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FireChat downloads spike as Hong Kong protesters turn to the off-the-grid messaging app

Off-the-grid messaging app FireChat has seen a spike in users in recent days as pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong download it in their thousands. The app is unaffected by congested cellular networks and cannot be easily blocked by the…
Social Media

Facebook could soon take more of an interest in your health

Facebook has plans to get into health and fitness, according to new reports — dedicated groups on the site and spin-off mobile apps could be used to help look after the well-being of users.
Computing

Here’s what Google, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites would have looked like in the 1980s

These YouTube videos give you a glimpse of what today's popular websites and services like Google, Instagram, Skype, Spotify, and others would have looked like back in the 1980s. Tubular!
Mobile

New Google messaging app rumored for 2015, with no Google account needed

Google could be working on a new app to compete with WhatsApp, Line, and other popular instant messaging apps. If you're wondering what's wrong with Hangouts, this new app may not need the user to have a Google account.
Social Media

Twitter invests $10 million in MIT social media research lab

Twitter has invested $10m in the creation of a new social media lab at MIT, with researchers planning to analyze the various ways in which people use social media to engage with one another and share information.
Mobile

Netflix looking for ‘official Instagrammers’ for paid travel gig

Netflix is offering Instagram users paid-for travel and $4,000 in exchange for some awesome photo content. The company is looking for three so-called 'Grammasters' for the two-week gig, and interested folk have until October 7 to put their…
Social Media

Reddit raises $50m in funding round, plans to share some of it with its users

Social news site Reddit has raised around $50 million in its latest funding round in an unusual deal that looks set to see investors give 10 percent of their new equity to the site's vibrant user community.
Mobile

Instagram blocked in mainland China as political unrest continues in Hong Kong

As pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong escalate, the Chinese authorities have blocked access to Instagram on the mainland. With many social media services already blocked there, protesters turned to the Facebook-owned site to post…
Social Media

Ello promises an ad-free social network that doesn’t mine your data

Tired of the adverts on Facebook? Worried about the data Twitter could be collecting on you? Ready to move on from MySpace? Ello is a new social network that says it works differently.
Mobile

People used a lot of mobile data during Derek Jeter’s last home game

During Derek Jeter's last home game as a New York Yankees player, AT&T reported that 381GB of data were consumed by its customers during the game. The data originated from selfies that were then uploaded to social media.
Mobile

Instagram adds ridiculously named ‘Selfielapse’ mode to its Hyperlapse app

Instagram's Hyperlapse spin-off app has been updated to include a new mode, which lets you take time-lapse videos using the front cam on your iPhone. The name for this new feature? It's Selfielapse, of course.
Mobile

Samsung, LG, and even Conan O’Brien use #BendGate to mock Apple (Updated)

The controversy spreading over iPhone 6 Plus models being bent out of shape has taken over many of Apple's rival's social media accounts. Never afraid to get stuck in, here are the best jabs taken at Apple so far.