Square Cans Wallet App, Launches New Ordering App
Square today is starting anew with its attempts to make paying for items at small businesses easier. To start, Square is discontinuing the Square Wallet app for both Android and iOS devices. Though it will support those consumers who've already downloaded Square Wallet, the app is no longer available to new customers. In its place, Square launched Order, an app that can be used to place and pay for to-go or pickup orders ahead of time. Square's hope is that once people learn they can avoid waiting in line at their favorite small businesses, they'll use the app to pay for more items. Square Order is severely limited at launch, available in only a handful of locations in New York City and San Francisco. Square hopes the number of small businesses supporting Square Order will grow quickly, as it believes it adds value to its other goods and services. Square's main product is the Square credit card reader. Square lets any iPad or iPhone accept credit card payments with low fees for the business making use of the reader.
Instagram Permitting Landscape and Portrait Photos
Instagram marked a major change today by adding support for portrait and landscape photos to its Android and iOS apps. Since its launch, Instagram has required all photos to be square.
Snapchat Users Can Now Create Their Own Lenses and Filters
Snapchat today made it possible for people to create their very own lenses and filters that can be used in pre-defined areas. Custom filters, for example, can be created by people holding events, such as weddings or birthday parties.
LG G6 to Feature New User Experience to Match 'FullVision' Display
LG has developed a new version of its Android user interface skin in order to take advantage of the unique 18:9 aspect ratio display of its forthcoming G6 flagship smartphone. The phone's display will measure 5.7 inches across the diagonal with 2880 by 1440 pixels.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Vine Making Major Changes, Expands Video Length
Vine today announced a significant shakeup to its core product that it hopes will entice more people to use the video-looping app. Vine is now allowing people to capture and attach video up to 140 seconds, a huge increase from the 6-second limit that's been a core part of the service since it launched.