26 Jun 2021

Android apps on Windows 11, App Store Search Ads hit China, Apple argues against sideloading

The app industry grew with $218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day but now spends four hours per day on their mobile devices. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re also a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus. In 2020, investors poured $73 billion in capital into mobile companies — a figure that’s up 27% year-over-year.

This week, there’s big news with the expansion of Android apps to Windows. Apple also came out swinging against sideloading and expanded its profitable Search Ads business to China…with more than a few caveats. Meanwhile, TikTok launched its own take on mini-apps after tests, making its videos more interactive.

Microsoft shocked observers this week at its Home windows 11 occasion with information that it’ll make Android apps out there on the subsequent model of its working system. The apps will run natively on Home windows 11 and might be downloaded from Amazon’s Appstore by the brand new Home windows Retailer included within the up to date OS. They’ll additionally be capable of being built-in into the Begin menu and pinned to the taskbar, and may have a tile or “window” as a part of the OS’s new utility placement person interface.

They’ll also be able to be integrated into the Start menu and pinned to the taskbar, and can tile or “window” as part of the OS’s new application placement user interface.

The Amazon partnership will bring increased attention to the Amazon Appstore, whose importance has somewhat fizzled over the years given the general lack of investment and its close ties to Amazon Fire devices, which are outsold by iPad.

App developers today tend to focus initially on the App Store and Google Play, not Amazon’s Appstore. However, bringing some 3 million Android apps to Windows users opens up a huge new potential market for Android. But could it actually make coding for “iOS first” less of a given for certain types of applications — like those that complement the productivity environment enabled by a Windows PC, perhaps?

In the near term, more consumers may begin to sideload the Amazon Appstore app on their Android devices for their paid app installs in order to gain access to the cross-platform support a Google Play version would not necessarily provide.

Microsoft noted during the event that it’s partnering with Intel to use its Intel Bridge technology to make this Appstore integration possible on x86 systems. However, the Intel-powered apps will also run on AMD and Arm processors, The Verge noted, though the technical details of how that will work were not immediately available.

Microsoft demonstrated how the app integration would work by showing off TikTok running in a vertical format on the new Windows OS during the event. This may not have been the best example, as TikTok has a fairly usable website for watching videos.

Meanwhile, the image of the Amazon Appstore in the Windows Store showed other apps including those from Ring, Uber, Yahoo, Khan Academy, Kindle, Game of War: Fire Age, My Talking Tom Friends, and more, which indicates this is a comprehensive rollout. Ahead of this news, Amazon announced it would soon lower its cut on app developer revenues from 30% to 20%, as part of a new program for small businesses. The program, which also includes promotional credits for AWS, could help boost developer support for the Appstore.

Plus, on the larger Windows Store, non-game developers can keep 100% of their revenue if they use their own payment platforms for in-app purchases. Apps and games using Microsoft’s payment platform split the revenue with the company at 85%/15% and 88%/12%, respectively. This sort of commission structure combined with the introduction of Android apps makes the Windows Store seem more developer-friendly than Apple’s App Store, which Microsoft likely hopes will keep it out of antitrust crosshairs.

Apple launches Search Ads in China

Apple this week brought its search advertising business to China five years after its U.S. debut. The system allows developers to bid on an advertising slot based on keywords users search for in the App Store. Though the move opens up a major new market for app developers, the system in China is fairly complex and comes with several caveats.

Developers will need to upload documents, including business licenses and other files, that confirm their account has been approved before being able to run ads. Apple may then submit these documents to third-party databases and government entities for validation. According to Apple’s guidelines, the industry-specific licenses required exclude most foreign businesses from directly advertising in mainland China. Instead, they’ll need to work with local partners who will run ads on their behalf. The expansion for now only includes the Search Ads in the App Store and not the newly added Search Tab ads, where developers can bid on a slot directly on the Search tab in the App Store itself.

