Snapchat: Tough noogies, petitioners, the app redesign is here to stay

Snap, the parent company of the infamous Snapchat app, whose redesign caused such a backlash that 1.2 million people signed an online petition to nix it, has finally responded officially to said petition.

While the firm is keeping it polite, it basically says there is no going back, and you will have to be big boys and girls, and take the new redesign in strides, tough luck:
By putting everything from your friends in one place, our goal was to make it easier to connect with the people you care about most. The new Friends page will adapt …


Developers can now show off ten screenshots on their App Store listing

Developers have been given a little more real estate to promote their apps in the Apple App Store. Listings in the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch can now include as many as ten screenshots per device. With that in mind, altogether developers can post as many as 40 screenshots. Prior to the change, announced today, developers were limited to five screenshots per device, for a total of 20.

By doubling the number, developers will be able to show off more key features of an app, and display more tiers and characters of a game. Besides the ten screenshots, 30-second video …

New Samsung Max app saves data, protects your privacy

Samsung just announced an Android app made with two goals in mind: to let you browse more and to help you do it more safely. It is called Samsung Max and it can be downloaded today from the Google Play store.
How does Samsung Max work? One of the app’s primary functions is to reduce the amount of data you consume without this hurting the experience. It can compress web pages, photos and media that you access through the web browser or other apps — you get the same content delivered to your screen, but it takes less megabytes to do so. Additionally, the app can point …

Samsung hides Galaxy S9 3D images in its Unpacked 2018 app for the media to view using AR

Samsung recently published its Unpacked 2018 app in the Google Play Store. There is a countdown timer that ticks off the seconds until the 2018 Samsung flagships are unveiled next Sunday in Barcelona. Now you need to think about what Sammy has done here. A Reddit subscriber posted that his tear down of the Unpacked 2018 app discovered 3D images of the Samsung Galaxy S9. To access these images, media attending the trade show will take their individual press badge and tap it against their phone. That will allow them to see the Galaxy S9 in AR.

The images reveal a few things. There will be …

Alas, Swype keyboard app for Android and iOS gets discontinued

Bad news for fans of one of the most popular keyboard apps – Swype. It appears that Nuance, the company that bought the app seven years ago has decided to discontinue both the Android and iOS apps.

According to a message published by a redditor, the company wishes to rather focus on offering its AI solutions to businesses and will soon leave the direct-to-consumer market.

Nuance will no longer be updating the Swype+Dragon keyboard for Android. We’re sorry to leave the direct-to-consumer keyboard business, but this change is necessary to allow us to concentrate on developing our AI …

Google's Tez mobile wallet app makes monthly bill paying a snap in India

Who enjoys paying their monthly bills?  Nobody, really. But in India, Google has an app called the Tez mobile wallet that starting today, allows payments to be made in seconds. Adding a new company to pay needs to be done only once, and when those monthly utility bills are received, Tez alerts you to their arrival with timely notifications. The app currently supports 80 invoice mailing companies, including consumer service firms like Reliance Energy, BSES and DishTV.

You could wait for Tez to receive your invoices each month, but if you’re the impatient type, you can personally …

Android Wear 2.9 update for the phone app to roll out within days

According to the Android Wear support page, Google is now ready to send out Android Wear 2.9. The update will start rolling out in a few days. Keep in mind that this is not an OTA update for an Android Wear powered timepiece. Instead, this update is for the Android Wear app that is installed on the phone. The update includes a new notification complication that allows you to view previews of your messages. Another change adds “improved glanceability in notification cards with longer titles.”

In addition, a dot will be found by default at the bottom of a watch face to indicate an unread notification. …

Google app for Android will soon add new features to edit and share screenshots

The upcoming version of the Google app for Android comes with a tool that will allow users to share and edit screenshots. Currently in beta, version 7.21 of the Google app features a toggle switch in the Accounts & privacy menu called “Edit and share screenshots.” When enabled, taking a screenshot in the Google app will allow a preview to appear on the screen. At the same time, users will have the option to share the screenshot as is, or edit it.

Selecting edit will open up a simple editor that allows the user to crop the screenshot, and draw doodles on it. There are seven colors that …

Download this: Microsoft's new app makes photo transfers much easier

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If you use a PC, then you know that transferring files between your phone and your computer can be a huge pain. Well, Microsoft finally has a solution.

A new app called Photos Companion lets you move photos between your phone and PC using a wireless connection. Think of it as a bit like Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop, except it works with both iOS and Android devices. 

Get started by scanning a QR code from the Photos app in Windows 10 — this links your phone and PC, provided they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. After you scan the code, you’ll be able to transfer your photos to your computer. Read more…

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Twitter is finally ending support for its unpopular Mac desktop app

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On Friday, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down work on its Mac desktop app, to the dismay of, err, no one.

Users have 30 days, starting on Feb. 16, before the app will no longer be supported, Twitter said.

“We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms,” Twitter Support wrote in a tweet. “So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.”

The app hadn’t exactly been flourishing in recent years, scoring a dismal 1.7 out of 5 in the App Store. Twitter had outsourced the development of the app to a studio in Seattle called Black Pixel. Read more…

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