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WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

WhatsApp dominates messaging world, study finds

A new study from analytics firm App Annie found that WhatsApp has become Facebook's most popular messaging app with over 1.5 billion monthly users worldwide. The report notes that Facebook has an astounding amount of control over the messaging app market, with both Facebook Messenger and Instagram pulling in over 1 billion users each on top of WhatsApp's growing share of the worldwide market.

The dominance of WhatsApp has taken place against the backdrop of a larger battle between Facebook and Apple... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!' show gets version for Google Assistant and Alexa

If you spend a lot of time stuck in traffic, you're probably listening to the radio for traffic updates. Ordinarily, this means sitting through quite a lot of commercial breaks -- unless you're tuned into a station that doesn't run any, like the non-profit National Public Radio. But traffic reports aren't NPR's main draw.

Among NPR's biggest shows you'll find its long-running trivia show "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" which gets millions of listeners each week and is consistently one of... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Social media and chat apps accounted for 50 percent of our screen time in 2018

Social media and chat apps accounted for 50 percent of our screen time in 2018

While the Google Play Store and iOS App Store provide plenty of charts that give you a snapshot of the most popular apps in a given category, it can be difficult to collect a whole year's worth of that data and make sense of it. Thankfully, third parties like App Annie have access to those charts and much more, and this market research firm has produced another State of Mobile report that contains some interesting insights.

We've already used this... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

'Roadie' app is like Uber for delivering goods for drivers

'Roadie' app is like Uber for delivering goods for drivers

So many apps grow out of a desire to address a simple problem, and Roadie is no different. Founder Marc Gorlin decided to create the app in 2015 after a shipment of tiles for his new Florida condo arrived shattered in pieces. When he tried to get the company to send a new batch, they told him it would take another week or two, which confused him considering the company was based in Birmingham, Alabama -- about a two... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Microsoft To-Do Windows 10 app now lets you pin your lists

Microsoft To-Do Windows 10 app now lets you pin your lists

If you're managing a household, or you just have a lot of responsibilities to keep track of regularly, a to-do list can be a lifesaver. It helps you figure out how to prioritize your tasks and budget your time, you can add notes to remind you of relevant details, and the improved overall organization can reduce stress and anxiety.

But what if you need to manage multiple lists? That by itself could raise your blood pressure. But thankfully, we have a... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Ecobee launches Apple Watch app for controlling its smart thermostat

Ecobee launches Apple Watch app for controlling its smart thermostat

Ecobee, the HomeKit accessory manufacturer, released its new Apple Watch app after teasing a potential Watch support last March. Now Ecobee iOS users can control their smart accessories from their Apple Watch.

Most notably with the new app, Ecobee customers can control their Ecobee smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, according to 9to5Google.

Users can adjust temperatures, see the current indoor temperature, set the temperature to Away or Home mode to save energy and more. Additionally, users can alter fan settings... Read More »

Topics: Home Software , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Fortnite website security hole reportedly allows hackers to steal your account

Fortnite website security hole reportedly allows hackers to steal your account

With Fortnite reportedly making billions just in 2018, it's basically the biggest game that civilization has come up with since the invention of checkers. And if you're a student of history, you know that a gold rush can attract some unsavory people who want a cut of the action -- and they aren't particularly concerned with legality or ethics.

As such, Fortnite's security systems have been relentlessly poked and prodded by both the malicious and the benevolent, which brings... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Spotify launching new Car View mode for simple music control while driving

Spotify launching new Car View mode for simple music control while driving

Spotify (download for iOS or Android) is rolling out Car View, a simplified way to use the music streaming app while driving. The launch seems to be limited for now, showing up on Pixel 3 XLs only at this point, according to 9to5Google.

Car View presents a minimalist display of the artist's name and song title. You'll only have access to necessary controls like track changing, play, pause, favorite and shuffle. Here's how to tell if the... Read More »

Topics: Android , Apps And Software , Music Software

'Dorsia' is the new anti-Yelp travel discovery app that you've been waiting for

'Dorsia' is the new anti-Yelp travel discovery app that you've been waiting for

Andrew Armenante had a "mini mental breakdown" as he puts it, several years back. He was working as a software engineer for UClass, an EdTech startup, in San Francisco's SOMA district, and needed to refuel with a quick cup of coffee. So he went to Blue Bottle Coffee, the trendy, go-to spot across the street, to get his caffeine fix.

"I asked for an espresso to go, and the guy goes, 'Sir, I can't give you an espresso to go, because... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

MasterCard to block subscriptions from charging you after free trials

MasterCard to block subscriptions from charging you after free trials

MasterCard (download for iOS or Android) is adding a safety net policy for anyone who forgot cancel a free trial, according to a blog post.

Merchants often let customers try out their product for a set number of days before charging the subscription fee. It's frustrating, though, when you wind up paying for something that you weren't satisfied with because of a complicated cancellation process.

The financial services company announced a change in their rules that... Read More »

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