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That ‘Check For Update’ Button On Android Won’t Be Useless Anymore

Google has significantly changed how it rolls out updates. Thanks to a Google Play Services update, the 'check for update' button on Android will now yield the latest software available, whether or not the user is on a rollout group.

Apps/Software

Google Finally Rolls Out A Gmail Feature That Should Have Been Added Ages Ago: Prepare To See More Hyperlinks

Google is making Gmail better. On Android and iOS on mobile and the web, Gmail now has the ability to convert phone numbers, physical addresses, and email addresses into hyperlinks.

Apps/Software September 19, 2017

Moto G4 Plus To Receive Android 8.0 Oreo After All: G4, G4 Play Still Stuck With Nougat, Though

It's official: Motorola announces that Moto G4 Plus owners will get Andoid 8.0 Oreo after all. However, Moto G4 and G4 Play owners will have to be content with Nougat.

Apps/Software September 19, 2017

iOS 11 Is Almost Here: How To Update When It Arrives, Top New Features, And More

iOS 11, Apple’s most significant software update in years, will officially launch on Sept. 19. It brings a new Files app, Split View, drag and drop, an upgraded App Store, and so much more.

Apps/Software September 18, 2017

Instagram Now Autoplays All Videos With Sound: No Need To Tap Videos Each Time

Instagram is changing its approach to autoplaying video. Soon, users won’t have to tap each content they want to watch with sound because the app will remember their choice and play sound automatically for the rest of each session.

Apps/Software September 18, 2017

Facebook Reportedly Testing Instant Videos That Pre-Download Over Wi-Fi So You Don’t Have To Waste Your Data Plan

It might soon be easier and less worrisome for users to watch Facebook videos while connected to a mobile network. There’s reportedly a new feature in testing called Instant Videos that downloads videos over Wi-Fi for later viewing.

Apps/Software September 12, 2017

Experiencing Stuttering And FPS Drop Issues On Windows 10? Don’t Worry, Microsoft Is Working On A Fix

Microsoft has confirmed that it’s developing a fix to reported performance issues on Windows 10 devices running the Creators Update. It has also released a preview build for those in the Fast Ring that addresses part of the issues.

Apps/Software September 12, 2017

Twitter May Soon Unleash A New Tweetstorm Feature: Here's How It Works

Twitter has been discovered to working on a new tweetstorm feature. It will allow users to easily create their own tweetstorms, which is another way to bypass the 140-character limit of tweets on the social media platform.

Apps/Software September 10, 2017

Google Drive For Mac, PC Shuts Down March 2018, Will Be Replaced By Backup And Sync Tool

Google has announced that it’s shutting down the Google Drive app for Mac and PC in March 2018. Existing users can continue using the service via two new backup apps: Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream.

Apps/Software September 8, 2017

Instagram Stories Can Soon Be Shared On Facebook Because No One Seems To Be Using Facebook Stories

Instagram users might soon have the option to share their Stories on Facebook. The move is seen as a way to pump blood into Facebook Stories, which hasn’t taken off quite well as Instagram Stories has.

Apps/Software September 7, 2017

Zello Tops App Store Charts As Hurricane Irma Looms: What Can The Walkie Talkie App Do?

Zello has shot up to the top of the free apps chart of Apple's App Store as Hurricane Irma is set to make a landfall in Florida over the weekend. What can the walkie talkie app do?

Apps/Software September 6, 2017

Facebook Finally Knows How To Make Money Off WhatsApp: Dedicated Business Chat Apps To Launch Soon

WhatsApp has announced that it will release a free business app that’ll allow business and enterprise owners to keep in touch with their customers. The company might also charge larger companies as a way to make money.

Apps/Software September 6, 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Sony Xperia XZ1 To Get Netflix HDR Streaming, But Don’t Get Excited Yet

Netflix has now confirmed it will bring HDR streaming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Xperia XZ1. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before enjoying Netflix titles in HDR.

Apps/Software September 5, 2017

Xiaomi's Mi Calculator Is Now Available On The Play Store: Here's Why You Should Care

Xiaomi's Mi Calculator is now up for grabs over at the Play Store. While calculators aren't exactly groundbreaking Android apps, the Mi Calculator does an impressive job in providing a plethora of functions in a clean UI.

