The quick brown Based on a recent teardown of an APK (Android Package) by the folks from XDA Developers and Android Police, it appears that Google’s Android Messages mobile app (which is basically the rebranded iteration of Messenger for Android) may soon provide support for text messaging by way of an Internet browser like the tech giant’s own Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox,
Here is some good news for those who like to travel by air -- Google is introducing a new functionality to its Google Flights search engine that will start to include information and even advance warnings with regards to flight delays. The really cool thing about this new feature is that it does not only retrieve flight schedule information and updates directly from airline companies, it will also take full advantage of machine learning algorithms and historical data in predicting flight delays.
Google is currently experimenting with an app called Bulletin, a new feature that would allow just about any user to publish local news updates and even events. Slate was first to report about the tool, when it discovered a website that already had a fully functioning platform for creating Bulletin posts (albeit in early access mode). According to this website, the Bulletin app is now conducting its pilot program in Tennessee’s capital, Nashville, as well as in the city of Oakland in California.
One week ago, a flaw was discovered on iOS and MacOS powered devices and machines. First reported by a software developer named Abraham Masri, the ChaiOS bug not only causes Apple gadgets to lock up, crash, and restart on their own, it also can lead to other more serious issues, like battery problems and resprings, among many others.
Google’s video calling app, Duo, is now allowing users to make calls to other people who do not have the app installed in their mobile devices or have not registered before with the service. This applies to both video calls and audio only phone calls as well. The recipients of Duo calls can answer by dragging up on the icon, put their mic on mute or shift cameras, and end the call by hanging up.
And if ever users accidentally navigate away from the app’s interface while engaged in a call, they can just tap a notification icon that instantly navigates them back. For those non-Duo users, they will get a prompt to install the app at the end of the phone call. Of course, there is also an option to block certain people from making calls.
The second biggest smartphone vendor in the world may still be dealing with some nagging battery related issues since December of last year, but it did something very right in the first day of 2018, or more accurately, its horde of fans did. On New Year’s Day, iOS mobile users spent a jaw dropping $300 million in purchases from Apple’s App Store.
According to a report recently published by the New York Times, it appears that hundreds of mobile games come with a functionality that taps into a mobile device’s microphone in order to capture audio signals from television programs, films, and even commercials. This particular software feature is said to be developed by a startup firm called Alphonso who is reportedly even taking full advantage of Shazam in identifying the audio being monitored. The compiled information is then sold to advertisers who are looking to target a specific demographic based on TV watching habits.
Google is officially confirming the existence of Datally, which is basically a new app that helps users better track, manage, and ultimately save on mobile data. As of this writing, the app is already made available in the Google Play store, and should work in any Android powered mobile device with Android 5.0 Lollipop (or newer version) installed.
A number of users have found that several models of OnePlus smartphones, including this year’s OnePlus 5, feature a Qualcomm testing app called EngineerMode. This tool happens to allow anybody to gain root level access to a OnePlus device without needing to unlock that handset’s bootloader. While it is true that somebody with less than immaculate intentions would still need to have physical access to a OnePlus phone to really do some serious hacking, but the existence of EngineerMode now gives them a backdoor in which they can put some trackers and other means to get around the phone’s security.
Sensor Tower has recently released its latest projections with regards to app usage in America. According to its forecast, owners of iPhone devices who are based in the United States will be spending an average of $88 every year on paid mobile apps three years from now. Based on new data that it had collected, the company found that the money users spend on apps and in-app purchases is on the rise every year. For instance, iPhone users have paid an average of $63 in 2017, which represents a 33 percent increased compared to last year’s spending. Sensor Tower predicts that a couple of years from now, the growth over 2016 will have increased to a whopping 86 percent.
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