Bark is the app that raises a red flag when your kid is texting about sex, drugs or suicide

We all are familiar with some of the benign codes used while texting. Most of these are abbreviations that are used as shortcuts. For example, instead of  Laugh Out Loud, you would type LOL. Other widely used and popular codes include NP for No Problem and BRB for Be Right Back. But not all of these codes are G-rated. Some of them are used by sneaky teens trying to communicate a particular message hidden by the use of the codes.

An app called Bark connects with over 20 messaging and social media platforms over both iOS and Android. It monitors your kid’s online activity 24/7, …


This week's free iOS app is a game about eggs and vomit

Normally $2.99, this week’s free iOS app of the week is Eggggg. The main character of the game is Gilbert, who is allergic to eggs. When he consumes eggs, Gilbert ends up regurgitating them. Yes, this is a game about vomit. In fact, the game is also known as the “Platform Puker.” Gilbert uses the act of vomiting to propel himself around the 21 different levels of the game. Those playing on a device running iOS 10 will find a sticker pack for iMessage that comes with the game.

From now until the end of this coming Wednesday, you can download Egggs for free and use Gilbert’s awesome …

Facebook Messenger gets a redesigned home screen, new ways to navigate the app

Facebook has just revealed the new changes that will be added to its Messenger app in the coming days. If the previous update was about the various capabilities inside conversations, the new one will bring some visual changes that are meant to make it easier to navigate across the app.

The most obvious change will be the new home screen, which maintains the same number of features but is better organized. The update is turning the Messenger into a personal hub for connecting with all the people and businesses users care about.

Also, across the top of the …

Here's how Android O will bring better battery life, strengthened security, app stability improvements

Android may be the most popular mobile operating system in the world, but it is not known as the most secure one. Or as the most responsive or most stable OS, for that matter. Google seems to be well aware of that, which is why with Android O, we’re promised to see improvements in areas with key importance to what Google calls Android’s Vitals: security, stability, and battery life.

That’s great news, of course, but what’s no less interesting is the approach Google is taking to ensure that Android O smartphones run without a hitch. It all starts with doubling-down …

Microsoft's OneNote app gets completely redesigned on iOS

If you’re part of the Office Insiders group, then you already know what’s new in the latest version of OneNote for iOS. Microsoft released a major update for the application a few weeks ago, but the new features were only available to beta testers.

Today, OneNote version 16.0 has been officially released in the App Store, so everyone can give it a try and check out the improvements added by developers. However, the first thing you’ll notice is the complete re-design of the iOS application.

Microsoft changed the way notes are organized by improving the layout. …

Get a digital pet to keep as Little Kitten is the free iOS app of the week

How would you like a free digital cat to take care of? Because it is digital, you ‘ll get some of the positive features of owning a real cat, but without the dirty litter boxes and the clawing of furniture that comes with a real feline. This week’s Free iOS App of the Week is Little Kitten, a digital cat that is normally $1.99. With the lack of any text menus, the app is designed for young children, aged 3 to 8.

Parents can set how long the kitten can play for before it gets tired and goes to sleep. Despite being made for the kiddies, the developer says that this is a high-tech app that …

HTC U 11 will have an Edge Sense app to teach you how to squeeze

HTC’s next flagship smartphone, the HTC U 11, will come with a brand new feature called Edge Sense – utilizing the handset’s pressure-sensitive frame/bezel. Yesterday, an official HTC Edge Sense app briefly showed up on Google Play Store, inadvertently confirming the feature’s existence.

While HTC pulled the app from Google Play, we can still see some screenshots of it. 

Since Edge Sense is a new feature, its dedicated app will first take you through a short tutorial to “test your squeeze force.” It looks like you’ll be able to squeeze the frame of the U 11 and get …

Beta version of Apex Launcher released, stable app coming soon

Once among the most popular Android launchers, Apex Launcher had been left unattended for the last two years, but that’s about to change as developers announced last month they will start updating the app soon.

However, before launching new updates to Apex Launcher, the developer want users feedback, which is why they plan to kick off a beta program that will allow them to test new features and improvements before they go live in the Google Play store.

Those who wish to join the beta program should know that the beta version of Apex Launcher will replace …

Arrow Launcher 3.4 released with option to create app shortcuts, new Notes card

Arrow Launcher is getting yet another important update that adds new features and improvements. If you’ve been following our latest news about Microsoft’s Android launcher, then you might find the list of changes quite familiar.

About a month ago, the beta version of Arrow Launcher received similar improvements with the promise they will be made available to a wider audience if no serious issues appear during beta testing.

Among the many new features added in version 3.4, it’s worth pointing out the ability to create app shortcuts. Also, Arrow Launcher …

"Mechanical" puzzler Zip-Zap is the free iOS app of the week

From now until next Wednesday comes to a close, you can grab puzzle game Zip-Zap for free from the Apple App Store. After all, it is currently the free iOS app of the week, which saves you $1.99 when you download the app right now. There is a Mouse Trap/Rube Goldberg type of feel with the game, which uses levers and hinges that are placed on the screen by tapping on the glass. There are more than 100 levels that you need to complete.

While the game is currently free on the iOS platform, it can be purchased for Android users from the Google Play Store for $1.99. Both the iOS and Android …