23 Sep

After 13 years at the company, Facebook’s CTO will step down

After 13 years at the company, Facebook’s CTO will step down

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23 Sep

While doubling the revenue, European cloud infrastructure vendors lost market share

While doubling the revenue, European cloud infrastructure vendors lost market share

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23 Sep

Facial gesture controls and handwriting recognition accessibility features added in android

Facial gesture controls and handwriting recognition accessibility features added in android

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23 Sep

Group chats with attendees will now be included in Google Calendar events

Group chats with attendees will now be included in Google Calendar events

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22 Sep

COVID-19 vaccination cards can now be verified from Apple wallet

COVID-19 vaccination cards can now be verified from Apple wallet

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21 Sep

Free plan launched by netflix in kenya to boost growth

Free plan launched by netflix in kenya to boost growth

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16 Sep

Kids started stealing their school’s soap dispensers for a viral challenge in TikTok

Kids started stealing their school’s soap dispensers for a viral challenge in TikTok

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15 Sep

‘Gaming for Inclusion’ esports event held by Xbox and Special Olympics

‘Gaming for Inclusion’ esports event held by Xbox and Special Olympics

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15 Sep

Macro, low-light and cinema-focused updates brought to Apple iPhone 13 Pro camera

Macro, low-light and cinema-focused updates brought to Apple iPhone 13 Pro camera

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15 Sep

A head of news from NPR is hired by Clubhouse to build out publisher relationships

A head of news from NPR is hired by Clubhouse to build out publisher relationships

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14 Sep

Kindle software redesign is released by Amazon to make navigation easier

Kindle software redesign is released by Amazon to make navigation easier

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14 Sep

Mailchimp sold at $12B deal to intuit

Mailchimp sold at $12B deal to intuit

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11 Sep

Twitter tries communities, Epic trial forced App Store changes while Android 12 launch is near

Twitter tries communities, Epic trial forced App Store changes while Android 12 launch is near

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10 Sep

NYC sued for limiting fees the apps can charge restaurants by Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash

NYC sued for limiting fees the apps can charge restaurants by Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash

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09 Sep

An AI-powered music recording app is launched by Tape It for iPhone

An AI-powered music recording app is launched by Tape It for iPhone

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08 Sep

Twitter wants you to tweet not just the followers but also the interest-based communities

Twitter wants you to tweet not just the followers but also the interest-based communities

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08 Sep

Big ol’ full-width photos and videos are being tested by twitter

Big ol’ full-width photos and videos are being tested by twitter

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07 Sep

September 14 is Apple’s next event

September 14 is Apple’s next event

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06 Sep

First ID Buzz test vehicle revealed by Volkswagen and Argo AI for Autonomous Driving

First ID Buzz test vehicle revealed by Volkswagen and Argo AI for Autonomous Driving

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06 Sep

Millions of qualified job candidates are being rejected by Automated hiring software by mistake

Millions of qualified job candidates are being rejected by Automated hiring software by mistake

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02 Sep

Ar startup, whodat, is being acquired by byju’s

Ar startup, whodat, is being acquired by byju’s

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02 Sep

The future of Apple's iPhone Mini hangs in the balance after the iPhone 13.

The future of Apple's iPhone Mini hangs in the balance after the iPhone 13.

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01 Sep

LinkedIn is going to work on short-form video and is scrapping its Stories feature for it.

LinkedIn is going to work on short-form video and is scrapping its Stories feature for it.

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01 Sep

'Super Follows', twitter’s new feature will now let users charge for exclusive tweets

'Super Follows', twitter’s new feature will now let users charge for exclusive tweets

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31 Aug

Square is launching a new paid subscription called as Invoices Plus

Square is launching a new paid subscription called as Invoices Plus

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30 Aug

Spatial audio effects are being added to clubhouse to make users feel like they’re really in the room

Spatial audio effects are being added to clubhouse to make users feel like they’re really in the room

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30 Aug

Ola electric is expected to raise at over $2.75 billion valuation

Ola electric is expected to raise at over $2.75 billion valuation

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26 Aug

AI is being used to reboot brand-client relationships

AI is being used to reboot brand-client relationships

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26 Aug

Taktile is making machine learning easier in the financial industry

Taktile is making machine learning easier in the financial industry

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26 Aug

A cloud native API gateway and service mesh is integrated by Solo.io into its enterprise platform

A cloud native API gateway and service mesh is integrated by Solo.io into its enterprise platform

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26 Aug

YouTube has removed 1 million videos for dangerous COVID-19 misinformation

YouTube has removed 1 million videos for dangerous COVID-19 misinformation

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24 Aug

Instagram ditched ‘swipe-up’ links for stickers

Instagram ditched ‘swipe-up’ links for stickers

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24 Aug

Khatabook, india’s bookkeeping platform raises $100 million for merchants

Khatabook, india’s bookkeeping platform raises $100 million for merchants

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23 Aug

TikTok Effect Studio, Tiktok’s own AR development platform

TikTok Effect Studio, Tiktok’s own AR development platform

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20 Aug

‘Geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands’ said google.

