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Google's Gboard can now suggest the right emoji or GIF based on what you're typing

Google's Gboard can now suggest the right emoji or GIF based on what you're typing

You're texting someone and want to say "Happy birthday," "I'm sorry," or "I love you." But you'd like to enhance your words with the right emoji or GIF. That's when you can turn to Google for help.

SEE: The Top iPhone Keyboards

Now rolling out to Google's Gboard keyboard is a feature that will suggest emojis, GIFs, and stickers to use in a text message based on your words, the search giant said in a blog post. Type "Happy... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

AliveCor's health app can take EKGs faster to diagnose heart attacks

AliveCor's health app can take EKGs faster to diagnose heart attacks

Technology is making it easier to track your heart health. Before the Apple Watch Series 4 announced its electrocardiogram (EKG) app, mobile vendor AliveCor developed a life-changing band to work with the watch's original heart rate sensor.

The KardiaBand is an FDA-approved device that can take instant EKGs anywhere with its Bluetooth strap.

AliveCor's device, KardiaMobile, pairs with the Kardia app (iOS, Android). According to J. Brent Muhlestein, a medical doctor and cardiovascular researcher at the... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Lyft Rewards rideshare loyalty program begins public testing

Lyft Rewards rideshare loyalty program begins public testing

Loyalty programs have been wildly successful in the credit card industry for years. Whether you want to rack up airline miles, cash back, store credit, or other perks, there's probably a card out there to suit your scenario, right down to the specific store or airline. Other industries have taken note, and companies that can leverage travel bonuses are bringing this rewards system into the age of apps, with a side of gamification.

Lyft, for example, has just announced that... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Mozilla Firefox web browser integrates price tracking to improve web shopping

Mozilla Firefox web browser integrates price tracking to improve web shopping

It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Mozilla Firefox (Android, iOS) was the king of web browsers, at least on desktops and laptops. Since the arrival of Google Chrome (Android, iOS), Mozilla has watched its market share dwindle, and the company is regularly coming up with new and interesting ideas to woo users back.

VentureBeat reports that the latest item on Firefox's docket is an integrated shopping comparison tool, arriving... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Why Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to Xbox games

Why Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to Xbox games

It's no secret that the 2013 launch of Microsoft's Xbox One game console didn't go over well. For example, in this new vision of the platform, spearheaded by former company executive Don Mattrick, the Xbox One would come with an accessory called the Kinect -- a camera that was always on and could not be detached, which bumped up the price of the console by $100.

There were also unprecedented restrictions on selling and trading used games, and a requirement... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Military community app Sandboxx helps connect soldiers with their families by modernizing snail mail

Military community app Sandboxx helps connect soldiers with their families by modernizing snail mail

Staying in contact with family members in the armed services is important, whether they're deployed overseas or working through basic training. Waiting for the letters to arrive the old-fashioned way can be frustrating, especially when we're used to instantaneous messaging with texting and social media.

Marine Corps veterans Sam Meek and retired Maj. Gen. Ray "E-Tool" Smith developed the Sandboxx app (iOS, Android) to make communicating with family and friends of military service people.

Sandboxx adds the speed... Read More »

Topics: Communications , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS app aims to speed up and secure your mobile Web surfing

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 DNS app aims to speed up and secure your mobile Web surfing

Those of you who'd like to add greater performance and privacy to your mobile Web surfing can now take advantage of a DNS app from the folks at network service provider Cloudflare.

SEE: How to choose an Android VPN

Available for iOS and Android, the new app dubbed 1.1.1.1 is Cloudflare's attempt to bring its desktop DNS service to your mobile device. The two big benefits of such a service are speed and security. An alternative DNS service... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Networking Software

Twitter might soon add an 'edit' button to fix typos in tweets

Twitter might soon add an 'edit' button to fix typos in tweets

We've probably all sent a tweet with a typo or a broken link -- or we forgot the image or missed a clever hashtag. Inevitably, we either deleted the tweet and try again, or reply to ourselves with the correction. It would be easier to edit, but Twitter (iOS, Android) doesn't have the option.

At a #Powerof18, an IIT event in India about social change and democracy, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey shed some light on the subject.

"We have... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Google revamps 'Files Go' app and renames it 'Files by Google'

Google revamps 'Files Go' app and renames it 'Files by Google'

An app that started life as way to free up space on Android Go phones for people in developing regions has blossomed into a full-fledged file manager with a new design and a new name.

SEE: Organize your Android phone's home screen

Formerly known as Files Go, the app has been rechristened Files by Google, the search giant said in a blog post. The new name is a reflection that although the app was originally designed for Google's Android Go... Read More »

Topics: File Management , Android Software

Dating app Badoo finds a dramatic increase in matches during 'cuffing season'

Dating app Badoo finds a dramatic increase in matches during 'cuffing season'

Cuffing season is upon us. For those of you whose heads have been buried in the snow, cuffing season refers to that "the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful" period when singles are typically more eager to be "cuffed," or shackled, to a significant other.

SEE: Best free dating apps for hooking up and relationships

And why shouldn't they be? It's darker, colder, and wetter in the late fall and early winter, which means you're potentially spending... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software