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Russian bots hijack America’s gun control debate hours after Florida shooting

Automated Twitter accounts rush to comment in aftermath of tragedy to capitalise on deeply divided sentiment over Second Amendment
Daisuke Wakabayashi, Sheera Frenkel
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Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/florida-school-shooting-latest-russian-bots-gun-control-debate-twitter-facebook-social-media-a8218916.html
One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.

6 Mobile Apps for Creating GIFs On the Go

Keen to use plenty of GIFs in your text conversations, social media interactions, or even your work? If you can’t find the the perfect one somewhere like Giphy, it’s pretty easy to make your own, providing you know how. We take a look at the best options out there for your smartphone.

GIFs are a fun way to communicate an emotion, joke, or sentiment in a way that’s eye catching, compact, and conveys more than a simple emoticon can. Who hasn’t been inspired by a cuddly cartoon character offering a hug? Or a bedraggled Keanu Reeves offering a supportive thumbs up? Or a perfectly looping Nyan Cat?

Here’s our favorite picks for creating GIFs through your iOS or Android phone so you turn video clips, photo sequences, and more into custom GIFs.

GIF X (iOS, Free)

GIF X is free and verysimple to use. Simply import a video from your camera roll and start tweaking the clip to your liking. You can add numerous effects and masks to customize the look of the GIF, including adjusting opacity or size to suit a specific need.

Want to import GIFs from Giphy? That’s an option too. which offers a bit of flexibility in GIF selection. You can always choose to save as a movie file rather than a GIF which can be useful in certain situations. The focus is very much on flexibility, making it a good all rounder for folks who want to play around with GIFs but aren’t sure where to start.

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Giphy Cam (iOS/Android, Free)

As the biggest GIF search engine out there, it makes sense that Giphy would have its own app for creating such GIFs. Giphy Cam is that tool, available for both iOS and Android.

The app’s focus is on helping you convert your videos and still images into GIFs and the way it goes about it is distinctly quirky stuff—just look at those screenshots—with options to add silly stickers, texts, and frames to your images. It’s quirky, it’s fast, and it’s definitely appealing to people with limited experience with image editing.

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GIF Maker (iOS, Free)

GIF Maker is particularly great if you’re one of those people that loves to share cute personal GIFs with friends and family. (Yes, I’m talking about myself.) You can create a GIF from a photo, video, or live photo, before adding a fun caption to highlight a certain occasion. The easy meme-style captioning opens up your designs to cute things about love, a fun happy birthday message, or a simple ‘It’s Friyay!’.

While it’s not going to be quite as practical as some of the other GIF making apps we’re showcasing, GIF Maker is a lot of fun when it comes to making a more intimate or personable GIF. There’s the usual selection of options for tweaking frame speeds, or adding filters too.

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GIF Maker – GIF Editor (Android, Free)

Not to be confused with the iOS app of the same name, this one is a little more rudimentary looking but just as useful. Through it, you’re able to cut and crop videos, as well as create a GIF from series of static images.

Both methods are pretty simple and it’s easy to tweak frame speed to get the desired effect. Once past that stage, it’s just as simple to add color effects, different fonts, and so forth. Filters can also be applied (but do expect a bit of an Instagram experience with intense filters you may want to tone down a bit). Once you’ve wrapped things up, there are plenty of different sources you can upload to including Giphy, Imgur, or simply send them over to your friend via your favorite social network.

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Camera MX (Android, Free)

Camera MX‘s focus isn’t so much on making GIFs from cartoons or videos you’ve grabbed from external sources. Instead, the focus is on bringing your photos to life. The app includes a “Live Shot” function that is very similar to the Live Photo feature on iPhones. Not only can you turn those Live Shots into GIFs but you can also scrub forwards and backwards within them to capture exactly the moment you want to immortalize as a GIF.

It won’t be for every situation as it’s squarely focused on photography rather than meme creations, but for those moments where you’re capturing memories and not just goofing around, it’s ideal.

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Pixel Animator:GIF Maker (Android, Free)

All the other apps we’ve highlighted are based around the idea of using existing photos or videos to make a GIF. Pixel Animator takes a radically more hands on approach: you create every single pixel of a GIF. It’s a powerful little tool for Android that helps you create little sprites much like if you were sketching out drawings in a flip book.

It’ll definitely take some practice to truly master and certainly won’t appeal to those keen to finish things quickly, but it’s satisfying stuff. In the free version, you can create a 15 frame GIF and for a few bucks you can unlock unlimited frames. For those feeling restricted by current GIF options, it’s a ton of fun.

