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Google Defends Chrome Killing Batteries, Skype Teams Copies Slack… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 07-09-2016

Google goes to war with Microsoft, Skype Teams is basically Slack, Yelp launches its first bug bounty, Instagram kills its popular Photo Map feature, and a more accurate Pokemon GO trailer.


Google Defends Chrome From Microsoft

Chrome may be the most popular web browser in the world right now, but it’s also known to kill batteries. We were reporting on this phenomenon Chrome Is Killing Your Battery, Chatroulette For Stoners, And More... [Tech News Digest] Chromebooks find success in schools, Netflix hides your embarrassing taste in movies, Fonhandle is a handle for your phone, David Mitchell tells a tale via Twitter, and Push Me Pull You features mad multiplayer. Read More as long ago as July 2014. Two years later, in June 2016, Microsoft came out to condemn Google for Chrome’s battery-killing capabilities Google Diagnoses Your Symptoms, Microsoft Condemns Chrome... [Tech News Digest] Google helps you determine what's wrong with you, Microsoft condemns Chrome's battery life, Facebook pulls a sneaky Messenger trick, Google makes 2SV suck less, and the first trailer for Westworld. Read More .

Microsoft only attacked Chrome in order to promote its own Edge browser 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Microsoft Edge Now Microsoft Edge marks a complete break from the Internet Explorer brand name, killing off a 20-year-old family tree in the process. Here's why you should be using it. Read More , of course, but the company did offer compelling evidence for Chrome being a battery hog. Now, three months later, Google has finally hit back, providing video proof that Chrome has improved massively over the past year.

Google claims Chrome 53 can play video for two hours longer than Chrome 46 was capable of doing. Which is an impressive achievement. Interestingly, Google avoided direct comparisons between Chrome, Edge, Opera, and Firefox. This suggests it’s not entirely confident that Chrome would win that particular battle.

Microsoft Is Building Slack Lite

Microsoft is currently developing a team messaging app called Skype Teams. And according to screenshots posted by MSPoweruser, Skype Teams looks and feels very similar to Slack. Microsoft was recently rumored to be looking to buy Slack for $8 billion.

Skype Teams will reportedly be a Slack competitor Solid Tips to Master Slack & Be the Most Effective Employee Ever Don't have a strategy for managing Slack? It's time you got one. You can't let Slack do all the work for you. Try these tips to make effective use of Slack. Read More incorporated under the Skype brand. Users will be able to hold conversations in groups similar to Slack’s channels, and talk to each other on a one-to-one basis via Direct Messages. Unlike Slack, Skype Teams will feature threaded conversations.


Using Skype as the basis for this new app means private and group video chats 3 Easy Ways to Start a No-Signup Video Chat Video chatting has never been easier thanks to these web services. No installations or registrations necessary. Read More would play a part in proceedings. And teams will also be able to hold video meetings without needing to switch to an external service.

Microsoft is said to be testing Skype Team internally right now, with plans to launch it on the web, Windows, Android, and iOS in the not-too-distant future. Unsurprisingly, Office 365 subscribers will be given access to Skype Teams before the rest of us proles.

Yelp Launches a Bug Bounty

Yelp, which lets users reviews businesses online, has launched its own bug bounty program. The company is following in the footsteps of other companies 25 Awesome "Bug Bounty" Programs for Earning Pocket Money If you have expertise in security protocols, you could make some extra money hunting for bugs in popular apps and websites, and being rewarded with a bug bounty. Here are the best-paying programs in 2016. Read More by offering “nice” hackers the chance to earn up to $15,000 for discovering and reporting flaws across its websites, apps, blogs, support center, and/or API.


Yelp is guaranteeing at least $100 for every bug found, but only critical flaws would earn anything close to the $15,000 maximum. Still, in the first 24 hours, two white-hat hackers have earned $100 apiece, showing the immediate power of a bug bounty program.

Anyone interested in earning a fast buck should check out the webpage on which Yelp spells out its bug bounty program policy. The most interesting part, titled Please Be Nice To Us, asks hackers to “bring out your big guns, but hold off on actually breaking anything. Please avoid DDoS’ing us or breaking our systems and services while you are testing.”

Instagram Kills Photo Map

Instagram is in the process of killing Photo Map. This feature enabled you to see a map showing the locations users had tagged their photos in. But Instagram has already removed the Photo Map from some users, with everyone set to follow suit in the near future.

You may still be able to see your own Photo Map by tapping the map pin above your pictures on your profile. However, even this is likely to disappear in the future. Thankfully, you will still be able to tag locations featured in photos, suggesting Instagram is keeping some location-based features 5 Types Of Android Apps That Make Good Use Of Your Location You might turn off your location services to save battery life, but these kinds of apps might make you change your mind. Read More alive.


Instagram issued a statement to Mashable, saying, “Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities”. Unfortunately, as with all of these kinds of niche features, users don’t tend to notice them until they’ve gone, and then they start missing them.

An Accurate Pokemon GO Trailer

And finally, while interest in Pokemon GO is starting to wane at this point, there are still millions of people out there playing the augmented reality game Augmented Reality Games: Are They Worth The Money? Wouldn't it be easier to play a first person shooter if you were actually holding the gun? Or are such enhancements largely redundant in an age when mobile gaming can stand on its own. Read More on a daily basis. The vast majority stay safe and out of trouble, but there are always a minority who get so wrapped up in something they ignore forget all common sense.

This trailer is for them, as it shows the potential downsides to playing Pokemon GO. One person falls off a cliff, another gets a wooden spear through his chest, and yet another gets held up at gunpoint. This is, therefore, a more accurate trailer for this game for people who ignore the dangers of playing Pokemon GO.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you noticed Google Chrome consuming less battery life recently? Would you consider switching from Slack to Skype Teams? Have you ever reported a bug and been financially rewarded for doing so? Will you miss Instagram’s Photo Map feature? Have you moved on from playing Pokemon GO yet?


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