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Google marries private messaging and Google Photos with new feature

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

Google has brought a new feature to its Google Photo's app, and this new feature encourages people to share their snaps with their friends and family.

Google has taken to its official Twitter account to announce that Google Photos now allows users to share their images with friends inside the app. According to Janvi Shah, product manager at Google Photos, "This feature isn't designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos".

This feature uses the recipient's Gmail address as a means of sending an image to someone and can be done by pressing on an image and tapping the 'share' option. Users can like photos, comment in the conversation, and even save sent images to their own galleries. Google says on their blogpost that this feature will be rolling out for both Android and iOS over the next few days. Be sure to update your Google Photo's app on whatever platform you are on to receive this new feature.

Twitter won't be removing inactive accounts until further notice

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Following up on yesterday's post regarding Twitter announcing a purge of inactive accounts across their platform, the social media platform has now stopped in their tracks until further notice.

Since yesterday's announcement of the coming purge planned for this December, Twitter has taken to their support account on their platform to announce that the purge won't be happening. This halt in their plans is due to many users concerns over Twitter potentially removing accounts of deceased people.

Twitter has said that this "was a miss on our part" and that they will now "not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts." Twitter also detail that for the time being the inactive account removals (when they go ahead) will only be in EU for now, "We're starting with the EU in part due to local privacy regulations (eg, GDPR)."

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Google finally adds manual photo tagging to Google Photos

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

While Google Photos is definitely a great app to have on your phone, its certainly not perfect in every way possible. Google has finally rolled out a much-needed update to the app, and I bet many android users appreciative.

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Since this update, Google Photo's users weren't able to pull up photos and manually tag friends, family, or just general people. Tagging people on Google Photos allows users to search their entire Google Photos by that person's specific tag. An example of this would be if I had a friend named Mitchell and Google recognized that he was in lots of my photos and added his tag based on his face.

I could then search "Mitchell", and all of the photos he is in that Google have detected will be pulled up for me. If you are interested in finding out how to access this new feature, follow the following steps. Select a photo in Google Photos, swipe up to get the photo menu, locate the pencil icon to the right of "people," tap that icon, and manually add names in. It should also be noted that this feature will only work on images that Google detects a face being present.

TikTok owner rumored to release Spotify killer music streaming app

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Nov 18, 2019 @ 4:08 CST

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: Nov 17, 2019 @ 0:09 CST

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: Nov 14, 2019 @ 5:41 CST

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: Nov 13, 2019 @ 3:05 CST

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.