Google’s dedicated search app gains filters for local results, Gboard & enhanced AMP support

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Google’s dedicated search app was updated this morning on App Store with a trio of nice-to-haves. For starters, you can now easily filter your local search results for museums, coffee shops, restaurants and other places of interest. With an expanded support for Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), more webpages will now load instantly within the app. AMP-optimized webpages are denoted on search results with a lightning bolt icon. Lastly, you can now use Google’s gesture-driven Gboard keyboard in the mobile search app. Read More

 

Pokémon GO gains 80+ new creatures and a bunch of new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Pokémon GO developer Niantic Labs announced two days ago that an upcoming update would bring over eighty new Pokémon and other new features to the popular augmented reality game. Yesterday, the developer said that the new Pokémon GO 1.27.2 update containing those perks began rolling out.

It’s a staggered release so you might need to wait a little bit longer if it’s not live on your local App Store yet. Here’s everything new in Pokémon GO 1.27.2 for iOS. Read More

 

You’ll soon be able to apply for a job in Facebook’s mobile app and on the web

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2017

Facebook on Thursday announced it’s rolling out a new Jobs section on the mobile app and via the web interface at facebook.com/jobs. This new feature will allow users to find and apply for hourly-paid job openings advertised on the service by small businesses in the United States and Canada.

Designed for lower-skilled workers and people who aren’t actively looking for a job, the new section is currently in limited testing in the US. Job posts will be accessible through News Feed via a dedicated Jobs tab and promoted on the business’ Facebook Page. Read More

 

How to disable audio in News Feed videos on Facebook for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

Videos in your Facebook News Feed used to play silently unless you manually turned sound on. The social network recently changed that behavior so videos that previously played silently now play with audio on, with sound fading in and out as you scroll through your News Feed.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you about a hidden setting that lets you easily force the mobile Facebook app to autoplay all videos in your News Feed with audio off. Read More

 

Remember AppGratis? It shut down today.

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

After seven years and more than fifty million installs globally, the app discovery service AppGratis announced it’s shutting down today. Founded in 2010 by French engineer Simon Dawlat, AppGratis curators found and recommended apps that were featured to download for free or at a significantly reduced price.

As some of you will recall, Apple in a controversial move nuked the app from orbit back in April 2013 over a violation of App Store rules regarding third-party app promotion and marketing. After it was dumped from App Store, AppGratis launched an Android version of the app. Read More

 

Trading and real-time player battles coming soon to Pokémon GO

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Two key features missing from the initial Pokémon GO release—trading and real-time player battles—are coming soon to Pokémon GO by way of a future update, developer Niantic Labs told WayPoint in a recent interview. Niantic CEO John Hanke said that the team is working on bringing additional features and more depth to the augmented reality game, including the long-awaited Pokémon trading and player vs. player battles in real time. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS updated with shareable lists of your favorite places

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Following its most recent update which brought out the ability to track how busy places are in real-time, Google today announced a new Lists feature on Google Maps for iOS that lets you keep track of your favorite places and easily share them with friends.

Beginning today, users are permitted to create custom lists of places, share their lists with others and follow the lists their friends and family share with them, all without leaving the Google Maps app. Read More

 

How to enable and use two-step verification on WhatsApp

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2017

Like many online services out there, WhatsApp provides two-step verification as an additional layer of security for your account.

An optional measure designed to help strengthen the security of your account, two-step verification requires that you verify your mobile phone number after installing WhatsApp’s mobile app on a new device with a six-digit code that you created using this feature.

Here’s how to enable two-step verification for your WhatsApp account. Read More

 

Flibpoard 4.0 brings personalized Smart Magazines & more streamlined experience

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2017

Remember Flipboard, an iPhone and iPad app originally conceived as a news reader before it got rebranded as your social news magazine? If you still care about the app, you’ll be pleased to learn they just announced a major new version with a more streamlined experience and personalized Smart Magazines tailored to your interest. Flibpoard users have created more than 30 million magazines since the app’s inception in 2010.

The mobile Flipboard app currently includes news content and articles from thousands of publishers scattered across tens of thousands of different topics. Read More

 

Valentine’s Day event for trainers in Pokémon GO is kicking off today through next week

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2017

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, developer Niantic Labs today announced that a special Valentine’s Day-themed event is available in Pokémon GO beginning today, February 8 at 11am PT / 2pm ET and running through February 15.

During this special  in-game promotion, players will be treated to double the amount of candy every time they catch, hatch and transfer Pokémon. Plus, their Buddy Pokémon will find candy twice as fast. Read More

 
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