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Sequel To Vine Teased Again: What Is 'V2'?

The cofounder of Vine just teased everyone about the sequel to the popular app. It’s apparently called 'V2,' but whether it’ll function similarly to Vine remains hard to determine.

Apps/Software December 7, 2017

Google Officially Rolls Out Android 8.1 Oreo To Nexus, Pixel Devices: Here’s What’s New

Google has officially rolled out Android 8.1 to a host of Pixel and Nexus devices. It contains minor but needed improvements, and it activates the Pixel Visual Core chip on Google’s latest flagships.

Apps/Software December 6, 2017

Sorry, Amazon Echo Show And Fire TV Owners: Google Is Pulling YouTube Off Your Devices

Google has now officially removed YouTube from Amazon Echo Show devices and will do the same thing on Fire TV by January next year. What’s Amazon’s next move?

Apps/Software December 6, 2017

Facebook Launches Privacy-Focused Messenger App For Kids To Chat With Parental Approval

Facebook has launched a standalone Messenger Kids app specifically designed to let kids under 13 talk to approved contacts. The app is privacy-focused, and parents are in control. The kids don't even have their own Facebook account.

Apps/Software December 4, 2017

iOS 11 Date Bug: Why iPhones Randomly Crashed On Dec. 2 And How To Fix It

Apple’s bug problems just got worse. After a massive security flaw found in macOS High Sierra recently, reports are now surfacing about an unusual iOS 11 bug that’s causing iPhones to crash.

Apps/Software December 4, 2017

Updating To macOS 10.13.1 Reverses The High Sierra Root Patch: Here's How Keep Your Mac Safe

Apple seems to be doing badly in ensuring Macs are secure. Several users have now discovered that updating to the latest version of macOS High Sierra undoes the security patch released recently that’s meant to fix a critical security flaw.

Apps/Software December 3, 2017

Microsoft Rolls Out Edge Browser For iOS And Android With ‘Continue On PC’ Feature

Heads up, Android and iOS users: you can now try out Microsoft Edge on your smartphones. One of its features is Continue on PC, similar to Handoff and Continuity that's found on macOS and iOS.

Apps/Software December 3, 2017

Miss Vine? Well, The Founder Is Reportedly Working On A Follow-Up App

The creator of Vine has announced that he’s working on a follow-up to the popular video-sharing app that Twitter killed earlier this year. It’s not clear, however, if it will be a direct sequel to Vine.

Apps/Software December 2, 2017

Snapchat Redesign Explained: Here's How The New Snapchat 'Separates The Social From The Media'

The Snapchat redesign has finally been revealed, with Snap Inc. showing how the app 'separates the social from the media.' With the move, Snap Inc. hopes to retain the current Snapchat users while attracting new ones.

Apps/Software November 29, 2017

Instagram’s New Remix Feature Lets You Draw On Your Friends’ Photos, Plus New ‘Regram’ Button Possibly Coming

Instagram has launched a new feature called Remix, which lets you vandalize your friends’ photos. Other changes are possibly coming as well, including a native regram button, a Stories archive, and GIFs.

Apps/Software November 30, 2017

Amazon Sumerian Is A VR App Creator For The VR Noob

Amazon has unveiled a web-based toolkit called Sumerian. It’s essentially for content creators who want to create VR and AR apps but don’t have extensive background in 3D graphics or programming.

Apps/Software November 29, 2017

Facebook Rolls Out Artificial Intelligence Program For Suicide Prevention: Here's How It Will Work

Facebook rolled out an artificial intelligence-powered suicide prevention program globally. The tool can detect Facebook posts and Facebook Live videos that express suicidal thoughts, but the social network still needs the help of its users to make the community safe.

Apps/Software November 28, 2017

YouTube Draining Your iPhone's Battery? App Update Finally Brings Battery Drain Fix

YouTube has been a serious battery hog on iOS lately, but that's about to change. The latest app update just rolled out and it finally fixed the battery drain issues.

Apps/Software November 27, 2017

And It Goes On And On: Facebook Testing Snapchat-Style Messenger Streaks Feature

Facebook has launched a new feature for its users to interact more with its Messenger app. A copy of Snapchat 'Streaks' will make people chat more often with their friends now on Messenger.

Apps/Software November 25, 2017

Skype Hits The Great Firewall Of China, Disappears From App Stores

Skype has been hit by a new digital security law of China. Now, Apple has removed Skype from its app store, other prominent players are following suit.

