female voice as the default when it launched iOS 14.5, giving iPhone and iPad users in the US the ability to choose their own voice preference. In an effort to promote diversity, the company also added two new Black Voices with American accents for the digital assistant. Currently, Siri’s English language options include British, American, Irish, Indian, Australian and South African accents.
Although Apple hasn’t made an official announcement, it is rumored that the company will host its next product event on March 8 with plans to unveil new devices and features.
Nextdoor, a social media platform for neighborhoods, hasn’t changed much over the years, but it may be starting to change.
On Tuesday, the company unveiled new features, including the ability for users to send requests to connect with neighbors so that posts, comments and reactions from their connections can be highlighted in the app’s News Feed. Nextdoor users will also be able to mention their neighbors they connect with in their comments and posts. The app will recommend neighbors you know.
Nextdoor users can greet new neighbors with reactions and virtual gifts such as cookies and flower emoji. A redesigned profile will encourage users to add a short bio, chosen pronouns and a picture of themselves.
The company is also redesigning the layout of the platform to make the app easier to find and remove repetitive and outdated links. The revised layout and more relevant feeds are currently being tested and will be rolled out globally in the coming months.
Kiran Prasad, Product Head, Nextdoor, said in an interview that the updates are part of the company’s new product strategy to help neighbors and organizations build a community where they exchange valuable information, goods and services.
The creation of what Nextour calls an “actively valuable community” underscores how the social network sees itself differently from apps like Facebook, Twitter and the short-form video app TikTok. Prasad said apps like Facebook are platforms people come to for fun while Nextdoor is a place where users complete tasks like finding a local electrician or finding a lost pet.