Skype For Android Brings New Design

Microsoft recently brought a new design for Skype to the iPhone and now the company has revealed that its Android app is also getting a new design.

The new Skype for Android will bring a new design and user interface to Android it will come with a new look and feel in line with Google’s material design.

“In Skype version 8.13 for iPhone, we launched a new design that brings back a bottom bar to streamline navigation and simplify access to Skype’s core features. During user testing, we shared this design along with the design that is currently in market with a variety of Android users.

The majority of Android users expressed preference for the version with a bottom bar. Based on this interest, we decided to run with this approach and created an experimental version of Skype for Android that: 

• Adheres to Google’s Material Design guidelines for bottom bar navigation
• Brings back a contextual FAB for quick access to key actions 
• Has an updated header & search icon to feel more at home on Android”

You can find out more details about the new Skype for Android over at Microsoft at the link below, the new design is now available on Android devices.

The Beam Button puts GIFs on your clothing

Have you ever shown your support for a cause with a button on your shirt or backpack? You only have so much button real estate available. So you have to choose wisely. That’s where BEAM Authentic thinks it can help.

The BEAM button pairs to your phone through an app and lets you display nearly any image you want on the circular AMOLED screen, including slideshows and GIFs. You could promote an environmental cause for awhile and something else the next hour,and something else the next. Or display anything you want to really.

You can use your own creations or find button art from others’ collections, follow creators you like, receive streams and send conversations. There are paid buttons too, of course, where you can donate to a cause while also endorsing it. It’s a pretty great idea. It also features a panic mode that will send an emergency message and your location to up to four other people.

You can get the BEAM button now. It’s $99 and you’ll contribute $3 to a charity when you buy. It’s expensive sure, but maybe you’d rather draw your own artwork than try to find an elusive button that expresses your exact thoughts. It’s sure to get cheaper in the future. We hope so anyway.

Mozilla Sneaks Mr Robot Firefox Plugin In Firefox

Many Firefox Quantum users are not happy with Mozilla since they found a strange new plugin in their browsers. The plugin was called Looking Glass and even though it was disabled by default, users weren’t happy to see a plugin they knew nothing about show up out of nowhere.

Mozilla has some very upset users who don’t like them sneaking in a Firefox plugin without warning.

The description of the Looking Glass plugin just said “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” That didn’t help matters. And so, users took to the official support forum to learn more about the mysterious plugin. Some couldn’t find any references to it online which only added to their suspicions and anger.

The plugin was part of Mr Robot’s alternative reality game. It’s a trail of clues that the writers have left for fans to discover. It was developed as a “shared experience to further your immersion into the Mr Robot universe,” says Mozilla. The problem is that no one knew about it. Once the plugin was enabled, it made minor changes to certain websites which provided players of the game with more clues. Firefox users are criticizing Mozilla for distributing a plugin without their permission.

The company has now moved the plugin to Firefox’s public add-on store and has also made its code available to the public. It also said in a statement that the plugin “never collected any data, and had to be explicitly enabled by users playing the game before it would affect any web content.” Opps.