Dark Horse unleashes Hell(boy) on your messages with branded emoji sets

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Now, you can use Hellboy emojis to drop the Right Hand of Doom on your friends in iMessages.
Photo: Swype

How big a fan of Hellboy are you?

If you answered, “Such a big fan that I wish ‘Hellboy’ were a language I could speak all the time — if only someone would make a keyboard to that effect,” you’re in luck because custom keyboard designer Swype has teamed up with publisher Dark Horse Comics to bring both Red and samurai rabbit Usagi Yojimbo to your iMessages.

Week’s best apps: Star Wars, Newsify and more

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A long time ago (well, three days ago) in an App Store far, far away, Disney finally dropped its official Star Wars app ahead of the release of this winter’s Episode VII movie. Bringing you all the breaking news and interactive features you can shake a lightsaber at, the app will let you know the second a new trailer drops or any other big announcement is made.

On top of that, the app lets you unlock 3D characters for a special Augmented Reality camera feature, take and share a Star Wars selfie, and so much more.

Download it you probably should.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: Free

Download: App Store


Photo: Disney

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Domino’s Pizza app update lets you keep your eyes on your pies

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Domino's has added a couple cool features to its iOS app.
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You know that feature when you order online from Domino’s that keeps you posted on the process of your order and even tells you which employee has put your pizza in the oven, and who just left the store to bring it to you?

I love that feature, for some reason. I don’t think it makes me some kind of creepy pizza stalker, if that’s even a thing.

But my main issue is that I had to keep my laptop open to stay on top of the whole process. Luckily, however, Domino’s has addressed that one, strangely specific gripe with the latest update to its mobile app.

Fitness app data shows which states are more unhealthy than yours

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Which states are filling up these rings?

Smug Californians now have proof they’re better than you.

A couple of the most popular fitness apps in the App Store have pooled their data to figure out which U.S. states have the best (and worst) health habits. They examined a combination of workout and nutritional info among their users and concluded that the Golden State has the best habits, and Wyoming has a lot of work to do.

Hub hotel has smart rooms you run from your wrist

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That map on the wall is an augmented-reality city guide.
Photo: Premier Inn

I typically look for two things in a hotel room: Internet included with the room and free breakfast. But a new hotel in London’s Covent Gardens might have me adding some things to that list.

The recently opened Hub hotel from Premier Inn, the U.K.’s largest lodging chain, sports some pretty impressive tech features that involve both smartphones and wearables like the Apple Watch. And while your hotel room shouldn’t be the coolest part of any trip, Premier is really giving the rest of your vacation something to live up to.

Apple Music could put a serious hurt on your iPhone battery

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Please, please, please let my charge last all day.
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We’ve had a couple days to check out Apple Music, Apple’s song-streaming platform that launched Tuesday. It comes loaded with 30 million songs that you can listen to on demand with a quick search or a request to Siri.

But all that choice and tech power may come at a price, as some users are reporting that the new Music app is killing their iPhone’s battery life.

Keep your kids ‘safe’ and remove swear words from Apple Music

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Apple Music streams music bleep-free unless you take some action.
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Apple Music is the latest way to stream a ridiculous number of tunes on demand. And with all that variety, you’re going to get some cursing in there. It’s just how a lot of musicians work.

But if you don’t want to hear all of those bleepables and swears, it’s a pretty quick fix to keep it from showing up in your stream. Here’s how to do it.

Howard Hughes’ former home is retro sci-fi, controlled by an iPad

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It's straight out of a David Lynch movie.
Photo: Ben Bacal (via YouTube)

If you have an extra $11.5 million sitting around, and you’ve always wanted to live somewhere that looks like a great place to plan a heist while your robot butler serves you drinks, we may have found your new home.

The house at 535 Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills once belonged to tycoon, filmmaker, and real-life Iron Man, Howard Hughes. And if its classic charm and amazing views weren’t enough for you, it’s also entirely automated and runs from an iPad.

You can see more of the swanky house in the video below.

Square Enix’s new apps are a dream come true for Final Fantasy nerds

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Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS
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It might be kind of hard to keep up with all of the Final Fantasy news that’s suddenly everywhere. We have a high-definition remake and an iOS port of PlayStation 1 classic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII in the works, the weird and cute-ish World of Final Fantasy, and trailers everywhere.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a hub that will make keeping track of all of this stuff way easier, developer Square Enix is ready to help you out with that too, thanks to the new Final Fantasy Portal app coming out for iOS