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The Week in iOS Apps: Can an app be your friend? Replika wants to try

Gboard gets upgraded with instant translation, GIF & emoji suggestions and more

Gboard, Google’s attempt to further infiltrate your phone by way of a keyboard application, is rolling out an update this morning that will introduce a handful of new features, including GIF and emoji suggestions as you type, easier voice typing, Google Translate and more keyboard themes.<p>The latter …

Google

Buoy hopes to fight fake online health news with an artificially intelligent app

Nearly every time I go to WebMD’s symptom checker it somehow leads to telling me I might have some horrible, cancerous disease. Heading over to Yahoo Answers is usually no different. The last time I typed in Google for “shoulder pain” I got an ad recommending I buy a “LightStim” tool promising to …

Health

How Google is trying to make SMS sexy again

Messaging apps are constantly adding functionality to allow you to do more than simply chat with your contacts. But now, Google is going all-out to champion SMS as the standard of the future for mobile users.<p>The company has imaginatively rebranded its Messenger app, which previously handled SMS …

Google

Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

Messaging app Viber is today announcing a new feature that taps into the bigger trend of messaging apps becoming multi-functional platforms, and also its ownership by e-commerce company Rakuten. Viber will start to present users with items for sale, inspired by your current chat, when you press a …

Viber

These are the 10 apps iPhone owners buy most

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There are millions of apps available for the iPhone, and in such a competitive space only the best apps get noticed.<p>From time to time we're …

Apps

A former Google employee built a free app to help you get over your ex

Anyone who's been through a bad breakup has experienced the symptoms: talking about it incessantly to friends, obsessively checking an ex's social media posts, or trying to run into them accidentally on purpose.<p>But Mend, an app that aims to be a "personal trainer for heartbreak," wants to help you …

Relationships

Here's how to access the iPhone's hidden mode that turns the camera into a magnifying glass

Apple included a nifty hidden camera mode in the latest version of its iPhone software, iOS 10.<p>"Magnifier" mode uses the iPhone's camera to magnify text or other small things — handy, especially, for reading fine print, or zooming in on small details.<p>The hidden mode can also adjust brightness and …

iOS

Swedish nuclear physicist just got the world’s first approved birth control app - as effective as the pill but using only mathematics

Elina BerglundMargareta Bloom Sandebäck<p>For over a year Elina Berglund nuclear physicist has been fighting authorities and malicious headlines. Now her app will be the first in the world to be approved as a contraceptive.<p>“It feels incredibly exciting that there is now an approved alternative to …

Birth Control

There’s a hidden menu in Android that lets you unlock experimental features — here’s how to use it

Android is famously open to customization, but you may not know that Google keeps a few <i>more</i> settings tucked away in a hidden menu called the System UI Tuner.<p>It’s not available on every device — you’ll have less luck if yours has a heavy UI skin — but it's worth checking out to see which features …

Mobile Technology

4 Innovative Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Business Processes More Efficient

Help with to-do lists. The distractions of tech devices. The need to solicit client signatures: Point-of-sale systems: "There's an app for that."<p>A business is only as good as the system it's created for its operation. Perhaps the pinnacle of technology innovation is how successful it is in making …

Productivity

The top 12 rumors we're hearing about Apple's next iPhone

Even die-hard iPhone fans have to admit that the AMOLED displays on other phones, particularly those from Samsung, look better than the LCD screens on iPhones.<p>But if the rumors are true, iPhone fans may no longer need to make that admission, as Apple is reportedly looking to use a form of OLED …

iPhone

Is it Time for a Smartphone Privacy Checkup?

The location data your iPhone collects does a lot for you. It can automatically turn on your lights when you walk in to your house or even let you …

iOS

TesLab is the companion app Tesla owners have been waiting for

Tesla actually makes a lot of data available to vehicle owners via APIs and other endpoints, but it’s not always easy to find and make use of that info. Enter TesLab, a new app that tracks data and links it to your profile, while also letting you share it out to a community of other Tesla owners in …

Tesla

Apple's 12 picks for diabetes management apps, 2017 edition

More than two years ago, when Apple first added a list of diabetes management apps to its app store, we <b>covered the list of 13 top picks</b>. A lot can …

Apps

Gamed-learning app Smartup raises $5.5M from Notion Capital, Hong Leong

Back in 2015 we were intrigued by the launch of a brand new take on online learning. It was driven by mobile and also ‘gamed’ users into learning. That was the idea behind SmartUp.io, a mobile app which had a points-based game which would incentivize learning. It’s early implementation was clunky …

Startups

VCs swipe left on dating apps

The romance between venture capitalists and dating startups appears to have hit a rocky patch.<p>VC investment in the space declined over the past year, with smaller average rounds and fewer funded companies, according to Crunchbase company profile data. In particular, U.S.-based startups saw meager …

Venture Capital

YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

YouTube Kids, the app offering a curated selection of age-appropriate videos sourced from YouTube, is launching its own original programming, the company announced today. The four new shows are a part of the YouTube Red subscription service, and were created with the kids’ app in mind. This is also …

Amazon Prime

Google Maps lets you save and share favorite places with launch of Lists

Google Maps is today rolling out a new feature to all users on iOS and Android devices that will allow you to make lists of places that you can star, save and share with friends. There are three different lists types built in at launch – “Favorites,” “Starred Places,” and “Want to Go” – the latter …

Google