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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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Zuckerberg announces child, puts weight of world on shoulders

Zuckerberg announces child, puts weight of world on shoulders

Today Mark Zuckerberg announced a new daughter with his wife. His announcement, listed on Facebook, came with a message of hope and of worry. A message that described the future for this child, including such messages as "Consider disease. Today we spend about 50 times more as a society treating people who are sick than we invest in research so you won't get sick in the first place." It's a strange letter to his child, but not entirely un-Zuckerberg in its content and delivery.

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Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook login simplifies Apple TV app sign-in process

Facebook announced this week that it was making its SDK available for developers working with the new Apple TV's tvOS. While the company highlights that the SDK will allow developers to incorporate social experiences into their Apple TV apps, the greatest benefit could be the ability to make use of Facebook Login, which lets users sign in to apps with their social network account.

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Instagram launching multi-account support

Instagram launching multi-account support

The photo-sharing app Instagram has quietly begun rolling out multi-account support for the average user. While this will be most helpful to those that have accounts for their artwork, accounts for their personal matters, and accounts for their cats, you'll see the benefit for work-use users as well. This update will be appearing in version 7.12.0 of the app, popping up for Beta testers first. Of course you could also just head over to the APK download if you do so choose.

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Let Friends guide you through Facebook’s new “take a break” feature

Let Friends guide you through Facebook’s new “take a break” feature

The social network Facebook is testing a feature which would assist users in the present to see less of their significant others from the past. The feature is called "Take a Break", and, like taking a break in real life, it lists a number of "changes" you can make to the features on your Facebook account. One example of this is seeing less of the person who you've ended a relationship with. As Facebook Product Manager and someone we must assume is a Friends fan Kelly Winters suggests, "When people change their relationship status to indicate they are no longer in a relationship, they will be prompted to try these tools."

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Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google Hangouts activates guest mode for meetings

Google's latest bid to make their products more instantly-available to users is in "guest" mode in Google Hangouts. This feature allows people with Google accounts to host Google Hangouts meetings in which invited guests can join the conversation without needing a Google account of their own. This system requires joining guests to tap a button or two, write in a name so people know who they are on the call, and begin to chat.

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Here’s why Google+ is suddenly so much faster

Here’s why Google+ is suddenly so much faster

Today Google began unfurling their latest completely redesigned Google+ design, and with it, a major boost in performance. This newest design includes a much lighter load on your web browser and your mobile device's processor - not to mention your data plan. In a study published by Google Developers this afternoon, they suggest that they've succeeded in their goal with the social network, never downloading more than 60k of HTML, 60k of JavaScript, and 60k of CSS at any one time.

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Tumblr’s app makes gifs now, too

Tumblr’s app makes gifs now, too

This week Tumblr has updated its iOS app to include the ability to make moving .gif images for your blog. This isn't a brand new sort of ability, of course - you could do that on your desktop with Photoshop, if you wanted - but for mobile devices, it's still sort of a new bit of fun. If you want to turn all the movies and the photo burst images you've got on your device into gifs, now might be the best time to make it so.

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Google just completely revamped Google+

Google just completely revamped Google+

Google has just given their social network Google+ a major update, one they're calling "the new G+". This version of the social network is drastically simplified in both look and functionality, with new navigation centered on Collections and Communities. Playing to the social networks' strengths in this case means showcasing the communities that already exist and grow with speed - those that are bustling with activity and have visitors posting and commenting all day long. The home stream is redesigned as well.

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Pushbullet pins price to formerly free features

Pushbullet pins price to formerly free features

The app Pushbullet begins attempting to monetize its services by adding a "Pro" plan to its roster, making formerly free features cost cash. Soon the Angel investments made by pockets-full investors will no longer cover the costs of the device-to-device message and file-sharing service Pushbullet. Instead, users will be paying $40 a year or a cool $5 a month for the service - for some of the service's features, that is to say. If you're in Pushbullet too deep, you might have to open your pocketbook.

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