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March 14

Microsoft’s Xbox Live social gaming feature can now be integrated into any iOS and Android app

Microsoft is today launching a new Xbox Live mobile SDK to iOS and Android to allow developers to bring Xbox Live functionality to mobile platforms. The Verge reports that features such as achievements, Gamescore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and a few family settings will be available on both iOS and Android.

February 11

Amazon acquires mesh router company eero to further expand its smart home efforts

Amazon has today acquired the popular mesh router company eero. Amazon announced in a press release that the acquisition will “help customers better connect smart home devices.”

January 30

Facebook negotiating with Apple to restore enterprise apps after abuse, Google accused of using similar tactics to collect user data [U]

Hot on the heels of Apple blocking Facebook from being able to use its internal iOS apps, Google has also been accused of a similar act, sidestepping the App Store to have users download a certificate to collect user data.

November 13, 2018

Pandora’s ‘Podcast Genome Project’ launching in beta on iOS and Android

After announcing the project earlier this year, popular music streaming service Pandora is today launching its new podcast service, powered by the Podcast Genome Project. The service will be rolling out in beta today for select users on iOS and Android.

October 11, 2018

App Store sees massive growth, generated 93% more revenue than Google Play in Q3

It’s no secret that Apple’s App Store makes more than Google’s Play Store when it comes to revenue. However, the latest data recorded by Sensor Tower (via TechCrunch), shows that in Q3 of 2018, Apple widened the gap by a huge amount.

September 28, 2018

Google reportedly paying Apple $9 billion to remain default search engine in Safari on iOS

As it’s been learned over the years, Google pays Apple to remain the default search engine in Safari on iOS. While neither company publicly speaks on the agreement, analysts believe payments are made in the billions.

September 26, 2018

YouTube for iOS updated to support HDR on iPhone XS

While it was supported on iPhone X, YouTube up until this point did not support HDR on iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, despite both devices being capable of displaying HDR color.

September 19, 2018

Latest Apple Music for Android update brings Android Auto support, lyric search, more

After rolling out beta support to users last month, Apple Music for Android has today been updated with support for Android Auto. The update also brings lyric search, redesigned artist pages, and more. These features were all tested last month through the private Apple Music beta for Android.

August 7, 2018

Newton Mail app shutting down September 25, service offering partial refunds

Sad day for those of us who use and love CloudMagic’s Newton mail client. The client, which is currently available on Android, Windows, iOS, and macOS, announced today that it will be killing the app soon.

June 28, 2018

Pokémon GO developers opening ‘Real World’ AR engine for other game makers

The developer behind Pokémon GO, Niantic Labs, is looking to open its platform to third-party developers. Specifically, it’s looking to open up its underlying AR platform to let developers create a similar experience within its own apps.

May 31, 2018

Microsoft killing its Groove Music app starting June 1

Microsoft announced that it would be killing its Groove Music streaming service last year, but promised it would continue investing in its Windows 10 application. However, that didn’t extend for Android and iOS.

May 9, 2018

Steam Link and Steam Video apps coming soon to Android

Steam announced today that it will be rolling out its Steam Link and Steam Video apps on Android soon.

April 29, 2018

T-Mobile and Sprint officially confirmed today that they will be joining forces to become a single carrier, according to a press release from the new combined company. If the deal passes regulatory approval, this means that there will be three major carriers in the United States, compared to the current four. expand full story

April 25, 2018

Crowdfense, a startup company based out of the United Arab Emirates is offering up to $3 million for anyone who can offer a zero-day exploit on macOS, iOS, Android or Windows.

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April 17, 2018

Spotify begins rolling out redesigned interface hinting at expanded free tier

A report last week indicated that Spotify plans to revamp its free tier to give users more control over the content they hear, while a separate report yesterday suggested that Spotify is planning a revamped app to accommodate that update. Now, early signs of that redesign appear to be rolling out…

April 16, 2018

Spotify to reveal new mobile app next week with voice control, possibly new hardware

Spotify will be revealing a major update to its mobile application at an event next week, according to an invite obtained by The Verge.

April 12, 2018

Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have been gaining momentum over the last several years, with more carmakers signing on board. Now, a new study shows that users are becoming increasingly reliant on those in-car infotainment systems…

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March 14, 2018

Reddit introducing native promoted ads in its Android app in the coming weeks

Reddit not too long ago purchased the popular Alien Blue third-party mobile client to make it its own. Now the company is looking into native promoted post ads as mobile becomes the most popular way to browse Reddit.

March 8, 2018

After closing down its verification program last year, Twitter seems to be working on redefining what exactly that blue check mark means. CEO Jack Dorsey said during a Periscope live stream today that the intention eventually is to reopen the verification process to everyone, but with some changes…

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March 6, 2018

Apple Music for Android update adds new Music Video features & stability improvements

Apple Music for Android is getting a small but significant update today, adding a handful of new features for Music Video playback. Today’s update brings the app to version 2.4.0.

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