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Top Tech News of the Week
If you’ve been hesitant to give your kids free range over mobile devices, Google has just built a new Android app called Family Link. The new app lets parents create a Google account for their kids. Control of the account is still in the parents’ hands.
Apple updated all of its iOS apps to 64-bit processing in 2015. They gave app developers a deadline of this June, however, requiring exisiting apps to move from 32-bit to 64-bit processing. With the next major iOS update, it is believed that Apple will no longer support apps running on 32-bit, and that unsupported apps could be removed from the app store.
One of the most frustrating experiences for website visitors is slow loading times. Entrepreneur shares 4 ways you can ensure your website is up to speed.
Facebook has created a new Town Hall feature where you can enter your address to see a list of officials at the local, state, and federal levels. You then have the option to follow or contact them.
Amazon is rolling out Alexa to all iPhone users via the Amazon app, which allows users to be able to ask the assistant almost anything you would on the Echo. The only drawback is that you have to have the app open to use it, and it can’t be used as a replacement for Siri.
Last year Google introduced Motion Stills, an iOS app that turns Live Photos into non-shaky gifs. Now Google has made a number of updates that makes manipulating Live Photos an even better experience–and gives you the option to export them in their original file format.
If you’re looking for a free and simple way to promote your small business, Small Business Trends shares why you shouldn’t overlook Facebook Events.
Google has revamped its Hangouts feature and split it into two services aimed at helping businesses: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Meet is intended to make it easier for remote teams to jump into video calls easily, with the ability to host up to 30 callers. Hangouts Chat works as a hub where teams can share documents and communicate easily whether you’re working remotely or in a large office.
YouTube is gearing up to eliminate video annotations–those little text boxes that pop up in videos encouraging viewers to visit a website or just share quirky comments. The majority of video viewers do not engage with them, and if they do, it’s to close them rather than interact with them the way video creators are intending. And the fact that they’ve never worked on mobile doesn’t make a strong case for keeping them, either.
iMessage apps were quite the rage among developers when they first launched with iOS 10 last year. That excitement has stagnated, however, after the initial gold rush. Game apps have been the most popular and lucrative, but most extraneous features have their limits.
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