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WhatsApp now enables two-step verification

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 10, 2017 1:21 pm

WhatsApp has introduced two-step verification feature for its Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. The feature was initially available only to beta users, but now is officially available to everyone.

 

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The feature is optional, and it allows you to create a six-digit passcode which you will have to enter when your phone number is being verified on the app.

 

To enable two-step verification, open WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable.

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YouTube pushes out mobile live streaming to some users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 8, 2017 11:32 am

I have been live streaming from my smartphone to Facebook Live for over a year now, and finally - finally, Google is catching up with YouTube and mobile live streaming.

 

 

YouTube originally pushed into the mobile live streaming game in mid-2016, but it was limited to a very small handful of people. Now, YouTubers with over 10,000 subscribers can get into mobile live streaming, with the rest of the world needing to wait until later this year.

 

If you have over 10K subs, you can use the mobile live streaming feature to set a custom title, enable/disable the live chat, and choose whether to send a notification to all of your subscribers. YouTube allows mobile live streamers to blast their video in portrait or landscape, with messages appearing on the screen in fast-moving bubbles.

 

Better yet, there are some "new revenue opportunities with the introduction of SuperChat", reports TechSpot, which will "allow users to highlight their messages for a fee". These messages will be highlighted with bright colors, and will be pinned to the top of the chat window for up to 5 hours.

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Google's Instant Apps: use apps without installing them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 4:23 am

The push into the cloud is taking more shape, with Google teasing the future with their announcement of the testing of Instant Apps - a feature that will run select Android apps, without needing to install them.

 

 

Google makes Instant Apps work by being a smaller version of their native Android apps that run as soon as you tap their URL, without an installation. Once you've closed the app, it will disappear from your phone with no memory of icons on your desktop, but stays in your phone cache for a few hours if you open the link again.

 

A few applications work with Instant Apps, including Buzzfeed, Wish, Periscope, and Viki. Google Play software engineer Aurash Mahbod explains: "By collecting user feedback and iterating on the product, we'll be able to expand the experience to more apps and more users".

 

Why would Instant Apps be useful? For the apps you might install once, it is perfect - no installation, and it doesn't take additional space on your storage. You can quickly install the app without going to the Play Store, without installing it - if it's not good, no installation. Move onto the next, find something more suitable, try it out - and then download it.

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Facebook rolls out Group Video Chat in Messenger

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 3:31 pm

Just last week, Facebook introduced a new camera feature in their Messenger that lets you add special effects and art on your photos and videos. Now, they have launched another feature - Group Video Chat in Messenger.

 

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Group Video Chat is rolling out to Android and iOS devices and the desktop version of Messenger, worldwide.

 

You can see up to six people at a time, but up to 50 people can join in and choose just to listen in and join via voice, or be on camera. Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

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'One Dance' - First song to a billion streams on Spotify

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 20, 2016 1:33 pm

Your music preference is your thing; there is no reason to debate the music taste. So, whether you like it or not - Drake made history with his song 'One Dance'.

 

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Billboard announced that Drake became the first artist to reach one billion plays on Spotify for a single track with his song 'One Dance'. The Canadian singer also dominated Apple Music's year-end charts.

 

The 'One Dance' track was released in April, and it became the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

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Facebook turns Messenger's camera into a Snapchat copy

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 16, 2016 2:35 pm

Instagram recently added a new feature Stories, which is a clear copy of Snapchat. Now, Facebook introduced a new camera feature in their Messenger that lets you add special effects and art on your photos and videos. Sounds familiar?

 

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On their official blog, Facebook says that users send over 2.5 billion emojis, photos, stickers and videos every day on Messenger, and they expressed hope that this new feature will enable even more visual messaging.

 

In some ways the camera is now replacing the keyboard. As more people use Messenger in their everyday lives, we wanted to make it faster, simpler and more fun to send photos and videos - so we built the new Messenger camera.

 

The new Messenger Camera will debut 3D masks and special effects "which make it super easy to apply an artistic filter to your full-screen photo and to turn your world into a work of art," says the company.

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Facebook Events app now available for Android users

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 14, 2016 2:26 pm

Back in October, Facebook launched a standalone app for events. Initially, the app was available only for iOS users, but Facebook has now released it for Android users as well and you can get it on Play Store.

 

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Facebook events app is perfect for users who like to have a better overview of their upcoming events, but Facebook doesn't require you to download the app to be able to use Events in your Facebook app, at least not for now.

 

When you open Events, you can see the events your Facebook friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the pages you like, and updates from events you're already connected to. You can also browse events based on your interests or location. Events app features an interactive map that will help you browse trough the events easier, something that the Events feature in Facebook's main app doesn't have. Facebook also added a calendar in the app so you can keep track of the events you are attending.

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WhatsApp adds video calling

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 7:12 pm

Six years after its launch, WhatsApp has added video calling to its service, joining group chat and voice calling on the software's feature list.

 

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Video calling is supported on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. Quality is said to be excellent assuming a good Wi-Fi connection, and calls are said to be easy to make.

 

The feature addition puts WhatsApp in direct competition with Google Allo and Duo as well as Skype and Facebook, which can be only good for users. Boasting 1 billion users, expect WhatsApp to heat up the competition.

Google Play Music gets new look

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 10:28 pm

Google Play Music receives an overhaul today, complete with personalized music, a new home screen, and an auto generated offline playlist.

 

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The new version of the app exploits machine learning to curate song lists for you based on what you like, where you are, what you're doing, and the weather, among other things. So whether you're chilling at home or about to work out, it has the soundtrack for you (or claims to, anyway).

 

The reworked home screen also takes advantage of Google's machine learning and is designed to always present you with the music you care about most at any given moment, whether it's your favourite new album or the after work playlist you listen to regularly, or whatever else.

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We tested some fun and scary Halloween apps

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 31, 2016 6:05 pm

The scariest night of the year is here! Although Halloween isn't celebrated in every part of the world, why not join the fun with some scary apps that will turn you into a fictional character or something from your wildest dreams?

 

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We tested some apps that might help you celebrate the scariest night of the year. There is a wide range of different Halloween apps, from stickers, fun games to masks, etc., so here are few chosen one that caught my eye. All the apps I tested are free.

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