weekly top 10 tech news May 6, 2016

Stay up-to-date on the top tech news and trends each week with our Weekly Top 10 Tech. See something we missed? Tag @swebdevelopment on Facebook and Twitter! Here’s our top 10 for this week:

1. Why Instagram Paid Out $10,000 To A 10-Year-Old Finnish Kid

Like many large firms, Instagram pays security researchers to notify them when they find vulnerabilities in their platform. The ten-year-old boy from Helsinki discovered a bug that allowed him to delete anyone’s comments, and is the youngest person to be paid through their “bug bounty” program.

2. Starbucks Creates Its Own Set Of Emojis

If you can’t get enough of your favorite frappuccino, then you’re in luck. Starbucks has rolled out its own set of themed emojis which are available for download in the app store.

3. Twitter Rolls Out ‘Connect’ To Help You Follow More Accounts

Twitter has added a new feature to its mobile app called Connect, which recommends people to follow based on who you follow, tweets, you like, and popular local accounts, along with a number of other considerations. This new feature is an effort to attract more users and engagement to increase profitability.

4. Giphy Keys For iOS Puts GIFs At Your Fingertips

In addition to putting your favorite funny GIFs at your fingertips, Giphy’s new keyboard also enables users to easily type text messages within the keyboard without having to toggle back and forth between apps and keyboards.

5. How Facebook Decides What ‘Trending’ News You See

As Facebook continues to grow as a preferred news source among its users, it’s important to understand how those trending news topics are chosen–here’s a closer look at how that process works.

6. Netflix Now Lets You Control How Much Data It Uses When Streaming From Your Smartphone

If you’re worried about going over your data plan while streaming your favorite Netflix shows on your smartphone, fret no more. Netflix is adding a new feature that allows users to choose how much data is used during streaming over your wireless network.

7. Periscope Is Beta Testing A Feature That May Let You Save Streams Forever

With Facebook’s drive to push its own Live video, Periscope is playing with the option to let user videos remain on their profiles permanently instead of disappearing after 24 hours. At this point users can add #save to their video title to keep it in their feed, although it is still recommended that you save any important videos to your camera roll.

8. Instagram Is Launching New Video Slideshow Ads

With the rise of sponsored ads, Instagram is now offering video slideshow ads which will let advertisers show 3-5 videos for users to scroll through. The thought is that videos are better than static images, and carousels are better than single images, so combining the two was a natural next step.

9. This Designer Recreated His Website To Run Off Chatbots Instead Of Menus And Here’s What Happened

There has been a lot of talk recently of the bot revolution and whether they will take over user experience and make UX designers less relevant. One designer decided to face this fear head on and redesigned his site with a personalized chatbot that helped visitors navigate his site. Here’s what he discovered.

10. Facebook Just Changed Its Android App In A Huge Way

Facebook announced last month that its Live video feature would take center stage within its app, and that change has arrived for Android users. Clicking through the Facebook Live button brings you to an entirely different feed focused exclusively on live videos from users you’re already following or Facebook thinks you’d enjoy. Live video is being pushed as the new central experience on Facebook, and the same update is expected to come to iOS soon.

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