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How to create an account and use Threads

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Connected: Threads allows you to sign up using your already existing Instagram account.

Threads has landed. And judging by its fast-growing fan base within the first two days of its launch, it is here to stay.

According to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg more than 70 million people signed up to Threads in less than 48h – a record breaking for the new app, built by the Instagram team. The social media platform for sharing text updates and joining public conversations, is hassle-free to join, as users can import photo and bios from Instagram. Threads also allows users to automatically follow everyone they already follow on Instagram. And for those who subscribed for Meta’s verified services, the blue tick is also being featured on their Threads brand new accounts.

How does Threads work and how to join the app?

Threads is an app that’s separate from the Instagram app. To find it, go to the App Store or Google Play on your phone and type in “Threads Instagram app” into the search bar. And download it.

To create your very own account, Threads allows you to sign up using your already existing Instagram account. You will be able to follow all the accounts you already follow on Instagram on Threads automatically as they join – this is not a mandatory step and you can skip it.

To make the rivalry with Twitter clear, Threads copied most of the designer from Elon Musk’s app, but doubled the limit of characters per post: you can send posts of up to 500 characters, include images, gifs, and videos of up to five minutes in length. Currently Twitter allows users to post up 240 characters per message and videos of up 120 seconds – with users who subscribed to Twitter Blue getting a more generous allowance.

How to navigate Threads

Threads is relatively intuitive, even if you are not a social media maverick.

At the bottom of your screen and you will see a row featuring most icons that can help you navigate the app, including: 

  • The house icon which brings you to your feed.
  • The magnifying glass icon that takes you to a search page where you can type in the user names of people you wish to follow. 
  • The pen-and-paper icon lets you create a new thread. 
  • The heart icon shows your account activity. It displays who followed you, who replied to your thread, who mentioned you in their posts, and which users are verified. 
  • The human figure icon takes you to your Threads profile where you can see your activity.

Can I keep my Instagram account private and my Threads account public?  

Yes, if you want to keep your Instagram more personal you can keep it locked down and have Threads public. Though if you’re under 16, the Threads account, like Instagram, is private by default.

You can make Threads private at any time, and also choose who can reply to your posts on Threads.

How to change your privacy settings on Threads

To change your privacy settings, click on the human figure icon to open your profile. After that, click the “Edit profile” button.” From there, go to “Private profile” to choose whether you want your profile to be public or private. 

Can I get a different username?

For now, Meta is letting people log in using only their Instagram login, and you’ll keep the username you have on that account for Threads. This is good news for accounts that might be worried someone could grab their username.

What it’s missing on Threads

When launching Threads this week, some popular features available on Twitter were not available. Yet. DMs (direct messages) are not currently available on Threads. As The new app feed pulls in posts from all users, not just the ones you follow – this is a successful strategy on TikTok which enhance reach – it may be difficult to find the content posted by the users or brands that you are following and there is no way to change the way Threads feed loads at moment.

Like Instagram, Threads isn’t serving up posts in a chronological order. Content is apparently algorithmically ranked and served up to users no matter what time it’s posted.

It didn’t stop Elon Musk from threatening to sue Mark Zuckerberg over new Threads platform

According to news site Semafor, citing a letter from Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro, The company has written to Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg to say it “intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights.

Threads won’t be available in app stores in the 27 European Union countries while Meta works out how the bloc’s regulations around data use will affect the app.

Marcio Delgado is a Journalist, Producer and Influencer Marketing Manager working with brands and publications in Europe, America and Asia.

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Artificial Intelligence to lead Vivatech 2024 in France

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Artificial Intelligence to lead Vivatech 2024 in France
VivaTech will explore three technological challenges of the 21st century such as Artificial Intelligence, sustainable tech, and mobility.

The eighth annual edition of VivaTech, Europe’s biggest event dedicated to startups and tech, will take place 22-25 May in Paris at Expo Porte de Versailles.

The event is expected to gather over 2,500 start-ups and 2,000 international investors. 350 companies and organizations from 25 dynamic sectors, including automotive, healthcare and finance, will also be present. 

A new programme will aim to stimulate growth and innovation among economic decision-makers. This year VivaTech will introduce the Impact Bridge, a space bringing together start-ups, innovations and associations with a responsible tech approach.

VivaTech will explore three technological challenges of the 21st century: Artificial Intelligence, sustainable tech and mobility.

It is no surprising AI be heavily featured during the two-day tech event in France: 37% of VivaTech’s partners currently offers AI solutions.  The event will also will showcase innovations across 25 economic sectors and host discussions on the societal challenges of AI with several worldwide speakers.

According to the VivaTech barometer, business leaders recognise the importance of Sustainable Tech, with 93% of them convinced of its crucial role in meeting future challenges. Investment in this sector is on the rise, with a forecast doubling by 2027 to encourage innovation in the face of climate change. This is illustrated by the success of Sustainable Tech start-ups, which have raised a record $51 billion by 2023.

