App and Software News
In 2016, the iPhone 7 wasn't a major change like the X series, but there were some notable additions and removals. Apple removed the headphone jack, controversially citing "courage" as its motivator, but it also added a second camera lens to the back of the device. One of the chief advantages of this tech is Portrait Mode, because it can realistically blur the background when you're taking a picture of someone -- and a third-party developer figured out a... Read More »
About a week ago, game culture phenomenon Fortnite dropped an unexpected addition to the player's arsenal in the form of a two-handed sword from Epic Games' mobile RPG trilogy Infinity Blade, which is getting shelved due to the technical difficulties of keeping older iOS titles up-to-date. In Fortnite (download for iOS and Android), the sword was placed at the top of a new mountain, and it came with an intriguing set of tactical perks to let its... Read More »
If you're a regular Amazon customer, then you probably already know about its enormous library of ebooks, or "Kindle books," as the company like to call them. Amazon built its business partly on book sales, and it's now the market leader for both the paper and digital varieties. However, it still has some big-name rivals like Apple, who's just dropped a cool freebie on us for the holidays.
Six freebies, in fact. And these books aren't the text-based kind, either. Instead,... Read More »
Though smartphone users in the US do install apps designed to improve their lives, often the apps they have on their phones are intended for entertainment. With our focus on amusement, it can be easy to forget that in lesser developed countries technology can give people the tools to materially improve their lives and even survive.
With 4G networks coming to developing countries in just the last few the last few years, countries like India and Africa have found ways to... Read More »
With the continual popularity of the Apple Watch, it's become increasingly difficult for other smart watches to grow their customer base or even maintain a foothold. Pebble shut down in December 2016 after several years of being unable to move beyond Kickstarter as its source of R&D funding, and Apple sells more of its watches than the rest of the market combined.
That said, rival Fitbit is not going down without a fight, having introduced its Versa line in spring 2018,... Read More »
Google has rejuvenated its mobile search page with the Material Design theme to bring it in line with its other apps and services.
Check out Google's search page on your iOS or Android device and you'll spot a few changes. The search field now has rounded corners in contrast to the previous rectangular design. Swipe down the screen and you'll find that the... Read More »
Android's share sheet in Google Maps (download on iOS or Android) is getting a speed boost with the latest update, version 10.6.1. Historically, share sheets on the Android platform have lagged when loading. Since it takes a few extra seconds for the entire suite of options to load, sometimes users can tap the wrong icon.
Last month, Dave Burke, the vice president of engineering for Android assured users on Twitter that Google was working to resolve the issue.
"It's... Read More »
The Australian government's Assistance and Access bill is an attempt to try to force tech companies to create backdoors into their encrypted communications. But one company that won't comply is Signal.
The Signal private messenger app (download on iOS and Android) offers its users a way to send and receive secure, encrypted SMS messages and voice and video calls. But the company, Signal Messenger, says it has no... Read More »
Facebook has decided to heed the calls of critics by adding a bevy of games, apps and a fresh new web browser to Portal, the smart display it unveiled this year. After a rough initial rollout of the video-chat device, Facebook is beefing up Portal's offerings while lowering prices during the holidays for both the small and large versions.
Specifically, Portal's latest software update will see the video chat device gain access to a fresh, Chromium-based web browser that basically... Read More »
Brave, one of the most interesting and more privacy-focused web browsers on the market, has officially moved over to the Chromium browser engine after initially launching with Muon, its own own in-house engine. Maintaining its own browser codebase proved to be costly and time consuming, the company said.