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Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Facebook experiments with away messages, nostalgia ensues

Before social networking, there was instant messaging. The most popular was brought to us by none other than AOL. Remember AIM? If you were ever a student in the late 90's or early 00's with an internet connection, then of course you do. Now, Facebook is bringing a little piece of nostalgia back with a new feature called "sidebar status." It's eerily similar to the "away message" of yesteryear and is a way to let your friends know what you're doing when you go AFK.

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Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

Tinder integrates Instagram to show you’re well-rounded

If you're trying to lure in new connections on Tinder, hawking your life through carefully filtered and selectively framed Instagram photos is one way to do that. The service hasn't been entirely friendly toward Instagram, however, in that it didn't offer support for such and users would have to put a link to their Instagram profile in their Tinder profile. Users requested a bit more than that, though, and Tinder has decided to listen, adding an option to embedded your Instagram photos directly in your Tinder profile for all to see.

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Google Handwriting Input app revealed

Google Handwriting Input app revealed

A new keyboard has been revealed by Google for Android - one that's not really a keyboard at all. This app is the "Google Handwriting Input" interface, and with it, you'll be able to write to your heart's content. Inside you'll find a very simple interface, one where you write words with your finger (or your pen-like device) and let Google figure out what you've written. Suggestions appear above the space you write. Simple as that. But what might this app be made for, in the long run? Surely not just smartphones and tablets.

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Tumblr for iOS revamped with new look, better blogging features

Tumblr for iOS revamped with new look, better blogging features

Tumblr is making another move toward being your blogging platform of choice. With version 4.0 for iOS, we’re not only getting a snappy new icon, but plenty of under-the-hood tweaks to go along with it. Not only are there many user-requested features now baked in,, Tumblr also takes full advantage of iOS 8, and brings a widget for your ‘Today’ view on the pull-down shade. When you need to actually get writing, Tumblr is now much more useful on mobile, bringing blog creation to the app.

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MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

Last year, Microsoft revealed Office Delve, a sort of Google Now-like platform that surfaces important and timely information about work, organizations, and projects. Today, Microsoft is expanding Delve's reach into slightly new but still related territory. Like a social networking service, Delve's new People profiles give more in-depth insight into a person's activities. Delve is now also making room for blogs as a way to express ideas in a work environment. And Delve is now also doing the savvy thing and gets mobile, even smartwatch apps. Except on Windows Phone.

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Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google is making a push for family-friendly content in the Play Store. Today, the company is announcing Designed for Families, a new program that will allow Developers to designate their content as safe for all eyes. While the program will undoubtedly put more eyes on apps, Google is also promising apps that fall under the Designed for Families banner “will be eligible for upcoming family-focused experiences on Google Play that will help parents discover great, age-appropriate content and make more informed choices.”

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1Password for Apple Watch arrives (but no Android Wear)

1Password for Apple Watch arrives (but no Android Wear)

Popular password manager 1Password has joined the roster of apps ready for Apple Watch, with the latest update bringing login credentials conveniently to your wrist. The update, 1Password v5.4, hit the App Store today, allowing Pro users to add their Apple Watch - or, at least, they would be able to if Apple had begun shipping the wearable yet - as a trusted device, and pick select accounts to have access to from there.

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CloudMagic drops ‘Pro’ subscription for unknown monetization angle

CloudMagic drops ‘Pro’ subscription for unknown monetization angle

As email apps go, CloudMagic is among the better options you might have overlooked. It has powerful tools that allow you to do things like manage multiple accounts and save content to services like Pocket. CloudMagic’s ‘Cards’ is a really handy method for redirecting content, saving attachments to another app, or send contacts to various third party services, and the app recently made small changes to support drafts. While CloudMagic shined, the company added ‘Pro’ features for $4.99/month to make it sparkle. Now, CloudMagic is dropping the ‘Pro’ angle as they search for new monetization angles.

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Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Sometime, words won’t do. Even an acronym like ‘LOL’ sometimes fails to convey the right message. In those times, a GIF can likely help out. To help you get the right message across, Fleksy is announcing a partnership with Riffsy to bring GIFs right to their keyboard app. Coming to iOS today (and soon for Android), Fleksy’s fast-typing keyboard app will also let you quickly access GIFs. GIFs will come pre-configured in Fleksy, and the app maker claims they’re the only ones who have GIFs, emoji, and a proper keyboard in the same app.

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