Apps

WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature called 'Status' that works in much the same way as Snapchat. The feature was discovered in the most recent public beta version of WhatsApp for both iOS and Android. With it, users can post status updates in the form of photos and videos and share them with friends. The status updates expire and disappear after 24 hours, and can include things like text and doodles.

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Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has overhauled its app: three key differences

Uber has rebuilt its mobile app, making it cleaner and easier to use in comparison to the previous version. This update was necessary, says Uber, as the app had ‘become complicated and harder to navigate’ since the last big overhaul in 2012. By remaking it from the ground up, the app is now faster and, says the company, smarter — it can learn your routines if you’re a frequent rider, and pretty soon it’ll be able to tap your mobile’s calendar, too.

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Talkshow, the “Facebook Live for text chat”, is shutting down

Talkshow, the “Facebook Live for text chat”, is shutting down

Talkshow, the text-based live broadcast system that effectively promised to be Facebook Live for the camera shy, is shutting down after just six months. The service, which offered a way to broadcast text conversations, launched in April this year with the hope of taking Slack chats public. However, in an email to users today, the Talkshow team has conceded that interest just wasn't as big as had been expected, and that the only way forward is shutting the service down.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

InstruMMents creates a better tape measure with 01

If you have ever had the need to measure something, you had to resort to using a tape measure or ruler. Those are the same tools that people have been using to take measurements since 1860 when the tape measure was first invented. A company called InstruMMents, founded by the folks who created the Misfit Shine, have unveiled a new dimensioning device that can replace that old tape measure with something more modern and easy to use and the product is called the 01.

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Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

Facebook doubles down on Snapchat cloning with camera filters, vanishing messages

It seems this week's addition of Halloween-themed masks to Facebook Live was just the beginning Zuckerberg & Co.'s "borrowing" from Snapchat — actually, I guess Instagram Stories was the first step, but who's counting? Now the blue social network behemoth is moving on to Snapchat's main features: camera filters and effects within its main app, along with disappearing messages.

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Skype for Business comes to Mac, Skype iOS gets Siri messaging support

Skype for Business comes to Mac, Skype iOS gets Siri messaging support

Microsoft's messaging and video calling platform Skype has released two updates heading into the weekend, one each for the Mac and iOS. The first isn't technically an update, but a brand-new app for the desktop: Skype for Business, the platform's service that focuses more on inter-office communication and productivity, along with heavy Office integration. The second is an update the regular Skype app on iOS, which introduces the ability to send messages by dictating them to Siri.

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Apple’s ‘TV’ app won’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content

Apple’s ‘TV’ app won’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content

If you watched Apple's event yesterday, you probably noticed a certain popular video service was missing during the 'TV' app unveiling: Netflix. That's because Netflix won't be available in the app, which is more than a little surprising (and disappointing). In addition, and quite the opposite in terms of expectation, Amazon Video won't be available on 'TV,' as the service has never been available on Apple TV.

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Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app, arrives on Android

Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app, arrives on Android

Facebook Lifestage, the teen-only app released back in August, has now arrived on Android. The app is targeted primarily at high schoolers, and serves to address the decline in youth participation on Facebook, a service many kids now consider less-than-cool thanks in part to the mass influx of parents and grandparents. Lifestage first arrived on iOS, and now it is expanding onto Google’s mobile OS.

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Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Vine mobile app discontinued: What you need to know

Twitter and Vine have made a rather surprising announcement today, revealing that the two have plans to discontinue the Vine mobile app. The mobile app won't be going offline immediately, with Twitter and Vine saying it will flip the switch in the "coming months." Just as interesting as the decision to pull the plug is the fact that they didn't reveal why they're doing it.

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Microsoft Paint 3D preview available for Windows Insiders

Microsoft Paint 3D preview available for Windows Insiders

While Microsoft announced a slew of new hardware yesterday, primarily focusing on the Surface Studio all-in-one, another pleasant surprise was the debut of the Paint 3D app, a modern version of the classic MS Paint program from previous generations of Windows. Coming to Windows 10, Paint 3D has been overhauled from the basic, rudimentary drawing tool to an application supporting stylus and touch input, and capable of quick, easy 3D object creation.

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Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

Get spooky on Facebook Live with Halloween-themed filters

The scariest time of year has arrived, and I don't mean election season. To help users get in the Halloween spirits, Facebook Live has taken a page from Snapchat and rolled out some spooky new face filters that take the form of masks. Among the options to choose from are a witch, skull, jack o'lantern, and a handful of animals, including a panda.

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