In September last year, Google updated the default emojis for its Android operating system to be more in line with the ones you'd find in iMessage, Facebook, and Snapchat. But this change wasn't universally embraced, and the company is bringing them back as sticker packs for GBoard and Android Messages. Meanwhile, Apple is celebrating World Emoji Day right down to the executive profile pictures on its website.Read More »
After several years of exclusivity on iOS, WeTransfer has finally come to Android. WeTransfer is a notably streamlined cloud storage service that lets users send files up to 2GB in size for free, while paying customers can increase this cap to 20GB, along with other perks. The company also announced a feature called "boards," which are collections of media and links that you can share on social networks and elsewhere.
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Microsoft released a new beta version of its Edge web browser for iOS today, adding reverse image search, workplace logins for companies that use Microsoft accounts, and several quality-of-life improvements. The iOS version requires a redemption code to be used within the Apple TestFlight app. The Android beta version received these updates last month, and anyone with a compatible device can download and install that one..
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ReachNow, the Pacific Northwest car-sharing service, is expanding it urban transportation options today with a ride-sharing service that lets you hail a ride or arrange to share a car, all from the same ReachNow app.
Part of the BMW's Mobility Services group, ReachNow operates car-sharing services in Seattle, Portland, and New York City, but for now its new ride-hailing service is only rolling out in the Seattle area.
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Google announced today that users of its search engine in the United Kingdom now have access to the Google for Jobs cards that pop up when the engine detects that you're looking for work. The company said that 75 percent of UK employers have trouble finding the right candidates or sometimes any candidate at all, and Google committed in November to helping 100,000 Brits get hired or advance in their careers by 2020.
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There are several versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome for Windows and MacOS -- including final releases and beta builds -- depending on if you want stability or new feature testing. Today, the bleeding-edge version of Google's browser, called Chrome Canary, is introducing a new look with rounded tabs, a rounded search bar, a new Google account menu, and more.
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Following the game's launch two summers ago, Niantic seemed, at times, overwhelmed by the success of Pokemon Go and was slow to react to the needs of its large and often frustrated player community. The game's first year was especially marked by frustrating glitches that made tracking and capturing Pokemon, at times, overly challenging and even allowed cheaters to capture rare monsters and grab distant gyms.
But Niantic has -- slowly -- addressed player concerns and on the game's... Read More »
Microsoft announced today that Skype Classic (aka Skype 7), an older Windows desktop version of its cross-platform chat messenger, will be shut down after September 1. Users are being encouraged to upgrade to version 8, which has some features not available in Classic.
In a prepared statement, the Skype Team said, "This is done to ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience, and that... Read More »
NBC News reported exclusively today that the Apple App Store has taken down QDrops, an app that sends news alerts related to QAnon, a person or group of people who claim to be documenting a secret cold war between the Trump administration and an alleged shadow government referred to as "the deep state." QAnon first found life on the 4Chan discussion forum, which in recent years has taken a hard turn toward fascist propaganda.
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Uber rolled out several new features for its transportation app today that should help its drivers figure out which person on the sidewalk is actually their rider. One of the new features, Spotlight, selects a specific color to display on a rider's screen to be presented to the driver, while the other, Pickup Messages, will read a short text message aloud that contains a short description of what you're wearing. In this announcement, Uber also committed to guaranteed... Read More »
Uber announced today that you'll soon be able to use Venmo as a payment option for Uber and Uber Eats, making it easier in theory to split the cost of a ride or food delivery with your friends. You'll be able to use an existing Venmo balance, debit card, or bank account. Credit cards were notably absent from the list.
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Microsoft announced today that it's releasing Whiteboard for Windows 10 to everyone, after beta testing the app for several months. The company advertises Whiteboard as a "digital canvas" where you can draw, paint, write, and scrawl just like with a physical whiteboard in a classroom or meeting room.
The added bonus here is that you can share your whiteboard with others online, and they can make changes in real... Read More »
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The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, Build 17713, brings a handful of welcome updates to Windows 10, including autoplay controls for the Edge browser and new ways to authenticate users for a remote desktop session. But the most surprising update may be improvements to Windows long-ignored Notepad app.A better Notepad
With the latest Insider Preview, the Find dialog box gives you the option of choosing to do a wrap-around find and replace. The Find dialog will also remember previously entered... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Amazon Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16th at 3PM Eastern time, ushering in another hurricane of deep and very brief discounts on millions of products, from mobile phones to laptops and big-screen TVs. And Amazon has its own growing army of devices and services that you'll be able to get for some of the lowest prices that you'll see all year.
Today, we're homing in on all the deals that are especially great for iPhone, iPad, and Android users, some... Read More »
Microsoft dropped a surprise release today: a free preview version of Teams, its competitor to Slack, which just got a lot more competitive. Teams was previously only available to Office 365 subscribers, while anyone could use Slack. The preview version of Teams lacks a few features (see below), but it's poised to make a big dent in the business messaging market.
Battle royale juggernaut Fortnite unleashed Season 5 today, bringing in a new batch of outfits, weapons, vehicles, map changes, mini-games, challenges, mysterious events, and possibly a kitchen sink. This season adds an Old West-ish theme with cowboy outfits and flintlock weapons, plus golf carts that you can race, and rifts that you can travel through. You can play the Battle Royale mode of Fornite for free on iOS, as well as game consoles and PCs.
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Topics: iOS Software
Android, iPhone, and iPad users who have trouble using an onscreen keyboard can now tap into Morse code with the latest version of the Google's Gboard keyboard.
Using the Morse code feature, you tap on dots and dashes to form words instead of having to tap out each letter. Gboard displays each matching letter and shows auto-suggestions for you to add complete words. This option is aimed at people with mobility problems or other disabilities that make it difficult and... Read More »
Apple has the App Store, Google has the Google Play Store, and Microsoft has the Microsoft Store. Now, popular reality TV series " Big Brother," has its own app store, too. (Disclosure: Download.com and "Big Brother" are both owned by parent company CBS Corp.)
The season itself has a high-tech theme, and apps are a big part of it.SEE: The best live tv streaming apps in 2018
From its very early days, Twitter has permitted novelty accounts that pretended to be Steve Jobs, Luke Skywalker, and other scions of geekdom. But lately, fake accounts inhabited by bots have been used for a very different reason than benign entertainment: We now have political gaslighting, weaponized propaganda, fake followers sold in bulk, and possible election interference.
And now Twitter, which previously indicated that these problem accounts measured in the tens of thousands, is in the process... Read More »