Apps

Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

It seems that the promised day for Chome OS users has finally arrived. At least for those users who happen to own an ASUS Chromebook Flip and are running the experimental dev version of the OS. Reports are coming in that the latest version 53 of the dev channel is greeting them with a surprise welcome message announcing the arrival of Google Play Store on their Chromebook. There are still some rough edges and unanswered questions, but for some lucky users, it's the start of a renewed friendship with their Chromebooks.

Continue Reading

Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera adds native ad blocker on iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Opera has announced a controversial new feature for its browsers on iOS, Android and Windows Phone: native ad blocking. Those who choose to enable it will have the browser block advertisements for them, something that feels beneficial on the user end but ultimately harms the websites those users visit. Opera says the new native ad blocking feature will help speed up mobile browsing while reducing data usage.

Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

Facebook Messenger rolls out new Home screen, inbox features

The Facebook Messenger app continues to see updates and changes this week, following the Android version's new support for SMS. The latest version of both the iOS and Android app introduces a Home tab, which, replacing the previous launch screen, basically acts like an inbox for the messaging platform. In addition to a list of recent conversations, this screen will show which contacts are currently online, upcoming birthdays, and the friends you chat with the most.

Continue Reading

iOS 10 beta hints at ‘dark mode’ option

iOS 10 beta hints at ‘dark mode’ option

While the iOS 10 portion of Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote presentation introduced a number of new apps and improvements, we already know there are tons of features to be included that weren't discussed on stage. Now that developers have had a day or two dig into the first beta release of the mobile OS, a few of these previously unmentioned features and options are starting to get discovered. The first big find? The debut of a "dark mode" for iOS.

Continue Reading

iOS 10 will only hide, not delete, pre-installed apps

iOS 10 will only hide, not delete, pre-installed apps

Depending on who you ask, Apple's announcement of the features for iOS 10 might have been filled with treats or a bore. But both might agree that there is at least one feature that does sing to the heart of anyone who has owned an iOS device: the ability to remove the unused, pre-installed stock apps on their device. However, iOS users might have been too quick to throw a party for it. Later clarifying the feature, Apple execs Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller noted that aren't exactly removing the apps, you are just hiding them while deleting their content.

Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

Continue Reading

Affinity Photo, the Photoshop alternative, is heading to iPad

Affinity Photo, the Photoshop alternative, is heading to iPad

Affinity Photo, a Photoshop alternative originally designed for Mac but coming soon as a Windows beta, will also be made available as an iPad app. The company behind the software, Serif, has shown off the app at Apple's WWDC 2016 conference, giving customers and iPad users a look at an "early build" of the app. As with the desktop version, the mobile app promises to offer outstanding performance alongside a very large array of features.

Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook Messenger for Android gets SMS support

Facebook has announced that Messenger for Android now allows users to send and receive SMS messages directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle away from it whenever a new text message comes in. Some users have already seen this feature as part of Facebook's testing -- rumor had it in February that we'd see SMS return to Messenger soon, in fact -- and for everyone else, it arrives today.

Continue Reading

Netflix for iPad updated with picture-in-picture support

Netflix for iPad updated with picture-in-picture support

The last few Netflix for iOS updates have resulted in the same outcry: where is picture-in-picture support for all the iPad owners desperate to use it? Why hasn't it been added? Was Netflix purposely ignoring its users' requests? There was gnashing of teeth. People anguished. That ends today, though. Netflix has released an update for its iOS app that adds, among other things, support for picture-in-picture on the iPad.

Continue Reading

5 awesome iOS 10 features that didn’t get WWDC 2016 demos

5 awesome iOS 10 features that didn’t get WWDC 2016 demos

With its super-fast rundown of ten of the top features of iOS 10, there's no denying that WWDC 2016 packed as much of the iPhone platform in as possible. Billed as the biggest release for iOS users so far, features like a supercharged Messages experience, a new Home app for HomeKit control, and a much smarter Siri all promise to have an impact every day on how we use our iPhones and iPads.

Continue Reading

Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home was introduced this morning in app form, making Apple's smart home initiative "HomeKit" look a lot more pleasing to the end user. Users will be able to launch their "Home" app from their iPhone and control all HomeKit devices with relative ease. This will include garage doors, thermostats, locks, sensors, and fans. It'll include humidifiers, air purifiers, doorbells, cameras, and air conditioners.

Continue Reading

Apple’s App Store now has 2 million apps

Apple’s App Store now has 2 million apps

Apple's WWDC 2016 is now in full swing, and CEO Tim Cook began the keynote presentation by sharing a number of stats highlighting the growth of the App Store on various platforms, developers' earnings, and information about WWDC's attendees. The most impressive feat is that the App Store is now host to 2 million apps, only eight years after Apple launched it with a modest 500 apps.

Continue Reading