Apps/Software November 22, 2017

Facebook Launches Standalone App For Video Creators To Compete With YouTube

Facebook has now given content creators more specialized tools for easier and better Facebook Live streaming. It’s part of a new app called Facebook Creators, which aims to build a video community and take on YouTube.

Apps/Software November 17, 2017

Apple Rolls Out iOS 11.1.2 Update That Fixes iPhone X Cold Weather Issue

Just a week after reports on the iPhone X cold weather issue started surfacing, Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which will apparently fix the display’s responsiveness when taken out into cold weather. The update doesn’t contain major new features, though.

Apps/Software November 18, 2017

Google Maps Revamped With A New Color Coding System To Better Highlight Points Of Interest

Google Maps looks way nicer now, plus less confusing thanks to a much-needed visual revamp. A smattering of icons and color schemes are headed over the next few months to make traveling, driving, and transit better.

Apps/Software November 16, 2017

Pinterest Rolls Out Its Own Take On QR Codes: What Are They For?

Pinterest has introduced several updates to its visual search features. Pincodes, which work similar to QR codes in that it offers customers additional content, is probably its most important update yet.

Apps/Software November 16, 2017

Facebook Kills Messenger Day, Merges It With Facebook Stories

Facebook has officially killed Messenger Day, but not really. It has merged Messenger Day with Facebook Stories and now simply calls it Stories, a consolidated cross-platform version of its two Snapchat clones.

Apps/Software November 14, 2017

Facebook Local Combines Upcoming Events With Top Places To Visit: Look Out, Yelp And Foursquare!

Facebook Local, now available on iOS and Android, features a search engine that combines places and events. The app is a rebranded version of Facebook Events, which failed to take off when it was launched last year.

Apps/Software November 11, 2017

Android 8.1 Will Show Which Apps Are Draining Your Phone’s Battery The Most

The developer preview for Android 8.1 now features a better implementation of battery drain. It now shows which apps are causing the huge strain on your device’s juice, and lets you prevent them from being battery hogs.

Apps/Software November 11, 2017

Microsoft And LinkedIn Just Made Resume Writing A Lot Less Tedious With ‘Resume Assistant’ For Word

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn has finally yielded some consumer-end benefits. Both companies just introduced a new Microsoft Word feature called Remote Assistant, which works exactly how it sounds.

Apps/Software November 9, 2017

Your Sony Smart TV Now Has Google Assistant: What Can You Do With It?

Sony 4K TVs released in 2017, in addition to some models from last year, now received a software update that brings Google Assistant functionalities. Bark voice commands to stream films and series, watch YouTube videos and even dim the lights.

Apps/Software November 9, 2017

Here’s How To Make Sure Your Windows 10 PC Is ‘Highly Secure,’ According To Microsoft

Microsoft just released new standards that’ll determine whether or not a PC is ‘highly secure.’ Make sure your system packs a seventh-generation Intel processor or an AMD equivalent, runs 64-bit, has TPM 2.0, and more.

Apps/Software November 8, 2017

You Can Now Tweet Up To 280 Characters As Twitter Rolls Out Expanded Tweet Limit Worldwide

Twitter has finally enabled the new 280-character tweet limit for most users around the world, with a few key exceptions. The social network said the expansion will allow users to express themselves better.

Apps/Software November 8, 2017

Snapchat App To Get Drastic Redesign Because It’s Too Hard To Use

The Snapchat app you all know and love will soon look significantly different. Snap Inc. has announced that it’s redesigning the app to make it easier to use, which it believes will push user growth.

Apps/Software November 7, 2017

Artificial Intelligence Thinks This Turtle Is A Gun, Highlighting A Major Problem With Object Recognition Technology

Artificial intelligence may sound daunting, but it actually needs plenty of polish. As this new study from MIT researchers prove, object recognition can easily be tricked using adversarial images, suggesting AI still needs a lot of work.

Apps/Software November 3, 2017

YouTube TV App Rolls Out To Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, Smart TVs, And More

YouTube TV is officially rolling out to more platforms, especially streaming devices, set-top boxes, and smart TVs. YouTube TV wants more presence in people’s living rooms, it seems.

Apps/Software October 31, 2017

WhatsApp Now Lets You ‘Undo’ Messages Sent By Mistake, Saving You From Potential Embarrassment

WhatsApp users can now delete messages seven minutes after sending them, preventing potentially awkward things from happening. However, the app’s new delete feature includes plenty of caveats to keep in mind.

