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Flappy Bird Can’t Be Played On iOS 11

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017


Flappy Bird, the frustratingly popular game that took the world by storm a couple of years ago, still exists. Many of us have since been over the game once the hype died down but if you’re one of those who continues to play this game, keep in mind that Flappy Bird cannot be played on an iOS 11-powered device. This has been confirmed by the game’s creator Dong Nguyen himself.

Flappy Bird was launched back in May 2013. The game crossed 50 million downloads by February 2014. It caused so much controversy that Nguyen decided to take the game off of the App Store later that month.

Since then, iPhone users have been able to use various methods to keep the game alive on their handsets even after updating their phones. Nguyen hasn’t supported the game since. “My responsibility of supporting this app was finished since 2014,” he said in a Facebook comment.

Nguyen has confirmed that Flappy Bird won’t be compatible with iOS 11. That’s because Flappy Bird is a 32-bit app whereas Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has switched over to 64-bit apps. Nguyen could update Flappy Bird to 64-bit if he wanted and then it would work just fine with iOS 11. He’s not going to do that, though.

Nguyen has confirmed via his Facebook page that the original Flappy Bird title can not be played on an iOS 11 device. If you’re a Flappy Bird fan using a device that can be updated to iOS 11, the only option that you have is to not update to the latest and greatest iteration of iOS.

I’m not sure that would be a wise idea, though.

Flappy Bird Can’t Be Played On iOS 11 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Instagram Adds Face Filters To Live Video

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017


Instagram today announced that it has added face filters to live video. Users can try on these filters when they’re sharing live video. A variety of filters are being offered that users can choose from depending on their mood. They can easily try on these filters while broadcasting live video to their friends and family on Instagram.

In order to use face filters in live video, users have to tap the face icon in the bottom right corner before or during their broadcast. They can tap on any filter to check out how it looks and play around with as many filters as they like.

The new sunglasses face filter is available exclusively in live video for the next week. It’s possible to tap to change the scenery reflected in the lenses as well.

Once the broadcast ends, users can share a replay to Stories or choose “Discard.” If that’s the option they choose their live video will disappear from the app as usual.

Instagram says that users will be able to check out face filters in live videos over the next several weeks. It’s going to be a while before all Instagram users across the globe can try out this new feature.

Instagram Adds Face Filters To Live Video , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Instagram App Can Now Be Launched From Inside Facebook

Adnan Farooqui September 20, 2017


Facebook owns Instagram, the most popular online photo sharing network. It wants to make it easier for its billion-plus users to access their Instagram profiles easily from within the main Facebook app. To that end, the company has now made it possible for users to launch the Instagram app directly from inside the Facebook app.

Facebook is rolling out a new addition to the main navigation menu in its mobile app which will include a link to the user’s Instagram account.

The link will be positioned below the link to the user’s personal profile in the Facebook page. The link will be positioned above the links to any and all Facebook Pages that the user may manage.

When the link is clicked, the Instagram app on the user’s phone will be launched. They will be taken to their main feed inside the app. The experience is thus similar to launching the Instagram app from the phone’s home screen.

This move isn’t reciprocal so there’s isn’t a new link in the Instagram app that takes people back to their Facebook profiles by launching the Facebook app. That’s not to say it might never get that in the future.

“We’re looking at ways to help people stay in touch with their friends on Facebook and Instagram,” a Facebook spokesperson said while confirming to TechCrunch that this new feature is now live for those who use its mobile apps.

Instagram App Can Now Be Launched From Inside Facebook , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Twitter Rolling Out ‘Popular Articles’ Feature On Its Mobile App

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

It used to be that there were apps dedicated to news in which we could get our stories and articles from. While such platforms still exist, social media is another medium in which we can discover stories that are trending that are being shared by our friends and family members, and it this aspect that Twitter wants to leverage.

The company has recently rolled out a new feature for its iOS and Android apps called “Popular Articles” and as the name suggests, this will show users articles that are popular at the moment that are being shared or discussed by people you follow. This new feature has since been confirmed by Twitter to BuzzFeed News.

According to their report, “The Popular Articles feature is just what it sounds like — a list of stories people you follow on Twitter are currently tweeting about, or otherwise engaging with. It also shows links to articles popular in your particular location.” This isn’t the first time that Twitter has explored when trying to figure out new ways to make its platform more useful to its users.

However as BuzzFeed News points out, the new feature is similar to a third-party app called Nuzzel which more or less does the same thing, but if you prefer native/integrated features, then perhaps this could be worth checking out.

Twitter Rolling Out ‘Popular Articles’ Feature On Its Mobile App , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Safari 11 Released For macOS Sierra And El Capitan Devices

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

About a week ago Apple confirmed that its next OS update, macOS High Sierra, would be released to Mac users on the 25th of September. One of the features of macOS High Sierra would be a new version of Safari, but the good news is that if you wanted to take the new Safari for a spin, you can now do so.

Apple has recently released Safari 11 for both macOS Sierra and El Capitan computers, meaning that users will not have to update to High Sierra to take advantage of Safari 11’s new features. These new features includes improvements to user privacy in which cookies can no longer track users across multiple websites, improved compatibility, security, and more.

It will also come with a feature that will stop media from automatically playing on most websites, so if you hate websites that autoplay video and audio and aren’t a Chrome user or have third-party extensions installed, then this is a feature that you might be able to appreciate. The update is now live via the Mac App Store so head on over for the update if you haven’t done so already.

Like we said Safari 11 is part of the macOS High Sierra update so if you want, you could always wait until then to check it out. The update to High Sierra is free anyway and will introduce a bunch of improvements and new features as well, so that could also be worth taking a look at.

