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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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9th May, 2016

Opera’s free VPN for iOS offers more control over your browsing

By Jon Fingas

It’s the first free VPN app for iOS from a big-name tech company.

Opera’s fondness for virtual private networks isn’t limited to the desktop. The browser maker is releasing a free VPN app for iOS that should give you more control over how you surf the internet. It’s helpful for usual VPN tasks like dodging corporate site blocks and regional content restrictions (shh, don’t tell Netflix), but Opera sees it as particularly handy for the privacy-conscious — it gets rid of advertisers’ tracking cookies and makes you that much more anonymous. You can only pick from one of five simulated locations for the VPN (Germany, the [...]

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5th May, 2016

YouTube will reportedly start streaming live TV in 2017

By Nathan Ingraham

A new ‘Unplugged’ service would compete with options from Sony and Sling.

Streaming live TV over the internet is the latest entertainment land grab — as more consumers cut the cord, plenty of companies are finding new ways to offer potential customers a way to get their live TV fix. According to a report from Bloomberg, YouTube might get in the action in 2017 with a new service called Unplugged. The plan calls for YouTube to offer a bundle of cable TV channels, but what channels will be included remains to be seen.Bloomberg notes that discussions are ongoing with major media companies like Comcast / NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox and CBS but no [...]

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5th May, 2016

Periscope #saves your broadcasts beyond 24 hours

By Mariella Moon

Your video stays live until you delete it.

Periscope broadcasts can low live longer than a day, so long as you add #save to their titles. In fact, any broadcast with the hashtag will stay online forever unless you delete it. Periscope videos are typically only accessible for 24 hours. Company CEO Kayvon Beykpour announced the feature’s launch as a public beta, explaining that they’re still working on a full solution that won’t require you to add #save to your titles.

That full-featured solution will also come with a better way to manage your videos. For now, the company wants you to test it out — you don’t even have to [...]

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