Snapchat mental health feature to provide interventions to vulnerable users

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The Here For You tool will offer users with applicable content from experts in mental wellness. A new Snapchat mental health tool is launching. It is called Here For You. It will offer users “safety resources” from mental health experts if a user conducts a search for certain sensitive topics. Among the search subjects that can trigger the feature include depression, anxiety, bullying and suicide. The company announced the launch of the Snapchat mental health tool earlier this week. The goal is to support its users during vulnerable times in…

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WhatsApp users now total over 2 billion, active monthly

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This figure is around half a billion short of parent company Facebook’s own monthly figures. The number of WhatsApp users has now risen above the 2 billion mark, for those who are active on a monthly basis, said C.E.O. Will Cathcart in a Wall Street Journal interview. This is the first time the Facebook owned app has revealed its user numbers in about two years. Facebook took to its blog to share the new WhatsApp users milestone. It’s only half a billion short of Facebook’s own active monthly user figures.…

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Google Play Store to face direct competition by united Chinese smartphone giants

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Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo and Oppo from BBK are coming together for on an app store platform. Chinese smartphone makers including Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo and Vivo from BBK are working together to create a massive rival to the Google Play Store. All the smartphone makers will bring their app stores together onto one massive combined platform. The idea is to provide a place for app developers outside China to be able to upload their apps to a single platform that will reach each of the Chinese tech giants’ app…

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Chrome QR code for Android devices may simplify web sharing

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Sending quality links and online finds is a core mobile activity but remains clunky for users. An upcoming Chrome QR code feature spotted by tech bloggers may help to make link and screenshot sharing a much smoother experience for Android device users. The new quick response code feature has yet to be officially launched, but it is already being used. Google appears to be in the midst of an effort to streamline the process for Android users who want to share content. A new share sheet for that operating system’s…

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Apple App Store customers spend $1.4 billion in one week

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iOS device owners brought 2019 to an extremely successful week in terms of application shopping. Apple App Store customers spent a massive $1.42 billion on applications on the week starting on Christmas Eve and ending on New Year’s Eve. This spend represents a tremendous 16 percent hike over the amount spent in the same week in 2018. The Apple App Store figures were shared by Apple this week. It also pointed out that on New Year’s Day alone, it broke its own single day sales records by bringing in $386…

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