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July 19

Instagram DM now lets you see when your friends are online

Instagram has today rolled out a new feature to let users see when their friends are on the platform and available to chat.

July 16

Skype adding cross-platform video call recording this month, Android included

Starting this month, Skype users will be able record video calls natively within the Android app. The new cloud-based feature will work with group calls as well as capturing screen sharing.

July 2

Instagram launches ‘You’re All Caught Up’ feature to help users deal with the algorithm

Instagram has today officially started rolling out its “You’re All Caught Up” feature after previously testing it out with a limited number of users back in May.

April 25

Spectacles 2 reportedly coming this week as Snapchat takes second shot at wearables

We heard rumblings about Snapchat releasing a new version of its Spectacles two weeks ago as an FCC filing revealed a few details. Now, a new Wired interview with Snap Inc. CEO, Evan Spiegel reveals that the company will release a new version of its Spectacles this week.

March 26

FTC confirms open Facebook probe following controversial data practices

After Bloomberg reported the news citing anonymous sources last week, the US Federal Trade Commission has confirmed this morning that it has an open probe looking into Facebook’s privacy practices.

March 20

Facebook hit with Federal Trade Commission probe over personal data use

The US Federal Trade Commission is opening an investigation looking into whether Facebook misused the personal data of its users.

March 15

Major update to SwiftKey Android keyboard brings new toolbar, customizable stickers, and more

SwiftKey today is releasing a major update to its Android keyboard app that offers up some of the biggest changes since its Microsoft acquisition back in 2016. These include a new toolbar to replace the old hub, editable stickers, and more new features promised.

March 8

Android tops iOS in loyalty survey, the fight forward will be over switchers

CIRP is out today with new data on mobile operating system loyalty. While it’s well-known Android has more users than iOS, Apple fans often cite that the walled-garden ecosystem has a high level of customer loyalty.  However, Android enjoys very high user loyalty as well and it’s actually higher than iOS with 91%.

February 12

Verizon will begin locking smartphones to its network starting this spring

Verizon is currently the only major carrier that doesn’t lock smartphones to its network upon purchase, but that is now set to change this spring.

January 19

Facebook will ask users to rank news source trustworthiness in latest major update

In addition to the major changes Facebook announced for its News Feed last week, the social media service will begin ranking news sources based on trustworthiness. Rather than determining news source trustworthiness itself, Facebook will let users decide.

Amazon continues its assault on Google Assistant w/ full voice control arriving on Alexa Android app

Amazon has today brought full voice control to its Alexa app for Android and will be coming shortly to iOS as well. Previously, the Alexa app was more of a hub to customize Echo speakers and other smart home settings.

December 13, 2017

T-Mobile acquires Layer3 TV, hypes plan to launch ‘un-carrier’ video service next year

T-Mobile has today shared that it will be entering the TV market next year with its own streaming service. To make this possible, the carrier has announced that it is acquiring Layer3 TV, which refers to itself as a “next generation cable company.”

November 10, 2017

Facebook rebrands Events app as Facebook Local, adds bars, restaurants, more

Facebook today has launched its latest app, Local, as a rebranded and updated version of its previous standalone Events app. The new app brings together businesses, restaurants, bars, and more along with events.

November 7, 2017

Twitter today has announced that it will be raising its character limit from 140 to 280 for all users. Twitter first began testing the increased limit back in September, which came with a lot of criticism from users.

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October 17, 2017

WhatsApp launches encrypted ‘Live Location’ sharing feature in Android app

WhatsApp today has released a new location sharing feature for its popular app. This latest feature allows users to share their location with other contacts using end-to-end encryption.

October 5, 2017

Netflix raises prices on two of its three plans, stock jumps as well [U]

Netflix today has raised its prices slightly for new customers for its standard and premium plans, while existing customers will start paying the higher prices in November.

Microsoft brings its Edge browser beta to Android with ‘continue on PC’ feature

In addition to releasing a new Android launcher, Microsoft today is releasing its Edge browser preview for Android through its Windows Insider program as a part of its latest mobile efforts.

October 3, 2017

Instagram Stories receives new ‘interactive poll sticker’ along with new creative tool

Instagram today has rolled out a new feature that allows users to add polls to stories along with a new text/brush color picker tool.

October 2, 2017

Ring, the company behind the popular video doorbells, has announced its latest product, a security system called “Ring Protect”. The new product will go head to head with Nest’s new “Secure” system, although Ring has priced its new product significantly below Nest.

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

September 22, 2017

Initial agreement for T-Mobile and Sprint merger may happen soon

A report this morning from Reuters shares that T-Mobile is “close to agreeing tentative terms” for a merger deal with Sprint after months of talks. News of a T-Mobile and Sprint merger have been floating around since May.

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