GIFWrapped syncs your GIF collection across all iOS devices

Sometimes the only proper response to someone on Twitter, or even via Messages, is a GIF. With a proper search, you can find an animated image for almost any situation.

As I've mentioned in the past, managing GIFs in iOS is a pain. Boxie does provide for a simple method of organizing GIFs, but it doesn't help you discover GIFs.

Enter GIFWrapped. This free app not only makes it easy to sync and share GIFs using any one of your iOS devices, but it also gives you the ability to search (and then save) new GIFs. You can … Read more

The best way to save, share GIFs on iOS

One of my personal favorite features of iMessage is that it supports GIFs, the animated images that often lend themselves to pranks, or entertaining responses.

But the problem with iOS and GIFs is the way you have to save them to your device. iOS is capable of saving the animated images, only iOS isn't capable of displaying them in the Camera Roll as animated images. Instead you'll only find a single frame of the GIF displayed as the entire image. Quickly figuring out which images are GIFs and which aren't can be frustrating (especially if you have … Read more

The .GIFYs recognize incredible time-wasting GIFs

While there's no award just yet for outstanding achievement in the field of procrastination, The .GIFYs may just be the closest thing.

Sponsored by advertising agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, The .GIFYs call themselves "the first ever awards honoring the animated GIF as a medium, social commentary and art form" with nominations in categories including sports, news and politics, WTF, and of course the venerable "cats" genre.… Read more

Review: GifRus could be your go-to GIF creator, but it doesn't work consistently

GifRus would be an impressive step-by-step GIF creator, if it worked more consistently. The app is subject to far too many random crashes, most of which impede your opportunity to do much of anything with the app. It's a shame, because the app would be solid otherwise, thanks to a decent layout and easy setup.

GifRus lets you record up to 20 seconds of footage and then easily turn it into a looping, animated GIF. The app has its very own camera that makes it easy to catch great-looking footage. Once you've got the footage you want, GIfRus … Read more

Review: Cute Video to GIF Converter turns your videos into fun GIF animations

Cute Video to GIF Converter is an easy-to-use app that can turn any video into an animated GIF to make sharing easier. Despite being relatively plain, the program still packs enough editing chops to help you make the exact GIF you want to make. It's a nice app to use if you love sharing GIFs but don't know how to create them.

Cute Video to GIF Converter lets you put any video in and get a shareable GIF out. The program seemed to accept all of the popular video formats we tried during our tests (MP4, MOV, and … Read more

Analog Giphoscope plays animated GIFs in the real world

There are several scenarios we can imagine in which you're no longer able to enjoy your favorite animated GIFs. What if there's a blackout, and at the same time, all your mobile devices are out of power? Or you're camping far from any gadgets? Or some kind of giant monster develops an EMP and knocks out every electronic device in the city?

You could, of course, get a lenticular card or two printed up, but there's a classier way. Italian creatives Marco Calabrese and Alessandro Scali of Officina K have what they are calling a "Giphoscope" -- a hand-cranked GIF machine. … Read more

The 404 1,381: Where Russ Frushtick takes next-gen consoles to the bank (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Russ Frushtick reviews Call of Duty: Ghosts.

- People are cramming entire movies into GIFs now, and the results are mesmerizing.

- Meet Microsoft's new anime IE "it" girl, Inori Aizawa.

- The Internet Archive seeks donations after fire destroys $600,000 of equipment.

- Check out Russ's Besties Podcast on Polygon and follow him on Twitter.… Read more

Project aims to turn animated GIFs into a physical keepsake

Unhappy leaving animated GIFs relegated to the Internet, a duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., wants to turn them into coaster-sized cards that play when you angle them back and forth.

You might have seen something similar on souvenir postcards or movie posters, but designers Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang who launched a new Kickstarter project called Gifpop!, see the 70-some-odd-year-old lenticular film technology as a business opportunity.

The project, which has already raised more than twice its minimum goal of $5,000, aims to turn GIFs as well as videos from Vine and Instagram into printed cards that can play … Read more

Review: GIFs for Mac allows you to quickly search for and download GIFs

GIFs for Mac allows you to download various GIF files that you can then use in your e-mails and for other purposes. The app looks good and works as expected, but lacks an option to filter results, which makes it a little less useful than it could have been. Still, it's worth installing on your computer and testing out.

GIFs for Mac allows you to download GIFs with a click of a button. To get started, just enter your search terms in the main app window and wait a bit for a list of results to appear. We tested … Read more

An iMessage prank every iPhone owner needs to know about

One of the advantages that iMessage has over text messaging is that an indicator is displayed when the other person in the conversation is typing a message. This simple animation gives you a heads-up of an incoming message; I often find myself staring at the dancing dots until the message eventually comes through.

That same feature can also be the center of a prank. Yesterday I spotted a tweet from @Panzer linking to a GIF-based iMessage prank. I wasn't sure what to expect when I clicked on the link, but I was not disappointed.

What you'll need to … Read more