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TikTok owner rumored to release Spotify killer music streaming app

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 4 days, 14 hours ago

Reports have come out detailing a new on-demand music streaming service being developed by TikTok's owner, ByteDance.

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According to Financial Times sources, ByteDance is currently planning a new streaming service app that incorporates a social media aspect. The Financial Times says that the app will include a library of short video clips that users can search for and then pair up with their desired songs. These video clips and songs can then be forwarded to users' friends.

The report also says that ByteDance is currently in talks with big companies such as Sony, Universal, and Warner for music licensing purposes. While you might think that this new app is some years off from releasing, the reports indicate that it could be launching in places like Brazil, India, and Indonesia as soon as December this year. It's also said that ByteDance's new app plans to undercut the current market price of other music streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music. Meaning the cost will be under $10, and more like $7, or even $5 a month.

Mario Kart Tour drifted onto 123.9 million unique devices in Oct/Sept

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

Back in September, Nintendo finally stepped into the mobile with an extremely strong IP, Mario Kart Tour.

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Players started their engines on the 25th of September, and in just one day the app got 20 million downloads. Now some new statistics have been released by Sensor Tower who has revealed that just in September the app was downloaded 86.2 million times. Following the September release, Mario Kart Tour slowed down a bit in October, but still managed to pull in a further 40.3 million unique installs.

In comparison to Mario Kart Tour, Activision's Call of Duty: Mobile pulled in 148 million downloads in October. How much revenue was made off these installs? Mario Kart Tour managed to rake in $32 million in October, while Call of Duty: Mobile pulled ahead with $54 million. Mario Kart Tour currently doesn't have multiplayer support so these numbers are sure to increase once Nintendo updates the game with that.

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Apple users can now do their shopping with their voice, just ask Siri

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The days of gathering the family around a pen-and-paper shopping list could be over as Apple users can now use their voice to fill their Walmart shopping cart.

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The new feature is called Walmart Voice Order, and it's now available in the company's Grocery App for iOS. This means that Siri can listen to users' requests for products, and they will automatically be placed in Walmart's shopping cart, removing the necessity of touch.

Users can follow this voice process; "Hey Siri, add to Walmart" then list out the items you want to be placed into the cart and boom; they should be ready to order. It should also be noted that Apple users can tell Siri on a range of different devices such as an iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, or in a CarPlay-enabled vehicle. Due to Walmart being a direct competitor with Amazon, it can be assumed that Walmart won't be adding this feature for Alexa devices now or anytime soon.

Facebook is fixing that really weird bug that auto-opened users camera

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Just earlier this month, Facebook issued out a new update for the iOS app, and while updates are usually welcomed, this one harbored a strange bug that opened users camera without them knowing.

CNET reported that while users on the iOS app were watching videos or looking at photos their camera became activated behind the app. Some users even reported via Twitter that while watching a video and then rotating to landscape mode that the Facebook/Instagram Story UI could be seen for a split second. When flipping back to portrait, the Story camera/UI opened entirely, as seen above.

Facebook acknowledged the issue, saying that this bug was introduced to the iOS app when they fixed another bug that was incorrectly launching the app in landscape mode. Facebook's Guy Rosen gave a statement regarding this bug, saying "We recently discovered that version 244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 (launched on November 8th) we inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos."

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Photoshop for iPad arrives on the App Store with a free 30-day trial

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Nov 4, 2019 @ 3:32 CST

Apple and Adobe have debuted Adobe Photoshop for iPad, the app is currently available on the App Store for download.

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Back in October, I reported on Photoshop making its way over to the iPad, and the time has finally come as it has arrived as a 30-day trial on the App Store. The app supports full PSD editing, layers, tools, advanced tools and cloud syncing. Unfortunately, as it was detailed back in October, Photoshop for the iPad isn't full kitted out with all the features editors know and love.

Although, as time goes by Adobe plan on adding more and more features to the app, but at the moment its missing some core features. In the entirety of this article there are dot points listing the major features included within the app. There is also some dot points listing what features Adobe are currently working on. To go alongside Photoshop for iPad, contacts close to Bloomberg have said that Adobe eventually plan to bring Adobe Illustrator over to iPad.

