Secure Data Act would protect device manufacturers from having to create a back door

A new bill introduced in Congress, called the Secure Data Act, would prevent a government agency or a court order from forcing a manufacturer to add a backdoor to a device that offers encrypted communications. The bill has bipartisan support, and was introduced in the House by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The bill would give manufacturers of encrypted phones, tablets, computers and software (including apps like WhatsApp) protection from being forced to weaken the encryption on their …


Gboard for Android beta update now allows Android users to create custom GIFs

A beta update to Google’s Gboard keyboard app for Android now allows beta testers to create their own customized GIFs. This is found on version 7.2 of the app. To create your own GIF, open the GIF interface and tap on “My GIFS.” From there, click on “Make a GIF” to open the camera UI. Once you record up to 3 seconds worth of material, you have a choice to add several filters including question marks, breaking news, a slamming door and more.

Your creation will be kept in the My GIFS tab for future use. If you are a beta tester for the Gboard app and the feature is not appearing, it could …

Sprint's merger will create a… new T-Mobile, how do you feel about that?

Tucked in T-Mobile CEO’s memo to employees about the decision to merge with Sprint, is that the resulting third-largest carrier that will be breathing down AT&T’s neck like never before, will be again… T-Mobile:

The New T-Mobile will have the network capacity to rapidly create a nationwide 5G network with the breadth and depth needed to enable U.S. firms and entrepreneurs to continue to lead the world in the coming 5G era, as U.S. companies did in 4G. The new company will be able to light up a broad and deep 5G network faster than either company could separately. …

Sprint's merger will create the… new T-Mobile, how do you feel about that?

Tucked in T-Mobile CEO’s memo to employees about the decision to merge with Sprint, is that the resulting third-largest carrier that will be breathing down AT&T’s neck like never before, will be again… T-Mobile:

The New T-Mobile will have the network capacity to rapidly create a nationwide 5G network with the breadth and depth needed to enable U.S. firms and entrepreneurs to continue to lead the world in the coming 5G era, as U.S. companies did in 4G. The new company will be able to light up a broad and deep 5G network faster than either company could separately. …

How to create your own Alexa skills with Amazon Blueprints

There’s over 15,000 skills available for Amazon’s Alexa, and they were all written by people with at least some coding experience. Up until now, you couldn’t just make your own, unless you knew a thing or two about programming, and unfortunately, this meant the majority of people could not join in on the fun. This changed last week, however, with the introduction of the Alexa Blueprints initiative.
Blueprints allow just anyone with five spare minutes on their hands to create their own, custom Alexa skill and enable it on their Amazon Echo smart speakers and other connected …

Update to Google's Gboard app for iOS makes it easier to create your own GIFs

If you’re the type that likes to include home made GIFs with your texts, Google’s Gboard app for iOS now makes it easier to create one. The button to start the process has been moved on the QWERTY keyboard to make it easier to find. Originally, when the feature launched last September, the GIF creation button was found behind the emoji button on the bottom of the keyboard. Accessing it required a long press on the emoji icon at the bottom.

Thanks to an update, the GIF creation button has been moved to the word suggestion bar, making it easier to find (see the arrow on the image at the top …

Create your own Marvel comic strip with the "Create Your Own" app

So you want to create Marvel-esque comic strips, but there is just one small problem; you can’t draw. In today’s world, that’s no problem at all thanks to the upcoming Marvel Create Your Own app. Developed by Marvel in conjunction with TapTap comics, the app allows you to create a comic book adventure, edit it to make it your own, and share it with friends, family and Marvel fans.

Using the app, you select from a group of Marvel characters. Once you pick one, you select the “camera” angle, change the pose and pick the background. You can set the layout for your comic and create the …

Microsoft Launcher update adds option to create folders in app drawer, more

Microsoft Launcher is bringing more new features to its users. After adding a host of improvements to the Android app last week, Microsoft is now delivering another update that includes some of the most requested features.

The most important addition to the Android launcher is the option to create folders in the app drawer. Also, the update brings the ability to select multiple items at the same time, across different pages.

The launcher now allows users to move, remove, drag & drop or even created new folders in home screen or app drawer through …

Choose your favorite Instagram Stories from your Archive to create Stories Highlights

Instagram has introduced what it calls two new tools for members that will allow them to share their favorite Stories with others. Stories Highlights is a new addition to your Instagram profile. You can now make a “highlights” package showing your favorite Stories grouped together, and allow others to see it. This allows some of your Stories to remain on Instagram for more than 24 hours. In fact, they will stay on the app permanently until you remove them.

You’ll find Stories Highlights on your profile below the biography. To create a Stories Highlight, tap on the “New” circle on the far …

How do you do, fellow kids: Facebook now lets you create wacky GIFs, because of course

When was the last time you felt like capturing an augmented reality GIF of yourself, all part and parcel with an animated disco ball and wacky rainbow-colored sunglasses? How about an RGB split, surely you can never have enough of those aesthetic RGB splits! You might as well just fire up the Facebook app on your phone right about now and do just that as Zuckerberg’s totally-not-creepy social network now lets you create GIFs (with a hard “G”) and share them with your buddies.
You can’t just shoot and save these to your device, however, so it’s either just …