10 apps Donald Trump needs way more than Twitter

May 26, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable Donald Trump’s using his iPhone wrong. The President reportedly (finally!) has an iPhone. And yet, he’s only installed a single, solitary app on it: Twitter. Of course. SEE ALSO: Twitter has all the answers for Trump’s ‘orb of doom’ photo No matter what side of the political aisle you fall on, most of us can probably agree that more access to Twitter isn’t exactly something Trump needs, well, more of. That said, he probably could …

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There are dozens of fidget spinner apps and everyone needs to stop

May 21, 2017

Image: ketchapp In a matter of weeks, fidget spinners went from something almost nobody had ever heard of to the must-have toy of the season. The anxiety-reducing handheld spinners are so ubiquitous that dozens of developers are trying to cash in on the phenomenon with fidget-spinner themed mobile apps. People are into it, apparently. So into it that the top game in the iOS app store is a virtual fidget spinner that doesn’t do anything but spin. The app is called Finger Spinner and it …

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YouTube VR will soon let you watch and talk about videos in VR

May 19, 2017

Image: raymond wong/mashable VR is often slammed for being an isolating experience, but companies like Facebook and Google are making strides to make it more social. At Google I/O, Google previewed an upcoming YouTube VR feature for Daydream 2.0 (also called Euphrates) that’ll let you and your friends watch YouTube videos in VR and then have discussions about them. SEE ALSO: Sorry, Apple Photos, but I’m leaving you for Google Photos The feature, which YouTube’s Erin Teague …

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Hands on with Instagram’s 8 augmented reality face filters for selfies

May 17, 2017

Image: screenshot: raymond wong/mashable Proving once again it has no shame, Instagram has announced “face filters,” its own blatant copy of Snapchat’s lenses. If you’ve used Snapchat’s selfie lenses to add dog ears or a flower crown on top of your selfies, you’ll be right at home with face filters because the new ones rolling out are very similar. SEE ALSO: Snapchat’s 10 most popular lenses of 2016 Accessing face filters in Instagram works the same …

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How to reset your Netflix algorithm to remove all traces of your ex

May 17, 2017

Image: AMBAR DEL MORAL / mashable Netflix and chill is great when you’re loved up. But, when that love dies, Netflix can serve as a constant reminder of your ex and the shows you once watched together. That’s because of one big Netflix feature: its suggested viewing algorithm. SEE ALSO: This New York City Airbnb listing takes Netflix and Chill very seriously To come up with viewing suggestions, the algorithm behind Netflixs “Recommended For You” section computes the …

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This week in apps: Instagram hits 700 million, Apple’s new music deal and more

May 1, 2017

With the fallout from the ill-fated Fyre Festival still unfolding and Amazon’s slightly creepy new Echo, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps. SEE ALSO: Inside the exclusive, stealthy club where future tech moguls are born Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated apps, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your phone.Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make …

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 20, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram bloggers have been …

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Too shy to send a dick pic? This code will salvage your sexting game.

April 19, 2017

Image: rachel thompson/ mashable Sexting is a scary business. The idea of sending out an intimate photo of your genitals to someone you quite fancy is terrifying. And, sometimes a simple just won’t cut it. Behold the “Dick Code,” a way to share a unique and anatomically accurate image of your penis without actually taking a photo of it. SEE ALSO: How to explain sexting and dick pics to your British mum The Dick Code is the handiwork of 28-year-old web developer Gyrgy Szcs, …

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Where social media meets hard rock, a tale of two Mastodons

April 7, 2017

Rock and roll and social mediaImage: Mashable composite: Photo of Mastodon the band: Jimmy Hubbard/Warner Bros, Mastodon Logo/Mastodon As the buzz about new open-source social platform Mastodon spread round the internet, some not in the know might have been puzzled and asked themselves, “Wait, noted metal band Mastodon has their own social network?” SEE ALSO: No way out: You can’t delete a Mastodon account Rest assured, no, the platform and the band are two entirely …

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Lyft actually followed through on making a wearable that was created as a joke

March 31, 2017

Lyft went super hard for a prank.Image: lyft Would you believe it if Lyft rolled out an actual, physical product to hail a ride? A one-use wearable, giving you streamlined access to all the service’s cars at the lyft (lolz) of your thumb? You shouldn’t believe it well, not completely. The ride-hailing app is currently shilling Mono, a wearable with some legitimately cool specs: it has BLE tech to pair with your phone, a micro-controller synched with the Lyft API that reads gyroscope …

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Twitter just floated the idea of a premium service

March 25, 2017

Fancy.Image: Bethany Clarke /Getty Images 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 …

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Social media has turned me into a sexual oversharer

March 25, 2017

Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable I’m a millennial and I can’t stop oversharing about my sex life. And, while I hate to point the finger, I blame social media. I first realised I was a sexual oversharer during a pretty uncomfortable moment with a new housemate someone I barely knew, but was trying to get to know. As I sipped my first coffee of the day, I leant across and told my new housemate something Id told other friends just days previous. I described, in graphic detail, a …

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