Android Software

Apple Music Connect gets shut down due to lack of interest

While Apple Music has been quite successful by anyone's standards -- though it certainly gets a boost as a featured and pre-installed app on every iPhone and iPad on the store shelf -- not every aspect of the company's music streaming competitor to Spotify (download on iOS or Android) has been a smashing success.

Today, music industry news site Billboard reports that Apple quietly notified artist that Apple Music Connect is getting shut down, effective immediately. Connect was... Read More »

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Facebook discloses photo security bug that may have hit up to 6.8 million users

If you've been following Facebook in the news this year, you know that 2018 has been a particularly challenging year for the company, as it continues to face scrutiny over its user data management practices. And along the way, the social network has suffered from several security incidents.

Today, Facebook disclosed another personal data breach, one that it says may have affected the photos of up to 6.8 million members during a brief window in September.

In the statement, Facebook engineering... Read More »

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Microsoft's Hummingbird news app content is delivered via AI

In the news app business, what do you do when Apple News has such a big presence on iOS, and Google News is big on Android and seemingly everywhere else? Even if you have deep pockets like Microsoft, which relaunched a news aggregator app of its own a few months ago, the answer may lie in using AI to leapfrog the capabilities of us humans when it comes to selecting and personalizing content.

At least, that's the pitch for Microsoft's second... Read More »

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Facebook reportedly cutting news show funding while growing its 'Watch' video platform

Facebook Watch, the social media giant's video platform, has gained immense popularity in its short life. Though the video service is not even two years old yet, 400 million people spend at least a minute watching one of the network's videos.

Shows like Jada Pinkett Smith's "Red Table Talk" and "Sorry for Your Loss," a drama starring Elizabeth Olsen, draw some of the largest audiences.

To help more creators and publishers generate revenue from their videos, Facebook just announced... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Video Publishing & Sharing , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

12 New Year's Eve apps to get your party started as you countdown to 2019

The best way to ring in the new year is with a New Year's Eve party.

Sure, you could go out on New Year's Eve and spend hundreds of dollars to hang out with strangers and oftentimes feel let down by the lackluster crowd, alcohol selection and entertainment you encounter. Or you could count down to 2019 in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

Plus, with your home court advantage, you'll be able to prepare a... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

How to find Lime bike and scooter transit in Google Maps

You may have noticed bikes and scooters docked every few blocks in your city. Lime bikes and scooters (iOS, Android) have sprung up as initiatives in certain cities to help reduce traffic and carbon emissions.

To give users the full range of transportation options, Google Maps (iOS, Android) is adding Lime bikes and scooters to its app.

Here's how to find the nearest bikes and scooters for rent in your city:

Open the Google Maps... Read More »

Topics: Maps , Transportation , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Share your best Instagram posts with the Top Nine app to wrap up 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, it can be fun to take a look back at the year. Apps like Facebook (iOS, Android) and Spotify (iOS, Android) both have features that recap your year in a neat package and allow you to share those memories with your friends on those platforms.

Going into Memories on Facebook around December will show a personalized video from the social media site called "Your Year on Facebook." Spotify creates a playlist... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Prisma's selfie app lets you 'keep your natural look,' except it doesn't

Prisma Labs is bringing its photo editing app to Android next year. Previously, Lensa was only available on iOS.

Prisma calls Lensa the "one-button Photoshop" app, as it offers a number of tools to tweak and perfect any portrait photo. The app claims to use Artificial Intelligence to retouch your selfie automatically, so you don't have to waste time tweaking it. The option to manually adjust your photos is still available.

Some of Lensa's enhancement features include teeth whitening, skin smoothing,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Photo Editors

Google Lens: 10 great ways to run a search on things in the real world

You spot an appealing product at a store, an interesting animal in nature, an unusual dish on a menu, an intriguing landmark in another country, or a fascinating painting in a museum. And you want to learn more about that item or object. Normally, you might run a regular Google search. But in this case, you may not know what to search for. That's where Google Lens can help.

Using Google Lens on your phone, you... Read More »

Topics: Digital Photo Software , Android Software , iOS Software

'My Number Lookup' web app finds personal data linked to your mobile phone number

Over the past couple years, the general public has heard a lot about how your personal data can be collected on the internet and sold without your knowledge or consent. A VPN, or virtual private network, can be one way to improve your privacy, but some details about our lives remain difficult to keep on the down-low. One nagging problem is how many documents available to the public online can be tied to your phone number.

Keepsafe, a developer of privacy-oriented... Read More »

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