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YouTube isn't playing nicely with Streamus, a music Chrome app

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 12, 2015 10:55 pm

Among the funny cat photos, former-CEO Ellen Pao hate and some interesting life tips, Reddit has become a way for those without a voice to speak up with concerns. In comes Reddit member BAM5, letting /r/Music know that Streamus, a Google Chrome web stream application, has been allegedly bullied by YouTube in the recent past due to a failed acquisition.




The story is quite long winded and consists of a summary section, numerous emails between the sole developer and a YouTube employee, alongside notes in various sections touching back on previous points. If you wish to read the whole email chain, you can check it out here.


The summary states that after failing to contact YouTube personally, the team got in touch with Sean Anderson (the developer) after an article on TechCrunch saw Streamus rise of 70,000 users. YouTube voiced its concerns that video playback on Streamus would not halt whenever the tab is minimized, advertisements weren't functioning correctly (turned out to be YouTube's issue) and there were also some video display issues ensuring that the video was not prominent enough when being played.

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YouTube for Android and iOS now supports 60FPS playback

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 1, 2015 6:34 am

Google has been on top of the upgrades to YouTube lately, with 60FPS support across YouTube for a little while now, but now the mobile apps have been updated to support high frame rate (HFR).




Both YouTube for Android and YouTube for iOS have been updated with support for 60FPS playback, where you can watch 60FPS videos in their full glory on your mobile handsets, finally.

Hangouts for iOS updated, includes redesign and increased performance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 30, 2015 9:32 am

Google has updated Hangouts for iOS, with a new-look user interface, increased performance and more. Google has even included a refreshed dialer, which is a nice touch.




The new Hangouts for iOS app includes a new quick compose button that lets you get to new messages even quicker than before, as well as providing access to images from your iPhone gallery, camera or emoji library. This lets Hangouts for iOS users send all sorts of pictures to their friends through Hangouts.


Google has also baked in some performance improvements, the usual bug fixes, and more. The new Hangouts for iOS is available on the iTunes Store, and will be made available for Android in the very near future.

Seems customers leave bigger tips if they use mobile payment apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 30, 2015 1:30 am

It's likely only a matter of time before mobile payment apps become more popular among consumers, and there are some people very excited: restaurant waitstaff and bartenders. Both mobile payment app providers and restaurants have noticed an uptick in tips if consumers use their smartphones to make payments for food and drinks.




Customers may need to wait for their food order to be completed, but don't have to just sit and wait to pay. In addition, some apps allow restaurant patrons to check their bill in real-time, and even split it among the number of guests.


"We do see increase at bars where people haven't been tipping," said Michelle Songy, co-founder of the Cake mobile pay app, in a statement to CNBC. "I'd like to think as we are trying to make the payment experience a bit more fun, easier or quick it leaves you with a better experience."

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Most profitable iOS app? The HBO Now app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 5:00 pm

HBO's decision to launch a standalone streaming service to desktop and mobile users seems like it was a brilliant move, as HBO Now was the top grossing app for Apple iOS in May, the App Annie research firm found.




App Annie hasn't finalized June app figures yet, but expect HBO Now to remain near the top once again.


HBO Now, which is $14.99 per month, was able to top Spotify, Hulu, and other subscription-based streaming services. Using your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device is the easiest way to watch premium content not attached to a cable or subscription plan.

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Valve updates the Steam for Android app with a new UI and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 2:00 am

Valve has finally updated the Steam for Android app, which has leaped from v1.1 right up to v2.0. The new Steam for Android app includes a totally revamped UI, something that Valve is calling "material".




The navigation drawer, according to Android Police, has "been completely rearranged in this update, and now includes links to your intentory, library, and additional app settings like disconnecting from the chat". Valve adds that it has fixed up background battery drain and the weird spontaneous login issues that many gamers were used to. The changelog for the app includes:


  • Changing from one screen to another is faster
  • Will not use battery when it is inactive
  • Will not log in unexpectedly
  • If possible, when resumed, the application will return to the screen it was on
  • Startup screen can be set
  • Chat history from other devices is available
  • Chat history for offline friends is available
  • Navigation menu has links to Inventory, Library, going offline for chat and logging out
  • Material design, higher res images, simplified settings, faster on older devices
  • Other fixes


You can grab Steam for Android from the Google Play store, or grab it from APK Mirror.

Apple hires journalists to manually monitor news feeds in its app

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 11:34 am

In a move to take part of the news industry as its own, Apple has announced its iOS9 update will feature Apple News - setting out to be the 'staple' of news for Apple users, taking on Facebook, Google and Flipboard alike.




As part of this implementation, Apple has hired journalists to help manage the news that is spread personally, rather than relying on code or user-input as seen with other news feed apps, websites or programs. Judd Slivka from the University of Missouri says that "Apple is eager to have news created by human beings and not algorithms," adding that it makes sense as "it fits in with the brand statement Apple has been making."


This move is confirmed by Apple's job board, which is looking for journalists with a quick wit and the ability to sniff out big news from the get-go to sit alongside already-existing code.

Facebook Messenger is now home to over 1 billion users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 13, 2015 7:06 am

Facebook Messenger continues to grow, with the social network announcing that there have been over 1 billion downloads of the Facebook Messenger for Android application from the Google Play store.




There are only a few applications with over 1 billion users, with Messenger joining the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp, Gmail, YouTube, Search and Maps. But how did Facebook Messenger get here? With instant messaging slaying SMS, Facebook Messenger slowly added VOIP calling, video calling, stickers, voice clips, peer-to-peer payments, location, the third-party app creation, Messenger is a juggernaut.


I'm a daily addict user of Facebook Messenger, what about you?

Lenovo and Microsoft team up with Cortana and REACHit searching

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: May 28, 2015 5:15 am

Set for applications across Windows 10 PCs and tablets, Lenono has announced a partnership with Microsoft to extent Cortana's abilities through the Lenovo REACHit functionality.




REACHit will search for content spread "across any connected Lenovo PC or tablet device running Windows 10 and many major cloud services" as pointed out in a recent press release - further assisting the search capabilities of Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant.


The release also points out that it will only search through connected Lenovo devices that you own - for example you can ask Cortana to "find the picture I edited last week on my ThinkPad X1 Carbon" and searching will commence. However, some are worried that this may open up a hacking loophole that would enable criminals to gain access to all of your devices by only hacking a single one.

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Periscope live streaming app is now available on Google Android

By: Chris Smith | More News: Apps | Posted: May 26, 2015 8:18 pm

Google Android users can now download the official Periscope app from the Google Play Store. The app gives users the chance to record and stream feeds from their smartphones and tablets, and then share them with others.




Periscope on Android supports the same core functionality that has been available to Apple iOS users, including public and private broadcasts, interact with broadcasters, easy streaming, or viewing of live streams, among other features.


"I was streaming for about 11 minutes on 4G and I used up in the blink of an eye 250MB [of data]," said Kate Russell, reporter at BBC Click, when speaking of Periscope being a data hog. "If you're watching random streams for about half an hour you're going to chew through about 400MB, so if you're on a low-data plan, be aware of exactly how much data you're consuming."

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