Love emojis? Of course, we all do! Now you can take that love a step further and transform yourself into an animated emoji with the new Bitmoji app! From the people who brought you Bitstrips (the personalized comic strip app), comes Bitmoji. An app for — you guessed it — personalized emojis.
Your personal Bitmoji can take form in all different moods, expressions and comic scenes depending on what’s right for the conversation. I have already tested out the Bitmoji app and harassed my friends in our group text. It definitely is a comical alternative to any emoji you can find available today.
Don’t have time to re-create your Bitstrip masterpiece? Don’t worry! Log in with Facebook and your previously created avatar is already there waiting for you!
Check out just how easy it is to upgrade your messaging experience with the Bitmoji app below.
Bitmoji upgrades your messaging needs from texting, Facebook Messenger and more. There’s even a custom keyboard you can set up for iOS 8. The iOS app comes bundled with a convenient custom keyboard that you can use directly in apps like iMessage and WhatsApp while you’re typing! On Android there’s an included a shortcut in all of your favorite chat apps, making it a breeze to quickly share Bitmoji with friends.
Are you downloading the animation + emoji app on your smartphone? Share your thoughts below.
In a world where technology and multi-tasking is the norm, we’ve all been there. As soon as you hit “send” you realize that snarky text about your boss, was sent to your boss, or that “selfie” you sent to your significant other mistakenly went to your mother-in-law. After the initial shock, you text a friend for advice and quickly work to undo the damage.
That is exactly what happened to SAVE MY ASS (SMA) friends and co-creators Gillian Burke and Wendy Hall. Gillian rapid-fired off a text to Wendy complaining about a guy she was dating and realized she sent the text to him by mistake. After Wendy helped her draft a response, Gillian exclaimed “There should be an app for this! I’m not the only one that doesn’t know how to text!”
With a quick swipe on your mobile, SMA is a consumer app featuring thousands of witty, pre-written texts, a “talk dirty to me” category and even a first-of-its-kind “alibi” feature. Whether you send a text intended for someone to the wrong person; you’re dating and not sure how to initiate flirting or banter; you’re in a relationship and want to spice things up; or you receive a text from someone and truly don’t know how to respond, SMA was created to help you.
- 18 witty categories featuring over 1500 texts that can be sent as is or personalized by the user.
- Want to spice things up? The “talk dirty to me” category includes clever banter from romantic to sexy.
- Need an alibi? Log in, choose the “alibi” feature, write a text to cover your tracks and choose a friend from your contact list as your “alibi.” Hit “send” and the text will be sent simultaneously to the recipient and your “alibi” ensuring your whereabouts are “confirmed.”
- Share/Trending. Users are encouraged to share outrageous, hilarious texts received and sent to be voted on each week. The most popular submissions will be found in the “trending” category ensuring content is constantly changing and updating.
“Our goal is to help adults communicate more effectively when texting,” said Wendy Hall co-creator of SAVE MY ASS, “Gillian and I were both divorced, in our 30s and found ourselves in new world of digital dating. We didn’t know what to say or how to communicate.” Added Gillian, “We developed the app to have universal appeal for anyone who communicates by texting and simply needs help knowing what to say in a fun and clever way.”
Downlad the SAVE MY ASS app for free in the Apple app store. A one-time in app purchase allows users to upgrade to include the “alibi” feature, the “talk dirty to me” category or both, priced from $4.99 – $7.99. (A version for Android is coming soon.)
Could you use app like this to get you out of a texting mishap? What was the last text you’ve sent and wish you could’ve deleted before sending? Share you text mishap experiences below.
Not all emojis are created equal. There are times when you need the right emoji used during a text or email thread to fully express yourself at any given moment. With so many emoji apps emerging onto the scene, it’s pretty clear that the classic emoji just aren’t cutting it anymore. There’s one for hipsters, Seinfeld fans, GoT lovers and even taco eaters. And now, there’s one for fashionistas.
LOLy was created by an all-woman design team headed by Splendora founder Gina Pell. To come up with this chic, unique, fabulously frivolous set, the team surveyed hundreds of women about their most-texted phrases. Since it’s not integrated into Apple’s iOS as of yet, this fun, fashion-forward, FREE app allows you to copy and paste unique graphics into your texts. LOLy is for every girl (or guy) that wants to send their BFF a pair of Loubs and a Chanel tweed jacket once in a while.
Just when you thought you’ve seen everything when it comes to newly released emoji sets, LOLy comes along and fulfills all your Chanel-and-Louboutin-filled dreams. This new app will cure sooo many emoji-related frustrations, like why does the “getting your nails done” emoji only come in pink?! Or why the heck isn’t there a tequila shot emoji?!
