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As of today, you can utilize the ever-important Google Maps to get directions offline, courtesy of a new update by Google. Currently it applies only to Android, but it won't be long before it's on iOS (and presumably desktop as well).
After you download a region of the world to your phone, Maps will switch to Offline mode automatically when it detects little or no connection (and switch back when it detects a reliable one). From there, you'll be able to get directions, search for specific places, and find information on various spots including hours of operation and so on. Note traffic conditions will be excluded from this mix.
Twitch has just announced optional two-factor authentication on its user profiles, with the streaming giant offering it as "100 percent voluntary" to its user base.
The new security measure is meant to scale down the need for conventional, easily hackable passwords, all while improving the Twitch experience. The company is partnering with security firm Authy, with Authy running the new two-factor authentication system. While it's similar to Google's two-factor authentication, where Twitch is doing it different is that you'll receive push notifications through its app to confirm it's you that's logged into your Twitch account.
It was only a week ago that Twitch announced a new datacenter in Sydney, so we can't be more happy with the news of Twitch's increased presence and move to look after its users' privacy.
As a heavy Hangouts user, these types of upgrades are always welcome: Google has just introduced an improved, redesigned web calling experience that has a simpler interface, and more.
Not only is it better to look at, but the other person on the other side of the webcam is better looking thanks to improvements Google has made on the video side of things. It has been noted that the new Hangouts "renders video more sharply, and streamlines the interface so you can focus less on where to click and more on what to say".
The post comes directly from Google Software Engineer Eduardo Fernández on his Google+ page. He also notced that calls will start faster, and stay more clearer with higher quality video than ever before.
Snapchat is huge. Back in May of this year, Snapchat was racking up 2 billion video views per day, but now the messaging app giant is reporting that it's pulling in a huge 6 billion video views per day.
The news is coming from The Financial Times, but Snapchat has confirmed the 6 billion figure. It's not known where the views are coming from, and whether they're mostly user-generated views, from viewers watching Snapchat's live events, or through its Discover section. Wherever they're coming from, 6 billion is a lot.
With Facebook seeing 8 billion video views per day, Snapchat is quickly catching up, and at this rate should overtake them before the end of the year. But where will it begin to taper off is the real question.
If you're an Apple TV user, you might want to take a look at using a new media streaming app, thanks to Plex releasing its app onto Apple TV recently.
You'll need one of the Plex media players, and the latest version of the Plex app to try it out, but the company has made it free - so it doesn't require any in-app purchases or the PlexPass subscription. Plex adds that it's using TVML for the app, versus using a full native version, which is how they were able to get it up and working in just five weeks.
The Xbox app for Windows 10 gets an update today, sporting some neat new features, some specifically requested.
First is a real-time friends list a la Steam. Friends will now show as offline or online, and you'll be able to see what they're playing and if you can join them, all in real-time.
Also on the social front, your feed will self-update (in this case, a la Facebook), so you can stay up to date on your friends with minimal effort.
Intel has updated its Battery Optimizer Android smartphone and tablet app to now clean memory and storage in addition to optimizing battery life, thus boosting performance. Now dubbed the Battery Optimizer & Cleaner, the app will also "make recommendations on how to track mobile data usage."
In short, the idea is to be able to get the most out of your device and data.
The latest version is available now on the Google Play store.
Currently set at 50% off ($4.99) for a limited time, Tweetbot 4 has now seen iOS 9 support. This application is useful for things such as syncing your timeline across all apple devices, muting users, hashtags, sources or keywords and more. The issue with this update is the forced purchase - no matter if you have Tweetbot 3 or not, you're still going to have to pony up the dollars.
Version 4 has added iPad support, landscape support on iPhone and iPad, split view multitasking, notification quick reply and more. Officially released on October 1, this version is iOS 9.0+ only, users looking for an older iOS supported version will need to look into Tweetbot 3.
Just a few days after release this app already has a 4.5-star rating across 733 reviews in total and if you're worried about space constraints this app checks in at a small 6.8MB. With the discount being upheld for a limited time only, you should pounce before the price goes up if this app interests you.
SOMA was released on September 22 for the PlayStation 4 and PC, with Frictional Games announcing that it has sold 92,000 copies in the 10 days since its release.
92,000 might not sound like a lot, but Frictional Games isn't a gigantic studio, with the developer saying: "Our goal for SOMA's sales is 100,000 after a month" and it will meet that very easily. Frictional Games added: "The money that we've got from this will pretty much pay our company expenses for another two years. Sales are still going pretty strongly too, with a total of around 2,000 copies sold per day. This number is bound to drop over time, and it'll be interesting to see just how fast and where it stabilizes".
If we compare the sales of SOMA against Frictional's famous Amnesia: The Dark Descent, SOMA is doing extremely well. In its first week, Amnesia sold 20,000 copies while its sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs sold 120,000 copies. Frictional added: "Our goal for SOMA's sales is 100,000 after a month, and at the current pace it should be able to reach pretty much exactly that with a few units to spare. However, this doesn't mean that we've come close to recouping all our costs. We need to sell almost three times that amount to do that. But given that it took us five years to make the project, there's no immediate stress to do so".
Showtime have some of the best shows on TV right now, with the likes of Homeland, Ray Donovan, and finished shows like the incredible Dexter (if you forgive that abysmal finale). But without a presence in the mobile world these days, you're not going to secure as many customers as your competition.
The company has just announced it is streaming Showtime to your Android device for $11 per month, without the need of a cable subscription. All you'll need is a credit card, a compatible device, and the new Showtime for Android app. Before this, the only way you could enjoy Showtime shows was by adding Showtime to Hulu, at $9 per month.
New users can even get a 30-day free trial when they download the app from the Google Play Store.