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Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys. He has previously written for several other online publications. He uses a Nexus 5, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Hackintosh, and Macbook Air.

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November 8

Vine 2.0 is coming: Cofounder teases spring 2019 launch for new app ‘Byte’

Back in November of last year, Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann announced he was working on a “follow-up” to the popular six-second video sharing app. A few months later, however, Hoffman said he was delaying development of Vine 2.0 due to funding and legal concerns.

October 25

Snapchat continued losing users during Q3 2018, earnings release reveals

Snapchat earnings for Q3 2018 were released today, and despite a beat on revenue, the company still saw a decline in active users. This marks the second quarter in a row during which Snapchat has experienced a decline in users, and it’s a trend the company expects to continue.

October 9

Twitter makes Moments creation a desktop exclusive as it drops support from Android app

Twitter has announced today that it is removing the ability to create Twitter Moments from its iOS and Android applications. The company says that making Moments will still be possible from the desktop web version of Twitter, while you’ll also still be able to view Moments from iOS and Android.

October 8

Google has decided not to compete for a cloud computing contract with the Pentagon, Bloomberg reports this evening. The contract was valued at as much as $10 billion, but Google now says it could conflict with its Google Cloud values.

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October 3

Facebook’s efforts to compete head-on with Snapchat have been incredibly clear thanks to features like Stories. Now, the company is planning to revive its unpopular ‘Nearby Friends’ feature with a new Snapchat-like interface. While the Facebook location sharing feature has never been too popular, the company hopes this redesign could spur new interest.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

October 2

Ahead of Made by Google 2018 and the Pixel Slate next week, Microsoft today unveiled a handful of new Surface products, including the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Headphones, and Surface Studio 2. The devices were also unveiled at a media event in New York City today.

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As part of its range of Surface product announcements today, Microsoft announced a new Your Phone functionality for Windows 10. This feature will allow Android users to easily mirror applications from their smartphone to their PC, and access things such as photos and text messages. Microsoft originally announced Your Phone last month, but is available to everyone today.

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September 27

eBay announces MVNO partnership to pair wireless plans as low as $5 w/ smartphone purchases

eBay is one of the most popular platforms for reselling smartphones, and the company today announced a new partnership with Red Pocket Mobile. Through this partnership, customers will be able to buy a lower-priced wireless plan in conjunction with their smartphone purchase.

September 24

Snapchat partners with Amazon for new ‘Visual Search’ shopping feature

Following Instagram’s announcement of new shopping features last week, Snapchat is joining the fun with a new partnership with Amazon. As announced in a blog post, the company is partnering with Amazon for a new Visual Search shopping feature.

September 17

Twitter has received a lot of flack over recent years thanks to its resistance to a chronological timeline. In a series of tweets today, however, Twitter announced that it is working on “new ways to give you more control” over what you see in your timeline.

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August 1

Snapchat now lets you use voice to control popular AR Lenses

Snapchat today continues to expand the feature-list for its popular lenses. As reported by TechCrunch, the company is rolling out new lenses that respond to voice commands, joining the existing catalog of lenses that respond to movements…

July 31

IDC has released its latest smartphone market data today, showing the continued growth of Huawei. According to the report, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 342 million units during the June quarter of 2018, which is down 1.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year…

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July 25

Samsung today announced that it has developed an “unbreakable” OLED panel. The company made the somewhat vague announcement in a press release, saying the display has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories as unbreakable….

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July 23

Verizon wants to partner with either Apple or Google as its 5G TV provider, report says

A new report from Bloomberg this evening explains that Verizon is looking to partner with either Google or Apple when it rolls 5G service to homes later this year. Through the partnership, Verizon would be able to provide television service to its subscribers, according to the report.

July 11

Timehop says more user data was compromised in data breach than initially thought

Timehop today is providing additional information on the data breach it first revealed yesterday. According to TechCrunch, Timehop has discovered that the breach included more user data than it initially thought…

July 2

Facebook to shutter three of its mobile applications, including ‘Moves’ fitness tracking

In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook announced that it is shutting down three of its ancillary applications: Hello, Moves, and Tbh. The latter two were acquired by Facebook, while Hello was a first-party, Android-only app during its lifespan.

June 23

Amid a growing push towards improved digital health, Facebook is seemingly testing a new tool that would show users how long they spend on the platform per day. As reported by TechCrunch, the “Your Time on Facebook” feature was discovered in an unreleased version of the Facebook mobile app, with the company confirming the feature’s development…

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June 21

As VidCon 2018 continues, YouTube this evening has announced a slew of new features that it says will help creators “earn more money and build stronger communities.” YouTube detailed the new features in a blog post

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June 19

Facebook to begin rolling out autoplay video ads to Messenger users

Facebook is rolling out a controversial change to its popular Messenger application. As reported by Quartz, Facebook is beginning to test autoplaying video ads in Messenger, a move that isn’t likely to be well-received by users…

June 14

Following Tuesday’s ruling from a federal judge, AT&T today has completed its acquisition of Time Warner. The deal, valued at $85 billion, was first announced in 2016 but faced a slew of regulatory delays due to antitrust concerns…

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