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FaceApp Presidents

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For those who have never heard of FaceApp, it's basically an application for iOS and Android platforms that was developed by Russian company Wireless Lab. It utilizes neural network technology to automatically generate highly realistic transformations of faces in photographs. Recently, Redditor "ygdrssl" used the app to transform the current and former US Presidents into females. "It's strange to think that these people would never have been elected president because of that pesky troll X chromosome. Most recent presidents are represented back to 1900," said "ygdrssl". Continue reading for more pictures.

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Die With Me App

There's plenty of chat and messaging apps out there, but "Die With Me" is the first that can only be used when your smartphone has less than 5% battery left. That's right, this iOS / Android app enables users with low battery to log into an online chatroom and talk as they wait for their devices to shut down completely, or "die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace," said the developers. You won't need to provide any personal information, just a username and allow the app to access battery status. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Google Arts and Culture App

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Been using Instagram, Twitter or Facebook these past few days? Then you may have noticed that your friends are sharing photos of themselves and their classical artwork doppelgangers using the Google Arts and Culture app. It just got updated with a new feature called face match, and it's exactly as it sounds, matching your selfies with historical paintings that look like you. Continue reading for more examples.

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HR Software 2017

H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe (View all versions here) ensures you get your refund as early as possible, including a 5% refund bonus from Amazon, all for $19.99, today only, originally $44.99. Step-by-step Q&A and guidance on more than 350 credits and deductions. Quickly import your W-2, 1099, 1098, and last year's tax return. Easily import from TurboTax and Quicken software. Itemize deductions with Schedule A and five free federal e-files and unlimited federal preparation and printing. Product page. Continue reading for a chart comparing all the features of each version and more information.

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Snowden Surveillance App Haven

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Guardian Project, have unveiled a new app called "Haven". When installed on an Android smartphone, it activates different sensors on the device, uses the front / back cameras to detect motion, and uses the microphone to spot changes in the volume level, thus turning it into a personal surveillance system of sorts. Continue reading for an in-depth video and more information.

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HR Tax Software 2017

H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe 2017 not only ensures that you get everything filed properly, but also includes a 5% refund offer, all for $13.99, today only, originally $34.99. That's right, when Deluxe Tax Software is purchased and used for preparation and filing, and the consumer opts to put their refund on an Amazon gift card, they will receive up to a 5% Bonus. Designed for do-it-yourself customers who want to be in control of their tax preparation experience and feel empowered by completing their own return. They are educated and cost-conscious, want to get the biggest refund possible, and are comfortable e-filing. They are often homeowners, investors, or both. Product page. Continue reading for another picture comparing its features to other versions and more information.

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Reply ASAP App

Let's face it, the last thing you'd probably want to do while out with friends is answer messages from your parents, but if ReplyASAP is installed on your smartphone, it'll be a must. Nick Herbert, a 45-year-old man from London, UK, came up with the idea for the app after realizing that simply giving his son a smartphone wasn't such a good idea, as he often kept his device on silent. It took eight months, and quite the investment to complete the project. How does it work? It alerts parents if their child has seen their message, or if the phone is turned off, and should they choose to ignore it, the app locks their phone, until a reply is received. Continue reading for three more cool apps that actually exist.

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Ice Check McDonalds

Ice Check by Pure Vanity is a strange, yet real, app that enables you to see if the nearby McDonalds locations have working ice cream machines. It was created by Raina McLeod and uses GPS as well as user input to tell you if a machine is in service, based upon crowd-sourced reports. "I came up with the idea for the app around a year ago, after a late night Oreo McFlurry craving went unfulfilled due to the ice cream machine being down," McLeod told Buzzfeed. App page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Let's Enhance AI Images

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Sometimes, you just end up with grainy, low-quality images, regardless of what kind of camera you used. Introducing "Let"s Enhance," a free website that uses artificial intelligence and neural networks to upscale your photos like you've never seen before. Not only is it free, but the service promises to upscale your photo by 4x by removing JPEG artifacts, while filling missing details with textures to make it look natural. Continue reading for examples and the website information.

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$50 iTunes Gift Card

Apple's $50 iTunes Gift Card is perfect for the holidays, or just for anyone looking to top-up their account with credits, and it's being offered for just $42.50 shipped, today only. Use the App Store & iTunes Gift Card to get apps, games, music, movies and TV shows. Available in a variety of denominations - spend it on in-app content, books, TV show subscriptions or even iCloud storage to secure files from all your Apple devices. Product page. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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