Tag Archive: Users


Some Snapchat employees reportedly used internal tools to abuse users’ data

Employees accessed information using an internal tool called “SnapLion.”

What you need to know A report claims Snapchat employees abused their privilege to access user data. This included saved snaps, phone numbers, and more. SnapLion was one of the internal tools used to do this.

It seems like not a day goes by without learning about a new privacy concern or data breach, and this time around Snapchat gets its spot in the limelight with a report  [Read More…]

Amazon Fire TV now has 34 million active users, increasing its lead on Roku

Roku reported 29.1 million users just last week.

Amazon Fire TV now has 34 million monthly active users, up from the 30 million announced in January and widening the gap between it and Roku’s recently reported user numbers. The detail was given by Jen Prenner, Amazon’s Fire TV general manager and global head of Marketing, growth and engagement, during a panel at The Pay TV Show in Denver, Colorado.

Prenner noted that that the platform’s growth has  [Read More…]

New Google Assistant design rolling out to limited users

The new dark transparent design is rolling out in a limited A/B test.

What you need to know Google is doing a limited A/B test of a new design for Google Assistant on phones. It’s been seen on Pixel and OnePlus phones with version 9.84.10.21 of the Google app. We don’t know if this will become the default in the future or not.

Google appears to be testing a new design for Google Assistant with users reporting  [Read More…]

Google’s allowing users to automatically delete location and activity data

The feature is rolling out over the coming weeks.

A new feature from Google now allows your location and other data to be auto-deleted every 3 or 18 months. While Google has always allowed you to disable the tracking of your location and searches or erase your location history, there are often many benefits to Google having this data.

By keeping track of your location and search habits, Google is able to make suggestions about a restaurant  [Read More…]

Amazon Music gets a free ad-supported tier for Alexa users

You’ll be able to listen to Amazon Music playlists and stations even if you’re not a Prime member.

Amazon Music Unlimited costs $ 8 a month on its own, but Amazon is now starting to roll out a free tier for Alexa device owners. Customers in the U.S. will be able to access an ad-supported selection of top playlists and stations for free, even if they’re not Prime subscribers.

Customers will be able to tune into a  [Read More…]

Samsung users are converting to Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T

In Q4 2018, Samsung users opted for the Pixel 3 or OnePlus 6T when upgrading.

Research from Counterpoint shows that, in the fourth quarter of 2018, nearly half of Pixel 3 sales came from former Samsung users while over one-third of OnePlus 6T purchases came from previous Samsung users. In the same quarter, the Google Pixel 3 made up 7.3% of Verizon’s total sales, while the OnePlus 6T accounted for 2.4% of T-Mobile’s total sales.

A large  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy Watch: the best option for Android users?

I’ve grown to really like a smartwatch over the years. They are a great way to triage your notifications and online persona without fully using a phone. Samsung has had a nice lineup with the Galaxy Gear watches over the last few years. It since dropped the Gear moniker for just Galaxy Watch and it’s my latest option to try for a companion wrist device.

Samsung has long been a champion of the secondary devices we call smartwatches. They launched  [Read More…]

Google will let European Android users choose a browser and search engine

Google changes its policies in the EU to avoid antitrust scrutiny.

Google will start prompting Android users in Europe to choose a browser and search engine they prefer to use on their device.

The European Commission levied a $ 5 billion fine on Google last year for requiring OEMs to pre-load its own search engine and browser on Android devices. In response, Google has mentioned that it will start charging a paid license to OEMs in Europe  [Read More…]

Mint Mobile give users more data for the money

There are two types of mobile carriers in the United States: national carriers and MVNOs. National carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile command higher prices for faster data speeds and benefits like better customer service, free Amazon Prime, or Netflix.

MVNO, or Mobile Virtual Network Operators, are smaller carriers that lease tower space from the big four. You can often save a ton of money with these plans — but you may run into slower data speeds or less  [Read More…]

Mint Mobile’s give users more data for the money

There are two types of mobile carriers in the United States: national carriers and MVNOs. National carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile command higher prices for faster data speeds and benefits like better customer service, free Amazon Prime, or Netflix.

MVNO, or Mobile Virtual Network Operators, are smaller carriers that lease tower space from the big four. You can often save a ton of money with these plans — but you may run into slower data speeds or less  [Read More…]