Even though most are fairly fabulous, this emoji set also includes other things that us fashion folk seem to chat about (and Instagram) a lot. Like cake, pho and margaritas. Because who doesn’t text about food nonstop?
Are you going to use LOLy? Let us know your favorite new emoji in the comments below!
Facebook wants to force you to adopt it’s standalone mobile app and it’s efforts has privacy-concerned users upset and up in arms! Recently reports have surfaced and gone viral bashing the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but IT’S NOT TRUE.
Guess what? Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app — or other similar applications. The fear actually stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device’s camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Want to know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app? Discover what it can and can’t do below.
Here’s THE TRUTH about what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.
TRUE OR FALSE: The Messenger app is new.
(FALSE) Facebook’s Messenger app has been around since 2011. In April, it started requiring that users in Europe download and install the app if they wish to send messages to Facebook friends. Two weeks ago, the company said it would expand the requirement to other parts of the world. Facebook says it’s forcing users to make the switch because a standalone app offers more features. For example, the app is faster, it offers a selfie cam, stickers and can be used to reach people on your contact list who are not Facebook users.
TRUE OR FALSE: You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.
(FALSE) While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.
TRUE OF FALSE: The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.
(FALSE) Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions HERE (Click “view details” under Permissions.)
TRUE OR FALSE: Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.
(FALSE) The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.
TRUE OF FALSE: Facebook will direct the app to send SMS, or text, messages without your permission.
(FALSE) One of the permissions does say that Facebook can edit, receive, read and send SMS messages. But the company says the reason it wants to send and receive SMS messages is so that if you add a phone number to your Messenger account, you can confirm by a confirmation code that Facebook sends via text message.
Now that you know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app are you still nervous about installing the “new” app now? Have you made the switch to the upgraded Facebook Messenger app yet?
Let’s face it! Everyone loves playing games on their smartphone or tablet to pass the wading time throughout the day. Whether you admit it or not, you’ve definitely got a few bandwagon games on your smartphone that you probably don’t even play anymore. Why not jump on the newest and most downloaded games of the week to peak your interest in gaming agin. Discover the top 5 free games to kill time at work available this week for your Apple or Android device below.
5. Guess The Emoji
With the buzz of new Emojis coming soon, isn’t time you brushed up on your emoji knowledge before things really get out of hand? Guess The Emoji will actually entertain you for hours. The kid friendly and family friendly game tests your logic to solve simple emoji puzzles.
4. Don’t Touch The Spikes
Talk about a game that’s pretty straight forward. Basically you maneuver and fly a bird with the intention to make it to safety without flying into spike walls and traps. Could this be the next Angry Bird? I’m not so sure, but it is generating a buzz in gaming so you’ll just have to play and see.
Feeling a little nostalgic and in search for an old school arcade style game to soothe the in-office tension? Then Timberman is for you! Its a fairly simply game. Become a Tiberman, chop wood and avoid the branches. As you get further along in the game you’ll have to compete with variable environments and 10 Timbermen to unlock, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but you’ll have fun competing for top leaderboard status anyhow.
The official Jenga game can now be played in the palm of your hands from anywhere! (Can you imagine trying to set up dozens of wooden blocks on the subway? Not happening!) With Jenga on your smartphone, you can take the tower building experience anywhere! Just don’t yell out JENGA too loud, you’re killing time in the office, not at family game night.
1. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
If you love all things Kardashian, then this game is totally for you! You can you create your own star-like celebrity status on a red carpet adventure starring Kim Kardashian. You can even date and dump celebrities at the best parties and hottest clubs. Don’t worry, you won’t have to marry Kanye West in the game. Sounds like fun right?
Have you downloaded any of these games yet? Would you actually play the Kardashian game? Would you download any of these games to kill time at work? Share your thoughts below.
Whether he’s working on the set of NBC’s “Crisis,” or starring in big screen dramas like “Temptation,” Lance Gross is quite busy these days. We recently caught up with the Verizon Potential of Us influencer, and he told us the top five apps he can’t live without:
- Instagram — In this business, I meet a lot of great people and travel to beautiful places. I love posting pictures of the people I’ve met and places I’ve visited along the way.
- iTunes — I don’t know where I’d be without my music. iTunes gives me easy access to my favorite songs at all times. There’s nothing like sitting back and listening to some tunes after a long day.
- Vine — I love to watch videos on Vine. It’s amazing what people can do in six seconds.
- Flight Tracking App — I’m always traveling, so having flight information in the palm of my hand is convenient. This flight tracking app allows me to manage my trips, check flight statuses and choose travel preferences.
- Photo Editor — I’m an avid photographer. With tools that allow me to fix red eyes or add effects to my photos, this app is a one-stop shop for picture editing.
What are some of your favorite must-have apps? Share your favorites in the comments below.
