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If Quibi can’t succeed in a pandemic, we’re not sure when it could

If Quibi can’t succeed in a pandemic, we’re not sure when it could

Quibi has arrived, and the depths of a pandemic are either the very best or the absolute worst timing for launching a mobile-first streaming video service. Arriving after months of hype, Quibi doesn't just focus on smartphones but positively ignores other ways of watching, with video designed to be comfortably watched in vertical orientation and shorter episodes.

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T-Mobile is giving some customers a year of free Quibi access

T-Mobile is giving some customers a year of free Quibi access

T-Mobile has announced a new deal with Quibi that will allow some of its mobile subscribers to get a year of the streaming video service for free. This new deal is similar to T-Mobile's existing 'Netflix on Us' promotion, which offers Magenta plan subscribers a free year of Netflix service as part of their mobile plan. Going forward, subscribers will need to choose between Netflix and Quibi.

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Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

Facebook tries to match Zoom with desktop Messenger update

A Facebook Messenger app was released this week for group chats between Facebook users. Users could've done video chat before now, with Messenger from Facebook, but this app makes the entire process feel a bit more official. This release comes just as the app Zoom sees a massive increase in use thanks to quarantine for global pandemic thanks to COVID-19.*

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YouTube Shorts to take on TikTok, Bedtime Reminders coming soon

YouTube Shorts to take on TikTok, Bedtime Reminders coming soon

TikTok unsurprisingly saw a sudden surge in new users within the past days but the social network's history hasn't always been bright. After quickly taking over the Internet, its connections to the Chinese government cast it in a less favorable light, at least among the security and privacy-conscious population. Despite that, TikTok continues to thrive mostly because it remains unrivaled. That, however, might soon come to an end with YouTube Shorts.

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Huawei chairman sweet-talks Google and warns Trump

Huawei chairman sweet-talks Google and warns Trump

Huawei may be blocked from using the full version of Android with all Google's services, but that isn't stopping the Chinese tech behemoth from hoping key Google apps phone-buyers expect will get added to its own download store. Speaking this week, Huawei execs talked about potential workarounds to the issues that are increasingly marginalizing its Android devices outside of China, while also warning that things could get nasty should Trump opt to escalate the blockade.

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Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

Zoom becomes a household name – and that’s a problem

The video chat system Zoom wasn't prepared for the popularity it's facing here in the spring of 2020. Much like a startup group attempting to create a new product with a crowdfunding campaign, Zoom is finding that their own popularity might be more than they can handle. Issues begin with the simple nature of the group chat, and the ease with which one can join.

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Apple just bought weather app Dark Sky

Apple just bought weather app Dark Sky

Apple has acquired popular weather app Dark Sky, though it's bad news for those who were using the software on Android or Google Wear OS. Launched after a Kickstarter in 2011, Dark Sky promised hyper-local weather forecasts, with minute-by-minute precision for those who wanted to know exactly when they'd need an umbrella or sunblock.

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Google puts G Suite Less Secure Apps policy changes on hold

Google puts G Suite Less Secure Apps policy changes on hold

For the past few weeks, the world has become more reliant on the Internet, both for play and especially for work. The latter is why many software and platform developers have been adjusting their features and even their policies to account for the sudden change in work habits. Unsurprisingly, Google is making some changes to its G Suite platform, suspending its earlier move to cut off the access of what it considers "Less Secure Apps".

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Telegram update adds chat folders, archiving, and coronavirus emoji

Telegram update adds chat folders, archiving, and coronavirus emoji

Popular messaging service Telegram has been updated with new features that'll be particularly useful for users and groups that have experienced an uptick in messaging frequency. As of Monday, March 30, Telegram now supports Chat Folders, which is exactly what it sounds like -- a new feature that enables users to better separate the different types of chats that take place in the app.

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This one browser change could make switching to Edge worth it

This one browser change could make switching to Edge worth it

It's no secret that Microsoft Edge is working from behind when it comes to growing its userbase. After Internet Explorer spent years as the butt of pretty much every joke concerning web browsers, Microsoft decided to hit the reset button by renaming the browser Edge and making a number of changes to it. For the past few years, Microsoft has been building up Edge as a worthy competitor to the likes of Chrome, Opera, and Firefox, and today, the Edge team is launching a new feature that might help turn some heads.

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Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

Why your groceries are late: Instacart strike is still on

Last week we reported on a strike being organized by the Gig Workers Collective with Instacart Shoppers. Over the weekend, Instacart indicated they'd be updating health and safety measures. Instacart did not reply directly to the strike announcement, but the timing of their announcement would seem to be done in order to avoid the strike - at least in part. Unfortunate for the Instacart business, their response was not enough to quell the demands of the Gig Workers Collective and/or Instacart Shoppers, and the strike is still on.

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OpenTable update expands to grocery store lines and retail

OpenTable update expands to grocery store lines and retail

OpenTable generally works with restaurants to allow reservations for tables. Now, with the latest update to OpenTable, users will be able to reserve times to shop at their favorite retail or grocery store. Not all supermarkets or other stores are onboard right out the gate, but a few certainly seem to be ready to take up with the collaboration. This update to OpenTable will be available soon - if not immediately.

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