You Can Now Leave Video Comments on Facebook

Showcased at Facebook’s Hackathon event earlier this year, a feature that allows users to upload video comments to people’s posts drew quite the attention. Over the past few months, the FB coders behind the feature worked to get it up and running on both desktop and mobile, then tested it among peers at Facebook. The feature is now available for all, accessible via a desktop computer, Android device, and iOS.  (more…)

Uber Introduces Scheduled Rides to Let You…Schedule a Ride

If there is one feature that Uber has desperately needed since launch, it would be the ability to schedule a ride. The thought here is that you probably know ahead of time that you’ll need a ride, but you don’t necessarily want to deal with last minute requests and would instead like to set something up ahead of time, you know, to cross it off the list of “Sh*t to do before my trip.”

Today, Uber is introducing Scheduled Rides globally. As the name suggests, you can now schedule a ride with Uber anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.  (more…)

Chrooma Keyboard Beta Hits 3.0 With a Laundry List of New Goodies

Chrooma Keyboard, the Google Keyboard-esque color-switching that has become a favorite around these parts, now has a beta available that will let you test v3.0 of the app. This isn’t just a bug-fixer either. No, v3.0 of Chrooma is packed full of new goodness for you to play with, assuming you are down to help the developer work through some bugs on the way to stable.

In this 3.0 update, Chrooma has improved text suggestion, prediction, and gestures swiping. You’ll find new settings, an emoji page restyling, new emoji too, and bug fixes as well. As for what’s new, well, strap in for a minute here.  (more…)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Basically Becomes a Bad Ass Plex Box in Latest Update

Today, NVIDIA and Plex announced that in the next update to SHIELD TV, which will be v3.2, your Android TV-powered set top box can basically become a Plex box or Plex media server. That’s awesome, because well, Plex hasn’t always been the easiest thing to set up and maintain on a PC, so this should help ease a number of pain points. Seriously, Plex media server on your SHIELD TV!

Not familiar with Plex? Think of it as the controlling software between all of the media you own (music, movies, pictures, etc.) that is stored on a PC and the rest of your connected life. Plex is able to blast all of your content, via Plex apps, to TVs and phones and tablets and computers and all that. That’s the simplest way I can describe it. The problem with it has always been either maintaining the connection from your PC to the web, so that you can get access to the content at any time. You tend to need a PC that is always-on, so that your content is always available. Make sense?  (more…)

Fleksy Isn’t Dead, Should Have Updates in “Next Couple Weeks”

Over the weekend, a reddit thread suggesting that popular keyboard app, Fleksy, had been abandoned, really picked up steam and caused a number of its users to worry about future support.

The thread pointed out that the app hadn’t received an update in almost two months, even though it previously seemed to receive them every couple of weeks. The keyboard’s social media accounts have also all basically gone silent since early March, plus some of the changes that were introduced in the last big update are head-scratchers (like the removal of cloud syncing and all premium features going free). Oh, and the support site is 100% offline(more…)

Slack Rolls Out Calls Feature to All

Slack, the team workplace chatting service that only tech nerd press seem to drool over constantly, every day, on Twitter, as if they are the “In” crowd because they use Slack and you don’t, rolled out a calls feature to all yesterday, after having been in beta for months.

Not familiar with Slack? That’s OK! Not everyone is tech nerd press who live in a bubble of obnoxious tech elitism and feel like they need to tell you each time that Slack receives an update, that “this is the app our team uses!” It really is just a workplace or team or group chat app (it’s on Android, iOS, Chrome, and desktop) that has a lot of really neat features that make it a powerful tool that you may talk about incessantly, assuming you like to get excited about your team workplace chat apps. I know I don’t!  (more…)

Withings Introduces Body Cardio WiFi Scale, Thinks It Can Measure Cardiac Health

Withings, a smart health accessory maker who was recently acquired by Nokia, announced and made available its newest WiFi scale this morning, the Body Cardio. The Body Cardio attempts to give you a comprehensive and “holistic view” of your health, which includes a metric for measuring your cardiac health.

Withings says that within seconds of stepping on the new Body Cardio, the scale will measure your weight (obviously), but also your BMI, body composition (like fat, muscle, water and bone mass), standing heart rate, and the big selling point, your Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV). After measuring all of this, you can have the information synced through the Withings app and a variety of other services that connect with Withings.  (more…)

Google’s New iOS-Exclusive Motion Stills App Technology May Come to Google Photos

Try not to get mad at what I’m about to say, but Google released another iOS-exclusive app today. I’m sorry! I’m just the news deliverer! Would it help if I told you that we could see the technology from this app on Android? Better? OK, let’s talk about the app.

It’s called Motion Stills and it allows users of iPhones that shoot Live Photos (the short video clips taken before and after pictures in the iPhone camera) to turn them into easily shareable GIFs. It’s probably awesome. It also uses some video stabilization magic to make them super cool.

Here, check out a few of Google’s examples.  (more…)