‘Geofence warrants make up one-quarter of all US demands’ said google.

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20 Aug

‘The Tesla Bot is coming’ confirms Elon musk

‘The Tesla Bot is coming’ confirms Elon musk

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20 Aug

Companies are betting on ‘Data must value people as much as AI’

Companies are betting on ‘Data must value people as much as AI’

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20 Aug

Twitter is rolling out a series of improvements to its Direct Message system

Twitter is rolling out a series of improvements to its Direct Message system

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17 Aug

Crypto developer was tapped by twitter which lead ‘bluesky’ to decentralize social network effort

Crypto developer was tapped by twitter which lead ‘bluesky’ to decentralize social network effort

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17 Aug

Spin’s electric scooters and bikes are now available on Google Maps

Spin’s electric scooters and bikes are now available on Google Maps

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16 Aug

Qatar’s Food Delivery Startup: Fingertips grows from 0 to 300 million+ QAR in order value.

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16 Aug

Voluntary ID Verification will soon be available globally by Tinder

Voluntary ID Verification will soon be available globally by Tinder

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13 Aug

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review got out of their own way

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 review got out of their own way

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13 Aug

Airbnb and DoorDash reported earnings as COVID threatened to slow the IRL economy again

Airbnb and DoorDash reported earnings as COVID threatened to slow the IRL economy again

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13 Aug

Disney+ beats is expected to reach 116 million subscribers in Q3

Disney+ beats is expected to reach 116 million subscribers in Q3

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29 Jul

Zuckerberg told investors that he is turning trillion-dollar Facebook into a ‘metaverse’ company

Zuckerberg told investors that he is turning trillion-dollar Facebook into a ‘metaverse’ company

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29 Jul

Spotify’s clone of Clubhouse tops 140K installs on iOS and 100K on Android

Spotify’s clone of Clubhouse tops 140K installs on iOS and 100K on Android

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29 Jul

Advanced walking assistance system for visually impaired revealed by Ashirase, a Honda incubation

Advanced walking assistance system for visually impaired revealed by Ashirase, a Honda incubation

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28 Jul

Twitter launched US e-commerce pilot that helped users to shop from profiles

Twitter launched US e-commerce pilot that helped users to shop from profiles

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28 Jul

Walmart is selling its e-commerce technologies to other retailers

Walmart is selling its e-commerce technologies to other retailers

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28 Jul

Snapchat will now recommend spots to visit by adding my Places feature to Snap Map

Snapchat will now recommend spots to visit by adding my Places feature to Snap Map

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21 Jul

Upvote and downvote buttons on tweets are being tested by twitter

Upvote and downvote buttons on tweets are being tested by twitter

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21 Jul

UK man arrested for massive Twitter hack of 2020 that targeted Biden, musk

UK man arrested for massive Twitter hack of 2020 that targeted Biden, musk

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20 Jul

Square launches business bank accounts from scratch

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20 Jul

Chrome 92 blocks phishing attacks faster and gets 3 other security protections

Chrome 92 blocks phishing attacks faster and gets 3 other security protections

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17 Jul

Fintech-SME love story is just beginning with open banking on the horizon

Fintech-SME love story is just beginning with open banking on the horizon

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16 Jul

Fakespot got booted off Apple’s iOS App Store by Amazon

Fakespot got booted off Apple’s iOS App Store by Amazon

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15 Jul

The Zomato Story: From Featuring Scanned Restaurant Menu Cards To IPO

The Zomato Story: From Featuring Scanned Restaurant Menu Cards To IPO

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14 Jul

Have You Ever Noticed That Apple Weather Won't Display the Number 69?

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14 Jul

How the FinTech Industry Won in 2020 and Key Takeaways For Apps in 2021

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13 Jul

Now users can play a game in android 12 while it downloads in the background

Now users can play a game in android 12 while it downloads in the background

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06 Jul

Government said Twitter has lost liability protection in India

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25 Jun

You may soon be able to post on instagram from desktop

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25 Jun

Android apps on Windows 11? Yup. How it works? Which apps you get? When to download?

