The Yik Yak app allows users to post anonymous messages, and to read anonymous messages posted in their current location. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Yik Yak Tests Universities' Defense Of Free Speech

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People sample the Oculus-made Samsung Gear VR Virtually Reality headset Sept. 24 in Hollywood, Calif., at the Oculus Connect 2 event. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is 2016 The Year Virtual Reality Finally Goes Mainstream?

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There are countless communication options, including Yahoo's new Livetext app. Livetext allows users to send a message accompanied by live video but no audio. James Boast/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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On College Campuses, Suicide Intervention Via Anonymous App

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Susan Prescott, Apple vice president of product management and marketing, demonstrates the News app during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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As varied as the options are for apps that are available to help you navigate your daily commute, the future of GPS may be more accurate. Lizzie Roberts/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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The Tech Behind Traffic Apps: How (Well) Do They Work?

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Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris." azizisbored.tumblr.com hide caption

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As Emojis Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

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Peerby allows people to share their stuff through a mobile app for free. Peerby hide caption

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Why Buy When You Can Borrow? App Connects People And Stuff

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Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

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After a tornado leveled Moore, Okla., last year, firefighter Shonn Neidel (left) developed an app that helps first responders locate storm shelters under the wreckage. Courtesy of Shonn Neidel hide caption

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Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

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Matchmaking apps like Tinder can help people find potential dates quickly. Tinder hide caption

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Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'

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Sandra Hassan put her app online in late January as yet more explosions struck Lebanon. She hopes it will help people in conflict zones, and areas hit by natural disasters. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Beirut Bombing Spawns An App To Tell Loved Ones 'I Am Alive'

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Several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are developing services that manage consumers' investment portfolios with algorithms rather than people. iStockphoto hide caption

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Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

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Video Game Creators Are Using Apps To Teach Empathy

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Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only If Firms Bite

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Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, discusses features of the new iOS 7 during the keynote address of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 10 in San Francisco. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Beyond The Shadows: Apple's iOS 7 Is All About The Screen

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The Tile, accompanied by an iPhone app, locates items that are attached to it. It's about as small as a matchbook or a stamp. Matt Perko/Courtesy of Tile hide caption

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