Saturday, October 24

3rd Party Applications

3rd Party Applications, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Sony Responds to Privacy Concerns After PS4 8.00 Voice Chat Recording Feature Update

PlayStation has responded to user concerns following the release of Update 8.00, which released a voice chat recording feature for PlayStation 4. Yesterday morning, Sony released update 8.00 for PlayStation 4 consoles. Among the features, such as improving two-step authentication and making it easier to set up parental controls, the update also included a feature that began to concern some users. When starting a voice chat with friends or other players, users were notified that "voice chats can be recorded".👀 new update for ps4… Voice chat will be recorded. Is this legal? https://t.co/2yIn2EMMMi pic.twitter.com/wla8Erx70n - ThatsKicky (@ThatsKicky) October 14, 2020Naturally, this started to worry some users. Not to mention this feature in the 8.00 blog post update, play...
3rd Party Applications, spotify

Spotify launches ‘Search by letter’ feature on iOS and Android

Spotify has started rolling out a new feature that allows users to search for a song by searching for lyrics. The feature will launch on both iOS and Android. According to a report by 9to5Mac, Spotify's new 'Search by Lyrics' feature is very similar to Apple Music's. While additional apps like Shazam can help users find a song through lyrics, users can now manually type a string of lyrics into Spotify's search bar to open a song. Spotify designer Lin Wang announced the Twitter that the new feature is available on iOS and Android. Excited by the announcement, she directed users to the app for testing.My team just sent something on iOS and Android: now you can find songs by lyrics 😉 on Spotify Try it 😊 pic.twitter.com/bOs4Ob9O84 - Lina (@linafab) October 5, 2020Apple Musi...
3rd Party Applications, Instagram

Instagram celebrates its 10th birthday with a new story map and anti-bullying feature

Instagram is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the launch of several new features in the app. A decade old, Instagram is now rolling out a new 'Story Map' feature, custom icons and testing anti-bullying measures, and much more. As reported by TechCrunch, Instagram's 10th birthday updates include the addition of a private story map feature. This acts as a kind of Instagram Stories archive, displaying a map and calendar of Stories that the user has shared over the past three years. Essentially, Instagram Stories have a 24 hour life cycle before being removed from the user's feed. That said, in 2017, Instagram introduced the Stories files. Now the story map and calendar feature organizes older stories better.Users can now see a calendar breakdown of the Stories they ha...
3rd Party Applications, PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5 hardware and gaming hands-on videos emerge from Sony’s preview event

Source: 4gamerSony held a PlayStation 5 preview event, inviting a select number of Japanese publications and YouTube content creators to participate in the launch of the hardware and games on the console. The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to launch next month. This was the first major look at the upcoming hardware outside of Sony's PS5 virtual showcase. The media and creators invited to this event got a closer look at the PlayStation 5, the DualSense controller and games like Astro Game Room Y Godfall. 4 player, one of the publications that attended the event captured photos of the PlayStation 5. The translated report notes that during the limited time of use of the console, the fans inside were very quiet and prevented the console from expelling a lot of heat while it was on . ...
3rd Party Applications, youtube

YouTube mobile website picture-in-picture works once again on iOS 14

YouTube's website suddenly started supporting picture-in-picture mode on iOS 14-enabled devices. The feature was inexplicably removed last month, unless the user was an active YouTube Premium subscriber. The picture-in-picture functionality of YouTube's website has reappeared, it says MacRumors. It can be used through Safari and also third-party browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox. It seems YouTube Premium is no longer required. All the user requires is that their device is updated to iOS 14. To use YouTube picture-in-picture, users need to navigate to YouTube's website through a browser and start watching a video. Tapping the full screen button will bring up an option to enable picture-in-picture in the upper left corner of the video. Users can multitask and use othe...
3rd Party Applications, Twitter

Twitter Introduces ‘Voice Tweet’ Feature For More Users On iOS

Twitter is expanding the number of iOS users who can start taking advantage of its 'voice tweet' feature. Back in june, the social media platform began a limited run phase of a new feature that allows users to compose a tweet with their voice. For those iOS users who are now enabled to use voice tweets, they can start by selecting the tweet composer icon. From there, they can select the wavelength icon. This will open a page with the user's profile photo and a record button. After selecting that, the user can start speaking to create their tweet.Hear us out - we're testing a new way to start a conversation. pic.twitter.com/sZTHwyqaIF - Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) June 17, 2020Since the feature is still so new to the platform, Twitter is listening to user feedback ...
3rd Party Applications, Apple, Epic Games, Fortnite

