LG is finally going to come out with a mobile payments service this summer. It'll launch its Apple Pay and Samsung Pay competitor in its home market of South Korea in June. The service, known as LG Pay, is going to be available on the recently released G6.
Movie rentals on iTunes have finally received a key feature: the ability to watch them on multiple devices. For nine years, Apple has been forcing customers to watch their rented movies on whichever device the rental originated from. That requirement is now gone.
India now has access to Samsung's mobile payments service. Samsung Pay first launched two years ago and now it's available on Galaxy devices in the Indian market. Once your have a credit or debit card attached to the service, you can easily make purchases.
Offline functionality may be added to parts of Instagram in the coming months. Based on the agenda for Facebook's F8 event, one of the sessions at F8 deals with "building offline experiences for Instagram." The app is "testing offline experiences" already.
Reddit is moving in the direction of functioning a little more like a social network. It has begun testing user profiles that come with a new design, a banner image, a list of recent posts, and a display of the subreddits someone has been actively posting in.
Thousands of people in Kansas City who thought they were going to receive Google Fiber are no longer going to get the gigabit internet service. Bloomberg reports Google has cancelled many installations in the area, likely upsetting a large number of households.
Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, can now be used to order items through Prime Now. Tens of thousands of products are available through the service and will be delivered in as little as two hours. When you tell Alexa to order something, it'll pick the next delivery window.
Google has outlined how it'll keep advertiser content from appearing alongside extremist videos and websites. The new system involves hiring "significant numbers" of employees who will be tasked with reviewing "questionable content." Multiple advertisers have been complaining.
Facebook is working on a redesign of its comments section that'll see that part of the social network look a lot more like Messenger. BuzzFeed News has confirmed the company is now testing a new mobile layout that looks quite a bit different. This is only a test for right now.
Amazon could bring its music streaming service to India next year. The Economic Times reports it is planning on a launch in early 2018. Local production firm executives have reportedly said Amazon is speaking with record labels to get streaming rights in the country.
Apple has pulled its online store just ahead of a rumored iPad Pro 2 announcement. Reports claim the company is going to reveal the product through a press release, which is the only clear option given no event invites were ever sent out. The store returns in a couple hours.
After a number of advertisers complained about having their ads displayed next to extremist content, Google says it'll "raise the bar" for its ad policies. Philipp Schindler, Google's chief business officer, says the company already has policies meant to protect advertisers.
Twitter is close to releasing a Live video API that'll make it easier for big broadcasters to utilize the network for livestreaming. With the API, Twitter's live video capabilities will grow beyond its existing Periscope integration. The API will be out tomorrow, March 21.
AT&T is now bundling HBO for free with its top-tier DirecTV plans. The company has announced consumers can get free HBO service for a year if they buy a Go Big or Gotta Have It channel package for $60 or $70 per month, respectively. HBO normally costs $5.
It's now possible to save your live videos on Instagram. An update to the app on iOS and Android has introduced the ability to save broadcasts once they're over. That ability has been one of the key limitations of the service's livestreaming feature, which was introduced in 2016.
In an effort to better compete against Amazon Prime, eBay has announced a Guaranteed Delivery offer that includes guaranteed 3-day deliveries in the US. The initiative will roll out in the United States this summer for free. The offer will apply to over 20m products.
Facebook's News Feed has received a seasonal greeting message for the first time. The social network added an animation to celebrate the first day of spring/fall. If you're in the northern hemisphere, you may see a message with birds. The animations are only on mobile.
YouTube is facing a bit of criticism over the way its Restricted Mode works. The Restricted Mode feature is supposed to filter out "videos that discuss more sensitive issues" and it's an entirely opt-in feature. Despite being opt-in, some people are angry about the way it works.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter may face legal action from the European Commission for two reasons: unfair terms and conditions as well as not tackling scams. The Commission began speaking with the companies about these problems in November of last year.
Virtual reality and 360-degree videos are the next big thing for YouTube and every start is tough. There is a lot of room for improvements, and Google has now announced that its YouTube VR platform is working with Daydream to make 360-degree and VR video even better.