News to Share: Google Launches Person-Finding Tools Following the Nepal Earthquake

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The 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday left more than 1,000 people dead and more still missing. Google’s Crisis Response division announced it’s using the company’s person-finding tool, which connects emergency responders with friends and loved ones of missing persons, to aid in the aftermath of the disaster. It’s currently tracking about 1,400 people in the country and counting. Visitors can type the name of whom they’re looking for into a search box, or text “search [name]” to +91-9773300000 in India or +1-650-800-3978 in the United States.

Google Person Finder gathers information from responders and individuals, who can upload information for a missing person or someone who has been found, helping people locate each other. The search giant has deployed the tool before in times of disaster.

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Facebook is also offering a person-finding tool, but in reverse: If you are in the affected area, you can mark.

Here’s how you can tell your friends you’re safe via Facebook

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Screenshot of the Facebook Home page of a user in the affected area.

Facebook’s recently launched feature now enables you to inform your loved ones of your ‘safety status’ in the Nepal Earthquake.

‘Safety Check’, a feature launched by Facebook in October 2014, tracks people in the affected areas by looking at your profile info and updates, and the city where you are using the internet. If you’re in the affected areas, it’ll ask you to update your safety status.

It then generates a News Feed in your name to inform your Facebook friends whether you’re safe or in need of help.

Apart from the auto tracking Facebook’s Safety Check also allows you to manually update your location if you’re in the affected areas.

The idea of this tool emerged after social media played a crucial role in keeping people connected during the devastating 2011 Japan Tsunami.

Safety Check is available globally on Android, iOS, and desktops so log on to your closest platform and let your friends know you’re safe!

With Safety Check you can check upon your friends and also mark the ones you’re sure about as safe.

Snapchat overhaul presents new emoji framework and camera improvement

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When you open up the upgraded Snapchat, you’ll be welcomed by some surprising emojis. Rather than freely showing your most successive snap accomplices with the “Closest Friends” list, Snapchat is presently covering up emojis with clients to show who you’re nearest with.

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WhatsApp: 14 secret features

Its most recent overhaul affirmed what we’ve generally suspected (yet never tried discovering) up and down, that the ticks demonstrated when your messages were conveyed, and now read.

On the flipside, this occurrence additionally uncovered how little we think about the informing administration we trade such a variety of privileged insights on. So here we endeavor to instruct you on alternate highlights covering up in the hideouts and corners of WhatsApp. You can say thanks to us later.

1) Make calls at last

Line has done it, so has Snapchat and WeChat. What are we discussing? The capacity to make free calls through the informing application which has been reputed to be in progress for a very long time. Think about what, its here at this point.

How: Make beyond any doubt you’re utilizing the most recent adaptation of WhatsApp. You ought to see another Calls tab nearby the regular Chats and Contacts. Simply send a voice call welcome to another WhatsApp client and you’ll be talking ceaselessly quickly. This highlight lives up to expectations for Android clients right now however, so you can’t be making calls through WhatsApp to an iOS client. Apologies, other people, you’ll simply need to quietly sit tight.

Additionally remember that the calls are utilizing information, so in case you’re not on Wi-Fi, you can’t go call-insane. Unless you need to hazard your rational soundness when you get your telephone bill.

2) Prevent people from accidentally reading your messages

Theoretically, messages on WhatsApp are private. But not when you leave your phone on the table, and a new message notification comes in. How many times have you unintentionally read someone’s message just because you’ve curiously looked over when their phone screen blinked to life with a new message notification? Admit it, we’ve all done it, and read something we all regretted.

How: Go to Settings, then Notifications, and disable Show Preview. Now you can gossip in peace, without anyone accidentally reading your conversations by just glancing casually at your phone when a notification comes in. Your notification will just reveal who has just messaged you without divulging any of its super secret contents.

3) Reply directly from a popup

Oh, new message! Swipe down the notification bar, tap the message and reply. Sounds simple, right? We’re tell you there’s an easier way. Cut to the chase and reply to it directly from a notification.

