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Instagram will finally support multiple accounts later this week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

After what feels like forever, multi-account support will arrive to Instagram in an update this week. After some people received the feature recently, the rest of the world gets to join in very soon.

 

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Instagram will make its server-side changes that will find their way into v7.15 of Instagram or higher, but with the Play Store version of Instagram already at v7.16, it can be confusing. This means that multi-account support isn't hitting everyone just yet, but it will be enabled very soon.

 

In order to get multiple accounts working within Instagram, you'll need to tap your username at the top of your profile, which will then let you change accounts. Your profile picture will be used throughout the app, which will let you keep tabs on which account you're signed into at that moment.

1Password updated, features Material Design UI and fingerprint unlock

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

If you've been using 1Password on Android, you might have noticed an update arrived that delivers some rather large changes to the password manager.

 

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1Password now sports a Material Design makeover, which makes the password manager look awesome in all areas, and provides more room within the UI. Not only that, but we have new toolbars all over the place, and a floating button that provides an easy way to add new URL-password combinations.

 

But, for those that own smartphones with fingerprint sensors like the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, you can use your fingerprint scanner to quickly unlock 1Password. All you need to do is launch the app and scan your finger, which will bypass the required master password. 1Password v6 also includes the beta of 1Password for Teams, which is a grat feature if you share log-ins with family or co-workers, so you can have a single account for all of your password-saving needs.

Uninstalling Facebook on iPhone will save you 15% battery life

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 day, 22 hours ago

Last month it was reported uninstalling the Facebook app on Android dramatically improved performance; other reports have surfaced indicating 20% of battery life can be saved in doing so. The Guardian, curious to see the impact on iPhones, set to work with its iPhone 6S Plus and found battery life was impacted by 15%, even across multiple phones. As well, about 500MB of space was saved between the size of the app and its cache.

 

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Between these benefits and the option to use the well-designed Facebook mobile website (which can be linked to via your home screen), you can see there are few reasons to keep the Facebook app on your phone, and many great reasons not to.

 

Facebook has been alerted to the performance issues; a spokesperson says the matter is being investigated.

Uber's pretentious post explains they brought bits and atoms together

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 5 hours ago

Now available in over 60 countries, offering ridesharing, food delivery and working on driverless transportation, there is no denying that Uber is a force to be reckoned with, showing extremely successful performance in its short history.

 

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Sometimes when a business expands they start releasing weird promotional videos and blog posts, with a new promotion seeing Uber likened to the invention of the bit and also to atoms. Attached to a new logo, this Uber promotion discusses current services and the advancement of driverless technology, explaining this company as some form of futuristic technology service.

 

Uber explains that to them the Atom is represented by "growing cities," then hinting that they are the pioneers of bringing atoms and bits together. Reading this explanation might make it sound like satire, but it's not. Read the full blog and watch the video here

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Audio streaming service Deezer to come pre-loaded on Honor phones

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 12 hours ago

Audio streaming service Deezer will come pre-loaded on Huawei's Honor smartphones in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Russia and South East Asia starting today.

 

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Deezer boasts 40 million songs as well as 40,000 podcasts and audiobooks, and includes features like personal mixes. The company also hosts great live sessions like this one.

 

If you haven't been keeping up, Huawei recently became the #1 smartphone provider in China and #2 provider in Europe. Speculation says they're poised to overtake Samsung before long; the Deezer deal should only help that aim.

Google pulls Samsung's adblock app from Play Store

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 6 days, 20 hours ago

Samsung brought adblocking to mobile browser this week which promptly caught the ire of Google. Now pulled from the Play Store, the Adblock Fast app -- which used Samsung's custom API -- exceeded 50,000 downloads and appeared in the top charts in its short lifespan.

 

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Fast was developed by Rocketship Apps; one of its staff members Brian Kennish posted the e-mail behind the jump from Google which was sent to them after the app was pulled without warning.

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Facebook announces WhatsApp now has 1 billion monthly users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Not to be outdone by Alphabet's announcement of 1 billion monthly users of Gmail, Facebook has announced that WhatsApp is now home to 1 billion monthly users, too.

 

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With WhatsApp still charging its $1 annual subscription fee to its users, with over 1 billion users - that's a nice amount of pocket change for WhatsApp each year, just on its annual subscription fee. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal Facebook account, where he said: "One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congrats to Jan, Brian and everyone who helped reach this milestone!"

 

He continued: "WhatsApp's community has more than doubled since joining Facebook. We've added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We've dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free. Next, we're going to work to connect more people around the world and make it easier to communicate with businesses. There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world".

Free iTunes Radio ends today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Today marks the end of free streaming through Apple's iTunes Radio service, which, as reported previously, is being rolled into its subscription-based service Apple Music. As of now, should you attempt to listen to the Radio service by any means, you'll be prompted to join Apple Music. The sole exception is the Beats 1 station, which is still available to iTunes users everywhere.

 

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iTunes Radio launched in 2013 alongside iTunes 11.1 and iOS 7. Much like Spotify, it was ad-supported and encouraged discovery of new music through featured stations and various algorithms. Unlike Spotify, there was no ad-free subscription.

Reddit Android app beta starts today, iOS to follow

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

In its year-ahead look, Reddit co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman notes its Android app is going into beta today, with iOS to follow "soon."

 

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Unfortunately, this is a closed beta, sign-ups for which began last month. So if you didn't sign up then, you're out of luck. If you did, check your e-mail.

 

Excitement for the app is paired with apprehension, as reddit's current iOS app Alien Blue has been extremely poorly received, with some users saying it's only gotten worse over time. Reddit's battle for approval is even more uphill than that, given quality apps Sync and Relay are already doing a great job of making the site easier and more enjoyable to browse on smartphones.

Google Hangouts gets quick reply functionality

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 27, 2016 8:03 pm

A fresh update for Google's chat app Hangouts adds in quick reply functionality. When a notification comes in for a call or message, so will a button that allows you to reply without entering an entirely new window. This is handy if you just want to shoot a quick message to someone, to tell them you're not available for a call or you'll be right back or whatever else.

 

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The other key change in the update is conversation shortcuts, so now you can just click a button on the Home screen to talk to specific people.

 

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