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How to Hide Your Activity Status on Instagram

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Instagram recently added a new option that allows other users to see when you were last active on the service in their direct messages. If you’re not into letting everyone on the planet know what you’re up to every minute of the day, you can disable it pretty easily.

Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/339830/how-to-hide-your-activity-status-on-instagram/

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Turn Any Location Into an Interactive Google Earth-Style Wallpaper With This Android App

sqtckthkpvlgx3nkwfjb.gifTired of your boring old smartphone wallpaper? This new Android app can take your current location (or any other spot on earth) and turn it into the background image on your phone. It’s available now for $1.99 on Google Play.

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Source: https://lifehacker.com/this-android-app-turns-any-location-into-an-interactive-1822205429

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WeMessage App Lets You Send iMessages from an Android Phone

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Instagram just added a powerful new way to stalk people on the app

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Instagram is now even more of a stalker’s paradise.

Everyone’s favorite photo and video sharing app has just added an “Activity Status” that lets all your friends and followers “see when you were last active” on the app, just like on Facebook Messenger. Creeeeeeeepy!

SEE ALSO: 12 awesome Instagram features you’re probably not using

When you open up Instagram Direct, the messaging section of the app, you’ll now see it shows whether your friends are “active” on the app or when they were last active on it.

CREEPY…Instagram now has an “Activity Status” that tells you when your friends and followers “were last active on Instagram apps.” TL;DR: Instagram is now Facebook

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Source: http://mashable.com/2018/01/18/instagram-activity-status-stalking-creepy/

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Facebook says they will clean up the Messenger app in 2018

The Facebook app has long been known as a bloated, battery killer. For a brief moment in time, the Messenger app was the exact opposite. It was clean, simple, fast, and easy to use. Over the years Facebook has added more and more “features.” Messenger is now just as bloated as the Facebook app. It has everything from games to mobile payments and the annoying Snapchat Stories rip-off.

The good news is Facebook seems to be aware that they lost their way with Messenger. Facebook highlighted six trends for 2018, one of those trends is “Simplify To Delight.” They talk about how while they raced to build new features the Messenger app became too cluttered. At a certain point “this app has everything!” switches from being a good thing to a bad thing. Facebook wants to streamline the app this year.

Personally, I’ve been using Messenger Lite for a while. It’s a super simple barebones experience. I would love to have just a couple of extra features, but it’s still better than the bloated Messenger app. If Facebook can cut some of the fat out of Messenger, I might consider switching back.

Source: https://phandroid.com/2018/01/16/facebook-messenger-simplify-2018/

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Time spent in apps grew just 6% last year, down from 11% in 2017

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The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie. However, the time people spend using their apps is starting to stagnate, another report has found. In Flurry’s “State of Mobile 2017” annual wrap-up, the firm reported that overall app session activity only grew 6 percent from 2016 to 2017.

That’s down from the 11 percent growth it reported at year-end 2016, and represents users spending an average of more than five hours per day on smartphones.

The declining growth in session activity means users are reaching a point where they can’t give up much more time out of their day to using apps. Instead, they’re shifting activity from older apps to newer ones. They’re spending time across a diverse variety of apps, too.

There are some clear winners and losers in terms of app usage growth over the past year.

Not surprisingly, this has been the year for e-commerce to boom. Usage of shopping apps was up 54 percent from 2016 to 2017, Flurry found, now that consumers are comfortable making purchases paying on mobile devices. App integrations with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay have also helped.

We saw this trend play out in particular during the holiday shopping season where mobile shopping was set to pass desktop for the first time, for example, and where $2 billion of Black Friday’s $5.03 billion in online sales took place on mobile.

Another big winner in 2017 was the Media, Music and Entertainment category, which saw 43 percent year-over-year growth in app usage as consumers increased their media consumption on mobile.

This was also evidenced in a recent year-end report from Sensor Tower, which found that Netflix’s app generated the most revenue of any non-game app during 2017 – a position that Pandora had won for a quarter previously before being beat out for the overall top spot by Netflix.

App categories with declining in 2017 included Lifestyle and, surprisingly Gaming.

To be clear we’re talking about declines in app sessions’ growth, not declines in app usage here. It’s a metric that points to a larger trend related to apps’ usage and popularity, but not one that should worry developers and publishers just yet. After all, as Flurry points out, gamers today are spending more time and money in mobile games than ever before.

Lifestyle apps saw the largest decline in growth, down 40 percent year-over-year. This indicates the app category as a whole could be struggling to build daily usage habits, Flurry suggests.

To generate this report, Flurry tracked more than one million applications, across 2.6 billion devices globally in 2017. It defines app usage as a user opening an app and recording a session.

The full also report delves into other areas of mobile usage, including form factor adoption and top mobile manufacturers. Here it found that phablets are still heavily used, accounting for 55 percent of active devices.

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Meanwhile, Android manufacturers made up two-thirds of all active devices in 2017, but Apple dominated individual market share with 34 percent of all active devices.

* Disclosure: Flurry shares a parent company with TechCrunch (Oath) by way of its 2014 acquisition by Yahoo. TC parent AOL merged with Yahoo to form Oath in 2017. Verizon owns Oath. 

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