How: Go to Settings, Notifications, then Popup Notification, and choose from four different options. You can change this setting for both individual messages and group messages respectively. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for Android. For now.

4) Begone, blue ticks of misery

Sometimes we need to glance at a message, and then take a little time to formulate a response as we carry on with the rest of our day. All that, without having the sender realise that we actually looked at said message five hours ago. But the inception of the double blue ticks took that privilege away.

Recently though, the chat app has realised the error of its ways and silently come up with a workaround. The liberty of message-mulling is ours again.

How: Users can just access Privacy via Settings and disable Read Receipts. However, this feature is currently only available to Android users who are on the all new beta version of the app.

If you’re that desperate though, you have to download the beta and head to your Android phone’s settings, enable Unknown Sources to install the APK file as it’s not in the Google Play Store yet. There, now it’s time to iron out the kinks in your friendships that the blue ticks have caused. The rest of us will just have to wait for a future update.

5) See when your messages are read
Think the twofold blue ticks are the most exceedingly terrible thing to happen to connections since Last Seen? Reconsider. There’s another approach to cause irritate and obliterate kinships, and in a particular manner at that. More than figuring out your message has been perused, you can see the precise time your message was effectively conveyed, and the accurate time your message was perused on the off chance that you decide to stay with the ticks.

How: Go to any of your WhatsApp talks, tap and hang on any of the messages you’ve sent in that visit, took after by the Info choice. For iOS clients, you can likewise drag towards the left to uncover a window which will demonstrate the time your message was conveyed and thusly perused. Lives up to expectations for gathering messages too with the window posting the time every member read the message. Surmise you can no more escape with WhatsApp murder.

6) Tied to your number

In case you’re abroad and you get another information sim, there’s no compelling reason to enlist the new number joined to the SIM and need to reintroduce yourself to all your WhatsApp contacts when you can simply keep WhatsApping utilizing your ordinary number.

How: When you put your new SIM in and enact WhatsApp, you’ll be incited by the informing administration to enlist the new number. Anyway doing as such will foul up your contacts list. Simply overlook the pop-up or scratch off it and your WhatsApp ought to work connected to your old number, while utilizing your new information SIM.

7) Sending public messages privately

On the off chance that you’ve got a nonexclusive declaration to make, in the same way as a welcome to a weekend bbq. Furthermore, you would prefer not to do it on the windbag stage that is Facebook, this highlight meets expectations in essentially the same path as BCC-ing individuals in an email. Your beneficiaries will get the message like its a secretly created one, unbeknownst to the way that you’ve sent literally the same one to 342 other individuals. Earnestness? What’s that?

How: On the upper left hand corner of your WhatsApp Chats window, just beneath the hunt bar, you’ll recognize a Broadcast Lists. Tap on it for the choice to make another rundown of gets in touch with you need your message to go out to (like the individuals on your birthday party guest list, or your collection of mistresses of sweethearts who may not think around each other… ). Also, message away like you would ordinarily.

8) Back it up

Agonized over losing your year of messages? You don’t need to. WhatsApp knows how valuable your visit history is to you and secures it just for you in the cloud.

How: iPhone clients get the choice of support their talk history to iCloud consequently on a day by day/week after week/month to month plan. If its choice visit histories you yearning, click on the talk you need, then the client’s name lastly email discussion to yourself or whoever else.

Android clients will discover the record inside the WhatsApp organizer in their telephone. Exchanging Android telephones? Verify that document, found in WhatsApp > Databases and named msgstore.db.crypt7, is duplicated and exchanged to literally the same organizer in your new Android gadget.

9) Shortcuts to conversations

On the off chance that there are sure individuals you banter with more than the others, on a moment to moment premise, it may be a smart thought to make an alternate route for them specifically on your homescreen so you don’t need to continue opening and shutting WhatsApp just to converse with only them.

How: Tap and hang on the visit (gathering or individual) of your decision and a tab will appear. Select the Add Conversation Shortcut choice and the talk being referred to will show up as the individual’s profile photograph on your portable desktop. Lamentably this applies for Android clients and not iPhone ones. Sorry gentlemen.

