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The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword – to Snapchat Discover

The New York Times announced today it’s joining Snapchat Discover – the feature in Snapchat which includes updates and news from a variety of media publications. The paper’s “daily edition” on Snapchat will include a handful of The NYT’s stories, distilled down to the quick, more consumable format …

Snapchat

Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users

Instagram has doubled its user base, to 700 million monthly actives in two years, fueled by Stories, web signups and better onboarding on low-end Android phones. Instagram’s growth rate is actually speeding up. It took just four months to add the last 100 million users since hitting 600 million in …

Snapchat

Facebook is working with Live Nation to make organizing concert tours easier

Facebook is also testing the feature with Red Light Management<p>Facebook is testing out a new feature that will allow artists, managers, and tour promoters to organize and manage tour-related Facebook events, the company tells <i>The Verge</i>. For example, if an artist is on a 40-city tour, there’s going to …

Facebook

Samsung's emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders is here

In an effort to help people suffering from aphasia to communicate with their loved ones, Samsung has built Wemogee, a free chat app that uses emoji to easily translate their thoughts into messages.<p>Aphasia is a disorder usually caused by brain injury or disease that affects people’s ability to …

Apps

News Feed FYI: New Test With Related Articles

<i>By Sara Su, Product Manager, News Feed</i><p>One of our main goals is to support an informed community on Facebook. This includes helping people have …

Facebook

LinkedIn just hit the 500 million user mark

LinkedIn

Every feed app should steal Pinterest’s ‘more like this’ button

‬This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it.<p>I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, …

Pinterest

Scaling Up Snapchat with Casey Winters and Julie Zhou

Retaining Snapchat’s Core Market<p><b>Casey Winters:</b> There are some concerns that Snapchat’s core market is moving back to Instagram. The college market …

Snapchat

What I Learned From Launching the Messenger Developer Platform

I was lucky to be a part of the Messenger team in the early days. As product manager, I worked on the Messenger Developer Platform, integrations with …

Facebook
Chatbots

Workplace by Facebook continues to mature

At the F8 conference today, Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers.<p>When Workplace by …

Enterprise

Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform

Facebook will rely on an army of outside developers to contribute augmented reality image filters and interactive experiences to its new Camera Effects platform. After today’s Facebook F8 conference, the first effects will become available inside Facebook’s Camera feature on smartphones, but the …

Augmented Reality

Zuck says copying Snapchat was just step 1 of Facebook’s AR platform

“I guess I’m not that worried about that,” Mark Zuckerberg said in response to criticism about Facebook copying Snapchat. He defended the “misunderstood” strategy as laying groundwork for Facebook’s new Camera Effects Platform for developers that launched today.<p>“The first chapter that made sense …

Snapchat

Pornhub launches 'Snapchat for nudes' so you can put filters on your genitalia

Pornhub wants to help you step your sexting game up and turn your dirty NSFW selfies into totally SFW nude pics – which is why the adult entertainment giant is launching its very own ‘Snapchat for nudes.’<p>Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, Trickpics is a simple image manipulation …

Snapchat

Snapchat's 3D Lenses filters now work in the real world

It's Snap's world, and we're just living in it — if you believe the camera company's latest feature.<p>Snap announced on Tuesday it was adding its …

Augmented Reality

WhatsApp Might Be Introducing An 'Unsend' Function

Have you ever sent a message and the second you hit 'send', thought, 'shit, why did I send that?' My bet is you have done that very thing, more than …

Twitter now supports two-factor authentication apps, here's how to use them

If you wanted to lock down your Twitter account and make it harder for hackers to break in, you’d either have to turn on SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) or generate a one-time login code. But now, you can use handy third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator and …

Cybersecurity

Instagram's new 'collections' make it a lot easier to organize your favorite images

Back in December, Instagram added a feature to allow you to save your posts into your own private stockpile. Starting this week, you’ll be able to save these photos into your own private collection.<p>Basically, they’re just folders for your saved images. After all, once you’ve saved a several dozen …

Instagram

The Power of Defaults

Defaults are the values or settings that come out of the box. They might not seem like much, but defaults (and their designers) hold immense …

Usability

A Proven Method For Showing The Value Of Good UX

For a while now, this has been the most common question I get:<p><i>How do I convince people in my organization to take user experience seriously? I’ve</i> …

UX Design

On Growing: 7 Lessons from the Story of WeChat

Founders are increasingly pointing to Asia when asked for an example of a product they aspire to create, and WeChat is very often that aspirational …

Messaging

YouTube has a secret 'Dark Mode' – this is how you activate it

You may have never seen it, but it turns out YouTube has a secret dark mode – and you can activate it too.<p>As discovered by one resourceful Redditor, the secret mode appears to be available solely on the latest reiteration of Chrome (version 57 and above) – and once enabled, it seems to …

Google

Facebook runs full page newspaper ads against fake news in France ahead of the election

In just nine days, France is going to vote for their next president — there’s going to be a second round face-off in three weeks too. And it looks like Facebook wants to avoid another fake news scandal as the company is preemptively running full page ads in major French newspapers.<p>The ad gives ten …

Facebook

Let’s Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage

A new application for iMessage called “Let’s Watch It!” introduces an easy way for you to share and watch YouTube or Twitch videos with friends to watch together, as well as react to them, and even voice or video chat while viewing.<p>The iMessage App Store doesn’t yet have a lot of breakout hits at …

Apps

Chip’s new chatbot app points the way to ‘plugin banking’

When London fintech startup Chip launched late last year, the company’s vision was something a lot more ambitious than a simple ‘micro savings’ app delivered through a millennial-friendly chatbot. Instead, the plan was always to become a fully-fledged banking app that ‘plugs’ into your existing …

Banking

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

Machine Learning

Facebook’s Perfect, Impossible Chatbot

Amazon’s Alexa can summon an Uber and satisfy a four-year-old’s demand for fart noises. Siri can control your Internet-connected thermostat. Each …

Chatbots

Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days

In its first four days on the market, Apple’s new social video editing app Clips reached between 500,000 and a million downloads, according to estimates from app store analytics firm App Annie. However, despite heavy press coverage and featured positions in the App Store, Clips hasn’t yet broken …

Apps

7 Ways to Delight Users with Animation

“Delight” is a word that we’re hearing and using more often to describe pleasurable moments in our products. Delight is the magic that makes us fall …

UX Design

Facebook’s business model for Messenger won’t be payments and commerce after all

Messenger is focused on mobile advertising — just like the rest of Facebook.<p>When Facebook hired David Marcus, the former president of PayPal, to run Facebook Messenger back in 2014, some assumed the company would start to build Messenger’s business model around payments and commerce.<p>Other messaging …

Facebook