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Instagram adds wide, tall image formats

9:58 AM   Instagram is finally allowing users to upload images and video in wide or tall format, ending their need to constantly crop images from their camera roll into squares.

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Apple Music v Spotify v Google Play

Apple Music.

Hannah Francis   No, it's not worth cancelling your Spotify account for.

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Call for help with digital panic button

The Witness app.

Cynthia Karena   Respond to danger when you're far from home.

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Yahoo's strange new chat app combines text and silent video

Yahoo's Livetext app combines traditional text messages with a silent video feed.

Vindu Goel   Yahoo is quite late to the world of mobile messaging, but you've got to give the company some credit: The new chat service it finally debuted on Wednesday sure is different from the rest of them.

Picture yourself getting fit

Caledos Runner will monitor your physical activities.

Cynthia Karena   More pictures are taken with phones than with cameras, so here's an app to help you be more creative with your smartphone photography.

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Casey's app to bring more reality to social media

Casey Neistat's new app, Beme, aims to redefine the way people express themselves on their smartphones.

Mike Isaac   Beme sends video from your phone to your friends, without giving you the chance to preview, review or touch it up.

App-titude: Step into the world of cultural awareness

<i>How to tie knots 3D</i>.

Cynthia Karena   Try walking for a week in the shoes of a Muslim woman, an Aboriginal man or an Indian student.

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The latest female digital servant is perhaps a step too far

Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant.

Hannah Francis   Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana. Now Facebook is reportedly naming a personal assistant after a secretary from James Bond.

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Facebook wants to get inside your brain

Facebook has its eye on future applications of artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Hannah Francis   It wants to be your newspaper, your dream weaver, your saviour. Now Mark Zuckerberg is talking telepathy.

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Uber: the missing link for light rail?

Uber is seeking a demand manager for Canberra.

Scott Hannaford   Ridesharing service Uber says it can be the missing link for Canberra's proposed light rail line.

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Apps to make life easier... and a bit of fun

#1 toolkit

Cynthia Karena   Like a Swiss army knife for your phone, the idea is to have all your useful apps in one place when you need them.

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Working for tech-darling Uber, but definitely not an employee

When you drive people around, are you even working for Uber? The legal contract all drivers must sign says no.

Lucy Battersby   Passengers consider the ride-sharing service UberX cool, futuristic and clean. But where is this new form of business taking drivers?

Tinder operator eyes up Wall Street

Tinder operator The Match Group is set to be spun off in an IPO.

Chad Bray   The media conglomerate IAC/InterActiveCorp said Thursday that it planned to pursue an initial public offering for its online dating business, the Match Group.

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Full Microsoft Office apps finally available on Android phones

New Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps have been released for Android phones.

Tim Biggs   Microsoft finally helps Android phones out of the mobile productivity ghetto with the release of new standalone apps.

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One in four Android apps mining your personal data

Information: Cyber safety experts have criticised Google for its lax security regime.

Esther Han   One in four apps on an Android mobile phone is loaded with an excessive number of un-related "trackers" that are funnelling personal information to third parties, a study has shown.

The new generation of apps seducing kids

Missing schoolgirl Clancy Ellis was bullied on Ask.fm before her disappearance.

Michael Koziol   The disappearance of Clancy Ellis has raised fears about a new wave of social media applications popular with teens. So what are these apps? And what, if anything, can be established about their effect on young users?

Ten apps to help beat the blues

Apps are being increasingly used to  help reduce anxiety and depression in young people.

Hannah Francis   Clinicians are finding new ways to reach out to young people in the digital age.

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Well-dressed amateur astronomers out of the closet

Distant Suns helps you navigate the night sky.

Cynthia Karena   Apps can identify objects in the night sky, or help you to organise your closet.

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Skype bug crashes app with commonly used text

Microsoft-owned chat, phone and video app Skype has released a fix for a simple bug that crashed the app.

Hannah Francis   A week after a text message was found to be crashing iPhones, Skype has encountered a similar bug.

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Photo apps: Google Photos v Apple iCloud v Flickr

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Jefferson Graham   Google's new photo app has superior searching and unlimited storage, so how does it now compare to the services offered by Apple and Yahoo?

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