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Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook standalone camera app tipped as users share less

Facebook’s London-based ‘friend-sharing’ team is secretly working on a standalone camera app that would encourage users to share photos and videos on the social network, according to a pair of sources. The app will open directly to a camera, sort of like Snapchat, the sources say, and will involve Facebook’s Live Video by enabling direct video livestreaming. However, the sources caution that the standalone app may never be released.

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Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Miitomo, Nintendo's new cute avatar-creating/messaging/photo app, has become an overnight hit in both Japan and the US, even seeing over 1 million downloads in the first 3 days alone. While there are plenty of clothing items to choose from, both serious and goofy, when it comes to dressing up your "Mii," there's surprisingly little cross-over from Nintendo's other game franchises, other than a Mario-style hat. That's about to change, as next week will see the release of new costume items based on Splatoon, the popular paint-shooting Wii U game.

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Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch, the video game live-streaming website, is taking a few step closer to being a social network. The company has announced a new Friends feature that, like just about every other social service on the internet, lets users connect and add friends on the site through their profile page. In addition to adding other users as a friend, you'll be able to see when they're online and chat via private messages.

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Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

Snapchat for iOS updated with camera roll face-swapping feature

So far, 2016 has produced one clear trend in social media: pictures of face swaps. Now, Snapchat, one of the most popular apps for sharing such photo shenanigans, has been updated on iOS to include face-swapping right from the camera roll. This means you no longer need to have a second person in the frame with you, or try to point your phone's camera at an existing image. Snapchat will now let you scroll through your existing photos to see instant swaps.

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Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook tweaks News Feed to adjust which articles you see

Facebook’s making another change to your News Feed, and this one involves which articles you will see. The social network is adjusting the way it ranks articles, taking into account how often you and others spend reading/viewing them. This tweak is necessary because of how many people consume content they enjoy — by reading it, but not liking or commenting on the article on Facebook. As well, Facebook is also going to show a greater diversity of articles sources.

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Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Twitter’s Android app is testing a new design

Brace yourself Twitter users, more of the thing you fear the most might be on the way — the much dreaded changes. The social network has begun testing some design and layout adjustments, as they've been known to do, but specifically within the beta version of the Android app. So far, the changes mostly focus on the navigation bar at the top of the screen, making it easier to switch between the main sections.

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Watch a Vine channel story from start to finish with just one tap

Watch a Vine channel story from start to finish with just one tap

Vine is all about watching short, usually funny, clips. They're specifically bite-sized videos, which deliver the maximum punch in this fast-paced world. But what happens when you want to dedicate some time to watching a whole bunch of Vine clips at once? Well, it's about to get a lot easier.

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Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

The internet is all about sharing things. Sharing photos, ideas, information, and anything else that can be converted into a digital format. So why is it so hard to share a tweet in a DM conversation? Users have long wondered why the simple act of sharing a tweet in a private conversation between other Twitter users is such a complicated process. Well Twitter has listened, and there's now a new button to solve this problem.

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China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

China bans April Fools’ day as Internet overflows with jokes

Reports that swear they're not April Fools' pranks claim China has banned April Fools' day, citing annoyance and incompatibility with the "western tradition." April Fools' day is, of course, a day for unabashed suspicion — it’s also fun, and companies have fully embraced it to release all sorts of amusing (and sometimes incredibly frustrating) jokes. China will have none of that, though; the nation’s state-run news agency has stated that April Fools' isn’t inline with its “cultural traditions, or socialist core values."

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Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft’s Tay AI bot gets stuck in a recursive loop

Microsoft's AI chatbot, Tay, is becoming quite the internet sensation. Unfortunately, it's not for the reasons that Microsoft wanted. The very same day that she was brought online, she was taken down. Or, according to her final tweet of the day, she was just going to sleep. She was woken back up early today, only to be shut back down.

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Twitter now lets you add alt text to photos, for the visually impaired

Twitter now lets you add alt text to photos, for the visually impaired

For most of us, seeing a picture in our Facebook or Twitter feed isn't anything special. We glance at it quickly, and move on. However, for those who are visually impaired, knowing that there is an image attached to a post can be frustrating. Unless the caption is very specific, they're not going to have any idea what that picture contains. Twitter will soon offer a way to assist those who might not be able to properly see the images you post.

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Glitch sends Facebook Lahore Safety Check to the whole world

Glitch sends Facebook Lahore Safety Check to the whole world

Following catastrophic events like the 2011 tsunami that hit Tokyo, Facebook launched its new Safety Check feature to utilize the vast reach of the social network to connect affected people with their families and friends. It basically works by sending out a notification asking you if you're OK when Facebook detects you're within the affected area. This weekend, however, some Facebook users from different places around the world were being asked by Safety Check if they were alright, saying they were in Lahore, Pakistan where a suicide bomb killed dozens and injured hundreds.

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