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Snap shrugs off growth concerns as stock rebounds from record low

Snap might be on course to recover its position on the stock market. Employees can now trade their stock as the lockup period is over. Although analysts had thought this could cause a rush of selling, the price is up and Snap has started the week strong.

Google Allo is finally available on the web… sort of

Google Allo now has a web version, almost a year after its launch. The long-requested site is rolling out now but only some users will benefit from it. The app's currently limited to Android devices and the Chrome browser, restricting its usefulness.

Google's voice dictation tech now supports 30 more languages

Google has greatly expanded the range of languages its voice recognition tech can understand. The company is rolling out an update that brings voice support to 30 more languages and regions worldwide, including traditional dialects with rich histories.

Facebook bans 'cloaking' as it cracks down on scams

Facebook has announced it's taking steps to combat the rise of "cloaking" on its platform. The practice refers to a popular deception technique where scammers disguise a link to their website as a genuine News Feed post, fooling Facebook's moderators.

New app Mirage brings augmented reality onto the streets

A new app launched this week aims to bring augmented reality to the streets by annotating real objects with virtual drawings. Mirage combines social media with augmented reality, offering a platform for "real world" communication.

Spotify launches on the Xbox One

Spotify has announced its app is now available on the Xbox One, adding another platform to the service's already impressive line-up. Spotify is already available on Sony's PlayStation 4. Its arrival on Xbox has been long anticipated by gamers.

YouTube unveils built-in direct messaging feature

YouTube has started rolling out an in-app messaging feature designed to keep conversations about videos within the walls of its platform. The mobile-only chat hub lets you send messages directly to other YouTube users, without using public comments.

Facebook Stories are forcing their way to your desktop

Facebook has begun testing its ephemeral Stories feature on its main desktop website. The company is including Stories as a box to the right of the central page content. However, it faces an uphill challenge as resistance to the feature remains very high.

Facebook's News Feed to penalise slow-loading websites

Facebook has announced it's tweaking its News Feed algorithms so faster loading webpages rank above slower alternatives. The company said it's based on research that users want content to appear quickly but the change could unduly penalise some sites.

Google announces new recruiting app to help businesses fill roles

Google has launched a new business app that helps recruiters to find potential candidates for job openings. The company cited research that found businesses routinely struggle to identify ideal hires. It's using technology to help solve the problem.

LinkedIn launches new app that integrates with Windows 10

LinkedIn has announced it is rolling out a new Windows app that lets you get notifications on your PC when people connect with you on the network. The Microsoft-owned platform is now better integrated with Windows, improving your productivity.

Amazon building its own WhatsApp rival called 'Anytime'

Amazon is reportedly planning a new messaging app that will see it enter direct competition with Facebook. The company's said to be planning a robust bot platform for the app that will let you order food, listen to music and chat with businesses.

Microsoft admits users think the new Skype is 'exceptionally bad'

Last month, Microsoft unveiled a completely reimagined Skype experience on iOS and Android that refocuses the app as a Snapchat clone. Users have been far from impressed and after facing plummeting ratings Microsoft has finally responded to the criticism.

Microsoft launches app that uses AI to help blind people 'see'

Microsoft has publicly launched an app that narrates the environment around its user to help blind people "see." Using artificial intelligence, it identifies people, documents and images in the surroundings and narrates their details, empowering the user.

Facebook to bombard 1.2 billion Messenger users with gigantic ads

Facebook has announced it is commencing the global rollout of Messenger adverts. Facebook has previously left Messenger out of its ad network but now the potential revenue to be made from its 1.2 billion users has proved irresistible.

Facebook building its own Houseparty clone to disrupt live video

Facebook is reportedly building its own live video chat app. It's an attempt to capture the attention of young audiences who often communicate in groups. The company is said to be planning a clone of popular group video app Houseparty called Bonfire.

Report: AR app Layar's creators want to buy it back from Blippar

Two of the cofounders of Layar, a pioneering augmented reality startup, are said to be interested in buying the company back from owner Blippar. The cofounders sold their app in 2014 for an undisclosed sum. They now want to return to ownership.

Yahoo Mail rolls out a completely rebuilt app with ad-free option

Yahoo has unveiled a complete overhaul of its web-based Mail application. The company has replaced the aging design with a clean and modern interface. It's also introduced the option of paying for a subscription that removes the ads from the service.

Facebook reaches two billion users milestone

Facebook has announced it has passed the two billion user mark, affirming its status as the largest social network on the planet. The company said it's an "honour" to have reached the milestone and unveiled a personalised celebratory video for each user.

Google launches new experimental YouTube party app for the iPhone

Google has opened up access to an experimental YouTube app to all iPhone users. Called Uptime, the app offers a more social YouTube experience that lets you watch videos together in a group. It's meant to be accessible, fun and focused on sharing.

Facebook Messenger video chats get animated masks and filters

Facebook has released a new update for Messenger that adds a slew of features around video chats. The company has brought its filters and masks for photos to video content too, drawing more parallels with rival Snapchat.

App uses cough sounds to diagnose respiratory disease

A new app has been developed which works on smartphone. The app is aimed at the medical community and it can use cough sounds to diagnose respiratory disease.

Todoist maker launches Twist, a 'calmer' version of Slack

Doist, the company behind the highly popular Todoist task manager app, has launched a new team collaboration tool called Twist. The app has been used internally for a while and is a direct product of the Todoist team's frustration with rival Slack.

Mozilla launches its privacy-first mobile web browser on Android

Mozilla has officially launched Firefox Focus on Android devices. Previously iOS-exclusive, the web browser is designed for people looking for strengthened online privacy and a clutter-free experience. There's a built-in ad blocker and data saving mode.

Spotify passes 140 million active users with no profit in sight

Spotify has passed the 140 million active users mark but is still a long way from being profitable. While revenue increased, investment in new projects has caused operating losses to rise at a similar rate. It is still aiming to reach profitability.

Twitter completely redesigns its app in attempt to stay relevant

Twitter has announced a complete overhaul of its mobile apps that introduce a new look and feel based on a "flatter" design. It reflects the company's growing desperation as it tries to attract new users and stay relevant amongst rival social networks.

Amazon interested in buying Slack for up to $9 billion

Amazon is reportedly in talks to purchase messaging start-up Slack in a deal worth up to $9 billion. If it goes ahead, the acquisition would be Amazon's largest ever and give it a strong foothold into enterprise tech. Slack is said to be wary.

Apple to ban apps from asking you to review them

Apple has changed its App Store rules to ban apps from pressuring you to review them. Products which display their own pop-up boxes asking you for ratings or reviews will no longer be accepted on Apple's platform. It is offering an official API instead.

Samsung brings its Android web browser app to other phones

Samsung has launched its own Android web browser app in the Google Play Store, bringing it to phones from other manufacturers. The previously Galaxy-exclusive app is based on the same core as Google Chrome and comes with privacy-focused features.

Your older apps might not work on iOS 11

Apple's upcoming iOS 11 update adds several new features to improve your iPhone and enable new experiences. However, the release has another major change that could stop some of your apps from working. It's because Apple is abandoning 32-bit apps.
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