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Facebook Develops AI That Opens Your Eyes When You Blink In Selfies

Facebook engineers developed artificial intelligence with General Adversarial Networks that opens closed eyes in photos. It did not announce when it will be released to the public.

Apps/Software June 19, 2018

Facebook Messenger Getting Autoplay Video Ads In Private Conversations

Facebook has reportedly started rolling out autoplay video ads in Messenger on Monday, June 18. The company will monitor user reactions to see whether the change is a turn-off.

Apps/Software June 20, 2018

Google Launches YouTube Music And YouTube Premium In More Countries: Is Yours Included?

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, the company’s rebranded streaming services, are finally rolling out to more countries. YouTube Music is a Spotify or Apple Music alternative, while YouTube Premium is the new YouTube Red.

Apps/Software June 19, 2018

Facebook's Android App Is Crashing And Users Are Complaining About It

On June 16, Android users were experiencing outages on the Facebook app. The previous day, the Facebook Messenger app crashed on iOS platforms due to a new update.

Apps/Software June 16, 2018

Gmail For iOS Gets AI-Powered Notifications: Here’s How To Enable It

iOS users can take advantage of a new feature in Gmail that uses artificial intelligence to separate important messages from non-essential ones. The update is slowly rolling out now, Google says.

Apps/Software June 16, 2018

It's Not Just You: Apple Maps Is Down For Everyone Across All Platforms [Update: Resolved]

Apple has confirmed that Apple Maps is down for everyone worldwide, on all platforms. The company is working on the issue and should come up with a fix soon enough.

Apps/Software June 16, 2018

Instagram Removes Its Controversial Screenshot Notification Feature That Alerted You About Stalkers

In February 2018, Instagram tested a new feature that alerted users when someone took a screenshot of their content. By June, Instagram abandoned the new feature.

Apps/Software June 14, 2018

Young Social Media Users Ignore Facebook, Embrace WhatsApp As Primary News Source

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released its annual Digital News Report. They found that younger social media users are turning to WhatsApp to talk about current events.

Apps/Software June 14, 2018

Twitter Introduces Major Changes That’ll Bring Users Closer To Breaking News, Live Events, And More

Twitter is where millions of people first get their news from. Aware of its crucial role, the company is introducing major changes to the way it delivers those stories, ensuring its users are well informed at all times.

Apps/Software June 14, 2018

Google Now Lets You Download AI-Powered Language Translations For Offline Use

Google’s AI-based translations are now available to download for offline use. Google says the feature will work on most Android phones and start with 59 languages initially.

Apps/Software June 13, 2018

Attention Shoppers! Instagram Installs Shopping Tags, Mention Sharing Into Their Stories Feature

Social media network Instagram introduced its users to a new way to shop on their app. Users can instantly shop for some of their favorite brand’s items through a shopping cart sticker in Instagram Stories.

Apps/Software June 12, 2018

Uber Introduces Condensed App 'Uber Lite' To India’s Android Phone Users

Ride-sharing service Uber just released a condensed version of its app, Uber Lite. The app will be test-piloted in India by Android customers and it would make booking rides easier.

Apps/Software June 12, 2018

Facebook Launches New ‘Memories’ Section To Make You Feel Even More Nostalgic

The new Memories tab on Facebook gives users a trip down memory lane, much like the already existing On This Day feature. You can even find out when you became friends with someone and commemorate it with a friendversary video.

Apps/Software June 12, 2018

Snapchat Now Lets You Unsend Messages: Here’s How

Good news, Snapchat users: there’s now a proper way of deleting messages you wish you hadn’t sent. Just make sure the recipient doesn’t get a chance see it beforehand, though.

Apps/Software June 12, 2018

Snapchat Tries To Attract Mature Audiences By Selling Event Tickets

Snap Inc. and SeatGeek announced a new partnership which will allow Snapchat users to purchase event tickets without leaving the social media platform. The Los Angeles Football Club and boxer Errol Spence, Jr. took advantage of the new collaboration.