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Jennifer Allen
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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/1887/6-mobile-apps-for-creating-gifs-on-the-go/
Keen to use plenty of GIFs in your text conversations, social media interactions, or even your work? If you can’t find the the perfect one somewhere like Giphy, it’s pretty easy to make your own, providing you know how. We take a look at the best options out there for your smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 camera details come into focus ahead of MWC reveal

Today on DT Daily: More details about the Samsung Galaxy S9 leak out ahead of MWC, Google finds a hole in Microsoft’s Edge browser, Japanese electric supercar matches key Tesla Roadster performance metric.

The post Samsung Galaxy S9 camera details come into focus ahead of MWC reveal appeared first on Digital Trends.

Bill Roberson
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/dt-daily/samsung-galaxy-s9-2/
Details about the Samsung Galaxy S9 leak out, Google finds a hole in Microsoft’s Edge browser, Japanese EV matches key Tesla Roadster performance metric.

Google Assistant is going international with plans to expand across the globe

Google will be expanding not only Assistant’s capabilities but its geographic reach as well. At the Digital News Initiative summit, the tech giant announced that Google Assistant will be in 30 more countries by the end of the year.

The post Google Assistant is going international with plans to expand across the globe appeared first on Digital Trends.

Lulu Chang
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/google-assistant-expansion/
We ow know that Google will be expanding not only Assistant’s capabilities, but its geographic reach as well.

How Instagram’s being used to make the outdoors more inclusive and diverse

Though there exists a problem with diversity as it relates to the outdoors — referred to as the adventure gap — many have turned to the social media platform Instagram to raise awareness and make the outdoors more inclusive.

The post How Instagram’s being used to make the outdoors more inclusive and diverse appeared first on Digital Trends.

Victoria Sambursky
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/outdoors/top-instagram-accounts-closing-outdoor-adventure-gap/
Though there exists a problem with diversity as it relates to the outdoors — referred to as the adventure gap — many have turned to the social media platform Instagram to raise awareness and make the outdoors more inclusive.

Here’s the Windows 10 on ARM limitations list that Microsoft wants to keep secret

Here’s the Windows 10 on ARM limitations list that Microsoft wants to keep secret BGRMicrosoft inadvertently outlines the limits of Windows 10 on ARM EngadgetWindows 10 on Arm: It will be more limited and here’s how, reveals Microsoft ZDNetMicrosoft accidentally reveals Windows 10 on ARM limitations The VergeFull coverage

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Source: http://bgr.com/2018/02/19/windows-10-arm-vs-x86-release-date/
Windows 10 on ARM promises to make laptop computers cheaper and longer-lasting than ever before. Running Windows 10 on ARM chips, the exact same silicon found inside smartphones, should make all-da…

Here is our take on some of the best PlayStation 4 themes

Personalize your gaming experience with some of our favorite themes for the PlayStation 4, including free, paid, static, and dynamic options.

The post Here is our take on some of the best PlayStation 4 themes appeared first on Digital Trends.

Will Fulton
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Source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/best-ps4-themes/
Personalize your gaming experience with some of our favorite themes for the PlayStation 4, including free, paid, static, and dynamic options.

Chrome 64 now trims messy links when you share them

Chrome 64 now trims messy links when you share them The VergeChrome now automatically cleans up messy URLs when you share them InfosurhoyFull coverage

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/19/17029162/google-chrome-64-link-trim-feature
But it’s not a perfect feature

‘Super Mario Bros.’ encyclopedia comes to the US October 23rd

Nintendo did many things to mark the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., but there’s been one you couldn’t usually get your hands on unless you lived in Japan: the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. You’ll be glad to hear that it’s coming to the West…

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Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/19/super-mario-bros-encyclopedia-comes-to-us-in-october/
The official ‘Super Mario Encyclopedia’ is coming to the US, 3 years later… and it might have some glaring omissions.

Windows Phone 7 and 8.0 devices will no longer receive push notifications

Windows Phone 7 and 8.0 devices will no longer receive push notifications The VergeMicrosoft stops pushing notifications to Windows 7 and 8 phones EngadgetMicrosoft Cripples Legacy Windows Phone 7.5 And 8.0 Devices By Killing Push Notifications Hot HardwareFull coverage

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/19/17027562/microsoft-windows-phone-push-notifications
It’s another nail in the coffin for the Windows Phone.

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