Buffalo News launches new Android app, updates iOS app

The News has launched a new Android app and updated features to its iOS app. The apps resemble BuffaloNews.com, but they also offer a few more features, including the ability to save and bookmark stories to your device, the ability to access saved stories when your device isn’t connected to the Internet, and faster-loading photo galleries. The biggest new features in the iOS app include the ability to comment on articles and to access our e-edition. If you have an Android phone or tablet, you can download the new version through the Google Play store. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can update or download the app in the iTunes store. Frequently asked questions Q: Is the app free? A: The app is free to install, but a paywall limits your free articles unless you are a News subscriber. A digital access package will provide you unlimited access to all Buffalo News content. Call (716) 842–1111 or visit https://subscribe.buffalonews.com/ to subscribe. Q: Can you access stories saved in the app on desktop? What if I saved a story on my iPhone and want to read the story on my iPad? A: The stories will be saved only to the device you were reading on. Q: Why is some content I see on the website, like an embedded tweet or graphic, not appearing when I look at the same story on the app? A: Some interactive or multimedia content does not appear in the app. Our developers are working on this. Q: How do I comment on an article?  Click on the comment bubbles on the top right-hand corner of the app to access the comment section. Add your comment and press the blue "post" button to add your comment. It will prompt you to log in with your Facebook account credentials the first time you try to post a comment. You must be logged into a Facebook account to post in the comment section. Q: How do I access the e-edition?  Click the "e-edition" button on the bottom right-hand corner of the app (iOs) or look for the e-edition link in the navigation menu (Android) Continue Reading

Apple Requires New iOS Apps To Support iPhone X Display

Apple has always been strict when it comes to app requirements for App Store developers. Now the tech giant has informed developers that all new apps must natively support the Super Retina display of the iPhone X starting this April. “iOS 11 has brought innovative features and the redesigned App Store to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Your apps can deliver more intelligent, unified, and immersive experiences with Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, Apple Music integration, drag and drop for iPad and more,” Apple told developers in an email obtained by 9To5Mac. “Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later. All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps, must support the Super Retina display of the iPhone X.” To put it in simpler terms, developers must make sure that their apps will be able to accommodate the display notch on the iPhone X’s 5.8-inch OLED display. Although the iPhone X has been available since November 2017, there are still plenty of apps that haven’t been optimized to embrace the display notch of the latest iPhone model. With Apple now requiring developers to accommodate the notch of the iPhone X, it’s clear that the tech giant is sticking with its design choice and is making sure that all of its users have properly optimized apps. Apple hasn’t set a deadline for developers that already have existing apps in the App Store, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the company decides to set one soon. The notch on the iPhone X Super Retina display is probably one of the biggest design changes in the history of Apple’s iOS devices. To a lot of users, they see the notch as an annoying design choice. Despite complaints, Apple sees the notch as a one of the defining features of the iPhone X. As The Verge points out, it makes the iPhone X standout from other Continue Reading

What Is Photos Companion? Microsoft’s iOS App Quickly Transfers Photos To PC

Microsoft has released a new iOS app that’s specially designed for consumers who use its Windows 10 PCs and Apple’s iPhones and or iPads. Called Photos Companion, the app makes it easy for users to transfer photos from their iOS devices to their PCs.  The Redmond giant has been working on the app for some time now. It was first circulated among beta testers last November. Its actually a product of a Microsoft Garage project, and Microsoft hopes that it could appeal to many people, especially to students.   The company says Photos Companion will come in handy for students who do not back up the photos they take to a cloud storage such as its very own OneDrive. Through this app, students will have a fast way to bring smartphone content to Windows PCs in the school setting.  “We began developing a simple, experimental app for iOS and Android to see if we could unblock educators and help them begin using the Photos app in their classrooms,” Microsoft was quoted as saying by MacRumors.  ”We knew that students often captured on multiple phones or tablets, but leveraged a single ‘project’ PC to assemble their media and create their final project. We also knew that Wi-Fi access in the classroom was great between devices, but that any solution that required the cloud for transfer could be blocked by overloaded networks,” the company added. Microsoft went on to say that Photos Companion is primarily designed to facilitate direct wireless transfer of content between phones or mobile devices and the Photos app for Windows 10 PCs. The firm also noted that users won’t have to worry about network speeds and mobile data charges when they use the new app.  Photos Companion for iOS devices is very easy to set up. All it takes is scanning the QR code flashed on the screen of the Windows 10 PC. To obtain a QR code, users must open the Photos app on their Windows 10 device then select Import Continue Reading

