Instagram recently launched a new feature that’s part of its service called Reels. This is Instagram’s version and answer to TikTok, although given that it is buried within Instagram which is already packed full of features, we imagine that it might be a bit hard for users to find out how to use it.
As many of you would have undoubtedly heard by now, Fortnite has been removed from both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Now, the removal from the Play Store isn’t that big of a deal as players can still download the game directly from Epic, so what does this removal mean for iOS gamers?
It was reported earlier that Apple had removed Epic’s Fortnite from the App Store. This was due to Epic’s decision to try and circumvent Apple’s in-app purchasing system in which Epic would have to pay Apple a cut of 30%. To get around that, Epic introduced a direct payment system within the iOS app that would pay Epic directly.
Fortnite was launched on iOS a while ago and it has been a huge money maker for Apple, where the game was said to be earning as much as $2 million a day from in-app purchases. We say it’s a money maker for Apple because the company takes a 30% cut from in-app sales, meaning that for almost doing nothing, Apple is earning about $600,000 a day from Fornite alone.
The argument that the US government is using in their bid to ban TikTok is that they claim that the app collects data on US citizens, which they believe poses a risk to national security. It seems that whatever excuses TikTok is making to defend itself might be moot, especially with a recent discovery.
If there is a reason why Google’s ChromeOS platform isn’t quite as mainstream compared to Windows or macOS, the limited number of apps could be cited as a possible reason why. After all, a platform is only as good as the features it can offer its users. While there’s nothing wrong with ChromeOS, having more apps available could help make it a more attractive alternative to Windows or macOS.
As there are some parts of the world where the greater population might not be able to afford high-end smartphones or have access to a fast and stable internet, it has resulted in app developers creating “Lite” versions of their apps that provide a faster, albeit pared down, version of the full app.
What makes a smartphone popular? There are many things that factor into that, such as design, features, performance, price, and so on. However, an ecosystem is just as important, where if customers are unable to get the apps or services they want to use, then there’s really no point in buying that device.
Last year it was revealed that WhatsApp for the iPad could be in the works. However, we haven’t heard anything since, but it has now been suggested that maybe it could be launching in the near future. This is based on a recent report in which it was revealed that WhatsApp could be working on allowing multiple devices to use the same number.
Back in 2017, major apps started to drop support for the Apple Watch. One of those apps was Google Maps. The company did not state why they removed the app, but perhaps it was due to watchOS where maybe Google felt that it was not able to deliver an optimal Google Maps experience.
In addition to banning TikTok, the US government has also recently announced that they would be banning WeChat. This is according to an executive order signed by US President Donald Trump that effectively bans US individuals or companies from doing business with these particular apps.
Earlier this year, Facebook announced a new app in the form of Facebook Gaming. The app is basically the mobile version of Facebook Gaming on the web where it would play home to livestreams of games and also provide gamers with access to certain Facebook-based games all on their phone.
If you work primarily from a Mac, there might be times when you need a piece of software that is only available on Windows, so instead of buying a new separate PC, here’s how you can run Windows apps on your Mac.
Chances are over the years, you’ve probably gone through a few smartphones. If you’re the type that keeps your old phones around, how about maybe giving them a second life? One of the things you can do with your old smartphone is that you can actually turn it into a security camera of sorts.