Skype 7.16 for Windows launches today, and with it comes two practical new features: a media toolbar and URL previews.
The toolbar is a compact set of buttons next to the message window that let you easily share photos, files, video messages, contacts, and emoticons. Happily, the toolbar will minimize as you type so as not to be intrusive. It can be expanded anytime by clicking the paper clip menu.
Parntered with 'Enterprise Rent-A-Car', Uber is now offering its drivers the chance to hire cars through this new project, allowing its workers to obtain a car for around $1000 per month.
This 'pay-to-work' system is nothing groundbreaking but is certainly the first of its kind for a new industry like Uber, with the first drivers in Denver being shelled out cars for $210 per week before tax and additional fees. This pilot program has been created in order to give drivers access to cars that they may not normally be able to afford, meaning they are now able to work for a new Uber overlord.
While Uber has slated this as a major positive for the working-class, there's a few of fees, catches and issues with this program. Not only is there a $500 refundable deposit to be made payable and a $40 sign-up fee, drivers travelling over 4506km per month have to cough up extra money too. If you run over your 145km-a-day cap, expect to pay $0.25 per mile in additional fees.
If you're not familiar with the Remote Play function on the PS4, it allows you to stream your PS4 games to your PS Vita and Sony's smartphones - a nifty feature.
Sony has confirmed through Twitter that it will be bringing its Remote Play feature to Windows and PC, with the news being confirmed by Sony's President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida. Yoshida posted to his Twitter page: "Some people asked if we plan to provide Remote Play function to PC, and yes, we are indeed working on an official application for PC/Mac".
This move was likely prompted by the recent news of an unofficial Remote Play app for PC, which was developed by a software modder who charges for the feature. It'll be interesting to see how Sony will set up Remote Play on PC, and whether or not it'll shut down the unofficial version.
Instagram appears to be doing a slow cloud rollout of multiple account support on Android, for those of you that desire personal and professional accounts and such. This comes ahead of iOS support.
Version 7.12.0 of the app has the functionality, though bizarrely, not everyone on this version will see it. If you're not on it yet, get it from APK Mirror or through the Play Store beta program.
Released alongside a short press release, Electronic Arts has announced its latest app venture in the form of an Apple and Android compatible smartphone game called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
This game urges users to "collect iconic characters from every corner of the Star Wars universe, build powerful teams, and craft cunning strategies to battle through memorable locations," being released as a free-to-play game through Google Play and the Apple App Store. With squads available for both light and dark sides of the force, Galaxy of Heroes has been produced by Capital Games. There's also a seemingly strong focus on strategy, with the press release further mentioning that each custom team can be constantly upgraded with new gear and loot won through battles.
As this is a free-to-play game, there must be some way for the companies involved to make a return, but that hasn't been highlighted just yet.
Version 6.6 of Skype is out now for iPads and iPhones everywhere. With it comes some neat multitasking functionality that should make life a little easier.
Now within instant message windows you'll notice highlighted phone numbers, addresses, times, and dates. Tapping these will allow you to easily make a call, plan a trip via Apple Maps, and set up a calendar event, respectively. The events functionality is particularly impressive as it uses details from your conversation to set it up, and includes a link to the specific chat -- helpful if you need to remember details about it, or want to quickly make a call when the time comes.
While Uber drivers currently operate illegally within Australia due to the drivers being unlicensed to operate a commercial vehicle within their individual state, the state of New South Wales (home to Sydney) will be lifting this ban come December 2015.
Uber will now become legal to use for all drivers, but taxi ranks will be kept solely for the traditional transport industry, further seeing a fee given to all Uber drivers for the right to operate legally within New South Wales. In addition, reports claim that taxi plates will see a large drop due to the rise and legalization of Uber.
Uber drivers will also have to endure more state-sanctioned safety checks before they are given a green light for operation down under.
After last week's performance and quality update to Hangouts, Google has rolled out yet another big change to the video call service. As of this week, a Google account or sign in is no longer required to talk with others, or for them to talk with you.
Google says it wants "simple, easy access to meetings" and so they're breaking down the barriers. Now all that's required is clicking an invitation link, and you're in.
Skype 6.11 is out on Android, and with it comes several neat new features, at least some of them in direct response to user feedback.
Added control over conversations is one. Now you can make use of delete, mark as read, or mute notifications functions for a given conversation by long tapping it. As well, you can search conversations, on top of contacts and group names.
Media gets some enhancements, too: video messages can be saved, and photos can be shared directly from your gallery. There are some other changes, but those are the most notable. If your phone hasn't updated Skype already, head to the Play Store and navigate to My Apps to do it manually.
Project Astoria was announced by Microsoft back in April as a tool with which developers could easily port their Android apps to Windows 10. Unfortunately, it's failed to gain much traction, and now re/code reports Microsoft is "not moving ahead with [it] as planned."
A rep wouldn't confirm the exact status of the project, but said, "The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers. We're committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform."