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Controversial Messenger Kids App Now Lets Users Add Friends

Adding friends on Messenger Kids just got easier. Users can now let parents opt into a new feature that generates a unique phrase that can be sent to other potential friends, and parents of both children must approve the request.

Apps/Software August 14, 2018

Android P Reportedly Disables Fast Charging In Older Pixel XL Phones: Report

If you have a Google Pixel XL, don’t upgrade to Android Pie just yet. Apparently, some users have discovered that their fast charging capabilities have been disabled by the new operating system.

Apps/Software August 14, 2018

Spotify Might Finally Let Free Users Skip All Ads

Australian Spotify users now enjoy a new feature that lets them skip ads. The company is planning to implement the Active Media Feature globally and it expects to benefit its advertisers more.

Apps/Software August 11, 2018

Google Launches ‘Cameos’ App, Where Celebrities Will Answer Your Burning Questions Directly

Google is giving celebrities, sports personalities, and other public figures a chance to ensure that fans are getting correct information about them through a Q&A app called Cameo. The app will enable them to answer questions in the form of videos.

Apps/Software August 11, 2018

Amazon Alexa Can Now ‘Get Back To You’ If It Doesn’t Know The Answer To Your Question

Amazon Alexa is a smart and robust digital assistant, but it doesn’t have the answer to everything. Thanks to the new Answer Update feature, it’ll take those unanswerable questions and bring them back out once it’s found enough information.

Apps/Software August 8, 2018

Android 9 Pie Now Available On Google Pixel Phones: How To Download And Install

Android P is now finally available on all Pixel phones, plus the Essential Phone. Some features are missing, though, and won’t arrive until another update arrives this fall.

Apps/Software August 7, 2018

Facebook Prepares Rollout Of Dating Feature On Main App: Here’s What It Looks Like

New details about dating features on Facebook have now been revealed. Dating will apparently be baked into the main Facebook app, and it’ll prioritize meaningful relationships rather than hookups.

Apps/Software August 5, 2018

Android P Reportedly Launching Aug. 20, But Here’s How To Install It Now

Evan Blass just teased that Android P is officially launching on Aug. 20, but if you have a compatible phone, you can install it now.

Apps/Software August 3, 2018

Google Maps Gets New Creepy Feature That Shares Your Phone Battery Status

Google Maps now shares your battery percentage data to other users. Keep in that mind before telling friends you didn’t respond because you were running out of battery, they’ll know if you’re lying.

Apps/Software August 3, 2018

Snapchat Lenses Get A Little More Interactive: You Can Talk To Them Now

New lenses have arrived on Snapchat, and they’re a little different than the current ones available. Unlike others, they’re capable of recognizing speech, and they display different animations upon hearing certain triggers.

Apps/Software August 2, 2018

Facebook And Instagram Will Now Show How Much Time You've Wasted On Them

Facebook and Instagram started rolling out new tools that will show users how much time they have spent on the apps. The tools, which will include ways to limit usage, will look to address the growing problem of smartphone addiction.

Apps/Software August 2, 2018

Google Clock App Gets Spotify Integration: Wake Up To Your Favorite Songs

The Google Clock app now lets users set their favorite songs from Spotify as their alarm. Google says YouTube Music integration is coming later as well.

Apps/Software August 1, 2018

New Facebook Feature Will Let Users Compete In Singing Contests

Researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered code in the Facebook app that refers to an upcoming feature named Talent Show. The feature will allow users to sing to certain songs, and then send in their videos to compete with others.

Apps/Software August 1, 2018

WhatsApp Finally Gets Group Video And Voice Calling

Group video and voice calls are now possible in WhatsApp. The company says the feature is rolling out now, and like every interaction in the app, it’s going to have end-to-end encryption.

Apps/Software July 31, 2018

Mozilla Firefox Rebranding In The Works With Lots Of New Logos: Which Ones Do You Like?

Mozilla Firefox is rebranding to include in its identity not just the web browser, but also the variety of internet products that it offers. Mozilla revealed two design systems of 12 icons each to show what it is talking about.

Apps/Software July 31, 2018

YouTube Dark Mode Now Available On Android: Here’s How To Turn It On

YouTube’s dark mode is now finally available for Android users after first coming to the iOS version of the app. It’s not really that ‘dark,’ though.

Apps/Software July 30, 2018

LinkedIn Adds Voice Messaging Feature Because Why Not

LinkedIn has officially enabled voice messaging on its app. Co-workers can now send each other minute-long voice clips — but the question is, would they even want to?

Apps/Software July 28, 2018

How Amazon Ensures Only The Closest Alexa Device Responds To Your Voice Commands

Amazon’s clever Echo Spatial Perception technology has now moved to the cloud. That means all Alexa-enabled devices, whether they’re from Amazon or not, will be able to tell which is closest to the person making commands.

Apps/Software July 26, 2018

Snap Inc. Will Shut Down Snapcash On Aug. 30

Snapcash will officially be punted into the sunset at the end of August, Snap Inc. has confirmed. The feature lets users split bills between friends, and also pay for explicit content.

Apps/Software July 23, 2018

New Instagram Update Lets You Know If Friends Are Online

There’s no escaping it: Instagram is becoming more like Facebook after each passing update. Now, the app shows a green dot next to friends who are online.

Apps/Software July 20, 2018

Viewers Can Now React To Twitch Streamers With GIFs Thanks To Giphy

Twitch has finally added support for GIFs. Users can now access the new Giphy extension and start dropping PG-rated GIFs on their favorite broadcasters’ livestreams.

Apps/Software July 19, 2018

You Might Soon Be Able To Remove Your Instagram Followers

Manually removing followers might soon be a possibility on Instagram. The company has confirmed that it’s currently testing a feature that’ll allow public accounts to remove accounts from their followers pool.

Apps/Software July 19, 2018

Adobe Is Bringing Photoshop To iPad — The Full Version

Adobe is bringing the full version of Photoshop to the iPad. The company reportedly plans to announce it this October and then release it sometime next year.

Apps/Software July 14, 2018

You Can Now Pay For Uber Rides With Venmo: Here’s How

Venmo will soon be accepted as an official payment option inside Uber. The service will be available for both regular rides and Uber Eats deliveries.

Apps/Software July 13, 2018

Morse Code Now Available On Gboard For iOS, And Google Even Teaches You How

Morse code is now also supported on Gboard for iOS, months after Google introduced it for the Android version. The feature helps people with disabilities communicate, and Google wants to teach everyone how to use it.

Apps/Software July 13, 2018

Tinder Alternative Hinge Promises The Perfect Match Every 24 Hours With New Feature

Dating app Hinge launched its new Most Compatible feature, which will recommend the perfect match to users once every 24 hours. The feature, which uses machine learning, makes its decision based on past actions and the user's interests.

Apps/Software July 12, 2018

WhatsApp To Combat Spam, Scams, And Fake News With New 'Forwarded' Label

WhatsApp introduced a new feature aimed to curb the spread of fake news, spam, and scams. Look for the new 'forwarded' label and think twice whether to pass the message along.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Messenger Will Soon Be Able To Tell If You’re Talking To Fake Accounts

Facebook is testing a new feature on Messenger that’ll identify fake accounts when they send you messages. The feature tells you in what country the account originates, and whether it was created recently.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Facebook Augmented Reality Ads Will Let You Try On Products From Your News Feed

Facebook is testing augmented reality advertisements on the News Feed, starting with Michael Kors sunglasses. The ads will allow user to try on the products using the smartphone's camera, similar to how filters work.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

YouTube Incognito Mode Rolls Out To All Android Users: How To Use It

A new Incognito Mode started rolling out to YouTube for Android, allowing users to search and watch videos in private without their history being recorded. Here's what you need to know.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Amazon And Snap Inc. Reportedly Developing Visual Search For Snapchat

Snap Inc. and Amazon could be working on a new Snapchat feature that’ll allow users to scan objects using the camera. Amazon will provide product listings of the identified object, which users can send to friends.

Apps/Software July 10, 2018

Fitness App Data Reveal Identity Of Spies And Their Locations

A Dutch news site revealed that the workout information recorded by the popular fitness app Polar Flow can reveal the identity of secret agents and military personnel, and their locations. Polar said that it is now addressing the issue.

Apps/Software July 9, 2018

MIT Students Create AI Tech That Can See Through Walls

MIT’s CSAIL just developed a technology that can track people’s movements even if they’re behind walls. It could useful for monitoring diseases such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

Apps/Software July 9, 2018

MoviePass App Not Working Last Friday Night: Here's How To Get Ticket Refunds

On July 6, the MoviePass app was not working for a few hours, forcing subscribers to pay for their tickets. The service is offering to refund the ticket purchases, but the mishap still comes at a bad time for MoviePass.

Apps/Software July 9, 2018

Skype May Finally Be Getting A ‘Seen’ Feature

In its latest preview build, Skype finally gets read receipts, which oddly has been absent on the popular messaging platform until now. No more ignoring other people’s messages then!

Apps/Software July 6, 2018

Tinder Loops Rolls Out Globally: How To Make A Tinder Profile GIF

Tinder Loops is now rolling out globally, allowing users in the United States and other markets to set up expressive profile GIFs. Here's how to do it.

Apps/Software July 5, 2018

Facebook Owns 4 Of Top 5 Most Downloaded iOS Apps Of All Time

Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Facebook Bug Temporarily Unblocked People On The Social Network: 800,000 Users Affected

A Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people that users have previously blocked on the social network. Facebook has apologized for the error, which is the latest in a string of privacy issues that include the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Spotify Lite Is A Lightweight Version Of Spotify That’s Missing A Lot Of Basic Features

Spotify Lite is a 15 MB version of Spotify for the developing world. It works well enough, but some crucial features, like offline downloads, are absent.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

New Disney App Will Try To Make Waiting In Line At Disney Theme Parks More Fun

Play Disney Parks, a new Disney app, will look to make waiting in long lines in Disney theme parks more fun and rewarding. The app is now available as a free download for iOS and Android devices.

Apps/Software July 2, 2018

You’ll Soon Be Able To Ask Questions Via Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories will soon allow users to ask questions via Stories. It’s not, however, clear how the feature will work or when it’ll be released.

Apps/Software July 2, 2018

Instagram Lite Quietly Launches On Android Phones, Just Barely 1 MB: Here’s What You Can Do With It

There’s finally a lightweight version of Instagram called Instagram Lite, following similar versions for Facebook and Messenger. It does most of the functions available in the main app, including posting photos, stories, and adding filters.

Apps/Software June 30, 2018

How A Quiz App Exposed The Data Of 120 Million Users Without Facebook Knowing About It

A security researcher discovered that a quiz app likely exposed the data of 120 million Facebook users. It was part of Facebook's Data Abuse Program, and there was an $8,000 bounty.

Apps/Software June 29, 2018

You Can Now Add Licensed Songs To Your Instagram Stories, Here’s How

Music is coming to Instagram. Users in select countries will finally be able to choose background music for their stories from a selection consisting thousands of songs.

Apps/Software June 29, 2018

Samsung Will No Longer Give You Rewards For Using Bixby

Samsung is officially shutting down My Bixby Level, a rewards program for those who diligently keep on using the company’s own personal assistant. Samsung didn’t say why it’s folding the service, though.

Apps/Software June 28, 2018

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