WhatsApp will soon let you locate your friends

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WhatsApp is getting its own Find My Friends feature.
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The latest versions of the WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS reveal an upcoming feature that will allow users to locate their friends.

Just like the Find My Friends app offered by Apple, WhatsApp will ask for your permission before making your location data available to your contacts.

WhatsApp is dropping support for older smartphones

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It might be time to get a new smartphone.
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WhatsApp is dropping support for older smartphones that aren’t compatible with its latest features. At least one generation of iPhone, alongside older versions of Android and Windows Phone, will no longer be able to use the service at the end of the year.

Touché, Asymmetric, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend everyone!
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Looking for some app recommendations to get you through this chilly November Sunday? Want to know which apps have been occupying our Macs and iOS devices this week — and why? Then you’ve come to the right place for our weekly roundup.

Whether you’re looking for an entertaining puzzle game or a great update for a fun fitness app, check out our recommendations below. You won’t regret it!

WhatsApp lets users share GIFs at last

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You can send Live Photos and short videos as well!
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If you’re a fan of GIFs (and, wherever you fall on the political spectrum, today sure is a good day for them!), you’ll be pleased to hear that WhatsApp’s latest update finally gives users the chance to use them — provided they have an iOS device, that is.

Flud, Nightgate, and other awesome apps of the week

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'Appy weekend all!
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Looking to get up to speed on the top apps we checked out this week? We’ve got your back!

In a week in which China finally overtook the U.S. as Apple’s most profitable market for apps, some great apps, and app updates, found their way onto our mobile devices.

Whether you’re looking for some great puzzle games or a third-party keyboard worth downloading, we think you’ll find something to entertain you…

iMessage and WhatsApp security flaw means deleted chat logs aren’t really erased

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Your deleted chat logs could come back to haunt you.
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WhatsApp and iMessage may be examples of end-to-end encryption in action, but there are still potential security flaws which can leave your data exposed.

As discovered by iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, both messaging services have been found to not completely delete messages when erasing them — meaning that a person with physical access to your phone, or backups of data in the cloud, may be able to retrieve “deleted” conversations.

3 easy ways to use your cellphone abroad (without going broke)

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Are you ready to take your iPhone on vacation?
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Most of us have heard nightmare stories of friends who traveled abroad only to come home with a horrific cellphone bill. Either they forgot to put their device in Airplane Mode, or didn’t consider an international plan. Those types of mistakes have cost people hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in international fees for phone calls and data usage abroad.

Stories like these are becoming less common, however, as technology improves. One of the best and most recent advancements are new plans that make it easier for folks to travel to another country and still be able to use their current phone.

We tell you about three options for using your phone while traveling abroad, so you can keep in touch with friends and family back home — and not spend too much in the process.