Yup, the biggest social media giant in the world really does want to conquer everything. Just this week, Facebook has decided to roll out a number of new features that will let users acquire tickets to movies, concerts, and other events, get a price quotation from a shoe repair guy, or even allow family and friends to offer suggestions as to where to get the best cannoli in town. To be clear about it, the new features will be deployed first in the United States market, but almost certainly, they will hit other parts of the world as well in the next few weeks or months.
Apparently, the biggest social media network in the world is now taking on Craigslist and eBay. Just this week, Facebook has introduced Marketplace, a brand new section in its mobile app that allows users to offer basically anything for sale, preferably to other Facebook users in the vicinity.
Just recently this week, Google has rolled out a number of new updates to its mobile app for the iOS mobile operating system. One update takes care of bugs that should make the app more reliable than ever, another update now lets users in-search YouTube video content, while the third one offers a new incognito mode.
When Apple gave a preview of the latest iOS 10 update at WWDC, it highlighted the new features that they were adding onto iOS 10. Particularly, they were working on improving the lock screen to make it more functional for use on widgets and notifications.
Facebook has just updated its Messenger app for both Android and iOS devices. As earlier reported by TechCrunch, you can now send polls to your friends through the chat feature. Of course, the poll feature only works in group chats since it would be pretty ridiculous to poll just one person. The best part about the feature is that it works just how you would expect it to -- you type in a question and fill up some possible responses and you are all set.
The phenomenal popularity of the mobile game Pokemon Go may be starting to cool off -- according to the latest information from SurveyMonkey, the app has lost nearly a quarter of its users in the United States. It is hard to pinpoint the exact cause, but it may involve a combination of tracking issues, bans on cheating players, and simple consumer fatigue.
Apparently so, according to a report published by AdAge. The story is that the biggest wireless carrier in the United States is offering to install mobile apps from top American brands on its subscribers’ home screens for $1 to $2 each handset. As reported by AdAge, Verizon Wireless quietly first started this marketing ploy late in 2015, pitching the idea to certain retail and financial entities.
According to analytics firm NPD Group, sales of backup batteries for mobile devices have picked up in the two weeks that spanned July 10th until July 23rd of this year. That was also right around the time that the Pokemon Go mobile game was rolled out to the masses. Coincidence? Not likely, and backup battery makers can thank weirdly named little monsters (and their crazed hunters) for that.
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