Social Media
Social Media

Snapchat’s #WestBankLive story feature shows the real power of social media

July 9's Live Story feature on Twitter covered the West Bank, offering the world a rare glimpse into part of the world that is too often wracked with violence and covered only by camera crews of media outlets with their own stories to tell.

Facebook loosens grip – allows users to customize news feeds … within reason 0:44

New controls allow Facebook users to customize the composition of their news feeds. Set to debut on iOS first, they signal a reversal for the social network, which has historically favored behavioral algorithms to recommend…
Movies & TV

Whipclip lets you share TV and music video clips legally and easily

Whipclip lets TV watchers share segments of their favorite shows with friends. The app has secured licensing from networks like Comedy Central, ABC, CBS, Fox, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music.
Social Media

Facebook finally features a woman in front in its friends icon

On Tuesday, Caitlin Winner, a design manager at Facebook, wrote a Medium post about how she changed the friends icon to prominently feature a woman, and perhaps more importantly, why she did it.
Social Media

New Cameo feature lets you take over Meerkat live streams

In an effort to move from "broadcasting to" toward "broadcasting with," Meerkat introduced a new feature, called Cameo, that gives users the ability to take over a live video stream for up to 60 seconds.
Cool Tech

Facebook’s upcoming Texas data center will be powered almost entirely by wind

Facebook's newest data center in Fort Worth, Texas will run on 100% renewable energy, including 200-MW of wind energy, as well as solar power as part of Facebook's dedication to energy efficiency.
Social Media

Twitter will celebrate your birthday with balloons and possibly targeted ads

Twitter now lets users input their birthday info into their profiles, and will fill the page with balloons when the special day arrives. However, it could also be a data grab to help its advertisers.

X marks the spot: Google Maps for iOS adds location sharing for Facebook and Messenger

Sharing you location from Google Maps just got a lot easier. Version 4.8.0 of Google Maps for iOS lets you share your location to friends on Facebook or anyone you're chatting with via Messenger.
Social Media

Facebook’s new ‘floating video’ feature lets you keep scrolling through content

Facebook, like many online outfits, would really like it if you watched more videos. With that in mind, the social networking giant is now testing a "floating video" button so you can keep watching a video while you continue browsing your…

Microsoft’s new app Tossup turns making plans into a fun activity 0:46

Microsoft launched a new app for iOS and Android today that makes it easier to meet with friends and family while on the go. Tossup is the latest app to come from Microsoft’s Garage, which is the company’s program that allows…

Your Instagram pics are about to look a whole lot better with 1080-pixel resolution

Instagram finally supports higher-resolution images of 1080 x 1080 pixels. Previously, the app only allows 640 x 640-pixel resolution images, even though smartphone cameras now have higher-resolution screens and cameras.
Social Media

Twitter debuts new button in mobile apps for managing ad campaigns

Twitter has a new ad button on its mobile apps that allows users to manage their ad campaigns right from their phones. However, users can't actually create a new campaign.