Deezer Announces Voice Activation With Amazon Alexa

Deezer, the music streaming service for iOS and Android, has announced a new partnership with Amazon's Alexa. Tech Times had the opportunity to chat with Riad Hawa, VP of Hardware Partnerships at Deezer, about their latest integration with Alexa.

Apps/Software March 13, 2018

Facebook Fights Fake News By Extending ‘Breaking News’ Label To More Publishers

Facebook’s experimental Breaking News label appears to be working quite well. The company just announced that it’s extending the tag to 50 more publishers in a variety of territories.

Apps/Software March 6, 2018

Waze Receives Update That Allows Riders To Select Who They Want To Carpool With

Waze just got updated with loads of new customization features. From now on, riders may now be able to select who they want to carpool with, and more.

Apps/Software March 6, 2018

Google Search Arrives On iMessage To Help Users Get Things Done

Google has updated its Search app to help users get things done.The latest update adds support for iMessage extension - making it easier to browse the web, GIFs, and search restaurants.

Apps/Software March 12, 2018

MoviePass App Is Always Tracking Your Location

The MoviePass app is always tracking your location, whether you go to the movies or not. Mitch Lowe, the CEO of MoviePass, bragged about collecting data from its subscribers. Here's everything you need to know.

Apps/Software March 7, 2018

Netflix Adds Pin Protection That Lets Parents Block Specific Titles

Netflix allows parents to create PINS to block R-rated content. Now, the streaming service is taking it a step further by allowing them to create PINS for specific movies and TV series, such as '13 Reasons Why'. The new feature is coming soon.

Apps/Software March 6, 2018

Spotify Premium Hack In The Crosshairs: Violators May Get Their Account Terminated

Spotify has started cracking down on the modified apps that give free users access to some of the benefits of a Premium account. The music streaming service has disabled some accounts, and warned of possible terminations.

Apps/Software March 6, 2018

Apps That Were So Bad, They Were Banned

Apps can be useful tools for smartphones. However, some developers don't always think this through. Some apps are downright useless and end up getting banned from app stores. Here are some of them.

Apps/Software March 8, 2018

YouTube Thinks Artificial Intelligence Is The New Green Screen: Google Develops Super Easy Tool To Replace Backgrounds

Google has developed a tool that allows users to change their backgrounds without the need for a green screen. Available in limited beta, it is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Apps/Software March 3, 2018

Facebook Gets As Big As It's Going To Get In The US

A new research showed that Facebook's U.S. audience has hit a wall. The social media website's user base in the United States can't get bigger anymore.

Apps/Software March 4, 2018

G Suite Users Will Now Be Able To Take Advantage Of Dropbox Integrations

Google and Dropbox have entered into a partnership allowing G suite users to open files directly within Dropbox and edit them with G Suite tools. Expect the integrations to roll out by the end of the year.

Apps/Software March 2, 2018

Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey Is Asking For Help To Fix The Platform's Troll Problem

Chief executive Jack Dorsey is now asking the public for help with Twitter troll problem. He's accepting proposals from anyone who thinks that they can help make Twitter better.

Apps/Software March 2, 2018

Amazon Trying To Teach Alexa New Trick: Translating Languages In Real Time

Amazon is planning to teach Alexa how to translate languages in real time, according to Yahoo Finance. The feature will not be ready any time soon, but it will make Alexa-powered devices such as the Amazon Echo much more useful.

Apps/Software March 2, 2018

Apple Pay Beats Google Pay And Samsung Pay Among Millennials And GenZ Users, Survey Says

From Apple Pay to Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, there are plenty of ways for millennials to make purchases online or in-stores. A new survey has found that Apple Pay beats Google Pay and Samsung Pay among millennials.

Apps/Software March 4, 2018

Discord Expunges Alt-Right, Nazi And White Nationalist Servers In Massive Cleanup Effort

Once again, Discord has shut down a handful of notable alt-right servers from its platform, reiterating that it has no space for hate. Other alt-right servers remain live despite the cleanup effort, however.

