Google Is Testing ‘Chat Head’ Notification Bubbles In Android Q

Google is reconfiguring Chat Head bubbles for notifications in Android Q. The feature converts all alerts into tappable floating icons onscreen, greatly streamlining interaction with notifications.

Apps/Software March 19, 2019

WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Tells Students To Delete Facebook

It's time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton. The entrepreneur, who sold the messaging app to Facebook for $19 billion, has been vocal in criticizing the company's policies on privacy and advertising.

Apps/Software March 18, 2019

Twitter Will Soon Let You Subscribe To Conversations

Twitter users might soon be able to follow threads of interest without necessarily replying to or liking them. The unearthed option comes as the latest in the flood of changes recently seen from Twitter.

Apps/Software March 16, 2019

Facebook App Puts A Dedicated ‘Gaming’ Hub Front And Center

Check the Facebook app right now: you’ll see a brand-new Gaming hub on the top-level navigation, dedicated to all things gaming. Could Facebook become the new Twitch?

Apps/Software March 15, 2019

Meet Q, The First Genderless Voice: Here's How It Sounds

Danish companies Virtue Nordic and Copenhagen Pride have developed a new program that produces a genderless voice. The technology makes it possible for digital voice assistants such as Alexa and Cortana to sound gender-neutral.

Apps/Software March 14, 2019

Waze’s Incident Reports Feature Is Now Rolling Out To Google Maps

Google Maps users can now submit incident reports if they see anomalies along their commute. Crashes and speed traps for now, though, but that could change eventually.

Apps/Software March 14, 2019

Spotify Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Apple Over App Store Fees

Apple is facing another antitrust complaint from Spotify for alleged unfair collection of App Store fees. The Swedish music streaming service accused the iPhone maker of engaging in practices that stifle innovation and limit the choice for consumers.

Apps/Software March 14, 2019

Crime-Tracking Apps Alert Users Of Nearby Danger In Real Time But Use Comes With Side Effects

Citizen is a crime alert app that automatically sends push notifications to users about dangerous incidents in their immediate area. The service is available in Baltimore, New York City, San Francisco, and most recently, in Los Angeles.

Apps/Software March 13, 2019

Facebook Sues Ukrainian Hackers Who Used Quiz Apps To Steal User Data

Two Ukrainian men are facing charges from Facebook for stealing private data from users. The culprits allegedly hid their malicious plug-ins in the form of popular quiz apps.

Apps/Software March 13, 2019

Adobe Will Finally Retire Shockwave Player On April 9

After more than two decades of existence, Adobe Shockwave will finally take a bow on April 9. Adobe announced that it will discontinue supporting Shockwave for Windows while it will maintain support to enterprise users until 2020.

Apps/Software March 12, 2019

Android Q Beta Could Launch On March 13

Google could launch the first beta for Android Q on March 13. While the release date isn't set in stone just yet, the new update is expected to make its way to plenty of devices.

Apps/Software March 11, 2019

Twitter Rolls Out New Prototype App 'Twttr' To Beta Testers

Twitter has started pushing out its new prototype app named Twttr to a few beta testers. The Twttr app offers a slew of new features, including new designs for conversations.

Apps/Software March 12, 2019

Samsung Pay Adding Cryptocurrencies For 10 Million Users To Broaden International Reach

Samsung is planning to add more cryptocurrencies to Samsung Pay. The company hopes to give the mobile payments service a significant boost by integrating digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cosmo Coins.

Apps/Software March 11, 2019

Facebook Goes Against The 'Dark Mode' Trend By Testing New White Interface

Even if Facebook’s Messenger app has a dark mode, the main social networking app will pass on the current tech trend. In fact, the company is taking the opposite approach and is making the Facebook app even whiter.

Apps/Software March 12, 2019

Slack Dark Mode Rolls Out To Beta Testers On Android And iOS

A long-requested feature is finally available on Slack. The workplace collaboration app is now rolling out the dark mode feature for Android and iOS beta testers.

