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  • Here are the coolest new emoji coming to Android Pie

    With Google’s recent launch of Android 9 comes Emoji 11.0 and a bunch of new, expressive and politically correct, emojis for users. Though the entire list is 157 new characters long, here are some of our honourable mentions. The Hot Face This emoji looks like it just ran a marathon it didn’t train for, and is so relatable to everyday life. I can imagine it being used to describe anything from a terribly hot day, to disappointing food and even just the general fatigue of daily life we all suffer from. The Pleading Face Admittedly the so called pleading face looks more like the face...

  • 400m people now use Instagram Stories every day

    It’s been two years since Instagram first released Instagram Stories, an interactive photo sharing feature that can be found on its main app. In August 2016, Stories gained 100-million users per day within the first two months of its release, 250-million in a year, and passed the 300-million user mark in late 2017. Now, it has over 400-million daily users. This comes as Snapchat itself struggles to keep pace with the Facebook-owned service. It's only used by 191-million users daily. Although initially slated for copying Snapchat, Instagram Stories had added a few novel features. Additions like Boomerang, camera effects, a multitude of...

  • Instagram and Facebook launch new activity monitoring tools

    Instagram and Facebook have released new activity tools that will help you understand and control the amount of time you spend using their apps. You will soon be able to access an activity dashboard on both platforms, where you will find daily limit and reminder tools too. These tools will allow you to see how much time you spend per day, per device, and on the apps, respectively. You can also limit your time, or your push notifications, and even set daily reminders for yourself to assist with time management. You can access these new features in your “settings”. On Instagram the features...

  • 6 photo editing and effects apps you should try today

    With hundreds of photography apps out there all claiming to give you the best editing experience, it’s no surprise that we sometimes end up downloading dozens of photo editing apps hoping to find exactly that we’re looking for, only to feel a bit frustrated at the outcome. There are, however, some photography-related apps among the many that can truly take your pictures to the next level. For me, it all depends on what vibe you want your photography to portray. I usually prefer true, clean editing over all the filters, stickers and manipulations. However, creating little pieces of your own art...

  • WhatsApp will limit how many messages you can forward

    Last week WhatsApp announced that it will label forwarded messages. This week, the social media platform is launching a test to limit forwarded messages altogether. Limited forwarding means that there will be a certain number of chats you can forward to a group of specific user at a time. Though the blog post did not say what this limit will specifically be, it did state that users in India will be given a "lower" limit of five chats at once, along with the removal of the quick forwarding option. According to WhatsApp, India has the highest forwarding traffic of any nation. "We believe...

  • Friday the 13th: Notice any of these creepy online occurrences today?

    It’s Friday the 13th. It's an infamously creepy day and all I’ve been thinking about are the odd things I notice whenever I’m signed in to Facebook or Google. Can you relate? If you can, let us know which one of these occurrences you've experienced online today. Logging into Facebook and seeing an ad for something you Googled the previous day. Example: Curiously researching smoothie recipes and then seeing ads for juice blenders. Waiting for a flight and being notified of a delay via Google before the airline even has time to make an announcement (flight number included!) Facebook asks you to...

  • WhatsApp now labels the forwarded messages you receive

    A new feature on WhatsApp will now indicate if a message you receive has been forwarded from another conversation. This means that you will be able to see if you are the original receiver of a message or not. Forwarding messages is a simple affair: hold said message until WhatsApp's top command bar is visible, then hit the right-facing arrow icon at the right hand side of the bar. A list of contacts will then appear. Additionally, if you receive a forwarded message, you will be notified by a small label above said message. "This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats...

  • Instagram Stories gets more complicated with ‘questions’ sticker

    Instagram has released a new “questions” sticker option for Instagram Stories. This is an interactive feature that will allow users to post “prompts” on their stories to increase audience interaction. Viewers of your story can tap on this sticker to ask you questions about your post. You can see these responses in your list of viewers. To reply, all you have to do is tap on the question of your choice. A new story, with your response, can then be created. "The questions sticker gives you another easy way to get closer with all of your friends," Instagram writes on its...