How to share and collaborate in GarageBand using iCloud

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With iOS 11, you don't need to go to a recording studio to collaborate on a song.
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One of the great new features in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra is shared documents. You can create almost any kind of file, and collaborate on it with other people. This can be a simple Pages document, or a complex song in GarageBand. In theory, the file will be updated with everybody’s changes, so you can work on the same project without emailing a zillion copies back and forth.

Currently, this feature ranges from a little shaky, to rock solid, depending on what apps you are using. Here’s how to share and collaborate using GarageBand in iOS 11.

You can now cross-post your Instagram Stories to Facebook

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Facebook Stories could quickly see a lot more users.
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Instagram has started giving users the ability to cross-post their Stories to Facebook Stories.

After testing the feature in Portugal last month, the company is now migrating it to U.S. users. Facebook says it should be available to everyone soon, if not already.

WhatsApp brings expanded file sharing, chat pinning to iPhone

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Update WhatsApp today to enjoy its new group messaging features.
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How to use Photos’ Shared Albums for team projects

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Here' our hastily-created Cult of Mac album. Imagine the productivity we're about to achieve.
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The Photos app is where all your memories live, and the place you go to share photos. But did you also know that it can make a great professional tool? Any time you need a group of people to have access to the same pictures, you can use Photos, and Photo stream sharing, as a great, slick alternative to clunky collaborative tools like Pinterest. Here’s how.

Facebook’s Moments app quietly adds video, new upload settings

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Now Moments lets you add video to your private albums.
Now Moments lets you add video to your private albums.
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Getting photos from your friends can be a hassle, but Facebook’s Moments app lets you do just that with a private area where everyone can send their photos from events. Think of it as a private photo album that all of your friends are invited to.

Videos are next, as Facebook’s Moments just got updated in the App store, adding a way to add your videos to existing moments, or creating new ones just for video.