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Twitter Lite keeps you tweeting over bad data connections


Twitter Lite is available through your browser.
Photo: Twitter

Twitter is making it easier for users to keep on tweeting even when they have a poor data connection.

The company today unveiled its new Twitter Lite web app, which is optimized to deliver a smooth and snappy experience over slow and spotty connections. You can access it in your browser, so you don’t even need to download to get started.

Create royalty-free soundtracks with the click of your mouse


Make any kind of music you like, at any tempo and to any length.
Make any kind of music you like, at any tempo and to any length.
Photo: Jukedeck

I just made three custom, royalty-free soundtracks using nothing more than a website and my Mac. I’ll be able to use these in any video project I like. This is some super-simple music making; if you make videos that need music, you’ll want to check this out.

Jukedeck Make is an amazing online tool for making basic soundtracks using artificial intelligence. A team of experts in machine learning, music composition and audio production came together around this system, initially conceived of and built by a couple of classmates from Cambridge University.

Google Hangouts’ slick update is all about the browser


Yet another way to access Google Hangouts. Photo: Jordanna Chord/Google
Yet another way to access Google Hangouts. Photo: Jordanna Chord/Google

Google’s chat and video messaging service, Hangouts, got a whole new standalone web app on Monday afternoon.

“We are launching another way to use Hangouts today,” writes Google’s Jordanna Chord on Google Plus. “From our new site you’ll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day.”

Now you’ll be able to keep in touch with all your Hangouts-using buddies in any web broswer, including Safari, without having to run Gmail or Google Plus (or the Chrome app).

Slack’s ‘emoji reactions’ make your co-workers awesome


Slack now lets you react to a message with an emoji, any one of the 722.
Photo: Slack

Slack is ingraining emojis even deeper into your work environment whether you like it or not. Users were already able to send emojis casually while chatting, but now anyone can specifically react to messages in Slack with emojis. It’s pretty easy to get creative with this, and it’s sure to spice up the chat with your co-workers.

Amazon Snubs The App Store, Makes MP3 Store Available Through Mobile Safari



Amazon has today launched a new web app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to purchase more than 22 million tracks directly from the retail giant’s MP3 store. Amazon says the HTML5 app has been optimized to work seamlessly inside Apple’s mobile Safari browser, and any music you purchase will be transferred instantly to your Cloud Player library.

Instagram Starts Rolling Out New Facebook-Like Web Profiles


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Instagram has started rolling out new web profiles for its 100+ million users today. Like a Facebook account page, you can view all of the photos and info from a specific Instagram user at a dedicated web URL, i.e., instagram.com/username.

Instead of only being able to view an account in its entirety in the native Instagram app, you can now browse and follow other users on the desktop by clicking shared photo links you see on Twitter and Facebook.

See If Your iPhone Can Be Jailbroken With This Handy Web App [Jailbreak]


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The two main questions I always get asked about jailbreaking are, “How do I jailbreak?” and “Can my iPhone even be jailbroken?” Because a jailbreak usually has to be manufactured for each new release of iOS, there’s a good chance that certain version of iOS are jailbreak friendly while others are not. For instance, there’s no public jailbreak for iOS 6 yet.

So, how do you check to see if the iOS device you use is jailbreakable or not?. You could search Google for a few minutes trying to find the right tool, or you could visit a handy web app called JailbreakStatus.

The New York Times Launches New HTML5 Web App Optimized For iPad


The best way to read The Times on your iPad.
The best way to read The Times on your iPad.

The New York Times has today launched a new, “experimental” web app designed for optimal reading on the iPad. Built using HTML5, the app is available exclusively to digital subscribers with tablet access, as well as home delivery subscribers who link their account for digital access.

The app boasts a number of unique features, including four new ways to read the NYT, new “swipe-friendly” navigation gestures, and more.