Digital Deep Dive: New Emojis, Live Video Creation Tools & More

The online landscape is ever-changing. New devices, platforms and features are introduced on what feels like a daily basis. We’ve put together a roundup of five of this week’s biggest stories to help you stay ahead of the curve!

Apple releases iOS 11.1 with shiny new emojis

This week, Apple released its first feature update for iOS 11. Along with a few bug fixes, security updates and 3D touch gestures, the update includes around 70 new emojis. You’ll find new mythical creatures, activities, clothing, animals and facial expressions. And, as always, many emoji characters come in many variations with multiple genders and skin colours.

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Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status hit 300M users

New figures show that Snapchat’s two biggest rivals are showing no signs of slowing down. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status now have 300 million daily active users each. This is twice the size of Snapchat’s audience, which currently stands at around 173 million daily active users.

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Facebook tests Live Video Producer Tool

Facebook is testing a new web-based ‘Live Video Producer’ tool that will give video producers more flexibility with their live broadcasts. According to recent reports, features will include custom graphic overlays, and the ability to control footage from multiple cameras in one stream. Watch this space.

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WhatsApp rolls out “Delete for Everyone” feature

WhatsApp has released a new feature that allows users to “unsend” any messages sent by mistake. To delete a message, you simply tap and hold on the message and choose “Delete for everyone”. However, it’s important to note that you only have seven minutes to delete the message after sending and, of course, there’s a chance the recipient may see your message before you try to revoke it!

In a blog post, WhatsApp explained: “This feature is rolling out for users around the world on the latest versions of iPhone, Android, Windows Phone as well as desktop. Both you and the message recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for the message to be successfully deleted.”

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LinkedIn introduces Smart Replies

LinkedIn has unveiled a new Smart Replies feature in its messaging app, which gives users various quick-reply prompts to keep conversations flowing. The company has implemented a number of AI tools, including machine learning and sophisticated natural language processing, to enable its messaging app to understand conversations and help keep them going in a more natural way.

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