Category: Apps & Software

This app is absolutely exploding right now and it’s all because of Snapchat

Quick: if you had to pick one app that had the-best-year-ever in 2016 what would you pick? Pokémon Go? Super Mario Run? Instagram?  How about Bitmoji? That's right, the Snapchat-owned app for making customizable emoji is, by at least one measure, besting all the competition. The two-and-a-half-year-old app has seen explosive growth over the last year to become one of the fastest growing apps in the U.S, according to a new report from comScore. SEE ALSO: This guy spent 8 years making an emoji snake, and it was totally worth it Fueled by Snapchat's user base, the app is growing faster than Venmo, Tinder, Uber and Lyft, according to the report, which comes almost exactly a year after it was (unofficially) announced Snap was acquiring Bitmoji maker BitStrips. Read more...More about Bitmoji, Snapchat, Apps And Software, Tech, and Tech

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iCloud wasn’t hacked for ransom, but you should make sure to keep your account safe, anyway

Earlier this week, a sketchy group of hackers announced a bold claim: they had access to hundreds of millions of Apple emails, and then, threatened to wipe user data from 200 million iCloud accounts if their ransom demands aren't met by April 7.   The group, which calls itself the Turkish Crime Family (TCF), made those threats through its Twitter handle and an aggressive campaign to convince journalists to cover the story. The threats were first reported by Motherboard. SEE ALSO: Can the CIA hack your iPhone? What you need to know about the WikiLeaks dump. Apple reps issued a statement to Fortune clarifying the reports as the story developed. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services," the spokesperson said. Read more...More about Two Factor Authentication, Security, Icloud, Apple, and Tech

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Facebook reaction GIFs could soon finally be a thing

It's about freaking time. GIFs could finally be coming to more places on Facebook.  The social network plans to start testing a new GIF button in comments, Facebook confirmed Friday, meaning proper reaction GIFs could finally be a thing. SEE ALSO: Facebook's new emoji are finally available to everyone It's not clear if the test, which will apparently resemble the GIF button in Facebook Messenger, will become an official feature. In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson emphasized the feature is just an experiment for now. “Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. So we're about to start testing the ability to add GIFs to comments and we'll share more when we can, but for now we repeat that this is just a test.” Read more...More about Facebook Messenger, Gifs, Facebook, Apps And Software, and Tech

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Uber rival Lyft acquires Indian startup to build large-scale infrastructure

After its "anti-Uber alliance" with India's homegrown cab-hailing service Ola, along with two others, Lyft is now tapping into the country's technology talent. The U.S. firm has reportedly acquired Pune-based startup FinitePaths, creator of Trail Answers, a Quora-like app that offered answers to user questions using social, local and contextual signals. SEE ALSO: Lyft's 'anti-Uber alliance' was quietly called off FinitePaths has stopped signing up new users and will shut down the app over the next two weeks. Its founders, Vinay Kakade and Balaji Raghavan, will join the Lyft team to help build its "large scale infrastructure and services". Read more...More about Techonology, Acquisition, India, Ride Sharing, and Ride Hailing Apps

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Twitter floats the idea of a service like Tweetdeck, but you pay for it

Why give something away for free if you can charge for it? The Twitterverse was set aflame this afternoon with news that the company is considering creating a premium service for its power users. Fortunately, this wouldn't be some sort of Tinder Select-esque club for only the rich, beautiful and famous account holders.  Rather, the idea is to give paying users access to a host of new data and analytics tools. Think of it as a souped-up version of TweetDeck, which is a Twitter dashboard that lets you manage multiple accounts, monitor engagement and do other exciting things.  And just what will this as-of-yet unnamed premium service provide? Well, we're not exactly sure. Twitter hasn't built it yet, you see.  Read more...More about Tweetdeck, Twitter, Tech, Twitter, and Apps Software

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Here’s what Apple had to say about those WikiLeaks files on hacked Macs and iPhones

Apple has responded to the latest crop of WikiLeaks documents that allege the CIA had a number of projects meant to compromise Apple products.  "Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013," Apple said Thursday in a statement provided to Mashable. SEE ALSO: Wikileaks' CIA dump contained WAY more bad memes than you would think The statement refers to two exploits described in separate WikiLeaks documents released earlier in the day.  Read more...More about Vault 7, Wikileaks, Apple, Apps And Software, and Tech

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How to block ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers, curse words and eggplant emoji on Twitter

Finally, some peace and quiet on social media.  Twitter rolled out some new muting options today, which will allow Android and web users to hide selected words, phrases, hashtags and even emoji from their timelines and notifications for preset amounts of time. (iOS users, for now, will have to settle for blocking things from their notifications.)  The feature was first teased last October and expanded upon earlier this month.    SEE ALSO: Twitter suspends over 600,000 extremist accounts but still manages to feel like a flaming garbage pile Twitter has allowed its users to mute individual profiles and notifications for a while now — but the new individual word blockage can keep everything from annoying TV spoilers to offensive or triggering language off your timeline. We're not as sure why you'd ever want to hide a emoji — wait, that's fair if you never want to see 🍆🍆🍆 ever again.     Read more...More about Web, Android, Ios, Setting, and Words

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Uber will totally narc on teens

Kids are not to be trusted. And now, thanks to Uber for teens, they don't have to be. The scandal-plagued ride-hail company announced Thursday a new program allowing parents to add teenagers to a "family profile," thus allowing plucky youngsters aged 13 to 17 the ability to hail a car all by their grownup selves. No adults required. "We all wish we could be in multiple places at once," the saccharine ad copy — no doubt channeling Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's desire to simultaneously extinguish all of his company's press fires — tells us. "But until then, Uber can help families with the logistics." Read more...More about Ride Hailing, Ride Hailing Apps, Self Driving Cars, Teens, and Uber

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Give your useless DVDs new life with this new digital conversion app

When was the last time you actually watched a movie on DVD? Maybe like, 2014?  You probably still have a dusty stack of plastic boxes sitting on a shelf somewhere, though, doing little more than taking up space as you flip through multiple streaming services for your TV time.   Walmart-owned Vudu has offered disc-rich movie fans the ability to convert their DVDs and Blu-rays to digital files in-store and at home for some time through its Disc-to-Digital program. Starting today, the app's new Mobile Disc-to-Digital service should make the process even easier: All you'll need is your smartphone and the barcodes on your old DVD boxes to bolster your personal digital library.  Read more...More about Movies, Digital Entertainment, Blu Ray Disc, Dvd, and Tech

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Instagram will soon censor sensitive content in your feed

Instagram just announced a major change to how it deals with posts that contain sensitive content.  The app will soon begin to blur out photos and videos that have been deemed "sensitive." Users will still be able to view the images but will need to take the additional step of tapping on the post in order to see them. SEE ALSO: How to banish ads from your Instagram feed It's not clear what types of "sensitive" content will earn your post the new treatment. It doesn't sound like the company is changing any of its policies but rather hoping to use the new "sensitive" filter as a kind of compromise when some users find something offensive even if it doesn't violate Instagram's guidelines. Read more...More about Facebook, Instagram, Apps And Software, Tech, and Tech

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