Facebook kicks off global rollout of Snapchat-like Stories feature in its mainland app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2017

Facebook has infamously ripped off Snapchat’s Stories feature wholesale with auto-vanishing slideshows on Instagram and WhatsApp, in addition to the similar recently introduced feature on Messenger, called Messenger Day.  The social networking behemoth was recently caught testing Snapchat-like Stories feature in its mobile app. According to TechCrunch, the company has now begun a staggered rollout of Facebook Stories to all users worldwide. Read More

 

How to change your Twitter username

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 15, 2017

Your Twitter username, or Twitter handle, is basically your identity on the social network. This is how people can find you and send you messages, either with a public mention or via DM. As you grow with the times, you may come to a point where you want to change your existing username to something new.

Fortunately, Twitter makes it very easy for you to change your Twitter handle, and in this tutorial we’ll show you how to change it. Read More

 

Tip: save space on your iPhone by clearing Twitter’s web and media storage

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 13, 2017

Are you a fan of Twitter for iPhone? If so, keep in mind that all those photos, videos and other media files you encounter while browsing the timeline get cached on your device for faster access in the future.

Should you ever be greeted with that infamous “Not Enough Storage on iPhone” prompt, here’s how you can clear Twitter for iOS’s caches and see how much on-device storage space has been consumed by web data and media. Read More

 

Viber rolls out self destructing Secret Chats

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 13, 2017

Messaging service Viber today rolled out a new Secret Chats feature. Not to be confused with Secret Messages, a similar feature introduced in February 2017 that lets you define how long your photos, videos and texts are available after the recipient has opened them, Secret Chats use Viber’s end-to-end encryption let you set a timer on individual messages so they disappear after a few seconds, get an alert when a screenshot is taken and be sure no messages get forwarded. Read More

 

Watch YouTube videos along with your friends in real time with Google’s new Uptime app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 13, 2017

Google today released a new iPhone app designed to let users watch YouTube videos in real-time along with their friends. Called Uptime, the free of charge download is exclusive to iOS and requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 10.0 or later. The app lets you interact and chat with friends while watching videos, share and curate your favorite clips, get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow and more. Read More

 

ZenScreen, Chroma, Flyr, and other apps to check out this weekend

By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2017

Looking for some new apps to try this weekend? iDB has you covered. In this week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup, we’ve selected some great new apps including a wallpaper-maker, an adult coloring book, and an interactive video platform. And as always, we’ve also picked two great new games for you to check out. Read More

 

WhatsApp to bring back its original text-only status feature

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2017

WhatsApp’s longstanding text-based status feature was recently supplanted by Snapchat-esque slideshows containing auto-vanishing images, photos, emoji, drawings and other multimedia items. Our tutorial explains how to use this new feature, but it seems many users are unhappy with the overhauled status. If you count yourself in this group, you’ll be delighted to learn that Facebook is working on bringing back the original status feature, called About. Read More

 

Twitter starts censoring profiles that publish potentially sensitive content

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2017

Twitter recently introduced several features in its mobile app that give users the option to filter out anonymous and “egg” accounts, as well as mute words, phrases, mentions and hashtags in their timelines (be sure to read our tutorial for step-by-step instructions on the new filtering options).

In its continuing mission to fight trolls on the service, the company is taking additional steps to make the platform a safer place, as Mashable reported Friday.

In a nutshell, the service has now begun censoring profiles that post “potentially sensitive” content even if the implementation seems a bit heavy-handed at the moment. Read More

 

Google is bringing Safari-like Reading List feature to Chrome for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2017

Safari for iPhone, iPad and Mac has long included a tremendously useful Reading List feature that allows you to save your favorite webpages and access them easily between devices—even without an Internet connection. Google has been working on its own version of Reading List and it’s slated to arrive in an upcoming update to Chrome for iOS, as reported by 9to5Mac. Like with Reading List on Safari, this nifty new addition will let Chrome users save articles and webpages for offline reading at a later date. Read More

 

Cortana 2.0 for iPhone brings overhauled interface and faster performance

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2017

Microsoft today rolled out a major update to its Cortana personal assistant app for iPhone, with enhancements like faster page transitions, improved app responsiveness and overhauled user interface all part of the update. The new version arrived three months after its release on Android. Design improvements in Cortana 2.0, a free download from App Store, include a fresh new look with an improved user experience, immersive full-page answers and overhauled calling, texting and reminders. Read More

 
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