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WhatsApp has finally encrypted group video calling for everyone

Group video calling via WhatsApp is what’s up.Image: whatsapp By Karissa Bell2018-07-30 23:35:50 UTC WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that brings its features up to par with other major messaging apps: group video calls. The app is now starting to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app, the company announced Monday. WhatsApp has supported video calling since 2016, but calls were, until now, limited to

How to make the perfect Memoji in iOS 12

Memoji are still somewhat limited, but there are ways to make yours stand out from the crowd.Image: Getty Images/justin sullivan By Karissa Bell2018-06-25 23:23:32 UTC Apple just released the first public beta for iOS 12, which means Memoji are finally ready for their public debut. Similar to last year’s 3D emoji-inspired Animoji, Memoji are Apple’s take on the cartoon avatar. Like Snapchat’s Bitmoji, the feature lets you create cartoon versions

The Venmo debit card is officially coming to a wallet near you

Choose from six color choices for the new Venmo debit card.Image: venmo By Sasha Lekach2018-06-25 23:22:04 UTC It’s official: Venmo is coming out of your smartphone and into your wallet.   On Monday, the mobile payments app announced the limited release of an actual, physical debit card that users can swipe IRL to pay directly from their Venmo balance. Because the card is linked to their accounts, Venmo debit card

Another personality quiz is coming back to haunt millions of Facebook users

Facebook may have another major data leak on its hands.Image: AFP/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-05-14 20:25:51 -0400 Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users’ personal data. A personality quiz app created by researchers exposed personal data on more than 3 million Facebook users, according to a report published in New Scientist. The app in question is a quiz app called “myPersonality,” which was

WhatsApp cofounder leaves following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Cofounder and CEO of WhatsApp Jan Koum is leaving his Facebook-owned company.Image: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery By Sasha Lekach2018-04-30 23:44:01 UTC The man who Mark Zuckerberg says taught him about the power of encryption is leaving the Facebook family. The departure of WhatsApp CEO and cofunder Jan Koum comes after Facebook’s biggest privacy scandal to date. And six months after WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton left the company and joined

Zuckerberg’s silence reminds us that, in his eyes, we’re all just 'dumb f*cks'

Use the mic, Zuckerberg.Image: DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES By Kerry Flynn2018-03-19 22:25:05 UTC Facebook’s getting rocked by yet another electioneering crisis, but we still haven’t heard anything from its commander-in-chief. Mark Zuckerberg has yet to issue a public statement following revelations this weekend that a Trump-aligned data firm was able to abuse his platform to manipulate 50 million people. The Facebook CEO commands massive reach on his public profile page, and

It's not just you: Apple's software is buggier than it used to be — here's how they fix it

Apple has a plan to fight iOS bugs.Image: dustin drankoski/mashable By Karissa Bell2018-02-13 00:48:16 UTC Apple might finally be ready to take the many bugs that’ve been plaguing iOS more seriously. The company is making a major change to how it approaches software updates that will emphasize reliability and stability over speed, according to a new report in Bloomberg. Bloomberg wrote that Apple’s software head Craig Federighi told engineers last

FriendO, a quiz app with NSFW questions, goes viral with teens

Image: composite/friendo app By Karissa Bell2017-11-21 00:48:04 UTC There’s a new “quiz app” going viral with teens that’s a lot more NSFW than tbh. Called FriendO, the app lets users compete in “quizzes” to find out who their “real friends” are — and teens are going crazy for it. Sort of like a non-anonymous version of tbh, which Facebook acquired last month, FriendO has been climbing up the App Store

WhatsApp adds colorful text-only updates to Status

WhatsApp’s text-only statusesImage: whatsapp By Karissa Bell2017-08-21 23:06:57 UTC WhatsApp’s Snapchat Stories clone is getting a new text-only feature. Now, instead of just photos and videos, you can update your WhatsApp Status with colorful, meme-like text posts. The feature, which is rolling out now, is a lot like Facebook’s colorful status updates: write a snippet of text, pick a background color, and customize the font. You can also link out

How Google is trying to fix Android's emoji problem

Android emoji as seen on Samsung devices.Image: Emojipedia By Karissa Bell2017-07-25 01:00:36 UTC Android has an emoji problem. No, it’s not those weird blobs (RIP), but something that’s been nearly as tricky to fix. Because of Android handset makers’ inconsistent updates, not only do many Android users not get new software updates in a timely manner, they don’t get new emoji at the same time as their iPhone-using counterparts. While