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YouTube Kids app expands into UK, Canada and more

YouTube Kids app expands into UK, Canada and more

YouTube’s kid-friendly “YouTube Kids” app is now available to users located in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland. The app is available for both Android and iOS, and is designed to present children with content that is age-appropriate, getting kids established on the platform early while removing reasons for parents to worry.

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Tumblr’s app makes gifs now, too

Tumblr’s app makes gifs now, too

This week Tumblr has updated its iOS app to include the ability to make moving .gif images for your blog. This isn't a brand new sort of ability, of course - you could do that on your desktop with Photoshop, if you wanted - but for mobile devices, it's still sort of a new bit of fun. If you want to turn all the movies and the photo burst images you've got on your device into gifs, now might be the best time to make it so.

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Windows 10 “Astoria” Android emulation might be scrapped

Windows 10 “Astoria” Android emulation might be scrapped

Although Windows doesn't really have a dearth of software, considering the hundreds if not thousands of "win32" programs out there in the wild. But the particular family of "Modern", now "Universal" apps is substantially smaller in number. Microsoft revealed a strategy that was both ambitious and almost suicidal as a stopgap measure to solve its app woes: allow apps from other platforms to run on Windows 10. Part of that strategy was called Project Astoria, the Android bridge, which is whispered to be in danger of being burned even before it can be fully built.

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Snapchat rolls out paid lens store to some users

Snapchat rolls out paid lens store to some users

Following its launch of Lenses earlier this year, Snapchat has launched a for-pay lens store where users can purchase additional lenses for $0.99 and keep them forever. These for-pay lenses join the free lens options offered by Snapchat, and show up with them once a user makes the purchase. In the grand scheme of things, it is a small addition for users, but one that gives them a little more freedom while demonstrating the company’s latest effort to monetize itself.

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Pocket gets social with public Recommendations feed

Pocket gets social with public Recommendations feed

These days, if you aren't social, you aren't going to survive long in a competitive tech world. Or at least that seems to be the hidden, perhaps even unintended, message behind Pocket's upcoming new feature. What started out mostly as a personal reading list is now becoming something like Pinterest for text content. In its beta testing channel, Pocket has rolled out a feature that pimps up the Recommendations feature it introduced last July, now with the option to post them on a public feed that others can follow.

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Tinder got rid of ‘Moments’ with yesterday’s big update

Tinder got rid of ‘Moments’ with yesterday’s big update

Tinder has decided to do away with “Moments,” its Snapchat-like feature that arrived in mid-2014. With Moments, Tinder users were able to share photos with matches, resting easy knowing those photos would expire after 24 hours. The tool allowed one to stylize the images with filters and other modern-day photo overlays, and to add text, further lending to the Snapchat comparisons.

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Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic has introduced a new fitness app called “Runtastic Results”, and it is designed for anyone interested in fitness. This particular app is a personalized training tool, providing a 12-week plan for users that has been customized to their particular needs. It presents body weight workouts that range from 15 to 45 minutes long, and they’re accompanied by more than 120 high-definition instructional videos for each type of exercise.

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SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey 6 arrives with double-word prediction and more

SwiftKey has announced a new update for Android, rolling out SwiftKey 6 to users. The app first went into a public beta a few weeks ago, and after some further refining it is rolling out to the general public. The new version brings with it several new features, chief among them being double-word prediction, which predicts the next pair of words you’ll say in a single instant rather than just single-word predictions.

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Firefox is finally now on iOS for real and for everyone

Firefox is finally now on iOS for real and for everyone

After a long, and really very long, wait, Mozilla has finally officially brought its Firefox web browser to Apple's mobile platform. While it initially said that it would not bring Firefox to iOS, Mozilla eventually relented and revealed last May that it was indeed working on somewhat of a port of the popular browser. Last September, it rolled out closed beta testing to users in New Zealand, hinting at an eventual public release some day soon. Well, that someday has finally arrived. Here's Firefox on iOS.

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Periscope update adds new Global Map, skip-ahead feature

Periscope update adds new Global Map, skip-ahead feature

Periscope has pushed out an update for both its Android and iOS apps, adding a revamped Global Map and the new ability to skip ahead on replays, the latter of which caters to the more time-pressed users out there. In addition, for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners, there’s also 3D Touch shortcuts, including Search People, Teleport, Broadcast, and Broadcast Mutuals. Those on Android specifically have scored pinch-to-zoom.

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Experience Firefox OS on your Android phone the safe way

Experience Firefox OS on your Android phone the safe way

It's been a while since we last heard from it, but it seems that Firefox OS is still ongoing. And though the stream of Firefox OS smartphones have slowed down to less than a trickle, there's now a way for you to get a taste of what the platform really has to offer. To some extent, that is. Mozilla has just launched the developer preview of Firefox OS 2.5 for Android phones that you can now install just like a regular app. No need to flash your device just for an appetizer.

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