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11th May, 2016

WhatsApp has a new desktop app for Windows and OS X

By Richard Lawler

Just like the web app, it syncs conversations and messages from your phone.

WhatsApp users now have a better way to stay in touch from their PC, as it has released a desktop app for Windows and Mac users. News of the desktop app leaked out early after it was detected by the Twitter accountWABetaInfo, which tracks changes in the service’s various clients. According to a company blog post, the desktop client is similar toWhatsApp Web in that it’s meant to be an extension of your phone, with synchronized conversations and messages. WhatsApp avoided the app stores available on either platform, choosing to make its desktop available for direct [...]

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11th May, 2016

Instagram gets a new monochrome look to focus on your media

By Devindra Hardawar

There’s also a revamped, modern Instagram app icon.

After testing a black and white design with a few users, Instagram officially rolled out the look as part of its major redesign today. The idea is that the monochrome interface will put a greater emphasis on your photos and videos. Judging from the screenshots and videos, media does tend to stand out more now on its iOS and Android apps. Additionally, the company has redesigned its app logo with a simple, multi-colored icon that drops the original’s skeumorphic design — it only vaguely looks like a camera. Instagram also updated logos for its other apps, Hyperlapse, Layout and Boomerang, [...]

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9th May, 2016

911bot is a chat bot that could save your life

by Jordan Crook

When you find yourself in an emergency situation, it’s hard to know what to do. And even if you do, panic can take over.

911bot, a product built at the Disrupt Hackathon here in New York, aims to help you out in a pinch.

The Facebook Messenger-based chat bot lets you report emergencies to the authorities through a quick image-based interface. And as your report is sent through the system, it offers options to send extra information and media (like images and pictures) as well as directions on how you should handle the situation.

For example, one of the most common reports is a traffic accident.

If you report a traffic accident [...]

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6th May, 2016

LinkedIn reportedly looking to rival Facebook’s Instant Articles

By Edgar Alvarez

It’s all about keeping you in one place.

LinkedIn is said to be considering an Instant Articles feature of its own,BuzzFeed News reports. According to the publication, which cites sources familiar with the matter, LinkedIn recently started floating this idea to “various” publishers, inspired by what Facebook is doing in the space. For the unaware, Instant Articles are links to stories that you can read within Facebook’s app, elimitating the need to visit a third-party site — such asThe New York Times, BuzzFeed and other news outlets.

Naturally, LinkedIn would benefit heavily from a similar product, as it would keep more [...]

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