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  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +20 +1

    Slack now has a dark mode for its Android and iOS apps

    Dark mode is rolling out to Slack's Android and iOS apps as of March 11, 2019, and once you update the app, you can access it by going to Settings and enabling the new dark mode toggle.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by wildcard
    +15 +1

    Google upgrades Gboard keyboard with faster and more reliable AI dictation

    Google is updating its Gboard keyboard on Pixel phones with AI-powered offline dictation. The update means users will be able to dictate emails and texts faster and more reliably, says Google, without worrying about whether they’re connected to the internet. “Imagine you’re walking out of your building and you want to send a message to someone saying ‘I’m running late,’” says Françoise Beaufays, a research scientist and team lead at Google’s speech recognition and mobile input group.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +13 +1

    Package tracking app turns users’ devices into a bot farm, violates user privacy

    We’ve been seeing a lot of scam apps in the App Store lately, which try to trick users into purchasing expensive subscriptions or products, we’ve also seen apps that track and transmit the user’s location without their consent. Today, I want to talk about an app that’s using iOS devices to perform work for other users, without the device owner’s consent.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by ppp
    +12 +1

    Second Apple Music web player has a design so clean it looks official

    Apple doesn’t offer an official Apple Music web player, but it does offer web APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) which allow other people to create their own. The first one we’ve seen was Play Apple Music, which hit the web last month. That one had a design rather reminiscent of Google’s Material Design …

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +16 +1

    Facebook said to be secretly working on LOL meme hub app

    After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV, the company has been quietly developing another product targeted at the kids. According to a new report, the company has spent months building LOL which is a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch late Friday that it was experimenting with the “LOL” hub for kids. “We are running a small scale test and the concept is in the early stages right now,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by mariogi
    +2 +1

    The Complete Guide to Postmates Tipping Etiquette

    Inc. magazine predicts that the size of the on-demand economy will reach nearly $57 billion this year, thanks to more than 35 percent of the United States workforce choosing freelance over full-time work. The popularity of the on-demand economy, and the multitude of jobs it provides, has helped fuel an at-will workforce. It’s easy to see the appeal of this new gig-based economy — work when you want, where you want, and at your own pace. But this quasi-American dream isn’t always as appealing as marketing might suggest.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +20 +1

    Dark Sky weather app on iOS adds slick new dark mode in latest update

    Popular weather application Dark Sky has been updated today with a highly anticipated new dark mode theme. This means there’s now a gorgeous black design, and support for automatically switching between light and dark mode. To enable dark mode support in Dark Sky, simply tap the settings icon in the upper-right corner of the app. From there, you’ll see an “Appearance” option that you can tap. You can then choose between permanently enabling dark mode, or choosing the “Daylight” option to automatically switch to dark mode at sunset everyday.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +4 +1

    Spotify will now suspend or terminate accounts it finds are using ad blockers

    Spotify will take a harder stance on ad blockers in its updated terms of service. In an email to users today, the streaming music and podcast platform said its new user guidelines “mak[e] it clear that all types of ad blockers, bots and fraudulent streaming activities are not permitted.” Accounts that use ad blockers in Spotify face immediate suspension or termination under the new terms of service, which go into effect on March 1.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +11 +1

    Apple announces Health Records feature coming to veterans

    Working with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Apple announced that the Health Records on iPhone feature will be available soon to veterans. For the first time, American veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will be able to securely view their aggregated health records directly in the Health app on their iPhone. “We have great admiration for veterans, and we’re proud to bring a solution like Health Records on iPhone to the veteran community,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “It’s truly an honor to contribute to the improved healthcare of America’s heroes.”

