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Google Hangouts now offers peer-to-peer on Android

Google Hangouts now offers peer-to-peer on Android

Google has released a small update to the Android version of it Hangouts messaging app this week. In an effort to improve the quality of audio and video during calls, Hangouts may now use a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection when possible. This means that users on both ends of the call will be directly connected with each other, and Google's servers will be bypassed.

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Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter went into a collective outrage yesterday, and rightfully so, after a report indicated that the social network would be abandoning the reverse chronological order of its timeline in favor of one organized by an algorithm. And while another source indicated that any such change would be strictly opt-in, it wasn't enough to stop a large number of users from threatening to leave the network. Fortunately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the outcry — organized under #RIPtwitter — to assure everyone the real-time feed wasn't going away.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Internet users who hate big changes to their social networks of choice, it's best you sit down for this. A new report has surfaced indicating that Twitter may be ditching its long-established reverse chronological timeline in favor of one that's organized by an algorithm, à la Facebook. Even more surprising is that the overhauled timeline may make its debut as early as next week.

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Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best with social media. It's not that I don't know how it works, it's more that I just don't care. I've got an Instagram account that I'll use on rare occasions to share a picture or two, but I've got all the same people on Facebook, so I usually just post on there. However, there are a lot of people who use Instagram so much that they need multiple accounts, which can be a pain.

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Glide video messaging lands on Android Wear

Glide video messaging lands on Android Wear

Smartwatches that run Android Wear are plentiful on the market today and people who use them on a daily basis are always out for new and cool apps and features. The Glide video messaging app is now available on Android Wear devices. The app offers live video, voice, and photo messaging and claims to be the first app to use Android Wear's new speaker support feature.

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GoodBye Message App lets you say so long after you’re gone

GoodBye Message App lets you say so long after you’re gone

There are lots of people around the world who have lost loved ones unexpectedly and know the kind of pain that comes from not getting to say goodbye to the person who died. I'm sure there are also lots of people out there who worry about suddenly dying and not being able to say goodbye to their favorite people. This is where an app called GoodBye Message App comes in.

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WhatsApp group chats handle up to 256 users with new update

WhatsApp group chats handle up to 256 users with new update

WhatsApp for iOS and Android has been blessed with a small update. The company didn’t make any formal announcements about them, but with the change comes a higher limit for group chats — namely, instead of being limited to 100 users, group chats can now have up to 256 users. The same upper limit doesn't seem to be available on other platforms yet, but will likely be showing up in the near future.

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Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter users and GIF fans, praise your deity of choice! The social network is currently testing a dedicated button for the internet's new favorite image format, with select users discovering it this week in Twitter's official mobile app. As seen below, those who have the magical button of internet awesomeness find it between the icons for adding regular photos and polls to tweets.

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The Android ad-blocking war has begun

The Android ad-blocking war has begun

Google blocks an ad-blocking from the Google Play app store not long after Samsung announced an ad-blocking API release for its own web browser. Thus begins the ad-blocking war on Android devices in ernest. This is not the first time an Android app has been blocked from Google's official app store for disobeying the official developer rules - and at this time it's not entirely clear whether or not the block has been put in place for something new, or the same reason as the old.

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Nintendo’s first mobile game isn’t the NES you were wishing for

Nintendo’s first mobile game isn’t the NES you were wishing for

The folks at Nintendo have finally given in to the dark side, creating a mobile app/game for iOS and Android devices. This game does not feature Mario, nor is it about any sort of Zelda-type adventure. It does not allow you to play Starfox, nor will you be jumping around in Donkey Kong country. Instead, this update will br bringing Miitomo to your mobile. You'll be running around with your Mii character, and your Mii character will give you the side eye until you buy a Nintendo machine (unofficially, of course).

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Nintendo offers new details, early sign-up for Miitomo mobile app

Nintendo offers new details, early sign-up for Miitomo mobile app

Little has been revealed from Nintendo at this point about Miitomo, its upcoming first smartphone app, but the company is changing that today with new details and an early registration process. As was previously expected, Miitomo will be a chat app based around Nintendo's Mii avatars, making it not so much an actual game, but another social service where users can dress up their characters and share photos.

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