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Blink lets you annotate and add emojis to screenshots

If you take a lot of screenshots and send these to people, a more fun Skitch is headed to iPhone users in the form of Blink. This iOS apps lets you annotate, highlight, draw, and add emojis to screenshots. It’s a simple app to use. Just take a screenshot and edit away. There’s a social aspect to the app, too, as it lets you create memes that you can share.  The app is available for free download on the Apple App Store.

Source: Lifehacker


Apple won’t really let you delete pre-installed apps

We reported a few days ago that Apple was letting you get rid of some of its native apps. But that isn’t the entire truth. You won’t actually be deleting the apps. According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, that what they mean by deleting is removing these apps from your home screen and getting rid of associated user data.  These apps won’t be deleted because they are baked into iOS so the application binary stays there. Federighi clarified these facts at The Talk Show Live hosted by Apple blogger John Gruber. According to Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch’s editor-in-chief, these apps are “part of apples [sic] signed binary” and when you “redownload” they just add the associations back. From our understanding, it’s like hiding apps in Android that you don’t want to use but they’re still there, they’re just not visible to you.  

Source: TechCrunch


Google's Gboard keyboard turbocharges typing and search on iOS

In a surprise move, Google has released a replacment keyboard for iOS that integrates swipe functionality, access to search, emoji and animated gifs. As Google explains it, "Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that difficult. With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things—restaurant info, flight times, news articles—right from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard. Results appear as cards with the key information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings and hours. With one tap, you can send it to your friend and you keep the conversation going."

I've been using Goard for few days on my iPhone 6S Plus and my iPad and find it to be more versatile than many third-party keyboards including iOS's stock keyboard. If you already like Google services, this one's a no brainer and worth checking out. 


YouTube helps businesses create video ads

You don’t have to be a big corporation to be able to share your online ads on YouTube. The streaming video giant is now helping out small businesses create their own video ads with its new suite of products called YouTube Director. The free YouTube Director for Business app is available for iOS users in Canada and the U.S. and allows you to create video ads right from your smartphone. You don’t even need to worry about editing as well. You can check out the app in action in the video above where YouTube challenged five video owners to create their ad.

Or if you want YouTube to create a video ad based on your app, if you have one or if that’s your business. YouTube Director can generate a video ad based on the assets you have like logos and app screenshots in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Source: YouTube


Apple's free Swift Playgrounds iPad app can empower future programmers

By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

One of the announcements made at yesterday's WWDC keynote was the Swift Playgrounds iPad app. As Apple explains it, "Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build many of today’s most popular apps."

Geared towards children but with enough content to delight users of all ages, the app gamifies programming and allows users to code on one part of the screen and run their program on the other, giving them instant and real-time access to their programs. Coming as a free download this fall, Swift Playgrounds looks like an empowering app and great place for anyone to get into the mindset of coding Swift for future success in the app economy.