You can now create your own Moments in the Twitter app

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2016

Twitter launched Moments more than a year ago as a way of helping users discover trending stories and highlights representing “the best of Twitter”.

Well, it’s now possible to create your own Moment from any tweet, whether your own or someone else’s, right within Twitter’s official mobile apps for iOS and Android. The feature first made its debut in the web interface at twitter.com before expanding in May 2016 to Twitter’s desktop app for the Mac. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Twitter app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 28, 2016

Twitter is popular among iPhone and iPad users, and it can easily consume vast amounts of our cellular data when you’re using the app and aren’t connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of data used by Twitter. In this tutorial, we’ll show you some of the best ways to do it with the app’s own settings. Read More

 

Facebook is testing an upcoming Find Wi-Fi feature in the mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 22, 2016

Facebook appears to be testing a new location-based feature that permits some users to identify free Wi-Fi hotspots through the social network’s mobile application for the iPhone and iPad.

As reported by The Next Web, some users, myself included, are now seeing a Find Wi-Fi option in the app’s side menu, between the Nearby Places and Nearby Friends options. Tapping it puts up a prompt asking to grant Facebook access to your location so it can find public Wi-Fi hotspots around you. Read More

 

How to use less cellular data in the Facebook app

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 22, 2016

Many people rely on Facebook every day to keep in touch with their friends and family, but its popularity across the mobile devide market consequently also means it’s one of the world’s biggest cellular data hogs.

Fortunately, there are ways you can mitigate your cellular data usage while using the Facebook app thanks to some flexible settings, and in this piece we’ll show you how. Read More

 

How to turn on the quality filter for your Twitter notifications

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 21, 2016

Any time someone mentions you on Twitter, you will see the person’s full tweet in your Notifications timeline.

Twitter includes tools to help filter out the junk from stuff you care about, so if you want to keep yourself from having to look at junk in your Notifications timeline, then you might want to enable Twitter’s quality filtering tools. Read More

 

Twitter for iPhone and iPad gains support for rich notifications on iOS 10

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2016

Twitter for iPhone and iPad, a free download from the App Store, now supports rich notifications on iOS 10 that come complete with embedded images and the usual options for interacting with tweets without having to open the app.

Pressing a rich Twitter notification on the Lock screen or in the Notification Center with 3D Touch pulls up an expanded view of the tweet with an enlarged image thumbnail, along with the usual options such as Like and Retweet. Read More

 

How to mention someone in your Instagram story

By Anthony Bouchard on Nov 18, 2016

If you’re an Instagram user, then you might be familiar with the Stories feature that rolled out earlier this year. It lets you share photos and videos with an audience for up to 24 hours before disappearing completely.

But did you know you can also mention certain people in your Instagram Stories? Read More

 

Twitter unveils expanded Mute filter and a more direct way to report hateful conduct

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 15, 2016

Twitter today announced it’s starting to roll out an expanded Mute filter and a brand new reporting method in another effort to help users shield themselves from abusive or offensive tweets as the company steps up anti-abuse features of the service.

All of Twitter’s support teams have been retrained on the new policies, including special sessions on cultural and historical contextualization of hateful conduct. Read More

 

Vine could potentially live on as Twitter reviews multiple offers from prospective suitors

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

Twitter is currently entertaining multiple purchase offers from potential Vine buyers, meaning the once very popular shortform video-sharing service could live on assuming Twitter manages to sell it, according to a new report from TechCrunch. As you know, Twitter last month announced plans to phase out the video-looping social networking app. After acquiring the startup behind the Vine app, Twitter released Vine on the App Store in January 2013. Read More

 

Facebook halts WhatsApp data collection in UK following privacy probe

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

As of late-August 2016, WhatsApp has been sharing account data with Facebook in what the firm framed as an effort to improve targeted advertising on the social network. Although users can easily opt out of the WhatsApp → Facebook data sharing with just a few taps, most novice users are unaware that their WhatsApp usage data is being shared with Facebook.

In the United Kingdom, the Information Commissioner Office head Elizabeth Denham said her office had launched a probe into WhatsApp’s updated Terms of Service a few weeks ago.

