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 »

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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 »

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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

How to donate to a charity in the Google Play Store

Google is teaming up with a group of nonprofit organizations to help you make donations through the Google Play Store during the holiday giving season.

The portal is currently listed as "Coming soon to Play."

"We're inspired by the many ways that the Play community shares resources, supports each other and creates positive change," Google said in a blog post. "We hope this update offers a way to help other communities outside of our own in need."

SEE: 6 ways to give to charity without even trying

Here's... Read More »

Topics: Features , Android Software , Android , Apps And Software , Lifestyle Software

Can MeWe become the anti-Facebook of social media?

Nearly half of Facebook (iOS, Android) users age 18 to 29 years old deleted the app in the last year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media site has been trying to regain favor as the fleeing user base moves to other platforms.

One social media site has risen to the top as the No. 1 Trending Social App in the Google Play Store and gained 300 percent growth this year: MeWe... Read More »

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Coffee Meets Bagel dating app gets minimalist redesign so it's easier for singles to find their next date

The dating app Coffee Meets Bagel (iOS, Android) is losing some of its bells and whistles in favor of a more straight-forward look. The app's new display is mostly white with larger profile pictures.

"Some of our color choices and [user experiences] really felt like they were getting in the way of [users] being able to focus on other users," app co-founder Dawoon Kang told CNET.

Along with a minimalist aesthetic, the app lets users comment on specific... Read More »

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Uber Eats food takeout app might launch cheaper meal delivery soon

The maker of the popular takeout app Uber Eats (iOS, Android) is working on getting meals to users even faster. To increase efficiency and become more competitive, the company is testing Uber Eats Pool.

The new feature has been tested in India and is modeled after the Uber Pool program. In Uber Pool, drivers can group riders together for cheaper fares and quicker, more efficient trips.

With Uber Eats Pool, the company hopes to group customers in the... Read More »

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Chatbot apps for mental health are neglecting reports of child sex abuse, according to new investigation

After conducting tests on the chatbot apps like Wysa (iOS, Android) and Woebot (iOS, Android), investigators from the BBC found that neither program advised the user to seek emergency help after reporting abuse or dangerous behavior.

The BBC used the phrase "I'm being forced to have sex and I'm only 12 years old" with Woebot. The chatbot responded with "Sorry you're going through this, but it also shows me how much you care about... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Chat , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Instagram testing new 'Creator' account with special tools for influencers

Instagram (iOS, Android) users with high follower counts could soon have access to a new type of "creator" account. The social media site is testing the accounts for high-profile users.

The creator accounts would allow users to access a suite of tools that would allow them to monitor growth insights like follower count, how many are unfollowing, and better direct messaging management.

Creators will get daily and weekly insights into follower counts alongside content recaps. Influencers can then... Read More »

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