Apps News - Page 4
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.
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.
Recent rumors have surfaced online and have pointed towards Adobe gearing up for a reveal of Illustrator making its way over to the iPad.
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.
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!
This week Instagram users will say goodbye to the 'following' tab feature that allows you to keep tabs on your followers activity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."