YouTube Go Now Available in Over 130 Countries Worldwide, Gets New Features

YouTube Go Now Available in Over 130 Countries Worldwide, Gets New Features

YouTube Go, the data-efficient video streaming app by Google, is now expanding to over 130 countries across the world. The search giant had announced the lightweight app app as its offline-first YouTube access back in September 2016 and launched its first beta version in India in April last year. The prime aim of building YouTube Go is to give emerging markets features such as offline viewing and nearby sharing, and ultimately reach the next-generation smartphone users all around the globe. Alongside its newest expansion, Google has brought a few new…

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Instagram Launches New Type Mode for Stories

Instagram Launches New Type Mode for Stories

Instagram today announced the launch of a new “Type” mode in stories, a feature that the company was previously testing with a small number of users. Type mode is designed to allow Instagram users to share text-only posts in Instagram Stories, and the feature is similar in design to the Facebook option that lets you accentuate text-only posts with large fonts and colorful backgrounds. According to Instagram, Type uses creative text styles and backgrounds to allow users to turn their “most random thoughts into something colorful and expressive.” Type mode…

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Google Play Services App Updated to Fix Chromecast Wi-Fi Issue

Google Play Services App Updated to Fix Chromecast Wi-Fi Issue

Google Play services app has received a new update to largely fix the Wi-Fi interruption issue that had affected a vast number of Google Chromecast users worldwide. The update, which is a new stable release with version 11.9.75, surfaces a couple of weeks after Google pushed its Play services app version 11.9.73 beta to address the Wi-Fi issue at an early stage. Unlike the beta version that was limited as an opt-in, the latest stable release is available for download for all users through Google Play. First spotted earlier this…

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Microsoft Office for iOS Gets Co-Authoring, Drag and Drop, Files App Support, Advanced Search, and More

Microsoft Office for iOS Gets Co-Authoring, Drag and Drop, Files App Support, Advanced Search, and More

Microsoft on Tuesday announced new updates for its Office suite of productivity apps on iOS. New Office capabilities on iOS devices include a real-time co-authoring feature on Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Office and OneDrive apps on iOS now support drag and drop for files and documents, OneDrive adds support for Files app available in iOS 11, OneDrive gets a UI overhaul, and the Outlook app offers advanced search capabilities. Starting with the co-authoring feature, users can now see who is viewing their document, what they are editing, and view the…

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WhatsApp v2.18.2 for iPhone Brings Apple CarPlay Integration

WhatsApp v2.18.2 for iPhone Brings Apple CarPlay Integration

  WhatsApp Messenger has eventually reached your in-vehicle connectivity system through the latest Apple’s CarPlay integration. The new update, which comes via WhatsApp v2.18.2 for iPhone, enables push notifications to let you easily communicate with your contacts while on the move. Previously, users were required to use Siri integration on their vehicles to interact with the WhatsApp app installed on their iPhones and iPads, but the arrival of the official CarPlay support allows you to receive messages as and when they reach your mobile devices. A dedicated WhatsApp icon will…

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Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit said in a blog post today that it was extending support for Pebble smartwatches until June of this year, which is another way of saying that support for Pebble will come to its inevitable conclusion in June. RIP Pebble, but for real this time. Pebble will soon become less of a smart timepiece and more of a relic of a time when Kickstarter projects were successful and scrappy startups could claim a slice of the smartwatch market. Many of Pebble’s features will be sunset, including Pebble’s App Store, the…

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Apple Swift Playgrounds 2.0 Released, Comes With Playground Subscription and New Robots

Apple Swift Playgrounds 2.0 Released, Comes With Playground Subscription and New Robots

Apple on Wednesday released Swift Playground 2.0 app alongside the preview of iOS 11.3. The Swift Playground 2.0 app now comes with new features like third-party subscriptions, new robots, new content gallery, and more. Apple announced the updated app on its developer site and the App Store. The key highlight of the new version is enabling users to subscribe to third-party creators. In the new Subscribe to Playgrounds feature, users can browse a developer’s playground options, and then download selected content to receive alerts when new iterations are available. Also,…

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Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit to End Support for Pebble Smartwatches in June

Fitbit on Wednesday said that it is extending support for Pebble smartwatches until June 2018. It also means that that support for Pebble will come to its end by then. Fitbit, the tech wearables giant had announced the acquisition of Pebble in December 2016. Back then, Pebble developer Jon Barlow had said that it will keep Pebble software and services running through 2017. Now, in a blog post, Fitbit has announced the extension. Alongside the smartwatches, Pebble’s apps, app store, firmware, and API, among other services, will remain accessible until…

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Amazon Alexa App Gets Voice Command Support on Android

Amazon Alexa App Gets Voice Command Support on Android

Countering Google Assistant, Amazon is now bringing its Alexa voice commands to Android devices. The company is said to have started rolling out an update to its Alexa app to enable voice commands across Android devices. The new move comes a long time after a dedicated Alexa integration debuted on a handful of devices, including HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, and Motorola Moto X4. The update, which is reported by folks at Android Police, is rolling out through Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android in the coming days. We…

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Opera Introduces Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining Protection for Smartphones

Opera Introduces Anti-Cryptocurrency Mining Protection for Smartphones

The Opera browser has a new feature that prevents smartphones being used to secretly help attackers mine cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Recently, Opera had released its Opera 50 version desktop browser for Windows, macOS, and Linux. It includes numerous features such as a new anti-cryptocurrency mining. However, Opera’s new feature will now be available in all its smartphone browsers. Growing popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has led to unethical practices like cryptojacking. Mining requires considerable power and ends up slowing down smartphones that are affected by it. Opera says that…

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