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Tinder adds GIFs for more expressive messages

Tinder, the dating service of choice for today's youth, has just updated its popular iOS app to include support for Giphy, the service makes adding GIFs to messages a breeze. Now that the hit image format is available, users can include GIFs in their conversations with matches simply by tapping a button next to the text input box. You'll be able to browse through Giphy's library of animations, as well as search or view which images are trending.

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Inbox by Gmail update calls out your bills with Google Now

This week the folks at Google responsible for Inbox by Google have updated their app to include call-outs to your most important bits. This update includes shipping status updates, frequent flyer numbers, reservations, membership numbers, and package tracking. And bills and bill updates. What you're going to find is your ability to pull each of these bits up with a simple search. These bits can be pulled up with Google Now, not just inside the Inbox by Gmail app.

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Prepd Pack lunchbox is both attractive and smart

Takeout meals are convenient, particularly after a long day spent working, but they’re often not very healthy, and it can be difficult to track calories. The solution is making a meal at home and packing it, but two common complaints are associated with this: poor cooking skills and self-consciousness when toting around a lunchbox. Prepd Pack aims to be the solution to both troubles, offering a smart way to eat healthy combined with an attractive grown-up design.

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Snapchat voice and video calling features leaked

If you want to send a pic or a video to someone complete with a note and a doodle on it, then Snapchat is probably the app you open to do so. It probably also helps that the app lets you know if the photo you sent was saved by the recipient. Well, in addition to these features, it would seem that the people behind the loveable ghost icon are hard at work at some other interesting things for the app.

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ZCast is for podcasts what Periscope is for live video

A new app and web-based system by the name of ZCast hopes to make Podcasting a far simpler affair, boiling the entire media form down to you and your smartphone and a live presentation. ZCast allows users to produce their own multi-member podcast from their mobile device or the web. With ZCast, casters will be able to take comments and answer questions in real-time, connecting with social media outlets as they do so. We'll do it live!

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Here are the top 10 apps of 2015 (most downloaded, most used)

For both iOS and Android, combined, the number one ranking app in the world for the year 2015 was WhatsApp Messenger. After that is Facebook Messenger, Facebook (the basic Facebook app), and Instagram. The next couple of apps on this list of most-downloaded apps in the world for the year 2015 are slightly more difficult to believe: Clean Master, 360 Mobile Security, and Skype. After that you've got YouTube, UC Browser, and Snapchat.

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Apple sees record $1.1B in App Store sales over holiday period

The holiday season is usually a big time for tech and gadget companies each year, but with smartphones ever becoming the most important device in our lives, app marketplaces are also seeing big customer turnouts. The iOS App Store is one such example, with Apple revealing that the close of 2015 was the "biggest ever" holiday season for the digital store, with users spending a record $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over the two weeks ending January 3rd.

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Selfie App has Microsoft cashing in on keywords

Microsoft knows you want to download an app that's made just for taking selfies. Microsoft knows good and well that when you want this app, you'll be searching for the word "selfie" - the function, not necessarily the title of the app. As such, they've titled their newest app "Microsoft Selfie." You'll find it popping up closer and closer to the top of your app search lists for Selfie apps over the next few weeks.

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Live Studio turns videos into Live Photos

When Apple rolled out their latest batch of phones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, they came with a new feature. One that could actually take photos, and animate them. It's quite revolutionary, as nothing had ever done this before. Well, if you somehow managed to make gifs and videos before Live Photos existed, then you can now turn these into Live Photos now.

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