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The Appszoom News Round-up #59

It’s that time again. Welcome to the one and only Appszoom News Round-up #59, where we’ve been gathering together the biggest and most exciting stories, releases, and gossip from the mobile, app, and tech world.

This week’s editorial picks are:

Ana G’s Pick: Facebook Is Testing Out Self-Destructing Messages

Anna H’s Pick: K-Blocker: Purge The Kardashians From Your iPhone

Jayne’s Pick: Tumblr’s Added A Nifty GIF Maker To Its iPhone App

Janel’s Pick: Ad-Supported App Tag Coming To Play Store In 2016

Fran’s Pick: Emoji Reactions Come To Twitter

Check our take on this week’s stories below:


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Ana G’s Pick: Facebook Is Testing Out Self-Destructing Messages

Facebook (Android, iOS) is relentless when it comes to experimenting.

A couple of days ago, Facebook Messenger (Android, iOS) users in France found they were been giving the option of having their messages self destruct one hour after sending them. How very Snapchat (Android, iOS).

“We’re excited to announce the latest in an engaging line of optional product features geared towards making Messenger the best way to communicate with the people that matter most. Starting today, we’re conducting a small test in France of a feature that allows people to send messages that disappear an hour after they’re sent. Disappearing messages gives people another fun option to choose from when they communicate on Messenger. We look forward to hearing people’s feedback as they give it a try,” confirmed a Facebook spokeswoman.

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Anna H’s Pick: K-Blocker: Purge The Kardashians From Your iPhone

First we got (and quickly installed) Chrome extensions that turn every mention of Donald Trump into “your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving,” and every “snake person” into “snake people.” Imagine the headlines: “Your Drunk Uncle At Thanksgiving Bashes NBC Reporter On Twitter,” or “Snake People Investing In Mutual Funds Earlier.” The giggles are endless.

But this kind of maneuverability and free giggles were unavailable on iOS Apple products. Until now. Oh, how the times have changed.

Thanks to Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 9, we can now have content blockers on our phones. It was only a matter of time before we got Chrome-like extensions for certain people, topics, or groups. In the latest shining example, we can now block any and all mention of the Kardashian famly with the K Blocker app. God bless technology.

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Jayne’s Pick: Tumblr’s Added A Nifty GIF Maker To Its iPhone App

There’s no shortage of GIFs on Tumblr (iPhone, Android). Twenty-three million of these cheeky animated loops are posted on the microblogging platform every single day. That’s a lot of cats scared of cucumbers.

But the weird thing is that, despite the plethora of GIF making tools out there , there was no actual way of making a GIF on Tumblr itself without using your webcam. Until now.

Yesterday, Tumblr unveiled an exciting update to its iOS app, with a new feature that lets you turn photo bursts and videos from your camera roll into GIFs. Hurray!

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Janel’s Pick: Ad-Supported App Tag Coming To Play Store In 2016

In-app advertising is about to get a lot more transparent.

Apps on Google Play are already required to declare when they include in-app purchases. Starting in the very beginning of 2016, they’ll also have to state upfront if they include advertising.

Developers registered in the Play Store received an email a couple days ago informing them that they had until January 11, 2016 to sign in to their consoles and declare the state of advertising in their apps. The “ad-supported” tag has been around since last April as part of the Designed for Families program; now it looks like it’s going to be obligatory.

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Fran’s Pick: Emoji Reactions Come To Twitter

Twitter’s always been characterized by simplicity above all else: just 140 characters, a hashtag, the favorite star, and retweets. But it looks like even the little blue bird’s following the current “merely Liking is not enough!” trend.

After a recent swap of the classic favorite star for a little red heart in the name of internationalization, Twitter is experimenting with emoji reactions, just like Facebook did a month back.

The new options mean that you’ll be able to express exactly how you feel about a tweet with a ton of emojis at your fingertips. We’re not talking just the typical yellow faces either; even the monkey covering his eyes and the smiling turd have made their way to Twitter. If you sort through all those emoji and still don’t find an adequate means of expressing yourself, however, you may be forced to write a little bit – watch out for that.

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What stories have got you going this week? Tell us in the Comments!

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