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Google Hangouts just got its own site today!

Google Hangouts just got its own sweet web page! After being an extension or an app for so long, Google’s response at a Messenger option finally got its own home and it is looking good. If you want to chat with a friend, have a voice call or send an emoji, you can do so from https://hangouts.google.com . Plus, you have everything related to your Google account, including your mobile device data, at a click’s distance!

 

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This page has not broken from the parent domain, at least not yet. It appears that domain names are not Google’s priority, as someone else owns the Hangouts domain already.

 

Why did Google Hangouts change?

This change can be examined as an example of Google’s separation of services following the shift to Alphabet, along with the Photos product. How many people will switch from the Hangouts extension to the page version is unclear, but if more options appear, things could rapidly change.

 

 

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This change is a great branding exercise for Google. It is mainly done because the company is testing waters with powerful brands such as Facebook, Snapchat or Microsoft. Google now has Photos and Hangouts going on, while Facebook uses Messenger and Instagram as extensions of its services. More and more social media platforms are stretching their tendrils out and Google – being one of the most powerful entities on the internet – better get in the game.

 

Source: Techcrunch

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Snapchat update to v9.7 – two new features to share with your friends!

Snapchat just got an update to 9.7 and the app itself is not fundamentally changed, but you are getting a couple of new features.

 

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The first change is regarding snaps highlighted in Discover, the part of the app that shows popular content from mediums such as National Geographic and CNN. Now, users can tap and hold on the center of the smartphone to share a clip with your friends. The app will even let you add captions, filters and doodles before sending the snap to your friends.

The second new feature is zooming in on videos while recording. In order to zoom, you will have to drag your finger across the screen.

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Snapchat launches Snapcash feature – send money as easy as you send selfies!

Snapchat is branching out and offering a new service named Snapcash. Next time you want to surprise your friends with a photo, you may want to offer them some money too? That’s not exactly what Snapcash does, but it’s pretty close. The feature makes sending money just as easy as sending a photo. You can watch it below in a weird and inconclusive short film.

In order to make the feature work, you will have to enter your debit card information on Snapchat and it will be saved by Square, which makes it all the more secure.  When the time comes and you want to send some money, all you have to do is open chat and enter a dollar sign followed by the amount you want to send. When you send the message, your dollars will run from your account to the sender’s too.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBwjxBmMszQ

 

 

Snapcash is available for users over 18 years old with a debit card who reside in the US.

Source: Snapchat Blog

 

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Snowball – the little free app that keeps all of your social media messages together!

Snowball is the newest addition to the panoply of social media apps that keep things together for you and only you! The app is guided by the idea of unifying messaging apps that float above the rest of Android on your screen. It even throws in a pretty mascot!

Snowball is usually hidden on a side of your screen but you can see some slide-out circles you can interact with at your leisure when the time comes. When a compatible app gets a new chat notification, a circle pops out and the little snowman mascot will wave at you and try to get your attention. When you tap the pretty face you will open a window on top of everything you are doing and you will see the latest messages you got.

At the moment, Snowball supports Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, SnapChat, line, WeChat, Slack and Twitter and SMS apps.

 

 

The thing is when you tap on the Snowball face you will actually open the appropriate app because Snowball does not reply from its own window. It is basically secondary notification software that organizes your social media apps. 

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