Apps/Software September 3, 2017

Tinder Gold Explained: Why This Feature Just Made Tinder The Top-Grossing App In The App Store

Love is expensive. Tinder Gold, the dating app’s paid subscription tier that enables users to see who likes them, just propelled Tinder as the top-grossing app in the App Store.

Apps/Software September 2, 2017

Microsoft And Amazon Join Forces So You Can Use Cortana On Echo, Alexa On Windows 10 Devices

Microsoft and Amazon have decided to partner up in the voice assistant race. Pretty soon Windows 10 users can summon Alexa, and Echo users can call for Cortana on their smart speakers.

Apps/Software August 31, 2017

Updated Google Maps App Now Helps You Find Parking Spots, But Only In A Handful Of Cities

Google Maps for Android has now been updated to include more cities in the parking difficulty feature. It can now also display all available parking spots in a given area.

Apps/Software August 30, 2017

The Augmented Reality War Begins: Apple Teases First Wave Of AR Apps As Google Unveils ARCore Toolkit

Google has unveiled a new augmented reality SDK called ARCore, rivaling Apple’s ARKit. Both companies have now made it clear that they have big ambitions for the technology.

Apps/Software August 30, 2017

ReplyASAP Freezes Your Kid’s Smartphone Until They Reply: Parents, You’ll No Longer Be Ignored

Frustrated about his son ignoring him, a dad created a messaging app that is both annoying and useful at the same time. It’s called ReplyASAP, an app you can’t close or silence until you respond to the message.

Apps/Software August 23, 2017

How To Download Android Oreo On Your Pixel Or Nexus Phone Right Now And Why You Should

Android has officially unveiled Oreo, the next major update after Nougat. It’s not available for everyone yet, but you can download it now if you have a compatible device.

Apps/Software August 23, 2017

Updated Google Docs Makes It The Best Word Processor For Collaborating: Here’s What’s New

Google has made its already excellent word processor even better. Docs has now been updated to include even more live collaboration tools, in addition to templates that can integrate with add-ons.

Apps/Software August 17, 2017

Google Finally Releases Web Version Of Allo, But Here’s The Catch

Fans of Allo can now use Google’s messaging platform on the web. However, you might want to keep your Android device close if you want to continue using it.

Apps/Software August 16, 2017

Sarahah Goes Viral: App For Sending Anonymous Messages Can Make Your Day, But It Also Has A Dark Side

Sarahah, an app that allows users to send anonymous messages, has shot up in popularity. The app can serve as a motivation tool for users, but it can also be a cyberbullying platform.

Apps/Software August 14, 2017

Elon Musk Thinks Artificial Intelligence Is More Threatening Than North Korea: Is He On To Something?

Elon Musk has now warned us about AI, saying it poses more danger than North Korea. The multitasking entrepreneur now calls for some type of regulation amid the increasing plight of AI.

Apps/Software August 14, 2017

OnePlus 3, 3T Will Stop Getting Major Updates After Android O, And Developers Won’t Say Why

OnePlus has killed the hopes of OnePlus 3 and 3T owners hoping to get major Android updates after Android O. That’s right: OnePlus’s older devices will stop receiving updates after Android O.

Apps/Software August 14, 2017

Facebook Might Have Found A Way To Sneak An App Into China: Meet Colorful Balloons

Facebook has long struggled to enter the Chinese market, with attempts to learn Mandarin and negotiate with Chinese authorities rendering no success. But it has reportedly found a workaround in the form of Colorful Balloons.

Apps/Software August 12, 2017

Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Pro For Workstations: Faster File Sharing, Persistent Memory, And More

Rumored since June, Microsoft has now announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, which can power devices with high-performance configurations. It can support machines with up to 6 TB of RAM, for example.

Apps/Software August 11, 2017

FaceApp Launches A New Round Of Racist Filters: The App's Creator Even Defends The Controversial Move

FaceApp, the controversial photo editing app, is again under racism allegations. The app launched Asian, Black, Caucasian, and Indian as its new filters, and from the names, you already know that there would be racist undertones.

Apps/Software August 10, 2017

Facebook Shuts Down Standalone Groups App And Lifestage, Its Social Networking App For High Schoolers

Facebook has decided to permanently shut down two standalone apps: Groups and Lifestage. The latter, a social app for high schoolers, has been called by many as a Snapchat clone.

Apps/Software August 9, 2017

Instagram Is Now Testing Split-Screen Livestreams: How It Works

Instagram is planning to roll out a new feature over the next few months that those who like to livestream might find handy. Soon, you’ll be able to start two-person livestream with a friend.

