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WhatsApp adds video calling

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 7:12 pm

Six years after its launch, WhatsApp has added video calling to its service, joining group chat and voice calling on the software's feature list.




Video calling is supported on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. Quality is said to be excellent assuming a good Wi-Fi connection, and calls are said to be easy to make.


The feature addition puts WhatsApp in direct competition with Google Allo and Duo as well as Skype and Facebook, which can be only good for users. Boasting 1 billion users, expect WhatsApp to heat up the competition.

Google Play Music gets new look

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 14, 2016 10:28 pm

Google Play Music receives an overhaul today, complete with personalized music, a new home screen, and an auto generated offline playlist.




The new version of the app exploits machine learning to curate song lists for you based on what you like, where you are, what you're doing, and the weather, among other things. So whether you're chilling at home or about to work out, it has the soundtrack for you (or claims to, anyway).


The reworked home screen also takes advantage of Google's machine learning and is designed to always present you with the music you care about most at any given moment, whether it's your favourite new album or the after work playlist you listen to regularly, or whatever else.

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We tested some fun and scary Halloween apps

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 31, 2016 6:05 pm

The scariest night of the year is here! Although Halloween isn't celebrated in every part of the world, why not join the fun with some scary apps that will turn you into a fictional character or something from your wildest dreams?




We tested some apps that might help you celebrate the scariest night of the year. There is a wide range of different Halloween apps, from stickers, fun games to masks, etc., so here are few chosen one that caught my eye. All the apps I tested are free.

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Twitter kills Vine app, web version still available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 4:14 am

Twitter is going through troubles of its own, but now the social media giant has announced it will be shutting down the Vine app in the next few months.




Vine wrote in a blog post: "Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app".


Twitter announced it is restructuring itself, laying off 9% of their global workforce, and working on other methods to reduce cost. Vine users won't feel the pinch immediately, with their Vines still accessible, with Vine adding it will continue working with creators on answering any questions.


Vine wasn't told about the situation until Thursday morning, with an "all-hands meeting" at 10AM at Twitter's offices in New York, reports Mashable.

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AMD drops Gaming Evolved app

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2016 5:55 pm

You may have noticed recently the lack of a 'Gaming Evolved' check box in the AMD driver installation window. As it turns out, the company has discontinued the app, so if you want to record or stream gameplay, you'll have to look externally to, OBS Studio, and so on.




"Starting September 12, 2016, AMD is no longer bundling the AMD Gaming Evolved App by Raptr with builds of Radeon Software," reads the official statement. "The application will still work. AMD will cease to undertake any compatibility testing, install support or general technical support for this application, nor will it be available through Radeon Software or its installer. Previous builds of Radeon Software that include the AMD Gaming Evolved App dated before September 12th 2016 will remain intact and will not be affected."


The news isn't too surprising as most found the app clunky and inefficient, particularly in comparison to competitor GeForce Experience. One hopes then AMD is hard at work on a proper, internal solution.

Microsoft Paint overhaul leaked, features 3D objects

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 10, 2016 7:35 pm

An overhaul to Microsoft's Paint app has been leaked, and it's a big one. Boasting full-fledged image and 3D object editing capabilities, a fresh new look, and added touch-friendliness, Paint looks like it will offer everything it used to and a whole lot more.



The app seems to be based on the UWP although we can't be 100% on that yet.


As for launch date, you can try it now if you're lucky enough to have received an alpha invite. If not, a wider audience may receive it at Microsoft's Windows 10 event on October 26. Beyond that, speculation suggests sometime next year with the large Redstone 2 update and earlier for Insiders.

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Hangouts demoted in Google Apps package, Duo gets nod

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 11:26 pm

Google recent sent out an e-mail to its Mobile Services partners indicating Hangouts will no longer be required to be bundled with hardware. Rather, video calling app Duo will take its place.




"Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products," it reads. "This change will take effect on December 1, 2016."


What's also interesting is Google's text messaging app Allo isn't getting the nod alongside Duo; for whatever reason, the company is content to not push the text side of their new communication apps in this regard, at least for the time being.

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Facebook launches a standalone app for events

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 7, 2016 10:02 pm

Every day, more than 100 million people use Facebook events, so it made perfect sense for Facebook to introduce it as a standalone app.


Facebook events app is perfect for users who like to have a better overview of the upcoming events, but Facebook doesn't require you to download the app to be able to use Events in your Facebook app, at least not for now.




When you open Events, you can see the events your Facebook friends are interested in, recently-announced events by the pages you like, and updates from events you're already connected to. You can also browse the events based on your interests or location. Events app features an interactive map that will help you browse trough the events easier, something that the Events feature in Facebook's main app doesn't have.

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Facebook launches Messenger Lite, app for feature phones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 12:10 pm

Facebook has announced a "lite" version of its Messenger app - Messenger Lite. The app is designed for older phones that run on slower internet connections.




Messenger Lite will initially launch in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Venezuela, but it will come to other countries as well. The app will have basic Messenger features like sending messages, photos and stickers but compared to the official Messenger app some features will be left out.


The app will be available for Android devices and there is no information if a version of Messenger Lite will be launched for iOS.

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Google Allo rumored to launch this week

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 19, 2016 8:25 pm

Popular leaker Evan Blass has made it known: Google's Allo app is due to launch this week on September 21.




The company launched its Duo video messaging app last month; users have been anticipating the text messaging complementary app Allo ever since. Allo was originally slated for a summer release; Google has just a few days to technically meet that deadline, lending credibility to the leak.

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