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Apple changes AirDrop security for all with iOS 16.2 after backlash over restrictions in China

Apple is clamping down on AirDrop privacy settings for all its users with the iOS 16.2 update, after backlash its recent restrictions impacting the feature’s use in China. In November, reports circulated that Apple had begun limiting the use of AirDrop in China as the country was facing widespread protests over the Chinese government’s “zero Covid” […] → Read More

As Apple’s App Store expands price points options, RevenueCat rolls out A/B price testing tools

Subscription platform RevenueCat is rolling out a new feature that will allow developers to A/B test different price points for their app subscriptions. → Read More

Fire TV arrives on Amazon’s wall-mounted smart screen, the Echo Show 15

The streaming functionality may now become the main selling point for this device, but the Echo Show 15 also offers other standard Echo Show functionality. → Read More

Apple Music is getting a new karaoke-like feature, Apple Sing

Ready for a holiday sing-along? Apple today announced it’s launching a new Apple Music feature that will turn tens of millions of its top songs into karaoke tracks of sorts, enabled by a tap of a button. With Apple Sing, as the new addition is called, users will be able to tap on a slider […] → Read More

Third-party Twitter app makers turn their attention to Mastodon

Of course, all these third-party apps will still have to compete with Mastodon's own app, which has been seeing its own improvements. → Read More

Facebook to now test age verification tech on Facebook Dating in the U.S.

Meta is bringing its age verification technologies to another of its products, Facebook Dating. Though the service has not taken off as a significant Tinder rival, it will now serve as the testing grounds for further experimentation with new age verification technologies, including video selfies and ID uploads, Facebook announced this morning. The company will […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: The year's best apps, Twitter rival Hive's security woes, App Store backlash grows

This Week in Apps offers a way to keep up with the latest from the world of apps, including news, updates, startup fundings, M&A and much more. → Read More

What’s a Twitter user to do?

In the days since the Elon Musk Twitter takeover, a good chunk of Twitter's network has exited to other apps. That leaves Twitter users who are trying to stay connected with friends with a lot of open browser tabs and new apps stuffed into iPhone folders. The problem is, the market hasn't yet picked a winner for "new Twitter" -- and it's possible it never will. → Read More

‘Indie App Santa’ returns, this year offering 40 deals on free and discounted iPhone apps

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for free and discounted iPhone apps, that is. Here’s your reminder that today marks the return of Indie App Santa, an initiative started to help smaller app developers reach new audiences without having to pay for expensive App Store ads. The event, which began in 2020, is now […] → Read More

Twitter alternative Hive shuts down its app to fix critical security issues

It's an unusual way to patch bugs, to say the least, and one that raises questions about the development workflow at the company. → Read More

BeReal and A.I. art tool Dream by WOMBO top Google Play’s list of best apps in 2022

Just a couple of days after Apple announced the best apps of 2022 in its annual App Store Awards, Google Play has now shared its own “best of” list. The company published a list of winners across categories, including those selected by its own editorial team and by Android owners through the User’s Choice awards. […] → Read More

Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin project TBD kills its plan to trademark ‘Web5’

A plan which would see a corporate entity trademark the term “Web5” has been put to rest after much backlash. Late Tuesday night, TBD, the Bitcoin-focused division of Jack Dorsey’s payments company Block (formerly Square), announced an ill-thought-out plan to trademark the term, which refers to its vision for a decentralized, privacy-focused iteration of the […] → Read More

Spotify Wrapped 2022 arrives with new features like your ‘Listening Personality,’ 40K+ Artist Messages

Consumer interest in Wrapped isn't just about the data itself but also the way Spotify personalizes the data to its users and presents it in clever ways. → Read More

Snapchat complies with the California Privacy Rights Act with a new toggle switch for users

Snapchat is adding a new privacy setting that enables users based in California to better protect their sensitive personal information. The company confirmed it’s rolling out a feature designed to comply with the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA), which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023, and applies to personal data collected on or after Jan. […] → Read More

New tool ‘Movetodon’ makes it easier to find your Twitter friends on Mastodon

The data Movetodon accesses is never stored on its server, and both app connections ask for limited permissions. → Read More

Flickr weighs support for ActivityPub, the social protocol powering Twitter alternative Mastodon

Flickr CEO Don MacAskill today began to actively poll users about whether or not they'd like to see Flickr support ActivityPub. If it moved forward with this plan, Flickr would be the latest larger company to commit to joining the "fediverse." → Read More

Twitter says crowdsourced fact-checking system updated to better address ‘low quality’ contributions

Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking system, Community Notes, just received an update that the company claims will help to identify more "low quality" fact checks -- meaning, the notes written by Twitter users that are appended to tweets to provide further clarification and context. → Read More

Mark Cuban-backed streaming app Fireside acquires Stremium to bring live, interactive shows to your TV

Mark Cuban-backed streaming app Fireside, which today offers podcasters and other creators a way to host interactive, live shows with audience engagement, will soon expand to the TV’s big screen. Variety reported, and Fireside confirmed, it’s acquired the open streaming TV platform Stremium, which will allow Fireside’s shows to become available to a range of […] → Read More

Venmo adds in-app charitable donations, redesigned ‘send money’ screen

Venmo is rolling out two changes to its peer-to-peer payments app. → Read More

Spotify launches audiobooks to more English-speaking markets outside the U.S.

Spotify is expanding its newly launched audiobooks service outside the U.S., the company announced today. The service will now become available in other English-speaking markets, including the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, allowing users to access Spotify’s catalog of audiobook titles from the streaming app. The company first launched support for audiobooks in the […] → Read More