Twitter, in addition to financial struggles leading to all sorts of buyout rumors, has long been trying to combat online abuse and harassment on its platform. While finding ways to censor such speech across the board is almost impossible, and would surely introduce ethical issues, the ability for individual users to control what they do and do not see is an important issue. Today, Twitter has announced that their existing “mute” feature will now also include the ability to mute keywords, phrases, hashtags, etc., even in notifications.
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When it comes to video calling, there’s a lot of services to choose from including Skype, FaceBook Messenger, Apple’s FaceTime, and Google’s Duo, just to name a few. One name missing from the list of choices had been WhatsApp (at least officially), until today. WhatsApp has finally made the feature available on its official app. Read more
Planning on traveling for Thanksgiving this year? Well, you might just want to check out this insightful data that Google pulled from its Maps service, as it’ll give you a look into some of the busiest airports and worst days to travel for this upcoming holiday.
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Google Play Music has been rocking the same interface for a while now, so it only makes sense that it would get an update to catch up to some of Google’s other products. That interface change has finally hit, polishing up Google’s music streaming app. Read more
Samsung announced today a new program being rolled out in connection to their Samsung Pay app. Following the lead of the credit card industry, Samsung is introducing a new program called Samsung Rewards that will award points to users for their use of the Samsung Pay platform. Samsung says this is to help recognize their loyal users, but it will also be a motivator to help get more people to use the service. There is a bit of a downside to the new program though – it is only available to users in the U.S. Read more
Here in the UK, we tend to lag behind the US when it comes to video or music streaming services being launched, but we’ve only had to wait a single month for Amazon’s Music Unlimited that launched in the States last month. The service has more than 40 million songs available to choose from costs £9.99 per month. If you are an Amazon Prime customer of own an Echo, though, you can subscribe at a discounted monthly fee. Join us after the break to find out more. Read more
Live streaming on social media platforms is the latest bandwagon that everyone seems to be jumping on. The latest app that appears to be getting ready to roll out this feature for its users is Instagram. According to a report out of Russia, a user there who was testing a beta version of the Instagram app discovered a new button used to launch a live video stream. Now, the CEO of Instagram Kevin Systrom has confirmed the live video feature is on its way. Read more
A lot of people are using Chrome, but you knew that already. What you probably didn’t know is just how many people are using Google’s web browser every month.
Snapchat’s new Spectacle glasses are a mysterious item. We heard about the idea a few months back, but since then everything has been rather quiet. But now, the Spectacles are being sold from vending machines Snapchat (or Snap. Inc) is calling a Snapbot. And they’re selling out fast, too.
Instagram announced some enhancements to their Stories feature to help users spice up their posts and encourage viewers to dig deeper into the stories they view. For users posting Stories, they can now add a Boomerang effect, add “mentions” to tag other Instagram users, and for verified accounts, links to external sources can be embedded in Stories. Read more