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This news item is part of the weekly top 5 news bulletin (from Week 4, Jul 2023) specially packaged for leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, and Faith-based Social Ventures. 

Instagram Reels Templates Get an Upgraded Discovery, Creation & Editing 

Instagram has announced improvements to the Reels template feature. Now you will be able to see an improved template browser, which will help you organize your templates by Trending templates, Recommended templates, and also templates based on the audio that you have saved. I think this is a useful feature, because many of us look at Reels, we find good ones, then we save the audio. Now if there are templates that are using the audio then it might be easier for you to re-use that template. So it could be a useful thing for your social media team in your ministry. Please share this news with them. The announcement also says that they are simplifying the process of creating reels from templates by pre-adding all the template elements to your Reels as you get started. Then you can go in and you can edit those elements. For example, they say, “when you create a template today, the audio, number of clips, duration of clips, and AR effects will automatically be added to your Reels”.

Here is the full list of the Top 5 News Items from Week 4, Jul 2023 with source links from Instagram, TikTok, WhatsApp, Facebook, Apple.

🗞️ News 1: Instagram Reels Templates Get an Upgraded Discovery, Creation & Editing   

Source: Instagram

🗞️ News 2: TikTok Joins the FIDO Alliance & Introduces Passkeys for iOS Devices   

Source: TikTok

🗞️ News 3: WhatsApp Launches Standalone App for Smartwatches on Google Wear OS  

Source: WhatsApp

🗞️ News 4: Facebook Renames ‘Watch’ Tab; Adds New Video Features & Improves UX       

Source: Meta 

🗞️ News 5: [AI News] Apple’s Chatbot Plans; Meta & Microsoft Partner on Llama 2 

Source: Bloomberg | Microsoft

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