A short-form video app called Clash became available in August last year and announced today that it had purchased Byte. The latter is another short-form video app that was released a year ago. In a way, the acquisition is a reunion for Vine. The beloved app announced that they would shut it down in 2016. The creator of Byte, Dom Hoffman, was the founder of Vine, whereas Brendon McNerney, the founder of Clash is a former Vine star.
Clash and Byte Working Together
Mr. McNerney claims that this is more of an I.P acquisition where they are going to be taking over the community. In a few short months, it seems that they will release Clash and Byte together as one product with monetization tools integrated especially for creators. It appears that the most important thing for them is to make sure both communities on both apps remain largely unchanged.
When the word spread in 2017 that Hoffman was working on a new project that involved short-form videos, it was immediately heralded as “Vine 2.0.” TikTok hadn’t yet arrived in the United States, and people back then could notice that there was a need for bite-size entertainment.
In January 2020, Byte was released. The platform was a near clone of Vine. Users could upload looping and short videos to an audience of followers. There was a clear difference between Byte and Vine, though. Certain metrics, like follower counts, were hidden. The company also promised monetization for its creators, something that Vine back then had never quite cracked.
But by the time it arrived, the short-form video market greatly expanded. TikTok had become dominant, and its recommendation algorithm was far superior at offering content to users than Byte’s follower model.
Will Clash Be the New Vine?
Clash is now taking on a new round of investment led by Seven Seven Six, the new investment fund by Alexis Ohanian, who is also the founder of Reddit, with additional funding from Plug and Play and M13 Ventures. The new app is a great way to push more people to get creative and upload content every day.
The Definition of the Kilogram Was Adjusted, and the Unit of Time Is Next
The unit of mass has been redefined to represent a fundamental constant of nature instead of the hunk of metal that was used for the past 130 years. The new definition is based on the Planck constant and went into force on May 20th, changing what the kilogram is, as well as several other related units in the metric system. The revamp throws away old standards that were based on a metal cylinder in a vault near Paris.
The Kilogram Unit Is Now Linked to the Planck Constant
Units are what allows scientists to make precise measurements of temperatures, weights, electric currents, and other quantities. Those are laid out in the International System of Units and are used around the globe. The kilogram, which is the basic unit of mass in the metric system, is now defined by the Planck constant. It has a value that is an immutable constant of nature and is the same everywhere in the universe. The change to the definition for a kilogram will not affect the normal life of people because the difference is impossible to notice without precise measurement instruments. This means that a kilogram of flour will still make the same number of cookies.
Scientists Are Looking at Optical Atomic Clocks to Redefine the Second
Other units that were redefined are the kelvin (temperature), the ampere, (electric current), and the Mole (amount of substance). Now that these changes have settled, scientists are looking to update the unit for time — the second. They will try to do that with the help of optical atomic clocks, which are more precise than the currently used cesium atomic clocks.
Cesium atoms absorb a certain frequency of light, and when its electromagnetic wave wiggles, the pendulum of the atomic clock moves, measuring the time that has passed. This sets one second at 9,192,631,770 oscillations of the light. The new optical atomic clocks will measure time differently and will be around 100 times better than cesium-based atomic clocks.