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14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

As more and more counties and states impose shelter-in-place restrictions while the new coronavirus spreads, everyone's suddenly spending much more time at home. While you might be glad to have escaped the grind of the daily commute for a while, staying indoors for the majority of the day comes with its own set of challenges. Your smartphone can help. With the right choice of apps, you can forget you're in such a confined space, get some exercise, and let your mind roam free. From socializing to exercise to checking up…

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The Secret to Enjoying Nature Is Your Phone

An essential part of having a smartphone is hating yourself for it. The self-awareness that smartphones are bad for us, and that tech companies are evil for addicting us to their apps, is proof of sanity. In recent years, the predictable masochism we feel while scrolling has found an equally predictable remedy: nature. Nature is the opposite of smartphones—it is as good for us as smartphones are bad. And the call of the wild has never been stronger. Going on an unplugged yoga retreat in Costa Rica, renting a cabin…

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The best New Year’s resolution apps to carry you in 2020

Another year, another resolution. If you have trouble sticking to new routines, these apps may make the transition to healthier habits a touch more bearable. Whether youre trying to eat more healthfully, be more active, take time to be mindful or manage expenses, the Daily Dot has got you covered with our roundup. New Years resolution apps:Physical health Nike Training Club, free with in-app purchases If youre looking for a high-intensity workout with an accountability system, look no further than Nike Training Club. This app offers workouts ranging from strength…

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The Real Genius of Love Island Is Its Money-Making App

Love Island—the reality show stuffed with six-packs, sunscreen, fake tans, and pearly white teeth—is back! WIRED UK. The series, which returned to screens for a winter edition last Sunday, has been a smash hit, crossing international borders and being referenced on other shows including Orange is the New Black and Euphoria. But there’s an aspect to the show’s success that no one is talking about—Love Island has been revolutionizing the television business through its money-making app. Since 2017, the Love Island fan companion app has generated over £12 million in…

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Let these apps and gadgets be your Thanksgiving sous chef

So youve bought and thawed your Butterball. Now what? Whether youre a novicecook or experienced chef looking to save some time, there are a few apps and gadgets that can take your kitchen to the next level. Here are the best tech tools that can teach you how to cook a turkey or maybe how to cook one even better. How to cook a turkey: The tech guide Combo baster and infuser $11.95 One of the first steps in learning how to cook a turkey is perfecting your basting ingredients…

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Gods gift: how to look like Chris Hemsworth

More than 1 million people have already downloaded Chris Hemsworths fitness app. Why? Is it because they too want to look like a Norse demi-god, asks Alex Moshakis The actor Chris Hemsworth Hollywood leading man, make-believe Thor employs a small army of fitness professionals to maintain peak condition. There is the personal trainer he has known since he was eight, and the nutritionist and the Pilates coach and the yoga coach and the meditation guru. Even Hemsworths stunt double is part of the gang. Collectively the army is known as…

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App Annie acquires analytics firm Libring, bringing ad tech-related insights to its platform

App Annie, a go-to source for mobile app market data and analytics, is expanding its platform with the acquisition of mobile analytics provider Libring. The deal will allow App Annie to present its mobile app market data side by side with advertising analytics data, in order to paint a more complete picture of an app’s performance and revenue. Already, App Annie customers leverage its platform to track key metrics related to their app’s growth and usage, like downloads, active users, retention numbers, demographics, rankings, reviews, competitive analysis, and more. But…

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Can Facebook get the teens back?

Facebook is coming for the teens and it wont stop until they are entertained. The Informationreports that New Product Experimentation (NPE), a nascent subsidiary of Facebook, has released two new apps geared towards teenagers. With NPE, led by executive Ime Archibong, the social media giant hopes to develop riskier projects more rapidly in order to stay competitive in the dynamic social media space. The apps, Bump and Aux, have recently appeared in Apples Canadian App store. Bump is a matchmaking app for connecting students from the same school. Aux integrates…

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Pillar launches with $5.5M from Kleiner Perkins and others to tackle your student loan debt

A new startup aims to help you get your student loans under control. Today, an app called Pillar, backed by $5.5 million in seed funding led by Kleiner Perkins, is launching a simpler way for consumers to better understand their student loan debt — and even pay it off early. To do so, the app connects with your student loan servicer and bank, then makes personalized suggestions based on your loans, your income and your spending. When it finds a way you can make a bigger dent in your overall…

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Twitter introduces a battery-saving Lights Out dark-mode option

As promised back in January by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the company today is rolling out an even darker version of the app’s existing dark mode. Before, Twitter’s dark theme was more of a blue-ish shade instead of a true black, which not everyone seemed to like. Now, there’s an optional setting that makes the current dark mode more of a pitch black. To use the new feature, you’ll first visit the Twitter app’s “Settings and Privacy” section, then click on “Display and Sound.” From there, you can toggle on…

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Co-parenting app raises privacy questions when courts get involved

CoParenter is a logistics and communication app for custody arrangements.Image: Vicky Leta / Mashable  Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2019 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Legally mandated app usage is officially now a thing.  Say hello to coParenter, an app designed to facilitate the often-fraught dealings of two non-married or separated individuals trying to jointly…

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US iPhone users spent, on average, $79 on apps last year, up 36% from 2017

Apple’s push to get developers to build subscription-based apps is now having a notable impact on App Store revenues. According to a new report from Sensor Tower due out later this week, revenue generated per U.S. iPhone grew 36 percent, from $58 in 2017 to $79 last year. As is typical, much of that increase can be attributed to mobile gaming, which accounted for more than half of this per-device average. However, more substantial growth took place in the categories outside of gaming — including those categories where subscription-based apps…

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Facebooks gaming hub Fb.gg launches into beta on Android

This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. The destination shows videos based on which games and streaming celebrities users follow, plus Liked Pages and Groups, and other featured suggestions of what to watch. Now, Fb.gg is expanding to mobile with its launch on Android. The new app, first spotted by Sensor Tower, arrived just a few days ago and is currently in beta testing. According to its…

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