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[App of the week] Unsample review

I am a huge fan of Product Hunt. I love what Product Hunt has come to since I signed up back in 2015. It has become an integral part of my life and I spend every day looking at interesting apps that can help boost my productivity, teach me new things and help me do things better. Here’s kickstarting a new series called App of the week. I want to blog about that interesting apps that I find every other week.

Stories are coming to Instagram on the web

Instagram is starting to rollout stories on the web too. The trend set by Snapchat had been quickly spun off into multiple platforms by the social giant, and Stories are now available on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook. Instagram backs the most number of Stories though with over 250 million daily active users, as on June 2017. There are reports that Stories are now available on Instagram for the web. It’s likely that this is a staged rollout.

Dropbox introduces mobile prompts for two-step verification

Dropbox is announcing mobile prompts for two-step verifications starting today. 2FA verifications are used to add an additional layer of security to users’ accounts. Dropbox has always supported 2FA by SMS and by integration with third-party apps like Authy and Google Authenticator. Starting today, Dropbox is making 2FA logins even more easier for users who have the Dropbox mobile apps installed. Users can choose to receive a push notification on the app wherein they can confirm the login.

Firefox Send allows sharing of large files with encryption

Firefox’s latest web product, called Firefox Send, allows users to share files with other online recipients. Before this comes off as yet another file sharing tool that will never be used, Firefox Send is different by being private and ensuring secure file transfer with encryption. The files you upload and send to others using Firefox Send will be encrypted at the sender’s end and will not be available for access by Firefox or Mozilla.

Telegram CEO confirms they haven't moved servers/data to Iran and related countries

In a recent blog post, Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, confirmed that they have not moved servers to Iran and related countries as rumored by various media publications and related sources. In the post, Durov claimed that all reports of Telegram hosting data at servers in Iran were false and that it’s the local CDN nodes at such countries that route the data between the users and the Telegram servers.

Google Backup and Sync is finally available; Now backup your whole computer with Google Drive

On the last weeks of June, Google was set to launch a new game-changing feature that would redefine how cloud-powered backup systems worked. Google was to announce a new app called Backup and Sync for Mac and Windows computers that will sync all the files on the computer with your Google Drive storage. The launch was pushed to a later date for various reasons, but now though, the app is finally available for public consumption and is available on the Google Drive website.

Google Photos finally rolls out Shared Libraries and a new Suggested Sharing feature

Google is finally making Shared Libraries available for all users starting today. Google Photos Shared Libraries was announced at the Google I/O 2017 in May of 2017, and has been everyone’s highly anticipated feature since. Google Photos Shared Libraries will be available across all users starting today on iOS, Android and the web. In addition to this, Google Photos is announcing a new feature called Suggested Sharing, that creatively notifies users to share photos and videos with people they care.

Twitter gets a major visual overhaul across all platforms

Twitter just announced the launch a major visual overhaul across all platforms, and the update’s rolling out to all users as we read this post. This is completely a overhaul at the design front and does not new to the tech. The Twitter experience remains the same, as we know it. [gallery ids=“2190,2191” type=“rectangular” link=“none” orderby=“rand”] Today, with lots of feedback and ideas from you, we’re refreshing our product too and making it feel lighter, faster, and easier to use.

Ola announces Progressive Web App, a smaller, faster cab booking app

Ola cabs announced the launch of a shiny new progressive web app that enables users to book cabs without consuming much internet data. The announcement comes off with Google collaboration at the the Google I/O 2017 event. Progressive Web Apps are easily one of the best creations in web tech and allows users to experience a native-app-like attitude, at the least of internet data expenses and at the least of storage needs.