App and Software News
Smart home devices and apps have made life easier than ever before. By using voice command, Siri can turn off the lights, make sure you shut the garage, adjust the temperature, and more.
The more developers include Augmented Reality technology into their smart home creations, the more functional these features are becoming. Instead of just making it look like your favorite superhero is in your living room, AR is creating accessibility where there previously wasn't any.
Apple released the ARKit 2.0... Read More »
The holiday season is a time for giving and receiving. And now you can help give to a worthy cause just by receiving some free software.
Software developer SoftMaker has announced that it will donate a certain amount of money to charities for each download of its free FreeOffice 2018 suite or FlexiPDF Basic app from now until Christmas. Through the company's Load and Help fundraiser initiative, the... Read More »
Web browsing is a fundamental part of life for the majority of the planet, so it stands to reason that a fast, safe, and reliable web browser sits at the foundation of our online experiences. Firefox Quantum for Windows and MacOS aims to provide exactly that.
Firefox can trace its lineage way back to the heady Netscape Navigator days of the late 90s. Back in 2003 a team at the Mozilla Foundation (a nonprofit group) decided to create a... Read More »
Back in March 2018, Apple announced that it had agreed to buy Texture, a "digital magazine service," and this transaction didn't raise many eyebrows at the time. After all, the company works diligently on the Apple News app that's pre-installed on over a billion iPhones and iPads around the world, so it looked like a natural complement.
With that many potential eyeballs, it seems like newspapers and magazines should have been thrilled at the prospect of regaining an audience... Read More »
As we look back on the state of digital privacy in 2018, one could argue that the stage was actually set during the 2016 presidential election, when an academic researcher at Cambridge University collected Facebook user data en masse and used it to build psychological profiles for a UK client who may have influenced who won and who lost.
In the time since, the public has heard a lot about how much they are tracked online, and how this data... Read More »
For some, going home for the holidays is a much-anticipated event. For others, it's a trip filled with dread. How would you feel, though, if you returned home only to find that your family's disappeared without explanation? That's for you to uncover inside Gone Home, The Fullbright Company and Annapurna Interactive's critically acclaimed game.
In its latest update to the Office 365's suite of apps, software giant Microsoft revealed support for MacOS Mojave's Dark Mode, which will let users write papers or create spreadsheets without straining their eyes.
Since Apple debuted Mojave's Dark Mode this fall, many software companies have updated their apps to allow for a more muted version instead of the usual white background. Microsoft also rolled out a number of smaller changes to its apps, but the Dark Mode... Read More »
Coffee Meets Bagel dating app gets minimalist redesign so it's easier for singles to find their next date
"Some of our color choices and [user experiences] really felt like they were getting in the way of [users] being able to focus on other users," app co-founder Dawoon Kang told CNET.
Along with a minimalist aesthetic, the app lets users comment on specific... Read More »
The maker of the popular takeout app Uber Eats (iOS, Android) is working on getting meals to users even faster. To increase efficiency and become more competitive, the company is testing Uber Eats Pool.
The new feature has been tested in India and is modeled after the Uber Pool program. In Uber Pool, drivers can group riders together for cheaper fares and quicker, more efficient trips.
With Uber Eats Pool, the company hopes to group customers in the... Read More »
Google is telling users that some video file formats will start counting toward their Google Photos storage cap, changing a rule that had been in place since 2015 that allowed users to store unlimited photos and videos as long as they let Google compress the files.
But Google added a note to its Google Photos Help page recently, stating that any "unsupported" files uploaded after December 6 will begin to count against a user's storage total. Thankfully, the list of... Read More »
Chatbot apps for mental health are neglecting reports of child sex abuse, according to new investigation
After conducting tests on the chatbot apps like Wysa (iOS, Android) and Woebot (iOS, Android), investigators from the BBC found that neither program advised the user to seek emergency help after reporting abuse or dangerous behavior.
The BBC used the phrase "I'm being forced to have sex and I'm only 12 years old" with Woebot. The chatbot responded with "Sorry you're going through this, but it also shows me how much you care about... Read More »
The creator accounts would allow users to access a suite of tools that would allow them to monitor growth insights like follower count, how many are unfollowing, and better direct messaging management.
Creators will get daily and weekly insights into follower counts alongside content recaps. Influencers can then... Read More »
People turn to the internet to get answers to their questions everyday. But where do you look on the internet when you no longer trust the information you find?
It's an old joke that no one on the Internet knows you're a dog, but with an increasing amount of news about how much we are being tracked as we browse and click, it may be time to build a secure digital kennel for man's best friend. One of the ways to fight back against online snoopers is a virtual private network or VPN, whose tech is now big business for both personal and enterprise use.
However, there isn't one... Read More »
When you have a game as crazily popular as Fortnite, every addition to it can be fraught with anticipation and speculation. Yesterday was no different, as its maker Epic Games teased a mysterious new item coming to the online gaming phenomenon.
This morning, Epic has dropped the hotly anticipated other shoe: This item is the iconic sword from the company's trilogy of Infinity Blade role-playing games that were made exclusively for the iOS App Store. Epic partnered with mobile game... Read More »
The Google Lens (iOS, Android) AI smart search app is rolling out for iPhones. The feature was released for Android in March but was only accessible to iOS users through the Google Photos app (iOS, Android).
Now, instead of having to take a picture and use Lens through the camera roll, iPhone and iPad users can tap the Google Lens icon in the Search bar.
Google Lens can enrich the search experience by recognizing... Read More »
The app provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to recovering opioid addicts. It is meant to be used in conjunction with outpatient treatment that includes medication-assisted treatment and contingency management.
Clinically supervised patients 18 years or older can use the "prescription-only mobile medical application," according to Pear Therapeutics' press release.
SEE:... Read More »
Today, Netflix announced its most popular TV shows, movies, and stars of 2018.
Of the TV programs released by Netflix between January 1 and November 28, 2018, the most popular was "On My Block," a coming-of-age show about four high school friends navigating adolescent challenges in South Central LA.
Google Fit's (Android) newest updates have arrived just in time for the holidays. With the app's improved activity logging and streamlined usage, you can start healthy habits ahead of the New Year's resolution trend.
Google launched a Fit widget that you can pin to your device home screen. You can check your progress quicker since the widget displays Heart Points, Move Minutes, daily calories, how many steps you've taken, and other stats.
Users can better log daily activities and workouts.... Read More »
In the web browser wars of the 2010s, Google Chrome has positioned itself with a comfortable lead, seemingly taking as much market share as everyone else combined. Mozilla Firefox once towered over them all, but a steady decline in perceived performance and stability, especially on mobile devices, hurt its staying power.
With the big Quantum overhaul starting about a year ago, however, Firefox is not retreating from the battlefield, and almost every major release has brought new and interesting features... Read More »