Dark Sky hyperlocal weather app purchased by Apple; loses Android app

Dark Sky, a very popular hyper-local weather app, has been acquired by Apple for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will result in a number of changes that include integration of Dark Sky into the iOS native Weather app and removal of the Android app and its APIs.

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Opera for Android update brings improved data saving mode, better offline pages and more

Just as internet usage has spiked as more people remain at home, Opera for Android has released a new update with many features designed around low data usage. These include improved  data saving modes, better offline pages, speed dial and improved crypto services.

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Microsoft 365 launches new Office features, Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions and more

Microsoft is pushing out a bunch of updates to its Microsoft 365 (earlier called Office 365) suite that includes new features for its apps, new Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscriptions and has also renamed few of its enterprise tier subscription services.

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Video conferencing apps witness increased demand due to coronavirus lock down globally

The whole world is fighting the coronavirus pandemic and the outbreak has impacted many. As many places in the world are under lockdown, people are working from home and resorting to apps and tools to stay in touch with colleagues, attend virtual meetings, and more. While video conferencing apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, etc are already popular among users, the impact of coronavirus has witnessed a surge in downloads of these apps and the report indicates a record growth in demand.

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Telegram v6.0.1 update brings Chat folders, channel stats, Archives and more

Telegram has released a new update to its chat app across all its supported platforms, bringing new features like chat folders with desktop sync, swipe to archive, new animated emoji and more. This update brings the app version up to v6.0.1.

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Zoom Cloud Meetings for iOS will no longer send information to Facebook

A few days ago, it was discovered that the popular video conferencing app, Zoom was sending telemetry information for iOS users to Facebook without clearly informing the user. A day later, Zoom issued an update to its iOS app to remove the code that sent information to Facebook and also updated its privacy policy.

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YouTube to set Standard definition quality as default worldwide [Update: Restricted to 480p on mobile phones in India]

Update: YouTube has now made Standard Definition (480p) as maximum when streaming on mobile (both 4G and Wi-Fi) in India temporarily to manage the server load during the lockdown period. Since this only applies to India, you can use VPN if you want to watch videos in 720p or more.

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WhatsApp Status video limit reduced to 15 seconds in India temporarily

WhatsApp Status

Back in 2017 WhatsApp introduced status feature that allows users to post photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours. At the time of launch WhatsApp allowed 90 seconds to three minutes of video and if the existing video is larger than 16MB if gave an option to trim the length of the video before sending it. Later the limit was reduced to 30 seconds. Continue reading “WhatsApp Status video limit reduced to 15 seconds in India temporarily”

Google Podcast with better discovery, progress sync and more now available for iOS

Just three days ago, a new update for Google Podcast was spotted for Android, which overhauled the UI, bringing a lot of sought after features. Now for the first time, Google has released its Podcast app for iOS, adding new features cross-platform progress sync, subscriptions for Web client and more.

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Instagram update lets you browse posts with friends over video chat, adds COVID-19 stickers and resources

A ton of information related to the Coronavirus outbreak comes to the public via online resources like social media, news sites, etc. Doing its part, Instagram has released a bunch of new updates aimed at making it easy for users to access correct information about COVID-19 on its platform.

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Opera News Lite released for entry-level Android devices

Its been two years since Opera, the same developers for Opera Browser for PC, released its News app for Android. It had become widely popular in multiple regions including Africa and now, Opera has released a Lite version of the app to work better on high-end Android smartphones.

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Google Podcasts update brings auto-download, redesigned interface and more for select users

Being one of the lesser feature-rich podcast apps, Google Podcast has been steadily receiving updates to bring feature parity with other popular podcast applications like Pocket Casts, Spotify, etc. One of the new updates to the app include auto-download of newly released episodes, redesigned UI for better navigation, suggestions and more.

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Netflix, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube lower streaming quality in Europe to prevent network overload

With a large number of people in Europe being quarantined and having to work from home in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the European Union (EU) has requested major streaming services and social media companies to reduce their streaming quality to prevent internet gridlock. These companies include Netflix, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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