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Twitter’s 140 character limit still standing!

Twitter’s 140 character limit still standing!

Twitter has been making strides recently with a bunch of new tweaks and features that have enhanced the way people have been traditionally using the social media platform. In a recent announcement, the company is said to stop counting photos and links as part of its 140 character limit for a single tweet. This will allow users to add 23 additional characters to their tweets as links currently hog 23 characters even after Twitter automatically shortens them. There were rumors flying around in the beginning of the year that Twitter would be increasing its character limit from 140 characters to a whopping 10,000 characters but then the company decided not to go with it (or at least put it on a hold) for now as the core beauty of twitter lies in its short text based messages. Twitter’s 140-character limit was originally adopted because it was a way to send Tweets while fitting all the information within a mobile text message, a common way for sending Tweets when the service debuted in 2006, before the rise of the smartphones genre. The new feature is expected to arrive in two weeks so make sure you guys keep your app updated to the latest version. Happy...

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YouTube introduces new in-app chat feature

YouTube introduces new in-app chat feature

  YouTube has been recently adding new features to its mobile versions with one significant addition being the auto-play video feature similar to what we see in the web version of the world’s most popular video sharing site. Many people, including myself felt a bit annoyed with the auto play feature but thankfully you do get an option to disable it from the app’s settings. Starting today, YouTube will be testing out a new messenger like feature which lets users communicate with each other privately and also directly share videos without the need of sharing just the videos URL. The company feels that by integrating the messaging option into its native application will allow users to easily share videos with friends and family while at the same time drop in a message or two as well. For now, the new messaging feature is currently available for testing among few selected users and will be available to all in the next...

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WhatsApp has launched its Desktop App for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp has launched its Desktop App for Windows and Mac

Whatsapp have officially launched their native desktop application for both Windows and Mac. The desktop client offers exactly the same features that are found on WhatsApp for Web which was introduced last year as a handy little extension for web browsers. The application is supported for systems running on Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and can be downloaded for free from the company’s website. WhatsApp stated in a blogpost, “Today we’re introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere – whether on your phone or computer at home or work. Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you’ll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more. To download the app, visit https://www.whatsapp.com/download from your desktop browser. Then, open the app and scan the QR code using the WhatsApp app on your phone (look for WhatsApp Web menu under Settings). Just like WhatsApp Web, the new desktop app lets you message with friends and family while your phone stays in your pocket. Source: WhatsApp...

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Sharing Private Tweets on Twitter got a whole lot easier

Sharing Private Tweets on Twitter got a whole lot easier

Twitter has been creating waves in recent times with cool new features being added on a regular basis. Just a few days back, the social media giant has added a new feature to its repertoire that lets users share tweets in Direct Messages. Every day, millions of people send Direct Messages to communicate privately with friends, family, experts, brands, and anyone else they find interesting on Twitter. In fact, we’ve seen the number of messages sent grow over 60% in 2015. And the number of Tweets shared privately has grown even faster, at 200% in just the second half of last year. With all this interest heard from tweeps all over the world, it could be easier to share a Tweet using Direct Message. So now — in just a few taps — you can share unique Twitter content from your timeline right into your private conversation. This update is the next step towards making conversations richer in Direct Messages. Over time, twitter has added more ways to express yourself using GIFs, emojis, or realllllllyyyyy long private messages, to help you connect with a group of people, and made it easy to get customer service. The new Message button is now  available on Twitter for iOS and Android. Update your app, and share a Tweet to get the conversation...

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What is WhatsApp’s new End-to-End Encrpytion?

What is WhatsApp’s new End-to-End Encrpytion?

WhatsApp in its last update took out a very interesting feature called end-to-end encryption. Though, this has baffled a lot of people what the heck does it exactly do. Worry not peeps, we are here to help you out. End-to-end encryption ensures that a user’s messages, videos, photos sent over WhatsApp can’t be read by anyone else — not WhatsApp, not cyber-criminals, not law-enforcement agencies. Even group chats will be encrypted. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced the update on his Facebook page, stating that the company has been working on the feature for the last two years. Koum wrote, “We’ve been working for the past two years to give people better security over their conversations on WhatsApp… People deserve security. It makes it possible for us to connect with our loved ones. It gives us the confidence to speak our minds. It allows us to communicate sensitive information with colleagues, friends, and others. We’re glad to do our part in keeping people’s information out of the hands of hackers and cyber-criminals.” The calls you make from WhatsApp are also encrypted, so you do not have to worry about anybody listening in. Now in order for this to work, both parties have to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on their devices.   WhatsApp is using “The Signal Protocol”, designed by Open Whisper Systems, for its encryption. In its White Paper, explaining the technical details of the end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp says that “once the session is established, clients do not need to rebuild a new session with each other until the existing session state is lost through an external event such as an app reinstall or device change.” WhatsApp has even given a way to verify if the chat is encrypted or not. If you friend is nearby take his phone, open your chat and tap on verify. Then take your phone do the same, with one extra step, tap on scan QR code and once you scan the QR code on your friends device, a green tick will show. If it does then the chat encryption is working, if not, a red alert pops up. So, make sure you are running the latest version of WhatsApp on your...

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Snapchat 2.0 – Video, Audio, GIFs and so much more

Snapchat 2.0 – Video, Audio, GIFs and so much more

Snapchat can be childish, it can even be silly, but you still love it and you still use it everyday. Say what you want for the social app, but more and more people are joining the snap selfie band wagon.  Snapchat today is updating everything and you can get the full details by scanning the QR Code below. To sum up the list Snapchat 2.0 comes up with: Snapchat Stories now auto-advance, so when you get to the end of watching a friend’s Story or swipe left, the next Story in your list starts playing. Over 200 Stickers are now available in private chat, and ones related to text you’ve typed like “love you” or “hungry” are instantly surfaced when you press the Stickers button. Video Notes in Chat let you record and send a quick 10-second max thumbnail-sized GIF-like loop so you can react with your face, and they play audio too if the recipient taps. Audio Notes also work the same way as the video notes. Video and Audio Calls without the recipient having to be chatting with you at that time. Send Multiple Photos What do you guys think about the new changes? Let us know in the comments below! Source:...

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