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Some of Twitter’s most annoying ‘features’ can now be turned off

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Once upon a time, the Twitter timeline only showed posts from the people you follow. Then it started displaying tweets your friends liked, and recommendations for people to follow, and a 'What you missed' section, and tweets your friends replied to, and so on. This has led me to use Mastodon more and more, since there are no algorithms or recommendations on that platform, but most of the people I know are still on Twitter.

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Some of Twitter's most annoying 'features' can now be turned off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some Android developers see huge drops in app installs after Google ‘enhances’ Play Store algorithms

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Last August, Google announced an enhancement to its Play Store search and discovery algorithms, all in the pursuit of a better consumer experience. This was a natural next step after the company said it began tuning its algorithms "to optimize for user engagement, not just downloads" at its Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference in February 2017. In part, these moves appeared to be shots across the bow aimed at getting developers in line.

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Some Android developers see huge drops in app installs after Google 'enhances' Play Store algorithms was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google reportedly working on non-algorithmic YouTube Kids app

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

If you're not familiar with it, YouTube Kids is a mobile and TV app designed to only show child-appropriate content. However, YouTube Kids filters content using algorithms, so inappropriate content sometimes slips through. Conspiracy theories, suggestive videos depicting superhero/Disney characters, and other harmful content has been known to appear on the app.

At long last, Google is developing a version of YouTube Kids that only shows content manually approved by Google, according to a report from BuzzFeed.

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Google reportedly working on non-algorithmic YouTube Kids app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram will improve its terrible feed by showing newer posts at the top

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Instagram made the switch to a non-chronological feed a while back, and many users are still unhappy with it. Today, Instagram says it's rolling out some changes to make the feed less terrible. Well, Instagram didn't call the feed "terrible," but that seems to be the consensus outside the company. Soon, you'll see newer posts near the top and have more control over refreshing.

According to the new blog post, Instagram is testing a "New Posts" button in the feed.

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Instagram will improve its terrible feed by showing newer posts at the top was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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