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Like Tensor for humans: Apple reportedly working on AI cores

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
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Google has Tensor cores. Could Apple soon have AI cores of its own?

Apple is already driving mobile silicon in a way few if any other companies have been able to keep up with. Now, a new report claims Apple will be using its considerable chipset chops to accelerate artificial intelligence as well.

Mark Gurman, writing for Bloomberg:

Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition.

If true, this should surprise no one. Arguably, Apple's biggest advantage in computing right now is that the company custom crafts the complete stack, from atom to bit to pixel. That includes an ever-increasing amount of custom silicon.

A few years ago, Apple offloaded motion tracking from its main A-series system-on-a-chip to an M-series sensor fusion hub. A few years later, it added onboard natural language parsing to the M-series to enable "Hey, Siri!" in as power-efficient a way as possible.

The latest A-series, A10 Fusion, combines two high-efficiency cores with two high-performance cores to try to eek out as much battery life as possible while pushing pixels and bits as fast as possible.

Anything that makes sense to offload to increase efficiency and performance, you can bet Apple is working on offloading. Including and especially AI, since it's such a hot topic these days.

While Siri gave Apple an early advantage in voice recognition, competitors have since been more aggressive in deploying AI across their product lines, including Amazon's Echo and Google's Home digital assistants.

This part reads oddly to me. Nothing against Mark, but it's a particularly bad narrative pervasive across U.S. media.

Google Home is a single product. Echo is a growing line of similar, home-based products. Apple has pushed Siri from iPhone to and through iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, CarPlay, HomeKit, and accessories like AirPods. Apple has also expanded Siri across dozens of languages, including Chinese, Hebrew, and Arabic, as well as dozens of regions.

It's fair to say no other vendor has yet been as aggressive as Apple in deploying virtual assistants across product lines or to customers around the world.

"Two of the areas that Apple is betting its future on require AI," said Gene Munster, former Apple analyst and co-founder of venture capital firm Loup Ventures. "At the core of augmented reality and self-driving cars is artificial intelligence."

This also reads oddly to me. Almost everything Apple does already requires AI. AI is going to be everywhere in computing the same way math is everywhere.

There's nothing unique about special projects like augmented reality or cars. Machine learning, computer vision, and related technologies are already powering everything from battery efficiency to photo tagging, sequential inference to computational photography.

Just because Google made its sound like they invented AI on the I/O 2016 stage, and it's now parroted alongside AR and VR the way mobile/social/local was a decade ago, doesn't mean companies like Apple (and Google) haven't been working on it for years.

What's interesting isn't that the big tech giants are working on it; it's how they will use it to solve real problems in the information and computer space and, in Apple's case, how it will solve those problems while protecting our security and privacy at the same time.

Apple Working on Developing an ‘Apple Neural Engine’ AI Processor

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Apple is no stranger to developing its own processors, from the A-series to the M series of coprocessors, there are options, and apparently Apple wants to expand that lineup. Continue reading

Best Arcade Games for iPhone and iPad

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You don't have to carry around a pocket full of quarters for these great arcade games!

Arcade games can make you feel like a kid again, and take you back to an era where the graphics didn't matter, and you filled your pockets with quarters trying to beat your favorite game.

Your iPhone and iPad have more processing power than an old arcade game did in the 80s or 90s, meaning plenty of companies have transferred over classic games to the mobile platform allowing you to play some truly memorable games in video game history.

Whether you're looking for an old classic or a newer title inspired by arcade games of old, here's my favorite arcade games for the iPhone and iPad.

PAC-MAN

Yes, the yellow circle- shaped hero PAC-MAN is available on mobile, and he's still hungry for those delicious pellets.

The objective is the same as it always was, you'll need to move PAC-MAN around the screen by swiping in the direction you want to go and eat all the pellets in the level. Of course, you'll need to be on the lookout for ghosts Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Clyde as they will try to stop you.

You can play through the classic 256 stage PAC-MAN game, or even choose from a bunch of fun and wacky new levels never played before. Plus, PAC-MAN is brought to you by BANDAI NAMCO, which are the original developers of the very first PAC-MAN game.

Ghosts and Goblins

CAPCOM's infamous arcade platformer Ghosts and Goblins has made its way to you iPhone and iPad, and it's just as amazing as you remember. Relive the insanely frustrating difficulty of Ghosts and Goblins, with the original graphics intact, as you journey through zombie-filled graveyards, ghoul inhabited castles, and other spooky terrains.

The is known as one of the hardest games ever created — yes, that include Dark Souls. Do you have what it takes to lead Sir Arthur through the land and rescue his beloved Prin- Prin?

1942 Mobile

Another classic arcade game from the great people at CAPCOM, 1942 Mobile brings the iconic top-down shooter to your phone.

Play Classic Mode to get the original quarter hogging experience that the 1984 arcade machine brought to you as a child, or you can play Casual Mode where the difficulty level is a little more manageable.

Collect power-ups as you shoot down enemy planes, but be careful not to get shot down yourself, as you'll need to weave your way through the hectic airspace.

How many enemy planes can you shoot down before you run out of lives?

Breakout Boost

Atari's Breakout was the Pong-inspired video game that was co-created by the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak. Breakout Boost carries the torch of the original game but adds some cool new features.

The goal is still the same; you need to remove all the blocks by bouncing a ball of the floating platform at the bottom, without letting the ball fall below the platform. As you break the blocks, you'll be rewarded with power-ups to help you clear the blocks even faster.

