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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

Twitter Is Getting An Even Darker Dark Mode Called ‘Lights Out’

Twitter knows some apps with Dark Mode aren’t using a true black background. So it’s rolling out a new 'lights out' option for those who want a truly dark mode.

Apps/Software March 29, 2019

McDonald's To Buy Start-Up So It Can Automatically Tweak Drive-Thru Menu

McDonald's has acquired New York-based machine learning start-up Dynamic Yield. The fast-food chain hopes to use its AI to power its new customer experience strategy.

Apps/Software March 27, 2019

Uber Ride Pass Subscription To Bring Discounted Fares To More Cities

Uber is launching its Ride Pass service to a lot more cities. However, it’s jacking up subscription fees to $24.99 instead of the usual $14.99.

Apps/Software March 27, 2019

Mozilla’s Password Manager Firefox Lockbox Is Now On Android

Mozilla now brings its password manager to Android. Firefox Lockbox is a no-frills standalone app that lets users easily access passwords saved on the Firefox browser.

Apps/Software March 27, 2019

Soon You Might Be Able To Add Public Events To Google Maps

The ability to create public events might be the latest feature coming to Google Maps. With it, users can submit their own public events and make it visible to other users around the area.

Apps/Software March 25, 2019

WhatsApp To Show You Frequently Forwarded Messages To Avoid Spam, Fake News

A beta version of WhatsApp labels shows users messages that have been frequently forwarded. This feature could help users avoid sharing content that’s potentially spam or fake.

Apps/Software March 25, 2019

Netflix Testing Cheaper Mobile-Only Subscription Plan In Some Countries

Netflix experimental mobile-only plan in India costs half of a regular monthly subscription, a tier that might be tested in other countries moving forward. The streaming service is also testing plans at shorter increments.

Apps/Software March 23, 2019

Kaia Motion-Tracking App Helps People Track Reps During Workout Routines

The Kaia Personal Trainer app developed by the Munich-based digital therapeutics start-up offers the skills of a personal trainer "at your fingertips in the comfort of your home." It is now available to download via the App Store and Google Play for $29.99 for three months.

Apps/Software March 21, 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop Now On Public Preview

Microsoft's new Windows Virtual Desktop is now available for public preview. The program allows users to easily launch their Windows desktops and apps using Azure while also enjoying its built-in security.

Apps/Software March 22, 2019

Opera Browser For Android Gets Free Unlimited VPN — Why You Should Enable It And How

The latest Opera for Android finally gets free, unlimited VPN. For encrypted web browsing, users can go to the settings page, then the VPN section, and toggle the feature on.

Apps/Software March 21, 2019

Facebook Messenger Update Lets You Quote Replies In Conversations

After adding an unsend option and dark mode, Facebook is now bringing message replies to Messenger. The new feature will allow users to quote a specific message in their replies for a less-confusing conversation thread.

Apps/Software March 21, 2019

Android Q Doesn't Allow Apps To Toggle Wi-Fi On And Off: Here's Why That Matters

Android Q won't let apps automatically enable and disable Wi-Fi by themselves. That means automation apps that rely on its APIs such as Tasker might get crippled.

Apps/Software March 20, 2019

Netflix Will Not Make Its Movies And Shows Available To Apple's TV Service

The hype train behind Apple's upcoming video streaming platform is set to hit its climax when it is finally unveiled on March 25. However, one popular brand that will not be joining in on the fun is Netflix.

Apps/Software March 19, 2019

WhatsApp Plans To Fight Fake News With Reverse Image Search

A beta version of WhatsApp allegedly exists, which has an in-app browser for reverse image search. Users can take advantage of this tool to verify whether images are legitimate.

Apps/Software March 19, 2019

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