Microsoft updates its To-Do beta app for Android

Microsoft has updated its To-Do beta app for Android. Before we get to the new features, suppose we tell you how you can sign up to be a beta tester for the app. Go to the Google Play Store and install Microsoft To-Do. After the app is installed, scroll down to the bottom of the listing page on the Google Play Store, and you’ll be asked if you want to be a beta tester. Opt-in, and that’s all you need to do.

Keep in mind that testing out new features on the app means that some of the new capabilities could be buggy. But that is the risk you take for being among the first to try out new innovations. …


Google app gets updated to version 8.0, includes new feature "Your People" which is not yet live

The Google app for Android has been updated to version 8.0. One new item is the addition of the “Your People” page, which apparently is a way for Google Assistant users to set up a link between nicknames and relationships to people in their contacts. This way they can tell the virtual assistant to call, text or email  “Mom” and the virtual assistant will make the call, send a text or send an email to the correct number or email address. To see the “Your People” page, go to the Google Assistant settings and click on Personal info. From there, tap on “Your People” (see the screenshots at the …

The Verizon Smart Family app gives you control over your kid's smartphone usage (VIDEO)

The Verizon FamilyBase service is now the Verizon Smart Family service. Using the Smart Family app, you will be able to see where your kids are, control the content they have access to on the internet, block social media, messaging and gaming apps, and limit the amount of time they can spend on their phones. In other words, everything you can do with your children’s handsets to make them pissed off at you, can be achieved with the Verizon Smart Family app.

With the Smart Family app, you can see how much battery life your kids’ phones have left, so you can call and remind them to …

Mobile payment app Google Pay has been installed 100 million times

Pop open the champagne, cut a big slice of cake, and celebrate. Mobile payment app Google Pay has reached 100 million downloads from the Google Play Store. Back in March, Google Pay announced a referral system that allow users to mention the app to friends and family. Every time one of them uses Google Pay for the first time, bingo, both of you receive a $10 Google Play Store credit. You can score up to $100 in credit by referring as many as 10 new Google Pay users.

Google Pay is available for all non-rooted Android handsets running Android 4.4 (KitKat) or higher. It uses encryption so your …

Apple removes app that allowed teens to hide photos behind a real calculator

Apple has yanked the Private Photos (Calculator%) app from the App Store. The app allowed users to hide secret photos behind a real functioning calculator, which made it a favorite among enterprising teenagers. U.K. police say that Private Photos (Calculator%) figures in a current investigation, and child welfare groups spoke out against it. The earliest complaint about the app dates back to 2015 when U.S. district attorney Pamela Casey warned parents about it on her Facebook page.

Experts on digital safety ripped Private Photos (Calculator%), placing it on a danger list aimed at …

Spotify to announce important changes to its mobile app next week

In an attempt to fight Apple Music and other important players in the music streaming services industry, Spotify plans major changes to its free version of the service, a report by Bloomberg claimed last week.

But that’s not the only aspect that Spotify plans to improve starting this month. An invitation to a Spotify event obtained by The Verge confirms major changes are coming to the mobile app as well.

Important Spotify officials will attend the event, including chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström, VP of product development Babar Zafar, and global head of creator service Troy …

Goldman Sachs, looking to expand its retail banking presence, purchases a mobile app

White-shoe investment house Goldman Sachs is looking to expand its retail banking business. The investment house does take in consumer deposits, lends money, and offers most of the same services as the local bank around the corner. The company is well known as a securities power house that makes oodles and oodles of money trading paper. Today, it was announced that Goldman Sachs has purchased Clarity Money, a personal-finance app found in the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Using algorithms and AI, the Clarity Money app is designed to help users get a grip on their finances. It does …

Microsoft Store removes Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile

There are many ways to say that the party is really over. You can stop providing beverages and food, you can flick the lights on and off, scream at the top of your lungs for everyone to “GET OUT,” or you can remove Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile from the Microsoft Store. A recent update to Instagram for Windows 10 to version 30.1569.12133.0 added some new features, but removed the option to install the app on handsets running the mobile version of the OS. It still is available for the desktop version of Windows 10.

Instead of the app, Windows 10 Mobile users can try the Instagram mobile …

Microsoft's To-Do app updated as they phase out Wunderlist

As you may know, some time ago Microsoft purchased the popular app Wunderlist. Microsoft’s goal was to integrate key features into To-Do and then retire Wunderlist. Some time has now passed and we are starting to see new features introduced regularly into the app. This week both IOS and Android versions saw an update to v.1.28 which brought a few new features and fixes to the app. 

Microsoft introduced “steps” to both app versions this week.

This feature allows you to create a reminder, and then add additional reminders …

Uber announces new app for drivers

It has been two years since Uber last redesigned its driver app. The company and its drivers have made a lot of headlines since then. Well, Uber is announcing they are going to begin focusing on its drivers again and the beginning of that is a new app. It recognized that drivers are what make the company possible and that much of how the drivers interact with the company is through its app. The new app was built from the ground up with driver feedback. Drivers were contacted in a variety of ways and asked what features they would most like to see. Uber also released a beta version of the app, …