Facebook is testing a secret photo sharing app in China, report says

August 12, 2017

Image: Schiefelbein/AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook is even more desperate to have a presence in China than we thought. The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app in the country, according to a new report in The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is dangerous for Democracyhere’s why The app, reportedly called “Colorful Balloons” is apparently a Chinese version of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Moments. The app, first released in the…

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What do when you’re being harassed on Twitter

August 7, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable If Twitter has one major headache that never seems to go away, it’s trolls. But things might now be starting to look up. The company, once content to do almost nothing to address harassment on its platform, has taken a new approach in recent months with a string of updates meant to crack down on abuse and hate. SEE ALSO: Twitter is testing a subscription service but…

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Download this: Plotagraph will help you level up your Instagram game

July 30, 2017

Who doesn’t want to level up their Instagram game? While many apps that let you add special effects to your photos end up looking gimmicky, Plotagraph’s app lets you add elegant animations that will make your want to revisit your favorite photos. SEE ALSO: How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world The idea is kind of like a Live Photo, but instead of photo…

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This week in apps: Watch videos with friends and island hop with UberBOAT

July 2, 2017

Download those new apps ASAP.Image: drew angerer/Getty Images It’s completely possible that you weren’t able to keep up with app updates this week considering all of the speculation of what the iPhone will look like in 2020. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered. SEE ALSO: Why your iPhone photos look so bad Each week we round up the most important app news along…

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First look at Apple’s big jump into augmented reality

June 6, 2017

One of the first plays to use Apple ARKit is a version of Star Wars chess . Image: karissa buzzer/ mashable Apple really pranced head-first into augmented reality. Following months of surmise about what exactly the nature of its aims for augmented world are, the company announced it’s improving an AR platform immediately into iOS. With ARKit, Apple is for the first time offering developers a collection of implements to…

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a…

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Google is boring now, and that’s sad

May 20, 2017

CEO Sundar Pichai brings the thunder at Google I/O 2017.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Trust me, I never thought it would come to this. If you had asked me a week ago what I was expecting from Google’s I/O developer conference, “boring” is not the word that would’ve come to mind. Yet, looking at this year’s announcements, I’m struck most by how completely expected and, well, safe it all is. Sure, Google Lens…

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Google Assistant, Android O and VR: Everything we are (and aren’t) expecting at Google I/O

May 17, 2017

Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock Google’s biggest event of the year is about to get underway. The company’s developers conference, Google I/O, is just hours away so naturally the rumor mill has already kicked into high gear. At this year’s event, we expect to hear much more about the next version of Android, Google’s plans for its Assistant, and what’s going on with its VR platform, Daydream. SEE ALSO: Google just made…

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Microsoft’s new video search tech proves our sci-fi future has arrived

May 12, 2017

Image: S. Warren/AP/REX/Shutterstock What if you could understand everything about a video without ever having to watch it? That may sound contradictory, but Microsoft has created a tool that can analyze videos and make their contents searchable, potentially saving you the trouble of watching the footage yourself. SEE ALSO: Whoa, Microsoft just beat Apple in tablet satisfaction Called Video Indexer, the software, which debuted onstage at Microsoft’s Build developers conference,…

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