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Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google Play’s ‘Designed for Families’ tries for family-friendly apps

Google is making a push for family-friendly content in the Play Store. Today, the company is announcing Designed for Families, a new program that will allow Developers to designate their content as safe for all eyes. While the program will undoubtedly put more eyes on apps, Google is also promising apps that fall under the Designed for Families banner “will be eligible for upcoming family-focused experiences on Google Play that will help parents discover great, age-appropriate content and make more informed choices.”

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1Password for Apple Watch arrives (but no Android Wear)

1Password for Apple Watch arrives (but no Android Wear)

Popular password manager 1Password has joined the roster of apps ready for Apple Watch, with the latest update bringing login credentials conveniently to your wrist. The update, 1Password v5.4, hit the App Store today, allowing Pro users to add their Apple Watch - or, at least, they would be able to if Apple had begun shipping the wearable yet - as a trusted device, and pick select accounts to have access to from there.

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CloudMagic drops ‘Pro’ subscription for unknown monetization angle

CloudMagic drops ‘Pro’ subscription for unknown monetization angle

As email apps go, CloudMagic is among the better options you might have overlooked. It has powerful tools that allow you to do things like manage multiple accounts and save content to services like Pocket. CloudMagic’s ‘Cards’ is a really handy method for redirecting content, saving attachments to another app, or send contacts to various third party services, and the app recently made small changes to support drafts. While CloudMagic shined, the company added ‘Pro’ features for $4.99/month to make it sparkle. Now, CloudMagic is dropping the ‘Pro’ angle as they search for new monetization angles.

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Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Sometime, words won’t do. Even an acronym like ‘LOL’ sometimes fails to convey the right message. In those times, a GIF can likely help out. To help you get the right message across, Fleksy is announcing a partnership with Riffsy to bring GIFs right to their keyboard app. Coming to iOS today (and soon for Android), Fleksy’s fast-typing keyboard app will also let you quickly access GIFs. GIFs will come pre-configured in Fleksy, and the app maker claims they’re the only ones who have GIFs, emoji, and a proper keyboard in the same app.

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Vizzywig 8HD turns your Apple Watch into a recording control room

Vizzywig 8HD turns your Apple Watch into a recording control room

Remember Vizzywig? Yes, the very same people who developed that insane, and insanely cool, 4K video recording app, which, by the way, they are now marketing as "8HD". Well, here they are with another insane idea, and this time, they are targeting Apple's newest baby, the Apple Watch. No, you won't be recording videos from the smartwatch, since it has no camera. Instead, you will be controlling everything from your wrist. And we're not talking about starting or stopping recording only. You can even edit and stitch it all up on your smartwatch.

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Revamped YouTube app makes an appearance on iPhone

Revamped YouTube app makes an appearance on iPhone

YouTube may be in the process of redesigning its app for iOS. Multiple users claim that a new version of the app was briefly available for iPhones last year. Although it has since changed back to its familiar design, one clever user took some screenshots to capture the design elements before it disappeared. YouTube is rumored to be redesigning the app for Android, along with a new player for Internet. New apps developed using Material Design have been cropping up on iOS and Android, so it makes sense that YouTube is toying with a new design layout.

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Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Now that Twitter has acquired the live-streaming platform, Periscope, which "lets you see the world in real-time through someone else's eyes", Twitter doing what it can to keep its rival, Meerkat, from gaining traction. Twitter is rumored to be using strategic tactics to keep its rival, Meerkat, off the playing field, especially because Meerkat exclusively uses Twitter to push its live streams. Twitter could fear that if Meerkat gains a strong user following, then there won't be enough of a user base to catapult Periscope to success.

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Duolingo to add Klingon language course

Duolingo to add Klingon language course

Duolingo is an excellent app for learning foreign languages, and though they're a bit slow when it comes to adding new languages (that's not a criticism, it's quite the undertaking), it is open about what it is working on, giving users who might be interested a heads-up. It has recently announced plans to add a new language, but it is different than its past announcements: this time around, Duolingo says it'll be adding a Klingon course, and it might prove to be the best way to learn the language to date.

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Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Take a knee; we need to talk about you (not) spending money on apps

Look at your smartphone’s app selection — how many of those apps did you pay for? How many of those apps did you spend any money on via in-app purchases? According to a new study, not many. Mobile marketing firm Swrve found about 60% of mobile game revenue comes from less than 1% of players. Actually, it’s less than 0.5%. To be even more accurate, it’s even less than 0.25%. While that’s just games, it’s indicative of the app industry. This actually is your fault, and it needs to stop.

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Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Beyond batteries: How Mophie plans to tame storage

Mophie may have its roots in providing snug-fitting extra power for the iPhone, but the future is all about the next big headache in mobile: storage space. Sure, running out of juice by mid-afternoon is an annoyance on your smartphone, but, Mophie points out, running out of memory is even more stressful. It might not happen so often, but with memory card slots getting rarer, having to face deleting your photos, music, and videos is a lot worse than needing to squat by an outlet. Enter the new Mophie Space Pack line and the companion Space app; I caught up with the Mophie team to find out more.

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