Remember back in April it was reported that Facebook will stop allowing users to message using its main Facebook app, forcing them to download and use its dedicated Messenger app instead? Well, it looks like it will be happening really soon. According to TechCrunch, over the next few days, Facebook will completely disable messaging within its main app for iPhone and Android devices.
Chats that can disappear is definitely the trend right now, to messaging app developers at least. Just last week, Line introduced a new Hidden Chat feature that allow users to send messages that can self destruct after the receiver has read that message and now, Instagram has launched Bolt, a messaging app that pretty much does the same.
Google updated its Chrome Beta for Android app today with a new look by implementing the new Material Design interface. A prominent feature in Google’s upcoming Android L, the company has started to update many of its Android apps and services with this new Material Design language. The Google Play Store has received its makeover, and Google is now rolling out the design to its Chrome Beta app.
Having played in the Magic 2015 pre-release to mark my return to the game, I decided to start looking for alternative ways of playing the game. Particularly ways that are less competitive or formats that are not found in Duels of the Planeswalkers. Magic the Gathering is full of alternative formats, completely due to the sheer number of people who get bored playing standard competitive Magic and want something new.
There is now concrete evidence that Google Now is a better assistant than Siri. An experiment has shown that Google Now had the edge over Siri by answering 86% of all the questions heard correctly compared to the 84% by Siri.
Gene Munster, an analyst of Piper Jaffray conducted a side-by-side comparison between Apple’s Siri and Google Now. With 800 questions being thrown at the two voice assistants, half of which were carried out outdoors and the other half indoors. The question were centred on five categories – local information, commerce, navigation, general information, and OS commands.
Windows Phone users are now able to join those who use Uber’s ride sharing service. The new app appeared in the Windows Phone Store last night, and is a much better effort than the initial attempt. That being said, the app itself still lacks several features that the developers are promising to include in the next update.
Let’s face it, chat messages that have the ability to self-destruct in a set number of time is a brilliant idea. It’s not like you’ve got something to hide, some people generally just don’t like to keep messages lying around so what better tool to use than a messenger that automatically deletes them not just from your device, but from their server as well? Line recently rolled out an update to its Android and iOS app with a new “Hidden Chats” feature.
The on-demand ride-sharing service, Uber has been banned from Seoul as it was deemed illegal by the city council. The local authority had passed a law which prohibits the services of Uber in the city. The ruling forbids a fee-paying transport service using private or rented motor vehicles unregistered with the authorities.
It looks like Google is ready to roll out a new design to its Play Store for Android devices, the Mountain View company recently Tweeted that their latest update to the Play Store has just started rolling out, and should reach all Android devices in the coming days. The new design was leaked about two weeks ago on Android Police and based on the teaser pictures shared by @GooglePlay, it might just be the real deal.
Hari Raya is around the corner and while you’re driving around preparing for the celebration, or going back to your hometown this long weekend, Maxis has got a fun little game for you using Waze. If you’re a Maxis subscriber, just turn on Waze on your mobile phone while you’re out and about and find special Maxis pins nationwide. The top 10 users to submit the most unique codes each day gets to win amazing prizes like a Samsung Galaxy S5 or RM200 Petronas petrol vouchers.
Facebook has just introduced a feature that allow users to save shared content for later viewing. This “Save” feature makes getting back links and other posts from friends much easier without ever losing them in the sea of new posts. The company said that the feature will be brought to all users on Android, iOS and the web in an upcoming update.
Gameloft’s upcoming mobile shooter Modern Combat 5 is not due out until 24 July. As part of the campaign to build hype, the developer held a contest for individuals to win an advance copy of the game. It did not expect the winner to crack the game and share it over torrent websites.