Apps/Software March 11, 2019

Skype For Web Is Now Just As Good As The App, But There’s A Huge Catch

Skype for Web now has all the major features of its desktop counterpart, including HD video calling and call recording. It’s unclear whether other experimental features, such as automatic background blurring, will also arrive soon.

Apps/Software March 9, 2019

Instagram And Chill? Alleged New Feature Could Let You Watch Videos With Friends While Apart

How can Instagram glue more eyes to smartphones? Well, by making people watch content together, of course. Unearthed code reveals a new 'co-watch' feature, which would let users do exactly that.

Apps/Software March 8, 2019

Disney Streaming Service To Offer All Disney Movies Ever Made, Says CEO Bob Iger

'Snow White,' 'Cinderella,' 'Frozen,' and every single Disney movie ever released will be included in the Disney+ streaming service shortly after launching. Say goodbye to the Disney Vault.

Apps/Software March 8, 2019

JetBlue Wants People To Wipe Their Instagram Posts For A Chance To Win Free Flights For A Year

JetBlue is giving away ‘free’ flights for a year to the lucky winners of its 'All You Can Jet' contest. However, contestants must clear their Instagram feed first to be qualified.

Apps/Software March 5, 2019

Facebook Messenger Rolls Out Dark Mode: How To Activate The Hidden Option

Facebook Messenger dark mode is now available. However, it’s secretly hidden in the app and can only be accessed through sending a specific emoji to anyone.

Apps/Software March 4, 2019

How To Set Up Google Clock To Play YouTube Music Or Pandora

Google Clock users can now set any song on Pandora and YouTube music as their alarm. Here’s why you might not want to do that, though.

Apps/Software March 2, 2019

Bixby Button Remapping Now Available On Older Samsung Galaxy Phones, But There’s A Huge Catch

Older Samsung Galaxy handsets are now capable of remapping their physical Bixby keys to run a third-party app or trigger a quick command. Google Assistant is out of the question, unfortunately.

Apps/Software March 1, 2019

Spotify Finally Comes To India, With On-Demand Songs Available On Free Tier

Spotify is now available in India. The music streaming platform offers a library of 40 million songs and support for different languages across the country plus on-demand music access to free-tier users.

Apps/Software February 28, 2019

You Can Now Make Google Duo Video Calls On The Web

Google Duo is finally wherever users might need it to be. A web client for Google’s official video chat platform is live now in addition to being on Android, iOS, and Chrome OS.

Apps/Software February 27, 2019

Leaked Instagram Feature Shows It’s Trying To Be More Like Pinterest

Instagram may or may not be testing a feature that lets users create Public Collections, to which people may add their contributions. It was buried in the Android version of the app by a researcher.

Apps/Software February 23, 2019

You Can Now Stop Facebook's Android App From Tracking Your Location In The Background

Facebook has rolled out a new update to its Android app, giving users more control over their privacy settings. Now they can stop the app from tracking their location, even when they're not using it.

Apps/Software February 20, 2019

Google Keep For iOS Now Works On Apple Watch

After removing Maps in 2017, Google is returning to the Apple Watch with Keep. In the latest update, the note-taking app now has support for the Cupertino brand's wearable.

Apps/Software February 19, 2019

Android Q Will Kill The Back Button In Favor Of A Swiping Gesture

Newly unearthed code for Android Q suggests that Google is retiring the back button for good. Given the company’s messy implementation at the moment, that might not be an easy task.

Apps/Software February 19, 2019

Top 50 Best SEO Tools for Online Marketers in 2019

2019 is in full swing, witnessing major changes in the online space, and as more days pass by, even more changes will come to the fore. So as an online marketer, one should be prepared in advance. Here are the 50 top tools that will help one deal with the changes as well as challenges.

