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Apps & Games, Gallery app, News, OnePlus, slow-motion video editing

OnePlus removed slow-motion video editing from Gallery app, working on improved version

OnePlus says it’s working to add improved editing features for slow-motion video to its Gallery app after removing the ability about a month ago. Version 3.12.19 of the OnePlus Gallery app removed the ability to edit slow-motion video. However, users are still able to record slow-motion video with OnePlus phones that support the feature. Android Police spotted some outcry over the missing feature on the Play Store, as well as on Reddit and several OnePlus forum threads. On the Play Store, OnePlus responded to a comment noting it had removed the feature in order to improve it. Once it’s ready, it will return in a future update to the Gallery app. Further, some users already report that the updated slow-motion editing function has ar...
32 person limit, android, Apps & Games, google duo, News

Google Duo ups group call limit to 32 people on Android

It’s been a bit of a wait, but Google’s excellent Duo video chat service now allows up to 32 participants in a group call. This isn’t the first time that Google has increased the limit for group video and audio calls on Duo. Back in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first impacted North America significantly and social distancing measures were put in place, Google increased the Duo limit from eight to 12 people. Since then, Duo received other helpful updates and Google teased another limit increase. In June, Duo’s web app received the 32 person limit. Now, it’s also live on Android (at the time of writing, Duo on my iPhone did not have the option for 32 person calls). Most of you will see a pop-up message next time you open the Duo...
Apps & Games, Facebook, News, Social Media

Facebook executives to meet with organizers of ad boycott campaign

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg are meeting with organizers of the StopHateFor Profit ad boycott campaign. “Later this morning, Mark and I, alongside our team, are meeting with the organizers of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign,” Sandberg stated in a Facebook post on July 7th. She outlined that the social media platform cares deeply about combating hate speech, and that Facebook has clear policies against hate. “We have made real progress over the years, but this work is never finished and we know what a big responsibility Facebook has to get better at finding and removing hateful content,” she stated. Numerous companies around the world are participating in the ad boycott campaign and pr...
Apps & Games, Google Meet, News

Google Meet surpasses 100 million downloads on the Play Store

Google Meet has surpassed the 100 million download milestone on the Play Store, after it recently became free for all users. The service has also managed to double its install count in 50 days. Google Meet was initially launched as an enterprise-only offering, but once the tech giant opened it up to all everyone amid the COVID-19 pandemic, its user base has skyrocketed. App analysis platform AppBrain notes that the service has been gaining one million downloads everyday since the end of May. This is quite impressive because Meet not only competes with Zoom and Microsoft Teams, it also competes with the tech giant’s own Hangouts and Duo. Further, Meet has also recently integrated with Gmail, which makes the service even easier to us...
Apps & Games, News, Uber, uber grocery

Uber launches grocery delivery powered by Cornershop in Toronto and Montreal

Uber has officially launched ‘Uber Grocery’ in Toronto and Montreal in partnership with Cornershop, a Chile-based online delivery service. Users in these two cities can now order groceries from stores like Walmart, Metro, Costco and Rexall through Uber. The company says that groceries can be delivered within 1-2 hours of placing an order. Once users open the Uber Eats or Uber app, they can click on the ‘Grocery’ option to start their order. From there you can select a store from a variety of merchant options. After you select a store you’ll see a list of featured items. You can also navigate products by aisle and see subcategories within them to find what you’re looking for. Users can search for specific products and sort the resul...
Apps & Games, crave, Netflix Canada, News

Here’s what’s leaving Netflix Canada and Crave in July

As is the case every month, several shows and movies are leaving Netflix and Crave this July 2020. It’s worth noting that the streaming services may only be removing certain shows and movies for a specific amount of time. Series like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Gossip Girl and movies like Mean Girls and Shrek have all left Netflix and then returned to the service months or years later. This month, Netflix isn’t getting rid of very much. If you’re more interested in what’s coming to Crave and Netflix, check out our ‘what’s coming’ posts. Below are all the shows and movies leaving Netflix and Crave in July.A Quiet Place (07/01/20) Solo: A Star Wars Story (07/08/20) Ant-Man and the Wasp (07/28/20) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of t...
Apps & Games, COVID-19, News, Pokemon, Pokemon Go, Rian Johnson, Video Games