Epic announces ‘#FreeFortnite Cup’ tournament for August 23

Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 4 is scheduled to begin on August 27. The new season will likely bring the typical map changes, new skins, and much more. Unfortunately, this means that players currently playing on iOS will not be able to continue playing once the new update is available. As the ongoing feud between Apple and Epic Games continues, Epic will be holding a '#FreeFornite Cup' tournament on August 23, one last hurray with players from all platforms. Epic announced the #FreeFortnite Cup through a blog post, which shared the news that since Fortnite was removed from the App Store, iOS players will not be able to access the Season 4 update. Therefore, Epic is conducting a "search for one more Victory Royale with friends all platforms ”. The tournament will be structure...
3rd Party Applications, TikTok

Toronto Considers Using TikTok To Spread Awareness Of COVID-19 Among Younger People

Toronto Mayor John Tory has said the city is considering using TikTok and other social media platforms to help spread awareness of COVID-19 to a younger audience as the threat of the virus continues. During its weekly COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Tory revealed that the reported age distribution of recent COVID-19 cases has continued to shift toward younger age groups, it reports. CP24. Tory told the press and audience members that in the past two weeks, the average age for COVID-19 cases was "39 ​​years compared to 52 overall for the entire pandemic outbreak." However, the age bracket has continued to decline. "The proportion of cases between those under 19 and 20-29 has increased significantly in recent weeks," Tory continued. “Beyond our usual communication methods, incl...
3rd Party Applications, Instagram

Instagram updates include a universal QR code for individual profiles

Instagram has released an update to its mobile app that adds support for universal QR codes for individual profiles. This will allow users to quickly share their profiles through any camera app capable of scanning QR codes. Until now, users who wanted to share their profiles with other people had to share their QR codes to be scanned through the Instagram camera. According to 9to5Mac, The latest Instagram update now enables all camera apps that support the ability to scan QR codes to be able to scan Instagram QR profile codes. To access your QR code, you must go to the Instagram settings and select 'QR Code'. This effectively replaces the old 'Name Tag' system that Instagram had. The ID tags were a unique proprietary code that could only be scanned with the Instagram camer...
3rd Party Applications, Netflix

Netflix is ​​testing a ‘shuffle’ feature on TV devices

Netflix is ​​launching a global test phase for a new 'shuffle' feature. Many users have seen a shuffle button on various TV devices. I'm sure you've found yourself browsing Netflix at one point or another, not knowing what to watch. According to TechCrunchNetflix may be testing a solution to end those moments of indecision. The company has introduced Shuffle Play as a great button when logging in. When choosing which profile to use, users can press the button and Netflix will start playing a randomly selected title. Netflix told TechCrunch that the feature is being tested to help users "quickly and easily find content that suits their tastes." The titles that can be selected are often movies and shows that a user is currently watching, has on their watch list, or is compa...
3rd Party Applications, Oracle, TikTok

Oracle joins Microsoft in potential acquisition of TikTok

Oracle is reportedly teaming up with Microsoft to possibly acquire Chinese-owned video platform TikTok. In a report from Financial times, Oracle has had preliminary discussions with TikTok's parent company ByteDance about a possible acquisition. Oracle has expressed interest in purchasing the application's operations in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Sources have said that Oracle has been working with a group of US investors, including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital, to secure an offer for the company's operations. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also been making an aggressive bid on its own. Following the executive order issued by the Trump administration, which required ByteDance to sell its TikTok operations in the US Within 90 days, Microsoft stepped in to ho...
3rd Party Applications, Apple, Google, telegram

Telegram messaging app adds end-to-end encrypted video calls

The Telegram messaging app has added a one-to-one video calling feature on both Android and iOS. After seven years of providing users with secure messaging services, the company has launched "fast and secure video calls." As reported by MacRumors, Telegram announced the additional feature via a blog post. After noting that the year has highlighted the need for face-to-face communications, Telegram considered it important to incorporate video calls through its application. The alpha version of the video calling feature is now available for testing. To initiate a call, users can initiate one from the contact's profile page. Users can also turn video on or off during a voice call. Telegram also notes that video calls support picture-in-picture mode, allowing users to scroll...