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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.
Valve has just pushed out an updated version of Steam for Android, which has reached v2.1. The new application adds a slew of new options and features for gamers on-the-go.
Steam for Android v2.1 includes the Community Market where you can buy, sell, and trade in-game items for titles like Counter-Strike and Team Fortress. Broadcasts is now a part of Steam for Android, where you can use the Twitch-like streaming service which is separated by game or uploader. The Game Hubs combine news, web posts, videos, screenshots and more for a game, now in Steam for Android.
Discussions and The Store are new to Steam for Android, joining the service with the new v2.1 patch. You can grab the new Steam for Android v2.1 from the Google Play Store.
In case you don't know by now, the Windows 10 Mail app is fantastic, and becomes even moreso today with a new update. One of the key changes is one click switching between accounts. Before you would, annoyingly, be required to make two (doesn't get much more "first world problems" than that, huh?), but those days are over now.
Next is more personalisation options, allowing you to customize colours in the left pane and for email selection (you can pre-select from a list or add an image of your own to draw from), as well as switch between the previous light theme and a new dark theme.
It's possible other changes are hiding beneath the surface as well.
In its continued fight against Apple and Spotify, Google has just announced its new family plan for Play Music. Google's family plan for Play Music costs $14.99 per month and allows for six different profiles so that each member of the family can have music recommendations based on their individual tastes.
Apple's Music family plan is also priced at $14.99, and also allows for six people in the family to join in on the fun. But Spotify on the other hand, provides just two accounts for $14.99 per month while $35 gives you access to six accounts. Google Play Music has opened up for business in 58 countries on both Android and iOS.