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  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by chunkymonkey
    +11 +1

    McDonald’s Keeps Touting Security of Mobile App After Credit, Debit Cards Hacked

    The MyMcD’s mobile app continues to plague some users who have had their payment methods compromised.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by belangermira
    +11 +1

    Dark Mode Might Not Be Coming To WhatsApp After All

    If you’re part of the DarkModeEverything Movement (I just named it that) you’ll be disappointed to know that the much anticipated WhatsApp dark mode might not be coming to the application after all. After rumours started swirling confirming the existence of the feature we even got a closer look at what dark mode would look like but alas, the feature might have died a premature death. WABetaInfo (the authority on WhatsApp leaks) has said the company has stopped working on the feature.

  • Current Event
    2 months 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
    2 months 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
    1 month ago
    by rexall
    +12 +1

    WhatsApp now lets you control who can add you to a group

    WhatsApp today announced it is rolling out changes to its messaging app to give users more control over how they engage with groups, thereby addressing one of the most pronounced privacy issues on the platform. The Facebook-owned service said users will now have an option to control who can add them to groups. Users can choose between Nobody, My Contacts (people whose phone numbers they have saved in their phone), and Everyone — assuming they don’t have any reservations about random people adding them to different groups.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +25 +1

    App Store analytics show we’re losing our appetite for new apps

    App Store analytics suggest that Elon Musk may be right in his contention that the big problems have already been solved. While we once had an appetite for new apps, that’s no longer the case: we’re increasingly downloading the more established ones. The founding CTO of Hulu points to a stark difference in the app charts between 2014 and today …

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by bradd
    +26 +1

    A new Spotify app allows you to create your dream festival lineup

    Thanks to the folks at streaming platform Spotify, you can now create your own dream festival lineup to pine over for decades to come. For as long there have been bands playing shows, the inevitable question has been asked; “What would be your dream festival lineup?” Sure, plenty of people would use the chance to reunite or resurrect some big names like...

  • 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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
    5 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.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by aj0690
    +16 +1

    After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million

    Anonymous social networking apps are having a moment. Following the notable funding rounds for apps like Secret ($8.6 million) and Whisper ($21 million!), newcomer Yik Yak is today announcing a small amount of outside investment, too. In its case, the company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its “hyper-local” chatting app, which controversially grew popular with school kids, leading to several bannings due to cyberbullying, drawing national headlines.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by messi
    +23 +1

    Google removes malware Android apps used to secretly mine bitcoin

    If you own an Android, your phone might be mining bitcoin without you even knowing it. Five apps were recently removed from the Google Play store after they were discovered to be covertly using Android devices' to mine bitcoin.