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Group FaceTime in iOS 12 supports up to 32 people

Group FaceTime in iOS 12 supports up to 32 people

Group FaceTime is launching in iOS 12, bringing the ability to hold video conversations with multiple people at the same time. The new feature for Apple's video calling service will support up to 32 simultaneous Group FaceTime participants, in fact.

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Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Facebook’s AI now filters out those photos you trusted your ex with

Late last year, we learned of Facebook's plan to combat the spread of revenge porn through its services. The plan was admittedly a little weird, as it involved sending your own naked photos to yourself through Messenger and having a Facebook engineers create a unique hash for those images that would prevent them from being shared across the whole of Facebook. The company has fine-tuned its approach to revenge porn prevention in the months since we first heard about this initiative, and today it's launching this new program in a few regions around the world.

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Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android

Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android

Google's Duo app has become one of the most popular video calling app on Android since its debut in 2016, and now it's introducing a rare feature for mobile platforms: screen sharing. The latest version of Duo is rolling out with the ability to share what's displayed on a phone's screen while on a call, allowing the other person to follow along in real-time.

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Facebook Messenger adds English and Spanish translation feature

Facebook Messenger adds English and Spanish translation feature

Facebook Messenger will soon automatically suggest translations between Spanish and English, though the feature will initially be limited to Marketplace, the company has announced. The feature is a convenient and rapid way to translate between the two popular languages, enabling users who would otherwise face a language barrier to engage on Facebook's platform.

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Facebook Messenger and Instagram are getting AR camera effects

Facebook Messenger and Instagram are getting AR camera effects

As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to kick off 2018's F8 conference today, we knew that augmented reality and virtual reality were going to be big topics. After all, we started the day with the news that the new Oculus Go headset had gone up for pre-order, and the Facebook platform in general has been branching out into VR in recent months. Today we learned about the next step in that process: AR for Messenger and Instagram.

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Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook is adding a sleep mode for Facebook Messenger Kids, allowing parents to control when young users get access to the app. The new feature follows the launch of the child-friendly version of the instant messaging app last December, intended to quiet concerns that younger users of the social network could be talking with predators.

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Chat is Google’s industry-backed answer to Apple iMessage

Chat is Google’s industry-backed answer to Apple iMessage

Google's communication services are a mess, and that's describing it nicely. It has made multiple attempts, some of which continue to exist independently, to offer the best messaging platform ever. Almost all of those have failed miserably. Why can't Google just make a straight out iMessage clone? Well, it could but it's choosing not to do so. Instead, it is trying to push for a more industry-supported messaging standard that it will simply be calling "Chat". Not "Google Chat", just "Chat".

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We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

We’re all over this Amazon Echo Spot double-deal: Here’s why

It's Alexa's cutest device, but Amazon's Echo Spot needn't break the bank courtesy of a deal the retailer is running on the spherical smart speaker. Launched in December, the touchscreen-fronted gadget is more than just an alarm clock: it's a full Alexa smart home device. Usually it's $130, but Amazon is offering a way to save $40 on your order.

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Skype debuts Content Creator mode with features for podcasters & streamers

Skype debuts Content Creator mode with features for podcasters & streamers

Microsoft has revealed that it's updating the widely used Skype software with tools to improve call recording. The voice and video calling service isn't getting a native recording feature, mind you, but instead is streamlining its integration with existing third-party apps like Wirecast, Xsplit, and Vmix, making it easier for streamers, vloggers, and podcast hosts to get quality recordings for audio and video production.

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Facebook’s “unsend” message tool to go public

Facebook’s “unsend” message tool to go public

Facebook plans to roll out an "unsend" feature to its messaging service, after the social network was caught retracting messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. Reports last night raised claims from users who had received messages from Zuckerberg through Facebook, but who since discovered that the site had no record of those conversations.

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Facebook Messenger is scanning all the links and photos you share [Updated]

Facebook Messenger is scanning all the links and photos you share [Updated]

Facebook is automatically scanning Facebook Messenger conversations for unacceptable content, the company has confirmed, monitoring both links and images shared. The revelation stemmed from an unexpected side detail from an interview with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Group video chatting is Snapchat’s newest feature (and Instagram’s sudden idea)

Group video chatting is Snapchat’s newest feature (and Instagram’s sudden idea)

Snapchat's user growth numbers might be on the rebound, but the app's creators still have their work cut out for them if they want to stay competitive with Instagram. One way they've been doing that is by consistently rolling out new features for Snapchat, most of which are eventually borrowed by Instagram as well. Today's candidate for June's cool new Instagram feature is group video chatting.

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