  • Download
    5 years ago
    by salmannella
    +4 +1

    MobilePatrol - Android Apps on Google Play

    Keeping communities safe and informed by improving communication between law enforcement and the communities they serve.This app is awesome l am sure the Iphone has it also.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by TNY
    +27 +2

    Mobile Contacts Are Now The Real Social Network

    Facebook’s surprising acquisition of WhatsApp signals that it has realized that users’ true social network is the contact list on their smartphones. Mobile contacts are usually limited to people a user knows well and actually communicates with, a veritable treasure trove when compared to the copious list of Facebook friends that many users have accumulated over the years.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by aj0690
    +12 +2

    Yahoo Gives CMU $10 Million to Invent a Better Siri

    Yahoo’s future mobile apps could come with a dash of intelligence that lets them act like personal assistants. The company has made a $10 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University for a project called InMind, which is intended to create and test assistant-style services for mobile devices.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +22 +1

    Network router caused WhatsApp's 'biggest' outage

    WhatsApp founder Jan Koum on Sunday issued an apology and blamed a network router for Saturday's outage of the mobile messaging app. "We are sorry about the downtime," wrote Koum. "It has been our longest and biggest outage in years. It was caused by a network router fault which cascaded into our servers."

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +1

    Today's Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths

    While I am far from a Luddite who fetishizes a life without tech, we need to consider the consequences of this latest batch of apps and tools that remind us to contact significant others, boost our willpower, provide us with moral guidance, and encourage us to be civil. Taken together, we’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by hxxp
    +15 +1

    Tor developing anonymous instant messenger

    Tor is currently working on a secure instant messaging app for the desktop that will automatically route encrypted messages through its anonymous network. The instant messenger may be available on its own or included as part of the Tor Browser Bundle — an app that allows users to easily enable Tor and begin browsing the web anonymously.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    Flipboard Acquires Content Discovery Tool Zite

    Social reader app Flipboard announced that it’s acquired content discovery tool and reader Zite from CNN. While Zite traded hands for a reported $60 million, it also appears that CNN has jumped on the Flipboard bandwagon and will be sharing its news and feature stories in its new Flipboard magazines: CNN and CNN International.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by KondoR
    +15 +1

    Vine officially bans all sexually explicit content

    Vine has previously taken steps to hide pornographic and sexually explicit videos shared by its users, but today it's outright banning the content. The company has updated both its rules and terms of service to prohibit sexually explicit material. "As we’ve watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we’ve found that there’s a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community," the company said in a blog post.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by aj0690
    +19 +1

    Privacy Groups Want To Block Facebook/WhatsApp Deal

    Two privacy groups filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to block the $19 billion deal between Facebook and WhatsApp. The groups, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy, say that WhatsApp's privacy policy doesn't match up with Facebook's, and that Facebook has a long history of violating users' privacy.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by macavoy
    +22 +1

    Yik Yak chat app stirring up trouble in high schools

    From Chicago, to Georgia, to Southern California, a new social media application is causing problems on middle school and high school campuses across the United States. It's called Yik Yak, a location-based app that creates an anonymous social chat room where up to 500 nearby users connect through GPS tracking on their phones. Less than 4 months old, Yik Yak has "a couple hundred thousand users, mainly in Southeast/East coast campuses," its co-founder Brooks Buffington said.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by zritic
    +17 +1

    Gogo plans to release an app that lets travelers call and text during flights

    Those who travel frequently know the woes that come from flying 35,000 feet in the air. While some airlines provide in-flight internet and other communication services, travelers are often faced with the consequence of not being able to receive calls or text during their flight. In-flight internet company 'Gogo' may soon have the answer: they plan to launch an app which allows you to make calls and even text while in the air.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by Nelson
    +16 +1

    Is Payment Startup Clinkle a $25 Million Bust?

    Everything about Clinkle seems right out of Silicon Valley central casting. There’s the peculiar name (inspired by the sound of pocket change), high-profile investors including early Facebook backer Peter Thiel, an office in downtown San Francisco, and pirate dress-up days. It’s also run by an energetic, brash 22-year-old named Lucas Duplan. In 2013 the startup raised $25 million for its mobile payment app, which no one had seen.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by CoffeeJunky
    +5 +1

    Social news app Nuzzel organizes the news according to who is sharing it

    Reading the news isn't a difficult task for most people, but finding the most interesting news of the day probably is. The folks at Nuzzel, a news aggregation service that launches today, can certa...

