Yahoo’s popular News Digest app is now available for Android tablets. It’s basically the same as the mobile version only now on a large screen which makes reading more enjoyable. What makes it unique is it provides a summary of all important news twice a day, hence the “digest” name. Once in the morning and once at night, all the top stories are summarized and only the key information is shown.
Looks like Yahoo is using its resources to once again revamp its search engine, this time in the mobile arena by providing a more visually appealing experience. Important stuff up top, links at the bottom. That saves users the burden of pinching and zooming, scrolling and sliding when trying to find that specific news article or restaurant.
Google’s Gmail app for Android has gotten some extra new security features that will be very important for those of you using a Yahoo! or Microsoft account. The new update brings Oauth support for both accounts, bringing the security of using those email addresses closer to what you’ll typically experience with Gmail.
Oauth allows users to take advantage of two-step authentication and Google’s account recovery process, both of which are staple security features in 2015. If you use either a Yahoo! or Microsoft mail account in your Gmail app, keep an eye out for this update over the next few days. Read more
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has reportedly green lighted the launch of a new service to take on Google, Apple and others in the personal assistant/search segment. It is said that this service will be called ‘Index‘ and will take on Google Now, Apple’s Siri and even Cortana from Microsoft. Read more
Last year, Google introduced a new dialer with Android 4.4.3. The dialer, limited to Nexus devices and GPE devices, added the ability to find people and businesses and call them directly from the app. With Facebook and Yahoo working on their own dialer apps, it appears that Google is taking the fight to them with an updated dialer.
In an ever-developing world, the traditional password is quickly becoming outdated. It’s now considered to be inefficient and insecure. That’s why Yahoo is taking a rather different approach towards authentication.
The expansion of Fleksy Keyboard continues due to a partnership between the application and a leader in the search engine industry. Through Yahoo, users of Fleksy Keyboard are able to perform searches from any app. The feature, called Search Extension powered by Yahoo, places a search bar above the keyboard for quick access.
Earlier this week, we learned that Fleksy Keyboard would be included as one of Samsung’s Galaxy Gifts featured on the upcoming Galaxy S 6.
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Yahoo announced its own mobile developer suite that unites Flurry and Yahoo features to give developers the best of both worlds. Read more
Yahoo has added a new feature to their customized home screen launcher, Aviate. Users will now be able to make universal searches across their device and the web thanks to a new search bar on their homescreens after updating the app. This is similar to the search bar that you see on Google’s launchers, but it does, of course, use Yahoo as the search engine.
It’s a pretty minor tweak, but the extra feature definitely helps flesh out Aviate a bit.
Yahoo doesn’t just want users to read out about the weather. They want users to actually feel it (without actually feeling it). Today, the company started rolling out an update to its Yahoo Weather app that introduces animated effects. Based on the weather outside your window, the app will adapt the display with effects for rain, snow, fog, heat, lightning, and frost. Yahoo feels that this takes things to the “next level.” So while the weather outside is frightful, the fire inside is so delightful. And Yahoo Weather will make sure you know that.
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