Here is a Wrap-Up of Tech News for April 2021
April was an exciting month for technology.
Companies Apple and Twitter announced new features and products and we’ve seen more competition heat up for big audio room social media application, Clubhouse.
Interestingly enough, we also saw big movements from cryptocurrency, especially Dogecoin and the developments it had over the last month. It was definitely a super exciting month for dogecoin, especially with the fuel that Elon Musk gave it over 2021 so far.
So let’s dive into the technology wrap for the month of April 2021.
Twitter might introduce tipping to profiles
Tipping has become the biggest thing in the content creation and influencer universe in recent years. Many individuals who stream on Twitch.tv make a living from the tips they get from their viewers.
Twitter has obviously seen an opportunity in the market and will soon be testing the ‘tipping’ feature on profiles. With Twitter housing many content creators, from streamers, artists to Youtubers, it makes sense that they introduce this onto their platform where the majority of these individuals come to socialize with others and their fans.
Of course, there is no guarantee this will actually become a public feature but in my opinion, they’ll somehow make this work even if it’s not this exact feature.
Apple announces a bunch of stuff
Apple has been busy in April, releasing announcements for a few things. The first is a redesigned iMac with a slimmer display (as seen above), an Apple Silicon chip, and bright bolder colors.
One of the most important parts of this upgrade is its video camera. This is a much-needed update to the original iMac’s camera, so you’ll look much better on video now. This is most likely on the back of people working from home due to COVID-19.
The new iMac starts at $1,299, though some of the colors are reserved for the higher-end $1,499 model. It’ll be available in the second half of May, with orders starting April 30th.
The second announcement focuses on the new Apple TV streaming box, replacing the Apple TV 4K that came out a few years ago. The new remote is thicker than the prior model, has a new five-way touch controller in place of the maligned swipe pad of the original, and a proper power button to turn off your TV.
New clubhouse competitors incoming, including Facebook and, of course, Twitter
We’ve seen Clubhouse populate the webs with many celebrities and influencers jumping on the bandwagon. Clubhouse is essentially the new social media craze where users can join others in an audio room to listen and contribute towards a topic of discussion.
One of the big reasons why Clubhouse exploded in popularity was the fact so many influencers were using the platform. This meant you could literally be speaking to a famous person via the audio rooms on the platform.
However, with the huge exposure, it’s getting, Facebook and Twitter are looking to take the fight direct towards the startup. Facebook has announced multiple products that emphasize voice content recently. These products will be released over the next few months, one of which is called Live Audio Rooms (which will mimic Clubhouse).
Twitter has already arrived at the party with their own product called “Spaces”. It is already active and will leverage Twitter’s platform.
Dogecoin went on the run and then fell back again
Dogecoin, one of the many meme coins in the crypto world, took a major bull run with help from its promoters Elon Musk. After going through a similar run earlier this year, it managed to hit a high above 0.44 cents before dropping back down into the 20 cent range.
It was initially released on December 6, 2013, as a meme coin (featuring a Shiba Inu dog) by its founders but ironically has some kind of value. It has a 1-minute block interval making it faster than many other blockchains and, due to the low value of each coin, it makes it an easier coin to tip content creators.
However, at its current valuation, it doesn’t make too much sense (at least to me and I owned a bunch), so we’ll have to see what happens to it in the next year or so.