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    All WhatsApp Messages Are Now Hacker-Proof

    Today marks the culmination of efforts that have been ongoing almost since Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014. While that acquisition was criticized by many who feared that their data and privacy would be at risk in the hands of Facebook, WhatsApp has steadily been work to implement end-to-end encryption that would make even the company […]

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    Disney Magical Dice Lets You Build the Disney Empire of Your Dreams

    An upcoming mobile game is being billed as the Monopoly of the Disney universe — not to be confused with Disney Monopoly, of course. Disney Magical Dice is an upcoming free-to-play board game, and developers Netmarble know what they have. They launched a pre-registration site for their game yesterday, and if you think that’s a […]

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    Snapchat Becomes the Best Messenger App With Their Chat 2.0 Update

    Snapchat had already established itself as a player in the world of messaging apps with Chat, but this week’s update could put them over the top. Chat 2.0 is packed with little updates and new features to create some of the most dynamic ongoing conversations we’ve seen in any app thus far. The main idea […]

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    Microsoft Wants Us All to Have Access to Bot Butlers

    Cortana’s about to get some company, if Microsoft’s Build developer’s conference is any indication. During yesterday’s keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and others spoke about the future of the Windows 10 platform, including plans to create intelligent bots to take over the minutia of everyday life. Robot butlers are right around the corner. For starters, […]

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    Instagram Extends Videos to 60 Seconds

    Instagram Video is moving from art form to the mainstream today, with the announcement that Instagram will extend the maximum runtime of videos from 15 seconds to one minute. The change will roll out of the next few months, first to iOS and Android users. The move signals a partial end to the short-form video […]

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    YouTube Connect App Aims to Take on Periscope

    These are trying times for YouTube. While the emergence of YouTube personalities and Let’s Players has thrust the site into the center of internet culture, their core business is being eroded by live streaming competitors — Twitch on desktop, and Periscope, Snapchat, and Facebook on mobile. The surprising part is that this has all happened […]

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    Can a New App Funded By Leonardo di Caprio Compete With Facebook?

    We’ve heard of Mobli often enough — either about their big-name investor group including Leonardo di Caprio and Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim or about their always interesting, occasionally successful social media enterprises. Besides Mobli itself — an Instagram clone that got a pop in usage around the time Facebook bought Instagram — the company […]

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    Nintendo Releases Their Very First Smartphone App

    A move a couple years in the making has finally happened — Nintendo has moved into mobile, and we’re not talking about the 3DS. The video game company’s first app has been released in Japan, and it should come as no surprise that it’s meant to set the foundation for years of Nintendo apps to […]

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    This Woman is on a Mission to, You Know, Save the English Language

    It’s great when you get to see a friend take an idea from “there oughta be an app” to completion. Audrey Mann Cronin identified a problem. As the mother of a teenage girl and a teenage boy, she observed that her daughters were so accustomed to screens that they were out of practice with speaking.  […]

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    Top iOS Hoverboard App Might Set Your Phone On Fire

    Sometimes, it doesn’t take much. Shades of Flappy Bird’s improbable 2013 run, Simulator Hoverboard is proving to be a force on the top free apps chart so far this month. The best way to explain it might be like this — you remember those tiny toy skateboards you could could ride with your fingers? You […]

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    Uplet Lets You Upload Instagram Photos from Your Mac

    Not being able to upload photos from a desktop has been a long-simmering complaint about Instagram. You can understand it from their point of view — Instagram is supposed to be about spontaneous pictures, shared to capture a moment and include your friends in it. It’s not really supposed to be a photo album. That’s […]

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    Franz Brings WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and HipChat All Together In One App

    Back during the days of AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, and the earliest days of Facebook Messenger and Google Talk, there was a browser-based messaging service called Meebo that brought all those disparate accounts together. Even your few assorted friends who insisted on using Yahoo! Messenger were included, giving you one place where you could reach […]

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    Viber Users Can Now Send Money From Within The App

    Remittances — specifically, workers sending money back to family and friends in their home countries — make up a significant part of the GDP of many countries around the world. Western Union is probably the best known facilitator of cross-border money transfers, converting currency and making cash pickups available at their physical locations worldwide for […]

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    Twitter is Adding Its Own GIF Search Engine

    via GIPHY There have been a lot of new features and rumored changes surrounding Twitter in the past year, as flagging user growth rates have made investors increasingly worried about the future of the company. So, how does one draw in more users and start bringing in more cash? GIFs, naturally. You probably don’t need […]

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    You Can Now Access Gmail Features Without An @Gmail Address

    It’s tough to get people to switch from one email service to another — getting a new email address might be even more annoying than having to switch phone numbers. So, as proud as the Gmail development team is of their product’s features, it’s to this point been no guarantee that anyone will be convinced […]

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    Fetch! App Tells You What Dog Breed You Look Like

    Maybe you love looking at your friends’ puppy photos on Facebook but don’t know your schnauzers from your dobermans — no need to worry, because Microsoft has your back. Microsoft Garage, the more experimental arm of the tech giant, has created an app called Fetch! that can identify dog breeds in pictures that you upload. […]

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    Instagram Finally Allows User Account Switching

    Sometimes, the best news is the simplest — short and sweet, right? As of yesterday, you can now switch between multiple accounts on the Instagram app, a long overdue feature that we’re very happy to see. It’s great news for anyone with more than one Instagram account, and there’s plenty of us out there. Some […]

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    Facebook Sneaks Chess Into Their Messenger App

    Facebook has been adding lots of fun stuff like gifs, payments, and stickers to Messenger over the last couple of years, but their latest addition is a little something they didn’t bother to tell anyone about. Today, word finally started spreading that Facebook added a text-based chess game right into messenger that you can play […]