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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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Twitter kills Vine app, web version still available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 4:14 am

Twitter is going through troubles of its own, but now the social media giant has announced it will be shutting down the Vine app in the next few months.

 

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Vine wrote in a blog post: "Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app".

 

Twitter announced it is restructuring itself, laying off 9% of their global workforce, and working on other methods to reduce cost. Vine users won't feel the pinch immediately, with their Vines still accessible, with Vine adding it will continue working with creators on answering any questions.

 

Vine wasn't told about the situation until Thursday morning, with an "all-hands meeting" at 10AM at Twitter's offices in New York, reports Mashable.

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AMD drops Gaming Evolved app

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 5:55 pm

You may have noticed recently the lack of a 'Gaming Evolved' check box in the AMD driver installation window. As it turns out, the company has discontinued the app, so if you want to record or stream gameplay, you'll have to look externally to Plays.tv, OBS Studio, and so on.

 

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"Starting September 12, 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software," reads the official statement. "The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the AMD Gaming Evolved App dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected."

 

The news isn't too surprising as most found the app clunky and inefficient, particularly in comparison to competitor GeForce Experience. One hopes then AMD is hard at work on a proper, internal solution.

Microsoft Paint overhaul leaked, features 3D objects

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 7:35 pm

An overhaul to Microsoft's Paint app has been leaked, and it's a big one. Boasting full-fledged image and 3D object editing capabilities, a fresh new look, and added touch-friendliness, Paint looks like it will offer everything it used to and a whole lot more.

 

 

The app seems to be based on the UWP although we can't be 100% on that yet.

 

As for launch date, you can try it now if you're lucky enough to have received an alpha invite. If not, a wider audience may receive it at Microsoft's Windows 10 event on October 26. Beyond that, speculation suggests sometime next year with the large Redstone 2 update and earlier for Insiders.

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