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson remotely directs Pokémon Go ad

Pokémon Go and Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson have teamed up to create a commercial for the location-based game. The promotional video –– released just in time for the game’s fourth anniversary — focuses on the augmented reality title’s upcoming virtual ‘Pokémon Go Fest’ event that is running from July 25th to the 26th. You can view Johnson’s commercial below:Johnson’s directed the commercial’s cast and crew in New Zealand remotely from Los Angeles. “It was a new experience for me to direct a production remotely, and I enjoyed the highly collaborative process and think we put together a fun and upbeat commercial that fans will enjoy,” Johnson said in a Niantic blog post. Pokémon Go originally released in 2016 and ...
Apps & Games, Google, Google Play Store, News

Google redesigns Play Store category section, easier to read

The Google Play Store is rolling out a redesign for the category section that makes it easier to navigate. The redesign, which also includes a new look for the ‘Family and Kids’ categories with larger icons, was first spotted by a Reddit user. The new look better spaces out the icons in the Play Store and makes them larger, more detailed and circular. The ‘Top categories’ section has also been removed. Categories section has been updated from r/googleplayFurther, the Family section has changed a bit with new icons for the categories and an overflow menu to access all of the categories, instead of seeing them just on the main page. According to 9to5Google, it’s unclear if this will be a wide rollout or if it’s part of a smaller UI...
Apps & Games, Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, News, Video Games

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay footage surfaces in leak

Even though E3 2020 isn’t happening this year, one thing the event is well known for are leaks appearing just days before marquee keynotes. For Ubisoft’s upcoming digital event, that same thing is happening again with 30 minutes of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla gameplay appearing this past weekend. The footage itself is from a work-in-progress build, so if you see any footage from the leak, it’s reportedly not a reflection of the final game. This is a good thing, given that at least visually, the leaked footage doesn’t look great.Assassin's Creed Valhalla leaked gameplay footage was running on Xbox Series X 12Tf 1.8Tf pic.twitter.com/TRMACIyFt4 — Tiger (@TigerCA123) July 6, 2020The foota...
Apps & Games, gaming, microsoft, News, Warner Bros., xbox

Microsoft interested in acquiring Warner Bros.’ gaming division: report

Microsoft has expressed interested in acquiring Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, according to The Information. The Warner Bros. gaming division is the publisher behind a variety of popular franchises based on its iconic properties like Batman, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. The Information didn’t provide any further details on the potential acquisition, but its report does follow word from CNBC last month that Warner Bros. parent company AT&T has been looking to sell off Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The company is said to be looking to its gaming division as a way of paying down its debt, which hovers around $154 billion USD (about $205 billion CAD). In its original report, CNBC noted that Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive and Electronic Arts w...
Apple, Apple TV, Apps & Games, News, Streaming services

Tom Hanks says it’s ‘absolute heartbreak’ that Greyhound is skipping theatres for Apple TV+

While consumers might be happy that many films are forgoing theatres and heading straight to digital platforms during the COVID-19, Tom Hanks isn’t so thrilled. Speaking to The Guardian, the Oscar-winning actor said it’s “absolute heartbreak” that his latest film, the WWII drama Greyhound, is premiering on Apple TV+ instead of opening in theatres. In May, Sony sold Greyhound to Apple, abandoning plans for a June 12th theatrical release. Reportedly valued at around $70 million USD (about $94.8 million CAD), this acquisition marked Apple’s biggest spending on a TV+ film to date. During his interview with The Guardian, Hanks lamented that the film will not be viewed on the big screen as intended. “I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and s...
Apps & Games, gmail, Google, News

Gmail for iOS now supports Split View for multitasking on iPads

Google is rolling out support for ‘Split View’ on Gmail for iOS to make it easier for users to multitask on iPads. “When using an iPad, you’re now able to multitask with Gmail and other iOS applications. You can use Gmail and Google Calendar at the same time with Split View to check your schedule before replying to an email to confirm a meeting time,” the tech giant wrote in a blog post. Google notes that users can also now easily drag and drop pictures from Google Photos into an email without leaving Gmail. “To turn on Multitasking on your iPad, go to the Settings app > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking and select ‘Allow Multiple Apps,’” Google notes. To enter split view, users have to swipe up from the bottom of the scr...