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Facebook’s New App Is For Video Creators

Adnan Farooqui November 19, 2017


Facebook really wants people to use its platform for sharing videos and to that end, it has launched a new app that’s meant just for video creators. The app is called Facebook Creator and it has several features for updating Stories, streaming video, and even messaging people across different Facebook-owned platforms. Facebook describes the app as a “one stop shop for creators of all kinds.”

The app enables users to create original video, go live with exclusive features, and interact with their community on Facebook without having to manage separate apps.

Features include a live creative kit which offers several tools for live broadcasts. Creators can add intros as openings for their live videos, outros to end the videos, custom live stickers, and graphic frames.

There is a wide range of camera effects and frames. The app also has the ability to crosspost content to other platforms. Creators can even use the app to access Facebook Stories.

The app is going to provide them with easy access to metrics as well so that they can check out the analytics about their Page, videos, and fans.

The Facebook Creator app has been released globally for iOS. Facebook has said that the Android version of this app is going to be released in the coming months. The app is available for anyone on Pages or profiles, so anyone can download it from the App Store now.

Facebook’s New App Is For Video Creators , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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YouTube Android APK Teardown Reveals Possible Dark Mode

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Image credit – Android Police

Nowadays it seems that developers are adding “dark mode” as an option to their websites, apps, and so on. In fact earlier this year YouTube launched a dark mode for its desktop website, but for those wondering about whether or not it will be applied to the mobile app, you could be in luck.

According to a report from Android Police, it seems that an APK teardown of YouTube for Android, some evidence has been found to indicate that YouTube could be bringing dark mode to its mobile app. The feature is called “Dark watch” (or at least for now) and the description reads, “Use dark theme in the watch panel”.

However as you see in the screenshots above, the feature might not be complete yet. Basically it turns the top part of the app dark, but like we said, it doesn’t seem to be complete yet as icons and text have been obscured as a result of this. Presumably this will change at a later date, and possibly even the bottom part will go dark as well.

That being said, there is no word or guarantee as to whether or not this feature will be implemented. Companies like YouTube do test out features from time to time, and as we have seen previously where Google was testing a dark mode for Android, sometimes these features don’t necessarily make the final cut.

YouTube Android APK Teardown Reveals Possible Dark Mode , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Twitter’s Tweetstorm Feature Starts Showing Up In The Android App

Tyler Lee November 17, 2017

twitter logoWhile Twitter is allowing users to tweet out longer tweets by expanding the character limit, sometimes there are certain things you can’t say in 280-characters. This is where “tweetstorming” comes in, where basically users tweet out multiple tweets that when put together reads like a blog post of sorts.

However for the most part tweetstorming is an unofficial feature, although we heard a couple of months ago that Twitter was testing out a feature that made it official. The good news is that if you do send out tweetstorms every now and then, or would at least like the option to, Twitter seems to be rolling out the feature to its Android app.

Twitter has yet to officially announce the roll out, but a report from Android Police has revealed that the feature is being pushed out to some users already, so it is possible that it is being enabled server side and that users won’t have to do anything on their part. What this feature does is that it allows users to compose multiple tweets at once and queue them up in the correct order before posting.

If anything it just makes things a bit neater and more efficient, when in the past users had to compose these tweets individually. No word on whether it is being pushed out to iOS but for now it seems to be Android-only.

Twitter’s Tweetstorm Feature Starts Showing Up In The Android App , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Tidal App Now Lets You Controls Sonos

Adnan Farooqui November 16, 2017


If you have a Sonos sound system in your home and use Tidal has your preferred music streaming service, rejoice, because you will now be able to control your music system from within the Tidal app. The music streaming service has updated its app with the ability to control Sonos hardware. This means that users will be able to control their sound system without having to switch between multiple apps.

Tidal isn’t the first music streaming service to enable its listeners to control Sonos hardware from within its app. Spotify and Pandora have both added similar functionality to their apps already.

The Tidal app now enables users to control playback to their Sonos speakers from inside the app. It also enables friends who don’t have access to the Sonos hardware but are on the user’s Wi-Fi network to play music through the speakers as well.

Tidal and Sonos have also launched an original interview series called Sound Tracks. Filmed in the Sonos Store in New York, the series will be hosted by veteran music journalist Joe Levy. It will feature in-depth interviews with famous producers, engineers, managers, A&R executives, and more.

For a limited time, Sonos customers can also avail a special three-month trial of Tidal HiFi.

Tidal App Now Lets You Controls Sonos , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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WhatsApp May Let You Send Voice Notes Without Holding The Button

Adnan Farooqui November 16, 2017


WhatsApp enabled users to send voice notes back in 2013. The company hasn’t done much to improve this feature even after it was acquired by Facebook. WhatsApp might finally be making a much-needed improvement to the feature. You know how you’re required to keep pressing down on the button to record the voice note? WhatsApp might soon let you record the voice note without having to hold down the button.

WhatsApp is now testing a different way to record voice notes, one that doesn’t involve having to hold the button down.

Once users start recording a voice note, the app will show a new sliding interface for the microphone button. They’ll see an option to swipe up to lock it in recording mode after about half a second of them pressing the button. This enables them to record the voice note freely without having to keep their finger on the button.

This is going to make it easier to go back in the conversation while recording a voice note, enabling users to find old messages if they need to reference or check something. Above all, it’s just easier for the user.

However, users will not be able to type text messages when the microphone button is in lock mode and they will also not be able to view images or videos. They can’t even leave the chat because if they do, the voice note gets deleted automatically.

WhatsApp is testing this feature currently and it’s unclear when it plans on releasing it to all users.

