Loves Data Loves on October 26

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It’s been a busy week with quarterly numbers announced and there are some big winners in the mix. Here’s this week’s two-minute roundup.

Amazon Grows Spectacularly

It’s been a good quarter for tech with some stellar performance sheets. Microsoft exceeded expectations with help from Windows 10 and its new Surface Book. Alphabet is posting continued growth and profits and a $5 billion stock buyback. But the surprise gain for this quarter went to Amazon whose web services division saw sales grow a whopping 78% in one-quarter.

What’s new on YouTube?

YouTube is announcing its new ‘Red’ subscription service for users to enjoy ad-free videos at $9.99 a month. We’ll have more for you as the service launches this week.

Google Maps

Google Maps is adding new functionality to its app on Android, allowing users to add multiple destinations and even check petrol prices on their route. No indications yet when these features will be available on iOS but past experience indicates iPhone users won't have to wait long.

Google Photos

Google Photos is celebrating 100 million monthly active users this week. The service was divided from Google+ only months ago and is gaining its own following. Most popular category? Food!

Instagram Boomerang

Instagram has a new app called Boomerang. The new service allows users to share action shots. The app takes a string of photos and stitches them together for the perfect in movement selfie. If you’re in Sydney on 25 November, then keep Loves Data’s free 'Instagram for Business' After Hours in mind.

New emojis!

New emojis added with an iOS 9.1update bringing the total to 184. What’s your favourite new emoji?