All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Apps’

Google Lets Android Users Download Apps Directly From Search Results

Google Lets Android Users Download Apps Directly From Search Results

Google appears to be rolling out a change to mobile search results on Android that let users download apps from the results page without having to to do from the Google Play store. A few reports have come out about this. It’s possible that it’s only a test, but a lot of people seem to be getting it. As far …

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Yahoo Looks At Why Smartphone Users Replace Apps

Yahoo Looks At Why Smartphone Users Replace Apps

Mobile apps are a major part of how people interact with and consume digital media with the number of people using smartphones growing all the time. The app ecosystem is even playing more of a role in search now. There’s never been a better time to have a mobile app and get consumers to put it on their devices. That’s …

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Kim Kardashian Says She Broke the App Store with Her New KIMOJI App

Kim Kardashian says her new specialty emoji app, KIMOJI, broke the App Store. “Apple, I’m so sorry I broke your App Store!!!” she tweeted. “I can’t believe so many people downloaded my KIMOJI app that it affected the entire app store!” Apple, I'm so sorry I broke your App Store!!! — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 21, 2015 I can't …

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Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

Microsoft announced that it has acquired technology from mobile communications app Talko to bring it to Skype. Specifically, it will become part of Skype for Business. In addition to the tech, the Skype team is getting Talko employees. “Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business,” …

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Facebook Messenger Is The Fastest Growing of the Top Apps In the U.S.

Facebook Messenger Is The Fastest Growing of the Top Apps In the U.S.

It’s no surprise that Facebook Messenger continues to grow, but according to new data from Nielsen, it’s actually the fastest growing app in the U.S. It’s still behind Facebook and YouTube, but is very close to catching YouTube, which is pretty incredible. It’s even ahead of Google Search which is a feat on its own. Here’s the top ten: “From …

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Facebook’s Breaking News App Is Almost Here (Report)

Facebook’s Breaking News App Is Almost Here (Report)

Facebook’s breaking news app dubbed Notify, which has been in the works for a few months, is reportedly ready to launch. The Financial Times says it’s coming next week, with a handful of news partners including CBS, Comedy Central, and Mashable. From Financial Times: Notify, Facebook’s follow-up to Instant Articles, will be made available as a standalone app next week, …

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Snapchat: We Aren’t Stockpiling Your Private Snaps

Snapchat: We Aren’t Stockpiling Your Private Snaps

Snapchat users had a little bit of a freakout last week when the company updated its privacy policy and terms of service. On Friday, Snapchat updated its terms to give itself “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable, and transferable license to host, store, use, display, reproduce, modify, adapt, edit, publish, create derivative works from, publicly perform, broadcast, distribute, syndicate, promote, exhibit, and …

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Instagram Blames Apple for Its Dumb Nudity Policy

Instagram Blames Apple for Its Dumb Nudity Policy

We’ve documented Instagram’s (and its parent company Facebook’s) hatred of the female form for years. The company basically bans photos of female nipples, unless they are attached to a baby or on a sculpture. Instagram’s actual, word-for-word policy on nudity says… “We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative …

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These Apps Are Used Almost Entirely by Millennials

These Apps Are Used Almost Entirely by Millennials

If you’re chatting on Yik Yak, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re a millennial, talking with other millennials. comScore’s 2015 US Mobile App Report looked at which apps have the highest concentration of millennials. Another way of putting that it which apps count 18 to 34-year-olds as the majority of their userbase. And what comScore found was that millennials tend …

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Twitter’s Autoplay Video App Ads Open to All Advertisers

Twitter’s Autoplay Video App Ads Open to All Advertisers

Twitter has rolled out the video App Card to all advertisers running mobile app promotion campaigns. That means if you’re advertising a mobile app, you can now do so with video ads – which will autoplay in users’ timelines. According to Twitter, beta tests found that these video app ads helped boost the quality of user and jumpstarted app installs …

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Apps Now Top Way People Consume Digital Media In US

Apps Now Top Way People Consume Digital Media In US

comSore has a new report out looking at mobile app usage in the U.S. It finds that it has become the top way people are consuming digital media, but interestingly, it has done so without damaging desktop or the mobile web. Take a look at the growth in digital time spent for desktop, mobile apps, and mobile browsers: Digital media …

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Apple Might Let You Delete Some of Those Crappy Default Apps, Maybe, Possibly, in the Distant Future

Apple Might Let You Delete Some of Those Crappy Default Apps, Maybe, Possibly, in the Distant Future

At some point, maybe, in the near or distant future, Apple could throw you a bone and let you free up some space on your iPhone. According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple will eventually figure out a way to let your remove those pre-installed apps you never use. Like Apple’s stocks app, or the default weather app, or the Apple …

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Facebook Mentions App Opens to Verified Profiles

Facebook Mentions App Opens to Verified Profiles

Facebook Mentions, the company’s app for celebrities, is becoming a little less exclusive. Starting today, Mentions is available to anyone with a verified profile. “People love reading articles from and connecting with their favorite journalists and public figures on Facebook. Today, we’re making Facebook Mentions and Live available to public figures with verified profiles to help them engage their followers …

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Facebook’s Apps Outrank Google’s In Most-Used Smartphone Apps List

Facebook’s Apps Outrank Google’s In Most-Used Smartphone Apps List

comScore released new data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix looking at U.S. smartphone trends in July. Apple ranked as the top manufacturer while Android led as the top platform. Here are the rankings for those categories: The app rankings are interesting because Facebook’s Messenger app has moved ahead of YouTube, putting the top two apps as Facebook-owned, ranking above …

