App and Software News
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.
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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."
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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 »