Apps

  • Showtime makes its entire library available for offline viewing on mobile devices

    Showtime makes its entire library available for offline viewing on mobile devices

    Showtime will now allow subscribers to download its programming for offline viewing on mobile devices – following similar moves by Netflix and Amazon. The network says its entire library will be supported, including the full seasons of its top shows like Homeland, Billions, Ray Donovan, Shameless, The Affair, Weeds, Dexter and others. The new feature will be supported both on its… Read More

  • Microsoft launches ‘Who’s In,’ a social event planning app for iMessage

    Microsoft launches ‘Who’s In,’ a social event planning app for iMessage

    Microsoft’s name isn’t exactly synonymous with social networking, though that hasn’t stopped the company from finding angles into this space – generally, with more of a focus on the business side of socializing, as with its LinkedIn and Yammer acquisitions. It’s own efforts in social, meanwhile, have failed, as with last month’s shuttering of its social… Read More

  • Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases made by kids

    Amazon will refund millions of unauthorized in-app purchases kids made on mobile devices, having now dropped its appeal of last year’s ruling by a federal judge who sided with the Federal Trade Commission in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon. The FTC’s original complaint said that Amazon should be liable for millions of dollars it charged customers, because of the way… Read More

  • Amazon Alexa developers can now ask for customer’s location, track their skills’ performance

    Amazon Alexa developers can now ask for customer’s location, track their skills’ performance

    Amazon this morning rolled out new tools for developers of Alexa apps, aka “Skills,” which aim to give them more insight into their app’s users, as well as allow them to build location-based skills. The first is a new metrics dashboard – similar to those used by developers of mobile applications, but designed for these voice apps – which lets Alexa developers… Read More

  • Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

    Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

    Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, rolled out a major (ver. 2.0) release to Android users today, introducing a new design that largely brings the app to parity with its iOS counterpart. The update includes a visual makeover, which organizes content into a few main sections – Library, For You, Browse, and Radio – as on iOS. The Now Playing screen also… Read More

  • Feedly’s reader app now caters to knowledge workers with launch of boards, notes & annotations

    Feedly’s reader app now caters to knowledge workers with launch of boards, notes & annotations

    Following the death of Google Reader several years ago, there was a brief renewed interest in alternative RSS readers – news readers that let you track updates from blogs or other websites in a single interface. While there was a lot of hype around Digg’s entry into the space, it’s Feedly that has best picked up the Google Reader mantle, and continued to roll out features… Read More

  • Microsoft launches Sprinkles, a silly camera app powered by machine learning

    Microsoft launches Sprinkles, a silly camera app powered by machine learning

    Microsoft is getting into the “fun camera app” game with a new iOS application called Sprinkles, which has now earned a featured spot in the “New apps we love” section of the App Store. The gist with Sprinkles, clearly aimed at a teen audience, is to offer a variety of traditional photo decorating tools like stickers, emoji and captions, but leverages… Read More

  • Netflix brings offline viewing to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

    Netflix brings offline viewing to Windows 10 PCs and tablets

    Netflix added support for offline viewing on iOS and Android late last year, and today it’s bringing the same feature to Windows 10, with the exception of Windows 10 mobile devices. Arriving now in the updated Windows 10 application, a subset of the Netflix catalog can be downloaded to your PC or tablet computer in order to be viewed when a network connection is not available. Read More

  • Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech Crunch Network

    Booze investors favor apps, gadgets and biotech

    Archaeological records show humans have been making alcohol since at least 7000 BC. We figured out wine more than 6,000 years ago. By the time the ancient Egyptians entered the scene, brewers were making at least 17 types of beer. Nonetheless, it appears we are not done innovating: Booze-related startups continued to rack up funding in the past year. Read More

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