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Lyft's New Partner: Taco Bell

Idea is to encourage trips through drive-thru on the way home

(Newser) - It's apparently a fairly common question posed to drivers who work for the likes of Lyft or Uber: Is it OK to swing by a fast-food drive-thru on the way home? Now Lyft is not only answering the question in the affirmative, it's encouraging the practice. The company... More »

Critics Blast Rosie for 'Gross' Link to Trump Game

'Push Trump Off a Cliff Again' isn't going over well with conservatives

(Newser) - There's no love lost between Rosie O'Donnell and President Trump , and a tweet the comedian posted over the weekend is unlikely to mend any fences. Per USA Today , O'Donnell tweeted a link on Saturday to an online game that invites players to "Push Trump Off a... More »

App Fights Traffic Tickets for Less Than the Fine

A startup hires lawyers to go to court for you

(Newser) - Traffic violations can be pricey, with low-level speeding tickets costing as much as $400 in some US cities. After entrepreneur Chris Riley faced a huge fine for going less than 10mph over the speed limit in Miami, he decided to try to "give people access to services [like lawyers]... More »

Trump Is Said to Have a Single App on His Phone

Surprised to hear it's Twitter?

(Newser) - CNET thinks that President Trump should load his iPhone with apps to help out in a variety of situations: Candy Crush for "dull meetings," for instance. But Mike Allen notes for Axios that "top White House officials" have told him the commander in chief only has... More »

PayPal Sues Pandora Over Logo

Mobile app icon is way too similar to PayPal's, company argues

(Newser) - Pandora unveiled a new logo for its mobile app in October, and PayPal is now suing over it, saying it looks too similar to the logo PayPal uses on its own mobile app, the New York Post reports. Gizmodo has a comparison of the icons—a single P for Pandora... More »

Smartphone's Trick: You Can Squeeze It

Pressure sensors on HTC U11 can be used to open apps

(Newser) - HTC may have just unveiled the new favorite phone of selfie lovers. Instead of having to fumble for a button to snap a photo, users of the new U11 can simply squeeze the phone to open the camera app, and squeeze again to take a selfie. But that's just... More »

App Helps You Get Smarter During Your Wasted Time

MIT software teaches vocabulary during each day's idle moments

(Newser) - How much "wait-learning" have you done lately? That's the term MIT scientists have for picking up knowledge while lingering in an elevator, waiting for a reply to your text, or doing other things that would normally have you simply staring off into space—and now they've got... More »

Amazon Could Owe Parents More Than $70M

Company reaches deal with FTC over in-app purchases

(Newser) - If your child racked up purchases in the Amazon Appstore without your permission between 2011 and 2016, the company might owe you some money. The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon settled on a deal Tuesday in which the company will refund parents whose children made in-app purchases without their consent,... More »

Google Maps May Keep Your Car From Being Towed

Users can now receive alerts for parking time limits

(Newser) - Never again will you have to wander a parking lot in search of your vehicle—or so Google hopes. A new feature on Google Maps allows users to record the location of their vehicle by tapping the blue location dot on the map screen and putting a "P" icon... More »

There's a Secret Tinder for the Rich and Famous

Don't expect an invitation

(Newser) - Hoping to find your celebrity crush on Tinder? You're probably out of luck. That's because the uber rich and ridiculously good-looking are reportedly granted access to a secretive, members-only area of the app called Tinder Select. While these exclusive members start out using the basic Tinder app, a... More »

Get Revenge on Twitter Trolls— With Your Wallet

New app Trigger lets you donate to charity with a reply tweet

(Newser) - After President Trump's election, there was a boost in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Now so-called " rage donations " like these are easier than ever, reports Thrillist . Trigger , which Mashable calls "an amazingly passive-aggressive Twitter-based app," allows registered users to complete... More »

Apple's 'Embarrassing' New Show Features Celebs Judging Apps

Gwyneth, will.i.am, Jessica Alba are involved

(Newser) - Apple is coming out with an original reality show ... about apps. The world got its first look at Planet of the Apps this week at Recode's Code media conference, Quartz reports. It's basically a combination of Shark Tank, the reality show in which would-be entrepreneurs pitch their business... More »

Secret Snapchat Filing Suggests Major IPO on Its Way

Initial public offering could be valued at between $20B and $25B—maybe more

(Newser) - Two years ago, Alibaba stunned the tech world, and the stock market in general, with the biggest initial public offering ever valued at $168 billion . Now Snapchat—technically Snap Inc. , as of September—looks to want in on the mega-IPO game: Sources tell Reuters the company has confidentially filed for... More »

Westboro Baptist Church Gets In on Pokémon Go

With its usual offensive messages against LGBT community

(Newser) - The new Pokémon Go game that everyone's obsessing over isn't all fun and games: In Missouri, four teens were busted for using the app to lure victims they could rob , and now the Westboro Baptist Church is tapping into it to spread its own message, USA Today ... More »

Taliban App Yanked From Google Play for 'Technical Issues'

Says the Taliban; Google's being a little more cryptic

(Newser) - The Taliban has been taking pointers from the Islamic State's online presence, keeping its social media accounts and website updated and fresh, and even launching a new app through the Google Play store last week. But that app—called "Pashto Afghan News—Alemarah," per the Guardian —... More »

Apple's 1st Original TV Series Will Be About ... Apps

Also Will.i.am is involved somehow

(Newser) - Experts have predicted Apple is on the verge of challenging Netflix and Amazon in the world of original digital programming, the Washington Post reports. One source even tells the New York Post that Apple "has been having discussions all over Hollywood." But when the tech giant finally spilled... More »

Tech's 'Unluckiest Guy' Loses Big in Startup Sale

Chris Hill-Scott traded SwiftKey share for a bike in 2008

(Newser) - Somewhere out there, there's a bicycle that was traded for what turned out to be a multi-million dollar stake in a tech startup. The crazy tale involves the company SwiftKey and one of its founders, Chris Hill-Scott. Before the Swiftkey app tallied 300 million downloads and became a favorite... More »

How a 20-Year-Old Saved 4K Pounds of Uneaten Food

Maria Rose Belding's MEANS Database connects pantries with donors

(Newser) - There are 48 million Americans who, at some point each year, may be unable to get enough food. Meanwhile, a third of the country's food goes to waste . This isn't as easy an issue to solve as it sounds—something Maria Rose Belding realized while volunteering at a... More »

Popular App Called 'Privacy Nightmare' for Facebook Users

The most-used-words app might be looking at more than words

(Newser) - In just a few days, more than 16 million people used a new app that creates a word cloud out of their most-used words on Facebook. They really shouldn't have done that, KFOR reports. An article published Sunday on Comparitech calls the app—from Korean startup Vonvon—a "... More »

This Company Will Break Up With Your Partner for $10

The Breakup Shop thinks 'everyone deserves to be single'

(Newser) - There is now a service for everything—and yes, that extends to the very personal act of breaking up with your significant other. Founded by two brothers in Canada who love their idea enough to market it but not enough to give their full names, The Breakup Shop will send... More »

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