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Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Chat is a big feature for many Facebook users -- the only feature some of them use at this point -- and so it always nice to see when a new feature is on the horizon. In the past, the social network introduced a feature that allows users to send their friends voice clips through Messenger in much the same way one can in WhatsApp, and it is convenient to be able to speak a message quickly. Those on the receiving end, however, might find listening to that message terribly inconvenient when in public.

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Facebook At Work now rolling out to testers

Facebook At Work now rolling out to testers

Facebook At Work, the company’s social platform within a social network, is now rolling out. The purpose is to allow for companies to create a network within Facebook, self-contained to those within the company. Facebook At Work looks and acts just like Facebook proper, save for it being a microcosm of the service. It positions Facebook against the likes of other enterprise-focussed social layers like Slack, but offers a much richer experience thanks to it being, well, Facebook.

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AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

AMBER alerts are coming to your Facebook timeline

You spend a lot of time staring at your phone or tablet — and that’s alright. We do, too. Sometimes, the more important details of life can get past you, though. To better serve the public interest, Facebook is announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring AMBER alerts to your timeline. In bringing alerts to your news feed, Facebook promises not to overwhelm you. Rather than feed you blanket alerts, you’ll get ones specific to your area, and where a targeted search is being executed.

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Reddit brings custom avatars, link notifications

Reddit brings custom avatars, link notifications

Reddit can be a wonderful place. It can also be a weird, disturbing stop on the Internet, but today’s news might encourage more users to spend time there. A few new features are coming to Reddit, one of them a graduate of Reddit Gold, the service’s paid-beta program. The other is going into Gold, and will probably encourage more sign-ups, as well as make the social entity a bit more — well, social. If you’re into Reddit’s cute little mascot, that is.

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Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform

Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform

Perhaps drawing inspiration from their Cube, Polaroid is again going small. This time, they’re teaming up with Blipfoto to bring you a photo sharing community. the joint venture is a sort of re-introduction of both companies as they attempt to make themselves relevant in our mobile world. The Blipfoto community, like Polaroid, is nothing new, but in need of a refreshed image. The share-once-a-day forum will bring a re-hashed look for mobile, where Blipfoto is available on both Android and iOS (and the web).

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Twitter “While You Were Away” rolling out to some users

Twitter “While You Were Away” rolling out to some users

No, this isn't a title for the next thriller film. Twitter is starting to spread a new feature to its users that ensures that you will be up to date on what happening, even when you're not really paying attention. But while "While You Were Away" may feel heaven sent for those who want to stay abreast of whatever happens around them, even when they can't spend the whole day monitoring their timelines, some users have found the concept and its implementation rather confusing.

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Twitter comes under fire for new ad campaign

Twitter comes under fire for new ad campaign

Leave it to Captain Kirk to stir up trouble. Star Trek actor William Shatner took to Twitter today to complain about — well, Twitter. Their latest advertising move has ruffled some feathers, where the micro-blogging platform is essentially selling your friendship. By putting promoted accounts in your ‘Following’ list, Twitter is taking an interesting trip down a dark path. The first offender is MasterCard, where Shatner noticed they’d popped up in his Following list, though he didn’t follow them at all.

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Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google’s own social network, Google+, has been updated for iOS users. The new-look social app brings in a higher resolution to better support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as some updated (and much needed) sharing options. The sharing is interesting because it adapts a very Android-y feature found in iOS 8, giving you the ability to add Google+ to your sharing options. Google+ users on iOS will also get the ability to vote on polls.

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Google+ can now automatically fix up your videos

Google+ can now automatically fix up your videos

Recording videos from our mobile devices is easy peasy, thanks to developments in camera sensors and photography apps. But no matter our best efforts and best technology, we sometimes still end up with blurry shots, shaky frames, washed out colors, and dark results. If that is usually your case, Google+ is now providing a one-click solution called Auto Enhance that will, as the name says, try to touch up your recorded video to make them look and sound better than ever before.

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The big Instagram losers lost millions

The big Instagram losers lost millions

Instagram's cull of spam accounts and users not toeing the line over community guidelines has taken a huge bite out of the follow counts for many high-profile users, a pre/post "Instapurge" survey has revealed. Announced last week as part of the photo-sharing social network's ongoing war against fake profiles, the spam sweep took effect yesterday and wiped anything from a handful of followers from some user's accounts, to several million from others - including Instagram's own account, in fact. Among the biggest losers have been musicians, with Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift all seeing their fan numbers tumble, but it's the non-celebrity users who have been most vocal in their outrage.

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