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Skype Preview adds screen sharing feature on iOS and Android

Skype Preview adds screen sharing feature on iOS and Android

Skype will soon be slightly more useful on mobile for certain users thanks to a new feature: screen sharing. This ability is arriving first in beta for Android and iOS users, making it possible to share a phone or tablet's display directly with another Skype user. Because the feature is only available in beta, mobile users will need to be a Skype Insider to access it.

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Facebook and Messenger may backtrack on controversial unified app

Facebook and Messenger may backtrack on controversial unified app

Way back in 2011, Facebook rolled out a standalone app for Messenger, though it still continued letting people chat in the main Facebook app for some time after that. Then, in 2014, it removed messaging functionality from the main Facebook app, prompting people looking to chat it up to install Messenger and use that instead. Now, all these years later, it looks like Facebook is getting ready to integrate the two once more.

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Twitter is experimenting with Tinder-like swipes

Twitter is experimenting with Tinder-like swipes

Last month, Twitter rolled out a new app called twttr, which it'll use to test prototype features before they come to the live service. With the prototype app turning a month old, Twitter has decided to roll out some new features to it. Some of these are new features that need to be tested, while others are making the jump from the main Twitter app to make twttr users feel a little more at home.

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HTC apps’ disappearance from Google Play Store raises concerns

HTC apps’ disappearance from Google Play Store raises concerns

Samsung may now be the biggest Android smartphone maker but it wasn't the first to believe in Google's dream. HTC, which built up its empire around what was back then called Windows CE, was the first Open Handset Alliance to come out with the worlds first Android phone, appropriately named the HTC Dream. Now that dream seems to be on the verge of collapse as HTC struggles to make a profit from smartphones. Removing its apps from the Google Play Store isn't helping inspire confidence either.

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Notch Pie app adds a battery indicator to waterdrop cutouts

Notch Pie app adds a battery indicator to waterdrop cutouts

One of the things that irk some users the most about notches is that they are pretty much dead space that eats into the screen. Not that there would be much screen space around it otherwise. Somewhat ironically, Samsung's punch hole displays have sparked some creative ways to use that space, one of which is a battery indicator. A new Notch Pie app tries to do the same for phones with waterdrop notches but it takes a bit of work to get it right.

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Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps

Netflix removes Apple AirPlay support from its iPhone and iPad apps

Following complaints from some iPhone and iPad users who were unable to use AirPlay, Netflix has updated its support website to state that its iOS apps no longer support Apple's wireless streaming feature. iOS users are left without a satisfactory reason for the change; Netflix blamed the loss of support on "technical limitations," but didn't provide any details on what that means.

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Google Maps rolling out Waze-like slowdown reports feature

Google Maps rolling out Waze-like slowdown reports feature

Google is bringing another useful Waze feature to its Maps product: slowdown warnings. This feature is different than the existing color-coded congestion warnings, which take some time to appear and alert users to traffic jams using yellow, orange, and red color codes. This new feature is arguably better, as it enables drivers to report slowdowns directly.

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Snap Games revealed as the next feature for Instagram to copy

Snap Games revealed as the next feature for Instagram to copy

For months now, we've been hearing rumors which claimed that Snapchat would soon turn to gaming in its never-ending quest to attract new users away from the likes of Facebook and Instagram. For a while, it seemed like those rumors weren't really going anywhere, but today that all changed. At the Snap Partner Summit today, the company officially unveiled Snap Games.

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WhatsApp finally lets you decide who can add you to groups

WhatsApp finally lets you decide who can add you to groups

With all the controversy that continues to hound Facebook, it's almost too easy to forget about the other social networking services it owns. Instagram remains ever so popular and some still resort to WhatsApp for their messaging needs. The latter, however, has had its fair share of privacy-related scandals but now it's taking a step forward in that arena by giving users more control over the groups they are invited to join.

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Facebook will terminate its Windows Phone apps on April 30

Facebook will terminate its Windows Phone apps on April 30

Facebook has decided that its remaining Windows Phone users have had enough time to switch to a different platform: it is ending support for its family of apps on the defunct mobile platform. The change will apply to the Facebook mobile app, Instagram, and Messenger, the company has confirmed. Users have one month left to decide whether losing the apps is motivation enough to upgrade their handset.

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Plex gets sleek new UI with improved navigation on Roku, Apple TV

Plex gets sleek new UI with improved navigation on Roku, Apple TV

Home media server software company Plex is rolling out its sleek new user interface on Roku and Apple TV, the company has announced. The UI brings a new television navigation experience that was designed to offer a 'unified, consistent experience' on all the devices and platforms that Plex supports.

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Twitter app now lets you appeal violations directly

Twitter app now lets you appeal violations directly

Even the best of us sometimes say something we later regret or are interpreted as offensive. Usually, a retraction and an apology is enough. On Twitter, however, you have to fill up an online form and twiddle your thumbs waiting for your account to be reinstated if the powers that be allowed it. Now Twitter is making that process easier by letting you do it all in the app. And, hopefully, it will also take Twitter less time to process those appeals as it has promised.

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