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TalkTalk's unlimited everything SIM is £12 per month but laden with fine print

The UK mobile market is undergoing a serious makeover, with two huge acquisitions on the horizon and new MVNOs popping up left, right and centre. Quad-play provider TalkTalk is already known for its low-cost broadband, TV and mobile deals, but now's a more important time than most to show you can …

Talk Talk

Viber, Google are helping people to call loved ones in Nepal

In the aftermath of the earthquake, getting calls and messages into or out of Nepal has been one of the greatest challenges facing those searching for loved ones.

In an effort to aid communication, American phone companies like T-Mobile are offering free calls to and from Nepal, and a number of …

Google

Facebook and Google Respond to Nepal Earthquake With Tech Tools

TECHNOLOGY

The tech giants raced to roll out tools designed specifically to help people search for and locate those affected by the earthquake.

Donating money is most brands' traditional response to natural disasters, but Facebook and Google are going beyond just raising cash for victims of the Nepal …

Facebook

Instagram Launches Emoji Search, New Filters

The photo-sharing service has made emoji hashtags searchable. #blessed

Finally, a simpler way to curate -themed content! Today, Instagram introduced a series of updates including new filters, and, most significantly, support for users to add emojis to hashtags, which enables mobile shutterbugs to …

Emoji

Robert Rubin tells Sheryl Sandberg that Facebook is the problem

The former Treasury Secretary blames social media for America’s political polarization.

You’d think that a debate featuring three former Treasury secretaries would be about economic policy.

But at the Milken Global Institute Global Conference on Monday, a panel discussion featuring Tim Geithner, Hank …

Facebook

15 Best Wireframing Tools,understanding Wireframing in Web Design

A wireframe in a layman language is a blue print of a web page. Wireframes are being created to arrange the elements of a web page in a way to best …

Web Design

What You Are Missing About SnapChat and the Future of Storytelling?

I always advise businesses to do what is right for their brand and their audience when it comes to social marketing. Not every brand can thrive on …

Storytelling

Pinterest Intros Marketing Development Program, Betas Ads API

Pinterest on Monday announced a Marketing Developer Partners program for its content publishing API, following the lead of Facebook and Twitter.

The …

Marketing

Facebook adds video calling to Messenger

Facebook has today introduced video calling in Messenger. This means that now you can have a face-to-face chat with your friends via Facebook.

The new feature is available today on iOS and Android devices in the UK, US, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, …

Facebook

Facebook's new video program has quietly decided who the cool kids in media are

Media companies are already paranoid that Facebook could begin deciding the winners and losers in journalism, so their fears won't be allayed by the social media giant's new branded video program.

Facebook announced Thursday that it has rolled out Anthology, a matchmaker for advertising. Anthology …

Facebook

Path, a mobile social network that was once worth $250 million, is reportedly in acquisition talks with a South Korean company

Niche social networking app Path is in talks to sell its main app to Daum Kakao, a competitor from South Korea that owns the popular KakaoTalk app, Re/code reports.

Path is a private social network app that people can use to share photos and posts with their friends and family. But Path never really …

Asia

Facebook video is on course to steal YouTube’s video sharing crown

Facebook video is big and it’s getting bigger. For the first time, YouTube really needs to worry about losing its position as the king of online video.

Facebook video, which is relatively young in comparison to YouTube which launched in 2005, is now delivering 4 billion daily viewers. That’s up from …

YouTube

Facebook changes its News Feed algorithm (and its control over publishers)

“Optimization,” yes. But for whom?

Even as Facebook tries to convince news publishers like the New York Times to publish directly on its platform—instead of just posting excerpts with links to their websites—the company continues to demonstrate why that is such a Faustian bargain. On Tuesday, for …

Facebook

Confusing, Confounding Content #wtfUX

The world is full of poorly designed experiences. By identifying and sharing them, maybe we can shrink their numbers. Here we've got some examples of …

Netflix

Vine for iOS now lets you share to Tumblr and multiple social networks at once, coming soon to Android

Twitter today updated Vine for iOS with new sharing options. You can download the new version now from Apple’s App Store; the team says the equivalent Android update is “coming soon.”

