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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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Dual Masters Play's announced for mobile, 10,000 beta spots available

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Sep 26, 2019 @ 9:06 CDT

While it might not be the same feeling as playing on an actual table-top, its still extremely convenient to be able to play table-top games online with friends whenever you want. Dual Masters Play's is about to make very same transition.

Above we have the new announcement by companies Takara Tomy and DeNA for Dual Masters Play's arriving on both iOS and Android devices. The app will feature everything that the normal table-top game does plus some more features; deck building, custom character creation, single-player mode and appearances from legendary dualists such as hobu Kirifuda, Kyoshiro Kokujo, and Hakuoh.

For fans interested in jumping into the action via mobile, pre-registration is currently available to sign-up to here. It should be noted that there is a closed beta test that is planned from early October until October 24. Players should also note that there will only be 10,000 players selected from iOS and Android respectively, so if you really want to get into the beta sign-up ASAP.

Snapchat lengthens ads to 3 minutes, marketing becomes sophisticated

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Sep 25, 2019 @ 6:04 CDT

Advertising is an ever changing industry, especially considering not only how fast technology is moving but also how fast people's attention spans are changing.

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For the reasons listed above, Snapchat has opted in a new advertising service for companies looking to advertise on their platform. Originally, Snapchat allowed marketers to have a 10 second video for their commercials, but according to a new announcement during the Advertising Week in New York City, "We're now expanding the maximum duration of Snap ads."

This extension is going to come in the form of a new update that allows advertisers to show longer videos. At first, advertisers had the ability to show longer videos, but those videos were only shown if the viewer swiped up on the ad. A great example of this is a short trailer for a movie containing the full trailer behind the 'swipe required ad.' Snapchat will now be removing the 10 second cap on ads, and allowing for advertisers to display a full 3 minute long ad instead.

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Finger-licking good: KFC is making a DATING SIMULATOR

By: Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Posted: Sep 10, 2019 @ 20:04 CDT

I don't even know what to say... so I'm just going to say it how it is: KFC is working on a dating simulator. The chicken giant has teamed with developer Psyop for the deliciously-named "I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Licking Good Dating Simulator".

KFC is in full control when it comes to the concept and the actual content of the Colonel Sanders dating simulator, something that is now on Steam and will be released in the coming weeks. What do you even do in I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Licking Good Dating Simulator, you ask?

Well, you will play a culinary student that is trying to win over the heart of a finger-licking good-looking younger version of the Colonel. I don't even know what to think about this right now, whether to run away from this or want to download it and play it when it comes out just to say that I did.

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Spotify is testing an in-app 'create podcast' button

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2019 @ 7:12 CDT

Spotify seems to be encouraging its user base to jump into creating their very own podcasts with a new button that has been leaked online.

The news comes from leaker Jane Wong who spotted the new button its Spotify's podcasts library. From the screenshot we can see if you press on Podcasts, then click on shows you will see the 'Create Podcast' button. Looking at the button description, we see that Spotify will allow for users to create their own podcast using Anchor, which is a podcast creation technology company that Spotify acquired earlier this year.

Spotify seems to be testing this button in select countries as I went to my own Spotify to check it out and it wasn't available. According to Spotify who spoke to The Verge, "We are always testing new products and experiences to improve the overall Spotify experience. Some tests will eventually make way for upgrades to our product, others are only tests. We have no further news to share at this time."

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Microsoft confirms 'Dark Mode' for Office and Outlook on iOS/Android

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2019 @ 5:08 CDT

Microsoft has officially confirmed that they will be debuting a 'dark mode' feature for iOS and Android devices who use Outlook and Office.

The news was confirmed through an extremely cinematic trailer which has been released onto the official Microsoft Office 365 YouTube Channel. The trailer gives us some quick looks what the the 'dark mode' will look like on both desktop, iOS and Android devices.

According to Microsoft Office's head of design, Jon Friedman "A cross-company design collaboration propels us to seamlessly bring Dark Mode to the broader M365 product suite, and today marks the initial rollout of Dark Mode on Outlook for iOS and Android, as well as Office.com! The upcoming launch of iOS 13 will then extend this rollout to Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, Planner, and To-Do on mobile."

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Facebook makes private Instagram 2.0 'Threads' app for 'close friends'

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Aug 27, 2019 @ 6:14 CDT

Facebook is at it again with another app attempt at trying to kill off Snapchat, this time round reports have said that Facebook and Instagram are internally testing a new app called "Threads" which is designed for close friends.

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According to The Verge, Instagram has been testing this "Threads" app which is "designed to promote constant, automatic sharing between users." On The Verge article they have posted mock-up screenshots which indicate that the app will be focused around a singular feed where friends can view each others 'stories' or 'statuses'.

The Verge also states that the app will work as a companion to your Instagram account, and will invite users to "share their location, speed, and battery life with friends, along with more typical text, photo, and video messages using Instagram's creative tools". This app will ultimately be designed at communication between your close friends on Instagram, which means it falls a direct competitor to Snapchat who says they are the app for "real friends".

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Google to release their own 'AirDrop-like' app 'Fast Share'

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Jul 2, 2019 @ 1:00 CDT

For quite some time now Apple has led the way in the ease transferring files from one user to another. Now Google is about to enter the game with their own app Fast Share.

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According to a report by 9to5Google, the company is currently in the works of preparing their own file sharing app. This app is designed to make the transferring of files between Android phones and Chromebooks easy for the user. The feature has been titled Fast Share and it is planned to replace the NFC-based Android Beam. Fast Share is set to release widespread across Android and Google devices in the final version of Android Q which is planned for later this year.

Fast Share will use Bluetooth to discover and connect with the desired device and then establish a direct Wi-Fi connection between the users. The direct connection will allow for files to transferred extremely quickly and will act much like Apple's AirDrop feature. At the moment there is no word on how Google plans to achieve smooth cross-platform compatibility with their large range of devices or if this feature will require the most updated version of Android.

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