10) Saving media

When you’re on a 2GB information arrange, each MB numbers. You would prefer not to be slapped with a powerful bill toward the end of the month from sending imbecilic shareable pics and screenshots of each easily overlooked detail. There’s an approach to verify that all that overwhelming obligation picture sending won’t eat up what minimal complimentary information you may have in your arrangement.

How: Go to Settings, then Chat Settings and after that Auto-Download and change the settings for how you need your got media to be downloaded. Pick Wi-Fi on the off chance that you would prefer not to over-burden your information arrangement. Then again, you can trigger downloads physically by exchanging Auto-Download to Never. You can likewise spare the bother of needing to clean up your cam roll from time to time by tweaking Save Incoming Media off.

11) Keeping group chats on the down low
As WhatsApp turns into the go-to talk application for more individuals, the probability of settling on cooperative choices gets extended too. So in case you’re continually getting added to new gathering visits loaded with outsiders (you outgoing person, you), you may need to keep certain points of interest private until those outsiders get to be companions.

How: Head to Settings, Privacy, and afterward change your Last Seen, Profile Photo and Status to hold a touch of puzzle. Decide to impart them to Everyone, or just your Contacts, or Nobody by any means. Lamentably, there’s nothing you can do about concealing your telephone number.

12) Mute group chats

We’re all in at any rate a couple gathering visits at any one time, made in light of the fact that somebody (likely the gathering administrator) was exhausted. Individuals have a tendency to get exuberant in talks, particularly since WhatsApp permits bunch discussions of up to 50 members. Who hasn’t woken up to the unpleasantness of 100+ unread messages fueled by a night of weariness?

How: To keep yourself from being woken up by the steady illuminating of your cell phone screen, you can (an) either turn it down screenwards or (b) Mute the culpable gathering talk. Tap on the gathering talk of your decision, then the name to raise Group Info where you will discover the alternative to Mute the visit for eight hours to one week or a year. Then again, you can leave it out and out.

13) Staying selectively notified

Not all gathering talks are made equivalent as some are loaded with only repetitive sound. What’s more, its precisely those gathering visits you need to disregard until you get some down time to strainer through everything that has been said. On the flipside, there are the gathering talks you need to remain focused of like ones choosing supper plans for the night etc. Here’s the means by which you can stay specifically told.

How: Go to the noteworthy gathering talks, tap on the name to raise Group Info and after that Custom Notifications. There, you can choose a custom message caution for the gathering talks of your decision. All you need to recall is which ready tone you appointed to which gathering visit. This customisation is appropriate for gathering talks however.

14) Find out the truth about where your friend is

Every one of us have been a victimized person to that “In transit” lie when the individual being referred to is still in bed. To keep yourself from always getting hoodwinked once more, demand that the contact imparts his current area to you by tapping on the bolt symbol by the content box and afterward Share Location. We hear you challenge that he can at present physically enter the area he’s apparently at. Which is genuine, however there’s a method for getting around it.

How: The way the area shows up is a sign to whether he sent his current area, or whether he decided to enter the area he’s purportedly at. On the off chance that its the GPS-based area he’s at, the area offer will show up as a dropped pin, yet in the event that its an area he needed to enter, its address will show up next to the dropped pin. Don’t hesitate to get down on him about it.

The changes coming to Facebook

Facebook announced a series of features and updates at its annual F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, and while the news is mostly targeted for developers and app designers right now, it could eventually mean big things for Facebook users.IF

Developers can now add a Messenger button to third-party apps so

Facebook Messenger

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In the future, for example, a developer could be able to add a Messenger button within a movie ticketing service app, so after a customer makes a purchase, they could share those details and movie times with a friend on Facebook.

For a glimpse at how the first batch of apps will look, click here.

Many of the early partners working with Facebook Messenger are focused on photos and entertainment. Some apps were developed specifically for the platform, while others are building Messenger in as an added feature.

Facebook Messenger Business

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Facebook unveils Messenger for Business at its F8 conference in San Francisco on March 25, 2015.

