In what Microsoft is saying is their biggest deal ever, the tech giant is purchasing LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion and helping Microsoft jump into the social media space. LinkedIn primarily targets professionals for networking purposes and has approximately 433 million users. Read more
While Xbox fans wait to see if Microsoft will announce the rumored Xbox One S at E3 2016 later today, the software giant has rebranded the Xbox One SmartGlass app to just “Xbox” for both Android and iOS platforms. The revamped app comes with a new design and added features, join us after the break for the changelog. Read more
Twitter has managed to keep their servers safe amidst reports of attempts to hack them to gain access to user accounts. However, the company has acknowledged that it appears attacks and breaches on other web sites may have put user accounts at risk. To combat this, Twitter has taken to locking some accounts over the past few days pending owner password resets and they have posted an entry on their site with information on the current situation and tips for users. Read more
Facebook recently held their 50th Hackathon event, and one really cool feature has made its way from the coding jam into the wild: videos in comment replies.
Yep, now you’ll be able to reply to posts (or other comments!) with embedded videos, which Facebook thinks should help stir up more communication. Read more
The NVIDIA SHIELD is probably the most capable Android TV device you can buy thanks to its powerful Tegra X1 processor and the optional 500GB model, and NVIDIA has done an excellent job of supporting the device post-launch with tons of new features and updates. The newest update that’s slated for the box is going to bring another very useful trick into the SHIELD’s toolbox and will allow you to turn the SHIELD into an optimized Plex Media Server. Read more
Google India has begun rolling out a new feature for YouTube Offline called Smart Offline to help users in India take advantage of cheaper data rates.
One of the big news items that came out of Google I/O 2016 this year was the announcement that Chrome OS would support the running of Android applications. Android and Google fans have been watching for years to see whether the company would merge their operating systems into a single unified platform. Running Android apps on Chrome OS does not get the company there yet, but it is a step in that direction. Based on some items noticed by users, Google is working on another step by reformatting their main search page at Google.com to start incorporating Android’s Material design guidelines and concepts. Read more
Snapchat has begun receiving a significant update to its user interface, completely overhauling how the Stories and Discover sections look and are organized.
Twitter has released a major overhaul to their Android app, and it brings the best of Google’s Material Design standard to the social media app’s UX. You can see it in action below. Read more