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How sustainable is 3D printing in 2024?

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3D printing can be used to make eco-friendly products to increase sustainability in business | Photo: Jakub Zerdzicki

3D printing is making manufacturing more flexible, efficient, and adaptable than ever. In addition to its many creative uses, 3D printing is excellent at making eco-friendly products and might lead to sustainable production.

Sustainability means doing more with less. This mindset emphasizes energy and material efficiency and promotes a circular economy where items are reused and rebuilt. 3D printing may be utilized in many sectors and at all phases of manufacturing, from prototype to final product, to promote sustainable development.

Here are five ways 3D printing will make manufacturing greener in 2024.

Waste reduction

Additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) helps green production. Traditional manufacturing uses subtractive operations like grinding and cutting to remove raw elements from a bigger piece until a final product is made. As expected, this procedure may create a lot of trash.

Using comprehensive plans, 3D printing places material precisely where it’s required, layer by layer, to create a finished object. trash management benefits immediately, and the process’s precision saves resources and reduces production and trash disposal energy, making manufacturing more ecologically friendly.

Cutting transportation

3D printing is ideal for ordering bespoke things. By just creating things as required, companies may decrease resource waste and overstocking. Home 3D printer users may create personalized items from home, reducing the environmental effect of transporting things vast distances.

According to Rotec, a CNC machining specialist, another key to sustainability is energy conservation. 3D printing simplifies production and eliminates the need for several pieces of equipment and tools, reducing energy usage. 3D printing reduces the number of equipment and machines needed to create a product to one: the printer.

Launching the circular economy

Circular economies reuse, recycle, and repurpose. 3D printing uses recyclable and biodegradable materials without considerable processing, making output more environmentally friendly.

3D printing revolutionizes manufacturing speed, personalization, and environmental care. 3D printing reduces waste, saves energy, and promotes a cycle economy, making it a vital tool for sustainable manufacturing.

Material innovations for sustainability

Combining 3D printing with environment changes manufacturing, and new materials are key. New eco-friendly 3D printing materials are transforming the industry and providing individuals long-term environmental solutions. Sustainable materials in 3D printing and their environmental impact are discussed in this section, utilizing recent advancements.

Eco-friendly 3D printer fibres

With more and more attention being paid to the environment, 3D printing materials should have as little negative effect as possible. A lot of 3D printing has been done with plastics, but recently the 3D sector has come up with several eco-friendly materials, such as Polylactic Acid (PLA), a plant-based plastic that can be recycled. These materials break down on their own, which is better than plastics made from oil. They also lessen the damage that 3D printing does to the earth.

Although the transition to sustainable materials in 3D printing is excellent for the environment, further research, commercial collaboration, and public awareness are still needed to make 3D printing a truly greener option in the long term.

One major issue is the rise of 3D-printed plastic waste, with printing processes like stereolithography (SLA) and digital light projection (DLP) currently employing petroleum-based thermosets, which contribute to increased plastic waste.

However, as technology evolves, we will also learn how to incorporate 3D printing into a sustainable way of manufacturing by developing new eco-friendly materials that cause less of a negative impact on our environment.

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Spanish mobile industry to launch online anti-fraud service

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Reported cases of cybercrime in Spain increased by 72% in 2022 | Photo: Jonas Leupe

Spain’s leading mobile operators Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone have announced the launch of two new services designed to help developers tackle online fraud and protect the digital identities of mobile customers.

As part of the global GSMA Open Gateway initiative, the operators have announced the  launch of two network API (Application Programmable Interface) services focused on improving digital security: Number Verification and SIM Swap. These APIs will allow developer teams and partners to create new intelligent layers of customer authentication, verification, and security within mobile phone networks. This will help businesses, such as financial institutions and online retailers, tackle identity fraud by enhancing user authentication and improving security.

These new services will be available at Mobile World Congress (MWC) taking place in Barcelona, Spain, from 26-29 February.

The latest figures from Spain’s Interior Minister show that reported cases of cybercrime increased by 72% in 2022 compared to 2019, with almost 90% of them being related to online fraud. Cybercrime now accounts for around a fifth of all offences registered in the country.

Juan Reyero Montes, Enterprise Marketing Director, Orange Spain, commented, “the launch of these two new APIs onto the Spanish market, addressing key use cases around fraud, aptly demonstrates the value that Orange and our partner operators can bring, utilising our network capabilities to improve the security of transactions whilst enhancing the user experience for customers through seamless authentication.

Launched one year ago at MWC Barcelona, the GSMA Open Gateway initiative represents a shift in the way the global telecoms industry designs and brings to market new mobile apps, and immersive and digital services. The new Number Verification and SIM Swap services will also make online authentication simpler and faster for online customers, as mobile applications, cloud services and connectivity networks will all be accessible through the APIs.

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