Google’s first iOS keyboard has built-in search, GIFs, and more

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You can get your hands on Gboard today if you live in the U.S.
Photo: Google

Google just launched its very first keyboard for iPhone and iPad — and it’s awesome.

Called Gboard, and designed to look a lot like the default iOS keyboard at first glance, it’s jam-packed with useful features, including the ability to type with glide gestures, send GIFs, and search Google from almost anywhere.

Twitter’s new trick: serving up funny GIFs

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Rock out with your taco out.
Rock out with your taco out.
Photo: Twitter

Twitter and animated GIFs are a popular combination – the social media company’s users shared 100 million of them last year – but finding just the right one has been more art than science.

Today, however, Twitter rolls out a new way to search for your animated funnies from within the 140-character service itself.

8 new scenes from the latest Star Wars trailer

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Finn getting his reps in before facing Kylo Ren.
Finn getting his reps in before facing Kylo Ren.
Photo: Disney Pictures

JJ Abrams has been doing a bad job at keeping his promise not to release anymore trailers until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters next month.

A new trailer debuted online last night for the highly-anticipated movie and while it doesn’t have as many new scenes as the international trailer that dropped a few weeks ago, there are a couple interesting new bits, like Finn fighting a stormtrooper with some type of electric anti-lightsaber baton.

We’ve created GIFs of all of the new scenes so you can obsess over all the details:

How to turn Live Photos into shareable GIFs

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The face that first introduced us to Live Photo.
The face that first introduced us to Live Photo.
Photo: Apple

The iPhone 6s’ new Live Photos feature created a new media format, but there’s one major problem with the new moving pictures: You have to own an iPhone 6s to see them.

Most of your friends probably haven’t upgraded yet, which means those cool Live Photos you’ve snapped are only viewable by you. However, there is a way to transform your favorite Live Photo into a shareable GIF or video file, allowing everyone to see the movement in your picture, no matter what device they’re on.

Here’s how to do it:

How to annoy your Facebook friends with GIFs

The GIFs have landed on Facebook.
The GIFs have landed on Facebook.
Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

Facebook and GIFs seem like they’ve both been fixtures of the Internet forever, but it has taken until 2015 for the two to finally hookup.

Starting today, Facebook users can annoy friends with the most amazing GIFs the web has to offer. Unfortunately, you can’t upload your favorite GIFs directly to Facebook but you can embed them from other websites.

Here’s how to do it: