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Big week for tech giants, Apple “AirPods” is coming maybe this fall alongside with iPhone 7, Amazon agreed with FC Barcelona on a sponsorship contract, ZTE introduced a seamlessly mobile for just $99, Yahoo is building its “AI Assistant”, Snapchat allows users to suggest accounts to their friends, Facebook testing a new layout for pages, also facebook live stream got a new limit of up to 4 hours, and you can watch it now in full screen mode and finally you can download Facebook videos easily to watch offline.

1. Amazon to sponsor FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona and Amazon are preparing the details of a sponsorship contract that would tie the two parties together in a four-years deal, starting 2017/18 season.

amazon to become barcelona sponsor

2.ZTE introduced ZMAX Pro for just $99

ZTE introduced a new smartphone last Tuesday at an event in New York, the ZMAX Pro is for only $99.

ZTE ZMAX Pro

ZMAX Pro specs:

1080p 6-inch LCD
Snapdragon 617 processor
2 GB RAM
32 GB storage
MicroSD slot (up to 128GB)
Android Marshmallow
USB-C with quick charging
3400 mAh battery
13 MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
Fingerprint sensor

For Design, ZMAX Pro comes in navy blue, soft-touch back and a gunmetal frame.

3. Yahoo to built an AI Assistant to Compute with Amazon, Apple and Facebook:

During a conference call following last Tuesday on Yahoo quarterly earnings announcement, Marissa Mayer the CEO of Yahoo announced the company will be focusing on AI.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 07: Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Image: LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 07 (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)[/caption]

She suggested that the company’s initial efforts with conversational interfaces will lead it to compete with other voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa, Siri and Facebook M.

This year, Yahoo launched many amazing bots on Facebook messenger and Kik.

4. Snapchat to allow you to suggest accounts to your friends:

After memories, Snapchat rolling out a new cool feature, The new “suggest” function lets you recommend accounts of your choice to other friends, sharing their details with your followers in the process.

The new feature is extremely easy to use:

snapchat, digital trends, suggest friends

Good news for Windows phone users, Snapchat is coming soon.

BONUS: Watch How Girls Act on Snapchat

5. Facebook is testing a new layout for pages

For me, this is the best layout for pages, it’s more organized, i also like the ad-free update, so competitors or trashy ads do not appear for my visiting-customers. See the full review

screenshot-1I would also suggest if Facebook turns the page cover into a carousel, so businesses can display even more ideas for different customers’ segments.

6. All Facebook videos will be available to download, Live stream is coming in full-screen mode on iPhone and it’s now up to 4 hours:

Facebook is testing a new feature will allow users in developing markets to download videos and watch it offline, the new feature will allow you to watch the videos offline within the Facebook app.

Facebook live stream is growing every day, this week facebook started to test full-screen live mode on iPhone, also the live stream period updated to be up to 4 hours.

Also, now you will be able to get live insights during the live stream and admins will be able to cut the live stream from the new panel settings.

7. Duolingo reinvented the education cards

Duolingo is one of the most popular mobile education apps. Last Tuesday the company launched a new app called Tinycards for iOS, it’s the first app that can be used for learning virtually, you can now learn topics like vocabulary, equations, history facts and every Pokémon’s name and more.

Duolingo reinvented the education cardsLike Duolingo, the new app Tinycards will gamify the learning experiences.

8. Facebook is testing a new feature called a ‘Quick Updates’:

Facebook is testing a new 24 hours ephemeral updates will be automatically deleted and won’t show up on your profile.

Facebook quick updates, digital boom, weekly digestPoke failed. Slingshot failed. But Facebook isn’t giving up yet.

9. New patent shows Apple ‘AirPods’ is coming soon

Apple will introduce a pair of wireless in-ear headphones called “AirPods.” The expectation is that the new headphones will come alongside the iPhone 7’s removal of a standard headphone jack, making the wireless feature a big selling point.

See you next Sunday.

Mohamed Salah
Social Media Executive at SociallyURS, Social Media Summit Ambassador, Weekly Digest author at Digital Boom and Country Advisor at International Accelerator.