The U.S. state of Massachusetts is reportedly planning to introduce a new 5 cent per trip fee for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, and will use the money to boost its traditional taxi industry. It will be the first subsidy of its kind in the United States. The law was signed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker this month, which is one of many regulations for the industry. A Fortune report quotes Kirill Evdakov, the chief executive of Fasten, a…
Google recently launched a new simple video-calling service available for Android and iOS called Google Duo. It’s the second app announced by Google this year - along with the upcoming messaging app Allo - at its I/O conference, and reportedly one of four that the company plans to introduce. It didn’t take long for comparisons to emerge calling Duo Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime. What notably stands out about Google Duo is the way it makes one-to-one video calling between…
Snapchat has continued to grow as a social media giant throughout the year, from adding original content from the likes of NBC, to introducing its new Memories feature for users to keep an archive of images and videos. Now Snapchat is reportedly venturing into search and discovery, by acquiring an app called Vurb for more than $100 million. A report by The Information says the app Vurb works with various third parties such as Fandango and Uber to boost the…

Facebook to make a stand against ad-blocking software

Written on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 10:20
The world’s most popular social media platform recently announced plans to make changes to the desktop version of its website to make it difficult for ad-blocking software to be effective. It’s a reasonable move, seeing as Facebook relies on its advertising income and allows users to enjoy Facebook free of charge. Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president for advertising and business platform, announced the changes in a post where he presented it as a user-friendly action for the benefit of both…

Snapchat to host exclusive short-form TV shows by NBCUniversal

Written on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:49
Social media and networking application Snapchat, which already hosts outsourced content from Mashable, CNN, and National Geographic to name a few, has announced an expansion of its partnership with NBCUniversal, to host short-form versions of several of its popular TV shows. The short-form TV shows will be created for Snapchat exclusively, boosting the social media platforms profile as a force to be reckoned with in the apps realm. According to reports, the joint venture will kick-start on Monday, August 22,…

LinkedIn ventures into user video content

Written on Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:24
Professional social networking platform LinkedIn has ventured into featuring video content, created by users and hosted by the platform itself. LinkedIn hopes to engage its 433 million users more by introducing the engaging tool. The first videos are to be created by LinkedIn’s ‘Influencers’ – an invitation-only group of about 500 users who have a significant following and who regularly post content. The new videos to feature on LinkedIn will be short, 30-seconds-or-less responses to questions posted to Influencers specifically…

Facebook Messenger is the second most popular iOS app ever

Written on Thursday, 21 July 2016 11:32
Facebook is celebrating the sweet taste of success, after announcing that one billion people are now using its instant messaging app Facebook Messenger every month, making it the second-most popular iOS app of all time, second only to its big brother, the Facebook app. “We are announcing that more than one billion people now use Facebook Messenger every month, making messenger one of only a handful of apps worldwide that touch so many lives,” Facebook said in a post. “We…

Android Pay officially launched in Australia

Written on Monday, 18 July 2016 06:54
At the end of 2015, Google announced that Android Pay would make its debut Down Under in Australia in 2016. Seven months later, that time has come. After the launch of Android Pay in Australia, residents can now use Google’s latest mobile payments solutions to make purchases using their smartphones. Prior to its release in Australia, Android Pay has been launched in Singapore, which was the first country in Asia to receive the service. Shortly after the Singapore release, Android…
In just a couple of weeks, the Pokemon Go online app has amassed a mammoth amount of popularity around the world. On Saturday, July 16, Pokemon Go servers appeared to crash, leaving millions of gamers unable to play the augmented reality game. A hacker group called PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for taking down the servers through a Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. User of Pokemon Go across Europe and the U.S. reportedly began declaring problems with the game shortly after 2pm…
In an age when about one-third of all food gets wasted in food production, according to the UN Environment Program, one Silicon Valley entrepreneur has established a new mobile app to demonstrate her best way to combat hunger and food waste. The app is called Copia, a platform for businesses to declare excess food which is picked up and given to those in need. For founder and CEO of Copia, Komal Ahmad, giving food waste to people in need wasn’t…
Pokémon Go, a new gaming app launched last week, has skyrocketed to success, boosting Nintendo’s share price 24.52 percent on Monday, June 11, to ¥20,260 ($193) which is the highest single day surge the company has seen since 1983. The surge singlehandedly added $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value. But how long will the sweet taste of success last for the new app? Topping app download charts in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Pokémon Go, according to researchers…
Facebook Inc. faces a class-action lawsuit in California over allegations of systematically scanning users’ private messages going through the social network without the users’ permission. Facebook then reportedly makes a profit from the data it obtains by sharing the information with advertisers and marketers. There’s a chance that Facebook has violated federal privacy laws. There have been several reports shared on social media outlets recently warning users of Facebook’s alleged misuse of private information. The company has the ability to…
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