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Weekly Web News Round-Up (16-30 Sep)

By 30 September 2016No Comments

May we be the first to congratulate you on making it through the working week and what better way to celebrate that Friday feeling than with one of our famous web news round-ups! This week we’re talking about Google’s new messaging service, whether or not you have an app addiction, how Snapchat are changing the meaning of social media and more! So what are you waiting for?

Say “hello” to Google Allo.

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This week Google released their smart messaging app that, in the words of Google themselves, helps you say more and do more. So what exactly makes Google Allo different from any other messaging apps out there? Well, for starters it provides the user with a preview of the new Google assistant who can help you with an array of enquiries without you having to leave the messenger app such as restaurants nearby, movies to see at the cinema or directions to a new place. In addition to having the Google assistant Allo also allows you to reply to messages without typing with its Smart Reply feature which is configured to reply in the style that you usually type. You can also get your point across with the “shout” or “whisper” feature where you can decide if you want your message to be larger in capitals or be smaller in lowercase letters. To find out more about Google Allo head over to the Allo website.

Do you have an app addiction? 

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There is no doubt that you have a favourite app on your phone right now. It could be anything from a game you play on your morning commute to an app that helps you choose what to have for dinner. There are so many apps out there and so many of them can get pretty addictive. But how do they make them so addictive? Well, some scientists from the world tech hub silicon valley are finally releasing their secrets. In short, these scientists basically use the insights of behaviour design to pump users full of dopamine (a chemical that makes us feel happy and content) that makes us return to the app for more. What do you think? Do you think scientists can really make apps addictive? Continue the debate by sending us a tweet or message on LinkedIn.

You need this Shutterstock plugin for Photoshop.

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Are you even a true designer if you never used to Shutterstock for some fillers in your designs? We’ve all been there. But how much time do you think you’d save if instead of trawling through the Shutterstock website you could search through the exact same images without leaving Photoshop? Sounds pretty convenient right? As well as this you can also edit any watermarked images for free and keep track of your recent activity in regards to what images you’ve used all within the Photoshop app. Of course, you do need to already have a paid for account with Shutterstock aswell as have Photoshop downloaded. So, if you want to try out the plugin for yourself just head over to the Shutterstock website and download it!

Snap Inc or Snapchat?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so then you’ve probably heard of Snapchat. Snapchat is the social app that has taken the world by storm, filling your feeds as being the next big thing in online marketing. However, Snapchat, as you may or may not know is evolving into Snap Inc, a company who not only run Snapchat but now also sell hardware. That’s right you can now get your hands on some sunglasses that you can use along with the snap-happy app. Snap Inc have said they don’t just want to be known for Snapchat anymore, they want to be leaders in their industry and provide something that no one else has before. While no other social media platforms have brought out anything as striking as the Snap Spectacles, Facebook have had a virtual reality headset in the works for a while now but are yet to release it. What do you think of Snap Inc? Tweet us and let us know.

Amazing typography pairings.

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We haven’t spoken about typography in quite a while however, that doesn’t mean that we’ve fallen out of love with it. In fact, far from it, especially when we saw this article all about typography inspiration with some of the most stunning examples. There’s a combination to suit any website, from elegant script fonts and artsy decorative fonts all the way through to more professional looking serif and sleek sans serif. Did we mention aswell that all of the fonts in the post are from Google fonts. So what was your favourite combination?

That’s it for this week’s web news round-up. We’ll see you back here at the same time next week for more important web news.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance with your web design or web development projects. Also, if you have found a story or want one of your stories featured in our future weekly round-ups please tweet us or send us a message on Linkedin. Happy designing!

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