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.

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.