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  • Instagram now lets you zoom in on videos and photos on iOS

    Instagram now lets you zoom in on videos and photos on iOS

    It’s possibly one of the few remaining near-universal experiences for mobile users: the frustration of trying to zoom in on an Instragram image and remembering that you can’t. That’s now changing, since Instagram is rolling out pinch-to-zoom support in its iOS app starting today. The new feature will let users zoom in on both photos and videos in the main feed, on profile… Read More

  • Snapchat makes it easier to create your own On-Demand Geofilters

    Snapchat makes it easier to create your own On-Demand Geofilters

    On-Demand Geofilters from Snapchat let anyone build a custom filter for their event (or for whatever reason – I’m not judging your Snapchat filter needs), which was a petty good idea when the offering launched back in February. Today it becomes an even better idea, thanks to new templates that let users create their own customized geofilters without any special knowledge of… Read More

  • Snapchat’s 8-bit Serena Williams game is interactive history

    Snapchat’s 8-bit Serena Williams game is interactive history

    A new game from ESPN’s Discover channel sponsored by Gatorade highlight Snapchat’s efforts to distinguish itself as a marketing vector for brands, as well as its potential to expand beyond its media sharing origins with add-on apps and features that could end up with it resembling a more multi-faceted platform. Serena Match Point isn’t ground-breaking in terms of… Read More

  • Microsoft announces new resources to reduce hate speech

    Microsoft announces new resources to reduce hate speech

    Microsoft today pushed out in a blog post for users of its consumer services new resources to reduce hate speech. Users will now be able to communicate directly with the company to report hate speech, and petition for reinstating content via new online forms. Most people are familiar with efforts by social networks like Twitter and Facebook to ensure safety within their respective online… Read More

  • Snapchat lets the people have Geostickers

    Snapchat lets the people have Geostickers

    Everyone loves stickers. Snapchat must be on to us because the company just launched Geostickers, a new feature that lets users send city-specific stickers in snaps and messages. There are 15 stickers available in San Francisco as of now, and we expect more to come. The adorable caricatures delightfully mock tech culture, jab at rising rents and highlight local landmarks. In addition to… Read More

  • Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab

    Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab

    Earlier this week, Facebook gave a small group of reporters a tour of its Prineville, OR data center. In the process, the company also showed off its mobile device lab for testing on physical devices new iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram. The mobile device lab currently occupies 60 racks in the data center. Each rack holds 32 phones, for a total of… Read More

  • Researchers build a smart privacy app to keep you safe Crunch Network

    Researchers build a smart privacy app to keep you safe

    If you’re anything like me you want your apps to let others follow you around but refuse to let them share photographs of your food. But how can you tell each individual app on your phone what you will and won’t share? Researchers at CMU have some ideas. Their app is a smart privacy system that learns your preferences (“Don’t share pictures from delis”) and… Read More

  • So, does anybody want Twitter?

    So, does anybody want Twitter?

    Twitter is in trouble. In a move out of a middle school flag football game, Microsoft selected LinkedIn to join its team. The sheer size of the transaction has reignited conversations about who will be picked next to join the super special circle of public mega-cap tech companies. Vultures have been circling Twitter for well over a year, but the company has defied all experts who have… Read More