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Snapchat, the popular mobile app that allows you to send and receive timed photos, videos, and text messages, just added a potentially game changing feature—URL profile sharing. That's right, this simple feature addition could turn out to be huge for a social app that has big aspirations of generating billions of dollars.The developers at Snapchat have been working to make it easier to share and link accounts. In the old days, you had to type in someone's username and hope Snapchat would find them. Since then, Snapchat's added the ability to use QR Snapcodes, sift through your phone contacts, and... Read more...
Part of the reason why Uber is so popular is because of its feedback system. Drivers rate passengers and passengers rate drivers, a sort of check-and-balance system between two parties. But what if negative feedback isn't warranted? As a means of investigating complaints, Uber has launched a pilot program that uses smartphone technologies to see how a driver performs. "Gyrometers in phones can measure small movements, while GPS and accelerometers show how often a vehicle starts and stops, as well as its overall speed. If a rider complains that a driver accelerated too fast and broke too hard, we... Read more...
WhatsApp is eliminating its $0.99 subscription fee in favor of a new business model, one that won't bother you with advertising. Well, not for now, anyway. Instead of replacing the nominal yearly subscription fee with ads, WhatsApp will experiment with bringing businesses on board. "Naturally, people might wonder how we plan to keep WhatsApp running without subscription fees and if today's announcement means we're introducing third-party ads. The answer is no. Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to... Read more...
Microsoft is porting yet another app over to iOS, this latest one called Word Flow, a smartphone keyboard app that's similar to Swype. Word Flow allows you to type without lifting your finger off of the keyboard -- you start by touching the first letter in the word you want to type an then slide your finger to each subsequent one. It's the latest app or service to make the migration over to a competing platform. This has been part of Microsoft's strategy for quite some time now, one that it's ramped up rather aggressively since introducing Windows 10. You can find services like Microsoft's Cortana... Read more...
It was a ho-ho-hot holiday season for Apple and its App Store, which set new records in the two weeks covering Christmas and New Year's. In the two-week time period leading up to January 3, iOS and Mac OS X users spent a combined $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for both traffic and money spent. Customers also set a single-day record on January 1, 2016, by forking over $144 million, besting the record that was set just a week earlier on Christmas Day, Apple said. While Apple keeps a percentage of purchases, developers to date have pocketed nearly $40... Read more...
Microsoft's been spending time and resources releasing mobile applications for competing platforms, and while there's a certain logic in that, its latest app for iOS is, well, an interesting submission, to put it nicely. Called "Microsoft Selfie," it's essentially a version of its Lumia Selfie app, except for iPhone users. "Microsoft Selfie is a selfie and portrait enhancement application. The app takes age, gender, skin tone, lighting, and many other variables into account, applies different models automatically and finishes enhancement with just a single click," the app's description reads. "Users... Read more...
Coordinating an activity with a group of friends isn't always easy. It looks like Google wants to change that -- as well as tap into your spontaneous side -- through a new app for Android and iOS deviced called "Who's Down - Fall 2015" (just Who's Down from here on out). The only thing is, you need to an invite to use it.Based on the app's description and accompanying screenshot, the premise seems simple. When you're bored or otherwise free to do something, you flip the slider on the app's main page "to let friends know you're down to meet up." Your status lasts for a set period of time -- a screenshot... Read more...
Facebook's software developers have identified a couple of issues that could negatively affect the battery life on iOS devices when installing and using the official Facebook app. The latest update to the Facebook iOS app addresses those issues, though the social network is continuing to investigate why some users have experienced noticeably degraded battery life. More than a minor nuisance, there have been several reports of Facebook's iOS app draining battery life on iPhone and iPad devices at an unusually fast clip. Many of those experiencing the issue note that it occurs even when disabling... Read more...
Some of the worst ideas are those that purport to solve a problem that doesn't exist. A potential app called "Peeple" might be even worse. Described as "Yelp for humans," the unreleased Peeple app initially aimed to give users to the ability to rate fellow human beings on a scale of 1 to 5 and post reviews, good or bad. It's a horrible idea, and if signers of a Care2 petition have their way, Peeple will never be released. The Care2 petition (rightfully) argues that "people aren't numbers" and demands an end to the release of the Peeple app. It currently has over 10,200 virtual signatures, though... Read more...
Some Apple app developers were caught with their pants around their ankles after it was discovered that a counterfeit version of Apple's free Xcode coding software had injected their creations with malware. The good news for iOS users is that there aren't a lot of high profile apps affected by this. Be that as it may, Apple posted a list of the top 25 most popular apps that were impacted by the malicious software. They include WeChat (v6.2.6), DiDi Taxi (v4.1.0), 58 Classified - Job, Used Cars, Rent (v6.2.2), Google Map - Driving and Public Transportation (v7.5.0), Railroad 12306 (v2.11), Flush... Read more...
Android fans are in a tizzy over a new app in Google Play that helps users move their content from an Android device to an iPhone or iPad. Apple built the app, which is called "Move to iOS," and made it available for free in Google Play where it's getting hammered by user reviews. It has a 2-star rating out of more than 7,300 user reviews. Most of the ratings are split between 1-star (5,708) and 5 stars (1,374), with a spattering of 2-4 star ratings in between. "Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it. With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically... Read more...
Remember that $15 Windows DVD Player app Microsoft's been peddling in the Windows Store? The notion that Microsoft is charging $15 for basic DVD playback software that doesn't even support Blu-ray discs is a slap in the face in and of itself, but to add insult to injury, the app is riddled with bugs. That's the bad news. And the good news? We suppose that would be the fact that Microsoft has acknowledged there are numerous issues with the app and is "actively working to fix" them all, though as of right now, your best bet is to try some workarounds. Microsoft provided five of them. The video is... Read more...
Snapchat is a runaway success in terms of having a massive userbase and brand recognition, but when it come to making money off the app, the developers are still trying to figure out how best do that. One way they've come up with is by selling the ability to replay snaps. With the update that's rolling out today, Snapchat users can purchase a pack of three replays for $0.99. These are in addition to the daily replay that users have been enjoying for free. The only caveat is that you still can only replay a chat once, so you can't stockpile replays and keep viewing a snap.Today's Snapchat update... Read more...
You have our utmost respect if you've ever run into the "Map 256 Glitch" in Pac-Man. The show stopping bug thwarted even the best Pac-Man players with an impossible to beat level, and it's also the theme of Bandai Namco's newest Pac-Man title -- yes, another Pac-Man game! -- Pac-Man 256 available for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. Let's back up a moment. Also known as the split-screen level or kill screen, the Map 256 Glitch occurred when Pac-Man players made it to level 256. At issue is the level counter being stored as an 8-bit integer, so it could only store 256 values (0-255), with the highest... Read more...
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