WhatsApp May Let You Send Voice Notes Without Holding The Button , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Duolingo’s Language Learning App Adds A Mandarin Course

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

The beauty of our smartphones is that we are essentially carrying a computer in our pockets, which means that we are able to do a ton of things while on the go, such as learning a new language. If you’re interested in picking up a new language, chances are you might have heard of Duolingo.

The good news is that the developers of the app have recently updated it where it will include a Mandarin course. It does seem a bit strange that Mandarin was not offered at the app’s launch, especially when you consider that close to a billion people in the world speak it, making it the most widely spoken language in the world, but we suppose better late than never.

While it might not necessarily be the most comprehensive language course in the world, it will help with those who are looking to pick up on the language. It will guide users through the various characters in the language, the four tones used in the language, as well as providing context by teaching things like greetings, food, health, and sports, just to name a few.

We’ve seen how Duolingo has been slowly adding new languages to its course lineup, such as Japanese and even High Valyrian. The update should be live so head on over to the iTunes App Store or Google Play for the download.

Duolingo’s Language Learning App Adds A Mandarin Course , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Gives Google Maps A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

Over the years we’ve seen how Google has improved upon Google Maps by introducing various new features to it, such as telling users when is the best time to drive to avoid traffic, reminders of where they parked their car, and so on. Now it looks like Google has brought about one of the biggest changes to Google Maps by giving it a brand new look.

This new look was announced on Google’s Blog in which they’ve made a bunch of changes to various aspects of Google Maps, such to the driving mode, navigation, transit, and have also given it a new coat of paint that makes it look slightly brighter and cleaner. Google claims these changes will help to highlight the information most relevant to each experience, such as making gas stations more visible when using Google Maps for driving.

According to Google, “We’ve also updated our color scheme and added new icons to help you quickly identify exactly what kind of point of interest you’re looking at. Places like a cafe, church, museum or hospital will have a designated color and icon, so that it’s easy to find that type of destination on the map.”

It seems that this fresh coat of paint and new colors won’t be limited to Google Maps. Google has also announced that these changes will be applied over the course of the next few weeks to all products/services that use Google Maps, so do keep an eye out for those changes.

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Apple Gives In To India’s Demand For An Anti-Spam App

Adnan Farooqui November 15, 2017


The Indian government launched an anti-spam app called Do Not Disturb back in 2016. The Android version has been available for download since last year but Apple hasn’t allowed the iOS counterpart on the App Store due to privacy concerns. According to a new report, Apple has given in to India’s demands and will now offer limited help to the government for the development of an anti-spam app for iPhones.

Reuters reports that Apple has agreed to provide limited help to the Indian government to develop an anti-spam iPhone app. It previously refused to do so based on privacy concerns.

Apple has been trying to fight this off since last year. It has been locked in a tussle with the country’s telecoms regulator. Officials complained that Apple was dragging its feet on working with the government to develop an app that lets iPhone owners report unsolicited marketing messages or calls as spam.

The company reportedly pushed back on requests for an iOS version because it felt that a government app that has access to users’ call and text logs could compromise privacy.

After being publicly called out by the regulator, senior Apple executives flew to New Delhi last month and told the government that the company will offer limited help. It has told the government that the iOS platform would not allow for some requests such as making call logs available in the app so that users can report spam calls.

A spokesman for Apple has confirmed that the new iOS features to tackle spam text messages will help the Indian government develop its Do Not Disturb app for iOS.

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Adobe Scan Updated With Automatic Document Detection

Tyler Lee November 14, 2017

Earlier this year Adobe introduced an app called Scan, which for the most part does what quite a few apps do, which is that it lets users “scan” documents using their phones and turns them into editable files (PDFs in this case). However what if you were taking photos of your receipts and documents before you downloaded the app?

Does that mean you’ll have to backtrace every single document you’ve taken and convert them manually? The good news is that the latest update to Adobe Scan will save you that hassle. The company has announced an update to the app that leverages AI to help scan through your photos to find images of documents and imports them into the Adobe Scan app.

According to Adobe, “With the flick of a switch, Adobe Sensei – our artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology – analyzes all of the photos in your camera roll and surfaces only the ones that appear to be documents. There’s no longer a need to sift through hundreds or even thousands of images to find what you’re looking for.”

In addition, Adobe has updated the app with support for iOS 11’s Files app, which means that the files scanned/stored by the app can be accessed through Files which should make management easier. The update is now live for both iOS and Android, so head on over to the iTunes App Store or Google Play if you haven’t updated already.

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Amazon Music App Gets Chromecast Support

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


Amazon and Google’s love-hate relationship continues to confuse people. While the former ditched Chromecasts from its online marketplace and the latter decided to pull YouTube support from the Echo Show, Amazon has decided to add Chromecast support to the Amazon Music app. It was expected that the Amazon Music app might get support for Chromecasts soon and this has finally happened.

Not long after Google decided to pull YouTube support from the Echo Show, it was reported that the company is thinking about launching its own Echo Show rival. So one can say that the relationship between these two tech giants leaves a lot to be desired.

References to this Chromecast integration were discovered several weeks ago in the Amazon Music app. This suggests that the company might be thinking about adding this functionality to the app.

Amazon has now officially confirmed that its Music app supports Chromecast. The app’s changelog has been updated to reflect this fact.

Chromecast support will enable users to select music on their Android device via the Amazon Music app and then have that music play wirelessly on Chromecast-enabled devices.

This includes devices like TVs, speakers with Chromecast built-in, Google Home devices, and Google Assistant-powered speakers.

Amazon Music App Gets Chromecast Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.