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Google’s ‘Digital Wellbeing’ features hit more devices, including Samsung Galaxy S10

Google’s latest effort to help users monitor and control their screen time, Digital Wellbeing, is making its way to more devices. Initially available exclusively to Pixel and Android One device owners, Digital Wellbeing’s feature set is now rolling out to Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 devices with Android Pie, as well as on the new Samsung Galaxy S10. The site NokiaPowerUser was first to spot the addition to Nokia devices, which was picked up by XDA Developers and noted on their blog. XDA also noticed Dig...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Nokia, Samsung, Tech, Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology, Digital Wellbeing, Specifically Digital Wellbeing


Samsung’s Galaxy S10 has a built-in Instagram mode

After weeks of leaks, Samsung still managed to save some surprises for today’s event. One of the most interesting among them is a partnership with Instagram that brings Stories directly to the camera app. It’s an interesting partnership and mutually beneficial for both parties. For some, it could signal a kind of return to pre-loaded bloatware, but at least in the case of Instagram, the app is virtually ubiquitous for most users at this point anyway. The mode got a brief demo on stage toda...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Samsung, Tech, Galaxy S10, Samsung Unpacked - Galaxy S10


Instagram working on ‘Donation’ sticker to raise funds for non-profits

Commerce will be a huge part of Facebook's 2019 roadmap as confirmed by the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In-line with the plan, the company is said to be working on launching a fundraiser sticker in 2019 that would potentially gather credit card info. Facebook’s own Donate buttons have raised $1 billion.  New code from Instagram's Android app reveals that the fundraiser stickers will allow users to search for nonprofits and add a Donate button for them to your Instagram Story. After you’ve ...
Tags: Android, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Blogging, Rumors, Instagram Story


Instagram’s fundraiser stickers could lure credit card numbers

Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that commerce is a huge part of the 2019 roadmap for Facebook’s family of apps. But before people can easily buy things from Instagram etc, Facebook needs their credit card info on file. That’s a potentially lucrative side effect of Instagram’s plan to launch a Fundraiser sticker in 2019. Facebook’s own Donate buttons have raised $1 billion, and bringing them to Instagram’s 1 billion users could do a lot of good while furthering Facebook’s commerce strategy. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Charity, Tech, Payments, Philanthropy, Zuckerberg, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Non-profits, Instagrammers


These are five free and simple mobile apps every landscape photographer should install

A smartphone can be a great companion when you’re shooting landscape photos, and it’s not just because of its camera. There are some apps that can help you plan ahead and make the best of your photos. However, some of them are not user-friendly or they offer you too much unnecessary information. So, in this […] The post These are five free and simple mobile apps every landscape photographer should install appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Apps, Photography, Inspiration, Smartphone, Smartphones, Landscape Photography, Landscape Photographer, Photography Apps, Smartphone App, Mark Denney, Android Photography Apps, Best Photography Apps, Ios Photography Apps


First look at Twitter’s Snapchatty new Camera feature

Twitter has been secretly developing an enhanced camera feature that’s accessible with a swipe from the home screen and allows you to overlay captions on photos, videos, and Live broadcasts before sharing them to the timeline. Twitter is already used by people to post pictures and videos, but as it builds up its profile as a media company, and in the age of Snapchat and Instagram, it is working on the feature in hopes it will get people doing that even more. Described in Twitter’s code as the “N...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Tech, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Cnbc, New Twitter, Matt Navarra, Persicope, Jane Manchun Wong


Instagram said to be testing web version of Direct messages

Instagram is said to be internally testing a web version of Instagram Direct messaging that lets users to chat with others without the app. When this feature rolls out, the Direct message will be available on the desktop, Android, iOS and the mobile web browser. The web version of the Instagram Direct would make it more usable and a full-fledged SMS alternative rather than just a tacked-on feature for discussing the photo and video app’s content. Messages are an important driver of engageme...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Blogging, Rumors, Instagram Direct, Instagram DM web, Instagram Direct Instagram Direct


Instagram is now testing a web version of Direct messages

Insta-chat addicts, rejoice. You could soon be trading memes and emojis from your computer. Instagram is internally testing a web version of Instagram Direct messaging that lets people chat without the app. If, or more likely, when this rolls out publicly, users on a desktop or laptop PC or Mac, a non-Android or iPhone, or that access Instagram via a mobile web browser will be able to privately message other Instagrammers. Instagram web DMs was one of the features I called for in a product wi...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Messaging, Tech, Snapchat, Instagram Direct, Given Facebook, Instagrammers Instagram, Jane Manchun Wong, IGTV, Instagram Stories the Facebook, New York Times Mike Isaac Mobile


How to help AI find human trafficking victims

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. You walk through the door and set your bags on the floor. You pose for a selfie with your hotel room in the background, uploading it to Instagram with seemingly random hashtags. For your followers, the photo is a means of documenting your travels. For investigators, you’ve just taken a crime scene photo that might o...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Artificial Intelligence, Code Word


Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found  more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder since 2015.  It reports that one 13-year-old boy with a profile on the Grindr app was raped or abused by at least 21 men.  The Sunday Times also f...
Tags: Social, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tinder, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Policy, Dating, Regulation, United Kingdom, Child Abuse, Dating Apps, Times


Google pulled 29 photo apps from the Play Store that stole photos and promoted scams

Android’s openness is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it allows just about anybody to (relatively) easily write and publish mobile apps through the Play Store. But it also allows anybody to write and publish apps through the play store. And the checks to get apps approved aren’t quite as stringent as […] The post Google pulled 29 photo apps from the Play Store that stole photos and promoted scams appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Google, Android, Apps, Photography, News, Play Store, Camera App, Mobile App


Instagram said to be working on ‘Main Account’ feature to manage multiple logins easier

Facebook is said to be working on bringing Instagram login as an option while logging in with apps and websites. Instagram has prototyped the “Main Account” feature that would let users set one of their profiles as a primary account and then link their other accounts to it. Logging into the main account would instantly log them into the rest, as well. This eliminates the need for remembering multiple email/username and password combo. A simpler login could get people switching accounts, posti...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Blogging, Rumors, Facebook Login, Instagram Account


Account linking could make Instagram the heir to Facebook Login

Teens’ aversion to Facebook jeopardizes not only the company’s feed ad revenue, but its dominance as an identity provider. The Facebook Login platform keeps people tied to the social network in order to easily access other apps without a separate username and password. But for younger users who ditch or neglect Facebook in favor of Instagram, the tech giant stands to lose one of its most powerful wedges into our lives. Meanwhile, Instagram loyalists are forced to juggle multiple sets of lo...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Poshmark, Spotify Netflix, Facebook Login, Instagram Account, Ishan Agarwal, Finstagram, Instagram login, Instagram platform


YouTube expands test of its Instagram-like Explore tab to more devices

YouTube is expanding the test of its “Explore” feature, a new discovery tool it first introduced as an experiment within its iPhone app last year. Similar to Instagram’s Explore page, the new YouTube feature aims to introduce users to a diverse set of personalized recommendations so they can more easily find something new to watch. The test is now available across devices, and has been updated to also suggest smaller, up-and-coming YouTube creators, the company says. The changes to Explore we...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, Algorithms, Recommendations, Suggestions, Gaming Movies Music Originals


Instagram’s Adam Mosseri to meet UK health secretary over suicide content concerns

The still fresh-in-post boss of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has been asked to meet the UK’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, to discuss the social media platform’s handling of content that promotes suicide and self harm, the BBC reports. Mosseri’s summons follows an outcry in the UK over disturbing content being recommended to vulnerable users of Instagram, following the suicide of a 14 year old schoolgirl, Molly Russell, who killed herself in 2017. After her death, Molly’s family discovered she ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Instagram, Molly, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Self Harm, United Kingdom, Telegraph


Apple reactivates Facebook’s employee apps after punishment for Research spying

After TechCrunch caught Facebook violating Apple’s employee-only app distribution policy to pay people for all their phone data, Apple invalidated the social network’s Enterprise Certificate as punishment. That deactivated not only this Facebook Research app VPN, but also all of Facebook’s internal iOS apps for workplace collaboration, beta testing, and even getting the company lunch or bus schedule. That threw Facebook’s offices into chaos yesterday morning. Now after nearly two work days, A...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Research, Policy, New York Times, Vpn, Casey Newton, Kevin Roose, Facebook research


Twitter cuts off API access to follow/unfollow spam dealers

Notification spam ruins social networks, diluting the real human interaction. Desperate to gain an audience, users pay services to rapidly follow and unfollow tons of people in hopes that some will follow them back. The services can either automate this process or provide tools for users to generate this spam themselves, Earlier this month, a TechCrunch investigation found over two dozen follow-spam companies were paying Instagram to run ads for them. Instagram banned all the services in respons...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Twitter, Instagram, Developer, Tech, Spam, Policy, Crowdfire, Twitter Policy, Follow unfollow spam, Notification Spam, ManageFlitter Statusbrew Crowdfire, Matt Navarra TechCrunch


Apple restores Google’s internal iOS apps after certificate misuse punishment

Apple has blocked Google from distributing its internal-only iOS apps on its corporate network after a TechCrunch investigation found the search giant abusing the certificates. “We’re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon,” said a Google spokesperson. A spokesperson for Apple said: “We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly.” [Update: 7pm pacific: ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Security, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Tech, Bloomberg, Smartphones, App-store, Google-Maps, Operating Systems, App Store Google


