Remember Aviate? It’ll No Longer be Supported After March 8

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Back in 2013, a couple of former Googlers created a third party launcher that acted in a way like Google Now, by changing throughout your day depending on what you might need. The launcher was called Aviate, and it attempted to automatically or contextually adjust its layouts, app recommendations, info presented, etc., for work and personal or time of day. It picked up enough buzz that Yahoo bought it within a few months and supported it with updates for a solid year. On March 8, ...

Type Mode for Instagram Stories Replaces Pictures and Videos With Boring Text

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The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, Instagram doesn’t care, introducing Type Mode for Instagram Stories. Now, instead of placing cool photos and videos into your Stories, you can just write text that others will see, and spoiler alert, this kinda sucks. For those who may find this interesting, inside Type Mode you will find various backgrounds and fancy fonts to write whatever is on your mind. Facebook has already done this for its News Feed that you may have seen already, ...

Mario Kart Tour Coming to Mobile Phones (Updated)

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Late yesterday, Nintendo announced via Twitter that a new mobile application is in development. Set to launch March, 2019 (sometime before the end of March, 2019), it’s official, Mario Kart Tour is going mobile. Considering we’ve still got a whole year and one month to go before its scheduled release, there aren’t many details floating around. If I had to guess, though, we can expect there to be karts and all of the characters we know and love. If Nintendo asked me what I wanted from ...

YouTube TV Arrives on Select Roku Devices

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Been waiting for Roku to gain access to YouTube TV? That day has come. The two companies announced today that YouTube TV is available on select Roku devices, which means live sports, news, and many of your favorite shows can now be consumed for just $35 per month. Supported Roku devices include all Roku TVs, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Streaming Stick (3800x, 3600x), Roku Express/Express+ (3910x, 3900x, 3710x, 3700x), Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku 4, Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x), and Roku 2 (4210x). I don’t ...

Business Profiles on Instagram Can Now Schedule Posts

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Starting now, business profiles on Instagram can begin scheduling posts, allowing for better management of their “organic presence.” To get started, let’s say you manage a company’s Instagram account. Via marketing partners, you can view a schedule of sorts that can then be filled with predetermined content. If you want a specific post up at a specific time, you can now just schedule it. If engagement is high around a certain time every day, you’ll no longer need to set aside time during that time to ...

Google Took Down 700,000+ Bad Apps in 2017, Booted 100,000 Bad Developers From Google Play

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The battle over clean, non-malicious apps on Google Play is a never-ending battle that Google is constantly finding new ways to address. For 2017, they not only improved on their ability to detect bad apps, they discovered new techniques that help them identify repeat offenders. In doing so, they announced today that they took down 700,000+ apps on Google Play that violated the store’s policies, but also kicked out 100,000 bad developers. That seems like a lot of bad apps and bad developers. They didn’t say ...

VLC Beta for Android Adds Chromecast Support

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VLC, the free and open source multimedia player that so many of you play your legally purchased DVD rips from, received a beta update today on Android that brought with it Chromecast support. While I’m not as up-to-speed on VLC development as I probably should be, this seems like a big deal. Previously (almost a year ago), VLC picked up Chromecast support through a nightly build that was labeled as experimental. As far as I can tell, this is the first time it’s added Chromecast support ...

Adult Swim App Gains Chromecast Support

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Somehow, the official Adult Swim app for Android never picked up Chromecast support. This week, that all changed. In a recent update that is now available to all users, the app supports Chromecast, meaning the streamable episodes from within the app can now be played on your big screen in the living room. Not only was Chromecast support added, but a live chat feature has also been baked in for live streams and select marathons. I’m sure the network’s live chats are full of empathetic and intelligent ...