Apps/Software August 9, 2017

Google Play Store Will Now Downrank Apps Prone To Crashing And Other Performance Issues

Google has found another way to demote certain Android apps in the Play Store. Now, if an app is found to crash frequently, users will less likely see it in app listings and search rankings.

Apps/Software August 7, 2017

This Is What Spotify On Xbox One Looks Like, Plus More Details On The Music Streaming App For The Console

The arrival of Spotify for Xbox One escalated from a rumor to a confirmed fact over the weekend. Screenshots of the music streaming service on the console have now been revealed, along with more details for the app.

Apps/Software August 6, 2017

Proposed Emojis For Unicode 11.0 Include Drunk Face, Llama, And Sad Poop

Unicode has now announced 67 new proposed emoji for Unicode 11, due in June 2018. The list includes many items, including a kangaroo, a flat shoe, and a frowning pile of poo.

Apps/Software August 5, 2017

Xbox One Players Can Soon Rock Out To Spotify: Music Streaming App For The Console Already In Testing Phase

Spotify is finally coming to the Xbox One, two years after the music streaming service arrived in the PlayStation 4. The app is currently undergoing internal testing and should launch soon on the console.

Apps/Software August 5, 2017

First Microsoft Hackathon Brings Eye Control To Windows 10: Here’s How It Works

Microsoft has committed to implementing eye tracking support on Windows 10 soon. Called Eye Control, the feature will help people with certain neuro-muscular disorders navigate the operating system using their eyes.

Apps/Software August 2, 2017

Android Might Soon Display How Much Battery You Have Left On Your Paired Bluetooth Headsets, Smartwatches

Google could soon support battery level indicators for connected Bluetooth devices on future versions of stock Android. While certainly good news, several phone manufacturers already support such a feature.

Apps/Software August 2, 2017

WhatsApp Hits 1 Billion Daily Users And More Ads Creep Into Facebook Apps: Facebook Q2 Results

WhatsApp has now shot to 1 billion daily users, according to Facebook’s most recent earnings report. As its user base across apps grows, however, so will the number of ads.

Apps/Software July 28, 2017

Apple Rolls Out iOS 11 Beta 4: Revamped Icons, Updated Notification Center, And Everything New

Heads up, developers: Apple has officially rolled out beta 4 of iOS 11, bringing over several much-needed features to the notification center, settings, and more. A public beta release is expected later this week.

Apps/Software July 25, 2017

VR Application Simulates Infant Emergency Scenarios For Medical Training

Virtual Reality transforms medical training with a new application that aims to prepare doctors for infant emergencies. Oculus wants to continue doing similar educational projects.

Apps/Software July 24, 2017

Silent Echo Lets You Chat With Amazon's Alexa On Slack

A company called Bespoken has made a Slackbot called Silent Echo, which is perfect for users who don’t like talking to their Alexa device that much. That’s right, Silent Echo lets you make commands to Alexa just by typing.

Apps/Software July 22, 2017

You Can Now Create GIFs With Google's Motion Stills App On Your Android Phone

Google has finally rolled out Motion Stills, a sophisticated GIF creator app, to Android users. The app now comes with a redesigned streaming pipeline that ensure users can have their GIFs at a moment’s notice.

Apps/Software July 20, 2017

Android Amazon App To Get Alexa Integration Via Latest Update

After rolling it out for iOS devices, Amazon has finally brought Alexa to Android users via the Amazon mobile app, enabling the use of certain voice-capable functionalities. There’s no reason to get too excited, however.

Apps/Software July 21, 2017

Twitter Has Updated Its Harassment Policies, But Are They Working?

Twitter says it is winning the war against harassment, but some are skeptical. What are Twitter's policies regarding online harassment and have they been effective?

Apps/Software July 21, 2017

Amazon Spark Is The New Instagram-like Social Network Designed For Online Shoppers

Amazon just launched its new tool, Spark, for Prime members in the United States, with the aim to make online shopping a more social experience. Think of it as Instagram, but with things you can buy.

Apps/Software July 20, 2017

No, Bluetooth Mesh Is Not Going To Replace Wi-Fi Or Take Zigbee Out Of The Picture

Bluetooth Mesh is set to become another smart home standard, but just to be clear, it won't replace Wi-Fi. It's not taking Zigbee, another mesh networking player, out of the game either.

Apps/Software July 19, 2017

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