Chance currently writes for both 9to5Google and 9to5Mac, in addition to 9to5Toys. He has previously written for several other online publications. He uses a Nexus 5, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Hackintosh, and Macbook Air.
Samsung is increasing its efforts to win over iPhone customers. The smartphone maker has launched a new website called “iTest,” and it allows iPhone users to “get a little taste of Samsung” through a web application that simulates the Android experience.
Google has started to roll out a major redesign to the YouTube application on Apple TV with tvOS. This update brings the latest YouTube interface that Google uses on other platforms to Apple’s streaming box, nearly a year after it first came to Google TV.
Netflix has announced a new “Downloads for You” feature for its iOS and Android applications. The company says that this feature will automatically download recommended TV shows or movies to your device “based on your tastes,” and it’s thankfully completely opt-in.
The feature is rolling out today on Android and will begin testing on iOS soon.
The Spotify Wrapped 2020 year-in-review roundup is now live for users around the world. It allows you to easily see your most listened to songs, artists, and albums in the Spotify app for iOS and Android. Here’s how it works.
Twitter has announced a pair of new features today, including a full rollout of its Instagram Stories-like feature Fleets. Twitter has also revealed plans to roll out a new conversational audio feature dubbed Spaces.
Ireland has debuted its COVID-19 Tracker application today, its solution to help contract trace and slow the spread of coronavirus. The app is built using the Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google, and users in Ireland can download it from the App Store now as well as Google Play.
One of the most common complaints about tvOS is its lack of support for 4K support in the YouTube app. That will change with this year’s introduction of tvOS 14, which will add support for 4K streaming in the YouTube app for the first time.
The first app to take advantage of the Apple and Google Exposure Notification API has been released in Switzerland, according to a new report from the BBC. The app is called “SwissCovid” and is currently available to select essential workers.
Twitter is rolling out the ability for users to limit who can reply to their tweets. The feature is currently available to “a limited group of people globally” with a trio of different new reply options.
Qualcomm reported its fiscal Q2 2020 earnings today, announcing revenue of $5.21 billion and earnings-per-share of $0.88. Both of those numbers are above Wall Street expectations, but Qualcomm also predicted a forthcoming 30% drop in handset shipments.
Best Buy is the latest retailer to announce that it is closing all stores due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The company will instead offer curbside pickup and delivery, much like many other retailers have done over the last week as the coronavirus pandemic evolves.
League of Legends is coming to iOS and Android in 2020, Riot Games confirmed today. The expansion was first rumored back in May, but now Riot Games has confirmed that League of Legends: Wild Rift will come to mobile devices and consoles next year.
iOttie, a well known brand here at 9to5Toys, just announced its latest product: the Easy One Touch Wireless 2 smartphone mount. This is the first mount that can power Google’s Pixel lineup of smartphone with fast wireless charging. Normally, Google devices will only charge at 5W, but iOttie worked directly with Google to created the only certified Made for Google wireless charging car mount on the market. However, the Easy One Touch Wireless 2’s tricks don’t stop there, as it also supports 7.5W fast charging for iPhone, making it a jack of all trades.
A new report from Vice today details discoveries made by Google Project Zero researchers that “may be one of the largest attacks against iPhone users ever.” The basis of the attacks is a series of hacked websites, which were randomly distributing malware to iPhone users.
Apple today has updated the Apple Music beta app for Android with a pair of notable features from iOS 13. With today’s update, Android users can now take advantage of Dark Mode in Apple Music, as well as time-synced lyrics.
I’m a huge racing fan. I’ve played racing games since Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit on the original PlayStation, which was the start of a lifelong passion of mine as I now work on old muscle cars to fix them up in my spare time. But, that’s not what you’re here to learn about. Turn 10, the gaming studio behind the ever-popular Forza series announced a new game today dubbed Forza Street.
This new experience is built to be played anytime, anywhere, and specifically for car lovers. It’s available on Windows 10 today and will be coming to both Android and iOS platforms in the coming months.
Apple has poached one of Google’s top artificial intelligence engineers as it continues to build up its AI team. Apple recently hired Google’s Ian Goodfellow to join its “Special Projects Group” as a director of machine learning, according to his LinkedIn profile.
If you’re experiencing issues accessing some of Google’s most popular services this evening, it’s not just you. Google Drive, YouTube, and Gmail are all currently down or behaving abnormally for many user, and it’s unclear when a fix will be deployed.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out this evening with a new investor note covering early order estimates of Samsung’s Galaxy S10. The analyst is increasing his Galaxy S10 shipment estimate by 30 percent citing ‘spec differentiation’ from current iPhones, including an ultrasonic fingerprint reader.
