Amazon Music Is Now Free For Alexa Users As New Ad-Supported Tier Goes Live

Amazon has launched a new free tier of Amazon Music for owners of Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo. It's ad-supported, but it gives customers access to thousands of stations and the top playlists on the platform.

Apps/Software April 19, 2019

Quote Sharing Platform Highly Purchased By Twitter

The quote-sharing start-up Highly has been acquired by Twitter. The start-up company's CEO has announced that changes to their products and services are soon to follow.

Apps/Software April 19, 2019

Confirmed: Facebook Is Making A Voice Assistant, But It Might Not Compete With Alexa, Google Assistant

Facebook is developing an artificial intelligence assistant to put in its Portal, Oculus, and potentially future hardware. It’s not clear how it’s going to perform, but don’t count on it being an Alexa or Google Assistant replacement.

Apps/Software April 18, 2019

Netflix To Launch Weekly Top 10 Rankings For Movies, TV Shows

Netflix will test top 10 rankings for each category and genre. It’ll launch in the UK later this quarter but it’s not clear if other countries would get it, as well.

Apps/Software April 17, 2019

How To Enable Facebook Messenger Dark Mode Without Sending Moon Emoji

Messenger users can now enable dark mode on their apps without having to send crescent moon emojis. The feature is now part of the regular functions of the app.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Small Publishers Express Frustration Over Apple News+ Favoring Bigger Publishers

Apple News+ is only active for almost a month, but it has already caused issues for participating publishers. Many of the problems stem from article formatting and Apple's supposed unequal treatment of smaller publishing companies.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Citi Bikes In New York City Coming To Lyft

Starting early next month, New York City users will see Citi Bike as an option in Lyft. After that, the ride-hailing company plans to expand to other cities in the coming months.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Your Facebook News Feed Might Go Through A Radical Interface Change

Facebook’s latest experiment merges the News Feed and the Stories section. This new interface isn’t being publicly tested yet, so don’t get your hopes up.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Amazon To Compete With Spotify, Apple With Free Ad-Supported Music Streaming Service

Amazon is launching an ad-supported music streaming service before this month ends. The music catalog would be limited, and record labels would be paid on a per-stream basis.

Apps/Software April 15, 2019

Messenger Might Go Back To The Main Facebook App

After spinning it off the main Facebook app in 2014, Facebook might put Messenger back in. The move seems to be part of the company’s plans to unify all Facebook-owned messaging services.

Apps/Software April 13, 2019

Who Will Survive In 'Game of Thrones?' Science May Have The Answer

The 'Game of Thrones' final season is airing in a few days and every fan is itching to find out if their favorites will survive. Scientists take a stab at predicting each character's fate at the end of the popular show.

Apps/Software April 12, 2019

Swipe To Like? Twitter Is Working On That, Plus A Bunch Of Other Things

Twitter may soon be getting swiping gestures. The company’s prototype app Twttr has just received the functionality, in which users can swipe to like a tweet.

Apps/Software April 12, 2019

Disney+ Launches Nov. 12 For $6.99 A Month, 'The Simpsons' One Of First Exclusive Shows

At $6.99 a month, Disney+ is far cheaper than a standard Netflix plan. Add to that an incredibly robust content lineup and it’s clear the true streaming war is about to begin.

Apps/Software April 12, 2019

Instagram Starts Demoting ‘Inappropriate’ Content, But How It Defines ‘Inappropriate’ Is Tricky

Moving forward, Instagram is going to demote borderline content, which means posts found in violation of this will be less visible. How does Instagram define borderline content?

Apps/Software April 11, 2019

Digital Music May Have Increased Carbon Footprint Compared To Age Of Vinyl, CDs, And Tape

The decrease in the use of plastics and the rise of downloading and streaming of music is good for the environment. However, a new study shows otherwise.

Apps/Software April 11, 2019

Google's DeepMind Failed A High School Level Math Test: What Does This Mean?

Computer scientists pitted DeepMind against a 16-year-old's math exam. Google's cutting-edge AI had a hard time making calculations in subjects such as algebra, arithmetic, measurement, and calculus.

