Android

'J-SOS' emergency app keeps Jewish and Israeli travelers safe

Traveling in a country where you're unfamiliar with the language can be stressful. If you're in that country during an emergency situation, the stress can quickly turn to panic.

J-SOS (iOS, Android) was developed for Jewish and Israeli people, at home or traveling, to access emergency services quickly during a dangerous situation like a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

When the user presses the app's SOS button, they can qualify what type of emergency is happening, whether... Read More »

Topics: Travel , Security , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

'Wonder Weeks' app lets parents track every baby-moment milestone

Something every parent has heard (or said) is that babies don't come with instruction manuals. But the "What to Expect" book series and similar books have aided in filling in the blanks.

The "Wonder Weeks" book, written by Franx Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt, in the early '90s, went digital for a new generation with an award-winning app.

The Wonder Weeks app (iOS, Android) helps parents understand the mental development of their baby with calendars, charts,... Read More »

Topics: Kids & Parenting Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Tinder's 'Swipe Surge' alerts you to peak app activity for increased dating chances

Tinder's (iOS, Android) latest feature aims to increase each user's chances of finding a date. Swipe Surge alerts you to peak activity times on the app, when more matches are likely to be made.

SEE: 3 anti-Tinder apps that are changing online dating

"During a Swipe Surge, activity is up to 15x higher," Tinder said in a blog post. "And with that many more people at the party, your match-making potential is increased by 250%,... Read More »

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How to erase your weird YouTube watch history

We've all searched for some weird things online. You might use old Richard Simmons videos for your workouts or be a little too fond of Dr. Pimple-Popper's channel.

In case you went looking for something on YouTube (iOS, Android) that you'd rather no one else know about, here's how to delete it.

Open the YouTube app Tap the profile icon in the upper-right cornerTap "Settings"Tap "History and Privacy"Tap "Clear Watch History"

SEE: How to stop Google from tracking your location and activities

If... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Missile alert app saves lives in Israel but keeps anxiety high

A bungled Israeli special forces raid in Gaza sparked a two-day bombing streak from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups. An Egyptian-mediated agreement stopped the rain of 400 rockets and mortar on Tuesday.

The Red Alert app (iOS, Android) was developed in response to the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. The app provides real-time notifications when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel.

The app is designed to give Israelis in the affected... Read More »

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Indian safety apps map harassment hotspots for women to avoid and authorities to counter

While sexual assault and harassment is a problem almost everywhere, women in developing countries can face more danger. In India, for example, a rape occurs every 20 minutes, and incidents have climbed more than 80 percent between 2007 and 2016.

In India, the Safecity app (iOS, Android) lets women crowdsource information about "harassment-prone" areas to avoid, such as poorly lit streets, certain bus routes, and street corners.

When women submit their abuse reports to Safecity, the data helps... Read More »

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New 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' trailer arrives, teases long-anticipated Pokemon Go-like game

Details about the highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game have been scant. The game's new trailer was released on Wednesday, the 17th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone movie. It revealed only that the game is coming in 2019 and that you can "enlist immediately" at wizardsunite.com.

The game's developers, Pokemon Go's Niantic and WB Games, kept the trailer short, but Potter lovers will be excited.

Though the video doesn't include gameplay footage, it shows... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software , Games

Loosid app creates a sobriety-minded community on your phone

A key part of addiction recovery is finding a like-minded community. Out of the 40 million Americans struggling with addiction, 24 million are working towards recovery, and encouragement from others can bolster those efforts.

The Loosid app (iOS) seeks to create a digital sober community, providing support to members and celebrating the choice of sobriety.

"Through Loosid, it's easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn't... Read More »

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Facebook post removed? How to appeal a ban

If your post is removed from Facebook (iOS, Android), you usually get an alert or a message from the company. The reasons listed are generally vague, perhaps informing you that your post violated Facebook Community Standards (if you get a reason at all).

For violating the Standards, the post is removed, or the user is put in "Facebook Jail" and their account is temporarily locked. Some posts are mistakenly taken down or flagged as spam. Contacting Facebook to... Read More »

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Google Contacts app joins the dark side for your health and device battery life

Almost any app, whether desktop or mobile, has a dark mode feature these days. Dark mode essentially makes the background of a program a dark gray or blue with the text in contrast.

Google Contacts version 3.2, the latest update, comes with a new dark mode setting. The update may not be on all devices yet. Contacts follows the Google News app redesign in October.

According to Android Authority, Contacts' dark mode will stay on if the user has... Read More »

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