Category Archives: Mobile

‪Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app

 Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation. Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off. This weekend TechCrunch spotted that some Instagram videos in the feed were autoplaying with audio. Now Instagram has confirmed to us “this new update rolled out recently” and here’s how it works for all… Read More

Facebook Messenger Day hits 70M daily users as the app reaches 1.3B monthlies

 Facebook has finally revealed how its Snapchat Stories clones is doing, though it’s not seeing the same explosive growth as Instagram or WhatApp’s versions. Messenger Day now sees 70 million daily users posting and viewing photos and video slideshows six months after launch. For comparison, Instagram Stories took just 2 months to get to 100 million users, while WhatsApp Status… Read More

Spotify launches an iMessage app for texting songs to friends

 Spotify has quietly launched its own iMessage application that let you text songs to friends with just a few taps. The new app hasn’t been officially announced, but appears to be similar in functionality to Spotify’s Messenger app, which went live earlier this spring as one of Messenger’s new chat extensions. As with the Messenger bot, the new iMessage app also lets you… Read More

Snapchat brings Bitmoji to the real world with World Lenses

 Snapchat’s World Lens feature applies filters intelligently to the world around you using augmented reality and your smarpthone’s camera, and now you the app is adding support for Bitmoji to the feature. This means you can take those animated avatars of yourself and drop them into your surroundings. It’s a smart use of both Bitmoji and World Lens tech – you can do… Read More

The iPhone X will include animoji, emojis animated based on your facial expressions

 Apple demonstrated a new type of emoji today at its press event unveiling the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The iPhone X includes a new facial camera system that allows for practical applications like unlocking your phone (and payments) with your face. It’s also used for something that looks fun and maybe a little creepy — it can track your facial expressions and use them to animate… Read More

Facebook brings its Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories

 Instagram is announcing several new features for advertisers today. The biggest is probably the expansion of the Canvas ad format to Instagram Stories (which supposedly reach 250 million people daily). While businesses have been able to advertise in Instagram Stories since earlier this year, this introduces a new, full-screen, interactive ad format to that mix. “With the ability to… Read More

Facebook tests pre-loaded “Instant Videos”

 Facebook doesn’t want you to burn through your mobile data plan just to keep watching its videos. That’s why its testing a new feature called Instant Videos that downloads and caches Facebook videos to your phone while you’re on WiFi so you can watch them later on the go for free. Users will see lightning bolt icons on pre-loaded videos. The Instant Video feature is… Read More