App and Software News
Review units of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold began malfunctioning last week -- right before its official (and now-delayed) release. An iFixit teardown, released Wednesday, found some possible explanations for what's going wrong with the $1,980 foldable phone.
The phone is "alarmingly fragile," according to iFixit's teardown notes. The fragility makes potential repairs difficult and could account for the quick demise of screens on several phones sent to reviewers last week. iFixit noted that its slim bezels... Read More »
In response to a privacy bug, Google last month temporarily pulled the ability for Google Assistant to cast content to Android TV devices. This meant users couldn't do things like ask their Google Home speakers to play a YouTube video or set a Google Photo album as a screensaver on their smart TV.
Zombie apps are a real problem for iPhones of every stripe. It happens when you delete an app, only to restore your latest backup or connect your iPhone to iTunes, and lo and behold, the app pops back on your home screen. What is going on?
What happens is that when you back up your iPhone to iCloud, Apple's online storage service doesn't completely remove the app data, just in case you have it installed on another iOS device. For example,... Read More »
Snapchat has begun rolling out its own set of games called Snap Games. Similar to Pokemon Go, you can team up with your friends and play together. Like with Facebook games, you invite your friends to play your favorite games.
Battle against your friends in the Bitmoji Party mini-games using your Bitmoji character, or work as a team to defeat zombies from spreading. Some games allow you to invite up to 28 Snapchatters to spectate, and some... Read More »
Topics: Apps And Software
Returning your Amazon deliveries just got a bit easier. You can return packages for free at your local Kohl's store starting in July. The stores will accept "eligible Amazon items," without a box or label, regardless of the reason, and ship them to Amazon for free, according to a release Tuesday.
The program is expanding to all Kohl's stores in the US after operating in 100 stores previously. Amazon and Kohl's have worked together on the return program since 2017.
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Vine, everyone's favorite video looping app, might be making a comeback as Byte. Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman's team reportedly sent out 100 invites to beta test Byte with plans to add more testers soon. The app tweeted the news on Monday.
Hoffman wasn't immediately available for comment but tweeted about the beta test on Monday. Hoffman also included a video that showed what Byte's interface will look like.
"The Byte beta we've... Read More »
You can now see charging port availability in the US and the UK on Google Maps, according to a blog post published on Tuesdayby Alex Donaldson, product manager of Google Maps. Just search "EV charging stations" in the app or on a desktop to see real-time information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemmaConnect and... Read More »
Odds are you've watched your favorite show on Netflix enough times to pick up on the overarching plot no matter what episode you're watching. Of course, you can manually choose an episode at "random," but that takes a lot of work.
Netflix is reportedly testing a Random Episode feature. Android Policespotted the test on Friday. From the screenshots, it looks like the feature would work similarly to shuffle in your music app. Tapping shuffle arrows would let users... Read More »
LinkedIn is sending its standalone Job Search app out to pasture next month.
"We've built a robust job seeking experience within the main LinkedIn app that we're excited for our members to take advantage of," a LinkedIn spokesperson said in an emailed. statement. "They'll have access to more insights and features than they did in the Job Search app that can help them better navigate their careers, as well as the ability to reach out to the 610M+ professionals on... Read More »
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she's quit Facebook even though the social media site was an important tool for her 2018 campaign.
"I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave... Read More »
Topics: Social Networking Software
The first versions of any new operating system are interesting because they point to the direction a company is going and give you a chance to try out a feature before it's finished, but they can also unstable, as a company and its app developers work out the kinks. I wanted to use it anyway to find out what kinds of treats Android Q would bring us later this summer or fall, when Google intends to release Q to... Read More »
Topics: Android Software
Microsoft said late last year it planned to swap out its own rendering engine used in Edge and swap in one based on Chromium, the open-source foundation used in Google's Chrome browser was well as in Brave, Opera and other popular browsers.
If you've been waiting to see what Microsoft is up to with Edge, you can now download an early preview build of Edge for Windows 10.... Read More »
Topics: Windows Software
Sony PlayStation 4 owners on Wednesday can finally edit their online IDs with PSN's new name change feature, said Sid Shuman, PSN's director of social media, in a blog post. IDs can be changed on a PS4 or via web browser.
The first time you change your ID is free, subsequent changes are $10. PlayStation Plus members pay $5 to change their ID after the first free one. You can also keep your old ID on display for 30 days... Read More »
Attention, witches and wizards: you can now secure a code name for the forthcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game. If you already play Ingress Prime or Pokemon Go, you can keep the same agent name or trainer nickname for Wizards Unite.
First announced in 2017, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is similar to Niantic's augmented reality game Pokemon Go, which sees players wandering the real world pointing their phones at virtual landmarks. Drawing on the world of... Read More »
Game of Thrones fans excited for the show's final season may come running to HBO Now, the channel's $15-a-month streaming service, but likely won't stick around once someone is ruling Westeros from the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season this Sunday, April 14. Second Measure, a company that analyzes consumer behavior, said it expects subscribers will flock to HBO Now for the final season. But according to past data, viewers likely... Read More »
Many new devices boast of heightened security with the addition of Touch ID, and the Samsung Galaxy S10, which debuted last month, is a prime example. A user of the Imgur image-sharing site, however, has challenged that notion.
Imgur user Darkshark said a 3D print of his own fingerprint fooled the Samsung Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and unlocked the device. Darkshark posted a video on Thursday showing the 3D print unlocking the phone.
"This... Read More »
If you stream Netflix on your iPhone or iPad, the app will no longer support Apple AirPlay. This means that you won't be able to cast shows on Netflix from your iOS device to your Apple TV.
Netflix's note says AirPlay is "no longer supported" due to "technical limitations."
"With... Read More »
With all of the streaming TV shows and movies out there, simply finding what to watch can be a hassle. But what if you already know what to watch but don't know where to stream it?
Individual services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime offer internal search, but if you have a specific show or film in mind, you probably want to search across all of them and more find the best price -- or an option... Read More »
Google Play's Artist Hub is no longer accepting new sign-ups and will reportedly shut down April 30. The service, which lets smaller indie artists post and sell their music on the Google Play Store and Google Play Music, redirects new users to YouTube for Artists.
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If your MySpace music was deleted in last month's server migration disaster, the Internet Archive might have some good news for you.
On Wednesday, the nonprofit digital library unveiled the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, a collection of 490,000 mp3 files from 2008 to 2010 on the long-abandoned social media site.
"This set of 450,000 songs was done by an anonymous academic group who were studying music networks and grabbed 1.3... Read More »