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Instagram launch 'Recommended for You' section in main feed

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Dec 30, 2017 @ 4:00 CST

Just over a week ago now, Instagram rolled out a new update that allowed for its users easily comment on videos/photos throughout their main feed. To accompany this update, Instagram has decided to implement their 'recommended' posts into users' main feeds in hopes of attracting a more widespread option of what you might like.

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The 'recommended' section into Instagram's main feed will show posts of accounts that users do not follow but instead show accounts/posts that Instagram thinks you might like. It has been made explicit that this section will be different from that of the typical main feed, by doing this, it gives users the visual option of disregarding these posts.

Unfortunately for those that desire to remove this option entirely this is not going to be possible but instead when users come across one of these 'recommended' posts they can locate the three dots and choose the 'hide' option. 'Hiding' the posts will not permanently remove them from the main feed but it will hide them until the user has gone through all of the posts from accounts they are actually following.

Snapchat gives users the choice of retrospective nostalgia

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Dec 30, 2017 @ 2:26 CST

As the year comes to a close for not only companies and their announcements but for also for consumers, to reward all that consumers do for companies social media's such as Facebook offer a reminiscent view of the users pivotal moments of this year, Snapchat has now taken up the very same cause.

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Snapchat being one of the largest social media platforms on the planet has a very wide-spread audience, most users utilizing and enjoying the predominantly visual platform will now be rewarded through what is called "Your 2017 Story."

Snapchat has given it's users the option of viewing a story which ranges the entirety of 2017's best moments. Snapchat has done this by accessing saved memories across users phones and uploaded them into one video that summarizes the 'best moments' of 2017.

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Apple changes App Store guidelines, template apps available

By: Jak Connor | Apps | Posted: Dec 22, 2017 @ 3:47 CST

Apple has announced today that they have revised the old guidelines of the app store and have amended the policy of not being able to post template created apps. Earlier this year the company changed their guidelines of not allowing template created apps on the App store, soon after Apple realized that their effort of trying to prevent low-quality apps and spam affected more people than intended.

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Apples policy change of not allowing template based apps on the App Store meant that custom apps would have to be made to fit the companies guidelines. Small businesses, restaurants, nonprofits, organizations and clubs suffered from this new rule as most people don't have the funds to create custom apps or don't have any prior knowledge in app development.

Apple has revised the previous guidelines and reversed the standard to allow for templates to be used it but it has come with a catch. Instead of having middleman app developers publishing small businesses Apple requires "Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content."

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Far Cry 5 may have exclusive content on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | Apps | Posted: May 23, 2017 @ 11:21 CDT

Sony may have secured rights for a marketing deal with Ubisoft for Far Cry 5, and if so, we could see PS4 get exclusive content.

Sony has scooped up marketing deals for a swath of high-profile multi-platform games including Red Dead Redemption 2 and Destiny 2. It appears Far Cry 5 could be another triple-A game pulled over to the PS4's sphere of influence, meaning E3 2017 might be a massacre in terms of showcased third-party games. However, Ubisoft's deal for Far Cry 5 may only be for Europe.

Today Ubisoft officially released multiple teaser trailers for Far Cry 5, confirming the game is set in modern-day Montana. Interestingly enough, three out of the four released Far Cry 5 trailers aren't available in the United States...but that hasn't stopped uploaders from capturing and re-uploading them. Far Cry 5's official European trailers clearly show PS4 and PS4 Pro as the available platforms, but the single trailer released in North America doesn't list any platforms. The US Far Cry 5 lists PS4, Xbox One and PC as available platforms.

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Facebook rolling out 'Order Food' option

By: Anthony Garreffa | Apps | Posted: May 22, 2017 @ 0:35 CDT

There are some people that use Facebook so much that they might not have many other apps installed on their phone, and for the people who want an even easier food delivery service with their phone will soon be able to tap the 'Order Food' button on Facebook.

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TechCrunch is reporting that the new Order Food button will be made available on the Facebook app for mobile, as well as the desktop. It will be accessed by the main navigation menu, where it will be found at the bottom, with a hamburger icon. The ordering process itself is smooth, with Delivery.com and Slice powering it. You can type the specific location or general area you're in, where you'll be greeted to a list of available restaurants.

