‘It’s a sincere process’: why personal dating ads are making a comeback

Instead of using apps, more people are finding connections in plain, typewriter-text ads that slow the dating process In 2019, there seems to be a hankering for nostalgic things. Young people record players for Christmas, and presidents have gone back to the good, old-fashioned business of building walls. Maybe we shouldnt be surprised, then, that the old-school personal dating ad is also making a comeback. You may know the format: short, candid bios written by people looking for love, displayed in public places such as newspapers. Today, of course, they appear on Instagram and Twitter rather than at the back of the morning paper. They gesture towards simplicity, with adverts displayed in typewriter text on plain backgrounds, no photo necessary. …

Mario Kart Tour is handheld racing funwith a few quirks

Mario Kart Tour has finally arrived, and racing fans the world over are already gunning for first place. Whether youre new to the franchise or a diehard racer from the 3DS, N64, or Wii days, Mario Kart Tour is a fairly accessible mobile version of the much-beloved console game. Mario Kart Tour release The iOS version of Mario Kart Tour officially launched on Wednesday, Sept. 25. (There is no known release date for an Android version at the time of publication.) New content will refresh on the app at least every two weeks, as the campaigns expire and reveal new levels and cups. Monica Riese If youre booting up the game for the first time, prepare for a little bit …

Tinders interactive series Swipe Night could bring a needed boost to user engagement

On Sundays in October, Tinder is launching in its dating app an “interactive adventure” called “Swipe Night” that will present a narrative where users make a series of choices in order to proceed. This sort of choose-your-own-adventure format has been more recently popularized by Netflix and others as a new way to engage with digital media. In Tinder’s case, its larger goal may not be a dramatic entry into scripted, streaming video, as has been reported, but rather a creative way to juice some lagging user engagement metrics. For example, based on analysis of Android data in the U.S. from SimilarWeb, Tinder’s sessions per user, meaning the number of times the average user opens the app per day, have declined. …

How to duet on TikTokand keep others from using your videos

TikTok is an incredibly fun and versatile app for creatives, whether theyre , making lip-synching videos, or just pranking their friends. The TikTok duet function allows users to create TikToks with their friendsor random usersregardless of their location. The feature is often used to pair responses or reaction videos, expand stories by adding more users videos or to encourage a challenge that inspires others to duet with a TikTok. Heres how to duet on TikTok and other tips and tricks. What is a TikTok duet? A TikTok duet is a video that gets placed beside another so that they can be watched simultaneously in the app. These can be your own videos or the videos of other TikTok users who …

Apples new App Store website takes aim at antitrust, anti-competitive claims

Just ahead of WWDC, Apple has launched a new App Store website in the hopes of better defending itself against recent antitrust and anti-competitive accusations. The website details how Apple runs its App Store, including how apps are curated and reviewed, and what business models are available to developers. It also features a section entitled “A Store that welcomes competition,” where Apple makes the case for a marketplace where its own apps live alongside those from third-party developers. For example, it showcases how Apple’s own Messages app competes with Messenger, Slack, Snapchat and Viber; Apple’s Mail competes with Gmail, Outlook, Spark and Yahoo Mail; Maps competes with Google Maps, Citymapper, MAPS.ME and Waze; and so on. At the time of …

What Online Chess Taught One Teen About Digital Life

A few weeks ago, I was out to breakfast with a bunch of my guy friends and my boyfriend, crammed into a leather booth at Orphan Andy's, a diner a couple miles from where I live. We were off school that day, and one of my friends had a recurring dream about pancakes, so there we were. Per usual, I was vaguely annoyed by the omnipresent phone-checking of my friends, though this time it was accompanied by lighthearted banter of the “You dumbass, I'm going to beat you” sort, which oddly made me feel better. “What could possibly be so interesting?” I asked. This was met with a bombardment of mock disgust and the commandment to download Chess Time or …

TikTok tops the iOS App Store for the fifth quarter in a row

Despite a $5.7 million FTC fine and changes to restrict its use by those younger than 13 years old, TikTok retained its No. 1 position as the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store for the fifth consecutive quarter, according to a new report from Sensor Tower. The app saw more than 33 million App Store downloads during Q1, and was followed by YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger to round out the top five. The No. 16 top app, Twitter, also had a good quarter, the report noted. With 11.7 million App Store downloads, it saw its biggest quarter in terms of downloads since Q1 2015 — and a year-over-year increase of 3.6%. Of course, these figures won’t necessarily …