Google Duo Group Video Calls Roll Out, Plus Doodles, Emoji In Video Voicemails

Google brings group video calling to all Duo users in the app’s latest update. That plus Data Saving mode for video calls, and the ability to put emojis and other doodles in video voicemails.

Apps/Software May 24, 2019

New Patent Reveals Amazon’s Plans To Drop The Alexa Wake Word

A new patent reveals Amazon’s potential plans to allow people to make Alexa commands without using a wake word. This feature, if implemented, would raise a lot of privacy concerns.

Apps/Software May 24, 2019

Instagram Finally Rolls Out Landscape Mode For IGTV

A year ago, Instagram said vertical videos on IGTV were going to be the standard. Now, it’s retreating from such bold claims and is rolling out support for landscape content.

Apps/Software May 24, 2019

Apple Wants Safari To Make All The Ads You See Private

Apple is proposing a new, less intrusive way of ad tracking. In its system, advertisers can gauge whether an ad is successful but are prevented from knowing more data about customers than they should.

Apps/Software May 23, 2019

Steam Chat App Now Available On iOS And Android: Can It Take On Discord?

Now on iOS and Android, Steam Chat occupies a space dominated at present by Discord. It’s still lacking a number of features, but Valve promises to keep improving it over time.

Apps/Software May 22, 2019

New Firefox Update Makes It 'Faster Than Ever'

Firefox is getting a new update that'll make it 'faster than ever.' Mozilla isn't just focusing on speed with its latest release, though, as it's also rolling out new privacy tools that combat cryptomining and fingerprinting.

Apps/Software May 22, 2019

Spotify Rolls Out Redesigned App To Help People Discover Podcasts

The newly redesigned Spotify app improves prominence and discoverability of podcasts on its platform. It’s not clear, however, when this revamped app might roll out to all users.

Apps/Software May 19, 2019

Stand-Alone Instagram Direct App Is Going Away Permanently

The stand-alone Instagram Direct app will no longer be supported starting later this month, according to Facebook. Instagram, however, will keep working on Direct features.

Apps/Software May 18, 2019

Uber's 'Quiet Mode' Will Let You Take Your Ride In Peace

Uber has finally launched the new Quiet Mode for Uber Black and Uber Black SUV. The new feature is just the thing for riders who don't want a chatty driver.

Apps/Software May 15, 2019

Spotify Working On Letting Artists Share Instagram-Style Stories

Rather than relying solely on Genius for song information, Spotify is planning to let artists curate their own musical narrative. A new feature called Storyline is in testing now, although there’s no clue one when it might roll out widely.

Apps/Software May 14, 2019

Adobe Tells Users To Update Creative Cloud Apps, Or Else They Might Face Legal Consequences

According to Adobe, Creative Cloud subscribers who continue using older versions of the apps could face infringement claims from third parties. The company is urging users to update using the Creative Cloud desktop application.

Apps/Software May 14, 2019

Tinder Developing Tinder Lite Version For Those With Slow Data

Tinder Lite, releasing soon, is a slimmed-down version of the popular dating app. Parent company Match Group wants to launch it in developing markets where things such as bandwidth, internet speed, and data usage are utmost concerns.

Apps/Software May 13, 2019

Nike Is Using Augmented Reality To Know Your Exact Shoe Size

According to industry research, 60 percent of people are wearing the wrong shoe size. Nike wants to change that with Nike Fit, its upcoming augmented reality feet measurement tool.

Apps/Software May 10, 2019

Instagram Will Find Posts With Misleading Info, But It Won’t Remove Them

Instagram has begun handing off to Facebook posts that may contain misinformation. Even when found as such, however, they won’t be removed from the platform entirely.

Apps/Software May 9, 2019

Here Are Some Android Q Beta Features You Can Try Right Now: Dark Mode, New Gestures, And More

Now that Android Q beta 3 is available to download, users can test out some of the new features it's coming with. That includes a dark mode, new gesture controls, and Smart Reply.

Apps/Software May 9, 2019

Android Q Beta 3 Installation Guide: How To Sideload The Update Or Get It Via OTA

Android Q beta 3 is now available to download and install on certain devices, such as Google's Pixel phones. The update adds a lot of new features and security improvements, among other things.

Apps/Software May 7, 2019

Here's How To Activate The New Android Q Beta Gesture Controls

Google is introducing new gestures on the third developer preview of Android Q. The update is now available for select devices, meaning users can already enable the new 'iPhone-like' controls.

Apps/Software May 8, 2019

Google Completely Redesigns Android Auto: Check It Out

Google is rolling out a new and improved version of Android Auto later this summer. Apart from a brand-new look, it’s also got a handful of user interface tweaks for a more seamless experience.

Apps/Software May 7, 2019

If You Retweet Something, You Can Now Add Pictures, Videos, Or GIFs Along With It

Twitter’s update retweet function now lets you add images, videos, and GIFs to retweets. It looks terrible on the desktop version, though, which hopefully gets fixed soon.

Apps/Software May 7, 2019

FCC Warns Against 'One-Ring' Robocall Scam

Scammers are using robot programs to lure consumers into making costly long-distance phone calls. The One Ring or 'Wangiri' scam convinces people to call back unidentified numbers to rack up a huge phone bill.

Apps/Software May 8, 2019

Stations App For iOS Lets You Listen To Spotify Like A Radio

iOS users in Australia can now get Stations, an experimental music streaming app from Spotify. Stations is different from its parent app in that it prioritizes radio-like listening experiences, bearing most of the brunt of selection.