Apps/Software April 10, 2019

Snapchat Rebuilds Its Android App: What This Means For Users

The Snapchat app for Android has just been rebuilt. Now it should offer a faster and lag-free experience to users and timelier updates in the foreseeable future.

Apps/Software April 9, 2019

Twitter Cuts Maximum Follows In A Day From 1,000 To 400

Twitter users are now limited to following 400 people in a day in a move to crack down on spammers, down from the previous 1,000. Some are asking why Twitter chose this number, however.

Apps/Software April 9, 2019

Microsoft Releases First Preview Of Its Chromium-based Microsoft Browser

Early impressions say Chromium-based Edge performs better than Google Chrome on Windows 10. In the future, Microsoft might add Fluent Design tweaks and existing Edge features such as inking and setting aside tabs.

Apps/Software April 9, 2019

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Now Supports Miracast With Latest Software Update

Amazon has decided to bring back Miracast support for some reason, now rolling out to Fire TV Stick 4K owners. Hopefully you’re device still supports the old screen mirroring standard, though.

Apps/Software April 8, 2019

Android Q Will Reportedly Include 3D Touch Feature Called ‘Deep Press’

Google might make pressure-sensitive actions standard in Android Q. Documentation reveals a feature called Deep Press, but it’s not clear yet which phones will support it if it does get released.

Apps/Software April 8, 2019

Google Assistant Search Results Now Gives You More Visual Information

When you search for stocks, Google Assistant will now show you a performance graph plus a bunch of other things to make search results more dynamic at a glance. No word yet on when this might roll out to iOS, though.

Apps/Software April 8, 2019

Alexa, What's My Blood Sugar? Amazon Voice Assistant Can Now Handle Your Medical Information

Amazon announced that it will add medical skills to Alexa, its virtual assistant. These new skills are expected to make healthcare services more convenient and accessible to customers.

Apps/Software April 8, 2019

Netflix Is Dropping Apple AirPlay Support Due To 'Technical Limitations'

Netflix no longer natively supports Apple AirPlay because of 'technical limitations.' The company says it's because AirPlay is going to be compatible with third-party devices and prevent it from distinguishing them.

Apps/Software April 8, 2019

Twitter Tests New Labeling System To Distinguish An ‘Author’ From ‘Mentioned’ Tweets

As part of a test, Twitter is adding three new label called 'Author,' 'Mentioned,' and 'Following' to make following conversations easier. The Author label replaces the previous 'Original Tweeter' tag.

Apps/Software April 6, 2019

Google Maps Gets Another Useful Waze Feature With Traffic Slowdown Reporting

Traffic slowdown now appears as an option within the incident report feature on Google Maps for Android. No word yet on whether it’ll also arrive for iOS folks.

Apps/Software April 6, 2019

Apple Music Now Has More Paying US Subscribers Than Spotify

Apple overtakes Spotify in terms of paid subscriber count, at least in the United States. There’s plenty to do before it becomes the kind of music streaming globally, however.

Apps/Software April 6, 2019

Apple Might Be Separating Apple Music, Podcasts, And More From iTunes App

Standalone versions of Apple Music, Podcasts, and more might be released for macOS, according to a noted developer. They’re apparently part of Apple’s Project Marzipan iOS-to-macOS initiative.

Apps/Software April 6, 2019

We Keep The User At The Core Of Everything We Do: An Interview With Willemijn Schneyder, Cofounder And CEO, SwipeGuide

A digital future is unavoidable. The manufacturing and heavy machinery industries are moving away from a human-powered, mechanical workforce to become an automated shop floor with tech-savvy workers. SwipeGuide CEO and cofounder Willemijn Schneyder tells Tech Times how its user-centered digital work instruction platform is empowering companies with data, created by a team of experts and innovators.

