Apps

Children’s Smartwatches Now Banned In Germany

Germany has taken action to protect children by banning the sale of smartwatches aimed at them. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency implemented the ban to prevent companies from obtaining data on German children. The German regulator said the devices violated Germany’s strict surveillance laws. A large number of providers in Germany currently sell smartwatches […]

Square Announces New $999 Point-of-sale Device

Square Inc. (NYSE:SQ) has announced a new addition to its hardware lineup: a new point-of-sale device called the Square Register. The Register is meant for larger sellers using Square or considering using it. Square’s Head of Software Jesse Dorogusker said that the ultimate goal is for the Register to replace “the giant beige and gray […]

Twitter To Increase Transparency For Ads On Its Platform

Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) has announced it is changing its advertising policies to provide more information about the ads running on its site. An advertising transparency center created by the company will reveal details about all ads running on the platform. Twitter said it would disclose who had paid for the advertisement and allow users to find […]

Ford Partners With Lyft On Self-Driving Service

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has entered a partnership with Lyft to eventually use self-driving cars as a paid transportation service. Ford announced the partnership in a blog post. Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, said in the post that the service would be “capable of quickly dispatching a self-driving vehicle so […]

Uber May Lose London Operating License

Uber may not be allowed to operate in London in the future after its license renewal request was denied on Friday. The company’s license to operate in the British capital expires on Sept. 30. The company has called for talks with London’s transport regulator Transport for London to find a solution to the matter. Uber […]

Lyft Now Available Across 40 States

Lyft has expanded its ride-hailing service into 160 more cities, including hard-to-reach rural areas, bringing its total to about 350 served. The company now has statewide coverage in 40 states. The company said it will even offer rides in the most rural expanses of Alaska and the far reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lyft now […]

Facebook Attempts to Enter China Unnoticed

In an attempt to explore the ultra-high potential of the online market in China, Facebook authorized the release this week of a new app that does not use its name. The app is Colorful Balloons and is for photo-sharing. It shares the look, function as well as feel of the Moments app from Facebook, showed […]

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing User Information

WhatsApp the messaging service that is now worldwide said it would begin sharing phone numbers of its users with its parent company Facebook. That move means that WhatsApp user will likely start seeing targeted ads soon along with friend suggestions from Facebook, although they will appear on Facebook and not on the actual messaging service. […]

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Turn Your Skin Into An Extension of Your Smartwatch

The Smartwatch is not, technically a new idea but the devices we have come to know now as wearable tech are certainly a refreshing concept. And while this industry is still relatively young, the technology is already growing at quite the rapid pace. And even though many people love the idea, smartwatches can be uncomfortably […]

Snapchat Users Average 25 to 30 Minutes Daily Using the App

Just how well does Snapchat succeed at keeping users on the service. Figures about the popularity of Snapchat have been released before, but now the company is pitching about how much time each of its users spend on the app each day. Given the little time most people have to watch different videos, you probably […]

Skype Outage Angers Users Worldwide

A Skype outage has sparked outrage around the world, as users are unable to access many of the service’s features. Skype is a popular messaging app that provides Internet-calling, video and text service to users. Nearly 300 million people around the world use Skype to connect with family, friends, and business colleagues. Users have reported […]

Facebook Technology Will Deal with Illegal Video Posts

Web video creators have accused Facebook of not providing appropriate protection of videos being posted without proper permission. In response, Facebook is trying to deal with the issue by making it easier for the creator to keep content safe, especially in the event of a video going viral. Currently, two social media giants are battling […]

Amazon Launches Underground App

The Amazon Underground app for Android launched today. Amazon said it is offering $10,000 worth of apps and items for free through Underground. Users that want the app will have to download it directly from the Amazon Appstore, as Google Play does not currently support it. The apps and games on Underground are automatically available […]

Google Expected To Launch Android Pay This Week

Many are anticipating the long awaited U.S. launch of Android Pay by Google this week. Android Pay will give a large number of folks a new way to pay for things across the country. The new mobile payment system will allow people in the U.S. to pay for products in more than 700,000 retail locations […]

Apple Invention Shares Photos Automatically With Facial Recognition

In a new invention published Thursday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple outlines a special process for identifying individuals from a digital image by using techniques of facial recognition and then sends out a copy of the image to those people by using associated contact data pulled from an app such as […]

Facebook Intern Booted After Identifying Application Flaw

A student with Harvard University claims he lost his Facebook internship after he launched a browser application from his dorm, thereby exploiting major privacy flaws with the company’s mobile messenger. Aran Khanna, who is of Indian origin, stated to news reporters that after exposing a very serious flaw in Facebook’s messenger system, his chance of […]

USB Keys Used to Bolster Dropbox Security

In light of ongoing cyber threats, a number of companies are taking drastic measures to keep confidential information safe. For instance Dropbox has added support support for USB-based keys, thereby creating better security. With this, gaining access to an account will be extremely difficult. Known as Universal 2nd Factor or U2F, these security keys work […]

Chinese Messaging App Takes China by Storm

WeChat, an app, is taking the country over. Tencent, the China based company that owns WeChat reported earlier this year that its WeChat app that is just four years old, now has more than 549 million active monthly users. At the end of 2015, the company had reached 500 million, meaning the user base jumped […]

Lawsuit Alleges Wiretapping By Apple

A U.S. federal lawsuit alleges that Apple wiretapped users who switched from iPhones to Android phones. The lawsuit claims that Apple’s iMessage system prevented text messages sent from iPhones from being delivered to Android phones. The lawsuit also claims that iPhone texts are “illegally intercepted and interned by Apple” when sent to Android users and […]

Apple To Launch Voicemail Transcription Service Soon

A new feature from Apple is poised to change voicemail forever. According to a report from Business Insider, Apple is programming Siri to transcribe voicemail messages using a service called iCloud Voicemail, allowing users to read them instead of listening to them. The iCloud Voicemail service isn’t available to the public yet, but may be […]

Yahoo Releases New Livetext Video Texting App

Yahoo has released a new app called Livetext that lets users text videos to their contacts. The app is currently available in Hong Kong and Taiwan and will be available Thursday in the US, Canada, UK, France and Germany. The app is available on phones running Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating systems. Over the […]