After announcing this morning that it was slightly delaying the release of Mario Kart for iOS, Nintendo has now revealed another mobile game coming this year. The company says that it will release Dr. Mario World for iOS and Android sometime this summer…
Security researchers have hijacked a number of celebrity Twitter accounts – including that of Louis Theroux – to post unauthorized tweets. They have also demonstrated that Twitter’s claimed fix for the problem didn’t work …
Back in November of last year, Vine cofounder Dom Hofmann announced he was working on a “follow-up” to the popular six-second video sharing app. A few months later, however, Hoffman said he was delaying development of Vine 2.0 due to funding and legal concerns.
Snapchat earnings for Q3 2018 were released today, and despite a beat on revenue, the company still saw a decline in active users. This marks the second quarter in a row during which Snapchat has experienced a decline in users, and it’s a trend the company expects to continue.
Twitter has announced today that it is removing the ability to create Twitter Moments from its iOS and Android applications. The company says that making Moments will still be possible from the desktop web version of Twitter, while you’ll also still be able to view Moments from iOS and Android.
Google has decided not to compete for a cloud computing contract with the Pentagon, Bloomberg reports this evening. The contract was valued at as much as $10 billion, but Google now says it could conflict with its Google Cloud values.
Facebook’s efforts to compete head-on with Snapchat have been incredibly clear thanks to features like Stories. Now, the company is planning to revive its unpopular ‘Nearby Friends’ feature with a new Snapchat-like interface. While the Facebook location sharing feature has never been too popular, the company hopes this redesign could spur new interest.
Ahead of Made by Google 2018 and the Pixel Slate next week, Microsoft today unveiled a handful of new Surface products, including the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Headphones, and Surface Studio 2. The devices were also unveiled at a media event in New York City today.
eBay is one of the most popular platforms for reselling smartphones, and the company today announced a new partnership with Red Pocket Mobile. Through this partnership, customers will be able to buy a lower-priced wireless plan in conjunction with their smartphone purchase.
Twitter has received a lot of flack over recent years thanks to its resistance to a chronological timeline. In a series of tweets today, however, Twitter announced that it is working on “new ways to give you more control” over what you see in your timeline.
Snapchat today continues to expand the feature-list for its popular lenses. As reported by TechCrunch, the company is rolling out new lenses that respond to voice commands, joining the existing catalog of lenses that respond to movements…
IDC has released its latest smartphone market data today, showing the continued growth of Huawei. According to the report, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 342 million units during the June quarter of 2018, which is down 1.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year…
Samsung today announced that it has developed an “unbreakable” OLED panel. The company made the somewhat vague announcement in a press release, saying the display has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories as unbreakable….
A new report from Bloomberg this evening explains that Verizon is looking to partner with either Google or Apple when it rolls 5G service to homes later this year. Through the partnership, Verizon would be able to provide television service to its subscribers, according to the report.
Timehop today is providing additional information on the data breach it first revealed yesterday. According to TechCrunch, Timehop has discovered that the breach included more user data than it initially thought…
In a blog post this afternoon, Facebook announced that it is shutting down three of its ancillary applications: Hello, Moves, and Tbh. The latter two were acquired by Facebook, while Hello was a first-party, Android-only app during its lifespan.
Amid a growing push towards improved digital health, Facebook is seemingly testing a new tool that would show users how long they spend on the platform per day. As reported by TechCrunch, the “Your Time on Facebook” feature was discovered in an unreleased version of the Facebook mobile app, with the company confirming the feature’s development…
As VidCon 2018 continues, YouTube this evening has announced a slew of new features that it says will help creators “earn more money and build stronger communities.” YouTube detailed the new features in a blog post…
Facebook is rolling out a controversial change to its popular Messenger application. As reported by Quartz, Facebook is beginning to test autoplaying video ads in Messenger, a move that isn’t likely to be well-received by users…
Following a report yesterday suggesting Instagram was adding support for videos up to 1 hour in length, TechCrunch now offers additional details on the company’s video plans. The report likens Instagram’s video plans to Snapchat’s Discover feature…
Mary Meeker today shared her annual Internet Trends Report at Recode’s Code Conference in California. The report serves as a great tool to analyze some of the year’s most notable trends, and this year is no different…
The Pokémon Company has made a pair of announcements tonight, including a brand new game available now for Nintendo Switch and coming to Android next month. The game is called Pokémon Quest and is free-to-play…
Facebook has today announced a pair of new features for its platform. The company is rolling out support for finding home service professionals via its Marketplace platform and is also making two-factor authentication easier to set up.