Tidal Adds Chromecast Support to Its App

Tidal is a subscription-based music and streaming service. It’s a popular service, with millions of subscribers, but one thing has been missing since it was purchased and relaunched by rapper Jay-Z in 2015: Chromecast support in its Android and iOS apps. That has now changed with the latest update to the app, which adds support for Google’s popular dongle, joining the ranks of other music-streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora.

Chromecast support allows Tidal users to stream music and video to the device that connects to high-definition TVs through an HDMI port. This lets users watch videos on their big-screen TVs, rather than the smaller screens on their phones or tablets, in addition to listen to music through the TV’s sound system, whether it’s the TV’s speakers or a home-entertainment system hooked up to the television. This provides for a more-enjoyable experience, offering a more optimal experience for users rather than having to listen to music on a phone or tablet’s internal speakers or watch the videos on devices with smaller screens than TVs that are often the ideal way to experience entertainment in a person’s home.

In addition to adding Chromecast support, the latest app update — version 1.11.0 on Android and 1.14.0 for iOS — contains bug fixes and improvements to the playlist queue. You can find download links for all operating systems and platforms on Tidal’s website.

Snapchat’s Discover and Stories Get a New Makeover

Snapchat is an extremely popular mobile messaging app that is used to share photos, videos, and text messages. It is also used to share drawings. Millions of people around the globe use this amazing app daily.

It has been announced that Snapchat’s Discover and Stories page is getting a complete makeover. The new page features squares instead of circles. Snapchat users were comfortable with seeing the icon for Vice or BuzzFeed, but they will now have to get used to seeing the image and headline associated with the story. The image and headline will give you a preview of what’s inside. This new feature will help people find stories that appeal to their interest. For example, you may not know that Tastemade features exclusive food videos, but you will be able to figure it out with the aid of the new breakfast image.

Snapchat users will now be able to subscribe to the Discover stories that are related to their interests, and unsubscribe from the stories that do not appeal to them. This is great news for users who were frustrated with being bombarded with stories they weren’t interested in reading. Unfortunately, this may be bad news for publications that are trying to establish a relationship with prospects in their targeted market. Publishers relied on the Discover page to reach people who may not normally follow their brand of content.

Snapchat continues to make moves to please their subscribers. Only time will tell if their latest move will become a smashing success.

Uber app now aims to charge late fees

Uber is, in a nutshell, a glorified taxi service that allows people to get from point A to point B with easy app finesse. Uber drivers were previously known as independent contractors. This went without saying for a while considering that they drive their own personal vehicles and set their personal schedules, but most recently, this has changed. The wondrous world of Uber has now developed a set of fresh criteria that enables drivers to charge late fees if a customer does not show up on scheduled time. After a $100 million dollar class-action lawsuit settlement, Uber drivers are now seen as employees rather than contractors, and will now receive benefits and reimbursement for expenses. This may initially seem more rigid to current Uber customers, but the new protocol is actually making things a lot more driver-friendly. The overall experience is beneficial to both the driver and customer, creating a clear cut dynamic where there is no room for loopholes or grey areas on either end. There’s a 2 minute window and then you are charged This seems to be a reasonable system that Uber has established. It gives the company more professionalism and offers its customers an equally satisfactory destination experience. This level of organization will enable Uber to become more of a robust, well-respected company. The end goal being easier to reach than they might have originally expected.

An End to the App Boom?

With the advent of the cellphone and the growth in mobile internet use as a broadening slice of the online market, applications have been the hot new areas of emphasis in Silicon Valley for the past few years. Everything from pizza delivery to laundry service and online shopping have been ported into mobile apps. This has long been seen as a hot new place to cash in for software developers and “tech startups.” However, it appears that the application boom might be slowing to a crawl.

It seems that users are simply getting tired of apps. Perhaps it is due to market saturation, and the most useful applications have already been invented. After all, the Facebook application is used by more than a billion users, so they aren’t likely to continue growing (as everyone already has a facebook.) There are two exceptions to this drop in growth, Instagram and Uber. These companies represent relatively new forays into technology and social media. People are fans of ride sharing and not paying excessive fees for a taxi, so Uber’s success makes sense. Uber has also been involved in a cutthroat battle with competitor Lyft and regulators in several cities and countries. Instagram is a photo-based social media outlet that is also seeing excellent growth. However, almost every other application is seeing very slow growth. One fascinating statistic in the report: the average smartphone user downloads an average of zero applications per month.

Samsung Electronics to Unveil a Mobile Payment Service App for Online Transactions

Technology giant Samsung Electronics LTD will unveil an application in Korea that would facilitate easier utilization of its mobile payment service for online transactions.

As Reuters report, the mobile application by the name of ‘Samsung Pay Mini’ will be compatible with Apple Inc. and Android devices and is expected to be unveiled as at the beginning of next month. Currently, the mobile payments service is only compatible with Samsung devices but with the new app platform, the company is considering expanding its services into other manufacturers’ products.

Though a spokesman from Samsung Electronics failed to provide details regarding the app being launched in other mobile phone devices (other countries), he commented that the world’s top smart phone manufacturer hoped that its mobile payment service app would help it secure market share and be appropriate enough to lure its users to pay even more for its gadgets.

Samsung Pay presently is a mobile payment platform that can be used point-of-sale locations over the entire globe. The system uses both the NFC, pretty much like the Apple Pay but can also emulate a credit card for POS systems as well. It is a substitute to the popular Android Pay that works with Samsung’s new devices including Galaxy S5, S6, S6edge, S7 and Note 5.

But since this service is only offered in the South Korean market, the company intends to heighten its market share in the possibly across the world markets.