Telegram groups are democratic by design. Everyone can invite new members and change the group‘s name and photo, which is ideal for small bands of friends or coworkers. But Telegram can also support much larger communities that need more...
The Kenyan software company Ushahidi has launched a campaign to observe the upcoming U.S. elections. The operation, called USA Election Monitor, will track voting irregularities reported via website, email, Twitter and SMS and post accounts to an online interactive map. “It’s a citizen-inspired,...
Facebook users on Android can finally upload videos in HD resolutions, nearly two years after their iOS counterparts. Android Police spotted the change, which is available in the app’s settings menu, next to the option to upload photos in HD...
WhatsApp has scrapped the 99 cent annual fee that users paid to retain the service after one year of free use in favor of a new monetization model. Starting now, the messaging app “will test tools that allow you to...
It looks like Instagram is out to eat Periscope and Snapchat’s lunch. The service is rolling out its Live Stories feature globally today, allowing users across the globe to broadcast live video from their mobile devices. You’ll want to update...
BBC has introduced a Kenyan built digital news tool for testing. The platform, BBC Drop makes possible tailored BBC news content for the smartphone and social media generation. BBC Drop is a responsive website created to work well on smartphones...
A few months ago, Facebook got rid of the second inbox for unsolicited messages, called “Other Messages,” in its messaging services. It replaced it with “Message Requests,” a function allowing users to accept or ignore messages from people who...
How big is WhatsApp? It's enormous, we all know that, and sometimes there's a nice round number to illustrate the point. Brazil's decision to shut down the Facebook-owned messaging app for 48 hours has resulted in more than 1.5 million new...
Earlier this week, we told you about Uptime, a video sharing app from Googlers who participated in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator for side projects. Now, the initiative has launched its first Android app. Supersonic is a messaging app...
You can do pretty much anything on a smartphone nowadays. That’s generally a good thing, but it can present a tough balancing problem for parents who want to give young children access to technology while still keeping tabs on...

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