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Twitter Offers launches giving you discounts through tweets

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Moving steadily on with its newfound commerce focus, Twitter has today announced a new service called Twitter Offers. This basically means businesses can embed discount coupons into tweets, but redeeming them is easier than if you were to use actual coupons.

Twitter Offers comes after the Twitter Buy button started appearing for certain users, letting them buy stuff directly from tweets. Read more »

Viber launches Public Chats social entertainment channel

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The makers of the popular instant messaging app Viber announced Public Chats. Dubbed social entertainment channel by its makers, the feature allows users to share conversations and content on mobile devices.

Public Chats will include live discussions with personalities and various celebrities. Read more »

Facebook introduces standalone Groups app for iOS and Android

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This year Facebook has pushed its Messenger app for mobile more than ever, even forcing people to use only that for messaging one another. And now the social network has announced a new standalone mobile app that focuses on one single aspect of your Facebook experience. In this case, we’re talking about Groups.

The new Facebook Groups app is already available in both the iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. Read more »

Snapchat will now let you send money to your friends

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In a move that sounds like an April Fool’s joke, Snapchat has launched a new feature called Snapcash that will let you send money to your friends by adding a dollar sign and entering an amount in your pictures. Yeah, it’s totally legit.

Snapchat has joined forces with Square, makers of the popular Square Cash, to let you add your debit card to the app and then send money to your friends. As mentioned before, it’s as simple as adding a dollar sign and the amount in your messages and sending it to your friends and the money is transferred from your bank account to theirs. The payment part is handled by Square, who has more expertise in this matter than Snapchat. Read more »

Facebook at Work is the company’s social network for professionals

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The Financial Times has spilled the beans on an upcoming effort from Facebook to create a social network for professional users. It’s going to be called Facebook at Work and its aim will be to separate your personal profile from your work-related one.

The service will look similar to the current Facebook design. It will be enhanced however, to handle large documents and allow you easily to collaborate and communicate with your contacts. Read more »

Facebook Messenger reaches 500 million monthly active users

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This year Facebook split off the chat functionality from its main app into a separate Messenger app, which pretty soon became a mandatory download for those who use Facebook for chatting. Despite the bombardment of 1-star reviews from unhappy users, the Messenger app reached 500 million downloads in late August.

Now, the social network has announced that the app gets 500 million users each month. Read more »

Instagram adds caption edition, improved discovery options

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Instagram has released an update for its iOS and Android apps that adds two new features. The first is the ability to edit captions, which was sorely missed before.

Previously, if you made some typo in your caption or wanted to change it, the only way was to delete it and then add it again as a comment, which only worked if someone else hadn’t commented yet on your photo. Or, just reupload the photo altogether. Now an option appears in the menu below the image that will let you edit the caption of your photo whenever you want. Read more »

Rooms message board app by Facebook launches for iOS

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Facebook launched a brand new app for iOS dubbed Rooms. The newcomer allows users to create or participate in message boards that cover any topic they might be interested in.

The app consist of rooms that are organized by area of interest. Read more »

Twitter adds Audio Cards to discover and play audio within the app

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Twitter has announced a new feature called Audio Cards. This will allow users to discover music from their favorite artists and then play it within the app itself. The feature is available on both iOS as well as Android.

Audio Cards appear as regular tweets on your timeline with the track. You tap on the track and it starts playing within the app with album art and playback controls. You can minimize the Audio Card and continue to browser your timeline. Read more »

Facebook has finally completed its acquisition of WhatsApp

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This sure took a while, but Facebook is now officially the owner of WhatsApp. The social network agreed to buy the mobile messaging service on February 20, shocking the tech world by offering $19 billion for that privilege.

All the regulatory hurdles have now been cleared, so WhatsApp is finally part of Facebook. Read more »

Snapchat now valued at $10 billion, Yahoo is close to investing $20 million

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Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging servicess among the teens. It’s been around for over three years now and even though it’s yet to monetize its user base, things are going very well for it. There were even rumors Snapchat refused acquisition bids from Facebook and Google worth $3 to $4 billion.

It seems the Snapchat CEO was right to turn those offers, if real. The company is estimating its value at $10 billion as it prepares for another round of financing. Read more »

Flipboard is now available for Windows Phone devices

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The popular magazine format app Flipboard is now available for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The application is currently available to download in the Windows Phone App Store. It will also come pre-loaded on the freshly launched Nokia Lumia 830.

For the time being, Flipboard is available only for Windows Phone smartphones with at least 1GB of RAM. Read more »

Tweetbot for iPhone updated for iOS 8 and iPhone 6

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Tweetbot, the most popular third party Twitter client for iOS, has been updated for the new iOS 8 as well as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The list of iOS 8 related improvements include lockscreen notification shortcuts, where you can now slide notifications on the lockscreen to access additional functions, interactive notifications that pop down from the top and lets you reply instantly without leaving your current app, and sharing sheet support for sharing via Tweetbot. Read more »

The life of Orkut gets neatly summarized in an infographic

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These days it seems like there’s an infographic for everything, and now that Google’s finally said its last farewell to Orkut – there’s one for that too.

Orkut was Google’s first social network, before Buzz, and before Google+. It’s been officially pronounced dead just hours ago, so it’s probably the best time to take a look back at what Orkut was. Read more »

Orkut is dead

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After ten long years of being in existence, Orkut is finally dead. After announcing its plans to shut down the social network back in June, Google finally pulled the plug today on the ageing social network.

Orkut was Google’s first social network back in 2004, before Google+, or Buzz or anything else existed. While it initially saw most of its usage in the US, it was eventually taken over by Brazilians and Indians, who remained the top two users of the service till the very end. Read more »