Telegram Android Update Released Following iOS Apps’ Child Porn Controversy

Non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram is rolling out a new update for its Android app. The rollout comes after its iOS apps were pulled from the App Store due to child pornography content. On Tuesday, Telegram released a new version of its Android app, v4.8. The update enables users to stream videos they have received on the app. This means users will no longer need to download videos that were sent to them since they can already watch them the moment they are uploaded. V4.8 also enables the Auto-Night Mode feature. With this feature, the interface of the app automatically switches to the dark version after nightfall or in low-light conditions. Interestingly, Android Police has learned that there’s a slew of additional themes as well. Hence, users can freely choose the one they want to assign to the interface via the “Preferred Night Mode” settings. Telegram’s latest update for the Android app also comes with a new Login widget. This basically allows users to login to external websites and services using their Telegram account. The first time users access this feature, they will be asked to provide their account phone number so they can receive a confirmation code to authorize the external browser. Users will find the list of the sites they sent their Telegram login info to in the latest version’s Privacy & Security settings. The rollout of the new Android update comes around a week after the Telegram app and its more efficient counterpart, Telegram X, for iOS devices were abruptly removed from the App Store. At the time, Apple only indicated that the secure messaging apps were pulled due to “inappropriate content.” Then earlier this week, 9To5Mac obtained a copy of the email exchange between a Telegram user and Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller about the removed mobile apps. “The Telegram apps were taken down off the App Store because the App Store team was alerted to Continue Reading

Apple Rumors: iOS Apps Reportedly Coming To Mac Computers This Year

It’s been reported recently that Apple is planning to shift its software strategy with the release of iOS 12 this year by focusing more on stability and performance instead of new features. However, it looks like the tech giant is still planning to let iOS apps run on Macs later this year. It was reported yesterday that Apple will be delaying some of the new major features of iOS 12 to 2019, which includes a refresh of the Home screen and CarPlay. Axios reporter Ina Fried, who also broke the news yesterday, now says that Apple is still on track to let iPad apps to run on Macs despite of the company’s shift in software strategy. Although consumers would enjoy stability and performance improvements, they also tend to but new products based on features. This is why Apple is still adamant to bring iPad apps to Mac computers later this year. Fried suggested in her reports that iPad apps would be able to run natively on macOS. “The signature new feature for the Mac — the ability to run iPad apps — is a significant undertaking that adds a high degree of complexity to this year’s OS release,” Fried wrote. Back in December, it was reported by Bloomberg that Apple will let developers create a single app that can run on iOS devices and macOS computers. The new project has been dubbed as “Marzipan” and is intended to bring new life to the Mac App Store, which has been criticized for lack of options and outdated apps. It remains unclear how iOS apps will run on Mac computers. MacRumors speculates that Apple may release a new SDK with new APIs to enable cross-platform compatibility for these apps. Aside from running iOS apps, Apple is also determined to deliver “a new project” that focuses on security for macOS. The report also claimed that the next major release of macOS, presumably macOS 10.14, will introduce improvements in performance, particularly when waking and unlocking a Mac computer. Details are Continue Reading

Screenshots On iOS: Confide Messaging App Launching ScreenShield Kit For Developers

Encrypted messaging app Confide is boosting its efforts against unwanted screenshots on iOS devices, the platform announced Wednesday. Confide was previously able to block screenshots on Android, Mac and PCs, and it has now found a way to prevent screenshots on iOS devices. Before, Confide tried to protect against screenshots on iOS devices by allowing the recipient to capture a single line of text or a piece of an image or document. This week, Confide introduced its ScreenShield technology to offer screenshot protection on all media formats, including text, images, videos, documents, stickers and more. The ScreenShield technology allows users to see an app’s content on the screen but disallows them from taking screenshots of it. Instead, the app’s new feature captures a blank screen. The technology also protects against iOS 11’s new screen recording feature, AirPlay’s screen mirroring tool and QuickTime screen recording. It also prevents people from taking screenshots from the app while on app switcher mode or when using Xcode. “While there’s a lot of technology under the hood that makes ScreenShield possible, the great news is that there are no strange gimmicks for users (e.g., it doesn’t require them to hold their finger on the screen) — it just works as expected,” Confide said in a post about the new technology. Users can now use the new ScreenShield technology by downloading the latest version of the Confide app. The platform released a video on how the ScreenShield feature works: While Confide aims to protect against unwanted screenshots, it’s worth noting that apps don’t protect against photographs with a second device with a camera. Confide is planning to share its new technology by launching the new ScreenShield SDK. The ScreenShieldKit will allow third-party developers to use the feature across different apps and categories. “We envision ScreenShieldKit being used in apps Continue Reading

14-year-old app developer releases Flappy Bird-like mobile game Save the Square on iOS

