Facebook makes special holiday features available for Messenger

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Despite claims that Google+ is a “dead” social network, it appears Facebook has decided to take a page or two out of Google’s playbook for the holidays. Google+ users are familiar with the goodies that Google makes available for their social platform during different times of year, like virtual snow added to winter pics that are posted. Facebook has released some similar features for their Messenger application.
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YouTube stars receiving bonuses in wake of competitors’ wooing

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As rival online video services kick it into high gear, Google’s YouTube unit is pushing to lock up its top stars. This is happening in the wake of both Facebook and video start-up Vessel courting YouTube stars in hopes that they’ll move away from YouTube’s platform. This courting is forcing Google and YouTube to offer top videomakers bounses if they sign multi-year deals where they agree to post content exclusively on YouTube for a period of time before putting it on another service. But that’s not all.


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Facebook reorganizes Slingshot with changes in version 2.0

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This is not the same Slingshot that Facebook released in June. Facebook looked at the app following its launch and came back with changes in its version 2.0 update. The developers of Slingshot explain that “improving a product isn’t only about what you add, but about what you remove, so we made a simpler, cleaner, more fun Slingshot.” The process of sharing photos and videos is quicker than before with just two taps being necessary. And now there is a grid showing Shots from friends that are live for twenty-four hours or until swiped away. Slingshot also has private reactions with filters, drawings, and captions to give a more personal feel.

What’s New:

  • Quickly shoot and share moments throughout your day
  • Get creative with filters, drawings and emojis
  • Shots stick around for 24 hours or until they’re swiped away
  • Reply to any shot with a private photo or video reaction
  • Connect with friends and follow awesome people around the world
  • Turn on instant notifications to never miss a moment from your favorite people
  • Relive your day and share your favorite shots out to other people

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Facebook Groups launches in the Play Store, keeping members together forever

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One of the more underrated features that Facebook has is Groups. It is a way to share content directly with the people that matter most (and are members of the same group). The social network has launched an application for Groups that is currently available in the Play Store. The Facebook Groups app greets users with their most frequently used groups. Of course, they can create their own with select people. Then control which have the ability to send notifications. Just like any social app, Facebook Groups has a Discover tab. It displays groups that may be appealing to a user.

If you would rather have everything in one place, continue using the primary Facebook app. There are no plans to pull Groups support from it.

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WhatsApp update now shows when messages have been read

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You may recall that Facebook acquired WhatsApp Messenger back in February for an eye-watering $19 billion, and is only now in the process of rolling out its first major update for the service. Don’t get too excited, though, as the added functionality is not welcomed by many.

If you’re either an avid user of WhatsApp or a complete novice, I’m pretty sure you’re aware of its ‘double tick’ delivery system. If not, don’t worry. It’s simple. A grey tick on its own represents that a message has been successfully sent, while two grey ticks mean it has been delivered to the recipient’s phone. However, Facebook has decided to adapt this feature.


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See which apps and games are draining your phone battery and chewing up the most storage

android-appsApps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting.
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