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The Appszoom News Round-up #61

It’s may be winter outside, but the Appszoom News Round #61 is smoking hot with the latest gossip, releases, and big stories from the mobile, app, and tech world.

This week’s editorial picks are:

Jayne’s Pick: Sorry Siri: Cortana For iOS Arrives For 2000 Lucky Beta Testers

Anna H’s Pick: Instagram Testing Multiple Account Support

Anna G’s Pick: The New Chrome Saves Up To 70% Of Your Data Plan

Janel’s Pick: New Emoji Coming To Android Nexus Devices Next Week

Fran’s Pick: Google Ads Let You Try Out Apps And Games Before You Install

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Jayne’s Pick: Sorry Siri: Cortana For iOS Arrives For 2000 Lucky Beta Testers

Following its long awaited announcement back in May, Microsoft is finally rolling out a Beta version of its clever virtual assistant app, Cortana, for iOS devices. The announcement comes three months after a pilot version was released for Android.

2000 eager beavers who signed up to test the app via the Windows Insider forum survey have finally received an email informing them that Cortana is now available for them to install on their phones.

The app can apparently help you manage schedules, alarms, reminders, voice powered assistance, and boasts the ability to track stuff like stocks, flights, scores, and more – all at the same time. So you’ll get contextual information based on where you are and what the app thinks you’re doing there. According to the test app description, you can also send a text or email, get directions, track your interests, and open apps, all with Cortana.

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Anna H’s Pick: Instagram Testing Multiple Account Support

Social media managers, small business owners, and Instagram bloggers rejoice. Instagram (Android, iOS) is finally testing a feature that lets you toggle between multiple accounts. For all you everyday users, this isn’t necessarily earth-shattering news for you, so, though it might be strange to say so, feel free to stop reading right now.

But for those of you, my social media manager brethren, who find it so tedious to log out, log back in, keep all those crazy passwords handy, and wishing things could just be more streamlined: Instagram has finally heard us. Happy Insta-Holidays, our lives just got easier. Goodbye, third party apps.

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Anna G’s Pick: The New Chrome Saves Up To 70% Of Your Data Plan

Most of us have experienced the feeling of complete impotence that is running out of data, or having a poor broadband coverage, yet desperately wanting to surf our favorite webs. Those epic loading times just so we can read that Buzzfeed are just plain excruciating.

We just shouldn’t be going through this agony in this day and age. In 2015, with high-tech innovations like drones, driver-less vehicles, and being able to see through walls, it seems rather lame that we should have to be worrying about our data running out, or websites loading slowly. Isn’t this the age of instant and immediate information?

As usual, Google is coming to the rescue by improving Chrome’s data economizer. New features have been added that should help us save up to 70% on our data plan. But how exactly? Easy: simply by switching to a slower connection, which will prevent images from loading, and thus make pages load quicker.

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Janel’s Pick: New Emoji Coming To Android Nexus Devices Next Week

Guys. Guys. There is news, and it’s about emoji. Stop the presses.

In a tweet that will surely go down in history, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer announced the imminent arrival of hot dogs, robots, and champagne to Nexus devices next week.

The detective, the crab, and the metal sign will be bundled into a new system image that includes a new keyboard, font, and new code as well. Both the emoji and the font will be shared with other OEMs (Original equipment manufacturer) so that everyone on Android is soon able to join the emoji party.

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Fran’s Pick: Google Ads Let You Try Out Apps And Games Before You Install

Less than a month ago, Google announced that it would soon be introducing app streaming onto our Androids, allowing us (through the mystical magic of its Google Cloud Platform) to use apps in full, as if they were installed on our phones – saving us bucketloads of precious storage.

Now they’re taking things one step further by turning mobile advertising on its head and letting us ‘try before we buy’ directly through in-app ads. With the new Trial Run format, you’ll be able to stream an app for a full 60 seconds, without having to install it to find out whether you actually like it or not.

So you’ll finally be able to try out those games that constantly bombard your screen. Yes, I’m looking at you, Empire: Four Kingdoms (Android, iPhone).

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Which stories got you going this week? Anything inspiring you’d like to share? Go ahead, the Comments section is all yours!

The Appszoom News Round-up #61

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