Apps/Software March 4, 2019

Use of clinical apps significantly improves quality of cardiovascular care

Use of clinical apps significantly improves quality of cardiovascular care

Apps/Software February 15, 2019

Instagram Is Reportedly Testing Direct Messages For Web

Instagram Direct messages could soon come to web browsers on mobile and desktop. This report comes as Facebook revealed plans of combining apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.

Apps/Software February 13, 2019

Dark Mode Coming To Google Chrome For Android

Version 73 of Chrome Beta now includes Dark Mode, but it’s not well-implemented at the moment. Perhaps a more sophisticated iteration is due when it potentially launches for regular Chrome later on.

Apps/Software February 11, 2019

IGTV Previews Coming To Your Main Instagram Feed

Instagram really wants you to watch IGTV videos. So much so that it’s now going to show one-minute IGTV previews on the main Instagram app.

Apps/Software February 8, 2019

You Might Get Banned From Spotify If You’re Using Ad Blockers

Spotify is on one of its most important turning points. The company, which turned a profit for the first time in 13 years, is about to swat freeloaders who use ad blockers as it experiences continued growth.

Apps/Software February 8, 2019

Netflix For iOS Is Finally Getting The Smart Downloads Feature

After being available on Android devices since summer last year, Netflix is now rolling out the Smart Downloads feature to iOS users. This feature manages videos downloaded for offline viewing.

Apps/Software February 8, 2019

Skype Introduces Automatic Background Blur So Colleagues Won’t See Your Embarrassing Bedroom

AI-powered background blur available on Skype video calls, a direct port of the same feature on Microsoft Teams. Don’t use it will-nilly, though, since it’s still experimental.

Apps/Software February 7, 2019

Unsend Option Finally Available In Facebook Messenger, But What’s The Catch?

Users now have the option to unsend a message in Facebook Messenger, but it has to be done quickly. Previously, this option was only available to the company's CEO.

Apps/Software February 6, 2019

Instagram Testing ‘Main Account’ Feature For Managing Multiple Profiles

Instagram is making it easier for people with multiple accounts to manage their profiles with a new feature called Main Account. Don’t get excited yet, though.

Apps/Software February 5, 2019

Spotify Reportedly Plans To Acquire Podcast Firm Gimlet Media

Spotify is reportedly looking to expand its content through purchasing podcast producer Gimlet Media. Both companies are said to be in 'advanced talks,' according to sources.

Apps/Software February 4, 2019

Facebook And Snopes No Longer Working Together To Fact-Check News Stories

Snopes is walking away from its fact-checking partnership with Facebook. Instead of making it easier just for Facebook to debunk fake news, it plans to develop tools to make it easier for the entire web.

Apps/Software February 2, 2019

Uber To Give Free Rides To Losing Super Bowl Team

Good news: Uber says it’s going to provide free rides after the Super Bowl game. Bad news: if you’re eligible for the promotion, it means your team lost.

Apps/Software February 2, 2019

Heads Up, Hulu Subscribers: You Might Soon See Ads While The Video Is Paused

Hulu is set to display pause ads, a new ad format which appears a few seconds after a content remains paused. The company hopes that non-disruptive ad formats could make up half of its entire revenue eventually.

Apps/Software February 1, 2019

Facebook Says Its Combined Messaging Platform Won’t Arrive Anytime Soon

It might take a long time before Facebook’s unified messaging platform arrives. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is still in the early stages of the proposed integration.

Apps/Software January 31, 2019

Unity Made A Game Not For Humans But For AI Players

Unity has a video game made for artificial intelligence called 'Obstacle Tower.' It's also holding a contest dubbed 'Obstacle Tower Challenge,' giving researchers the opportunity to not only test out the capabilities of their AI but also win prizes.

Apps/Software January 28, 2019

Facebook Wants To Combine Messenger, Instagram, And WhatsApp: Here’s What That Means

If not by the end of this year, nearly all of major apps owned by Facebook will have a unified messaging system by early 2020. They’ll have end-to-end encryption as well, as so ordered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Apps/Software January 26, 2019

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