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1/17/2020

Xbox One's Console Streaming is out of beta and available globally for players with Android devices. Users must be in an Update Preview ring and have a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, among other requirements.

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Engadget
1/17/2020

Delta Air Lines has unveiled virtual queuing to its app, which alerts travelers when their seat is boarding. Delta says passengers can relax nearby instead of crowding at the gate while waiting.

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TravelPulse
1/17/2020

Instagram is centralizing video uploads to make it easier for developers to submit long-form videos to IGTV. Based on user feedback, the platform said it is removing the IGTV icon because few people used it.

1/17/2020

Facebook has disbanded a team it had working on possible WhatsApp ad integrations, which also caused the messaging service's founders to resign nearly two years ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook has plans to develop Status ads and is working on revenue-generators, such as tools for businesses to connect with consumers.

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WhatsApp
1/17/2020

A group of developers of now-defunct apps filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, contending the social platform participated in anti-competitive practices and inappropriately revoked developer access to harm prospective competitors. Facebook argues the suit is baseless, while Yavar Bathaee, an attorney for the apps, says in a statement. "[Facebook used] its economic power to crush or acquire anyone that competed with them."

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NBC News, Reuters
1/17/2020

Google aims to decrease the nuisance of robocalls with Call Screen, a feature that taps Google Assistant to answer and transcribe incoming calls to help users determine whether they wish to talk to callers. The feature is available only on Pixels, but it may eventually be expanded to other Android phones as well.

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CNET
1/17/2020

Cocos has released Cocos Play, a new platform that allows app developers to create hypercasual games and include them in a mini-app game center inside their apps using the Cocos Creator game engine. Facebook, WeChat, Samsung, Oppo and Vivo are some of the big brands using the Cocos Play technology, which is now officially open for all interested app developers and HTML5 game developers.

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VentureBeat
1/17/2020

The New York City Department of Transportation will implement the Savari SmartCross Vehicle-to-Pedestrian communication system. The first real-world deployment of the system will use a mobile phone app in sync with the Savari cloud software to provide information on traffic lights to pedestrians.

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Savari
1/17/2020

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada has a tool to help clients set up custom apps -- no coding required -- to tackle business issues such as regulatory compliance and searches for trademarks. The law firm's senior innovation manager, Al Hounsell, says a simple app can be created in a few hours.

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Law Times (Canada)
1/16/2020

Snapchat released a Scavenger Hunt game, adding to its Snappables game catalog, which invites users to find eight real-world objects using their smartphone's rear camera and rewards each success by adorning the object with augmented reality animations. The reward for finding all eight objects is an AR "Heroic Hunter" selfie lens.

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Next Reality
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