The new terms previously drew ire from European privacy watchdogs who expressed “serious concerns” over the policy change. As a result of the UK government probe, WhatsApp has now suspended account data collection and sharing with Facebook. Read More

 

Facebook for iOS will soon introduce AI-powered live effects for photos and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2016

According to Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, the company’s mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets will soon bring out advanced Prism-like live filters and effects for your photos and videos.

Using artificial intelligence algorithms and high efficiency neural networks running directly on the device, these filters will let users turn their photos and videos into works of art, Schroepfer said. Read More

 

Why and how to set up a legacy contact on Facebook

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 31, 2016

Unfortunately, people pass away every day, and many of those people are Facebook users. With that in mind, Facebook offers a feature for setting up a trusted friend or family member as a ‘legacy contact’ for your Facebook account should you ever pass away.

So how do you set up a legacy contact on Facebook? That’s what we’ll be talking about in this piece. Read More

 

Twitter announces plans to discontinue Vine

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 27, 2016

Just ahead of Apple’s ‘hello again’ keynote event Thursday morning, Twitter announced its plans to discontinue the video-looping social networking app we all know as Vine. Read More

 

How to disable offensive content filtering for your Twitter news feed

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 25, 2016

By default, Twitter takes viewer discretion into consideration and imposes censorship on content that some users may find hurtful or offensive, but not everyone feels they need to be censored. Some people would prefer to view their Twitter feed in full without it.

For anyone who doesn’t like the censored Twitter feed experience, there is a way to disable the feature so you’ll always see everything that pops up in your Twitter feed. We’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 

How to remove all your Game Center friends

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 20, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, the way you interact with Game Center and the people you wish to play games with is now completely different. You no longer need to utilize a friends list to play games with your buddies and strangers.

Since a friends list is no longer necessary for multiplayer purposes, it goes without saying you don’t need to have one anymore. You’ll be happy to know it’s easy to clear your existing friends list and migrate over to the new way of things. We’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 

Facebook gains food/ticket ordering, collated friends’ recommendations for restaurants

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Facebook today announced a new update for its iPhone and iPad mobile app focused on discovering new things in the world around you, deciding what to do or where to go and connecting with local businesses in easier and faster ways.

For starters, the app will now automatically collate recommendations for restaurants that your friends post on the service, identify posts asking for recommendations using artificial intelligence and even help you make reservations or appointments from within the app. Read More

 

Facebook enhances 360-degree photos with initial viewport selection, album support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 18, 2016

Facebook yesterday announced some overdue new features designed to elevate the user experience when it comes to posting 360-degree photos, which you have been able to upload to the service since June 2016.

Initially, the experience with these panoramic photos left a lot to be desired: you couldn’t upload them to albums nor could you select the area in a 360-degree picture for others to see in their feed.

Both of these omissions have been addressed in the latest version of Facebook for mobile and desktop, the social networking behemoth has confirmed. Read More

 

In time for NFL Thursday Night Football, Twitter launches live-streaming Apple TV app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

Twitter’s new live-streaming Apple TV app arrives just in time for NFL Thursday Night Football. Available at no charge in the tvOS App Store, it lets owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV stream both top Twitter/Vine videos and the 10 NFL games that the micro-blogging services recently acquired the rights to broadcast, plus content from Bloomberg News, Campus Insiders, Cheddar, MLB Advanced Media, NBA, Pac 12 Networks and other premium sources. Read More

 

How to opt out of WhatsApp-Facebook account data sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

As you may have heard, WhatsApp is starting to share some of users’ account data with Facebook (things like your registered phone number and the last time you used the service) to improve targeted advertising and friend suggestions on Facebook and better fight spam on WhatsApp. Thankfully, you can easily opt out, right when the prompt goes up, or within 30 days of accepting the new terms, here’s how. Read More

 

WhatsApp begins sharing account data with Facebook to boost targeted advertising

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp today updated its Terms and Privacy Policy for the first time in four years to reflect that the messaging service will start sharing select account data with Facebook in order to improve targeted advertising. Wait, does that mean that you’re going to be inundated with ads on WhatsApp? In a word, no—at least for the time being. As per the amended terms of service, “We still do not allow third-party banner ads on WhatsApp.” Read More

 
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