While most teens were worrying about acne, 14-year-old Aryaman Goel was developing mobile apps. He started Apple's iOS game development in January and created Save the Square — a game that was published to the App Store in February. "Save the Square had a lot of ups and downs, and most of them were downs," Goel said in an email to the Daily News. CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK "I'd go long weeks figuring out how to fix the problem when something suddenly went wrong." In July, he made a second app called NoteMake, a productivity app that offers users a simple way to keep notes, lists and ideas. Both apps, which have more than 7,000 downloads, are available for free on the App Store and are compatible with the iPad on iOS 8 and up. Save the Square is reminiscent of the 2013 game Flappy Bird, which was removed from both the App Store and Google Play by its creator Dong Nguyen due to its overwhelmingly quick rise in popularity. "After seeing the success and failure of Flappy Bird, I knew I would end up sometime making my own apps," Goel said. "In the ever so quickly changing world we have here, I feel it's the right time to innovate and make new trends." Goel, who attends the Academy for Gifted Children in Richmond Hill, Ontario, learned how to code with HTML in Python programming language about 2 years ago. "Programming is something we all can learn which has unlimited possibilities," he told The News. "It seems impossible when you start, but then after a while it's the easiest thing you've ever done." Goel has passed the Gifted assessment of Ontario, Canada, and has been champion of several math contests including Gauss (University of Waterloo) and Lagrange (Mathematica). He also has an interest in solving the Rubik's cube — achieving a speedcubing record of 17 seconds. Goel has been greatly inspired by tech giants like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. "They all have shown the world Continue Reading

New Apple TV makes things easier for third-party app developers with ‘universal search’ feature

Apple TV is making things easier for third-party app developers with its new “universal search” feature. The fourth-generation Apple TV won’t be available until later in October, but users are already excited about universal search — which will allow them to search for a movie or favorite TV show across different sources. “I think that many, many people will want to be in that search,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with BuzzFeed published on Saturday. “And that’s great for users. Think about your experience today. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have the content you want to watch in an app, you sometimes don’t remember exactly where that show is, so you’re going to Netflix or Hulu or Showtime. You shouldn’t have to do that. It should be very simple.” The much-anticipated next-generation Apple TV, which will run on iOS 9 and cost users up to $149, also comes with Siri voice control and an App Store where users can download games. The universal search feature is nothing new in the streaming player market, however. If users are looking for an alternative to Apple TV, they can get a Roku digital media player — which is just as fast and includes voice search for $30 to $70 — according to The Wirecutter. Continue Reading

Spotify to introduce video product for Android, iOS app

Spotify's video product is finally ready to be unveiled. The streaming service is planning to introduce its new video vertical on Android this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. Video content is expected to roll out for iOS next week. Video content will consist of small clips similar to the snippets late night shows (e.g. "Jimmy Kimble Live!") post on Hulu and YouTube. However, some companies such as Tastemade are developing original, music-themed series that'll be exclusive to Spotify. BEYONCE TOPS SPOTIFY'S 10 MOST-STREAMED 'RUNNING' SONGS All video will be available in the U.S., UK, Germany and Sweden. Spotify's video product has already been tested over the past months with less than 10% of users. Shiva Rajaraman, Spotify's vice president of product, said that contrary to rumors, the product is not delayed and going according to the companies timeline. "We are at the end of a journey of testing," he said. "We are going out effectively as planned. Our goal was largely to get a wide breadth of content and experiment and test." Rajarman shared some specific content users watched during the test trial, which included clips from Maker Studio's comedic rap series "Epic Rap Battles." Video will categorized by theme, similar to how music playlist are compiled. Some of the programming packages will be "News of the Week" and "Laughs at Lunch." "Obviously our primary user is a music fan, and they are not necessarily leaning in and looking into the app," Rajarman said. "So there are no particular recipes for how to get this right." Spotify has more than 75 million users globally, 20 million of which are subscribed to a pay plan. The streaming service, which is valued at more than $8.5 billion, could potentially compete with established video platforms like YouTube and Facebook once it launches. Continue Reading

Apple’s gift to schools: Free app development curriculum

Apple is creating a new curriculum designed to teach mobile app development to high school and college students with little to no prior coding experience.The price: Free.The tech giant on Wednesday will begin making the curriculum available for no charge in its iBooks store, CEO Tim Cook told USA TODAY in an interview. Already, he said, six community college systems have committed to teaching the material to an estimated half-million students this fall.“We think it’s huge,” Cook said, “and we’re so proud to help students learn and thrive in the new economy.”The schools range from the Houston Community College System to colleges in Harrisburg, Pa., Mesa, Ariz., and San Mateo, Calif. Cook said schools will likely include the coursework in larger entrepreneurship programs — in Houston, Apple officials said, the community college system will actually develop its own “iOS Coding and Design School.”The new curriculum, built on about 180 hours of instruction and projects, is designed to stretch out over the course of a school year, teaching app design using Swift, a programming language for Mac and iPhone operating systems, among others. Apple says several key mobile apps, including those for Airbnb, Kayak, Trip Advisor, Venmo and Yelp, were created with Swift.The course builds on Apple’s existing coding curriculum, which stretches all the way back to kindergarten. Materials from its “Everyone Can Code” initiative will be used in more than 1,000 schools in the fall, Apple officials said.“It’s sort of a next logical step for us,” Cook said, noting that there’s a shortage of Swift programmers “across the country and across the world generally.”This year marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and the ninth anniversary of the App Store. Speaking to Apple employees last July, Cook said the company had sold its billionth iPhone.“If you think about it, this job Continue Reading