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Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

Twitter for Mac v.4 adds group DMs, timeline GIFs, more

You'd be forgiven for thinking Twitter had forgotten all about its Mac app, but the 140-character social network has squeezed out v4.0 just before 2015 closes. A free download through the Mac App Store, Twitter for Mac 4.0 catches the desktop software up with some of the features its mobile counterparts have been enjoying for months now, like inline video playback.

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Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

Twitter files patent for tweet-controlled drone

It's been known for some time now that personal drones are the "next big thing," so that means it's time for connections to be made between them and our everyday mundane internet activities. Twitter seems to be the first to step up in the social networking category, as the company has applied for a patent for a drone that interact with Twitter accounts, as well as be controlled by tweets. The patent, titled "messaging-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle," was filed in June of this year and became published last week.

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Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Now you can Facebook share iPhone 6s’ Live Photos

Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s are getting a lot more social, with Facebook switching on support for the Harry Potter-esque moving images. Launched as a camera feature on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Live Photos combine a 12-megapixel still with roughly 1.5 seconds of video either side of it, but initially the sharing options were limited.

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Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Facebook videos start prompting you to “click for more”

Over the years, Facebook has transformed from a simple way to keep up with family and friends to one of the biggest sites to consume all form of digital media. One of their biggest focus points is currently their video platform, which now gets around 8 billion video views every day. The company has just announced new changes that they hope will get that number even higher.

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Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook live streaming rolls out to verified Pages

Facebook Live, the social network's take on Periscope's live streaming service, is now becoming available to verified Pages following its debut for celebrities and other influencers. Among those gaining access to the new feature are sports teams, media companies, and businesses. In other words, brands. Facebook notes that live streaming via the feature is still limited to the iOS app.

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Reddit finally making an official Android app, begins beta sign-ups

Reddit finally making an official Android app, begins beta sign-ups

Reddit has had an official client app on iOS for some time now, following its acquisition of Alien Blue in late 2014, but Android users have been stuck resorting to third-party apps or the mobile version of the website. Thankfully that situation is coming to an end soon. The company has announced that it's now working on an official Reddit app for Android, and it's already allowing users to sign up for beta testing via online survey.

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Tumblr is first iOS app to support Live Photos sharing

Tumblr is first iOS app to support Live Photos sharing

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users now have a third-party app that supports the sharing of Apple's new Live Photos format. Tumblr has just released an updated iOS app that allows users to both post and view the animated photos taken with the latest iPhone model, meaning there's finally something to view on the social media network other than GIFs. The update also adds 3D Touch features, as well as opens Tumblr's new instant messaging feature to all users.

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Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

Facebook Offline Mode will download data for you

The social network makes Offline Mode a reality with apps' ability to make Facebook comments and see cached content at all times. This is part of the plan. Part of the plan Facebook has to get as much Facebook delivered to you as it can, all the time. They suggest that these updates are to tend to people around the world connecting with 2G mobile data in developing countries - we know it's for the cat pics.

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Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter’s newest feature will make photographers happy

Twitter users that appreciate viewing and sharing photos on the social service might notice something is much more pleasing when viewing the site on the web. Twitter says it is no longer cropping images appearing in the timeline into rectangles, instead displaying square and landscape photos in full, eliminating the need to click on them to expand. Unfortunately, Twitter users that appreciate viewing as many tweets on the screen at once without scrolling will not be pleased by today's update.

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How do I use Facebook Live Video?

How do I use Facebook Live Video?

Once the preserve of celebrities, Facebook Live Video is now opening up to everyone on the social network. Whether or not you think it's a Periscope clone, there's no denying that - if you're already a keen Facebook user - there's a lot to be said for the convenience of embedding a video stream right into your profile for friends, family, and (if you want them to) the public to watch.

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These Instagram filters as baby names are a growing trend

These Instagram filters as baby names are a growing trend

Yes, real human babies named after Instagram filters. The next generation of baby-makers really, truly have the power now. And they're squandering it. Turning their children into photo filter names from an app. On the plus side, these names aren't the most horrifying massacres of a set of baby names we've ever heard. But they're not the best names in the history of the world, either. Can you imagine anyone making a large contribution to our society with a name derived from a photo filter? From a social networking app owned by Facebook?

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LinkedIn rolls out redesigned iOS, Android apps

LinkedIn rolls out redesigned iOS, Android apps

Have you ever thought what it would be like to harness the connectivity of social networks like Facebook and put a more professional spin to it? Well, LinkedIn was born from that idea and, despite all odds, continues to exist to this day. The experience it offers, however, hasn't been a smooth ride. Especially on mobile, where you'd be buried under tons of menus and information overload. Now the new mobile app, nicknamed "Voyager", is neater, leaner, and more streamlined, giving way for LinkedIn's other mobile apps to come into the picture.

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