Yahoo Testing Invite-Only Group Messaging App 'Squirrel' on iOS and Android

Yahoo this week began testing a new messaging app on iOS and Android called “Squirrel,” aimed at organizing private group chats with friends, family members, and work acquaintances. The app’s main feature is that group access is private and people can only be added through invitation links (via TechCrunch). Squirrel looks visually similar to apps …

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Apple Starts Removing Apps That Share Location Data With Third Parties

Apple has stepped up its policy of removing apps from the App Store that violate its guidelines by sharing location data with third parties without explicit consent. As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple appears to have ratcheted up its software scrutiny in the last few days by informing affected developers by email that upon re-evaluation, their …

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How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature

Stationery Pad is a handy way to nix a step in your workflow if you regularly use document templates on your Mac. The long-standing Finder feature essentially tells a file’s parent application to open a copy of it by default, ensuring that the original file remains unedited. Stationery Pad doesn’t get much attention these days, …

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Apple Expands Indoor Maps Availability at Airports and Malls

Apple recently expanded the indoor mapping feature first introduced in iOS 11 to new locations, including the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport and indoor malls located in Dallas and Houston, Texas. The additions were noted on Apple’s Feature Availability page for iOS 11. At launch, indoor maps were only available in a handful of airports and …

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Apple's 'Barbers' iPhone 7 Plus Ad Wins ADC Best of Show Award

At the 97th annual ADC Awards, which honors the best work in design, advertising, motion, and other commercial creative arts, Apple’s “Barbers” ad for the iPhone 7 Plus won a Best of Show award. First introduced in May 2017, the “Barbers” ad features a barbershop where images captured with an iPhone 7 Plus are used …

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Google Maps Gaining AR Street View, 'For You' Recommendations, and More

Google today outlined several new features coming to Google Maps at its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California this morning. First and foremost, this summer, Google Maps will be updated with a new personalized “For You” section that offers up recommendations based on your interests. The Maps app is gaining a dedicated “For …

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Google Shows Off Android P With New iPhone X-Style Gestures

At its Google I/O event taking place in Mountain View, California this morning, Google showed off features that are coming in Android P, a new version of Android that’s set to launch this fall. Google is focusing on three parameters for Android P: Simplicity, Intelligence, and Digital Wellbeing. Android P has a new gesture-focused interface, …

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Apple Officially Orders 'Are You Sleeping' Drama Series Starring Octavia Spencer

Apple has given a series order for 10 episodes of “Are You Sleeping,” a drama series that will star Octavia Spencer, who is known for her work in movies that include “Hidden Figures,” “The Help,” “Gifted,” and “The Shape of Water.” News of Apple’s work on “Are You Sleeping” first surfaced in January, but now …

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2018 iPhones Could Ship With New 18W USB-C Power Adapters, USB-C to Lightning Cables for Fast Charging

Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup could ship with new USB-C power adapters that come with USB-C to Lightning cables for faster charging, according to a post on Chinese social network Weibo that cites supply chain sources. Apple is said to be planning to upgrade to USB-C support for all of its devices, shipping next-generation iPhones with …

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 55 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced over two years ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari. Safari Technology Preview release 55 includes bug fixes and feature improvements for …

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Apple Says AirPods Are 'Incredibly Popular' as Availability Remains Limited

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday said AirPods continue to be “incredibly popular” and a “runaway hit” for the company. “AirPods are incredibly popular and we’re seeing them in more and more places—in the gym, in coffee shops, wherever people are enjoying music on their Apple devices,” said Cook, following Apple’s earnings report. “This product …

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Nintendo's Next President Sets Mobile Gaming Priority, Plans 'Game-Changing Hit' to Surge Business

Nintendo’s next president, Shuntaro Furukawa, will make smartphone gaming a priority when he takes the helm of the company this June. In a new interview with Nikkei, Furukawa said that he envisions a future where Nintendo’s smartphone gaming arm can become a 100 billion yen ($910 million) business. In fiscal 2017, the segment including mobile …

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iPhone's Market Share Grew Slightly Last Quarter Despite a Few Weeks of Galaxy S9 Availability

Apple’s share of the worldwide smartphone market grew slightly in the first three months of 2018, despite Samsung launching the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in March, according to research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics. Apple on Tuesday reported that it sold 52.2 million iPhones last quarter. Based on that, the research firms estimate that …

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Hulu Announces Offline Download Feature Will Include Ads for Users on $7.99/Month Plan

During its Upfronts presentation in New York City today Hulu confirmed that users will be able to download content from the streaming service and onto their mobile devices. This will let subscribers watch shows and films when not near Wi-Fi or a reliable mobile data connection. The streaming company also confirmed that its offline download …

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