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Snapchat Widget: How to add Bitmoji chat shortcuts to your home screen

Snapchat Widget: How to add Bitmoji chat shortcuts to your home screen

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat has updated to allow users to create shortcuts of their best friends’ Bitmoji and add them to their home screen.These nifty shortcuts appear in a new Snapchat Widget that's rolling out. If you tap a shortcut, it will immediately open a text... Read more

What is Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, how do they work, and when can you use them?

What is Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, how do they work, and when can you use them?

By Elyse Betters

Days after Microsoft announced a release date for its Slack competitor, Teams, Google has introduced its own workplace chat offering.Companies are increasingly taking an enterprise focus when it comes to chat services. Facebook, for instance, offers... Read more

What is Facebook Messenger Day and does it work like Snapchat?

What is Facebook Messenger Day and does it work like Snapchat?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook is trying to make Messenger an app you'll always want to use. Wait, actually, it just wants to copy and replace Snapchat for you.It’s integrated bots so you can use it like an assistant. It’s added games so you can use it for fun. And, of... Read more

What is Tinder Select and can anyone use it to date celebrities?

What is Tinder Select and can anyone use it to date celebrities?

By Elyse Betters

If you were ever hoping to swipe across a celebrity on Tinder, we're sorry to break it to you, but that probably isn't going to happen now.Over the past couple decades, the internet has revolutionised dating. You no longer have to hit on people at bars... Read more

Instagram Stories adds Snapchat-like geostickers: Here's how the visual location tags work

Instagram Stories adds Snapchat-like geostickers: Here's how the visual location tags work

By Elyse Betters

In yet another effort to take on (or copy) Snapchat, Instagram has launched geostickers.Geostickers, which are kind of like stickers that represent your location, only work in Instagram's ephemeral Stories feature. And they're currently limited to just... Read more

31 best, stupidest and most famous internet memes around

31 best, stupidest and most famous internet memes around

By Adrian Willings

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "meme" as "an image, video, piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations."And if you've spent any time on Reddit or Buzzfeed then you'll... Read more

Yahoo Captain: Is it really an assistant and how does it work?

Yahoo Captain: Is it really an assistant and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Despite a pending sale to Verizon and an investigation into its data breaches, Yahoo had the time to make an assistant.Called Captain, it's one of the cooler services Yahoo has put out in recent years. It's not a voice-activated assistant or anything... Read more

Facebook is testing a dislike button and other reactions in Messenger

Facebook is testing a dislike button and other reactions in Messenger

By Elyse Betters

Facebook doesn't like the idea of a dislike button, and yet, we may get it soon in Facebook Messenger.Facebook introduced reaction buttons a year ago for statuses and photos and videos, but at the time, it didn't include a dislike button. Now, however,... Read more

Google just made Assistant a much more prominent feature in Allo

Google just made Assistant a much more prominent feature in Allo

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just became a core, easily accessible feature in Allo.On the same day that Google announced it has begun rolling out Google Assistant via an update to more devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the company also... Read more

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant challenges Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. You can ask Assistant almost anything, and it will understand your words in context and serve up relevant results in a conversational manner.Assistant has a voice, meaning... Read more

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

Android at MWC 2017: 87 pin badges on the Android Walk, and something retro special

By Chris Hall

Android likes to bring a little fun to Mobile World Congress and in 2017, as it has done in two previous years Google has peppered the show with Android pin badges, providing show visitors with a distraction, while also hammering home just how far the... Read more

30 famous Photoshopped and doctored images from across the ages

30 famous Photoshopped and doctored images from across the ages

By Adrian Willings

Photoshop is the modern go-to tool for editing and altering images, but changing photographs to put a different spin on them is far from a new trend.There are plenty of instances where photo manipulation techniques have been misused - to even change history... Read more

Google is making a desktop version of its Allo chat app - see it here

Google is making a desktop version of its Allo chat app - see it here

By Elyse Betters

Last year, Google launched Allo, a WhatsApp-like app with built-in Google Assistant, and now, it's readying a version for desktops.Google's Nick Fox revealed in a tweet on Friday that a desktop web client for the service is coming. That'll help Allo... Read more

Microsoft reveals another Windows 10 major update will arrive late 2017

Microsoft reveals another Windows 10 major update will arrive late 2017

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has quietly confirmed it is working on another Windows 10 update, and it will arrive later this year, following the Creators Update. The company hinted last summer that it would release two major Windows 10 updates in 2017. We know that the... Read more

Instagram albums: How to share multiple pics and videos in one post

Instagram albums: How to share multiple pics and videos in one post

By Elyse Betters

Instagram is completely different now.On 22 February, the photo-sharing app introduced a feature: the ability to share multiple photos and videos in a single post. You can combine up to 10 pics and videos in an album-like post and swipe through to see... Read more

24: Legacy interactive Facebook Messenger game throws you into the action ahead of the show's premiere

24: Legacy interactive Facebook Messenger game throws you into the action ahead of the show's premiere

By Max Langridge

24 is back on our screens tomorrow, Wednesday 15 February, with a new actor and new plot. The series revolves around a race against the clock to prevent a terrorist attack on US soil. But rather than just watch the events on screen, you can take part... Read more

UKTV Play app for iOS and Android revamps, extends free box sets line-up

UKTV Play app for iOS and Android revamps, extends free box sets line-up

By Rik Henderson

UKTV Play has matched the big terrestrial catch-up services for some time, with an amazing line-up of content available for free across a wide range of platforms.However, it has now dramatically improved its iOS and Android apps to match them in style... Read more

How to play the Pangolin Love Valentine's Google Doodle

How to play the Pangolin Love Valentine's Google Doodle

By Max Langridge

Love is in the air at Google, as it's Valentine's Day on the 14 February. To mark the occasion, Google has come up with another one of its fun Doodle games. This year's one sees you play as a Pangolin, a mammal native to Africa and Asia, on his quest... Read more

Microsoft Build ticket registration will open up on Valentine's Day

Microsoft Build ticket registration will open up on Valentine's Day

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft has alerted the media that ticket registration for its upcoming Microsoft Build conference will kick off soon.In an email, the company said Microsoft Build general registration will open at 9 am PST on 14 February 2017 (otherwise known as... Read more

How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification on iPhone and Android

How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification on iPhone and Android

By Cam Bunton

WhatsApp recently implemented two-step verification in its popular messaging app for both Android and iOS, and you're going to want to enable it as soon as it's available for your phone. Two-step verification, also often called two-factor verification,... Read more

What is Circle and how does it work?

What is Circle and how does it work?

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Ever wish you could instantly send money to your daughter or friend without having to pay ridiculous fees?Well, now you can, thanks to Circle. It not only allows you to make payments to anyone in the world, but it also acts as a wallet of sorts, allowing... Read more

Standalone Strava app rolls out for Android Wear 2.0

Standalone Strava app rolls out for Android Wear 2.0

By Max Langridge

We've known a standalone Strava app would be coming with the introduction of Android Wear 2.0 and now the fitness tracking company has announced it is now available to download. The standalone app means users will be able to track distance, time, pace,... Read more

KeepVid Pro video downloader: Download any video from the web - including YouTube

KeepVid Pro video downloader: Download any video from the web - including YouTube

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Ever watch a YouTube video or some other type of online clip and wish you could save it?Well, now you can, thanks to KeepVid Pro, a tool that allows you to grab videos from more than 10,000 video-sharing sites, including YouTube. It not only downloads... Read more

Windows 10 Creator Update adds picture-in-picture, is feature-complete for April roll out

Windows 10 Creator Update adds picture-in-picture, is feature-complete for April roll out

By Elyse Betters

Two months before the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft has announced a new feature included in the upcoming upgrade.PC owners who run the Creators Update will get picture-in-picture support. Microsoft is calling the feature “Compact Overlay".... Read more

Pinterest Lens uses a camera to search items around you in real time

Pinterest Lens uses a camera to search items around you in real time

By Elyse Betters

Ever see a piece of decor and wish you could search it on Pinterest?The service is designed to let you find things related to what really intrigues you. However, if you want to use Pinterest, you must recall what you once wanted to look up, or you need... Read more

What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

What is Android Pay, how does it work, and which banks support it?

