Apps

How to play Facebook Messenger Instant Games on your phone (2017)

How to play Facebook Messenger Instant Games on your phone (2017)

As we reported earlier today, Facebook Messenger's games are now available to users around the world, giving everyone a chance to play. The existence of these games -- which Facebook calls Instant Games -- is still relatively unknown, though, and even those who know about them may not be sure how to actually access them. That's where this guide comes in. Fortunately, playing Messenger Instant Games is pretty simple, and it takes less than a minute to get started.

Continue Reading

Google Wallpapers app update expands curated image collection

Google Wallpapers app update expands curated image collection

This week the folks at Google responsible for developing their Wallpapers app have released a big update. Big for a wallpapers app, that is to say - but big nonetheless. This app update brings on a new collection of images from the likes of Google Earth, the social network Google+, and other similar sources. This is the same app available on Google Pixel smartphones, made ready for the vast majority of Android smartphones in the wild.

Continue Reading

Pokemon GO Promo Codes update released [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Promo Codes update released [UPDATE]

Overnight an update to Pokemon GO seems to have delivered a long-rumored element in the game made for special events and in-store oddities: Promo Codes. The Promo Code element in the game released overnight can be found in the Pokemon GO Store. Once the Store is opened, scrolling all the way to the bottom will bring up this Promos graphic. At this moment there does not seem to be a SUBMIT button, but we're expecting that it COULD be launching soon - or this could just be a test.

Continue Reading

Samsung Marshmallow is an all-in-one parental control app for Galaxy phones

Samsung Marshmallow is an all-in-one parental control app for Galaxy phones

While some still advocate for keeping tech out of kids' hands until they're older, many parents are opting to introduce their kids at a young age. With that comes the tricky issue of management, though -- trying to stay hands-off without letting the device usage run unmonitored. That's where Samsung's new Marshmallow app comes in...and no, it doesn't have anything to do with Android Marshmallow. This parental control app enables parents to limit their kid's screen time and more.

Continue Reading

Pokemon GO update event taps McDonalds and rural upgrade

Pokemon GO update event taps McDonalds and rural upgrade

The newest update to Pokemon GO brings on lured McDonalds with "dancing pedals" as well as an upgrade for Rural users hunting monsters. This set of updates requires no Pokemon GO file update - unless of course the player hasn't updated for the past several weeks. This update is mainly server-side, which means that it's Niantic's switch the flip, rather than that of the individual user.

Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries

Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries

While the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps might be common, everyday communication features on smartphones in the US, in developing countries around the world these apps can be a little resource-heavy for the less powerful devices used or in low data bandwidth conditions. To help address that situation — and continue to draw in more users — Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite have been rolling out to more regions, with the latter now available in over 130 countries.

Continue Reading

Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10’s My People feature arrives in latest Insider build

Windows 10 users in Microsoft's Insider program are used to testing out the operating system's newest updates via test builds, and the latest includes a feature that was missing from the recent Creators Update. Called My People, the feature acts as a shortcut to users' most frequent contacts, allowing quick access to messaging and file sharing options. My People get pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar, making the selected contacts just a click away.

Continue Reading

Amazon is killing off its Underground Android app marketplace

Amazon is killing off its Underground Android app marketplace

Some Android users may remember an unexpected source for free apps for their mobile platform turning up in 2015: Amazon. The internet shopping giant launched Underground, a marketplace for games and apps that were available for "actually free." Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, as Amazon has announced it will be closing the Underground program and ending access later this year.

Continue Reading

Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Yik Yak is shutting down, with the location-based social network confirming today that it's game over for the anonymous messaging board system. The app was launched as a way for people in close proximity - often students on the same campus, much like where Yik Yak creators Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington worked on the first version - to communicate. However, as greater attention was paid to cyber-bullying and online harassment, Yik Yak's potential role in that ended up getting more attention than its other features.

Continue Reading

How this Pokemon GO update makes Unown medal easier to catch and complete

How this Pokemon GO update makes Unown medal easier to catch and complete

News in the latest Pokemon GO update includes a change in the way the most mysterious Unown is shown in the game. The first step in making this update appear is to capture an Unown - for that, there is no simple solution outside of cheating. For those that are the sort of people who've given up on all other methods of capturing Pokemon like Unown, there's always hacking - but I hope those folks don't come running when the ban hammer hits again. And it's coming, again and again, we can be sure.

Continue Reading

Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Niantic is working on how two of the most complicated Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO will be released in the near future. While we've seen the release of the vast majority of the Pokemon from the original 151 and Gen 2, several Legendary Pokemon and oddballs still elude us. With the release of Ditto as our guide, we're to understand that both Delibird and Smeargle are well on their way to semi-random release.

Continue Reading

Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x

Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x

The folks at Instagram have announced that they've hit a major milestone in the brief history of their existence. They've racked up a cool 700-million monthly active users, with growth between 600M and 700M happening at a rate greater than any other 100M span they had before. Of course there were other major events in the history of this photo-based app, but none so supermassive as their most recent set of four months.

Continue Reading