Apps/Software May 5, 2019

Boeing Acknowledges Sensor Malfunction In Ethiopian Plane Crash

American aircraft maker Boeing said a glitch in its flight sensor played a role in the crashing of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March. The company promised to release a software fix to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Apps/Software April 6, 2019

Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update Gives Users More Control Over Updates

Microsoft is about to roll out its May 2019 update for Windows 10. It will allow users to decide whether to install future updates as soon as they become available or to stave it off in the meantime.

Apps/Software April 5, 2019

Snap Games Platform Launches With 6 Titles: Here's How To Play Snapchat Games

Snap's own gaming platform Snap Games is officially here. The service is debuting with six titles off the bat, one of which is a first-party title called 'Bitmoji Party.'

Apps/Software April 5, 2019

AI Experts Call On Amazon To Stop Selling Rekognition Facial Recognition Software To Police

AI scholars have rallied behind an MIT researcher who revealed a major glitch in Amazon's facial recognition software. The issue lies in the alleged inability of Rekognition to properly detect the faces of women of color.

Apps/Software April 5, 2019

Netflix Price Hike Confirmed: Here’s How Much You’ll Be Paying Beginning May

Netflix’s basic, standard, and premium plans will be a little bit more pricey starting on May. The revenue will be used to fund more films and shows, says Netflix.

Apps/Software April 4, 2019

Android Q Beta 2 Debuts Multitasking Bubbles, Prepares For Foldable Phones

On the newest Android Q beta, Bubbles multitasking treats all apps, not just Messenger, like Chat Heads. The update also includes a foldable screen emulator for developers.

Apps/Software April 4, 2019

Why Video Doesn't Work For Instructions: An Interview With Daan Assen, Cofounder, SwipeGuide

Instructional videos, though an effective medium for visually explaining concepts in depth, have limitations — unlike SwipeGuide, which lets users easily 'swipe' through steps at their own pace while performing the task in parallel.

Apps/Software May 2, 2019

Microsoft’s Chromium Browser Might Support 4K Netflix Streaming

Right now, only Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 supports true 4K streaming on Netflix. But that could change soon with Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser, which will launch in beta soon.

Apps/Software April 3, 2019

Google Inbox Is Officially Dead: 4 Great Alternatives If You Don't Like Gmail

As promised, Google has finally killed Inbox after first launching it in 2014. If you don’t particularly like Gmail, here are other options to try.

Apps/Software April 3, 2019

Facebook Might Roll Out A Dedicated News Tab That’s Free For All

Mark Zuckerberg might pay publishers to post their articles on a dedicated News tab on Facebook. This section will be made free for all users — that is if it does push through.

Apps/Software April 2, 2019

App Offering 'Gay Conversion' Therapy Removed From Google Play Store

Several organizations demanded Google to remove the app that offers 'gay conversion' therapy. After months of protests by the LGBTQ community, the tech firm removed the app that appears to brainwash the users.

Apps/Software April 2, 2019

This Google Easter Egg Game Will Keep You Busy While Your Internet Connection Is Down

Google has added a simple video game to its app to help entertain users while they wait for internet connection. The game that is just like the 'Flappy Bird can be accessed offline using the Google app or widget.

Apps/Software April 1, 2019

Facebook Rolls Out ‘Why Am I Seeing This Post?’ Feature: Here’s How To Use It

Facebook is giving users more control and context over posts they see across the site. It’s also giving them improved transparency over which advertisers are targeting them and why.

Apps/Software April 1, 2019

Amazon Will Now Allow Companies To Make Alexa Apps With Alexa For Business Blueprints

Amazon rolled out Alexa for Business Blueprints in the United States and will launch it soon in other regions. It allows the customers to create and publish private skills for the workplace without having to write a single line of code.

Apps/Software April 1, 2019

Spotify Is Testing Two-Person Subscriptions Called 'Premium Duo'

Spotify is testing its new Premium Duo subscription tier in five countries. No word yet on if or when it’ll come to the United States.

Apps/Software March 30, 2019

Godfathers Of AI Win This Year's Turing Award And $1 Million

Computer scientists Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Yoshua Bengio have been awarded the 2018 Turing Award by the Association for Computing Machinery. All three men have contributed much in the advancement of AI systems.

Apps/Software March 29, 2019

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