10 facts to remember from October 2022

1. Elon Musk buys Twitter

The twist on Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter: the Tesla boss went on the offensive in early October, relaunching its takeover bid. This new development followed the resignation of Elon Musk to buy Twitter, in early July 2022, and the beginning of a dispute between the boss of Tesla and the social network. After all, Twitter has been bought by Elon Musk at the end of October 2022. Having just taken the reins of Twitter, the Tesla boss would have already thanked the CEO and three other executives of the firm. Elon Musk is already starting his redesign of Twitter and especially wishes load certified accounts.

2. Microsoft offers an alternative to Canva

During its Fall Surface 2022 event, Microsoft announced a new tool dedicated to graphic design, Microsoft Designer. Objective: to enable users to create graphics in a simple and intuitive way. This tool integrates AI based options including the Dall-E 2 tool. In addition, a new Microsoft Create site has been launched which brings together all the creation tools offered by Microsoft in one place. An approach reminiscent of Canva, which, in turn, was announced in September the arrival of a task force. The platform wars continue!

3. iOS 16.1 update available on iPhone

Apple released iOS 16.1, the first update since the launch of iOS 16. This update was eagerly awaited by users, integrating new features such as creating a shared album in iCloud or showing the battery percentage in the icon for some iPhone models that have not yet the option. Along with this update dedicated to the iPhone, the firm took the opportunity to launch macOS Ventura Updatefor Mac, as well as the iPadOS 16 update.

4. Netflix launches a cheaper subscription in France

Netflix has been trying to attract new subscribers to its platform for several months, after an infamous loss of speed in April 2022. For this, the streaming platform announced starting a subscription at €5.99 per month, including advertising. This subscription will be available in France from November 3rd. Always aiming to win back subscribers, Netflix is ​​fighting hard against password sharing. This practice should also is penalized from 2023according to announcements made by the platform.

5. Google is changing the way search results are displayed on mobile

Google has announced the deployment of what’s new in mobile search results. This particularly concerns the display of website names, the highlighting of the “sponsored” mention and the expansion of the website icon (favicon). Purpose: to make it easier for users to identify a paid website or content related to a search result. A rollout of these new features is also planned for desktop search results.

6. Microsoft and Meta sign a historic partnership for the future of the metaverse

Meta and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership on the occasion of the Meta Connect event 2022. This event notably introduced the Meta Quest Pro headset and news related to the metaverse, land in which the two firms wish to become allies. Thus, thanks to this partnership, Microsoft will be able to integrate its main applications such as Teams, Microsoft 365, Windows 365 with the virtual reality headset from Meta (Quest). The goal: to build the future of remote dating.

7. A signed executive order regarding the transfer of data between Europe and the US

An important first step towards a clarified legal framework regarding data transfer between the EU and the US is crossed. Indeed, US President Joe Biden signed one executive order after another Agreement in principle signed in March 2022 and several months of consultations with the European Commission. This decree signed by the United States is only a first step towards a clarified legal framework for the transfer of data between the two economic powers. It remains to be seen whether the final text will be validated by Europe and comply with European data protection standards. A decision that should not be made before the spring of 2023.

8. New features announced in Adobe MAX 2022

This October 2022 was also marked by the annual Adobe MAX event, during which the American publisher discovered a wide range of innovations. As every year, the event is an opportunity to announce new features for Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects or Creative Cloud. Objective: to facilitate the creation and user experience in various Adobe products.

9. The 10 most downloaded apps in France

Data.ai (formerly App Annie) discovered one ranking of the most downloaded apps in Franceduring the 3rd quarter of 2022. Among the notable facts: TikTok continues to grow while Instagram stagnates, and the French social network, BeReal, climbed to 10th place in the rankings. Thus, the latter appears in the first position of applications experiencing a very significant increase in downloads.

10. Key figures for the Internet and social networks worldwide in October 2022

Hootsuite and We Are Social presented new updated version of their Digital Report, the last update of 2022. In the program: focus on the loss of the Meta group advertising audience, but also on the slowdown in the growth of Internet users in the world. Improving the numbers to understand current issues and uses of the Internet, social networks and mobile.

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