Apps/Software June 9, 2018

Gmail For Android Now Lets You Customize Swipe Gestures

Google finally adds new gesture options to Gmail for Android. Swiping right or left can now trigger specific functions, like archiving, marking as read, and more.

Apps/Software June 9, 2018

Friends Can Now Repost Your Instagram Stories, But Here’s The Catch

Reposting other people’s Stories on Instagram is now possible. Simply tag a person in a story and they’ll be able to share it with their friends, provided the original poster is set to public.

Apps/Software June 9, 2018

MIT Creates World's First Psychopath AI, Fed With Gruesome Reddit Content

MIT researchers fed gruesome Reddit data to a machine learning algorithm and created the 'world's first psychopath AI.' Meet Norman and his disturbing Rorschach inkblot descriptions.

Apps/Software June 8, 2018

Can Alexa, Siri, And Google Assistant Help Save Lives? Yes And No, Say Experts

Researchers carried out a study to determine how the latest voice-activated smart assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Google assistant react to queries about depression, rape, and domestic violence. Here’s what they found:

Apps/Software June 7, 2018

Instagram Could Allow Users To Post Hour Long Videos

The Wall Street Journal released a report that Instagram was deliberating on testing out a new vertical video feature. This feature would allow app users to expand the length of the video content.

Apps/Software June 6, 2018

Amazon Announces That It Will Distribute Alexa And Echo Products To France

Amazon announced that it would be bringing both Alexa and three of its Echo products to France. Users are currently able to preorder the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Spot devices.

Apps/Software June 6, 2018

Beware, Gamers! Don't Fall For Fake 'Fortnite' Android Apps That Can Steal Your Personal Details

Fake ‘Fortnite’ APKs started showing up online ahead of the game’s release on Android devices this summer. These fake versions of the popular survival game are infecting devices with spyware.

Apps/Software June 6, 2018

Heads Up, Android Users: You Can Now Download The Standalone Google Lens App

No more opening up Google Assistant or Google Photos just to use Google Lens. You can now download a standalone version from the Play Store.

Apps/Software June 6, 2018

Sorry, Folks: Instagram Is Definitely Not Reverting To Chronological News Feed

Holding your breath until Instagram finally brings back its old chronological news feed algorithm? Don’t waste your time — the company just confirmed it’s not making a return.

Apps/Software June 4, 2018

Only 50 Percent Of Teens Use Facebook: More Teens Use Snapchat, Instagram, And YouTube

New research shows that teens are spending more time online but not using Facebook. Teens prefer to use Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube.

Apps/Software May 31, 2018

Samsung Is Bringing Medical Consultations To Phones In The UK: Report

Samsung and Babylon Health are reportedly joining forces for AI-powered medical consults in the UK. The initiative will be a paid service and could later expand to more markets worldwide.

Apps/Software June 1, 2018

Typing 'the1975..com' Into The Google App Triggers A Weird Glitch That Displays Your Android Text Messages

Android users have uncovered a weird glitch. When typing 'the1975..com' into the Google app, they'd get search results that displayed their recent text messages, similar to the 'show me my text messages' command.

Apps/Software May 31, 2018

Snapchat To Introduce SnapKit For Connecting With Other Apps

Snap Inc. is looking to develop its relationships with third-party app developers. The social media company is allegedly courting partners by giving them access to its Bitmoji avatars and Snapchat’s camera tool.

Apps/Software May 30, 2018

Snapchat Has A New Lens That Reacts To Sound

Snapchat recently added its newest Lens that, as expected, reacts based on what it sees through the camera. The surprise is that it reacts to sound as well.

Apps/Software May 30, 2018

Pandora Rolls Out $15 Premium Family Plan: Here Are The Details

Music streaming service Pandora revealed a new $15 service for up to six subscribers. The Premium Family plan takes all of the benefits of its regular Premium subscription and delivers the same advantages for all six members for a smaller monthly fee.

Apps/Software May 29, 2018

Tinder Introduces Places Feature, Shares Users’ Exact Location With Potential Partners

Tinder released a new feature called 'Places' to enhance users’ experience on the dating app. Only three international cities have access to this new feature that would match users through their favorite locations.

