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Twitter Accounts Purge Causes Large Drops In Followers

Twitter’s (NYSE: TWTR) most recent accounts purge has taken a big bite out of the follower numbers of some of the biggest accounts on its site. The purge, undertaken as an effort to clean up the social media platform, was expected to impact many of the accounts on the platform as it went on through […]

Facebook Shutting Down Three Recently Purchased Apps

Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) has announced that it is shutting down three apps purchased by the company in recent years. One of the apps has only been in Facebook’s possession for eight months. The reason for closing all three apps was cited as “low usage.” One of the apps being shuttered is an anonymous social app […]

Verizon Go90 App Shutting Down

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is shutting down its Go90 video app on July 31st. Go90 offered a mix of original short-form videos and licensed programming from official networks for free. Verizon spent more than $1.2 billion on the Go90 project. The Go90 team and its operations have been folded into Oath, Verizon’s new multimedia unit comprised […]

Instagram Launches New Video App

Instagram has rolled out IGTV, a new app specifically for long-form, vertical video. Everyone who has an Instagram account can start uploading and watching videos right away. The new features can be accessed through the new app or by clicking a new IGTV icon on the existing Instagram app. According to Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom, […]

New Pandora Offering Is Geared Towards Families

Music-streaming pioneer Pandora (NYSE:P) has quietly rolled out a new subscription tier for families on its on-demand Premium music streaming service. These Premium Family plans are now available for $15 per month. The new plan was first reported by Android Police. Pandora’s Premium Family plan can include up to six users, allowing more users to […]

Apple Music Reports It Now Has 50 Million Users

Apple Music has announced that it has reached 50 million users, a significant milestone. Apple Music touted having 38 million subscribers in March, but that didn’t include the people listening with three-month free trials. Last month, the company reportedly passed 40 million subscribers, with 8 million free trials. Apple launched its Apple Music streaming service […]

Spotify’s First Earnings Report Disappoints Investors

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) reported its first quarterly earnings as a public company this week. Disappointing investors, the company is still losing money. Spotify reported a net loss of 169 million euros for the quarter, lower than the 173 million loss reported a year ago. The Stockholm-based streaming-music service reported sales of 1.14 billion euros, compared […]

Scientists Develop ‘Am I Stoned’ App

A prototype app called “Am I Stoned?” aims to answer that very question. This could be helpful as legal marijuana becomes more accepted and widespread in the U.S. Knowing how impaired they really are may help marijuana users make safer choices about activities that may be difficult or dangerous while high. The researchers involved were […]

Over 20 Million U.S. Users Affected By Uber Breach

Uber Technologies Inc. has recently revealed that a data breach targeting its systems affected more people than previously believed. The data breach exposed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of more than 20 million Uber users in the U.S. Officials said the stolen information included 25.6 million names and email addresses, 22.1 million names […]

Instagram Unveils New Focus Portrait Mode

Facebook-owned Instagram (NASDAQ: FB) has released its new portrait mode feature that now runs on a wider variety of phones and works with video too. The feature has now been rolled out globally on iPhone 6s, 6s+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X, as well as select Android devices. It does not mention which Android […]

Users Flocking To Mobile Trivia Apps

There is a popular new trend hitting smartphones nationwide: mobile trivia apps. Over the past year, developers have created a wave of mobile trivia games where users compete for real money by answering questions on their smartphones. Millions of people are playing against each other on these apps every week. One of the most popular […]

Match Group Launches Lawsuit Against Bumble

A war has begun between two popular dating app companies. Tinder’s parent company Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH) has launched a lawsuit against Bumble for patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. The lawsuit claims that Bumble is virtually identical to Tinder and its only differentiating factor is that women make the first move. The lawsuit cites […]

Swype Keyboard App Development Ends

Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) has announced that it is ending the development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and iOS apps. Swype support is being discontinued immediately. The company’s announcement of the apps’ discontinuation came earlier this month, but the actual removal of the apps just recently occurred. On iOS, one version of Dragon appears […]

Twitter Announces First Quarterly Profit

Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) reported its first quarterly profit and better-than-expected revenue for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. Revenue and adjusted profit both topped analysts’ targets. Twitter reported a net profit of $91.1 million, or 12 cents per share, compared to a loss of $167.1 million, or 23 cents per share, a year […]

Facebook Reports Users Reducing Time On Site

People are using Facebook less often than before, according to a new report. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) has reported a 5 percent drop in the total amount of time users spend on the social network. It is believed that the tweaks made to the content the network shows users are causing users to spend less […]

Spotify Sued For $1.6 Billion

Wixen Music Publishing has sued Spotify for allegedly using thousands of songs without license and compensation. The Wixen suit accuses Spotify of failure to “comply with the requirements of Section 115 of the Copyright Act” and of failing to obtain either a direct license or a compulsory license to use the songs in their catalogue. […]

YouTube Gone From Amazon Devices

Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has followed through on its threat to block Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) devices from accessing YouTube. The Google action affects all Fire TV devices, as well as the Echo Show, Amazon’s smart speaker device with a screen. Some users lost access as early as last week. The spat that led to the […]

OkCupid Under Fire For Plan To Enforce Real-name Rules

OKCupid recently released an open letter announcing that the company will begin rigorously enforcing rules that require users to use their real names before year’s end. The company’s letter says, “We want you, BigDaddyFlash916, to go by who you are, and not be hidden beneath another layer of mystique.” A test group of OKC members […]

AOL Instant Messenger Ends 20-Year Run

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was officially shut down on Friday after 20 years in action. Verizon’s Oath previously announced in October that Dec. 15 would be the platform’s last day. The company had already removed third-party support in March, cutting off many access points. AOL was acquired by Verizon in June 2015 for $4.4 billion. […]

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 […]