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Saying goodbye to Giphy after Facebook’s acquisition? Here are the best alternatives for iPhone

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Facebook just announced that it purchased Giphy and all across the Internet, users quickly committed to ditching the service. If you’re concerned about the service being owned by Facebook, follow along for the best Giphy alternatives for iPhone and how to delete the iMessage Giphy app.

Over the last decade, Giphy had risen to the top as one of the most popular GIF platforms. With today’s news about Facebook buying the company, it immediately raised privacy and security concerns and many will likely look for a new source of GIFs.

Apple includes its own GIF search app in iMessage for iPhone and iPad and notably, thanks to some digging from my colleague Filipe Espósito, he found it’s powered by Bing. Technically, Bing could be sourcing some GIFs through Giphy still via Apple’s native iMessage search, but it’s not directly powered by Giphy.

More great options for a diverse selection of GIFs is Tenor as well as Reddit. And below we’ll also look at how to delete the Giphy iMessage app from iPhone and iPad.

Best Giphy alternatives for iPhone

Apple’s iMessage GIF app

If you haven’t used it before, Apple includes a built-in GIF search app in iMessage. Look for the red icon with a magnifying glass called “#images” (powered by Microsoft’s Bing, though it could include Giphy GIFs).

If you don’t see it in your iMessage app drawer:

  • Swipe to the far right of your iMessage apps
  • Tap the “More” three-dot icon
  • Tap “Edit” in the top right corner
  • Swipe down to find #images and tap the green + icon
  • Now tap done

Here’s how it looks:

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Tenor

Tenor might not have the same mindshare as Giphy at the moment, but it claims to be the #1 global GIF app with the largest community. Tenor can be accessed from any device through its website and through the iOS (GIF keyboard) and iMessage apps (Android too).

And even though many of the GIFs found through Apple’s built-in iMessage search may be from other sources than Giphy, you may prefer to opt for Tenor if you want to totally step away from Giphy.

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Reddit

This is a little different approach/experience than Tenor or Apple’s GIF search app, but there are tons of great GIFs to be found on Reddit.

On the GIFs subreddit, you can sort by hot, new, and top.

Google or DuckDuck Go search

Don’t forget you can also just do a good old fashioned web search with Google or DuckDuck Go (good privacy-focused options) for “______ GIF.” Use the “Image” result filter to refine your search.

In our testing, Google seems to produce more GIFs from Giphy than DuckDuck Go if you’re looking to steer away from Giphy.

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How to delete Giphy iMessage app on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open iMessage
  2. In the iMessage app drawer swipe to the far right
  3. Tap the three-dot “More” icon
  4. Swipe down and find the Giphy iMessage app
  5. Swipe from right to left and tap Delete

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iPhone 11 customers noticing random green display bug, unclear how to fix

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Some users are now complaining about a noticeable green tint on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max displays. The problem seems to occur randomly after unlocking the device, and it may be related to a software bug.

Reports about the greenish screen effect have been shared on Reddit (via MacRumors), and it seems that the problem mostly affects iPhone 11 models. There are some inconsistencies about how this issue happens, but in most cases the screen turns green right after unlocking the iPhone or when Dark Mode and Night Shift are activated.

Rather than a hardware problem, this might be a software issue, as many users have claimed they were affected after updating to iOS 13.5.

At first, I feared that it was a hardware issue — but then my mother’s phone started showing the tint. It’s just one more bug in iOS 13.5. They’ll prolly fix it in 13.5.2 (or, well, iOS 14 beta).

It seems that the green tint disappears after a while, but it keeps coming back periodically, bothering iPhone 11 users.

If that is indeed a software problem, Apple can fix it with a future iOS update — the company is currently running tests with iOS 13.5.5 beta. Unfortunately, there are no workarounds for that at the moment, so affected users will have to wait until Apple addresses the bug.

Have you been affected by the random greenish screen effect with your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Apple TV releases 2020 film ‘Just Mercy’ for free as App Store shares ‘Stand Up to Racism’ resources

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“Just Mercy”, the film based on a true-story about racial injustice starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx has been made available to stream for free on Apple TV.

Meanwhile, Apple has shared a new App Story today titled “Stand Up to Racism” with a number of curated digital resources to keep informed, speak out to your elected officials, donate to charities, learn from history, support Black developers, and more.

“Stand Up to Racism” is the featured story of the day on the US App Store and focuses on how technology can empower us to “change the world for the better.”

Featured sections in the story include:

  • Make your voice heard
  • Stay informed
  • Put your money to work
  • Learn from history
  • Watch a doc
  • Start a conversation about race
  • Support Black developers

Apple includes apps for each section to make it easy contact your government representatives, donating to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund through GoFundMe, learn about civil rights history with Khan Academy, and much more. Check out all the apps here.

More ways Apple is working to end racism and inequality is through promoting awareness on its homepage (open letter from Tim Cook) and with Apple Music.

“Just Mercy” streaming for free

This week Apple also made the 2020 film “Just Mercy” available to stream for free on the Apple TV app (also available on other app/platforms). The Warner Bros. film is based on a true-story of a young lawyer who decides to use his Harvard law degree in Alabama to fight against racial inequality in the context of those wrongly convicted of crimes (free streaming for “Just Mercy” may just be in the US).

A powerful and thought-provoking true-story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson.) One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx,) who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.

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Telegram update for iOS brings video and sticker editing, GIF improvements

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Popular messaging service Telegram has launched an update today with a focus on the built-in media editor and improving GIF options.

Five years ago, Telegram released a built-in photo editor for its messaging app. Now it’s expanded that to be a video editor as well as rich support for animated stickers. Telegram detailed the update in a blog post:

You can now enhance video quality automatically in two taps – or manually tweak a dozen parameters, like brightness or saturation, until your inner Kubrick is satisfied.

For perfect paintbrush precision, zoom in on photos or videos when drawing on them to get every line just right. Your made-up makeup – or your classmates’ handlebar moustaches – will never look the same.

For the animated sticker improvements, the latest update allows you to add them to any video or photo, and popping an animated sticker on photos converts it into a GIF.

GIFs get some love too in this update:

The GIF panel has been upgraded with a new Trending section and emoji-based tabs that cover the most popular emotions. You won’t ever need to wrestle with words again when looking for Robert Downey Jr. 🙄

We’ve also improved loading times for GIFs in the panel, so you can find that perfect GIF faster. Hold on any GIF you haven’t sent before to save it to your Recent tab for later use.

Finally, folders in Telegram has become more flexible:

If you have many chats and use folders, hold on any chat in the list to add it to one of your folders. This also works for removing chats from folders. Last call for spring cleaning!

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