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Uber are testing out $75 and $55 cooking classes in 'Uber Moments'

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Oct 27, 2019 @ 2:03 CDT

Uber has begun testing out a new feature that could move the company from predominately being a ride-hailing business, into an app that connects all different types of services.

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According to an email that was sent out to Uber Eats customers in the San Francisco area, Uber Moments which is an option within the Uber Eats app will soon be offering cooking and dinning experiences. The email says that Moments will begin its cooking and dining offers with a $75 cooking class for Chinese dumplings and a $55 five-course Nigerian dinner.

A spokesperson from Uber said the company is "always thinking about new ways to enhance the Eats experience." Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also spoke out about the companies plan to eventually become everyone's "operating system of your life". Since Uber are moving towards providing services through their Uber app that aren't necessarily for rides or food, I can eventually see Uber allowing tradesman of any sort to connect to paying customers via Uber.

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Adobe could possibly be revealing Illustrator for Apple's iPad in 2019

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Oct 22, 2019 @ 8:08 CDT

Recent rumors have surfaced online and have pointed towards Adobe gearing up for a reveal of Illustrator making its way over to the iPad.

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According to contacts close to Bloomberg, Adobe are plotting a reveal of Illustrator but for the iPad at its MAX conference this November. The sources say that Illustrator for iPad would follow in the same footsteps as Photoshop for iPad which is planned to launch later this year. Unfortunately, early testers of Photoshop for iPad haven't said the greatest things about the coming app, and instead said that its missing core features. Hopefully Illustrator doesn't have these same issues.

Bloomberg also reached out to Adobe to presumably ask if this was true, and an Adobe spokesperson neither confirmed or denied any plans, saying "We have nothing new to share at this time." It would be an obvious move for Adobe to slowly move through their suit of programs and add them to iPad. So, if I was to guess at whether or not Illustrator is going to come to iPad, I'd say its a pretty safe bet, especially considering Photoshop is on its way.

This is how you activate Instagram's 'Dark Mode' for iOS & Android

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Oct 9, 2019 @ 1:05 CDT

Dark mode has now arrived on Instagram, and while users might be used to that slick white look that they have been ever so accustomed to, here's how to enable the black version.

Firstly, for you to get dark mode on Instagram users must have iOS 13 for Apple devices or Android 10 for Android devices. The first step will be making sure the Instagram app has updated to its latest version, so head on over to your respective store (App Store or Play Store) and update the app.

Once that has been completed, iPhone users can open their 'settings' app on their phone and head over to the Display and Brightness sub-tab, in here you will see 'Dark'. Android users can do something very similar, open settings, press Display, tap the Advanced tab and then select Dark. Adam Mosseri, the Head of Instagram via his Twitter account, his tweet can be found above. What do you think about Dark Mode? Personally, I love it!

Instagram follower activity stalking now over, app axes 'Follower' tab

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Oct 8, 2019 @ 5:08 CDT

This week Instagram users will say goodbye to the 'following' tab feature that allows you to keep tabs on your followers activity.

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According to a new report out of Buzzfeed News, Instagram is removing their "Following" tab that is found behind the heart icon at the bottom right of the user-interface. If you are unaware of what the "Following" tab is, don't be alarmed as its definitely one of Instagram's lesser-known features. The "Following" tab allows for users to see the activity of the users they are following; e.g what photos they are liking and what other Instagram accounts they have decided to follow.

Instagram's Vishal Shah spoke out about the decision and said "People didn't always know that their activity is surfacing. So you have a case where it's not serving the use case you built if for, but it's also causing people to be surprised when their activity is showing up." In conclusion, Shah said that "Simplicity was the driving factor."

Instagram source code points towards new 'Group Stories' feature

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Oct 6, 2019 @ 1:30 CDT

Remember when Facebook attempted at adding a 'Group Stories' feature before they removed it? Well, it seems that Instagram might be a better place for it as the source code indicates as such.

According to app detective, Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram are currently testing out 'Group Story'. How did Wong come across this new feature? She was digging around in the source code for the app and ran into the 'Group Story' test code.

Originally Facebook had this feature but they later decided to remove it, perhaps they decided to remove it to bring it over to Instagram where 'stories' are much more used. Since this feature is still in testing, Instagram could easily not release it to the public, but if they did I believe that it would a massive hit. I believe this because groups would be able to publicly represent themselves via an individual story.

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