Google Confirms that Google+ is Shutting Down April 2, 2019

Google+

Google has confirmed that Google+ will officially be shutting down to the public on April 2, 2019. The Mountain View tech giant had already indicated that their social network was going to shut down this year after two significant data leaks were discovered. Those leaks exposed over 50 million users data and the company, rather … Read moreGoogle Confirms that Google+ is Shutting Down April 2, 2019

Tumblr Returns to The App Store as Adult Content Ban Nears

Tumblr on iPhone XS

The month-long saga of Tumblr and the App Store is over.  Yesterday, the micro-blogging app returned to the store as the service’s adult content ban is set to start on Monday, December 17.  The app is available for both iPhone and iPad. In November, the Tumblr app suddenly disappeared from the App Store without warning. … Read moreTumblr Returns to The App Store as Adult Content Ban Nears

Tumblr to Block Adult Content Starting December 17

Tumblr for iOS

In the wake of their app being removed by Apple from the App Store for child pornography, Tumblr has announced sweeping changes for the social networking site.  Beginning December 17, 2018 adult content will be banned on the site.  No more adult content will be allowed to be uploaded while existing blogs with adult content will be filtered and not accessible by anyone under 18.

Tumblr is defining adult content as “Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.”

Some nudity will be allowed however.

Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.

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Tumblr for iOS Pulled Over Child Porn Concerns

Tumblr for iOS

Over the weekend, the social networking app Tumblr was removed from the App Store.  It was unexpected and it was assumed at the time that there was a technical issue with the app that caused its removal.  Indeed, even Tumblr said it was working to resolve the issue.  It turns out, it was far worse than a technical problem.

When an update was provided to Apple for approval late last week, Apple denied the update and removed the app from the App Store. That is because suspected child pornography was found on the site.  The news broke on the issue after Download.com reached out to Tumblr and got the details.

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Twitter Begins Rollout of New Section-Based Search Page

Twitter Search Sections

The social networking-meets micro-blogging app Twitter has begun rolling out a much improved search page within the iOS app today.  The update brings a new section-based view to the search page within the app, allowing you to quickly narrow down Tweets you are interested in seeing.

The update is a cloud-side update from Twitter so as long as you have the latest version from the App Store, you should see it already or will shortly.  Like other apps, the cloud-side update is a rolling update so not everyone will have it yet.  It is also only in the US today.

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Instagram Update Brings Support for The iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max

Instagram for iPhone

Instagram has a new update rolling out that is specifically aimed at the new iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max.  The update brings native support to the new 6.1″ and 6.5″ iPhones, so you will be able to see slightly more content and it will be more crisp.  Prior to this update, on the iPhone XS Max, the social networking app was more-or-less a scaled up version to fit the larger screen.  That works but it isn’t a clear and clean on the text.

Of course, the iPhone XS is already supported given that the iPhone X was supported natively after its release last year.

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Ability to Add Social Network Accounts Removed in MacOS Mojave

No Social Networking Accounts in MacOS Mojave

If you had your Facebook or Twitter account signed into from MacOS High Sierra and used the widget in the Notification Center to send updates and Tweets, bad news is coming in MacOS Mojave.  The ability to add these accounts and the Social widget in Notification Center have been removed.

If you go into Settings>Accounts, you will note that you no longer have the ability to add these social network accounts to your Mac and the Social widget has been completely removed from Mojave.

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Social Networking App Path Calls Time – Shutting Down Next Month

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After launching over five years ago, a lifetime in the app world, the social networking app Path is calling it a day.  Notifications to subscribers and users of the app were sent out yesterday with the app being fully shut down in mid-October.

Path was a unique take on social networking, allowing you to string together music, photos, check-ins, and other meta content into a “path” throughout your day.  It was great because you essentially had a rich timeline of your activities for any given day.

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