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Talkshow app is Periscope for the camera-shy

Talkshow app is Periscope for the camera-shy

Are your text conversations so interesting, it kills you that you don't have an audience? Those who believe themselves to be truly entertaining can now prove their worth with Talkshow, a new app which blends elements of Twitter, Slack, and a sort of visual-podcast to effectively broadcast a written radio show.

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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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New Giphy app update for Android shares gifs in ALL the apps

New Giphy app update for Android shares gifs in ALL the apps

There's an app called Giphy that connects to the archive of gif images that the company called Giphy has shared or saved - and today it's been updated. The Android version of the Giphy app now allows you not only to browse gifs and find all the gifs your mind and body and soul could possibly want - it allows you to share them all, too. Just like you'd share said gifs to the likes of Facebook's Messenger app before, now you'll be able to share gifs to your other social networks and image-sharing apps and such.

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LinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobs

LinkedIn app uses Tinder-like swiping to connect students with jobs

Online dating has changed a lot in the few years since I last used it. Users want to see everything on a single page on their phone, and will give a simple swipe to the left or right to determine whether or not they like someone. Well it turns out that finding a job after college might be as simple as swiping left or right, just like on Tinder.

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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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Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Facebook’s vision of social VR is ambitious and cheesy

Today you stare at your smartphone screen and stab the "Like" button on your Facebook friends' news with a fingertip; tomorrow, you might high-five them in VR. Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of the future of social networking in virtual reality and augmented reality today at the F8 2016 developer conference, and it's a mixture of high-tech and farce.

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Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

This morning Facebook expanded "Facebook Live" to include the whole world and to include a litany of new features for all users. Originally launching the service for select brands and celebrities first, the social network has made the ability to share one's experience with the world on-the-spot available to the masses this morning. What we're going to do here is to make using or viewing Facebook Live very easy.

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Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

Facebook thinks Live Video is social’s future

If Facebook has its way, the social network won't just be where you go to humblebrag about the amazing things you've been doing, but the place you stream them live as they happen. Building on the launch of Facebook Live, which arrived first as a celebrity-only perk then, more recently, for any Facebook user with the iOS or Android app, the latest version of the Periscope-rivaling service promises easier ways to find new streams, share details of events as they happen, and make the most of comments.

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Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Tumblr replies are back, finally, and better than ever

Wildly popular blogging platform tumblr is restoring one of its most-missed features, adding back replies to posts. The feature allows tumblr users to add comments to one specific post, without having to reblog it to their own blog, and had been removed when tumblr introduced private messaging in 2015.

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Foursquare’s Swarm gets statistical in huge 4.0 update

Foursquare’s Swarm gets statistical in huge 4.0 update

Once upon a time, "checking in" was the hip thing to do back when social networks were really young. Foursquare was practically the only service that let you tell the world, or hopefully just your friends, where you're at and how great the pasta is there. Eventually, the likes of Facebook and Twitter gained similar functionality, forcing to Foursquare to redefine its purpose. It spun off Swarm to focus on that use case. Now at version 4.0, the service has tacked on some features that turns Swarm into a sort of lifelogging partner as well.

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Facebook quietly developing impersonation security alerts

Facebook quietly developing impersonation security alerts

Most people have had to deal with an online bully at one point or another, but the harassment usually comes in the form of unwanted messages, whether they’re replies to tweets or comments on statues. Less common but no less problematic are online impersonations, a more involved form of online bullying in which one person creates an account pretending to be another person. Such actions can range from annoying to career-destroying, and now Facebook’s creating a tool to prevent it altogether.

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Facebook, WhatsApp pull support for BlackBerry

Facebook, WhatsApp pull support for BlackBerry

This week Facebook and WhatsApp have effectively pulled support from BlackBerry as a platform. Ironically many would not have gotten this news (outside of those that use the apps on the platform) would it not have been for an update from BlackBerry assuring developers that they continue to offer their support for the future. In response to the decisions made by Facebook and WhatsApp, BlackBerry is asking BlackBerry 10 users to Tweet the tag #ILoveBB10Apps to ask that the social networks stay.

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