Safari 11 Released For macOS Sierra And El Capitan Devices , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Increases Cellular Download Limit For App Store To 150MB

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

It is usually recommended that users should download apps while connected to WiFi because some apps can be quite big in size, meaning that this could easily eat into a user’s data allowance. However sometimes downloading while on the go is necessary, so what companies like Apple have done is introduce a limit when using cellular data.

So far the limit has been capped at 100MB, but recently it looks like Apple has decided to increase that limit to 150MB. This means that if you’re using cellular data to download your apps, the biggest you can now go to is 150MB, 50MB more than what was previously allowed. The difference isn’t that big, but it should afford users some flexibility in the future.

Those using unlimited data plans probably won’t be affected by this change, but those who do have data allowances should probably pay attention to these changes. Given that with the iPhone X Apple has increased the display resolution, it also means that app developers can take advantage of it by increasing the texture resolutions in their apps which could also mean bigger download sizes, so in a way it makes sense that Apple has increased the limit to potentially accommodate for those changes.

Apple Increases Cellular Download Limit For App Store To 150MB , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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IKEA’s Augmented Reality iOS App Now Available For Download

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

When Apple announced ARKit at WWDC earlier this year, they also revealed that IKEA was one of their partners that would be taking advantage of the feature by launching an augmented reality app. Now that iOS 11 is released, those who are interested in checking out the app will be pleased to learn that the IKEA Place is now available for download via the iTunes App Store.

According to IKEA’s description of the app, “IKEA Place lets you virtually ‘place’ IKEA products in your space. The app includes 3D and true-to-scale models of everything from sofas and armchairs to footstools and coffee tables. IKEA Place gives you an accurate impression of the furniture’s size, design and functionality in your home so you can stop wondering and start doing.”

If you’re hearing about this for the first time, basically the idea is that with the use of augmented reality, you’ll be able to virtually place furniture in your living room to get an idea of how it will look like in your home. Given that IKEA’s photos and catalogues have been carefully curated and designed, sometimes what looks nice in a photo might look different when matched with the rest of the furniture in your home.

With the app, users will be able to get a better idea of whether or not a furniture will match their home and if it will fit. The app is a free download so as long you’re updated to iOS 11, you should be able to get your hands on it.

IKEA’s Augmented Reality iOS App Now Available For Download , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Instagram Could Be Making Changes To Its Classic Grid Layout

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

If you go to anyone’s Instagram profile (or even your own), you’re probably familiar with the grid layout that the platform has been using for years to display photos. This grid layout isn’t just  way to view photos as thinking about what photo goes next to each other can help create a cohesive look.

We’ve also seen how users and companies have used it creatively to display larger images where they took advantage of the grid layout to upload multiple images to form a single large image. However that could soon come to an end, or at least users will need to get used to a new format because it looks like Instagram could be changing their classic grid layout from 3×3 to 4×4.

Anyone else’s instagram keep changing to a 4 pic grid then back to 3? pic.twitter.com/n1ebT20656

— Nicky (@nxckyhale) September 14, 2017

In a report from The Ringer, it seems that users are reporting that they are seeing changes made to the grid, where it used to display three photos per row but now it is displaying four photos per row. The grid design is still there, but users who used the grid for very specific design and layout purposes will probably need to rethink their choices.

We’re not sure what the reason could be for the change, perhaps to accommodate larger smartphone displays, but at the moment it doesn’t seem that all users are affected by this change which suggests that it could be a feature that is being tested. Either way what do you guys think of this potential change? Yay or nay?

Instagram Could Be Making Changes To Its Classic Grid Layout , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google iOS App Will Now Recommend Related Articles

Adnan Farooqui September 19, 2017


The Google app for iOS has received a new feature today. The feature is going to recommend them articles that are relevant to the one they’re reading. This will keep users in the app for a longer period of time. The recommended articles will be surfaced when users are reading a webpage on the Google app for iOS.

The suggestions for related articles will be displayed when the user pulls up the bottom of the page. They don’t have to type anything in the search box to find out more about that particular topic.

Suppose you’ve just finished reading an article about the different ways you can cook a steak. Once you reach the end of the page, the app will surface related articles that might be about the method you can use to check the doneness of a steak. You get the idea.

The recommendations can be accessed by swiping up on the bottom bar. This gesture will bring up a lightbox-style display that contains automatically populated content. This is a useful feature since many of us like to consult multiple sources these days whenever we’re searching for something online.

Google says that this feature is only available to users in the United States. It adds that the feature will be expanded to more languages and locales in the future.

Google iOS App Will Now Recommend Related Articles , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google App APK Teardown Hints At Pixel 2’s Squeeze Feature

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

In less than a month, Google will be officially taking the wraps off their new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets. We have been hearing rumors and have seen hints about the phone and those details are expected to be unveiled soon, but it looks like a recent APK teardown of the Google app on Android by 9to5Google has given away some clues, or at least confirmed some.

According to the teardown, it makes mention to a feature called “Active Edge”. If you haven’t been following the rumors, word on the street has it that the Pixel 2 could borrow a feature from the HTC U11 smartphone in which the frame of the phone is pressure-sensitive and that squeezing it could perform certain actions, like launch the camera, launch other apps, and so on.

Given that the Pixel 2 is rumored to be made by HTC, it doesn’t really come as a surprise. Note that this feature could be limited to the Pixel 2, which is the smaller of the two handsets that Google will be announcing. There are rumors that are saying that the Pixel 2 XL could be made by LG, similar to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P which were launched in the same year but were made by different manufacturers.

In any case we expect those details will be confirmed soon, so do check back with us in the coming weeks if you’d like more information.

Google App APK Teardown Hints At Pixel 2’s Squeeze Feature , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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