Facebook is trying out a feature that'll automatically download videos over WiFi, making them immediately accessible whenever you feel like watching. The feature, known as Instant Videos, will also reduce your data usage. It's being tested with some Android users.
57.5 million Americans now have access to gigabit broadband internet, according to Viavi, a telecom hardware manufacturer. Viavi's report found the US has more people with access to gigabit internet than any other country. Though the prevalence of gigabit per capita is low.
Twitter is trying out a feature that'll make it easier to post tweetstorms, which effectively give people a way to skirt around the social network's 140-character limit. A user on Twitter, Devesh Logendran, sent screenshots of the feature in the Android app to TheNextWeb.
Reports that China may ban cryptocurrency exchanges for Bitcoin and others triggered a fall in the currency's value on Friday. As on Monday morning, Bitcoin has lost $500 since September 7, sitting at $4,161. Caixin (China) reported on the ban on Friday.
When the next hit Game of Thrones-level show arrives, Jeff Bezos wants it to be an Amazon original series. The company has big ambitions in the area of content development, much like Netflix and Hulu. According to Variety, it's currently working to create high-end dramas.
Spotify is no longer working with Safari, so if you want to use a browser to access the service's Web Player, an alternative one is required. Because of some "recent updates" made to Apple's web browser, it technically doesn't work with the music service's player.
In some cases, it is nice to have an option to either speed up or slow down a video on YouTube, a feature that was missing on Android and iOS devices. Now, Google has finally added this feature for both mobile platforms and users can now choose the playback speed of the videos
To keep up with others, YouTube has now announced that High dynamic range (HDR) picture technology is supported for a number of new smartphones. Previously, the HDR was only supported on TVs, but YouTube has started adding support for smartphones as well.
Netflix was trying to reach a deal with Disney that would have let it keep Star Wars and Marvel content past 2019, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed those movies will indeed leave the streaming service. Netflix had been fighting to keep the content during the past month.
44% of the United States population has been affected by a single hack. Equifax, which provides credit reports, experienced a data breach that exposed the personal information of 143 million people. Some info on people in Canada and the UK was also exposed.
Google has launched its new personalized Feed for users around the globe. While it's currently limited to Android devices, it's eventually going to reach iOS, desktop, and mobile. The "Feed" features mobile cards based around your interests, such as sports teams and shows.
Apple and Amazon are both trying to land a deal that'll give them distribution rights for future James Bond films. Sony's deal with MGM expired in 2015, the same year Spectre was released. Since then, MGM has been looking for a new distributor for the movie series.
Since Stories on Facebook are not so popular, Facebook has decided to add a new feature to its Instagram platform that would allow users to share their Stories directly to Facebook. Those that have received this feature now see a new option to share photos and videos created with
During the 2016 presidential race in the United States, Facebook sold $100,000 in political ads to Russian-linked accounts. The social media company admitted it sold the ads to accounts and pages that "likely operated out of Russia." Facebook's ads were used to impact politics.
Twitter has officially rolled out its highly requested Night Mode display option on desktop. When it's enabled, the theme becomes dark, something many people prefer all the time or at least in the evening. Night Mode has already existed on mobile devices.
Google is making it easier for business owners to edit their listings on the search engine. Directly within Search, a new dashboard will let owners edit and add information about their company. Among the things they can edit are their opening hours, contact info, and photos.
Google is making some changes to Street View to improve the quality of the service. It's upgrading its mapping vehicles with superior cameras and it's also using AI to enhance the images it captures and displays. The new Street View car setup involves eight cameras.
Facebook's "Watch" tab is now available for users around the United States. It features access to a growing selection of original video content, which Facebook is trying to use to compete with YouTube and others. Content creators on Watch receive 55% of the generated ad revenue.
Microsoft is giving Windows 10 S users more time to make the free transition to Windows 10 Pro. The free upgrade period is now coming to a close on March 31 of next year, three months after the previously announced end date. Windows 10 S devices are pretty limited.
An update to YouTube's livestreaming capabilities has introduced improved moderation tools and lower latency streaming. The new ultra-low latency feature can be activated during a stream to reduce the delay between broadcasters and viewers to a couple seconds.