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11th May, 2016

Pebble watches are now better fitness trackers

By Nicole Lee

It’s about time.

After years of relying on third-party activity trackers, Pebble finally introduced its own homegrown version last December. Simply called Pebble Health, the native fitness app tracks your steps and sleep patterns and has a built-in coach to keep you motivated. Today, however, it’s getting a massive update to give you an even more holistic view of your overall health and achievements.

It still tracks those steps and sleep patterns of course, but there’s now a revamped Health section that lets you compare your activity and sleep levels for the past day, week and month. Plus, it also offers daily [...]

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11th May, 2016

Instagram gets a new monochrome look to focus on your media

By Devindra Hardawar

There’s also a revamped, modern Instagram app icon.

After testing a black and white design with a few users, Instagram officially rolled out the look as part of its major redesign today. The idea is that the monochrome interface will put a greater emphasis on your photos and videos. Judging from the screenshots and videos, media does tend to stand out more now on its iOS and Android apps. Additionally, the company has redesigned its app logo with a simple, multi-colored icon that drops the original’s skeumorphic design — it only vaguely looks like a camera. Instagram also updated logos for its other apps, Hyperlapse, Layout and Boomerang, [...]

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11th May, 2016

Google wants emoji that give working women their due

By Jon Fingas

It’s proposing Unicode changes that would include icons for professional women.

Take a look at your phone’s emoji list. Notice how the only people representing jobs (such as police officers and construction workers) are men, while women are limited to brides and princesses? Some Google developers aren’t happy with that one-sided state of affairs. They’ve proposed a new set of Unicode emoji that better represent women in professional roles. Their 13 new emoji would show both men and women in very well-known industries, ranging from tech (our favorite) to farming to rock stars. They hope that this gives young women a subtle confidence boost [...]

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11th May, 2016

Google Translate now works in apps on any Android phone

By Jon Fingas

Translate also has an offline mode in iOS, and Word Lens translation in Chinese.

If you hate having to paste foreign language text into Google Translate just to understand it, your worries are over. Google has updated Translate for Android to introduce Tap to Translate, an expansion of the translation-anywhere feature it introduced on Marshmallow last fall. Anyone running Android 4.2 or later can now decipher unfamiliar text on the spot simply by copying it — helpful if you frequently run into messages or social posts that aren’t in familiar tongues.

There’s more rolling out over the next few days, including things for the non-Android [...]

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