Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Devices, Escalating Spat

Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Devices, Escalating Spat

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com devices and criticised the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show. The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by…

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Instagram Launches Stories Archive and Stories Highlights

Instagram Launches Stories Archive and Stories Highlights

Instagram on Tuesday rolled out two big updates for all Instagram profiles – Stories Archive and Stories Highlights. These two features are part of Instagram’s effort to let users save their stories for later use and give them another platform to represent their profiles. Stories Archive lets you add your stories to the Archive feature. Stories will automatically save in your private archive for you to reference later. You can reshare Stories from your archive to your current Story, share them as a post in feed, add them to a…

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Google Chrome for Android to Soon Get HDR Video Playback Support

Google Chrome for Android to Soon Get HDR Video Playback Support

Google Chrome for Android looks set to joining the ranks of mobile apps that offer HDR video playback support, such as YouTube and Netflix among others. HDR or High Dynamic Range helps enhance colour and contrast and gives a more realistic feel compared to the usual standard dynamic range present. The feature was spotted in the Chromium Gerrit, and can be expected to arrive in a future update to the mobile browser. An HDR-capable smartphone is required to access the new feature, a lot of devices are now available in the market including the flagship phones from…

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WhatsApp Restricted Groups Feature Spotted in Beta, Lets Admins Place Limits on Posting

WhatsApp Restricted Groups Feature Spotted in Beta, Lets Admins Place Limits on Posting

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is likely to give group administrators more powers where they will be able to restrict all other members from sending text messages, photographs, videos, GIFs, documents, or voice messages in case the admin thinks so. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the popular mobile messaging platform has submitted the “Restricted Groups” setting via Google Play Beta Programme in version 2.17.430. The “Restricted Groups” setting can only be activated by group administrators. Administrators can keep sharing media and chatting as normal as they restrict other members. Once…

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Apple Watch Users Can Now Enrol in Stanford Irregular Heart Rate Study

Apple Watch Users Can Now Enrol in Stanford Irregular Heart Rate Study

Apple’s trying out something entirely new starting Thursday: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies, this is the first time that it’s actually sponsored one itself. The move underscores Apple’s focus on using its products for health care. “Working alongside the medical community, not only can we inform people of certain health…

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Snapchat Redesign Splits Friends From Publishers

Snapchat Redesign Splits Friends From Publishers

Snapchat on Wednesday unveiled a redesign intended to rev up use of the image-sharing smartphone application by focusing on personal interests instead of what friends post. Parent company Snap has promised the redesign in a bid to make Snapchat more user-friendly in the face of competition from rival messaging apps, especially those fielded by leading social networking Facebook. Snap changes included separate streams for posts or messages from close friends versus digital content from publishers. Snap co-founder and chief Evan Spiegel outlined the service’s approach in an online post, arguing that social medial “fueled fake news”…

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Uber Signs First Southeast Asian E-Wallet Deal With Vietnam’s MoMo

Uber Signs First Southeast Asian E-Wallet Deal With Vietnam’s MoMo

US ride-hailing company Uber Technologies on Wednesday signed a strategic deal with Vietnamese financial technology firm MoMo to let passengers pay for rides using MoMo’s e-wallet, the pair said in a statement on Wednesday. The deal is Uber’s first e-wallet partnership in Southeast Asia, home to 600 million people, and could help the firm catch up with main regional rival Grab which has its own e-wallet service. “Vietnam is one of Uber’s fastest-growing Asian markets… MoMo’s five million app users already pay for utility bills, airline tickets and other services with the…

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WhatsApp for iPhone Can Now Play YouTube Videos With Picture-in-Picture Mode

WhatsApp for iPhone Can Now Play YouTube Videos With Picture-in-Picture Mode

WhatsApp for iPhone has been updated, and brings two new features – the ability to watch YouTube videos directly within a conversation, and, the ability to lock recording so users can record a voice message without holding the button down. Notably, the YouTube feature comes with Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, allowing users to keep watching the video even when they navigate to another chat. The new WhatsApp v2.17.81 app for iPhone is now available to download via the App Store, but details the changes in the What’s New section. The update was first spotted by WABetaInfo,…

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Facebook Messenger Testing Snapchat-Like Streaks, Gets 4K Resolution Photo Support

Facebook Messenger Testing Snapchat-Like Streaks, Gets 4K Resolution Photo Support

Taking on the competition, Facebook is testing a ‘Streaks’ feature in Messenger that is also used by Snapchat. The Menlo Park, California-headquartered company has also added 4K resolution support to its messaging service to uplift the visual experience. The latter feature is arriving for both Android and iOS platforms. The first of the two updates to Facebook Messenger is the availability of Snapchat-like streaks feature that has been reported by certain users. The new feature would help Facebook to enhance engagements by letting users have a continuous conversation with their contacts. As spotted by Twitter user Case Sandberg,…

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Apple Removes Several Apps, Including Skype, in China

Apple Removes Several Apps, Including Skype, in China

Skype, Microsoft’s Internet phone call and messaging service, has disappeared from app stores in China including that of Apple, indicating the latest setback for a foreign tech service in the country. Apple, responding to questions about Skype’s absence, late on Tuesday said it had removed several internet phone call apps from its App Store in China after the country’s government said they violated local laws. “We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over Internet protocol apps do not comply with local law, therefore these apps…

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