Apps/Software October 29, 2017

The Instagram Superzoom Feature Is Hilariously Fun: Here's How It Works

The new Instagram Superzoom feature allows users to easily create Dramatic Chipmunk-style videos. Here's how to make your own Superzoom videos, which will likely flood Instagram Stories over the next few weeks.

Apps/Software October 27, 2017

Startup Creates Deep Learning Algorithm That Can Crack CAPTCHAs: Robots One Step Closer To Thinking Like Humans

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious just published details about an algorithm model that can crack CAPTCHAs. The company has grander ambitions than making robots capable of tricking websites they’re human, though.

Apps/Software October 27, 2017

Edge Gets New Features Via Windows 10 Fall Creators Update To Win Back Online Users

With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is beefing up Edge with a ton of features such as Pinned Sites and true full screen browsing.

Apps/Software October 23, 2017

Facebook Messenger Now Allows PayPal Payments: Here’s How

PayPal payments now work on Facebook Messenger, allowing users to send or receive money in a couple of clicks. The integration also brings over PayPal’s first customer service bot to Messenger.

Apps/Software October 21, 2017

Samsung Bixby 2.0 Unveiled Just 6 Months After The Launch Of The Digital Assistant

Bixby has struggled, but Samsung is hoping that Bixby 2.0 will turn things around for the personal digital assistant. What changed with Bixby 2.0, and will it be enough to attract more users?

Apps/Software October 19, 2017

You Can Now Share Your Live Location On WhatsApp: Here’s How

Sharing your location in real time is now possible with WhatsApp thanks to Live Location, a popular feature borrowed from Facebook. As with other WhatsApp features, location sharing also offers end-to-end encryption.

Apps/Software October 18, 2017

As tbh Gains Popularity Among Teens, Facebook Buys The Feel-Good Polling App

Facebook acquires tbh or 'to be honest,' a polling app that's popular among teenagers, which has garnered 5 million downloads and 2.5 million daily active users in nine weeks.

Apps/Software October 17, 2017

iOS 11 Now Running On 47 Percent Of All Apple Devices, But Adoption Is Slower Than iOS 10

iOS 11 has now been installed by nearly half of all Apple device users just three weeks after the update was released. But adoption could have been faster if the iPhone X was released early.

Apps/Software October 14, 2017

Alexa Now Able To Recognize Different Voices And Answer Back With Personalized Replies, Just Like Google Assistant

Alexa is now capable of recognizing voices, which will allow it to issue personalized responses to different users. This will be a very useful feature for people sharing an Amazon Echo, such as the family members in a home.

Apps/Software October 11, 2017

Google Duo Now More Integrated Into Pixel, Nexus, And Android One Devices For Easier Video Calling

In an unsurprising move, Google has made Duo a more significant part of Android by making it the default service for making video calls across several apps. However, this integration is only limited to a number of phones for now.

Apps/Software October 13, 2017

Snapchat Now Lets Users Read Restaurant Reviews, Reserve A Table, And Book An Uber

Snapchat is going to become a bit more like WeChat. The app is going to feature Context Cards going forward, which will come attached to locations and show information about that particular place, such as reviews, reservations, and more.

Apps/Software October 12, 2017

You Might Have Downloaded A Fake Adblock Plus Extension On Chrome: Here's What You Need To Know

Reportedly 37,000 people accidentally downloaded a fake Adblock Plus extension for Chrome. A fraudulent developer was able to bypass Google’s vetting process and distributed a knock off Adblock Plus, but the extent of its damages remains unknown.

Apps/Software October 10, 2017

Action Launcher Gives You That Swanky Customizable Pixel 2 Search Box On Your Android Phone

If you like the Pixel Launcher's two-style dock search box as seen on the Pixel 2 but don't like the phone itself, then Action Launcher is just the thing.

Apps/Software October 9, 2017

Goodbye, AIM: AOL Instant Messenger To Soon Shut Down, After 20 Years Online

AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, will finally shut down after 20 years on Dec. 15. Millions of users created memories with the chat service, but it is simply time to move on.

Apps/Software October 8, 2017

Uber App For iOS May Have Secretly Taken iPhone Screenshots, And Apple Allowed It

Another controversy has struck Uber, as its iOS app was discovered to have the ability to take screenshots of users' iPhones. Surprisingly, Apple actually gave Uber permission to use the code in its app.

Apps/Software October 6, 2017

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