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25 Jun

3 issues to resolve before switching to a subscription business model

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25 Jun

Deep Science: Keeping AI honest in medicine, climate science and vision

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24 Jun

Apple’s search advertising service finally in mainland China

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24 Jun

Amazon is acquiring a podcast hosting and monetization platform

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24 Jun

Reddit recovers from a major outage

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23 Jun

Viva Republica -a Korean financial super app Toss raised $410M at a $7.4B valuation

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19 Jun

Spotify debuts a Clubhouse rival, Facebook tests Audio Rooms in US, Amazon cuts Appstore commissions

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17 Jun

Hands-on with the Windows 11 leak

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14 Jun

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14 Jun

Crypto takes a LOT of power to keep running

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14 Jun

Get your privacy back with these Google alternatives

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14 Jun

Windows 10 support to end in October 2025

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14 Jun

WWDC 21 highlights, Instagram Creator Week recap, Android 12 beta 2 arrives

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04 Jun

Wireless charging in Apple’s next ipad pro

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01 Jun

Instagram changes algorithm: Amidst the Gaza conflict

The app previously prioritized original content over existing, re-shared posts in its "stories" feature, but it will now treat both equally, according to the company.

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31 May

Google compressing photos: How bad is it?

Google Photos has long provided one of the best deals in photo storage: it will back up your entire library for free, as long as the images can be compressed slightly.

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29 May

Google spying on our location?

According to court documents, Google buried location settings so people wouldn't disable them. According to newly released documents, Google also put pressure on other Android manufacturers to make the settings less visible.

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27 May

30 min delivery on Instacart a problem?

In the crowded food- and grocery-delivery space, Instacart hopes that cutting a few minutes will make all the difference. To that end, it is launching a new “priority delivery” option today in select markets

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26 May

Airbnb can replace your landlords

Airbnb does not want you to forget about it, especially if you are planning a post-pandemic vacation.

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25 May

‘New Generation of Windows’ soon - Microsoft

Microsoft is planning to release details about its PC operating system. During his Build keynote this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased this announcement

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19 May

In-person conference experience on Zoom

Zoom today announced an expanded live events product that will be available this summer. Zoom Events expands on Zoom's previous paid event marketplace.

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18 May

Windows 10X is dead

Microsoft has confirmed today that it will no longer release Windows 10X. The operating system was supposed to be released alongside new dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo, with a lighter and simpler interface and features.

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18 May

Project Starline, a next-gen 3D video chat booth

Google is developing a next-generation video chat booth that allows the person you're chatting with to appear in 3D in front of you.

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17 May

Microsoft teams for families?

Today, Microsoft is releasing the personal version of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams, which was previewed nearly a year ago, is now available for free personal use among friends and family.

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11 May

$100M for Youtube creators

Throughout the next year, YouTube plans to pay $100 million to creators who use YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor. The goal is to encourage creators to sign up for and continue to post to its new service

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11 May

Personal pronouns on your Instagram profile

Watching people mention their pronouns in their Instagram bio has become so common that the app now has a dedicated area where users can put pronouns without taking up valuable profile space.

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11 May

You can now send money internationally, through Google Pay

Google Pay users in the United States can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore, the company announced on Tuesday, marking the company's first foray into the remittances market.

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04 May

Live audio rooms with Twitter

Twitter Spaces, the company's new live audio rooms feature, is becoming more widely available. Twitter Spaces will be available to any account with 600 followers or more, including iOS and Android users, the company announced today.

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04 May

"Captions sticker" that allows users to watch without sound

Instagram is making its video Stories and Reels more accessible by introducing a new "captions sticker" that allows users to watch without sound.

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03 May

Vaccine finder in India - All thanks to Facebook

As the South Asian nation grapples with the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook has announced a $10 million grant to support emergency response efforts in India and has launched its Vaccine Finder tool in the country.

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01 May

Only if you could be a meme! Zoë Roth sells 'Disaster Girl' meme as NFT for $500,000

The original photograph of the woman in the viral "Disaster Girl" meme was sold for $473,000 (£341,000). Zo Roth, now 21, became an internet sensation

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28 Apr

Microsoft changing its font for the first time in 15 years

Microsoft is changing the default Office font next year and wants everyone to help choose the new one.

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28 Apr

Vaccine booking on Uber

Uber is rolling out more than a half-dozen innovative features, including the ability to book vaccine appointments at Walgreens

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28 Apr

Play something, with Netflix

Netflix today is officially launching a feature that will make it easier to find something to watch when you’re stuck browsing and unable to make a decision.

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28 Apr

Finally, someone who pronounces my name right!

Names are important, and it's infuriating when you're trying to send a text or make a phone call and Google Assistant mispronounces or simply doesn't recognize a contact.

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