Apps/Software May 26, 2018

Pornhub Launches Free VPN Service: VPNHub Won't Be Just For Porn

Pornhub launched VPNHub, a free VPN service that will not only hide visits to the infamous website. Using VPNs is becoming more important, especially with the pending death of net neutrality.

Apps/Software May 26, 2018

YouTube Brings Direct Messaging Feature From Mobile To Website

YouTube brought its in-app direct messaging service to its website. The communications feature was previously introduced to Android and iOS users who were able to share videos and have conversations on the app simultaneously.

Apps/Software May 25, 2018

Valve Says Apple Rejected Its Steam Link iOS App Because Of 'Business Conflicts'

Apple blocked the Steam Link app's release on the iOS App Store. According to Valve, it was because of business conflicts with the app guidelines.

Apps/Software May 29, 2018

You Can Now Use Alexa To Listen Hands-Free To Amazon Music

Amazon announced that its Amazon Music app now comes with hands-free listening thanks to Alexa. It allows users to use voice controls to play music from the app just like they would on an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

Apps/Software May 25, 2018

PayPal Will Soon Work With Google Apps Such As Gmail, YouTube, And More

It will now be easier to pay for things or send money through PayPal without even leaving Google’s apps and services. Both companies have just entered a partnership to make online payments as frictionless as possible.

Apps/Software May 25, 2018

Watch Microsoft's AI XiaoIce Hold A Conversation Like A Human (Or Like Google's Duplex)

Microsoft recently demonstrated XiaoIce's capabilities, including being able to carry a full duplex conversation over a phone call. XiaoIce is an AI chatbot that's popular in China, will it come to the US soon?

Apps/Software May 24, 2018

Amazon's Facial Recognition System Can Identify 100 People In A Single Image (And That's Potentially Terrifying)

Amazon sold its real-time facial recognition technology to US law enforcement and the ACLU is objecting. This is because the technology, called “Amazon Rekognition,” has the ability to identify up to 100 individuals in a single photo in real-time.

Apps/Software May 24, 2018

Dropbox Update Brings File Activity Improvements, Plus Gallery View, And More

Dropbox for iOS and Android are getting much-needed upgrades. File activity finally comes to mobile, and there’s now a new gallery view option, plus more.

Apps/Software May 23, 2018

Twitter Ends Support For Android TV, Roku, and Xbox Apps

Twitter announced that it would discontinue its TV-based apps for Android TV, Roku, and Xbox. Reports say it had something to do with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation standards.

Apps/Software May 22, 2018

Instagram Gives Users The Power To Quiet Certain Users Down, Thanks To The Mute Button

Instagram users can now control what they view on their personal and Instagram Stories feed. The Mute button would allow users to silence certain users without notifying them that they have been muted.

Apps/Software May 22, 2018

Google Maps For iOS Update Adds New Car Icons To Replace The Boring Navigation Arrow

Google Maps's latest iOS update added new car icons that replace the arrow in the driving navigation mode. Users now have three icon options, which allow them to choose one to represent the car they are driving.

Apps/Software May 23, 2018

Google Photos Is Getting A New Favorites Feature: What To Expect

Google just announced more features coming to Google Photos. Soon, users will be able to compile their favorite photos in one album or like photos shared by their contacts.

Apps/Software May 23, 2018

Twitter For Android Now Uses Its Own Emoji Because Google Still Hasn't Solved Its Fragmentation Problem

No more seeing blank boxes when using emoji on the Twitter app for Android. Twitter has now implemented its own custom Twemoji library for the app, but that doesn’t solve Google’s fragmentation problem.

Apps/Software May 22, 2018

Instagram Will Tell You If You’ve Seen All New Posts Via ‘You’re All Caught Up’ Feature

Instagram will now tell you if you’ve seen all the new posts in the last 48 hours. It seems to be part of Facebook’s 'time well spent' initiative, which calls for more responsible social media usage.

Apps/Software May 22, 2018

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