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HIROLA’S monthly roundup – 5 things in March

Welcome to our monthly roundup of the best and most interesting tech, marketing, and social media news stories. This month we bring you news of delivery robots, climb aboard the hype train for a new phone, and look at a crucial iOS update. But first…

Making Twitter Great Again
From the Commander-in-chief on down, Twitter can be a noisy, nasty echo chamber that breeds bullying and harassment. And Twitter wants to change that.

Over the next few months, they’ll roll out changes designed to increase the safety of its users. These will include:

Improvements to its algorithms to help identify accounts that engage in abusive behaviour, therefore removing the burden on victims reporting harassment.
Users will have the option to limit who can see their tweets for a set amount of time.
Filtering and mute functionality will be improved to enhance the overall Twitter experience.
And further to this, Twitter has announced it will be more transparent about its actions in response to harassment reports.

Find out more the proposed changes here.

The Future is Now
From this summer, in one US State at least, we’ll see autonomous robots take to the sidewalks, crosswalks, and shared paths to fulfil deliveries.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a law which permits the use of six-wheeled robots designed to deliver parcels, groceries, and food within a two-mile radius, and in only 15 – 30 minutes.

Travelling at 4mph, they must obey all traffic and pedestrian laws and signs, and they will not be allowed to transport hazardous materials or waste.

And while these little robots can travel autonomously, the state requires a human operator either control or monitor the navigation.

Will this signal the beginning of delivery robots the world over? Only time will tell.

Safety First
Putting the recall of the combustible Note 7 behind them, Samsung is looking to the future with the Galaxy S8.

Featuring a larger display and a voice assistant (Bixby) to rival Google Assistant and Siri, this brand new phone was unveiled at a launch event in New York.

It’s bigger, sleeker, and radically redesigned, without putting any more pressure on the battery. And we can’t wait to get our hands on one to try it out.

Find out more here.

AirPod Assistance
It was an immediate concern for many consumers when Apple first announced it was losing its headphone jack: How do we keep from misplacing our (very expensive) AirPods?

Well, thankfully, Apple have now given us an answer with their latest iOS update – iOS 10.3.

If you’re already familiar with the ‘Find My Phone’ app, you simply open it and – as if by magic – it’ll locate your AirPods. Then you simply tap the action button and a sound will emanate from your missing AirPods to help you find them.

Find out more here.

Update or Miss Out

Finally, time is fast running out for Facebook and Messenger users to update their operating systems as Facebook has announced it will no longer support devices running older versions of its apps.

This includes v55 of the Facebook app and v10 of the Messenger app on Android, while the support for Facebook on Windows Phones will be pulled entirely.

Read the full list here.

And that’s March in a nutshell. Keep an eye out for our next roundup in April, and check out our other blog posts here.

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