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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • Instagram Adds Five New Filters

    Instagram Adds Five New Filters

    Today Instagram has added five new filters for still images, which is the first time they’ve done such a thing in two years. The most recent filters before this, which seems odd considering they’ve been there longer than most of Instagrams users have actually been on the app, were Willow and Mayfair. Just like you’d expect, each of the new filters has a slightly odd-sounding… Read More

  • Paltalk Buys Tinychat As Video Messaging Apps Consolidate

    Paltalk Buys Tinychat As Video Messaging Apps Consolidate

    Mega-popular messaging apps like WeChat or WhatsApp today typically boast over half a billion (or even one billion) users, and now we are seeing some consolidation among some of the (slightly) smaller players, specifically on the video messaging front. Video chat service Tinychat has been acquired by Paltalk, another video messaging company that operates a service under its own name… Read More

  • Goal-Tracking And Self-Improvement App Lift Adds Personal Coaching, Raises $1.1M More

    Goal-Tracking And Self-Improvement App Lift Adds Personal Coaching, Raises $1.1M More

    Lift, the mobile app incubated by Twitter co-founders’ Obvious Corp., launched last year to help people build healthier habits and achieve their goals by offering a simple way to track your progress while supported by a social community who provide pushes, motivation and positive reinforcement to keep users on track. Today, Lift is expanding its set of support options to focus on… Read More

  • Kik Introduces Hashtags To Bring Mini Social Networks To Its Messaging Service

    Kik Introduces Hashtags To Bring Mini Social Networks To Its Messaging Service

    Messaging app Kik is embracing one of the hallmarks of social networks after it introduced hashtag on its service. An update to the iOS and Android apps today turns hashtags into clickable links to chat groups where Kik believes like minded users can congregate to discuss topics, share information and (potentially) meet new people. Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Under Attack From Brazilian Trolls

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Under Attack From Brazilian Trolls

    Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile has come under attack from a large number of online trolls who are taking advantage of the opportunity to leave comments, including stickers, photos and other “meme” images, on the Facebook CEO’s public posts. The attackers are largely based in Brazil, and their barrage of comments and jokes have continued for several days now… Read More

  • These Australian Social Media Reactions To The #SydneySiege Are Perfect

    These Australian Social Media Reactions To The #SydneySiege Are Perfect

    The hostage situation in Sydney’s busy city district has crossed over into day two, with the identity of the hostage taker revealed as Man Haron Monis. The perpetrator, 49, is a self-proclaimed sheikh already pending trial and out on bail for being an accessory to murder. He still has an unconfirmed number of hostages captured inside a Lindt Cafe in Sydney. Some hostages escaped or… Read More

  • Cord Project Launches Voice Messaging App That Borrows The Good Parts Of Texting

    Cord Project Launches Voice Messaging App That Borrows The Good Parts Of Texting

    With the Cord Project, a pair of former Googlers are aiming to encourage people to use their smartphones for something a little unusual — talking to other people. You know, with your voice. Now, the obvious question here is, “Uh, can’t I already do that with my phone? Isn’t that, like, the whole point?” Read More

  • Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters. The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends. Read More

  • Blinq Tells You If Your Dating Matches Are In The Bar

    Blinq Tells You If Your Dating Matches Are In The Bar

    Shove over Tinder. Swiss startup Blinq has come up with a new twist on the dating app. The startup is incorporating beacon proximity technology into the mix so singles can do more meeting IRL and less swiping — thanks to select venues being kitted out with Blinq’s Estimote iBeacons. Read More

  • Chasm.io (Formerly Wahooly) Merges With Social Marketing App Loot

    Chasm.io (Formerly Wahooly) Merges With Social Marketing App Loot

    Remember Wahooly? We wrote about the startup a couple of years ago, describing it as “Klout meets Kickstarter” because it allowed users to gain startup equity in exchange for promoting the company on social media. Since then, Wahooly joined the AngelPad accelerator, rebranded as Chasm.io, and shifted focus to reciprocal sharing (“I’ll tweet your link if you tweet… Read More

  • Stormy For iOS Makes Posting Tweetstorms Easier (Sorry!)

    Stormy For iOS Makes Posting Tweetstorms Easier (Sorry!)

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but tweetstorms are still a thing. So there may as well be an app for that! A newly launched, exceedingly simple iOS application called Stormy lets you compose your thoughts as a series of tweets in advance of your Twitter spamming tweetstorming efforts, allowing you the time to craft just the right phrases and figure out any issues with character count ahead… Read More

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