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WhatsApp used by one billion people worldwide

Popular instant messaging platform WhatsApp has announced that one billion people are now active on its network, making it one of the largest services online. WhatsApp has been experiencing explosive growth over the past few years.

China's Weibo ups character limit to 2,000 ahead of Twitter

Weibo, the Chinese social network usually viewed as the country's answer to Twitter, has axed its 140-character limit on user posts and dramatically increased the maximum length to 2,000 characters. It comes amid rumours of Twitter doing the same soon.

Facebook 'deliberately broke' its own app to test user loyalty

Facebook has been accused of crashing its own Android app to secretly test the loyalty of its users. The social network allegedly broke the news feed feature on purpose several times to see if users would try its mobile site instead or just give up.

Study says more U.S. women own video game consoles than men

A new report has revealed more games consoles are owned by women than by men in the United States. The study found that 42 percent of women have a console in their house compared to 37 percent of men.

Loyal OneDrive users disbanding as unlimited storage ends

Microsoft has changed several of its OneDrive plans in major ways, reducing free allowances from 15GB to 5GB and ending unlimited storage because some people dared to take it at its word. Thousands of vocal and outraged users have already complained.

Windows 10 adoption rapidly slowing but rising among gamers

Microsoft's Windows 10 got off to a flying start in the first couple of months since launch but is now beginning to slow down. The company is struggling to convince more users to upgrade, although the OS is popular with PC gamers.

100 million people now use Google Photos

Just five months after launching its completely revamped Photos app, Google has announced there are now over 100 million active users on the new platform. Perhaps predictably, the most photographed category is food and people frequently search for 'me'.

6.5 million people are now paying for Apple Music

Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended the speculation surrounding how many users Apple Music has managed to retain by saying the service now has over 6.5 million paying subscribers. The number still falls significantly short of industry leader Spotify.

BlackBerry CEO admits a smartphone pull-out may be on the cards

The Android-powered BlackBerry Priv smartphone, set for release later this year, has a lot resting on its shoulders. Many have speculated that it will make or break BlackBerry's handset business and this week CEO John Chen hinted he thinks the same.

Facebook announces six new emotions to sit alongside 'Like'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently confirmed the company is working on adding a "dislike" button to the social network, although he never put it as such. Today, the new options were unveiled and they're rather different than what people expected.

Windows 10 allegedly hits 100m users, Microsoft boasts 669k apps

Windows 10 has reportedly passed 100 million installations almost exactly two months after its worldwide launch. The unconfirmed figure comes shortly after the company officially updated its 'Microsoft by Numbers' page with some interesting statistics.

Zuckerberg: 1 billion people logged onto Facebook on Monday

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced yesterday that 1 billion users logged onto Facebook on Monday August 24, representing an all-new and very impressive milestone for the social network that has made it to the heart of the Internet.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Study finds Windows 10 users 'love' Cortana

A study of social media reactions has found that the vast majority of users 'love' Windows 10 with its star feature, digital assistant Cortana, gaining the most attention. Hostility is growing though and some features fare much better than others.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Samsung giving $1 Galaxies to iPhone users for 30-day testing

Samsung has announced a marketing tactic aimed squarely at converting some iPhone users to its Android-powered Galaxy smartphones. Apple fans can try out a flagship Samsung device for 30 days by paying just $1 as the company's market share declines.

Intel publicly releases code behind Stephen Hawking's voice

Intel has publicly released the code for the software that powers Stephen Hawking's speech engine. It allows developers to go ahead and delve into how it works, opening the gateway to new systems based upon it but expanded by the knowledge of others.

Facebook announces plans to revamp Events and Notes

Facebook has unveiled plans to reinvent its "Events" feature after realising it is used for public gatherings as often as the private ones it is designed for. The little-used Notes is also being completely revamped to rival platforms like Medium.

Spotify set to end 'free' streaming next year

Music streaming service Spotify is looking to move towards a premium-only model next year, according to reports this weekend. Listening for free with adverts will no longer be an option as the music industry pushes for greater revenue from streaming.

Petition calls on Samsung to launch its Galaxy Note 5 in Europe

Samsung raised eyebrows with the unveiling of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet yesterday when it announced that the phone will not be sold in Europe. Now a disgruntled group of users, headed by a noted retailer, have started a petition to urge it to reconsider.

'Unified', 'appropriate' Windows 10 Start menu wins design award

The new-look Start menu in Microsoft's Windows 10 has been chosen as the winner of the IDSA Design Award. It has drawn praise for allowing users to experience technology in a "contextually appropriate manner", a point of controversy for some who prefer 7.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

Report: U.S. smartphone market may have hit saturation point

A report has found that the U.S, public seems to be getting bored of new smartphone launches, leading to a dramatic shrinking of the market in the past quarter. The situation was worsened by poor sales of Samsung's newest devices.

Thousands flock to 'sin-free Facebook'

A special "sin-free" social networking site has drawn 100,000 members in a month of operating. Created by a group of Brazilian Evangelical Christians, swearing and erotic content is banned and blessings, prayers and inspirational quotes encouraged.

Facebook expands payments on Messenger across the entire U.S.

Everybody in the United States can now send and receive payments using Facebook Messenger after a large expansion made the feature mainstream. Users of the app can transfer funds with their friends quickly using just a compatible debit card.

You can now use Facebook Messenger without Facebook

You can now use Facebook Messenger without having a Facebook account by using just your name and phone number. It represents another move by the social network to capitalise on the success of the app in its reinvented form as its own standalone platform.

LastPass password management service hacked, users warned

Password management service LastPass has advised its users to change the master password for their accounts after noting some suspicious activity on its servers recently. Although it does not believe any data was taken, the firm is taking precautions.

Microsoft says the Ask toolbar is a 'high risk threat to your PC'

Microsoft is now flagging the Ask search toolbar as malware in its Malware Protection Centre. Older versions of the once popular toolbar can prevent users from changing their default search provider and many people now view it only as an annoyance.

Joke app destroys App Store charts, nobody knows how

A fake app that allows you to supposedly see which of your parents you look most like has somehow managed to rise to the top of Apple's charts despite producing completely random results and having hundreds of one-star reviews.

Instagram to start sending 'Highlights' emails to inactive users

Photo-sharing app Instagram is now rolling out a new feature that copies other rival social networks by sending inactive users regular digests of what they have missed. New "Highlights" emails feature some of the best unseen photos in a users' feed.
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