Snapchat lets you share your location with Snap Map

Snapchat has just added a new feature called Snap Maps that lets you keep track of what your friends are doing, viewing and sharing Stories even if they are half a world away. In addition, you can also share your own location with friends so they can see which milkshake joint you are at. Snap Maps also shows public stories of events such as concerts, fairs, and gatherings that are happening near your location.

PayPal adding an instant bank transfer option to platform

Last week Early Warning Systems announced their new Zelle payment processing system to enable nearly instantaneous transfers of funds for P2P transactions. This move seems to be a response to Apple’s steps to include better P2P features in their iMessage platform on iOS devices. Not to be outdone, PayPal announced today a new feature that will make it possible for users to move money from their PayPal account to their own bank account in mere minutes.

Android Market to shut down on June 30th

Google and Android fans who have watched the company and used their products over the years know that some platforms seem to get cut down despite being popular. In some cases though, Google products hang on long after you may have thought about them. In an announcement today, Google notified the world that they would be ending support for the Android Market effective June 30th. For those who are not aware, Android Market was the forerunner to Google Play.

Twitter preparing to roll out new look, features on most platforms

All of Twitter’s platforms will be getting an update over the next few days and weeks, although iOS users may see the most change as the iOS client incorporates more of an Android look. Headlining the changes and the leading example of how Twitter is bringing the Android experience to iOS is a new side navigation menu for profiles, accounts, settings and privacy. On iOS, the bottom menu bar is also being trimmed to be simpler, much like the Android menu bar.

Google updating Drive to full-fledged backup system

Google has announced an update to their Google Drive for Mac/PC client giving it a new name and new capabilities. On June 28, 2017 the product will become Backup and Sync from Google. In addition to replacing the Google Drive for Mac/PC application, the Google Photos desktop uploader will also be integrated into the new platform. For users who already use Google Drive for Mac/PC, the new application will respect their existing settings.

Google Now may get a transparent background overhaul

Technically it is a product that no longer exists, but the Google Now pane that is available to users who make use of the Google Launcher could be getting an interesting update. Google Now has been replaced by the Google Assistant and for their own Pixel devices, Google switched the interface to the Pixel Launcher and now calls Google Now the Google Feed. Whatever the name may be, despite a lack of activity for the tool, it appears Google is testing a possible change to the interface to make the background transparent.

Grab the Pixel Launcher for any Android phone, no root required

Ever since the Google Now launcher was discontinued, there was no official way to get the Google home screen experience on your Android device short of buying something that used Google’s newer launcher, which is pretty much just the Pixel. The Pixel’s a great phone, don’t get me wrong, but many people prefer other devices for various reasons.

New Zelle P2P payment system to provide new safe, fast platform to move money

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement of a new iMessage based payment processing framework to help Apple’s customers move money from person-to-person, a new bank-backed solution called Zelle was announced by Early Warning Services. The new Zelle system will be available to approximately 86-million mobile banking customers through their bank specific apps. Zelle promises to make it possible to transfer funds from one account to another in a matter of minutes as opposed to current systems that typically take 1-2 days for funds to clear and be available.

Google will start blocking ads in Chrome starting in 2018

Even after a huge push into the hardware sector, Google remains first and foremost a search and advertising company. It’s where the vast majority of the Mountain View’s profits come from, despite their other products grabbing more of the headlines. With great advertising power also comes great responsibility and Google has just announced that starting in early 2018, following previous rumors, their Chrome browser will block all “unacceptable” ads on web pages.