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Facebook's new 360-degree videos arrive on latest Facebook for iOS app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 13, 2015 2:35 pm

While Android users have been enjoying 360-degree videos on Facebook, iPhone users haven't been so happy - until now. The latest Facebook for iOS app now includes support for 360-degree videos on the largest social network in the world.




Starting today, the likes of ABC News, BuzzFeed, FrontLine, Nickelodeon and many more will be adding 360-degree video clips onto Facebook. Facebook has had to throw in some new features into the app to support 360-degree content creators, where the social network has launched a "microsite" designed to offer tips, tricks and more on how to create the 360-degree content.


There's also now an optional video upload setting for those Pages, with Page owners now having the ability to do some post-production additions to their 360-degree videos all within the app. Facebook has also teased that as of today, it will be testing 360-degree commercials from companies like AT&T, Corona, Nescafe, Ritz, Samsung and Walt Disney World.

New build overhauls Skype for Windows 10, available now

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 12, 2015 10:02 pm

The Windows 10 November update releasing today includes the "Consumer Preview of Skype Integration". In other words, a new version of Skype with added Windows 10 integration.




The main changes in the preview are what looks like a design overhaul for an aesthetic in line with Windows 10 sensibilities, and the ability to quick reply via notification windows.


The new Skype is available now via Windows Update; mobile users will see it later this year.

YouTube Music launches today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 12, 2015 9:04 pm

The YouTube Music app launches today, letting you take advantage of the video service's extensive music catalogue for listening purposes.



Music offers continuous playback, recommended tracks, personalized stations, and support for YouTube Red (for ad-free listening, offline playback, and more). For the first two weeks of using Music, Red will automatically be enabled.

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Google Maps now lets you get directions offline

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 5:57 pm

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.

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Twitch secures its users with optional two-factor authentication

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 3:31 am

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.

Google Hangouts video calls upgraded with better quality, start times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 10, 2015 1:31 am

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 has over 6 billion video viewed per day through its app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 9, 2015 6:33 am

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.

Plex media streaming app reaches Apple TV, is free for now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 3, 2015 8:33 am

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.

Windows 10 Xbox App updated, Xbox Beta App coming soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 23, 2015 9:32 pm

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.

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Intel Battery Optimizer Android app now cleans, too

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 6, 2015 5:23 pm

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.

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