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What is Facebook Stories and how does it work?

What is Facebook Stories and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

It's official. Facebook just became Snapchat.You've all seen these types of headlines: Facebook adds Snapchat-like blah blah blah; Facebook continues assault on Snapchat; Facebook is turning into a Snapchat clone; and so on. Those stories aren't lying.... Read more

Tinder launches web version so you can 'drag right' from a computer

Tinder launches web version so you can 'drag right' from a computer

By Elyse Betters

You can now swipe right - or, rather, "drag right" - on Tinder.The dating app has launched a web version of Tinder. Called Tinder Online, it's aimed at developing markets with limited access to 4G smartphones, as well as people who want to toggle between... Read more

Is the co-founder of Android about to announce this new smartphone?

Is the co-founder of Android about to announce this new smartphone?

By Elyse Betters

Andy Rubin - a former Google executive who once oversaw the development of Android - just teased an unknown device.Here's the situation: Rubin, who left Google in 2014 after nine years, announced in January that he was starting a new company, called Essential,... Read more

Yaass! Facebook is finally testing GIFs in comments (but not for posts)

Yaass! Facebook is finally testing GIFs in comments (but not for posts)

By Elyse Betters

Facebook lets you send GIFs in Messenger, but there's no native way to use one in a comment on Facebook itself.But that might soon change. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch it will soon begin testing a GIF button that lets users post GIFs in comments.... Read more

Google Photos tips and tricks: Store and edit your photos like a pro

Google Photos tips and tricks: Store and edit your photos like a pro

By Elyse Betters

Google Photos has been around for a couple years now and is a go-to service for many people looking to store their photos and videos.Google Photos not only lets you save personal media to a virtual locker but also makes that media available across all... Read more

Instagram is becoming an OpenTable for hair appointments and more

Instagram is becoming an OpenTable for hair appointments and more

By Elyse Betters

Instagram doesn't want to just be a photo-sharing app anymore.The Facebook-owned app told Bloomberg it will soon let people make appointments with businesses, just like you can with other appointment-booking services like OpenTable or Yelp. You will be... Read more

What is Facebook Live, how does it work, and which devices support it?

What is Facebook Live, how does it work, and which devices support it?

By Elyse Betters

In an attempt to rival Twitter-owned Periscope, Facebook lets mobile users broadcast live videos. Now, more than a year after introducing Facebook Live, all users can now go live from a computer.With this functionality, Facebook is going after desktop-aimed... Read more

27 best internet optical illusions, you won't believe your eyes

27 best internet optical illusions, you won't believe your eyes

By Adrian Willings

Every now and then an image appears online which has people heartily debating its authenticity, arguing about its colour or asking how it came about in the first place.There are also some amazing pictures that look like one thing but turn out to be something... Read more

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

When is Android 7.1.1 Nougat coming to my phone?

By Britta O'Boyle

Every year a major update to Android is released. 2016's update is called Android Nougat, following the theme of dessert-inspired names.Unlike previous updates, Nougat was first released to developers with a public preview beta programme, meaning early... Read more

Instagram now lets you save live videos: Here's how to do it

Instagram now lets you save live videos: Here's how to do it

By Elyse Betters

Instagram began letting users stream live videos last year, but it didn't let them save broadcasts.But the app has now updated, finally allowing users to download broadcasts to their phones once they've concluded. Twitter's Periscope and even Facebook's... Read more

Is Facebook going to show off new hardware products at F8 in April?

Is Facebook going to show off new hardware products at F8 in April?

By Elyse Betters

Facebook might debut new hardware as early as next month.Business Insider has reported that Building 8, a year-old unit at Facebook, is working on “at least four unannounced consumer hardware products”, and it suggested more details about these hardware... Read more

Amazon's app will now tell Prime users if their outfit looks good

Amazon's app will now tell Prime users if their outfit looks good

By Elyse Betters

Remember the movie Clueless?One thing that always stuck out in that movie was Cher's automated closet and nearby computer that would show what each outfit looked like on her and allowed her to mix and match pieces. It'd be a dream come true for anybody... Read more

Facebook videos now auto-play with sound on: Here's how to stop it

Facebook videos now auto-play with sound on: Here's how to stop it

By Elyse Betters

Facebook's auto-playing videos in the news feed are tolerable - even enjoyable - because they're muted by default.But that's about to change.Going forward, videos will now automatically play with the sound turned on. Facebook recently announced the change... Read more

Amazon Alexa comes to iOS devices: How does it work and what can it do?

Amazon Alexa comes to iOS devices: How does it work and what can it do?

By Elyse Betters

If you own an iPhone, you now have access to Alexa voice commands.No, that doesn't mean you can replace Siri with Alexa. In order to access Amazon's voice assistant, you have to go inside the company's main shopping app. Here's everything you need to... Read more

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

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

What is Apple iCloud Drive and how does it work?

What is Apple iCloud Drive and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

If you want to know what exactly Apple's iCloud Drive is and does, you've come to the right place.Apple is great with hardware and software interfaces, but as you likely know, it’s stumbled a bit in the past when it comes to cloud storage, photo management,... 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