iOS/Android: Are you a fan of swipe-friendly keyboards on your smartphone? Then you've probably heard of Google's Gboard, the third-party keyboard that lets you both swipe to spell as well as search the web. With the latest update, you can create GIFs from the keyboard using your smartphone camera, and send them wherever animated images go to be appreciated.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Something I like is popular now, and that is bad. Thanks to GIF databases such as Giphy, the reaction GIF, once a careful and elaborate art form, is now a bland mass market dominated by a handful of outlet-approved celebrity faces. Today Giphy sped up the medium's slide into mediocrity by adding view counts to GIFs from "from an official Artist or Partner".
Video: GIFs are fun, and if you're an artist, it's easy enough to turn your art into a short animation in Photoshop. This quick tutorial from Adobe shows you how it's done.
Android: Apps like Facebook Messenger have had built-in GIF search for a while, but now Google is adding it directly to the default keyboard in Android 7.1. It will even remember the ones you use the most.
Giphy, one of our favourite GIF search engines, launched a new tool for Mac users today that lets you make a GIF of anything that's happening on your desktop.
UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda 'Rowdy' Rousey's last fight ended in 34 seconds. The two before that ended in 16 seconds and 14 seconds respectively, one by knock out and the other by submission. The brevity and 'wow' factor of those bouts made them the perfect ingredients for animated GIFs which then spread across the internet through social media and image sharing websites like Imgur and Tumblr. But is it legal to create and share these seemingly harmless GIFs?
Mac: GIFs is a simple, free app for the Mac that lets you search for the perfect GIF at the perfect time, get a link to paste it into a chat or email, or download it to your computer. If you communicate with GIFs (and honestly, who doesn't at this point>), it saves you the effort of Googling around for the perfect one.
iOS: If you like to annotate your tweets and messages with animated GIFs, we have a guide to make some of your own. But for those you didn't create, GIFwrapped is a handy tool to save GIFs in a vault to use later.