Smartphones are replacing Bibles in my church and I’m not here for it

December 10, 2017

If the Catholic Church starts using tablets, though, you'll know there's been a big shift.Image: ambar del moral/mashable I’ve attended church with my family for my entire life, but I’ve noticed a stark change in the last few visits to our non-denominational Christian congregation: A startling number of people around me spent the sermons glued to smartphones and tablets. Even my dad, a classic Midwestern disciplinarian, pulled out his iPhone…

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New Uber feature lets you call rides for friends

November 22, 2017

Image: brittany herbert/mashable You can now add Uber to your list of holiday gift ideas. The ride-hailing service just rolled out a set of updates that include the ability to request trips for friends and family members without Uber accounts, as well as new in-app gifting features, and a new “live location” sharing feature. SEE ALSO: Uber just released the ultimate millennial credit card The update rolls out today and…

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Don’t expect your apps to look great on the iPhone X right away

November 4, 2017

Image: mashable/lili sams The iPhone X has the best display of any iPhone ever, but if you’re among the throngs of people lining up to buy one this week, don’t expect all your apps to look perfect right away. That’s because the changes Apple introduced with the iPhone X were so dramatic, developers have had to scramble to update their apps to optimize them for the device. And despite Apple’s…

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Facebook is testing a secret photo sharing app in China, report says

August 12, 2017

Image: Schiefelbein/AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook is even more desperate to have a presence in China than we thought. The social network has been secretly testing a photo sharing app in the country, according to a new report in The New York Times. SEE ALSO: Facebook is dangerous for Democracyhere’s why The app, reportedly called “Colorful Balloons” is apparently a Chinese version of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Moments. The app, first released in the…

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What do when you’re being harassed on Twitter

August 7, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable If Twitter has one major headache that never seems to go away, it’s trolls. But things might now be starting to look up. The company, once content to do almost nothing to address harassment on its platform, has taken a new approach in recent months with a string of updates meant to crack down on abuse and hate. SEE ALSO: Twitter is testing a subscription service but…

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Download this: Plotagraph will help you level up your Instagram game

July 30, 2017

Who doesn’t want to level up their Instagram game? While many apps that let you add special effects to your photos end up looking gimmicky, Plotagraph’s app lets you add elegant animations that will make your want to revisit your favorite photos. SEE ALSO: How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world The idea is kind of like a Live Photo, but instead of photo…

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This week in apps: Watch videos with friends and island hop with UberBOAT

July 2, 2017

Download those new apps ASAP.Image: drew angerer/Getty Images It’s completely possible that you weren’t able to keep up with app updates this week considering all of the speculation of what the iPhone will look like in 2020. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got you covered. SEE ALSO: Why your iPhone photos look so bad Each week we round up the most important app news along…

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First look at Apple’s big jump into augmented reality

June 6, 2017

One of the first plays to use Apple ARKit is a version of Star Wars chess . Image: karissa buzzer/ mashable Apple really pranced head-first into augmented reality. Following months of surmise about what exactly the nature of its aims for augmented world are, the company announced it’s improving an AR platform immediately into iOS. With ARKit, Apple is for the first time offering developers a collection of implements to…

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a…

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Google is boring now, and that’s sad

May 20, 2017

CEO Sundar Pichai brings the thunder at Google I/O 2017.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Trust me, I never thought it would come to this. If you had asked me a week ago what I was expecting from Google’s I/O developer conference, “boring” is not the word that would’ve come to mind. Yet, looking at this year’s announcements, I’m struck most by how completely expected and, well, safe it all is. Sure, Google Lens…

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