Apps/Software March 1, 2018

Twitter Rolls Out New ‘Bookmarks’ Feature For Saving Tweets Privately

Twitter has now rolled out a better way of saving tweets. With the new Bookmarks feature, users no longer have to like or manually save a tweet, they can just keep it in their private stash.

Apps/Software March 1, 2018

Pikachu Talk App Lets You Chat With The Iconic Pokémon Through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

To celebrate Pokemon Day, Nintendo released Pikachu Talk for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Fans of the series can finally experience a conversation with the franchise's mascot.

Apps/Software February 28, 2018

Don't Have Dental Insurance? Windchime App Helps You Book Last-Minute Discounted Dentist Appointments

Need to go to the dentist but don't have insurance? A new app claims to help those without insurance by booking last-minute dentist appointments, in addition to giving up to 40 percent off appointments.

Apps/Software February 28, 2018

Amazon's Alexa Adds Voice Commands For The Oscars 2018

Amazon updated its Alexa-enabled devices to provide the latest updates on the 2018 Oscar Awards. Here are all of the voice commands you should know.

Apps/Software February 26, 2018

What Is Vero? 5 Reasons You Should And 5 Reasons You Shouldn't Join This New Social Network

A new social network grew in popularity recently, gaining buzz and new users in the process. Is this popularity here to stay or is it just a flash in the pan?

Apps/Software February 26, 2018

1Password's New Feature Lets You Check If Your Password Has Been Stolen

Users subscribed to 1Password can now try out a new security function. The service can now check if a password has been compromised or not.

Apps/Software February 24, 2018

Airbnb Plus Is For Filthy Rich Travelers Who Don’t Mind Spending A Luxury On Nice Rooms

Airbnb has unveiled two new tiers to its home-booking service to cater to its richer customer base. They’re called Airbnb Plus and Beyond, and they include homes verified and checked by the company itself.

Apps/Software February 23, 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Uber Express Pool, The New Cheaper Service With A Catch

Uber rides are about to get much cheaper. The ride-hailing company has launched Express Pool in a handful of cities, which, with a little bit of walking, lets people save a lot of bucks.

Apps/Software February 22, 2018

Snapchat To Petitioners: The Redesigned App Is Here To Stay, But We Hear You

Snap Inc. has finally responded to a million petitioners who want to get the old Snapchat design back. They’ll all be sorely disappointed with the company’s response, though.

Apps/Software February 22, 2018

Woman Claims Apple's Facetime Saved Her Life During Stroke

A woman says that Apple's Facetime communication was able to save her life while she was going through a stroke. The woman was talking to her sister who noticed what was happening to her.

Apps/Software February 21, 2018

New York Delivery Guy Blames Waze For Making Him Drive Through Lincoln Tunnel

A New York City delivery guy was arrested on Tuesday after trying to go through the Lincoln Tunnel on a bicycle. The delivery guy blamed Waze for sending him in the route that led to his arrest.

Apps/Software February 21, 2018

Instagram Direct Gets New Replay Options As It Tries To Steals Snapchat’s Spotlight

Instagram is expanding options within its Direct messaging platform to give users the ability to send content that can be replayed permanently. Before, everything sent in threads always vanished.

Apps/Software February 21, 2018

Exclusive: Fender Play Guitar Learning Platform Arrives On iPad, Coming To Android Devices Later This Year

The Fender Play app is now available to download on iPad and is coming to Android devices in March 2018. Tech Times sat down with Ethan Kaplan, General Manager, Fender Digital to chat about the latest mobile version of Fender Play.

Apps/Software February 21, 2018

Swype Keyboard For Android And iOS Is Discontinued As Nuance Shifts Focus To AI Solutions

Users recently found out that Swype was already discontinued by its developer. The information was revealed after a user contacted the company to report a bug with the app.

Apps/Software February 20, 2018

Flight Simulator Add-On That Installed Password-Stealing Malware Was For Anti-Piracy, Devs Say

FlightSimLabs, provider of expansions for the massively popular Microsoft Flight Simulator, has insisted the malware that came with the A320X add-on was an anti-piracy measure. Security experts scored the tactic as extreme DRM method and absolute insanity.

