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Twitter revamped with dynamically updated Reply/Like/Retweet counts, Safari Reader support & more

Twitter today announced a major overhaul, making the app feel lighter, faster and easier to use with faster navigation via a new side menu, bolder headlines, revamped icons and more.

The new side navigation menu lets you quickly access your profile, accounts, settings and privacy. As a bonus, you can now add filters and stickers on your profile image, if you’d like.

Tweets now update dynamically with Reply, Retweet and Like counts so that you can easily see conversations as they’re happening, in real-time. The app now features support for opening links to articles and websites in Safari’s in-app viewer.

This lets you log in to websites using your saved Safari passwords and enjoy articles in the browser’s Reader mode, all within the Twitter app.

New switches in Twitter’s settings interface let you turn on increased color contrast, decided whether or not you’d like links to open in Safari’s Reader View and more.

Accessibility settings are now in a more prominent location.

Here’s an overview of the new features and design:

  • Profile, additional accounts, settings and privacy—all in one place. A new side navigation menu and fewer tabs at the bottom of our app=less clutter and easier browsing. You told us you loved this change on Android last year and we’re excited to now bring it to iOS.
  • Links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app so you can easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into (iOS only).
  • We’ve refined our typography to make it more consistent and added bolder headlines to make it easier to focus on what’s happening. Also, rounded profile photos make it clearer to see what’s being said and who’s saying it.
  • More intuitive icons make it easier to engage with Tweets—especially if you’re coming to Twitter for the first time. For example, people thought the Reply icon, an arrow, meant delete or go back to a previous page. We switched to a speech bubble, a symbol most know and love. We also made the icons lighter for more seamless interaction
  • Tweets now update instantly with Reply, Retweet and Like counts so you can see conversations as they’re happening, live (not available on twitter.com and Twitter Lite).

The aforementioned changes are rolling out across twitter.com, Twitter for iOS, Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, and Twitter Lite over the coming days and weeks.

Twitter for iOS is a free download from App Store.


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Facebook for iOS now lets everyone use animated GIFs in comments

Facebook today announced that users of its mainland mobile app can now use animated GIFs in comments. This sought-after feature has been enabled for all people on Facebook globally.

“We know people love communicating with GIFs on Messenger and we’re also making it easier to use GIFs on Facebook,” said the social network. When making a comment in Facebook for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, tap the new GIF button to spice up your message with animations.

Additionally, Facebook rolled out some new and exclusive GIFs they’ve created featuring some of the Internet’s biggest stars, including DNCE, Logan Paul, Amanda Cerny, DREEZY, Patrick Starr, Violet Benson, Wuz Good, Brandi Marie and Landon Moss.

To use them, search #GIFparty when sharing a GIF on Facebook or Messenger or visit GIPHY.com/Facebook.

Since rolling out support for animated GIFs on Messenger back in 2015, users have sent nearly thirteen billion GIFs in the last year alone via the messaging app, or nearly 25,000 GIFs every minute. GIF sends on Messenger have tripled in the past year and New Year’s Day 2017 was the most popular day ever for GIF sends on Messenger, with more than 400 million GIF sends.

Facebook for iOS is available at no charge in App Store.


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How to archive Instagram posts so that no one can see them on your profile

Instagram recently rolled out a handy archival feature for your old photos and videos you don’t want to scrap completely. Called Archive, it basically moves the selected post into a space that’s visible only to you. The post isn’t deleted permanently, it’s simply moved to a private place only you can see and disappears from your profile so that no one can see it.

“Your profile is a representation of who you are and evolves with you over time,” says the company. “With Archive, you now have more flexibility to shape your profile while still preserving moments that matter.”

This feature requires Instagram for iOS version 10.21 or higher so be sure to update your copy of Instagram to the latest available version before using the archival features.

How to archive Instagram posts

Anything your previously shared on Instagram can be archived.

1) Launch Instagram on your iPhone.

2) Go to the Profile section by tapping the rightmost tab at the bottom.

3) Find the previously shared post you’d like to archive, then tap Instagram’s “…” menu at the top of the post and choose the Archive option from the menu.

This action hides the selected post from your profile page and makes it so your followers and other people on Instagram can’t see it.

TIP: You can also press the post with 3D Touch, then swipe up to reveal options and choose the Archive option from the shortcuts menu.

The archived post retains all of the previous likes and comments.

How to browse your archived posts

You can see your archived posts at any time.

1) Launch Instagram on your iPhone.

2) Go to the Profile section by tapping the rightmost tab at the bottom.

3) Tap the Archive icon located in the top-right corner of your profile.

This will take you to your Instagram Archive.

How to un-archive archived posts

Any previously archived post can be shown again on your profile at any time.

1) Launch Instagram on your iPhone.