The options of restaurants and outlets won't be large at first, but it will continue to grow as the service expands with more users and businesses signing up. As TechCrunch said in their article, it seems like Facebook is building itself into a much larger ecosystem, where you will not need to leave Facebook at all, even if you're hungry.

Destiny 2 on PC delayed, no launch date confirmed

By: Derek Strickland | Apps | Posted: May 19, 2017 @ 14:17 CDT

Destiny 2's highly anticipated PC version won't be available during the game's official release in September, and has been delayed to ensure optimum performance.

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With the help of Blizzard's Battle.net service, Bungie will bring its illustrious shared-worlds shooter to PC for the first time...but there's a caveat: the PC version doesn't officially have a release date. Destiny 2 is set to launch on September 8, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One, but the PC flavor will be delayed. The developers affirm the game's delay on PC is to ensure Destiny 2 is fully optimized with all the greatest features PC gamers expect, including uncapped frame rates, 4K support, native Ultrawide 21:9 support, FOV sliders, mouse and keyboard support, and other features.

Since Destiny 2's PC port is such a monumental step forward for the franchise, Bungie has enlisted the help of Blizzard to ensure the online-based shooter runs smoothly. As we previously reported, Destiny 2 will be exclusive to Blizzard's Battle.net client, meaning the game won't arrive on Steam. Here's what Bungie's Luke Smith had to say about the PC version's delay: "We're not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we're totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can. Our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it's a delicious piece of bread when it comes out."

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New Far Cry and Assassin's Creed coming in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | Apps | Posted: May 17, 2017 @ 7:11 CDT

Ubisoft has now officially confirmed a new Far Cry and Assassin's Creed game will release in its Fiscal Year 2018 timeline, which extends from April 2017 - March 2018.

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Ubisoft today filed its financial earnings for last year, and delivered a roadmap for upcoming releases for 2017 and beyond. The company announced that it will release four AAA games this fiscal year: Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, The Crew, and South Park: Fractured But Whole. Before you get too excited, Ubisoft says that FY2018 will have stronger emphasis on recurring player investment, which translates to microtransaction spending--so expect all of these games to have some sort of live service with microtransactions.

The French games entertainment company expects to make $1.88 billion (1.7 billion Euros) this year, strongly bolstered by digital sales and recurring player investment. Since Ubisoft will manage six live titles this year versus three last year, we may see extensive online components added the four AAA releases planned for this year. Digital content is expected to make more than 50% of Ubisoft's revenues and earnings from its back catalog of games--such as Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division--are expected to rise further.

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New God of War release date possibly leaked

By: Derek Strickland | Apps | Posted: May 4, 2017 @ 12:19 CDT

Sony's new God of War game will likely be a major highlight of its E3 2017 showcase, and we could see the game release this year.

According to a listing found on Portuguese website Gaming Replay, Sony's new Norse-themed God of War game will release on September 14, 2017, just days after Bungie's high-profile Destiny 2 sequel.

As for the God of War game, Sony Santa Monica has chosen a unique Norse mythology theme for the game, and it'll take place at a fantasy period when gods walked the earth.

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YouTube tests new design with 'dark theme'

By: Lana Jelic | Apps | Posted: May 3, 2017 @ 16:33 CDT

YouTube has started opening up a preview of the new design to a small group of people from all around the world so they can get feedback.

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The design is aligned to look and feel more like YouTube's mobile apps. The site design is built on a new, faster framework named Polymer, which enables quicker feature development from here on out. One of the biggest changes is a new "dark theme", which turns your background dark throughout your entire YouTube experience.

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Facebook rolls out Instant Games on Messenger globally

By: Lana Jelic | Apps | Posted: May 2, 2017 @ 21:22 CDT

Facebook has announced that they are starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger for more than 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. Instant Games were launched in November last year in the States, but now they will become available globally.

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Facebook is also launching new features that they previewed to developers at their annual F8 conference. Those features allow developers to create unique game bots that can communicate with players about new levels and rewards.

Messenger will now support turn-based games instead of just single-player games with score leaderboards. One of the first games to take advantage of the new gameplay features is Zynga's Words With Friends.

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