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Half of all devices now run iOS 12

By |2018-10-12T10:00:34-04:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Half of all devices are now running the latest version of the iOS mobile operating system, iOS 12, according to figures shared by Apple. On devices introduced in the last four years, that number is as high as 53 percent. And iOS 12 adoption is taking place more quickly than the last release did, Apple also [...]

Facebook mistakenly deleted some people’s Live videos

By |2018-10-11T16:59:33-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

This time instead of exposing users’ data, a Facebook bug erased it. A previously undisclosed Facebook glitch caused it to delete some users’ Live videos if they tried to post them to their Story and the News Feed after finishing their broadcast. Facebook wouldn’t say how many users or livestreams were impacted, but told the bug [...]

Instagram tests tapping instead of scrolling through posts, first in Explore

By |2018-10-11T15:51:03-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

The effortless way you fast forward through Stories could be coming to more of Instagram . A screenshot from user Suprateek Bose shows Instagram “Introducing a new way to move through posts — Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories.” Now Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing tap to advance within Explore, and [...]

Facebook rolls out 3D photos that use AI to simulate depth

By |2018-10-11T14:09:59-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

What if you could peek behind what’s in your photos, like you’re moving your head to see what’s inside a window? That’s the futuristic promise of Facebook 3D photos. After announcing the feature at F8 in May, Facebook is now rolling out 3D photos to add make-believe depth to your iPhone portrait mode shots. Shoot one, tap [...]

Roblox makes first acquisition with purchase of app performance startup PacketZoom

By |2018-10-11T12:54:28-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Fresh off a $150 million round of funding, kids’ gaming platform Roblox is making its first acquisition. The company says it’s acquiring the small startup PacketZoom, bringing its team and technology in-house to help it improve mobile application performance as its platform expands further into worldwide markets. Founded in 2013, and based in San Mateo, California, PacketZoom [...]

Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms

By |2018-10-11T12:54:27-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and with Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today, Facebook will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join. They can also start audio [...]

Pocket’s reading app won’t sound so robotic now

By |2018-10-11T11:58:22-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Last year, Mozilla made its first acquisition by snatching up Pocket, the Instapaper competitor that helps you save longer articles for later reading. Today, this popular reading app is getting a major update that gives its app a visual makeover, including a new dark mode, and most importantly, a better way to listen to the content [...]

Apple needs a feature like Google’s Call Screen

By |2018-10-10T12:55:26-04:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Google just one-upped Apple in a significant way by addressing a problem that’s plaguing U.S. cellphone owners: spam calls. The company’s new Pixel 3 flagship Android smartphone is first to introduce a new call screening feature that leverages the built-in Google Assistant. The screening service transcribes the caller’s request in real-time, allowing you to decide whether [...]

Robinhood cuts trading fees, grows profits with in-house clearing

By |2018-10-10T09:52:38-04:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

As zero-commission stock trading app Robinhood starts preparing to IPO, an engineering investment two years in the making could accelerate its quest for profitability. Most stock broker services have to pay an external clearing house to reconcile trades between buyers and sellers. Now with 6 million accounts, that added up to a huge cost for Robinhood since [...]

Google files appeal against Europe’s $5BN antitrust fine for Android

By |2018-10-10T05:08:32-04:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Google has lodged its legal appeal against the European Commission’s €4.34 billion (~$5BN) antitrust ruling against its Android mobile OS, according to Reuters — the first step in a process that could keep its lawyers busy for years to come. “We have now filed our appeal of the EC’s Android decision at the General Court of the EU,” [...]