Apple is finally starting to enforce strict App Store location sharing regulations

Apple wants to send a clear and simple message – there’s no room in its App Store for nefarious data collection and unauthorized location information sharing.

Apple is unlikely to merge iOS and Mac apps this year, project codename now unknown

What may have been codenamed project “Marzipan” at one point is still in development, eyeing some sort of a unification between iOS and MacOS, but not this year.

Spotify’s free music streaming tier gets on-demand playlists for Android and iOS devices

Look for a new, redesigned Spotify app for iOS and Android in the “coming weeks”, providing free access to select on-demand playlists, as well as a more personalized music streaming experience through and through.

Google Lens preview officially spreads to iOS devices in Google Photos app

Previously available only on Android devices, the AI-powered Google Lens object recognition tool is now rolling out to both iPhone and iPad users as a neat Google Photos extension.

Samsung’s official PyeongChang 2018 app brings you closer to the Olympic action

The only mobile app you’ll need to follow the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics action is available from Samsung as a free Google Play or iOS App Store download.

Hulu no longer charges extra for No Commercials service on iOS and tvOS

All subscribers to Hulu’s No Commercials video streaming plan are now charged the same flat $11.99 monthly fee, including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users.

Apple lets developers offer new iOS, macOS and tvOS apps for pre-order

Apple’s App Store supports a simple but welcome new feature starting today, as new iOS, macOS and tvOS titles can be offered for pre-order.

Apple unveils long list of 2017 App Store and iTunes bestsellers and editorial selections

The App Store’s most popular 2017 titles are not very surprising, but the editorial choices for the year’s top apps and games could catch you off guard.

Facebook Messenger Kids lets children chat with pre-approved contacts in total safety

Facebook has a new children-friendly instant messaging app available as a preview on US iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches, aptly named Messenger Kids.

These two new iOS apps can (partially) remove your iPhone X notch for a small fee

If you just can’t stand the “notch” on your hot new iPhone X, Apple has surprisingly approved not one, but two fun little apps to help you with that.

You now have seven minutes to delete WhatsApp messages ‘for everyone’

With the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, it’s possible to delete embarrassing messages within seven minutes of their sending.

Google launches Tez in India for simple and secure online and offline mobile payments

Instead of trying to adapt the NFC-only Android Pay platform to the rigors of the Indian market, Google has released a brand new payments app called Tez.

Skype gains convenient Send Money functionality for PayPal transfers on Android and iOS

PayPal just made it easier for IM and video chat addicts to exchange money on mobile devices with direct Skype Android and iOS app integration.

Microsoft kills popular Word Flow iOS keyboard ‘experiment’, suggests SwiftKey as replacement

No more “experimenting” with the ingenious Arc mode of Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard app for iPhones, as Redmond puts all its chips on SwiftKey.

Advanced machine learning helps Google app feed get more intuitive and easier to customize

The already intuitive and versatile Google feed in the search giant’s Android and iOS app is getting a major update focused on personalization.

Uber makes it a lot easier and more intuitive to request rides for friends and family

If you want to help someone who doesn’t own a smartphone or that simply refuses to use the Uber app get around, a new feature makes it hassle-free.

WhatsApp takes Siri integration to the next level by adding the ability to read messages out loud

In a mutually beneficial move, Facebook and Apple have joined hands to greatly improve Siri support for WhatsApp.
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Apple is expected to remove 32-bit app support from iOS 11 altogether

We don’t know much about Apple’s fast-approaching iOS 11 build, and one of the few rumors floating around is a bit of a no-brainer.

Facebook Messenger starts showing AI-powered suggestions on Android and iOS

It took quite a while for Facebook Messenger to officially join the AI game, with the M digital assistant available now in the US.

Fitbit makes progress getting Pebble watches to work independent of cloud services

Fitbit still has some work to do to ensure Pebble watches will work 6 or 12 months from now, but cloud reliance is gradually being decreased.

Facebook tries to beat Snapchat at its own game with Stories for all, new camera effects and more

Usually, it’s the underdogs that take inspiration from market leaders, but Facebook isn’t afraid to go the other way around and follow Snapchat’s suit.

Apple wants to make iOS video creation and editing fun and simple with free Clips app

Apple technically rivals the likes of Instagram or Snapchat with the new Clips app, though iOS users can share their video creations anywhere they want.

Official Alexa support comes to iPhones and iPads in Amazon app

We don’t know how Apple feels about this, but if you want to try something new on your iOS device today, the Amazon app includes Alexa assistance.

Microsoft’s Cortana 2.0 digital assistant brings ‘fresh new look’ to iPhones

After refreshing the looks and improving the user experience of Cortana on Android devices months ago, Microsoft finally does the same for iOS users.

Instagram picks up wide color capture, Live Photos support for recent iPhones

Live Photos shot with the past couple of iPhone generations can now be easily converted and shared on Instagram, which also supports wide color capture.