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Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

Instagram Remix on Reels duels TikTok Duets

It's safe to say that social networks these days are copying each other more blatantly than before. That sometimes goes not only for features but even the names for those features. We've seen that happen in Stories, Clubhouses, and short-form videos just to name a few. Now it seems that TikTok is once again the progenitor of a new fad, one that remixes one short video with another. TikTok called it its Duets and, after some time baking in limited testing, Instagram is now launching its own Remix on Reels.

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Samsung smart TV TikTok app revealed plus AirPlay 2 update for The Sero rotating TV

Samsung smart TV TikTok app revealed plus AirPlay 2 update for The Sero rotating TV

Samsung is bringing TikTok to its latest smart TVs, with a new app for the hit video social network one of a number of streaming media updates for its living room range. There'll also be new Apple-focused functionality for Samsung's The Sero rotating TV, intended to make casting video from an iPhone or other device more user-friendly.

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TikTok’s fate in the US hangs in limbo again

TikTok’s fate in the US hangs in limbo again

Former US President Donald Trump tried to finish as many pending tasks before his term ended but there were still many that were left unresolved. In the tech industry, one of the biggest was the fate of TikTok and its forced sale to a US company. Although the parties involved, including Oracle and Walmart, have already come into an agreement, they're still waiting for the US government approval that won't be coming anytime soon because the matter is now being reviewed again by the Biden administration.

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TikTok short format spreads to YouTube

TikTok short format spreads to YouTube

Some YouTube creators are finding an extra button in their YouTube app this week. This new button is relatively massive, appearing with a camera-like icon and a music symbol, suggesting users take advantage of the collaborative powers of the platform. The button allows the user to create a 15-second Short video.

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TikTok users get a personalized year-in-review video for 2020

TikTok users get a personalized year-in-review video for 2020

TikTok is the latest social media platform to introduce a year-in-review feature, enabling users to check out the top moments on their account from the past 12 or so months. The annual recap is simply called 'Year on TikTok,' and it joins similar yearly summary videos available on competing platforms like Instagram.

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TikTok offers four months of Apple Music to new subscribers

TikTok offers four months of Apple Music to new subscribers

Despite the controversy it is still involved in in the US, TikTok has pretty much become of the new household names even in mainstream media. The short video sharing network has attracted not just thousands if not millions of users but also brands that want to tap into that massive pool of potential customers. Those sometimes come in sponsored content or even ads but there are also other promotional partnerships available, such as this new tie-in with Apple Music that will give new subscribers an extra month free when they sign up.

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Samsung Smart TVs get exclusive TikTok TV app in Europe

Samsung Smart TVs get exclusive TikTok TV app in Europe

Its fate in the US may still be hanging in the balance but TikTok's business elsewhere around the globe continues to be strong and lucrative. In fact, it has partnered with other companies to help spread its service and its name to devices beyond smartphones. In Europe, it has signed a juicy deal with Samsung that will let users of the brand enjoy the looping short video clips on Smart TVs, giving it somewhat of a Netflix vibe.

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TikTok’s fate in the US is now even more uncertain

TikTok’s fate in the US is now even more uncertain

Social networks have repeatedly come under scrutiny by the US government but few are in danger of going out of business as TikTok is. Granted, the popular short video sharing platform would be able to continue its operations outside of the US in the worst-case scenario but losing such a large market could be fatal to the fledgling company. Thrice it has escaped a complete ban in the US but even as the final deadline lapses, TikTok remains in limbo even more than before.

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TikTok given another seven days to sell its US operations

TikTok given another seven days to sell its US operations

Almost like some of the smooth dance moves you can see on the social network, TikTok has again narrowly dodged what could be the fatal deadline that would end it, at least in the US. As the new November 27 deadline approaches, owner ByteDance was given another week to convince the US government not to ban it outright. That remains a quest of Herculean proportions as the Chinese company's multiple proposals have been repeatedly rejected already.

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Snapchat Spotlight tries paying users to steal TikTok influencers

Snapchat Spotlight tries paying users to steal TikTok influencers

It looks like Snapchat is finally rolling out its answer to TikTok. Today, Snapchat rolled out a new feature called Spotlight, which will be a dedicated space centered around highlighting the most entertaining snaps created by the Snapchat community. In order to get people using Spotlight, Snapchat is even putting up some cold hard cash that can be claimed by those who produce the most viral snaps.

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TikTok to continue operating in the US, at least for now

TikTok to continue operating in the US, at least for now

In the heat of the recent US elections, it almost seemed that the current Trump administration was too busy to remember the deadline it set for TikTok to divest or shut down its operations in the US. After months of uncertainty, TikTok has finally gotten a reprieve as the US Commerce Department announced it won't enforce the earlier order in light of a recent federal court ruling. The fight, however, isn't over yet and TikTok's fate in the US still hinges on what will happen in the country in the coming weeks.

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The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

Today the folks at Sensor Tower delivered a list of top app store downloads for iOS and Android devices for the month of September, 2020. This list has a bunch of entries you'll likely expect, like TikTok and YouTube, but a few that you might've never heard of before, like Snack Video. Suffice to say - we're dealing with a COVID-19 universe in the app market right now: these lists make that very clear.

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