Apple has blocked Google from running internal iOS apps after certificate misuse

Apple has blocked Google from distributing its internal-only iOS apps on its corporate network after a TechCrunch investigation found the search giant abusing the certificates. “We’re working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon,” said a Google spokesperson. A spokesperson for Apple said: “We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly.” TechCrunch reported We...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Security, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Tech, Smartphones, App-store, Google-Maps, Operating Systems, App Store Google, App Store Facebook


Apple bans Facebook’s Research app that paid users for data

In the wake of TechCrunch’s investigation yesterday, Apple blocked Facebook’s Research VPN app before the social network could voluntarily shut it down. The Research app asked users for root network access to all data passing through their phone in exchange for $20 per month. Apple tells TechCrunch that yesterday evening it revoked the Enterprise Certificate that allows Facebook to distribute the Research app without going through the App Store. TechCrunch had reported that Facebook was br...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Teens, Privacy, Tech, Research, Policy, Tim Cook, Vpn


Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards teenagers and adults to download the Research app and give it root access in what may be a violation of Apple policy so the social network can decrypt and analyze thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Cook, Instagram, Privacy, Tech, Research, Atlas, Policy, Tim Cook


Snapchat: So, About Those Public Stories That Automatically Disappear... Would You Miss Them

Snapchat owner Snap Inc. has had a rough go of it lately. Its stock, which hit the market at $17 per share (and peaked at $29.44) during its initial public offering in March 2017, is in the gutter—a high of $6.54 so far in 2019. It’s seemingly hit a wall in growth, and it’s still bleeding cash. A major update to the…Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Science, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Snapchat, Snap, Snap Inc


EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Irish commission that regulates site requests urgent briefing on platforms mergerFacebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Privacy, Social Networking, Social Media, Eu, World news, Whatsapp, Encryption, Ireland, Digital Media, Facebook Messenger


Facebook to integrate Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp

Merger of three platforms would allow users to text each other without switching appsFacebook is reportedly considering a merger of its three messaging platforms – WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger – allowing users to send messages between the networks for the first time.The plans are said to come directly from the Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, the New York Times has reported, and would involve rewriting the basic software of the three apps to ensure they were interoperable...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Whatsapp, Encryption, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Gdpr, Instagram Messenger


Facebook to encrypt Instagram messages ahead of integration with WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger

Facebook is planning to roll out end-to-end encryption for Instagram messages, as part of a broader integration effort across company’s messaging platforms, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. First reported by The New York Times, the social media giant said reworking the underlying infrastructure of its three messaging apps to allow users to talk to each other more easily. The apps will reportedly remain independent of one another — with Instagram and WhatsApp bringing in 1 billion...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, US, Tech, Spokesperson, Whatsapp, Encryption, Facebook Messenger, New York Times, Times, Photo Sharing, Social Network, Operating Systems


President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner

President Donald Trump’s social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics. And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Science, Craigslist, Instagram, Crowdfunding, Photoshop, Fat, Mcdonalds, Donald Trump, Fake, Gofundme, Facetune, Fakes, Donald Trump Jr, Ronny Jackson


Tips for Creating Successful Social Media Apps

Social media apps dominate mobile app usage. A recent survey found that smartphone owners listed social media apps as their most frequently used type of app almost 4x more than the second-place finishers, communication/messaging apps and gaming apps. Any business seeking to build a mobile app – no matter if it’s social media or not – should understand what makes social media apps so addicting and powerful. Using recent data from 511 smartphone owners, the following article offers tips and topics...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Sales, Social Media, Snapchat, Brooklyn, University of Florida, Mobile App Development, Facebook Instagram, Krakauer, Alex Levin, Andrew Selepak, Josh Krakauer, Julian Morgans


Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directl...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Audio, Tech, Dolby, Soundcloud, Alexa, Audio Recording, Dolby Labs, Augmented Audio


Squad is the new screensharing chat app everyone will copy

Squad could be the next teen sensation because it makes it easy to do nothing… together. Spending time with friends in the modern age often means just being on your phones next to each other, occasionally showing off something funny you found. Squad lets you do this even while apart, and that way of punctuating video chat might make it the teen girl “third place” like Fortnite is for adolescent boys. With Squad, you fire up a video chat with up to six people, but at any time you can screensha...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Molly, Ebay, America, Tech, Panda, Snapchat, Squad, Charles


2018’s top 10 Android apps in the U.S.

Source: Statista The top ten Android apps in the U.S. last year had a combined download figure of 179 million. According to Priori Data, at the top of the list was Facebook Messenger with 27 million. The trending app TikTok came in second, with an impressive 21 million. Instagram rival Snapchat somehow managed to beat its main competitor – recording 19 million compared to 17 million.
Tags: Android, Apps, Real Estate, News, Instagram, Infographic, App, Snapchat, Radio, Facebook Messenger, Statista, Priori Data, General Interest, Statista The top ten Android



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