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You can now LINE all you want on your PC

You can now LINE all you want on your PC

Almost ironically, the instant messaging services that burst in popularity on mobile devices are now trying to stake a claim on desktops as well. Viber has long had a desktop version of its app. WhatsApp now has a web version that supports different browsers. Now LINE is adding to that list, but in a sort of different way. Yes, it's still somewhat web-based but it is going for something even more specific. LINE is now making available a new PC version, this time as a Google Chrome extension.

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Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook reduces ‘Happy Birthday’ to a mindless button press

Facebook has allowed you to forget when most birthdays are, and it has reduced birthday wishes from phone calls and cards to posts on timelines. Now it has taken that distant and simplified well wishing to an even lower level, reducing it to — if the well-wisher wants — a single button press. That single button press will result in the most generic birthday wish one could give: a stock “Happy Birthday!” post and nothing more. It will take hardly two seconds of your time; you’ll probably forget you did it moments after pressing send.

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Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

In New York today, Yahoo officially announced a new messaging app for iOS and Android called Livetext. While the app was quietly released in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month for testing, this launch marks its debut in the US, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. At first glance, Livetext seems to be Yahoo's take on rebuilding its old Messenger service with the Tumblr and Snapchat generation in mind, as the app focuses on a mix text messages and videos with no sound, much like ever-present GIFs.

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T-Mobile overhauls texting with ‘Advanced Messaging’

T-Mobile overhauls texting with ‘Advanced Messaging’

Text messaging pales in comparison to messaging apps, so much so that you likely reserve texting for those acquaintances you don’t have a connection with on Messenger or elsewhere. T-Mobile wants to change that — or maybe just add another bragging right to its list — and as such has announced that it is the first wireless carrier in the United States to offer texting built on Rich Communications Services, RCS, and it is calling the feature “Advanced Messaging”.

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Microsoft releases Send, a minimal email app for iPhone

Microsoft releases Send, a minimal email app for iPhone

In a time where we've got our hands full with mobile email apps, there are even multiple offering from the same provider, such as the standard Gmail and alternate take "Inbox." Now Microsoft is pulling a similar move, with a lightweight, minimal function email app called Send, hitting the iPhone first. To sum it up in one sentence, Send is a bit of mix between email and instant messaging. It was also previously known as "Flow," an Outlook project that was leaked back in May.

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Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo Livetext ‘video messenger’ app arrives for iOS

Yahoo is apparently close to formally introducing a replacement for its messaging app, as it recently released a new app on the Hong Kong App Store called “Yahoo Livetext”, a mobile offering described as a video messenger. Livetext has a twist with its messaging feature. Rather than swapping media-less texts or snapping selfies, Livetext is “live video texting" — it presents live video of your friend texting, but with the audio stripped away due to it being inconvenient in many situations. This is said to offer more natural conversations, allowing two people to see each other as they talk.

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Emoji alert: Tacos, Hot Dogs, Unicorns appear with Unicode 8.0

Emoji alert: Tacos, Hot Dogs, Unicorns appear with Unicode 8.0

Next-wave emoji arrive with the release of Unicode 8.0 this week. This means that, while we do need to wait for software creators to implement the code, we'll be seeing such emoji as Hot Dog, Unicorn, and Taco sooner than later. This is great news for those that love food. And unicorns. We've got the full list of new emoji set to be released in the immediate future as well. Have a peek and let us know what you'll be voting for in the wave after the one we're in right this minute!

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Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter drops 140 character DM limit as CEO steps down

Twitter has steadfastly refused to give up on its 140 character brevity for public tweets, but is conceding with wordier direct messages. Rather than the current limit, DMs will be allowed at up to a whopping 10,000 characters - enough for a small novella, should you be so inclined - so that, rather than needing to split private conversations into chunks, those using Twitter as a private IM service will be able to fit it all into a single message. Meanwhile, Twitter has also announced a shake-up in CEOs.

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Twitch Whisper tosses private messages into chats

Twitch Whisper tosses private messages into chats

Twitch has announced its new Whisper feature, a way for users to send private chat messages without having to leave the chat they’re currently in. It is called whispering because the chats sent privately between two users will show up in-line with whatever chat is currently going on, but it is only between those two users — as if, you see, they had whispered it amongst themselves. The chat will clearly show, however, that the message was sent from one particular user to another specific user. The feature simply speeds things up.

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iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iPhone users need not feel alone anymore. A new bug affecting Skype was just discovered that also crashed the app once a specific string has been received. And no, it isn't even something as exotic as a string of Unicode characters. A very simple "http://:" message, without the quotes, is enough to bring down the Skype app on multiple platforms, including desktops. What's worse, however, is that once that happens, the app crashes repeatedly even when just starting it, rendering the app utterly unusable until a fix is issued.

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