The New York Times to Shut the NYT Now App

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New York Times is one of the popular media house with millions of reader. It is also one of the very first news publication house. From the newspaper time to the first moving digital era, the media house is able to hold its user base. Now it moved from just paper age to the online based news service. Now the New York Times is letting people catch the news from their website and app as well. You can now see what is happening around the world from their official website and app.

With their website and app user can now view news in an attractive way like videos, pictures, and infographics. Back in April 2014 the NYT first introduced its app called NYT Now which was a subscription based app where the user had to pay $8 per month to catch all the news on their smartphone. Then the New York Times removed the subscription and made it free for everyone to catch all the news at one place for free. The main motto behind the move was to gain more user base, and they succeeded in that. The NYT was able to hit 334, 000 unique visits in may 2015. Things didn’t go well as they were just able to gather 275, 000 visit in last three months.

This might be the reason that the editor is now thinking to merge the New York Times Now app with NYTimes app. As per the report, the app will stop serving news from the September.

In a note, the NYT Now editor Michael Owen and assistant masthead editor Clifford Levy wrote “We are retiring NYT Now because we’ve incorporated so much of it into all of the Times’s digital platforms, in particular, the NYTimes app,” This explains everything.

With this merge, some of the New York Times Now features like the mini crossword, morning, evening and weekend briefings will be merged to the NYTimes app. The NYTimes app is a subscription-based app. All the existing New York Times Now app user now will be shifted to the NYTimes app. All the current users will also get an exclusive discount to join the NYTimes app.

Android Nougat is coming with Improved Data Saving Feature

We all love to save data while we are using limited mobile data on our phone. Most of the mobile browser now supports data saving to save your mobile data and even Android also feature data limit to set a data limit when you use mobile data. That feature is just t5o warn you when you exceed a pre-set data limit.

Android is rolling a new data saving feature with the new Android Nougat 7.0. If you use mobile data then, you know that the cost of mobile data eventually crosses the actual price of our phone. This stats is crazy but true at the same time. Most of the data is consume by some apps that run in the background, and we tend not to give much attention to that problem.

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Android is trying to fix this problem with the new data saving feature. According to Android Central, the new feature will limit all the background data when you are on a limited data plan. It will limit data usages at the set limit thus the background apps won’t be able to kill your data plan. But when you are on an unlimited data connection your all apps get full access to the network, and the can do everything they are programmed to do.

This feature is possible due to the ConnectivityManager API in SDK version 24 i.e. Android 7.0. With this API your phone can detect whether you are on a limited data plan or unlimited data plan and can trigger data saving mode on and off.

This feature works on any cellular network in any country and can also work on the prepaid network. You can also whitelist any app to get the full access to the network while the data saving plan is active.

This is a good step towards the future, and we can not wait to see how this new feature works and helps.

Microsoft Attack Apple’s Claim for iPad Pro being a Computer

Let me take you back to 2013. There was a Soccer match, and I was watching on TV when I saw an ad. That ad was interesting where Microsoft was mocking iPad with their Windows 8 tab. Windows seems to like that concept and now again mocking iPad with their new ad. This time, it is iPad Pro and mocking for Apple’s claim for being a full computer.

Microsoft is mocking iPad by commenting that iPad Pro just got a keyboard and claimed as a full computer. The ad start something like Siri say “I just got a keyboard, I am a computer now like you.” Here Microsoft attacked iPad Pro being low in power and big in the claim. It also points out the lack of USB port, Track Pad, Powerful processor and Full version of Office. This ad is interesting and this time, Microsoft has used Siri and Cortana. The video ends with a message “Surface does more, just like you.Microsoft argues that “just because you call something a computer doesn’t mean it fits the description.” Let see where this rivalry ends.

Instagram rolled out its First Update for Stories

InstagramI am a bit of Instagram boy, and I love to share my moments with Instagram. Recently Instagram has added a new feature called Stories a few days back. This feature is basically a clone of popular social app Snapchat. With the feature, “Stories” users can record some moments and share with their followers in a SlideShare way. This video then gets removed after 24 hours pretty much like Snapchat.

Facebook-owned Instagram now rolled out its first update for the “Stories”. This update adds an option for users to Zoom in by dragging their hand up from the shutter button while recording a video. In the same users can now zoom out by dragging their finger downward.

Interestingly Snapchat also has the same feature of dragging up and down for zooming and zoom out respectively.

Google Launches new Video Calling App Duo

Voice calling is getting old. The new generation wants to see each other while talking. Video calling is the next term of communication, and there is no doubt that we already saw some great video chatting app. Be it Facetime from Apple, Skype from Windows or the messenger from Facebook each of them is popular and knows how to serve the audience. This time, Google is also trying its luck in this industry with its new video chatting app Duo. Google already owns and serving video calling via Hangout, but that is a bit of complication, and Google wants to make everything simpler.

Duo Google's Video calling app

It has all the popular features that others are already offering with some extra features. The most popular feature of this app is its new feature called “Knock Knock.” This feature lets you see the live video from the caller before you answer. This helps you to decide whether to answer and for what they are calling.

You don’t need to create any account here. You just need to have the phone number of the receiver like with the Facetime and Whatsapp. All the calls are encrypted for an extra layer of security and it also automatically changes the video resolution depending on your network strength.

This app was first featured in May in Google I/O event but was not available for users. Yesterday Google announced this via their official blog. Duo is now available for both Android and iOS, and you can download for free from the official app store.