In short, Vine has a new share screen. It lets you share to Tumblr, a new addition in this release, along with …

Tumblr

Controversial After School App Relaunches With New Safety Features And Zero Tolerance For Hate

After School is back and ready to try again. The mission is the same: Give teens a safe but anonymous place to talk to high school classmates. After several months of retooling the app just relaunched on the App Store and, even with the aggressive safety features in place, growth hasn’t slowed down.

Tolerance

Why the Best Wireframe Style Is No Style

What tool would you use to hit a nail in? Only a hammer comes to mind. This is because a hammer’s form meets that specific function. It’s form …

Wireframing

WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling on iOS

After months of waiting, free voice calling on WhatsApp finally arrived on Android late last month. iOS users were left waiting for the feature, however – until today.

A new version of the messenger is now live in the App Store, calling support included.

It seems the feature isn’t actually active for …

WhatsApp

Facebook Likes don't go as far as they used to in News Feed update

Most people just want to be liked — even if that means a cursory thumbs up on Facebook.

But a News Feed update announced Tuesday, which will roll out over the coming weeks, will somewhat deemphasize the feature.

Posts highlighting what a friend Liked or commented on will either show up lower in your …

Facebook

5 quick and easy ways to improve your website's usability

The ultimate goal of usability tests is to obtain the necessary information which will give you the possibility to make an interface so simple and …

Information Architecture

Twitter now allows you to accept DMs from anyone — again

Twitter is launching a feature that will let users accept any and all DMs, regardless of whether they follow the sender or not.

You may be saying to yourself, wait, didn’t Twitter already launch this feature? The answer is no, not exactly. The company first started testing the setting in October …

Documents

Find Sketch Plugins by Use Case

AligningLayout Blade

Blade is a Sketch 3 plugin to automatically generate HTML. It will generate tag <div> for group, tag <p> for text, etc.

Bookmarker

Hykoo for iOS lets you shoot, edit, and add text to your own 12-second short films

Just when you thought the world had enough video sharing apps, a new one launches with yet another spin on the medium.

I’m usually a grump when it comes to apps that essentially do what others can, but I have to admit that I found Hykoo to be pretty fun to play with.

Shoot three short clips totaling …

Film

Under Fire In India, Facebook’s Internet.org Launches In Indonesia

Facebook’s ‘free web’ Internet.org program has expanded into Indonesia, a country with a 250 million population, marking its second largest launch in Asia to date.

Internet.org landed in India back in February, but it has come under pressure in the country this past week after net neutrality become …

Facebook

First implementation of Material Design

By the feedly team

A couple of weeks ago I wrote An Exploration in Material Design after attending a workshop at Google HQ where I explored what …

Material Design

PeerShip can turn anyone into a courier (but it won’t deliver Taylor Swift)

If you live in a major metropolitan area, the idea of using an app to get stuff delivered is nothing new. TaskRabbit and Postmates combined can conjure up just about any physical product you desire, meaning you’ll never have the leave the house if you don’t want to.

For those who want to make money …

Taylor Swift

With Hykoo, You Can Combine Video And Text To Create 12-Second Short Films

Despite all the mobile video apps out there, Gary Krieg said there’s still something missing — a need he’s trying to fill with his new app Hykoo.

See, Vine has created its own set of stars, and Meerkat and Periscope offer new platforms for livestreaming, but Krieg pitched Hykoo as an attempt to …

Film

3 Ways To Get Early Users

STRATEGY

One of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur is getting early tractions. Here are a few hacks to help you get there.

Getting people to use your product is tough. The odds are stacked against you. People are bombarded with new apps and gadgets to try all the time that finding a way to …

Startups

Facebook is retiring its Like Box plugin on June 23

Facebook has quietly announced it’s retiring its old embeddable Like Box on June 23.

The Like Box is variant of the embeddable Like Button that allows you to Like a page from other sites. The embed would also show off some of the other people who liked a given Page.

The company recommends you instead …

Facebook

WhatsApp now has 800M monthly active users

Messenger app WhatsApp now has 800 million monthly active users, says founder Jan Koum.

The app is up 100 million users since January, when it hit 700 million monthly active users. The app has been expanding rapidly. Just a month ago Google Play showed that WhatsApp had been downloaded on Android …

WhatsApp