TikTok Ban: ByteDance Said to Forgo Stake in TikTok to Clinch US Deal

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 19:39:48 +0530 - apps

ByteDance has agreed to divest the US operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Apple Removes Thousands of Game Apps From China Store: Research Firm

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 17:25:16 +0530 - apps

Apple removed 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games, according to data from research firm Qimai.

WhatsApp to Get 138 New Emojis on Android, Spotted in Latest Beta

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 16:28:25 +0530 - apps

WhatsApp is seen testing as many as 138 new emojis. The latest change is a part of WhatsApp version beta for Android.

Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Acquire TikTok in the US as Ad Business Flattens Out

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:33:29 +0530 - apps

Microsoft could reenergise its advertising business with a huge supply of video if it follows through on acquiring TikTok's US operations from ByteDance.

Trump Says Will Ban TikTok From the US

Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:01:23 +0530 - apps

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok in the United States, ratcheting up the pressure on the popular short-video app's Chinese owner to sell it.

Microsoft Edge Bug Crashed Browsers When Default Search Engine Set to Google, Now Fixed

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 20:13:01 +0530 - apps

Microsoft’s new Edge browser reportedly started crashing for users who had selected Google as their default search engine. It has now been fixed.

WhatsApp May Soon Let You Mute Chat Notifications on a Permanent Basis, Expiring Messages Feature Spotted

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:43:23 +0530 - apps

WhatsApp seems to enhance the mute notification functionality on its platform by bringing a “Mute Always” option. In addition to the Mute Always option, WhatsApp appears to be inching closer to add an Expiring messages feature that would allow users to make new messages disappear in a chat after seven days.

Google Maps Now Allows Users to Follow Each Other’s Recommendations

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:26:23 +0530 - apps

Google Maps appears to have taken a turn for social, as it now allows users to follow each other on the app. Google Maps users who have shared photos, reviews or lists have their own profile page now, highlighting all their activities. The profiles will also have a dedicated Follow button, allowing users to follow any profile they like.

Big Tech Firms See Robust Results in Pandemic-Hit Quarter

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:39:18 +0530 - apps

Big Tech firms delivered robust Q2 results, underscoring growing consumer reliance on giants like Amazon during the pandemic as well as their extraordinary economic power — the subject of a heated US congressional hearing a day earlier.

TikTok Parent ByteDance Said to Consider Listing China Business in Hong Kong or Shanghai

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:17:03 +0530 - apps

TikTok owner ByteDance is considering listing its domestic business in Hong Kong or Shanghai, against a backdrop of rising Sino-US tensions over its short-form video app. Sources suggest that the company prefers Hong Kong as its primary choice.

Swiggy Introduces Health Hub, Offering Curation of Healthy Menus and Nutrient Information

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:13:07 +0530 - apps

Swiggy has launched Health Hub, a healthy food discovery section on its app. The food delivery platform has collaborated with nutritionists and top restaurants to curate special health menus and dishes. Consumers can take their pick from health-focused dishes, including gluten-free, high-protein, low-carb, organic, vegan, and keto meals.

Australia to Make Facebook, Google Pay for News in Landmark Move

Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:27:43 +0530 - apps

Australia will force US tech giants Facebook and Google to pay its media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world.