Yahoo has announced new tools for mobile app developers at their first mobile developer conference. The Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite includes tools built using technology from Flurry, which Yahoo acquired in July 2014, including an updated version of Flurry Analytics Explorer. The suite also has tools to help monetize their apps, as well as an easy way to integrate Yahoo search directly into apps.
It appears that both Yahoo and Microsoft are both lobbying Apple to try and replace Google as the default search engine in Safari. Apple's deal with Google is set to expire early next year, and both Microsoft and Yahoo apparently feel that this is the right time to try to grab a lucrative deal with Apple out from under Mountain View. Both companies have reportedly held talks with Apple SVP Eddy Cue, according to The Information:
During today's latest Apple TV update, among the new channels that were added Yahoo made a pretty significant update to its existing Flickr channel. For those of us who haven't had chance to take a look at it yet, Yahoo has outlined just what's new.
When iOS 8 rolls around, one of the more subtle changes will come in the Apple-coded Weather app: Yahoo will be out as the source for weather data, replace instead by The Weather Channel. Yahoo's been the data and visuals provider for the Weather app for some time, so what brought the change? That'd be The Weather Channel amping up their game in the past year to offer better information for companies like Apple.
Some viewed it as inevitable that Yahoo would flip the switch for both Facebook and Google sign-in options to be disabled in favor of its own account system. The popular photo sharing service offers a solid platform for hobbyists to upload and share snaps they've captured with smartphones and/or more professional setups. If you access Flickr through Facebook or Google, you'll soon be prompted to create a new Yahoo account.
Fire up Safari on your iPhone or iPad today and you'll most likely find Google as the default search engine — but if Yahoo has their way that might change. Users have the option to change from Google to other search providers such as Bing or Yahoo, but Google's had the default spot locked down for some time thanks to the handsome sum they've been paying Apple for the privilege. But Microsoft's Bing is the default search used in Siri, so count that as a win for Redmond. Yahoo isn't too happy that Google holds the crown jewel default search in Safari, and they're apparently aiming to convince Apple to change that.
Siri makes searching the web on your iPhone or iPad incredibly easy. No need to launch Safari and navigate to Google, Yahoo!, or Bing either. Just ask Siri what you want to know and specify what search engine you'd like to use. Your iPhone or iPad and Siri will take care of the rest!
Yahoo News Digest initially launched at CES in January as a U.S. only product, but today it spreads its wings and brings twice daily doses of news to UK readers. Importantly, the content is tailored to the region, and so won't provide U.S. news you're perhaps not so interested in.