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A noteworthy feature of the growing platform is Messenger Business, which will allow users to communicate with merchants by sending them a direct message or making a reservation and checking shipping information.

People will be able to have personal conversations with companies — specifically, customer service representatives — and be able to make requests, asks questions and get quick responses in an ongoing thread, the company said.

Spherical Videos

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Facebook spent some stage time talking about the future of video on the site. To start, the social network will soon support “spherical videos” — immersive, 360-degree videos that work right in Newsfeed. The videos will run natively in Newsfeed and will be shot with 24 high-resolution cameras.

These videos will also work with virtual reality headsets, like the Samsung Gear VR and, of course, the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift. Conference attendees will be able to experience spherical videos in its “Teleportation Stations.”

Embeddable videos, refreshed comments

Facebook is rolling out a new social plugin that lets publishers embed native Facebook videos across the web. This means a video uploaded (and hosted) on Facebook can now be embedded on other websites.

Although you’d think Facebook’s video player would already have the ability to embed videos on other sites, the move is now a part of a larger effort to catch up with YouTube.

Facebook also pushed out another social plugin update to its Comments feature. Users will be able to log into their accounts and comment on a webpage, but now the message will be duplicated on the official Facebook-shared story, too.

Analytics for apps

The company introduced a new Analytics for Apps tool that provides a dashboard of data so developers and marketers can better understand their audience.

The Internet of Things

Facebook introduced a software developer kit (SDK) to support the growing influx of web-connected devices for the home, like smart garage door openers and refrigerators. The company will be opening its mobile app building suite, Parse, to web-connected devices to support the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things refers to products — and, well, things — that are connected to the web. This includes everything from smart thermostats and garage doors to toothbrushes, tennis racquets and even your bed. They collect data about your usage patterns and habits, and typically connect to an app that offers feedback to improve your lifestyle (or your racquet swing, for example).

It’s unclear as of now how exactly Facebook will incorporate Internet of Things technology into its platform, but perhaps dimming the lights at night or opening your garage door could one day all be possible from directly within the social network.

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Social Media Tips You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner

For Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Foursquare

1. Turn your profile pic into an emoji you can use in chat.

Type your username sandwiched between double brackets (like this: [[zuck]]) and enter it into chat to send your personalized emoji.

2. Share something with all of your friends except one person.

Share something with all of your friends except one person.

Select “custom” in the “who to share this with” tab, then enter the name of the person you don’t want to see the post. Simple as that!

3. Clean up your News Feed in just a couple minutes.

Clean up your News Feed in just a couple minutes.

Click here while logged in to Facebook and you will be taken to a page full of friends you haven’t interacted with in a while. Click all of the ones you want to see less in your News Feed.

4. Hide your online status on chat from people you don’t feel like talking to.

Hide your online status on chat from people you don't feel like talking to.

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Facebook has integrated its “lists” feature with chat, so you can make lists of people to whom you do and don’t want to appear online. Learn how here.

5. Search “randos at [the name of your workplace]” to access a list of co-workers you’re not friends with.

Search "randos at [the name of your workplace]" to access a list of co-workers you're not friends with.

6. Back up and download all of your photos plus other people’s photos you’re tagged in.

Back up and download all of your photos plus other people's photos you're tagged in.

Download the Pick&Zip app here.

7. Find out what the best time is for you to post.

Find out what the best time is for you to post.

Statigram analyzes your Instragram history to determine the exact time of day when your photos are most likely to receive the most attention. It also compiles other interesting data like your average number of likes and comments per photo.

8. Take photos without posting them.

Take photos without posting them.

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If you put your camera on airplane mode any Instagrams you take will be saved to your photo roll but not posted. Some people use this to double filter their photos. Learn more here.

9. Bust your friends for lying when they tag a photo #nofilter.

Bust your friends for lying when they tag a photo #nofilter.

All you have to do is put the link of a suspicious Instagram photo into Filter Fakers to find out if they used an Instagram filter.

10. Pin something from Facebook.

Pin something from Facebook.

11. Make as many secret boards as you like.

Make as many secret boards as you like.

