Google lets you share apps with your family, Apple sells 1 billion iPhones, Microsoft releases an iPhone camera app, Amazon promotes Kickstarter products, and PewDiePie catches Pokemon using a drone.
Google Launches Its Family Library
Google has launched the Google Play Family Library, which allows six members of a family to share everything they purchase from Google Play. In a nutshell this means you only have to buy that app, game, movie, or book once, and everyone in your family will still have access to it.
One user is assigned the role of Family Manager, and they get to add and remove other members, and control the default payment option. A credit card can be shared amongst all members, but everyone can still use other payment methods such as gift cards.
“Today’s families have a lot of devices, and it should be easy to share content no matter where we are or what we’re doing. All purchases added to Family Library are available across Android devices, and movies, TV shows, and books can be enjoyed on iOS devices and the web.”
By default, all eligible content bought from Google Play will be shared amongst all family members. However, everyone has the option to share or not share individual purchases, saving any potential embarrassments. Parental controls are retained even if children are included.
The Google Play Family Library will be rolling out across Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S. this week. Unlike Apple’s Family Sharing feature , the Google Play Family Library works across platforms, including Android, ChromeOS, Chrome, and iOS.
Apple Has Now Sold 1 Billion iPhones
Apple has now sold over 1 billion iPhones worldwide. That’s 1 billion smartphones sold in just over nine years, with the original iPhone being released in June 2007. Current CEO Tim Cook announced the news at an employee meeting in Cupertino, California yesterday (July 27), saying:
“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”
Since Steve Jobs announced the first-generation iPhone in 2007 there have been 10 different generations of iPhone released, encompassing 13 different models. The latest is the iPhone SE , with the iPhone 7 expected to be released later this year.
— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) July 27, 2016
Apple is very fortunate in the timing of this announcement, as it comes just a day after Apple reported its latest financial results. While it’s still considerably richer than most other companies in the world, Apple’s hardware sales are on the decline .
So, Apple should celebrate the 1 billion iPhones sold, but then get back to the drawing board to mastermind its future direction.
Microsoft Pix Is an iPhone Camera App
Microsoft has released yet another app for the iPhone (proving Microsoft secretly loves Apple ), and this one may just be the best camera app available. Microsoft Pix, developed by the company’s research labs, is able to do various things your standard camera app cannot, and it’s completely free to download and use.
There are three main components of Microsoft Pix:
- It takes 10 photos in quick succession before and after you click the shutter, allowing you to capture exactly the right moment.
- It dynamically adjusts the best photo, removing any noise, and fixing the light and colors, all without you lifting a finger.
- It creates a Live Image every time it detects some motion, the result being a short looping video.
There are plenty of examples of Microsoft Pix at work in the press release announcing its release. Microsoft Pix is available right now on the iTunes App Store, with Microsoft promising an Android version is in the works.
Amazon Adds the Kickstarter Collection
Amazon has launched a new section dedicated to products successfully funded through Kickstarter campaigns. The Kickstarter Collection contains over 300 products originally funded through Kickstarter, and now available for the proles to buy. Categories include Electronics, Books, and Toys & Games.
This is an intriguing addition to Amazon.com, because products funded through Kickstarter often fade into obscurity as soon as the campaign has ended. This way, people who missed the chance to fund the making of something can still purchase that product without having to search high and low for it.
Jim Adkins, Vice President of Amazon, said in the press release:
“At Amazon, we work hard to offer the widest possible selection of products so that customers can find anything and everything they might want to buy online. Working with Kickstarter is a great way for us to hear directly from customers what products they care about, since they truly hold the power to bring these products to life.”
The added bonus, of course, is that there’s zero chance of you losing money this way, as these products are all actually being manufactured and not subject to delays, disagreements, and disappointment .
PewDiePie Catches Pokemon With a Drone
And finally, PewDiePie has figured out a way of making Pokemon Go easier to play, but it does involve a certain amount of peril. Not for the man himself, but for his smartphone, which he had to strap to a drone in order to make his evil plan work. With his phone strapped in for the ride, he sends the drone out on a reconnaissance mission.
Lo and behold, it spots a roving Pokemon, and he’s able to catch it in a pokeball without even leaving his apartment. This is lazy, sure, but are you telling me you wouldn’t do the same if you had earned millions of dollars from YouTube and had nothing better to do all day than mess around? After all, he got another smash-hot video out of it.
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
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