Welcome one and all to the Appszoom News Round-up #56, where we take a look back at the biggest and most exciting stories, releases, and gossip from the mobile, app, and tech world.
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Anna H’s Pick: Journeys: New Airbnb Service That Plans Your Whole Trip For You
Since its inception in 2011, Airbnb (Android, iOS) has become the go-to service for finding lodging for those who prefer a true, local, home experience to the typical, sterile-smelling hotel room. What better way to experience a new place than staying in a local home?
Recently, Airbnb announced it was testing a new service: Journeys. Not only will you be able to book a place to lay your head at night, you will also be able to just book your whole darn trip.
One of Airbnb’s fantastic selling points is giving travelers a chance to live in a local’s place. Now they’re offering the chance to live like a local. We couldn’t think of any company better suited to do this, can you?
Anna G’s Picks: New Emojis Coming To Android Soon (Yes, The Middle Finger Too)
A few days ago, those lucky duck iPhone users were blessed with a whole new batch of emojis, including the long-time expected middle finger icon. Yes, the iOS operating system has been the first offer all the emojis included in the Unicode Standard. Moreover, emojis are now sorted by color, which makes everything look better – although it does require that you know the color of the emoji you’re looking for.
This emoji revolution has caused distress among Android users, who quickly ran to social media to complain about their OS not supporting the newer emojis. Fortunately, Hiroshi Lockheimer (Google’s Senior Vice President) quickly reassured everyone: the middle finger emoji is on its way.
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Facebook Notifications Are About To Get Super Personalized
If you thought Facebook (Android, iPhone) was getting monotonous and old-fashioned, you might want to think twice. As Facebook’s started to realize that you weren’t getting quite as many notifications as you used to, they’ve decided to revamp the notification tab and make it much more personalized and accessible.
Thanks to the new update, you’ll see detailed notifications based on people, pages and locations that you’re connected to. When you open the notification tab, you’ll find events, movie times, sport scores, birthdays, and other information related to the pages you like. For example, you might see that your favorite show is on tonight, what restaurants are nearby, or weather updates and alerts (if you enable Location Sharing).
Janel’s Picks: Miitomo: Nintendo’s First Mobile Game To Launch March 2016
After years of naysaying, Nintendo’s finally, slooowly, entering the mobile realm.
Anxious nostalgia stirred in our collective nerd tummies last night as we awaited the announcement. What would their first ever mobile game be? A Mario classic? A side-scrolling Kirby adventure? Dare we dream, a multi-player Super Smash Bros. tour de force?
Mmmmm – no. It’s a Mii game. It’s for talking with your friends.
Miitomo will launch as a free-to-play “communication game” in March 2016. You’ll be able to create a Mii avatar that hangs out with your friends’ Mii avatars on its own.
That said, we’re looking at a promised 5 smartphone games in total from Nintendo’s laboratories by March 2017, any of which might make use of the most beloved characters from their franchises. Fingers crossed for Kirby.
Apple’s Latest iOS Update Turns Off Your iPhone Alarm While You Sleep
In all my mobile wheelings and dealings, I’ve met exactly one person who compulsively checks for Apple software updates, carving out the time during daylight hours to let her iPhone update itself to the newest version of iOS.
The rest of us hit “Dismiss.” Again, and again, and again. That is, until Apple got wise and started offering the option to schedule updating at night as we slumbered. You can’t Snapchat while you sleep, so why not let your phone toil away overnight?
It was almost a great idea. This week, a big batch of snoozy iPhone owners woke up to find that the alarms they had set had been turned off. The culprit: the overnight updating system, conveniently tidying the cobwebs from your iPhone as you conveniently miss your morning meeting.
Does anyone still have one of those old-school digital clocks with the eerily glowing green numbers that light up your whole house? It might be your best bet if you want to update your iPhone overnight.
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