By Elyse Betters

While you have Apple Pay for the iPhone, Google's system is called Android Pay. Android Pay launched on 11 September 2015 in the US and has been growing in supported banks State-side since launch. The service launched in the UK on 18 May 2016, but other... Read more

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

Android Wear 2.0 update coming from 15 February to existing watches

By Chris Hall

Google has confirmed that the update to Android Wear 2.0 will be rolling-out on 15 February, following its announcement with the launch of the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style on 8 February. The new software is a step-change for Android Wear, bring... Read more

Android Wear 2.0: What's new in the major software update for watches?

Android Wear 2.0: What's new in the major software update for watches?

By Elyse Betters

Android Wear 2.0 has been formally and officially launched, with Google pulling the covers off the new smartwatch software along with two new devices built in partnership with LG - the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style. Android Wear 2.0 has been... Read more

Android Pay confirmed to come to Android Wear 2.0 following official leaked screenshots

Android Pay confirmed to come to Android Wear 2.0 following official leaked screenshots

By Max Langridge

Android Wear 2.0 is expected to be officially unveiled until tomorrow, 9 February, along with the first two watches to feature the software, the LG Watch Style and Watch Sport. However, usually reliable Twitter tipster @evleaks has said both the watches... Read more

What is Facebook Friends Day and how do those cheesy videos work?

What is Facebook Friends Day and how do those cheesy videos work?

By Elyse Betters

Friends Day is a thing, apparently.On Thursday, Facebook users from around the globe checked their profiles and saw a notification that wished them "Happy Friends Day", and it came along with an automatically-created video that celebrated the occasion.... Read more

Facebook is making a set-top box video app for premium TV content

Facebook is making a set-top box video app for premium TV content

By Elyse Betters

Soon, you'll be watching video on Facebook from your TV.According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is developing a "video-centric app" for set-top boxes, including the Apple TV, so it can put video content from the social network on screens in the... Read more

S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?
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S Health review: Is Samsung's fitness app in the best shape?

By Cam Bunton

The Samsung S Health fitness app and monitoring system has been part of the company's ecosystem for some time. Perhaps its biggest push was when the Galaxy S5 phone launched alongside the Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness tracker in 2014.Since then,... Read more

7 best encrypted messaging apps for all the Edward Snowdens out there

7 best encrypted messaging apps for all the Edward Snowdens out there

By Elyse Betters

Love him or hate him, Edward Snowden made many of us more aware.We now pay close attention to our online privacy and care about things like metadata, surveillance, digital snooping, and data theft. While governments and companies wage war about how much... Read more

Yo is an actual at-home male fertility test you just use with your phone

Yo is an actual at-home male fertility test you just use with your phone

By Elyse Betters

Ah, technology.Thanks to the wonder of a smartphones, as well as app-enabled devices, you can now test male fertility from the comfort of home. A new setup, called Yo, is able to turn your phone's camera into a microscope powerful enough to zoom in... Read more

Snapchat adds universal search: Here's how it lets you quickly find friends and chat

Snapchat adds universal search: Here's how it lets you quickly find friends and chat

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is rolling out a new design for iOS and Android users.The update (version 10.0.0), which released on 23 January, not only introduces a quicker way to start chats with friends and groups from anywhere in the app, but also universal search bar... Read more

What is Vine Camera and what can it do?

What is Vine Camera and what can it do?

By Max Langridge

Twitter took the decision in October 2016 to kill off Vine, the video sharing app. Although, it turns out it hasn't been completely killed off at all. Vine now lives on as Vine Camera, which you can use to create short, 6.5 second clips and either save... Read more

Today only, get £10 off Amazon orders over £50

Today only, get £10 off Amazon orders over £50

By Max Langridge

It's not Black Friday, it's not Cyber Monday, it's not even as if Christmas was that recent anymore yet still Amazon is having a sale of sorts.For today only, Friday 20 January, the online retailer is offering £10 off orders placed for over £50.So... Read more

Brace yourself - ginger emoji are in the works

Brace yourself - ginger emoji are in the works

By Elyse Betters

Equality is a beautiful thing.According to a report by Emojipedia, Unicode Technical Committee members, which collectively and officially decide which type of emoji we get, will meet at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino in late January to consider new... Read more

