Constantly having beeps at the end of calls? Look at your Snapchat permissions

Snapchat rose to fame by scoring a generous initial public offering this year, making its founders billionaires thanks to Wall Street eager to participate in the next big IM thingy, and forcing them to marry Victoria’s Secret supermodels. The Snapchat app, however, is another beer, as it has been plagued by memory and power consumption leakages from the onset (like most messaging apps), as well as some recent boot crash issues.

The latest problem stemming from the Snapchat app has been more obscure to find, but there is a whole Reddit thread dedicated to the weird case of loud …


The "no smartphone" phobia is a growing issue and it has little to do with being unable to make or receive calls

Nowadays, we spend insane amounts of time on our smartphones. It’s the first thing we reach for in the morning, it’s the last thing we touch before going to sleep. Users happily report when they manage to achieve 8 hours of screen on time with their handset, lauding the amazing battery life, but the connotation that this means you were facing down with your nose buried in the small screen for 8 hours that day is often left overlooked.

Smartphone addiction and phone separation anxiety are often being thrown around in discussions about the list of millennial issues. …

KGI's Kuo: Series 3 Apple Watch won't support stand alone phone calls at launch

Just yesterday, an inside source allegedly from Apple told CNBC that the Series 3 Apple Watch would be able to receive and initiate calls without having to be paired to an iPhone. Speculation has the wearable getting unveiled as soon as next month, alongside the 2017 iPhone models. In addition to making and taking stand alone calls, the new wearable should also be able to stream music even when not paired to an iPhone. Many tech fanatics, excited about the idea of a stand alone Apple Watch, are getting ready to purchase the wearable sometime before 2017 comes to an end.

However, this morning …

Update to Duo adds video calls to your phone's native call log

Google’s video chat app Duo has been a mighty fine addition for both Android and iOS users, and some new features make Duo even more capable. Anyone in your Android contacts list who you’ve called using Duo can be the recipient of a voice-only or video-only call. This is a great feature to use when you are not looking your best, or you don’t want the other end of the call to hear background noise. The Knock Knock feature allows the recipient of a Duo video call to see a few seconds of the caller live before the connection is officially made. This allows the person receiving the call to see who …

Picture-in-picture mode for video calls coming to WhatsApp on Android O

WhatsApp is very close to getting a new feature that would allow users to watch YouTube videos directly in the app, but only on iOS devices. We had already reported on the matter a few days ago, but if you don’t remember, then you should know the feature is still under development and will work just like picture-in-picture mode.

Apparently, the team behind WhatsApp is working on a similar feature for Android devices, which will work on video calls. The bad news is it will only support devices running Android O since the picture-in-picture mode was added to WhatsApp thanks to an API included …

Smart speaker calls cops to break up a domestic disturbance

We know how useful smart speakers can be. Pairing a speaker with a virtual assistant allows users to activate smart appliances (like lights, thermostats, entertainment systems etc.), stream music playlists, obtain information like the weather, sports scores and the news. Depending on the model, you can send texts and even make and take phone calls. And as a mother and daughter in New Mexico discovered the other day, certain smart speakers will call the cops in the middle of a domestic dispute.

A week ago, Eduardo Barros was house-sitting in Tijeras with his girlfriend and her daughter. A …

Calls and texts to the UK are free on AT&T, Sprint, Boost, and Virgin for a limited time following terror attack

After the horrific terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in London, US carriers AT&T, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile are making calls to the area completely free of charge.

Until the end of May 24, British time, AT&T and Sprint will either waive or credit charges for calls placed and texts sent from America to Britain. Virgin and Boost, Sprint’s pre-paid virtual operators, also offer free calls and texts between the US and the UK.

T-Mobile and Verizon are yet to make any moves or statements, though it’s highly likely that they eventually …

Amazon will provide Alexa voice calls to all Echo speaker owners

The newly unveiled Amazon Echo Show smart speaker has another interesting feature beside the very obvious touch screen. Namely, the device is capable of making voice calls to other Show owners. Luckily, this option isn’t exclusive to it. Amazon confirmed that calling and messaging will be added to the Echo and Echo Dot speakers, in addition to the Alexa apps for Android and iOS, with an upcoming update. However, only US users will get this opportunity.

After the update, you will be able to initiate voice calls with other Echo device owners or Alexa app users, provided …

Amazon introduces new Echo Show with a touchscreen and ability to make calls

This morning, Amazon introduced its next-generation Amazon Echo device, the Echo Show. As expected, the new smart speaker includes a touchscreen, and will allow users to make phone calls over the internet. With the screen, Echo users will have a new way to interact with Amazon’s AI personal assistant Alexa. The new model takes on the form factor of an office intercom instead of the tall cylinder design seen with the current version of the Echo.

As we told you yesterday, Amazon has a huge 70.6% share of the U.S. market for smart speakers. Google Home is second, and many other tech …

Microsoft Teams for iOS updated with video calls support, ability to create new channels

A significant update has just hit Microsoft’s Teams app for iOS devices. As the title says, the update brings video calls support into the mix, as well as other new features.

If you’re using Teams on your iOS device, upgrading to the latest version will allow you to connect face to face using the newly added video calls feature. Also, you can easily add or remove team members.

Another notable change included in the update is the ability to create new channels. Moreover, Teams users can now rename group chats and add new members to existing conversations.

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