Apps/Software May 4, 2019

Photographers Panic As Adobe Tests Doubling Lightroom Pricing: Here Are Some Alternatives

Adobe is doubling the price of its Creative Cloud Photography subscription, which includes Lightroom, from $10 a month to $20. Photographers are upset over the price hike, with some ditching the software.

Apps/Software May 3, 2019

Spotify Testing Voice Ads That Can Pick Up Verbal Commands

'Play Now.' That’s what you’ll soon be muttering to Spotify if you want to check out the content featured in its voice ads, which are rolling out now for free users in the United States.

Apps/Software May 3, 2019

Spotify Is Putting Random Podcast Episodes Within Your Song Recommendations

Spotify is buying all sorts of podcast companies in hopes of leading the podcast landscape. Now, it needs to invite audiences to actually listen to shows using its app, and here’s how it’s doing so.

Apps/Software May 2, 2019

Alexa To Start Speaking Spanish In The US This Year

Spanish-speaking people in the United States can begin talking to Alexa in Spanish soon, according to Amazon. Here's what you need to know about the company's plans for Spanish language support.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Facebook Is Saying Goodbye To The News Feed In Its Latest Redesign

Facebook’s redesigned app is available now on iOS on Android, putting more focus on Groups instead of the News Feed. A new design for the web version is also arriving later this year.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Instagram Now Allows Brands, Influencers To Tag Products In Posts

Certain celebrities and influencers will soon be able to tag products to regular Instagram posts. A new Donation Sticker has also been added to Stories.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Facebook Will Let You Talk To Friends Across Messenger, Instagram, And WhatsApp

Soon, you’ll be able to send messages across Instagram and WhatsApp using just Messenger. There’s also a Messenger desktop client in testing that might roll out later this year.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

Facebook Is Launching A Feature To Help You Finally Connect With Your Secret Crush

Facebook Dating will allow users to add several people to their Secret Crush list. If any of those also adds the original user to their own list, Facebook will notify both parties that they matched.

Apps/Software May 1, 2019

University Event Takes A Long And Hard Look At Drone Traffic

The University of Utah's Electronic Arts and Engineering program students developed an app that can help mitigate drone traffic in Salt Lake City. The app is named Drone Command, and it was unveiled at EAE Launch Day.

Apps/Software April 30, 2019

Apple Systematically Removing And Restricting Third-Party Screen Time Apps, Developers Claim

Apple has removed a handful of third-party screen management tools from the App Store after debuting its own Screen Time feature. Companies are pushing back with antitrust complaints.

Apps/Software April 29, 2019

Make Gmail Less Cluttered With This Extension Created By The Cofounder Of Inbox

The Simply extension, from former Gmail designer Inbox cofounder Michael Leggett, cleans up Gmail for a calmer, more sensical interface. It’s free, and it looks so official one could be easily be tricked into thinking Google itself designed it.

Apps/Software April 27, 2019

Snapchat Will Let You Scan Bitmoji And Put Them In Video Games

Snap Inc. is giving a select few developers a Bitmoji SDK for them to integrate Bitmoji characters into video games. Is Snap Inc. trying to make the next Mii?

Apps/Software April 26, 2019

Instagram Now Lets You Put Quiz Stickers On Stories

Quiz stickers are now available on Instagram Stories. Unlike polls, you can add multiple questions and set a correct answer for each, and it’s as easy as placing any sticker option already available.

Apps/Software April 25, 2019

Google Duo Group Calling Rolls Out To Select Countries

Group calls are now available on Google Duo, particularly in Indonesia, where it’s being advertised in time for the Ramadan period. No word on when it might come to the United States yet.

Apps/Software April 25, 2019

Google Maps Now Shows You If An EV Charging Station Is Occupied

Electric vehicle owners can now open up Google Maps, look for EV charging stations, and know if someone’s already using it. The feature is now available in the United States and UK.

Apps/Software April 24, 2019

Chrome 74 Brings Dark Mode To Windows 10: How To Switch It On

A much-anticipated Dark Mode finally comes to Google Chrome on Windows 10 with version 74 of the popular web browser. Here’s how to turn it on.

Apps/Software April 24, 2019

Zillow 3D Home Tour Now Available Across US And Canada

Zillow offers prospective homebuyers a virtual tour of properties using its new 3D Home app. The AI-powered service makes use of thousands of 3D images to give a 360-degree look into homes that are up for sale.

Apps/Software April 23, 2019

Are You Using Mental Health Apps? They Might Be Sharing Your Data

You might want to err on the side of caution when it comes to mental health apps. Most of them are sharing your data to advertisers, a new study has discovered.

Apps/Software April 22, 2019

Can’t Decide What To Watch Next? Netflix Is Testing A Feature That Lets You Watch A 'Random Episode'

Can’t decide what to watch next? Just use shuffle. Apparently, Netflix is currently testing exactly that — something that lets you watch random episodes from different shows.

Apps/Software April 22, 2019

YouTube Returns To Amazon Fire TV, Prime Video Comes To Chromecast As Amazon, Google End War

Google and Amazon have seemingly halted their years-long feud. As a result, expect YouTube on Fire TV soon, and Prime Video access on Google Chromecast and Android TV.

Apps/Software April 22, 2019

Using BlackBerry Messenger? It’s Shutting Down On May 31 Unless You Pay Up

The BlackBerry Messenger app shuts down for good at the end of May. Users who want to stay will get a free year of BBM Enterprise but have to pay $2.50 per six months afterward.

Apps/Software April 19, 2019

Instagram Might Soon Hide The Number Of Likes On Posts

Instagram confirms that an internal prototype version of the app hides a posts’ like counts. This design change isn’t being tested at the moment, but it could significantly impact user engagement if implemented.

Apps/Software April 19, 2019

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