LinkedIn has an all-new look for the first time in years

LinkedIn has an all-new look for the first time in years

By Elyse Betters

People use LinkedIn, right?The Microsoft-owned company must be exploring ways to spice things up, because it refreshed its entire professional networking site on Thursday. It has an all-new look that simplifies everything and appears to make it much easier... Read more

This app just made homework obsolete

This app just made homework obsolete

By Elyse Betters

Kids these days got it so easy.Don't believe us? Check out Socratic. It lets you cheat on your homework. As in, it lets you take a pic of any problem, including math problems, whether it's an equation or a written question, and it'll not only show you... Read more

What is Meitu and why is everyone using it?

What is Meitu and why is everyone using it?

By Elyse Betters

Forget about Prisma. Meitu is the latest photo-editing app to go viral.The Chinese app has been around since 2008, but it landed in the US in early January and already has about 430 million users outside of China. It's been installed on 1.1 billion devices... Read more

It's the Vine-al countdown: Save your Vines now before it's too late

It's the Vine-al countdown: Save your Vines now before it's too late

By Elyse Betters

Twitter is killing Vine as we know it.The video-sharing mobile app, which burst onto the scene in 2013, giving people the ability to create and post 6-second video clips, will be discontinued and turned into Vine Camera. Although many Vine creators found... Read more

App Store app prices set to rise 25 per cent following Brexit

App Store app prices set to rise 25 per cent following Brexit

By Max Langridge

Apps in Apple's App Store are going to rise in price by 25 percent following the UK's decision to leave the EU. All price tiers will be affected, meaning a 79p app will now cost 99p and £1.49 apps will rise to £1.79. Even Super Mario Run, which at £7.99... Read more

Android Wear 2.0 will launch on 9 February

Android Wear 2.0 will launch on 9 February

By Max Langridge

Usually reliable Twitter tipster Evan Blass has confirmed today that Android Wear 2.0 will launch on 9 February. It marries up nicely with an email sent to Android Developers saying the new software would launch in early February. Android Wear 2.0: What's... Read more

16 Snapchat tips and tricks you probably had no clue about

16 Snapchat tips and tricks you probably had no clue about

By Elyse Betters

Snapchat is easy to learn and use -- as long as you have someone to show you the ropes.You can take a photo or a video, add a caption or doodle or filter or sticker or lens over top, and then send the final creation (aka a "snap") to a friend. Or, you... Read more

28 Snapchatters to follow for their awesome Snapchat stories

28 Snapchatters to follow for their awesome Snapchat stories

By Elyse Betters

It's easy to find famous or interesting people to follow on just about every social network, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. But Snapchat is the exception; it doesn't even make it close to easy.To add Snapchatters, you must know their usernames,... Read more

The creator of Android is making his own high-end smartphone

The creator of Android is making his own high-end smartphone

By Max Langridge

Andy Rubin is the man responsible for Android, the world's most used mobile operating system. He sold it to Google in 2005 and then left the company in 2014, but is now planning a comeback to the smartphone industry with his own company and a high-end... Read more

Adobe wants you to Photoshop your future selfies using just your voice

Adobe wants you to Photoshop your future selfies using just your voice

By Elyse Betters

Imagine a world where you ask your device to make you look 10 pounds skinner in some photo... and it can just do it.We've all wished we could say our essays aloud and have them be written out in a document on our computer - no physical typing required... Read more

New Windows 10 privacy dashboard gives you more control over data

New Windows 10 privacy dashboard gives you more control over data

By Elyse Betters

Most people are concerned about their privacy, especially when it comes to their computers and mobile devices.So, in response to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's accusation about Windows 10 sending an "unprecedented amount of usage data" back to... Read more

This is Project Neon, the new look Windows 10

This is Project Neon, the new look Windows 10

By Max Langridge

MSPowerUser has obtained leaked images of the new look Windows 10 operating system, currently codenamed Project Neon. It's said to be a minor update to Windows, and will roll out to computers later this year, after the Creators Update in April.One of... Read more