ICYMI: Get A Scoop of The Latest App News

Did you miss last week’s tech news? Here is a roundup of updates from your favorite gadgets and apps!

Uber Rolls out Tipping Feature

As part of Uber’s “180 days of Change” program, drivers can now accept tips. However, drivers need to update their app to the latest version.  Meanwhile, riders can retroactively tip their drivers up to 30 days after a trip. They can choose from one of the three pre-determined amounts or customize the amount. The “180 days of Change” program is Uber’s initiative to improve its driver experience. Tipping is now available to 121 US and Canada markets.

Snapchat Launches Location Sharing Feature

In an attempt to bring the world closer together, Snapchat has introduced major updates including video filters and location sharing feature. The mapping technology behind the feature is MapBox, a San Francisco based startup business. The map aims to find user friends and see what their activities or browse snaps from users who share public posts around the globe.

Google Earth Highlights Live Stream

Google Earth had major updates highlighting new features including live stream, browser support, 3D toogle and more. The video feed enables viewers to watch live activities from varied locations. The tech giant also added live content feeds to Voyager, a storytelling platform.

Microsoft Redesigns Skype

Microsoft integrated a social media vibe to Skype’s latest makeover, updating its users. The redesign integrated disappearing stories just like Snapchat and added colorful animations. Skype is generally used for business and for connecting with friends. Users opted for the sleeker and straightforward design.

Qatar Airways Lifted from US Laptop Ban

The national airline carrier joined Etihad, Emirates, and Turkish airlines in allowing their passengers to bring electronic devices on board when heading to the US. The national carrier said it has met the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines.  Meanwhile, US Homeland Security has released enhanced security measures for international flights arriving in the US to prevent the expansion of the electronic devices ban on board.


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