YouTube Uptime, an app that makes viewing YouTube videos a more social experience, has left its beta phase. The software was created by Google's Area 120 incubator and it initially arrived in the US as an invitation-only app. Now, anyone can get it in the US on iOS.
AT&T is quickly expanding the reach of its wireless internet service, which began in Georgia in April. It has arrived in eight additional southeastern states, bringing acceptable internet coverage to more than 70,000 locations that'd either have poor or absent coverage.
More creative ways of interacting are now available in Facebook's messaging service. The video chat side of Messenger has been updated with live filters and animated reactions. With the latter, Messenger's five emoji responses can become overlays in the chat.
Note-taking app Evernote will abandon BlackBerry and Windows Phone later this month. The company announced in an email that support would end for those platforms on June 29, which isn't shocking given the very low popularity of both mobile operating systems.
Vimeo has decided against coming out with its own video streaming subscription service. The site announced in November 2016 that it would be offering a Netflix and Hulu-like subscription. Now, more than 6 months later, it's decided not to pursue that course of action.
If you happened to still be using Google's old Gchat/Google Talk messaging interface, your time of being able to avoid Google Hangouts has come to an end. Fulfilling an intention it first mentioned in March, the company has shut down Gchat. Users must make the transition.
Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube, and Twitter are joining forces to counter extremist content online. They've jointly launched a new initiative, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, that'll try to reduce the access terrorists have to online platforms.
Tumblr has apologized for accidentally filtering out innocuous LGBTQ content with its Safe Mode feature. After receiving a large number of complaints, the platform updated its algorithm so that content is only filtered out if it's genuinely explicit.
PayPal-owned Venmo, a service that lets people digitally transfer money, is reportedly going to come out with its own debit card. Recode says the company is testing a physical card that'll make it easier for users to access the funds in their online Venmo account.
Instagram's default feed algorithm often fails to surface posts from friends, which is why the social network is testing a new feature that'll let users see content from specific users. The new "favorites" feature lets posters create a list of users to send their posts to.
As part of a crackdown on politically controversial content, Chinese regulators are banning livestreaming on three top sites in the country. China has contacted Sina Weibo, ACFUN, and Ifeng, ordering each to shut down their video and audio streaming services.
Discover cards can now work with Samsung Pay, just two years after Samsung initially said support would be added to its mobile payment system. Discover has confirmed its users can now add their cards to the app for transactions. Its arrival has been significantly delayed.
Google has collected enough information in recent years that it no longer intends to scan Gmail inboxes for ad personalization. Gmail data has been utilized in advertising efforts since the service launched in 2004, but that practice is coming to an end this year.
The FCC has granted OneWeb approval to use its satellites to offer internet service in the United States. With this approval, which lets the company operate on certain frequencies, American consumers will end up having access to a new, experimental source of internet access.
Google launched its new streaming service called YouTube TV back in April, but at first, it was limited to 4 major markets. To further improve the service, the company has now announced its biggest expansion of YouTube TV, which is now coming to 10 new markets.
Lawmakers in Germany are working to institute large fines against social media companies that fail to quickly remove hate speech. Those fines would be issued against Facebook and others that don't quite comply with the country's standard. The fines could top $55 million.
Not everyone wants to watch the 360-degree videos as the technology has yet to mature. Because of that, YouTube is working on a new virtual reality format for creating content in 180-degrees called 'VR180.' YouTube also said that the format would allow creators to make VR
Facebook is trying out new tools that can protect against the theft of profile pictures, which are often used by spam accounts in their campaigns. Beginning today, a pilot version of the tools is available in India. Facebook is planing on a wide rollout after the initial testing.
A new Spotify feature has arrived on Facebook Messenger, enabling friends to create shared playlists for the music streaming service. The feature comes as an expansion of Spotify's original Messenger bot, which arrived earlier in 2017. That bot initially let people share clips.
Netflix has debuted a special interactive form of content targeted at children. The streaming service's new "choose your own adventure" stories let kids navigate a story in unique ways. While the format is initially meant for kids, it could potentially expand at some point.