Hey Selifie lovers! The ever popular photo-sharing app Instagram, announced 10 new editing tools just moments ago for both iOS and Android. In addition to new adjustments like contrast, brightness and saturation, Instagram’s filters have also been tweaked; users can now adjust the filter’s intensity with a slide bar.
Instagram first started utilizing the slide bar in March with the app’s Lux tool, which serves as a fill light of sorts for dark photos. That slide bar is now available on a number of editing features, giving users more control over how dramatic their edits appear.
The full list of editing tools include Adjust (lets you crop and straighten photos simultaneously), brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, vignette, sharpen and filter strength (the border tool is now within the filter strength setting, too).
More Instagram editing tools are on the way, and we’re told they will be added to the app as they are finished. Instagram expects the new editing tools to be available to iOS and Android users throughout the day as the app updates are pushed through to the App Store and the Google Play Store. To learn more about these new tools, check out help.instagram.com.
It’s that wonderful time of year again — when you grab up your girlfriends, family and start planning your next amazing road trip! To help get you on your way, I’ve gathered six of the best road trip travel apps out there. They’ll all help you narrow down where to go and, once you’ve picked a killer spot, what to see and do. Once you’re packed and ready to go, make sure you download these 6 travel apps to kick off your summer road trip right – start your engines and get ready to hit the road!
If you’re on the road then there’s nothing better than having a good strategy on planned pit stops. The Rest Areas app shows rest area locations throughout the US highway system. The app shows your distance to the nearest rest area, includes street views for better navigation and to make sure it’s not a super creepy location there are Flickr photos available to give you a good look at the rest stop grounds. (Free)
For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. From First Aid essentials to hunting and even a guide to prepare you for an unexpected disaster – former SAS soldier and instructed, John Wiseman puts the elite survival training techniques of Britain’s toughest fighting force right in the palm of your hand. ($5.99)
Looking for a last minute place to stay during your road trip? Airbnb has you covered! Make travel planning as mobile as you are with the Airbnb iPhone app. With over 450,000 listing in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you. Discover and book long-term or short-term sublets, legendary properties, vacation homes and more right from your iPhone or iPad. (Free)
If you wandering into a city for the first time, live like a local with the Triposo app. Triposo is the best travel guide right in the palm of your hands. The app includes a city guide with information about all the major sights, a list of great restaurants and different nightlife options. It even comes with a currency converter (Hello Canada), weather and local phrases that’ll have you speaking like a local in no time. (Free)
Since the last thing you want to do is end up stranded because you ran out of gas, the Gas Buddy app is a no brainer! This app is tried and true with over 35 million users saving money on fill-ups everyday. GasBuddy uses crowd-funded gas price information (provided by users) to bring drivers together to support the common goal of saving money on gas. You can find cheap gas near you via gps or you can enter city/zip/postal code to plan your road trip route accordingly. (Plus GasBuddy offers points and prizes for gas reporters and a chance to win $100 of gas everyday.) (Free)
In case you need to build your itinerary with “things to do” off the beaten path, the Peek app is the only travel advisor you’ll need. Peek is your one-stop shop to discover and book amazing activities. Whether it’s going swimming with the sharks or eating you way through a local culinary walking tour, Peek has selected the highest quality activities at the best prices guaranteed. Once you take the quiz to discover your travel persona, you’ll receive personalized activity recommendations, handpicked by Peek just for you! (Free)
With all the road-trips taking place this summer, these are the best apps that’ll keep you prepared, safe, entertained and even save you some cash. Now that you have a roundup of travel apps to prepare you for your next road trip, where are you heading to first?
Have you heard? The newly updated Duane Reade App with integrated iBeacon Technology is now available for your iOS device and it’s delivering savings directly to your smartphone — no special sign up required.
The updated Duane Reade app takes the guesswork out of savings, clipping coupons and even prescription refills with all new features including weekly ads and coupons, prescription pill reminders, shopping lists, DR Walk In Clinic and the Steps feature that gives you points based on your fitness activity and other smart health steps. This updated app is filled with an intuitive features designed to keep you saving all the time, every time.
During a recent visit to my favorite midtown Duane Reade store on 42nd and 8th Avenue, I saw the iBeacon technology in action first hand. The Duane Reade app equipped with iBeacon automatically sends a signal to your phone that you are near a Duane Reade location, triggering a lock screen notification to appear and prompt you to open the app. The notifications offer users a coupon based on prior purchases, present users with product reviews and other handy shopping features.
It’s like the Duane Reade app is the ultimate shopping companion whether you’re picking up snacks for your home, shopping for last minute gifts for mom….(*ahem Mother’s Day gifts) or more! You can easily download the free app from the iTunes store here, log in using your Balance Rewards number and begin saving today.
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