Instagram Adds GIF Stickers for Stories, Teases Ability to Change Photo Sizes

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For the people who can’t post enough Stories to Instagram, the app is adding GIF stickers for usage on your photos and videos that go directly into Stories. When selecting a photo or video to add to a Story, you’ll see many GIF stickers to choose from, like funny faces, a dog with sunglasses, a floating cheeseburger, plus plenty more. Not only did Instagram introduce GIF stickers, but they also teased the soon-to-be-released ability to change the size of photos inside of Stories. For example, if you ...

Google Play Audiobooks Section Going Live Right Now

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Over the weekend, hints of an Audiobooks section launching on Google Play surfaced, leading us to believe that Google would announce details at some point early this week. As it turns out, today is the day – Google Play Audiobooks are now official. With Audiobooks from Google Play, you can buy single audiobooks (no subscription required), add them to your Family Library, tell Google Assistant on your phone or Google Home to read your books (including setting timers), Cast them to supported devices, and pick-up where ...

YouTube TV Has Over 300,000 Subscribers a Year After Launch

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According to a source of CNBC, YouTube TV is off to an impressive start. Launched last year in February, the service is reported to have over 300,000 subscribers, though, Google has not made these figures public and would not provide a comment on the report. Providing a bit of context for that number, CNBC also reports that Hulu’s live TV option, launched last year in beta, has around 450,000 subscribers. Considering Google and YouTube don’t appear to be making the largest effort in marketing the service, and ...

Alexa App Update to Bring Actual Alexa Voice Commands

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According to Android Police, an incoming update for the official Alexa app on Android will soon bring a feature that you may have thought should’ve been there for quite some time. That’s right, actual Alexa voice interactions! I know, truly innovative. Until this update, which isn’t even live for everyone yet, the Alexa app purely managed Alexa on your various Echo devices. However, with this addition, you’ll be able to access skills for Alexa, control music playback, plus more. Sadly, it appears there will be no hotword ...

Notarize App Makes Notarizing Documents so Easy

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I’ve only had to find a notary once or twice in my life, but each time, it felt like such a hassle. I was younger and the process of finding a random person to watch me sign a document and then pay them for doing so felt like a very odd thing. Regardless, it’s something that needs to be done from to time, and I’m happy to report that a newly launched app for Android, called Notarize, should make the process extremely simplistic. The way it ...

This Google Arts & Culture App Meme is Quite Good

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If you’ve been on social media recently, maybe you’ve seen this bit going around where people use a selfie of themselves in the Google Arts & Culture app, which is then cross referenced with paintings inside of museums around the world. It’s pretty funny, and even though I apparently look like no one who has ever been painted (maybe that’s for the best), it’s still a lot of fun to try. All you need to get started is the Arts & Culture app from Google Play, linked ...

Samsung Pay Picks Up New UI, Includes Bottom Nav Bar and Cleaner Look

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Samsung Pay users, be on the lookout for a new update, labeled as build 2.8.18. Inside this update, Samsung includes an updated UI, one that users are apparently liking quite a bit. According to one user on reddit, “I opened the updated app and was like WOW! They have now ditched the on screen section menus for a more traditional bottom bar now! It looks really clean and everything is really tidy!” That’s either a very excited user or a Samsung employee posing as an excited user. Either way, ...

Smithsonian Added to YouTube TV Channel Lineup

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YouTube TV subscribers can now watch the Smithsonian channel, thanks to it being added to the service’s lineup today. I can’t tell you firsthand which shows are on the Smithsonian channel, but a few do look cool after peeking at the official show list here. There appears to be a lot of nature programming, shows like Building Star Trek and Crazy Monster Spiders, plus many more quality programs. Get on it, YouTube TV folk. This announcement is so historic it deserves to be put in… the Smithsonian.@SmithsonianChan is ...