Cheetah Mobile’s Live.me App Gets $50 Million in Funding, Looks to Expand in India

Cheetah Mobile's Live.me App Gets $50 Million in Funding, Looks to Expand in India

Aiming to make inroads into the Indian market, Chinese firm Cheetah Mobile on Tuesday announced that its live-streaming platform Live.me app has received $50 million (roughly Rs. 326 crores) in funding from China-based tech company Bytedance.

With the new alliance and funding, Live.me, that has more than 35 million global users, seeks to expand into more local languages and other content genres to reach an even broader audience in India.

“We are delighted to welcome Bytedance as a strategic partner for our fast-growing, live-streaming business. Bytedance’s investment will accelerate the growth of Live.me’s live video and short video businesses,” Sheng Fu, Cheetah Mobile’s Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement.

Following its debut in India earlier this year, Live.me is now pursuing an expansion strategy by setting up a new office in Mumbai and building strategic partnerships with local influencers with the goal of creating popular content for the users.

As part of the definitive agreement, Live.me will provide live-streaming services to Bytedance in the overseas markets.

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Gmail for iOS Gets Anti-Phishing Security Checks Like Android

Gmail for iOS Gets Anti-Phishing Security Checks Like Android

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The same checks were added to Android version earlier this year
  • These anti-phishing security checks warn users against malicious links
  • The feature is similar to Safe Browsing Feature on Chrome desktop version

Earlier this year, Google introduced anti-phishing security checks for Android version of its app that will warn users against opening suspicious links. This move from the company, incidentally, came right after a phishing scam spread widely on the platform and tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links inside Gmail. Now, months later, the search giant has introduced the same checks on iOS version of its app as well.

From now on, when you click on a suspicious link in a Gmail message on either iPhone or iPad, the app will show the warning that would tell you to exercise caution before opening the link. “We recommend that you use caution before proceeding, because the link is likely unsafe. Only proceed if you’re confident there’s no risk,” the company said in its post.

If the user still chooses to open the link that the app knows is dangerous, it will take them to a different page that will warn against visiting the original URL. As you might have understood by now, these warnings are just in place to safeguard users against the phishing attacks and protect their account from mails with suspicious links.

This feature from the company is similar to the Safe Browsing feature that was added to Gmail for Google Chrome users on the desktop last year. The Safe Browsing feature presents users with a warning when they receive an email with a link to website known to be associated with phishing, malware, or unwanted software.

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Cortana for Android Gets a New Design, New Features

Cortana for Android Gets a New Design, New Features

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cortana for Android has received a new update with a redesign
  • There are a few improvements in the settings page as well
  • The update is now available to download on Google Play

Microsoft’s Cortana app for Android has received a bunch of new updates that include an entirely new design with some visual changes along with a bunch of improvements. Cortana for Android version 2.9.0 is available on Google Play can be downloaded right away.

Talking about the new features, Cortana’s Android app has been redesigned with some minute visual modifications, spotted by MSPowerUser. The bottom navigation bar has been ditched to introduce the standard hamburger menu which will open a new page to access easier and quick settings, different themes for Cortana, notebook among others.

Moreover, the main Cortana feed has now been moved apart to a new Interests section, while a new Upcoming section keeps a track of upcoming events and related things. This new tab bifurcation is somewhat similar to Google’s Explore tab.

The Cortana’s Play store app listing mentions that the new update also includes ‘hands-free calling and texting’, in addition to the aforementioned improvements. There is also ‘quick hands-on control’ of the reminders that you set in Cortana, which can also be moved to the top-right corner in the app. While the new features aim at making Cortana more accessible and ubiquitous, the app’s changelog also does mention Cortana’s end of support for the Microsoft Band 2 with this update on the Android platform.

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Apple Clips Video Editing App Gets Animated Overlays With Disney, Pixar Characters

Apple Clips Video Editing App Gets Animated Overlays With Disney, Pixar Characters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The version 1.1 update is already available on the App Store
  • The app was launched back in March
  • The update brings some usability improvements as well

In March this year, Apple launched its Clips app that essentially allows users to create videos easily by combining video clips, photos, and music. While the app has not performed exceptionally well on app charts, the Cupertino-based company has now added some Disneyand Pixar magic to make the app more appealing.

With its latest update, version 1.1, Clips has received dozens of new customizable text banners, overlays, and posters that include characters from both Disney and Pixar. This means that users will be able to add animated overlays with Mickey, Minnie, and other characters from movies Toy Story and Inside Out to their videos with the new update.

“Users can now add classic Disney and Pixar characters to their videos. Clips 1.1 features animated overlays of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck,” the company said in its release. Apart from these animated overlays, Disney-designed posters can also be added to the videos as “playful title cards” with the update, Apple says.

Apart from these, with the new update, Clips has now received 10 new Apple-designed overlays and 12 posters with customisable animated text. “From glistening water to slow motion billowing smoke and 3D pop-up art, the new poster designs bring more versatility to iOS video creation,” the company said in the release.

Further, a new button for editing “Live Titles” has been added to the app to make it easier to change captions and titles. The Cupertino-based company has also mentioned some usability improvements in the release but didn’t mention the specific details regarding the same.

Though Apple’s Clips app has not been able to perform well until now, let’s hope Woody will be able to save the day and bring more users to this video editing tool.

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