Communications

How to blur the background of your Skype calls

In an attempt to stay relevant in the reign of WhatsApp (download for iOS or Android), Microsoft's video chat app Skype (download for iOS or Android) added background blur during calls.

During your call, hover over the camera icon to bring up additional options. When Blur my Background appears, simply toggle it on.

Now, you can relax and focus on the call knowing that the mountain of laundry behind you is obscured from view.

SEE: 6 video chat apps to use instead of Facetime

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Topics: Communications , Video Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

New study says you'll be less informed without Facebook. This isn't true

A new report from New York University and Stanford University found that people who gave up Facebook were happier, less politically polarized but less informed on factual news and current events.

Participants in the study disabled their Facebook accounts for four weeks in exchange for $102.

At the end of the study, researchers found that Facebook had both positive and negative impacts on the study participants' lives and that in general Facebook can offer benefits for users as a source... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Newsreaders & RSS Readers , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

6 video chat apps to use instead of Facetime

An embarrassing bug that compromised the privacy of FaceTime calls on iOS and MacOS has surprised a lot of Apple users. The problem occurred when a user tried to place a call. Before the call connected, the user could hear audio on the other end.

If you're in need of a video call app replacement for FaceTime or simply want to try another option, these are the apps to start with:

1. Skype

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

Gmail app's massive redesign brings features from desktop to Android and iOS

After redesigning Gmail (download for iOS or Android) for the web last April, Google is now bringing the changes to mobile.

The update will start rolling out to Android phones and tablets today. IPhone and iPads will get it in the coming weeks.

With the new update, smartphone users can open message attachments without opening the email itself, for example.

SEE: CES 2019: 10 new ways to use your Google Assistant

Gmail also alerts you to potential phishing messages.... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

WhatsApp Web launches picture-in-picture video playback on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook

WhatsApp (download for iOS or Android) has started rolling out picture-in-picture (PiP) video playback for its desktop app, WhatsApp Web. The feature became available on iOS and Android last year.

Now, PiP can work with videos from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable. For now, only YouTube is functional though, according to Android Police.

Users will need to install version 0.3.2041 to use the PiP feature. If you're operating on an older version, you'll need to force clear the... Read More »

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

How an app could help you stay safe on your next Tinder date

While most dates go off without a hitch, it's important to take safety precautions. The My SOS Family app (download for iOS or Android) can be useful in multiple situations like a bad Tinder date or if an elderly person living alone takes a fall.

With the push of a button, My SOS Family sends a Help Alert to the user's preset contacts, paired with a custom message and GPS location. The contact will receive the Alert via... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

WhatsApp's lack of moderators let child pornography slip through the cracks

It's been one month after Tumblr (download for iOS or Android) disappeared from the App Store after child pornography slipped through the sites filters. Today, the popular messaging platform WhatsApp (download for iOS or Android) is under fire for similar reasons.

The app's chat groups are being used to spread child pornography, according to reports. TechCrunch detailed a report released by two Israeli non-government organizations, NGOs, regarding how third-party apps advertise "adult" sections that... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Facebook Messenger app adds Boomerang videos, portrait mode selfies, and AR stickers

Facebook (download for iOS or Android) is releasing a slew of new camera features to its Messenger app (download for iOS or Android).

Users can expect to see an option to create looping-videos with Boomerang, depth-editing in selfie mode and augmented reality stickers that you can drop into photos.

The new update gives Messenger a total of five camera modes: normal, video, text, Boomerang and selfie.

SEE: Facebook Messenger's new design goes for simple, uncluttered look

Boomerang, also... Read More »

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

The 10 best-selling iPhone apps on the planet in 2018

The Apple App Store and the Google Play Store collectively earned $18.2 billion from global consumers in the third quarter of 2018, according to Sensor Towers research, which also said that Apple has the upper-hand when it comes to monetizing their apps, which is why the App Store outpaced Google Play revenue by 94 percent.

New data from Sensor Tower shows which iPhone apps generated the most revenue in 2018. Of the 10 iOS apps that earned the most... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Social Networking Software , Video Players , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

T-Mobile now supports iPhone eSIM activation with new iOS app

T-Mobile subscribers with the right type of iPhone can now add a second number using the carrier's new eSIM app.

SEE: The Best Mobile Communications Apps for Messaging and Video Chats

Available in the App Store, the T-Mobile eSIM app marks the carrier's official support of Apple's dual-SIM service. Through the app, T-Mobile customers who own an unlocked iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR can add a secondary line to their device by choosing a prepaid plan. In... Read More »

Topics: Communications , iOS Software