2) Go to the Profile section by tapping the rightmost tab at the bottom.

3) Tap the Archive icon located in the top-right corner of your profile.

4) Tap a post in your archive that you’d like to un-archive, then tap Instagram’s “…” menu at the top of the post and choose the option Show on Profile from the menu.

TIP: You can also press the post with 3D Touch, then swipe up to reveal options and choose the Show on Profile option from the shortcuts menu.

The post itself along with all of its previous comments and likes should return to its original spot on your Instagram profile.

To learn more about Archive, visit Instagram’s Help Center.

Grab Instagram for iOS for free on App Store.


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iWork apps gain editing improvements, 500 shapes & more in latest update

Apple’s iWork productivity suite was updated today on Mac App Store and App Store with several new editing features and other improvements available across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac devices.

For starters, Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Mac, along with their iOS counterparts, now come with a brand new library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes that you can readily use in your documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Across all the iWork apps, users can now reply to comments and join threaded conversations, making collaborative editing even easier than before, while new auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing.

In Numbers, the new Insert Stock Quote feature and the Stock and Currency functions let you get data from the previous market day’s close. Keynote now lets you scroll like a pro on your Mac’s trackpad with new pan and zoom options and your presenter notes can be edited while displaying slides in Light Table view.

Here’s the full list of new features, fixes and enhancements in Pages 6.2, Numbers 4.2 and Keynote 7.2 for Mac, iPhone and iPad listed in release notes accompanying these downloads:

What’s new in Pages 6.2 for Mac

  • Enhance your documents using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
  • Add linked text boxes so text easily flows from one place to another
  • New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
  • Export documents as fixed layout ePub books
  • Change margins, headers, footers and paper size while collaborating
  • Improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages

Learn more about the new Pages for Mac features on Apple’s website.

What’s new in Numbers 4.2 for Mac

  • Enhance your spreadsheets using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
  • Support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets
  • New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
  • The Insert Stock Quote feature and the Stock and Currency functions now return data from the previous market day’s close

Learn more about the new Numbers for Mac features on Apple’s website.

What’s new in Keynote 7.2 for Mac

  • Enhance your presentations using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
  • New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
  • Scroll anywhere with new pan and zoom options
  • Edit presenter notes while displaying slides in Light Table view
  • Improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages
  • The Stock and Currency functions now return data from the previous market day’s close

Learn more about the new Keynote for Mac features on Apple’s website.

What’s new in Pages 3.2 for iOS

  • Enhance your documents using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
  • Add linked text boxes so text easily flows from one place to another
  • New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
  • New page thumbnail view allows you to easily navigate your document
  • Export documents as fixed layout ePub books
  • Change margins, headers, footers and paper size while collaborating

Learn more about the new Pages for iOS features on Apple’s website.

What’s new in Numbers 3.2 for iOS

  • Enhance your spreadsheets using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
  • Support for print preview in collaborative spreadsheets
  • New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
  • The Insert Stock Quote feature and the Stock and Currency functions now return data from the previous market day’s close

Learn more about the new Numbers for iOS features on Apple’s website.

What’s new in Keynote 3.2 for iOS

  • Enhance your presentations using a library of over 500 professionally drawn shapes
  • Easily rearrange your slides with the new Light Table view
  • Edit presenter notes while viewing slides
  • Reply to comments and join threaded conversations
  • New auto-correction and text replacement options save time while typing
  • Improved support for Hebrew and Arabic languages

Learn more about the new Keynote for iOS features on Apple’s website.

These apps used to be paid downloads, but Apple recently made them free for all users.

Grab Pages, Numbers and Keynote for free from Mac App Store.

Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iPhone and iPad are available free on App Store.


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Apple updating Swift Playgrounds with support for robots, drones, and instruments

Apple today announced a significant update for its iPad app Swift Playgrounds. The app, which is geared towards teaching beginners to code in a fun and interactive environment, will soon work with robots, drones and musical instruments.

Scheduled to be released next week, Swift Playgrounds version 1.5 will support programming a slew of new devices including the Sphero SPRK+ ball, UBTECH Jumu Robot MeeBot Kit, Wonder Workshop’s Dash, Parrot drones and LEGO Mindstorms.

“More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Now they can instantly see the code they create and directly control their favorite robots, drones and instruments through Swift Playgrounds. It’s an incredibly exciting and powerful way to learn.”

“Today we’re combining efforts with Apple to provide even more students around the world with the opportunity to learn how to code,” said Esben Stærk Jørgensen, president, LEGO Education. “We’re pairing the familiar LEGO bricks and our hands-on approach to playful learning found in LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 with Swift Playgrounds’ powerful learning platform so now anyone can program their LEGO MINDSTORMS creation with real Swift code.”

Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will be a free update for the app and will be released June 5.

Source: Apple


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