Archives for August 2017

August 23, 2017Published by: Monica Amir

A snapshot of how WeChat is used in China

Social media in China is nothing like what we’re used to in the West. Although the country’s Great Firewall blocks most external social media platforms, it is not short of its own unique social networks, as technology is a driving factor for the Chinese economy. RenRen, Weibo and Youku Tudou are examples of social media platforms that, from a Western perspective, are often said to be similar to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Yet, having just returned from Beijing, my argument is that they can't be so easily compared - especially when it comes to the WeChat app.

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August 3, 2017Published by: Meg Edwards

Coming soon: Facebook Messenger payment services

Splitting your bottomless brunch bill will soon be made easier with the introduction of person-to-person payments through Facebook Messenger in the UK. This feature was first launched in the USA earlier this year and was later enhanced by allowing payments to be made in a group chat. The service is free to use and does not require a password, however it does ask a couple of security questions before you can proceed with the payment. Furthermore, the payments are fully secure, protected and private.

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August 1, 2017Published by: Fereshta Amir

Sarahah: the new anonymous messaging app on the block

Looks like there's a new messaging app in town that could shake things up and compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Yik Yak. Sarahah, a relatively unknown app, caught our attention last week, when it soared to the top of rankings of the most-downloaded apps in the UK, USA, Australia and Ireland. So what is Sarahah and what does it do?
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