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Instagram accidentally roll out new scrolling update to surprise of users

Published: 27/Dec/2018 16:27 Updated: 27/Dec/2018 17:16

by Matt Porter


Popular photo sharing website Instagram accidentally changed how scrolling through posts works on its mobile app, and some people are extremely upset.

First rolled out on Thursday, December 27, Instagram were testing a horizontal image feed instead of a vertical one on the app’s home screen.

Instead of scrolling up and down to view new posts, users instead scroll from right to left, or can tap on the right hand side of the screen to move to the next post, like they would if they were using an Instagram story.

Users were greeted with this screen when they opened the app.

This meant it was no longer possible to quickly scroll through new posts, as each individual post must be swiped or tapped to move to the next. This change only affected the main page, and user profiles worked the same way they did previously.

While some Instagram users liked this new update, others were extremely unhappy with the change, immediately calling for Instagram to revert to the standard vertical orientation, with some going as far as to say the update will kill the app.

While users have been shocked by this update, the horizontal feed has been in the works for some time, with Instagram originally rolling it out to a select number of users in October.

The new feed went live on Thursday morning, however it wasn’t intended to go live for everyone, with Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri tweeting that it “was supposed to be a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated.”

Mosseri confirmed that the update should be cleared for everyone, and to just restart your app if you were still seeing it.

Instagram went on to state that the update was released due to a bug, and apologised for any confusion caused. 

Given the extremely negative response that the updated received from its users, Instagram may think twice about releasing the update to the public. Earlier in 2018, Snapchat released an incredibly unpopular redesign update to their app. The reaction to this change was so bad that Snap, the company that owns Snapchat, saw their stock price drop by $1.3 billion. 


Tetris legend Jonas Neubauer passes away aged 39

Published: 9/Jan/2021 13:32 Updated: 9/Jan/2021 13:58

by Luke Edwards


Seven-time Tetris World Champion Jonas Neubauer died at the age of 39 on January 4 after a sudden medical emergency.

The American, an icon of the game, won seven of the first eight Classic Tetris World Championships (CTWC) between 2010 and 2017, finishing as runner-up in 2014 and 2018.

His influence extended far beyond his achievements in the game, as he inspired the competitors around him. In a 2018 interview with VICE, now two-time World Champion Joseph Saelee said: “I would say most of my gameplay is based off Jonas’s gameplay. I try to play exactly like him for the most part.”

Jonas was also a popular Twitch streamer, with 25k followers. Such was his greatness, he went viral in 2018 after accidentally breaking the then world record for quickest time to reach 300,000 points, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 57 seconds.

Tributes pour in for Jonas Neubauer

News of his passing was announced on his Twitter account on January 9. The message said: “He was the absolute best. We are devastated, overwhelmed with grief, and we already miss him dearly.”

The news sent shockwaves around the world of esports and gaming, with tributes pouring in to commemorate Jonas and his achievements.

Tetris paid tribute, writing “Jonas Neubauer was one of the greatest classic Tetris players of all time in skill, spirit, and kindness.”

Joseph Saelee, who stunned Jonas to win the 2018 CTWC, left a simple message that said: “Rest In Peace, Jonas.”

TSM chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura said: “I only had the opportunity to meet him once, but he was a very kind person who had a great enthusiasm for all games from tetris to chess and beyond.”

Chris Higgins, director of the documentary ‘Best of Five: The Tetris Champions’, described him as a “loyal son, great husband, staunch friend.”

One fan has created a digital card, free for all to sign, which will be sent to Jonas’ family, with the opportunity for people to leave a message to one of the greats of esports.