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Facebook unveils location tracking 'Live Location' feature

Facebook has announced a new Messenger feature that lets you share your location with your friends and family for a limited period of time. It's similar to the location tracking feature recently added to Google Maps and carries the same privacy concerns.

Twitter explores paid subscription service for power users

Twitter is developing a paid subscription service that will offer more advanced features to demanding users. The company has confirmed the idea is currently still in the experimental stage. It could give Twitter a stable revenue stream for the future.

Facebook launches Messenger Reactions and Mentions

Facebook has announced it is bringing its Reactions feature to Messenger. Reactions let you respond to a message with an emoji that signifies your feeling. The company is also launching Mentions for Messenger to include other people in a chat.

Apple acquires popular automation app Workflow

Apple has confirmed it has acquired Workflow, a successful iOS automation app that lets you link various devices and services together into complex processes. Apple had previously recognised Workflow's developers in its app design awards.

Google announces new features for Allo, Duo and Photos apps

Google has added several new features to three of its most important apps, Allo, Duo and Photos. The company made the announcement as part of an event in Brazil. It is focusing on making its products work better with limited connectivity.

Smartphones can be successfully used to track health

A review of smartphones and health apps indicates how parents can improve health outcomes for children. This is through a mix of appropriate apps and text messages.

LinkedIn tries to be a news site with new 'Trending Storylines'

LinkedIn has announced a new feature that's meant to make it easier to find interesting news. Trending Storylines expands the business-oriented social network's focus to include popular content, increasing its recently reignited rivalry with Facebook.

Google adds real-time location sharing to Maps app

A Google Maps update has added support for real-time location sharing, a controversial feature that lets friends see your map position for a limited time period. Google said it'll help people meet at social events and indicate when you're running late.

Facebook testing new comments design that looks like Messenger

Facebook is trialling a new design for its comments feed on mobile devices that closely resembles the current formatting of chat threads in Messenger. It suggests the company is trying to make comments more conversational to increase engagement.

'Clips' is a new video editing app built for your iPhone by Apple

Apple has announced a new iPhone app designed to make it easier to create and edit animated videos for social media. Clips includes a handful of features not available in other apps, including the ability to create animated captions from voice input.

Instagram now lets you save your livestreams forever

Instagram has announced a small but significant new feature that makes one of its headline capabilities more useful. It's now possible to download your live video streams to your phone's storage, letting you keep them after you've finished broadcasting.

Artificial intelligence helps predict suicide risks

New research suggests that machine learning can predict, with 80-90 percent accuracy, if a person is likely to attempt suicide. The prediction can extend up to two years into the future.

Microsoft's ambitious Slack competitor now available worldwide

Microsoft has officially launched Teams, its enterprise messaging service designed to rival highly-popular app Slack. Teams is now available to every Office 365 subscriber on all devices, giving it an immediate potential audience of millions of people.

Google Allo caught leaking search data to other users

Google's new Allo messaging app could be a security risk owing to a design flaw which allows the app to share your Google search history with your friends. The problem is believed to be an unintentional bug. Allo's security has previously been criticised.

Listen up: Pandora Premium is here to take on Spotify

Pandora, one of the first online music providers, has announced its own on-demand subscription service to rival Spotify and Apple Music. Using technology it acquired from Rdio, the internet radio provider aims to "change the way" you consume music.

New app to help increase self-esteem for kids with ADHD

A new app has been create called iGotThis, and it’s designed to help increase self-esteem and productivity for kids with ADHD and their families. The app is initially aimed at kids in the U.S. where it is estimated that over 4 million have the condition

Google unveils its reinvented Hangouts messaging apps

Google has officially launched the all-new version of its acclaimed Hangouts messaging and video calling app. The company has separated the app into two distinct products, Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Both are now intended for corporate use.

Facebook's 'Messenger Day' Snapchat clone launches worldwide

Facebook is rolling out a new Messenger feature that adds a carbon copy of Snapchat to the immensely popular messaging app. Messenger Day lets you share ephemeral images with your friends. Predictably, they scroll in a carousel and vanish after 24 hours.

Meet 'Meet' – Google's new video calling service for businesses

Google has launched a new video calling service called Meet by Google. It's part of the company's business line-up and appears to be an alternative to Hangouts. The reasoning behind the launch isn't clear as it further fragments Google's messaging apps.

Mozilla buys online bookmarking app Pocket

Mozilla has announced it has acquired popular bookmarking service Pocket. The 10-year-old app is one of the original read-it-later browser extension services, letting you store interesting content from across the web into customisable reading lists.

The world now watches YouTube for one billion hours every day

YouTube has reached a new milestone, announcing people watch videos on its platform for over one billion hours every day. As the company fights increasing competition from rivals such as Facebook, the figure highlights the amount of content available.

New chip makes voice control possible across all devices

The day may come when any electronic device is accessed via voice control. This possibility has been progressed through the development of an advanced yet low cost computer chip.

Verbling launches new apps to let you learn languages on the go

Y Combinator-backed language learning startup Verbling has launched new mobile apps designed to help you get started in a foreign language. Unlike rival apps, Verbling connects you to real language tutors so you can make actual conversation.

Instagram's new swipeable 'carousels' divide long-time users

Instagram has announced a new feature that lets you share up to 10 photos and videos in one post. The images show up as a swipeable carousel in the feed. The feature, designed to let people share more often, has been given a mixed reception by users.

Microsoft's new app strips Skype back to basics for India

Microsoft has launched a new Skype app aimed at users who struggle with limited data plans and patchy network connectivity. Skype Lite is a basic version of the popular messaging app that's smaller to install and uses less data.

WhatsApp Status is Facebook's latest attempt to become Snapchat

WhatsApp has launched a major new feature that lets you share disappearing photos with your friends and family. Clearly designed to take on rival Snapchat, Status is unique among implementations of the "Stories" concept as it uses full message encryption.

YouTube's unskippable 30-second ads are finally going away

Google has announced it is ending support for the 30-second "unskippable" adverts that currently play before many YouTube videos. The unpopular pre-roll advertisements have long been criticised by users. Google acknowledged the format isn't ideal.

Dating app for primates developed and tested

Amsterdam - Tinder is a common way for humans to look for suitable partners. An app based dating system may also be suitable for primates, according to researchers. Dutch zoologists have tested out a dating app for orangutans.

Facebook's new job board means you don't have to use LinkedIn

Facebook has taken aim at business-oriented social network LinkedIn by announcing a new feature that lets you find and apply for jobs without leaving its app. It directly connects prospective employers and employees, cutting down the time spent searching.

Signal gets encrypted video calls in new beta update

Signal, the Edward Snowden-approved messaging app famed for its security, has added beta support for video calls to its apps. The calls are fully encrypted to keep communication private. There is a potentially weakness which could leak some data though.
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