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Netflix set to become more data friendly to mobiles

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 8, 2016 4:34 pm

If you rely on the Netflix Mobile App to get your fix of drama, action or comedy on a regular basis, it's likely that your phone plan data is suffering as a result.

 

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As seen on Gizmodo Netflix has been, and will be, working on a better experience for users, implementing what Gizmodo's Campbell Simpson explained as "a number of small but significant changes." Recent changes to this service include the evolution of the home screen, with plenty more improvements currently in testing and on the horizon for this media giant.

 

A large planned change is a 'data saving' feature set for availability to mobile users on iOS and Android platforms. Explained as an algorithm based service, rather than a clear-cut bitrate or resolution limiter, it means that the quality control and limitations will be fluid and change user to user.

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Facebook Messenger Material design rolling out on Android today

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 8, 2016 12:03 am

The new Google Material design for Facebook Messenger on Android has been revealed. As you can see, it's much cleaner than what's in use currently, and features a 'new conversation' button.

 

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"If you're using Messenger on Android, you've been wanting a brand new material design for a bit," says Vice President of Messaging Products at Facebook David Marcus. "Any major redesign of an essential app used by hundreds of millions of people around the world is painstakingly hard, and that's why we took every precaution to ensure you'd truly enjoy this evolution."

 

The fresh look will start rolling out approximately... now, if not later today.

72 hours after installing a new app, 77% of users won't use it again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 7, 2016 10:47 am

According to an article published by Silicon Valley analyst Andrew Chen, most people are the same as me - they install an app, and most of the time they don't use it after a few days.

 

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Chen reports that an average app loses 77% of its users within 72 hours, and after a month, 90% of them stop using the app altogether. After the 3-month mark, just 5% continue to use the app. These figures would strike directly into the hearts of app creators as their biggest hurdle is getting users to continue using their apps - not just past the 3-month/90-day mark, but.. well... forever.

 

The data used was from over 125 million smartphones, with the apps in his report available from the Google Play Store, with each app having over 10,000 downloads. Chen didn't use any Google apps for the study, either.

GM now offering Android Auto to select 2016 vehicles

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 3, 2016 1:56 am

Android Auto -- the app that essentially ports your smartphone to your vehicle -- is now available as an update for select 2016 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles from General Motors (click the links to find out if your model is included).

 

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The update expands GM's Android Auto support to more than 30 US vehicles and 40 global vehicles, making it the biggest supporter of the app. To acquire it, you must visit your local dealer and request it, at which point a 30 minute install will take place.

Wells Fargo added to Samsung Pay

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 3, 2016 1:06 am

Wells Fargo has been added to the list of banks supported Samsung Pay alongside US Bank, Chase, City, Bank of America, ACU, PNC, and a load of others, so now you don't have to switch banks just to use the service.

 

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The entire list of Wells Fargo cards isn't supported as with some other banks, but the list is still quite long. See it here.

 

If you don't know about Samsung Pay, it works like Android Pay and Apple Pay in that it lets you pay for items securely with your phone, except it's compatible with nearly every card reader found in stores as opposed to just the newer ones.

Hound exits beta, might be best voice assistant app around

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 1, 2016 11:02 pm

It's strangely named but that concern will likely subside after some brief use: SoundHound's Hound app has left beta and is now available to all. If you're looking for a solid voice assistant app (allowing you to search and perform various other tasks with your voice alone), this should be your ticket.

 

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Hound features a slick, fast, and intuitive interface, and appears to be more intelligent than most if not all apps of its kind with language understanding capabilities that combine with speech recognition as well as context and detail comprehension. The result: you can simply say things naturally and get the result you want instead of worrying about accommodating the app.

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Gmail 'Snooze' functionality gets an overhaul

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 27, 2016 12:04 am

Google has given its Gmail Snooze functionality a makeover and some appreciable new features today. If you aren't familiar with Snooze, it lets you tell Gmail to resend email notifications later, much like the snooze button on alarm clocks of old.

 

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"Later this week" and "this weekend" snooze times have been added, as has the option to set which weekend days -- if any -- that you prefer to receive email notifications. The latter will be rolled out over the next week.

 

Now if this functionality could just be added system-wide.

Siri coming to Mac OS X 10.12 this fall, sources say

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 2:06 am

Sources have informed 9to5Mac that Apple will follow Microsoft's lead and add Siri to Mac, starting this fall with OS X 10.12.

 

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Siri has been tested with OS X internally for at least four years now; it's said that Apple is finally happy with its vision and has a polished interface (see the mockup by Michael Steeber above) nearly ready to go. OS X 10.12 is expected to drop in June, so we can surmise that Apple needs a little extra time to polish the Siri integration.

 

A couple of other tidbits: a keyboard shortcut for Siri is said to be in place, and the app can be set to run on startup.

Feeling lonely? Uber Australia offering free puppy hire today only

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 9:30 pm

Announced in a recent email, Uber has launched its puppies initiative, stating that it has"teamed up with Purina's Pets at Work mission and local animal shelters to bring UberPUPPIES to offices in 8 cities across Australia."

 

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Pets at Work is a campaign conducted by pet food company Purina and is explained as a way to help keep your staff happy, offering workplaces the ability to create a pet-friendly office in order to boost morale and keep furry companions around throughout the working week.

 

If you're not in the right working conditions or ready to take on a pet full time, Uber will now let you borrow one for a short while. Simply select the puppies option on your Uber app and they will deliver to you a puppy for 15 minutes of delightful play time. Setting you back $40 in total, Uber has stated that it will be supporting the Animal Welfare League of Queensland, Australia as part of this promotion.

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Telegram messenger app reaches 100 million active monthly users

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 23, 2016 11:04 pm

Two and a half years-old messaging app Telegram has hit the big time, at least in some parts of the world. As of today, the service boasts over 100 million active monthly users with more than 350,000 new ones signing up daily. As well, 15 billion messages are delivered through it each day. Not too shabby.

 

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Telegram hasn't gained traction in the west, but word is it's huge in Iran (pop. 78 million), where popular messaging apps are typically blocked by the government. With few options available to Iranians, and even fewer good ones, its domination makes perfect sense. Naturally, users in the country are waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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