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by giblue
    +9 +1

    This Little-Known iOS Feature Will Change the Way We Connect

    A new iOS app called FireChat is blowing up in the App Store. But it’s not the app itself that’s causing such a stir, it’s the underlying networking technology it taps into. The idea behind FireChat is simple. It’s a chatting app. After registering with a name — no email address or other personal identifiers required — you’re dropped into a fast-moving chatroom of “Everyone” using it in your country.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by drank
    +16 +1

    WhatsApp Claims To Have Sent 64 Billion Messages In 24 Hours

    WhatsApp just refuses to work with pedestrian numbers. Take for example its sale price to Facebook, which is snatching up the instant messaging service for $19 billion. That's a pretty big number, though not as high as the new record the service set in daily messages sent and received, which totaled 64 billion messages combined.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by bradd
    +19 +1

    How child porn killed my app called YayNay

    Over a period of 6 months, two programmers and I, worked nights and weekends to create, launch and kill an iOS app called YayNay (hot or not for anything). We maintained full time jobs and families while pursuing this effort. Consumer apps are a hit or miss. YayNay was a miss. Read on to learn a bit about our process and how child porn eventually did our app in.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by zyery
    +18 +1

    App Helps the Blind "See" With Their Ears

    A woman who has been blind since birth sits at a table with a bowl of mostly green apples in front of her. When asked to find the single red one, she plucks it from the bowl without hesitation and holds it up to applause from the audience.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +7 +1

    Piracy App Popcorn Time, Booted from One File-Hosting Provider, Moves to Another

    The anonymous crew behind the Popcorn Time movie-piracy app moved quickly to switch to a new file-hosting provider, apparently located in France, after its account was shut down earlier Saturday by the company previously hosting its downloads. This Wednesday, an anonymous group of developers launched Popcorn-time.tv, registered to a P.O. Box number in Panama.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by ckshenn
    +14 +1

    The Fallacy Of Android-First

    In late 2012, we decided to launch Emu on Android first. It went against the conventional wisdom at the time, but we saw a real advantage. Sixteen months later, we’re back on iOS: Emu for iPhone launched on April 2. Here’s why Android didn’t work out for us and why you should think carefully before going Android-first.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by zyery
    +28 +1

    Twitter Acquires Cover, an Android Lock Screen App

    Twitter has acquired Cover, an Android lock screen app, the two companies announced Monday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Cover was founded by former Google employees and launched on an invitation-only basis in October. Cover displays the six apps on the Android lock screen that users are most likely to want to use, based on daily analysis of the user's smartphone habits and the current context (whether you're at home, work or driving somewhere).

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by hyfi
    +40 +1

    The #1 paid app in the Google Playstore "Virus Shield" is a complete scam

    Security is an important factor when it comes to technology, and in most cases you can never have too much. In 2014, our smartphones know more about us than we know about ourselves, and if malware were to creep onto our smartphones then we could potentially suffer some major consequences. As a result, like any reasonable person, we would look to secure our device. This is what Deviant Solutions, the creator of the current #1 Play Store app, decided to capitalize on.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +17 +1

    Mark Cuban Wants To Take Over Texting

    “Tact,” said the former British prime minister, Winston Churchill, “is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” In which case Mark Cuban is something of a smiling assassin on TV’s Shark Tank - striking equal measures of both terror and adulation in entrepreneurs seeking his investment on the show (relegating Kevin O’Leary incidentally to undertaker.)

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +4 +1

    Beat Jet Lag with This Scientist-Developed App

    Fed up with jet lag when you fly long distances? University of Michigan mathematicians have your back. They’ve developed a free app, available today, based on mathematical models that can tell you when to go outdoors and when to stay in bed to avoid the sleepiness and other side effects of crossing multiple time zones quickly.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +8 +1

    SkinneePix: the ugly truth about the selfies app that makes you look thinner

    The new app SkinneePix claims to make it look like you've shed 15lbs in your selfies – but we found the results aren't that pretty

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by AriZona
    +14 +1

    How Fandango and Credit Karma exposed millions of smartphone users’ data

    Developers of two popular smartphone apps—Fandango and Credit Karma—have been caught transmitting passwords, social security numbers, birth dates, and other highly sensitive user data over the Internet without properly encrypting it first, officials with the Federal Trade Commission said.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by wildcard
    +17 +1

    Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

    Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it’s sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android in the US in the coming weeks.