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This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives –

This week we dig into the news of a possible TikTok ban in the U.S. Also, both Android and iOS saw beta launches. We also look at the coronavirus' impact on the app economy in Q2, and more. → Read More

Amazon U.S. sellers will have to display their name and address starting Sept. 1, 2020 –

Amazon on Wednesday informed its U.S. sellers they will soon have to display their business name and address on their Amazon.com seller profile page. For individual sellers, this will include the individual’s name and address. A similar system is already in place across Amazon’s stores in Europe, Japan, and Mexico, due to local laws. Amazon […] → Read More

K4Connect, a startup bringing tech to senior living centers, closes its $21M Series B –

K4Connect, a startup focused on bringing new technologies like voice assistance, home automation, digital messaging and more to older adults and those living with disabilities, has closed on $21 million in Series B funding. The B round had originally wrapped in October 2018, but was extended with the recent addition of $7.7 million led by […] → Read More

Tinder now testing video chat in select markets, including U.S. –

Tinder announced this morning it will begin to test video chat in its mobile dating app with some members in select worldwide markets, including in the U.S. The feature, which allows Tinder matches to go on “virtual” dates when both opt in, will first be available to users in Virginia, Illinois, Georgia and Colorado in […] → Read More

Spotify’s new personalized playlists are designed for your workouts –

Spotify is adding to its collection of personalized playlists with a new feature aimed at those who like fresh music for their workouts. But unlike its flagship offering, “Discover Weekly,” which shows up automatically based on your listening history, the workout playlists are built for you after you answer a short quiz hosted on the […] → Read More

Amazon Fire TV now pulls in live TV content from Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV –

Amazon is upgrading its Fire TV’s live TV experience through new integrations with several live TV streaming services, including Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Hulu + Live TV. Live content from these services will now appear within key areas with the Fire TV user interface, including the Fire TV’s Live tab and Channel Guide, making […] → Read More

Amazon adds ‘hands-free’ Alexa to its Alexa mobile app –

Amazon is making it easier for mobile users to access its Alexa virtual assistant while on the go. The company announced today it’s making it possible to use Alexa “hands free” from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS and Android, meaning customers will be able to use Alexa to make lists, play music, control […] → Read More

Amazon Prime Video finally launches user profiles to all customers worldwide –

Amazon’s Prime Video is finally adding a feature that’s long since become a standard for streaming video services: user profiles. With profiles, Prime Video users will have access to their own Watchlist, personalized recommendations, and they’ll be able to track their own viewing progress, similar to rival services, like Netflix. Customers can create up to […] → Read More

Instagram swaps out its ‘Activity’ tab for ‘Shop’ in new global test –

Instagram today is starting a small global test of the Instagram Shop tab, first announced this May, which allows Instagram users to shop from top brands and creators via a new tab in the app’s navigation bar with just one tap. Here, users will be able to filter products by categories, as they can today […] → Read More

US online grocery sales hit record $7.2 billion in June –

Despite the slow reopening of the U.S. economy over the past several weeks, online grocery shopping is continuing to reach ever-higher numbers as Americans seem to be in no rush to return to the store. According to new research released today by Brick Meets Click and Mercatus, U.S. online grocery sales hit a record $7.2 […] → Read More

Instagram Reels tested in India following TikTok’s ban –

In the wake of India’s decision to ban TikTok and dozens of other Chinese apps over privacy concerns, Instagram has expanded its TikTok rival, known as Reels, in the region. The test in India also comes only days after Facebook announced its standalone TikTok clone, Lasso, would be shutting down on July 10. In addition […] → Read More

‘Hamilton’ gives Disney+ a holiday weekend bump in US, with app downloads up 72% –

The much-anticipated addition of “Hamilton” seems to have paid off for Disney+. According to new data from app store analytics firm Apptopia, Disney’s streaming service saw a big jump in downloads over the July 4 holiday weekend in the U.S., following the worldwide debut of “Hamilton” on Friday, July 3rd. Between Friday and Sunday, that […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: India bans Chinese apps, Apple freezes game updates in China, iOS developer backlash continues –

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day […] → Read More

Apple launches an online portal for Apple Card account holders –

Apple today has launched an online portal for its Apple Card credit card, allowing account holders to manage their balance, view statements, schedule payments and more. The portal, card.apple.com, will be particularly useful in the case that you lose or misplace your iPhone and need to manage your card or pay your bill. In the […] → Read More

Facebook discovers it shared user data with at least 5,000 app developers after a cutoff data –

Facebook accidentally allowed around 5,000 developers to access data from their app’s inactive users, even though that access should have been cut off. The company explained on Wednesday it recently discovered an issue that had allowed app developers to continue receiving this information beyond the 90 days of inactivity that is meant to cut off […] → Read More

Venmo begins piloting ‘Business Profiles’ for small sellers –

Venmo is going after small businesses. The PayPal-owned mobile payments app maker announced today it’s piloting a new feature called Business Profiles that offers small sellers and other sole proprietors a more professional profile page on its platform, allowing sellers to share key business details like their address, phone number, email website, and more. By […] → Read More

Instagram’s latest test puts all Stories on one page –

Instagram Stories has grown to become one of Facebook’s best products to date. As of last year, roughly half of Instagram’s users — or 500 million people — were interacting with Stories on a daily basis. That’s nearly double the entire daily active user base of all of Snapchat, which first popularized the Stories format. […] → Read More

Google brings its AI-powered SmartReply feature to YouTube –

Google’s SmartReply, the four-year old, A.I.-based technology that helps suggest responses to messages in Gmail, Android’s Messages, Play Developer Console, and elsewhere, is now being made available to YouTube Creators. Google announced today the launch of an updated version of SmartReply built for YouTube which will allow creators more easily and quickly interact with their […] → Read More

Twitch breaks records again in Q2, topping 5B total hours watched –

Twitch had already broken viewership records in the first quarter of 2020 amid coronavirus lockdowns, surpassing 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter for the first time. In the second quarter, it appears that Twitch has broken that record and several others once again. According to a new report from Streamlabs and Stream […] → Read More

Facebook shuts down Hobbi, its experimental app for documenting personal projects –

Facebook’s recently launched app, Hobbi, an experiment in short-form content creation around personal projects, hobbies and other Pinterest-y content, is already shutting down. The app first arrived on iOS in February as one of now several launches from Facebook’s internal R&D group, the NPE Team. Hobbi users have now been notified by way of push […] → Read More