Apps/Software February 20, 2018

Google Chrome Now Automatically Shortens And Cleans Up Messy URLs When You Share Them

Google Chrome now makes long URLs much nicer to look at by automatically shortening tracking strings after a link. But while it looks less chaotic, there are some disadvantages.

Apps/Software February 20, 2018

Google App Beta Gets Tools To Edit And Share Screenshots

The Google app has a screenshot editing tool that allows quick edits and instant sharing of captured screen images. The feature is now part of the application’s beta build 7.21 and is expected to be released soon.

Apps/Software February 18, 2018

Twitter Shuts Down Mac Desktop Client, Says It’s Focusing On More Consistent ‘Twitter Experience’ Across Platforms

Twitter just ended support for its desktop client on Mac, encouraging users to use the web version instead. It’s safe to say that it won’t be missed, though.

Apps/Software February 17, 2018

Google Maps For iOS Gets New Update With Real-Time Transit Info And More

A new update for the Google Maps iOS app adds new features including real-time transit information and more. This brings the iOS app on par with its Android counterpart, as Google Maps for Android got these features last year.

Apps/Software February 18, 2018

Google Launches Light Gmail Go App For Low-End Devices: Here's What It Brings

Google released a new Gmail Go app designed for low-end devices, as it requires fewer resources and less storage space. The app offers a smart inbox experience and several neat features, so here's what it brings.

Apps/Software February 16, 2018

Facebook Is Using Your Two-Factor Authentication Info To Send You Spam Messages

A handful of users have now complained about Facebook apparently exploiting their two-factor authentication phone numbers to send spam notifications, but it gets worse than that.

Apps/Software February 15, 2018

So Long, Creeps: Tinder Will Soon Allow Women To Message Guys First

Tinder is borrowing one of the most important features on Bumble. Women will soon be able to prevent guys from sending them a message first, giving them more control of their experience.

Apps/Software February 15, 2018

Xbox App's Party Chat Feature Is Now Available On iOS, Android

Microsoft’s Xbox party chat application is now live and ready to download for Android and iOS users. The app permits real-time conversation among gamers and essentially extends the Xbox Live outside of the living room.

Apps/Software February 15, 2018

Snapchat Creators Now Have Access To Analytics: Views, Demographics, And More

Snapchat users can now access an audience analytics tool to gain insights on story views, engagement, and demographics. The changes, which include a redesign of the app interface, are seen as part of the company’s efforts to sustain growth.

Apps/Software February 14, 2018

Snapchat Redesign Stirs Massive Backlash: More Than 670K People Sign Petition Get The Old Design Back

The Snapchat redesign recently rolled out more widely and it sparked a firestorm of criticism. More than 670,000 people signed a petition to roll back to the old version of the app, but Snap seems keen on making this update work.

Apps/Software February 13, 2018

Don't Let The Facebook App 'Protect' You: It's Onavo, The VPN Service That Tracks Your Data Usage

Facebook now offers Onavo Protect, a VPN app, in the United States and select locations. The service, available on Android and iOS, purports to give extra protection but also has tracking features that collect users’ private data.

Apps/Software February 14, 2018

Apple Could Be Revising Its Approach To iOS, macOS Updates

Apple has reportedly told its engineers to renew its approach to developing software updates for iOS and macOS. They no longer have to follow a strict schedule and can push back a feature if they feel it needs more work.

Apps/Software February 13, 2018

Snapchat Puts Snap Maps Online For Everyone, People Still Hate Redesign

Snapchat added the Snap Maps feature online. Now everyone can view stories without having to go to the app. Stories can be viewed online without having to sign in.

Apps/Software February 12, 2018

Instagram Now Notifies Users If You Screenshot Their Stories, But There’s A Workaround

Instagram is testing a new feature that lets story creators view the people who have taken a screenshot of their content. Only a number of users are participating in the test, and plans for a wide rollout remain uncertain.

Apps/Software February 12, 2018

Facial Recognition Accuracy Best For White Men, Worst For Dark-Skinned Women, Research Shows

Research from M.I.T. Media Lab revealed that the accuracy of facial recognition systems depends on the gender and skin color of its user. The technology may not be intentionally biased, but the discrepancy arises from its data sets and creators.

Apps/Software February 12, 2018

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