Social Media

People who use these phrases are more likely to stick to their diet

Researchers studied the words and phrases of more than 2 million tweets and over 100,000 daily fitness app entries. They found that people who use more positive phrases were more likely to stick to their day-to-day diet plan.

Heal, an app for arranging medical house calls, is expanding nationwide

Heal makes it easy to arrange an in-house visit from a medical professional. Now, it's expanded the number of cities in which it operates -- starting in the coming months, it'll go nationwide.

No, you don't need to provide Body Sensor info to send an email from Gmail

A bizarre bug in some Android users' Gmail apps demanded that they give the application access to "Body Sensors" in order to send an email. And now, Gmail is issuing a fix, because it's as creepy as it is weird.

Amazon launches a Skype competitor in the form of Amazon Chime

Amazon just keeps finding ways to help your small business grow. The latest offering to emerge from the online retail giant is Amazon Chime, a new project from Amazon Web Services.

Wannabe astronaut? A smartphone game could be your ticket for a free ride

Fancy a free trip into space? Perform well on a gaming app and you could find yourself heading to the International Space Station. The plan is the brainchild of Finland-based Space Nation, and the contest could kick off this fall.

YouTube faces off against Facebook Lite with lightweight YouTube Go

Facebook has already proven that lightweight versions of popular apps can be a hit in developing markets. And now, YouTube is hoping to take a page out of that book with the inconspicuous launch of YouTube Go.

YouTube begins rolling out live-streaming via app, starting with creators

YouTube has featured live-streaming on its desktop site since 2011, but the firm is ready to take on Facebook Live by bringing the feature to smartphones. It's available for creators now, but will see a wider rollout soon.

Adoptly, a Tinder-like child adoption app, was a hoax, its creators explain

Adoptly was an app that simplified the child-adoption process via the same mechanic that made Tinder so popular. It turns out the project was a hoax that satirized the desire to make everything faster and easier.
Social Media

Lego Life is a kid-friendly social network that helps kids get out and play

Lego Life is a social network tailor-made for kids ages 7-12. It features innovative filtering technologies that ensure a safe environment, plus fun games and activities that encourage kids to play with Legos.

‘Scrabble’ with slang words is the best way to describe Ludacris’ new game

On Thursday, Ludacris helped release Slang N' Friendz, a mobile game that "gives players of all ages the chance to communicate using their favorite words by incorporating a dictionary database of slang words compiled from across the globe."

Google Voice gets a major redesign, now supports group and photo MMS

If there's a Google service that's ripe for the grave, Google Voice certainly was a strong contender. But Google has now pushed Voice back into the limelight via an update that introduces a major visual overhaul and some new features.

Let your inner child (and artist) run free with Color by Disney, a new adult coloring app

This week, Disney released Color by Disney -- a new app that combines adult coloring books with technology. Truly the trifecta -- your youth, your creativity, and your smartphone.