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Stay up-to-date on the top tech news and trends each week with our Weekly Top 10 Tech. See something we missed? Tag @swebdevelopment on Facebook and Twitter! Here’s our top 10 for this week:

 

1. You Can Now Manage Accounts On Facebook, Instagram And Facebook Messenger Via One App

With the aim to make social media management an easier task across Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, Facebook has created a universal inbox making it possible to manage messages and comments all in one place.

2. Google Launches New Photoscan App

Have old photos stuffed in shoeboxes and wish there was an easy way to digitize them? There’s an app for that! Google has created a new app that enables users to scan any photo–sans glare–with just a few snaps of your smartphone camera.

3. WhatsApp Opens Up Video Calling To Everyone

Although it looks much like every other video calling app, WhatsApp’s new feature is now available to its billion-plus monthly users. There are comments on how long it’s taken WhatsApp to add this feature, but 2016 has been an unusually productive year for the company nonetheless.

4. Facebook Bought A Face-Tracking Startup To Help It Take On Snapchat

Earlier this week Facebook bought out face recognition technology provider FacioMetrics in an effort to amp up its photo and video features. Facebook recently launched Prisma-like filters for its live video service, and more interactive video features are expected to follow after this buyout.

5. Twitter Adds QR Codes For Some Reason

Twitter has a strange way of making decisions and adding features that don’t always seem relevant anymore, evidenced most recently by their addition of Twitter profile QR codes. Not sure how long lasting this feature will be–or how widely used–but it doesn’t bode well for Twitter.

6. Google Earth VR lets you explore the entire planet

If you’ve longed for a 3D experience of Google Earth, then you’re in luck–if you have an HTC Vive VR headset that is. So far the new flying-like-superman experience is only available as an app for this specific headset at the moment, but you can’t quite fly by your entire neighborhood either. Updates and expansion are sure to come, though.

7. Snapchat Spectacles: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Snap (formerly known as Snapchat) released its long talked about Spectacles this week, and now you can take snaps directly from your glasses and send them to your phone. Spectacles are only available for purchase from mysteriously appearing Snapbot vending machines. The Snapbots are relocated about every 24 hours and you can check the Spectacles website to see if there’s a Snapbot popping up near you soon.

8. Apple to offer free ‘Hour of Code’ workshops for full week

Instead of offering just one day of free coding workshops in conjunction with Code.org’s Hour of Code, Apple will be free coding workshops at all of its nearly 500 stores for an entire week. The workshops will teach basic CS as well as an introduction to Swift Playgrounds. The company has also created tools for educators to help them bring the Hour of Code to schools and community centers.

9. 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017

There’s no doubt that there’s always something new on the horizon with technology. Here are 7 technology trends Forbes is forecasting for 2017.

10. 7 Video Marketing Trends for 2017 (and What They Mean for You)

Video marketing has seen a drastic rise in 2016. Here’s a look at how video marketing is projected to grow even more in 2017.

 

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