Traditionally Pinterest only allowed three secret boards per user, but that was quietly changed last month to allow users unlimited secret boards.

12. Highlight text on something before hitting “Pin It” and the highlighted text will automatically appear in the description box.

Highlight text on something before hitting "Pin It" and the highlighted text will automatically appear in the description box.

This will save a lot of time when you’re pinning many things in a row.

13. Make professional, printable resumes.

Make professional, printable resumes.

With LinkedIn’s Resume Builder.

14. View someone’s profile anonymously.

View someone's profile anonymously.

Go to “Account & Settings” on the top right, then “Privacy & Settings.” Under “Privacy Controls” is this option: “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile.” If you click it, the above pop-up window will appear. Select the “You will be totally anonymous option” and no one will see when you view their profile! This will limit your ability to see who visits your profile, but you can always change it back to normal when you’re done being anonymous.

15. If you have the LinkedIn app you can search anonymously AND still see who looks at your profile.

If you have the LinkedIn app you can search anonymously AND still see who looks at your profile.

Just add the “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” shortcut on the mobile app.

16. Learn who doesn’t follow you back.

Learn who doesn't follow you back.

Sign up for Friend or Follow here, which can also tell you about your followers on Instagram and Tumblr.

17. Find out who does — or doesn’t — follow one another.

Find out who does — or doesn't — follow one another.

Not sure if a couple is still dating (or if friends had a falling out)? Plug their handles into Doesfollow to see the status of their relationship. Prepare yourself for moments like: “Whoa! She unfollowed him! They’re totally splitsville!”

18. Download an archive of every tweet you’ve ever made.

Download an archive of every tweet you've ever made.

Just go to Settings and scroll down to where it says “request your archive.”

19. Create lists for people whose tweets you don’t want to miss.

Create lists for people whose tweets you don't want to miss.

The more people you follow, the easier it is to miss tweets from your favorite tweeps, but that’s not a problem if you create a list for them. Lists are also great for keeping tabs on people you don’t want to give the satisfaction of a follow (i.e., enemies and exes).

20. Search “secret menu” to see restaurants nearby with hidden menu items.

Search “secret menu” to see restaurants nearby with hidden menu items.

21. You can also search “Wi-Fi password” to gain access to free Wi-Fi around you.

You can also search "Wi-Fi password" to gain access to free Wi-Fi around you.

Nostalgia Overload With Facebook’s Newest Feature

Facebook is reportedly testing a standalone app for phone calls

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Facebook may be trying to take over your phone app.

The social network is testing a voice-calling app that can screen your calls and show you information about who is calling, according to an image obtained by Android Police.

The app, called “Phone,” will display information about those who call you —presumably based on their Facebook profiles — and automatically block calls that come from numbers that have been previously identified as spam, according to the description in the screenshot. Facebook is known to test new features with small groups of users first, but the leaked image suggests the testing for this app may be limited to internal tests at the moment as it has an “FB-Only” note.

A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable “we are always testing things,” but declined to comment specifically on the Phone app.

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This isn’t the first time Facebook has experimented with voice calling. The company introduced voice calls to Messenger a few years ago and has been testing the feature on the Android version of WhatsApp, both of which rely on either a Wi-Fi or a data connection.

It’s not clear whether the Phone app would be an expansion of these existing voice-calling features or a standalone service, but the description suggests it would work for all voice calls, not just those made over a Wi-Fi or data connection.

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Reddit now lets you embed comments on other websites

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Reddit can be a goldmine of memes and grassroots news, so the platform is today making it easier to share comments on on other sites with embeddable comments.

Rather than copy, pasting and formatting text, you can now embed a small window into your blog or website to link towards comments.

To generate the necessary code simply click on a comment’s permalink page, then select ‘embed’ to generate the code you need to copy. You also have the option to include parent comments.

Reddit says the embeds will display any edits to the original posts however, so if you want to share something potentially time sensitive or that’s likely to be deleted, you’re still better off copying the text or just capturing a screengrab.

Still, it’s a nifty feature that’s sure to come in handy next time you need to link to cute animals or a clever comment.

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