Tumblr rolls out ‘GIF posts’ for iOS users

Do you use Tumblr? Do you love GIFs? Do you also have an iPhone? Beginning today, you can start creating GIF posts via the official Tumblr app on iOS.

Tumblr’s GIF-creation tools have been around since last year, and in fact this very same feature was available this whole time wrapped inside of the Tumblr app’s photo post option. It’s now available as a separate option to make things easier and more apparent to users.

Granted, it’s been launched with a few upgrades, such as the ability to draw on top of your GIFs, place emoji on them, and superimpose text on top. The actual editing options as far as text goes are paltry at best, with some pretty garish options as far as fonts go, but like with Snapchat’s editor you can alter your images as you see fit.

If editing straight from the Tumblr app doesn’t appeal to you, you can still post regular old GIFs from the website or desktop via Tumblr. But being able to turn videos into GIFs or film your own moments for the app is still a handy tool. If you’re without an iPhone and feel left out, don’t worry. Android users will be receiving this update soon as well.

Source: The Verge

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Brain testing app will help diagnose mental health issues

Savonix is a company that claims to take the “analog processes” of cognitive assessment into the digital age. The firm is launching an iOS and Android app that, for the next six weeks, will let anyone examine their own mental ability. Users will have to undergo a series of tests that test the limits of their ability, from smart thinking through to emotional control. Whereas previously these tests would have been worked out on pen-and-paper under the supervision of a stern looking psychologist, now it’s open to anyone. After the open beta closes and all of the kinks have been worked out, the app will become exclusively available to users who license the app through “healthcare organizations.”

I put myself forward as a test subject, spending 40 minutes in a quiet room going through the various examinations. If you’ve ever played Brain Age / Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training on the Nintendo DS, you’ll be familiar with the territory here. If you’re not, then it’s a series of 12 cognition tests, ranging from remembering a list of words to drawing a picture from memory. There are also more advance examinations, such as the Iowa Gambling Task through to spotting someone’s perceived emotion from a still image of their face.

The test is reasonably simple to complete and to do so in the comfortable surroundings of your own home helps. The instructions are unthreatening and, on the most part, easy to understand, although a bug in the app robbed me of my practice run for one of the sections. As a tool to make general conclusions in a quick, easy and cheap manner for mental health professionals, it seems like something of a no brainer. Just be warned: if you don’t have a psychological condition that needs attention, don’t be offended if you get called average.

Source: Savonix (App Store), Savonix (Google Play), Savonix

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