App and Software News
We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.
While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »
As we head into Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, airports across the country are bracing for millions of travellers all while dealing with a reduced staff due to the partial government shutdown -- which has now reached a record 28 days.
This week, more than 6 percent of TSA workers called in sick -- dubbed the "blue flu" in reference to their uniforms -- now that 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and nearly 420,000 are... Read More »
When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.
A game of Uno can go from friendly to vicious in just a few turns. Your relationship with your family might be safer if you choose to play Mattel's card game on your smartphone.
Mattel and NetEase, through Mattel163 studio, have launched the Uno app worldwide for iOS and Android. Mattel had previously released its own mobile version of the game in certain countries. And as of last year, users could also play Uno on Facebook Instant Games.
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In fact, Truecaller's recent Insights Report found that the US has the dishonorable distinction of being the eighth most spammed nation in the world, with spam calls making up 13 percent of all calls and the average user getting almost 17 spam calls per month.
The study from the... Read More »
Dolby is developing a music production app capable of measuring background noise before you begin recording and then eliminating it, according to TechCrunch.
App users can purchase audio effect packs to enhance their sound with multiple EQ settings. Artists can share their recordings with third-party apps like SoundCloud or Dolby's audio social network.
Dolby hopes the app -- codenamed '234' and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live -- will draw musicians and artists away from SoundCloud. The company... Read More »
There's always a new trend or gimmick on Facebook or Instagram. Users might remember the 7-day black and white photo challenge on Instagram, asking your friends to describe you in a gif, describing yourself in three fictional characters and most recently, the "How Hard Has Aging Hit You" challenge.
Also known as the 10 Year Challenge, users on Facebook or Instagram post the most recent picture of themselves next to a photo from 10 years ago.
Instead of jumping on the... Read More »
A new study from analytics firm App Annie found that WhatsApp has become Facebook's most popular messaging app with over 1.5 billion monthly users worldwide. The report notes that Facebook has an astounding amount of control over the messaging app market, with both Facebook Messenger and Instagram pulling in over 1 billion users each on top of WhatsApp's growing share of the worldwide market.
The dominance of WhatsApp has taken place against the backdrop of a larger battle between Facebook and Apple... Read More »
If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.
Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »
While the Google Play Store and iOS App Store provide plenty of charts that give you a snapshot of the most popular apps in a given category, it can be difficult to collect a whole year's worth of that data and make sense of it. Thankfully, third parties like App Annie have access to those charts and much more, and this market research firm has produced another State of Mobile report that contains some interesting insights.
We've already used this... Read More »
So many apps grow out of a desire to address a simple problem, and Roadie is no different. Founder Marc Gorlin decided to create the app in 2015 after a shipment of tiles for his new Florida condo arrived shattered in pieces. When he tried to get the company to send a new batch, they told him it would take another week or two, which confused him considering the company was based in Birmingham, Alabama -- about a two... Read More »
If you're managing a household, or you just have a lot of responsibilities to keep track of regularly, a to-do list can be a lifesaver. It helps you figure out how to prioritize your tasks and budget your time, you can add notes to remind you of relevant details, and the improved overall organization can reduce stress and anxiety.
But what if you need to manage multiple lists? That by itself could raise your blood pressure. But thankfully, we have a... Read More »
Ecobee, the HomeKit accessory manufacturer, released its new Apple Watch app after teasing a potential Watch support last March. Now Ecobee iOS users can control their smart accessories from their Apple Watch.
Most notably with the new app, Ecobee customers can control their Ecobee smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, according to 9to5Google.
Users can adjust temperatures, see the current indoor temperature, set the temperature to Away or Home mode to save energy and more. Additionally, users can alter fan settings... Read More »
With Fortnite reportedly making billions just in 2018, it's basically the biggest game that civilization has come up with since the invention of checkers. And if you're a student of history, you know that a gold rush can attract some unsavory people who want a cut of the action -- and they aren't particularly concerned with legality or ethics.
As such, Fortnite's security systems have been relentlessly poked and prodded by both the malicious and the benevolent, which brings... Read More »
Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is rolling out Car View, a simplified way to use the music streaming app while driving. The launch seems to be limited for now, showing up on Pixel 3 XLs only at this point, according to 9to5Google.
Car View presents a minimalist display of the artist's name and song title. You'll only have access to necessary controls like track changing, play, pause, favorite and shuffle. Here's how to tell if the... Read More »
Andrew Armenante had a "mini mental breakdown" as he puts it, several years back. He was working as a software engineer for UClass, an EdTech startup, in San Francisco's SOMA district, and needed to refuel with a quick cup of coffee. So he went to Blue Bottle Coffee, the trendy, go-to spot across the street, to get his caffeine fix.
"I asked for an espresso to go, and the guy goes, 'Sir, I can't give you an espresso to go, because... Read More »
Merchants often let customers try out their product for a set number of days before charging the subscription fee. It's frustrating, though, when you wind up paying for something that you weren't satisfied with because of a complicated cancellation process.
The financial services company announced a change in their rules that... Read More »
Looking for an apartment to rent can be a nerve-wracking and time-consuming endeavor. You have to take into account the rent and your budget, the landlord, your roommates, your neighbors, the lease, if utilities are included and so much more.
But how do you get started looking for a place to live?
If you're the type to use an ad blocker (we don't judge), then you probably picked one out of a hat months or years ago, and you just use it habitually without needing to think too much about it. They work largely in the background, after all, and one isn't drastically different from another.
As... Read More »
Chromebooks are laptops designed by Google to run its Chrome OS desktop operating system, a close cousin to Android. Since the two platforms are closely related, the company has been able to get Android apps running within Chrome OS, and the next step may be to add Linux apps as well -- if Google can come up with a good way for users to browse what's available.
Chrome OS previously allowed you to install Android and Chrome OS apps from the... Read More »