Social Media

Facebook debuts Messenger Lite, the slimmer sibling to the Messenger app

Facebook Messenger just went on a diet and it is to the benefit of users with slower internet speeds and older Android smartphones. On Monday, the social media platform debuted Messenger Lite.

You can now buy and sell things on Facebook using its Marketplace feature

Sketched out by Craigslist? Overwhelmed by eBay? Try Facebook instead. On Tuesday, the social media site expanded its functionality once again, and has now dipped its toe into the waters of digital commerce.
Social Media

It’s finally over for live-streaming app Meerkat

Remember Meerkat? The live-streaming smartphone app caused quite a stir when it launched early last year. Trouble is, Twitter-backed Periscope and Facebook Live ended up stealing the show, destroying Meerkat's hopes of longevity.
Social Media

Keyword launched by Google as aggregator for many (but not all) of its blogs

Google's sprawling web of official corporate blogs just became a little easier to wrangle. The company has launched Keyword, an searchable aggregator of all of its major announcements.
Social Media

Snapchat clone Snow lands $45M from Japanese messaging giant Line

Japanese messaging behemoth Line just poured $45 million into a South Korean Snapchat clone in an effort to increase its social footprint. Snow has snapped up 60 million users in Asia in just over a year.

Google Photos will now suggest that you rotate your sideways-oriented photos

Google Photos has been given an update that will allow you to quickly and easily rotate sideways photos to the right orientation. The new feature will live in the Assistant section of the Photos app.

Meerkat could be on to a real winner with its new video chat app Houseparty

Houseparty is the latest app from the creators of Meerkat. A video chat network aimed at teens and millennials, Houseparty is on its way to becoming a breakout hit, having quickly amassed an audience of 1 million users.
Cool Tech

Scandinavian cool: Inside Facebook’s Arctic data center

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared the first detailed look inside the firm's Lulea data center, located just 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The massive facility is the size of six football fields.
Social Media

Selfie snappers, the ‘ballot selfie’ ban in New Hampshire is no more

In case you hadn't heard, there's a pretty big election happening in November, and in the age of the selfie a good many folks will want to snap a shot in the ballot booth. Some states ban the practice, but in New Hampshire you're now in the…
Social Media

Twitter now lets you create and share your own ‘stories’ using Moments

Twitter is capitalizing on the potential of its Moments feature by rolling it out to all users, having previously made it available to selected influencers and brands. Unlike Snapchat and Instagram, these stories are permanent.
Social Media

Don’t ‘get’ Snapchat? Its weirdest, most innovative creators may change your mind

Snapchat, to anyone not already on the social network, looks confusing, weird, and almost impenetrable. It turns out that beneath the surface is a creative, entertaining community that may just be worth the effort to join.

Lifelogging pioneer The Narrative Clip to shutter over financial troubles

The Narrative Clip, one of the pioneers of the idea of lifelogging (capturing and recording your life automatically), has notified customers that the company has filed for a voluntary dissolution -- they are closing up shop.