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Instagram, No Longer Square, Lets You Post Landscape and Portrait Photos

Instagram, No Longer Square, Lets You Post Landscape and Portrait Photos

Instagram photos are square. That’s just how Instagram has always been. Has it been annoying for many users? Absolutely. If you want to share a wider or taller photo on Instagram, often the only option is to create a letterbox image in a third-party app. It isn’t ideal, but it’s what people have to do to make sure the entirety …

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Square Gives Businesses New Appointments App

Square Gives Businesses New Appointments App

Square announced the launch of an appointments app for businesses, aptly called Square Appointments. The company first launched its appointment management tool a little over a year ago. “Difficulties with juggling schedules is a pain point we hear a lot from salons, barber shops, health and wellness providers, and other service professionals,” Square says. “That’s why we designed Square Appointments, …

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Amazon Launches Underground, a New App with “Actually Free” Apps

Amazon Launches Underground, a New App with “Actually Free” Apps

Amazon has just announced a new Android app store called Amazon Underground, and the company promises “over ten thousand dollars in apps, games, and in-app items that are actually free.” It looks like Amazon is picking up the tab on some freemium apps and offering them to people for free. “Many apps and games that are marked as free turn …

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Is Yelp’s CEO Right About Google And Interstitials?

Is Yelp’s CEO Right About Google And Interstitials?

Last month, Google shared findings of an internal study on interstitials, which it had previously implied could start negatively impacting people’s search rankings. Do you consider interstitials to be negative to the user experience? Are there ways in which they can make the user experience better? Share your thoughts in the comments. They looked at behavior related to their own …

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Uber Is Getting Serious About Food Delivery

Uber Is Getting Serious About Food Delivery

Uber has its eyes on much more than just rides. Uber is getting serious about food delivery. The company has just updated its app and in places where its UberEATS service is available, the food delivery options is now front and center. Instead of simply being another ride option at the bottom, UberEATS is now its own section on the …

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Periscope Says 40 Years of Video Watched Every Day

Periscope Says 40 Years of Video Watched Every Day

Twitter’s livestreaming app Periscope has just released its first growth report, and both users and activity is steadily rising. According to Periscope, there are over 10 million registered accounts in just four months. Of course, accounts don’t equate to active users. Periscope has around two million daily active users – but that’s not really important, according to the company. According …

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Tinder Freaked Out on Twitter over a Vanity Fair Article

Tinder Freaked Out on Twitter over a Vanity Fair Article

A new Vanity Fair article called “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse’” doesn’t exactly heap praise on the dating app for its role in the modern relationship. And when someone at Tinder read it, they jumped on Twitter. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a corporate tweetstorm: Hey @nancyjosales — that survey is incorrect. If you're interested in having …

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Facebook Reportedly Working on Standalone Breaking News App

Facebook is working on yet another standalone app, according to a report from Business Insider. The app, which is apparently just beginning to enter testing, is designed for publishers to send out breaking news alerts to users who choose to follow them. In short, here’s how the app will work: First, users will download a separate app for this. Then, …

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Snapchat’s New Update Could Help You Save Data

Snapchat’s New Update Could Help You Save Data

Snapchat has been known to gobble up data now and then – especially since the introduction its discovery feature earlier this year. But a new update could help with that. The company has added a new feature to the app called ‘Travel Mode’. When enabled, Travel Mode disables auto-loading of content when you’re using cellular data. When you have Travel …

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Facebook Now Lets Celebrities (Not You) Livestream

Facebook Now Lets Celebrities (Not You) Livestream

Facebook has officially entered the livestreaming game. Kind of. If you’re a celebrity, you can now livestream to your fans. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a regular person without millions of Facebook followers. That’s ok, you’re still a special snowflake and your life has meaning. But you can’t livestream on Facebook. Yet. Facebook ‘Live’, as it’s calling it, is …

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Google Translate’s Awesome Visual Translation Feature Gets 20 New Languages

When Google first unveiled its visual translation feature inside the Google Translate app, it seemed pretty damn cool. But after a recent trip overseas, it proved itself incredibly useful. Google has just made it even more useful by adding a bunch of new languages. Before, you could hold your phone up to a road sign, menu, or whatever and receive …

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Google Urges You To Reconsider Using These

Google shared some results of some testing it conducted with interstitials. This is of particular interest since the company has indicated using them will likely start impacting your search rankings in a negative way. Have you used interstitials on mobile content? Have you noticed any impact on your search visibility that appears to be related? Discuss. Google looked at behavior …

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Starbucks Offers Rewards Points to Lyft Riders and Drivers

Starbucks and Lyft have just announced a partnership that will see both riders and drivers earning rewards points for using Lyft. There are basically four major aspects of the partnership. First, My Starbucks Rewards members will earn stars (reward points) for taking Lyft rides. Second, Lyft drivers will be given the option to become My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program gold …

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YouTube on Android Is Making Crappy Vertical Videos More Bearable

Do you watch or upload a lot of videos on YouTube? Are you sickened by what you see on a daily basis? Do you ever get so frustrated with video orientation that you often hurl your phone across the room in a blinding rage? Vertical Video Syndrome (VVS) is a condition that affects one in every two people. Symptoms include, …

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Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Others Demand Specific Privacy Rules for ISPs

In order to obtain the necessary services that the country’s various internet service providers offer, Americans must give up a lot of personal information. And what those companies do with said information should be a concern of every single American. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and seven other Senators have asked the FCC to implement some specific rules concerning how broadband …

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