In Breakout Boost, you'll notice a few new power-ups as well as a speed control to give you

Zen Pinball

Zen Pinball is the perfect way to bring the classic arcade experience of Pinball to your phone!

Tap on the screen to activate your flippers, swipe the screen to nudge the machine, and do your best to rack up as many points as possible.

You can download the game for free and play the 'Sorcerer's Lair' table as much as you want; however, Zen Pinball does allow you to purchase a ton of great themed tables such as Skyrim, Marvel's Avengers, Portal, and much more.

Injustice 2

DC comics fans and fans of the first Injustice arcade fighting game need to check out Injustice 2!

With incredible graphics, a fresh storyline, and responsive controls, Injustice 2 is a great addition to your gaming library.

Fight as your favorite DC Comics characters and fight your way to the top of the leaderboards, and level up your favorite fighters to create the ultimate fighting machine.

Galaxian 1979 Classic HD

Despite its name, Galaxian 1979 Classic HD is not a direct port of the classic Galaxian arcade game; however, it's pretty dang close and just as awesome.

The funky colored spaceship you control is responsible for saving the galaxy from alien invaders. Collect power-ups to upgrade your weapons and avoid enemy fire in the retro-inspired top-down shooter.

What else should be on this list?

Do you have an arcade game that you just love to play on your iPhone or iPad? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter

Best Wireless Speaker System

Posted on by Rene Ritchie.
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Sonos makes the best wireless speaker system currently available. It's simple to set up and use, easy to expand into multiple rooms, plays smoothly, and sounds great.

Updated May 2017: Added the new PlayBase speaker to the list of home theater options.

Best overall

Sonos Play:1

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Sonos are like magic. Buy a speaker, plug it into power, download and launch the app, and you're up and streaming great sounding music from almost every popular internet service on the planet. That includes Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, SiriusXM, and much, much more. Want to go stereo? Buy a second speaker, plug it in, launch the app again, tap a few virtual buttons, and boom. Stereo.

From there you can add more speakers, take it multi-room, and otherwise set up and manage all your home audio, right from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other devices. It's like a dream, only you get to keep enjoying it while you're awake!

Bottom line: If you want a wireless speaker that's as easy to set up as it is to expand, and gives you access to all the music on your devices and in the cloud, you want Sonos in general and the Play:1 in specific.

One more thing: Also available in white.

Why the Sonos Play:1 is the best

Wireless that just works.

Gone are the days when you had to string copper around your room or through your walls just to get the speaker you want set up in the place you wanted. Now the world has gone wireless — audio cable-less, more precisely (since most of the time you still need power cords!), and that means far more flexibility and expandability, even if there are still a few things you need to pay attention to.

All the Sonos speakers are great, but I'm picking Play:1 as the very best because it's both the best way to get started and the best way to expand into stereo, home theater, and even multi-room. They're compact, so they can fit almost anywhere, and they're loud and clear, so they sound great from almost anywhere.

Chris Heinonen from The Wirecutter agrees:

[The] $200 Play:1 is a great starting point. It costs less than most high-end Bluetooth speakers, yet measures as accurately as speakers costing several times as much. You can also pair up two Play:1s in stereo mode to get an amazing-sounding stereo setup for just $400—no amps or speaker wire required.

Plug a Play:1 into AC power, download and launch the Sonos app, and you're good to go. You can play any music stored on any device running the app, and if you subscribe or belong to any of a long, long, long list of online music and audio services, you can play them right from Sonos.

When you add a second Play:1, the app makes it easy to turn them into a set of stereo speakers. Same when you're ready for a home theater or multi-room setup. Sonos creates its own mesh network, which is more reliable than Bluetooth and less likely to suffer from interference, like your existing Wi-Fi network.

Those things you have pay attention to? The first is that Sonos doesn't support Apple's AirPlay audio streaming technology. That means you can't simply tap a button and switch the music playing on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your Sonos speaker. Also, since they're not Bluetooth, you can't simply connect and stream to them like standard BT speakers either.

The second is that Sonos doesn't support Apple's HomeKit home automation framework. That means you can't control Sonos with Siri or the Home app. You have to go to the Sonos app and tap to change volume, mute, change source, or do anything else. They also don't offer their own digital assistant, the way Amazon's Echo or Google's Home speakers do.

Sonos is otherwise so good, though, that neither of those things are deal breakers. They're so good that, if your end-goal is a multi-room wireless speaker system, with up to 32 speakers on the same network, your go-to is Sonos.

Best for going BIG

Sonos Play:5

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While the Play:1 can fill a small room or corner, the Play:5 can fill a house — and part of the block it sits on. Not really, of course, but it sounds like it could. That's the kind of power you get for the extra price you'll pay. From my colleague, Serenity Caldwell's Sonos Play:5 review:

After testing the Play:5 these last few weeks, I want them all over my house. Sonos knows its game, and it plays it exceedingly well: This is a well-crafted, dynamically powerful speaker that looks at home in your bathroom, in your office, on your kitchen counter, and in your living room.

Bottom-line: If you want house-shaking power, with all the Sonos ease-of-use and expandability that goes with it, you want the Play:5.

One more thing: You can position the Sonos Play:5 vertically or horizontally, whichever better suits your available space.

Best for living room

Sonos Home Theater

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The Sonos Home Theater system starts with a Playbar. That's as simple as you can go. Want 3.1 sound? Add a Sub and feel the floor shake. Want 5.1? Add a couple of Play:1s or Play:3s.

My only regret is that you can't add two more Play:1 speakers and take it to 7.1.

Bottom-line: If you want to connect your entertainment center to your wireless speakers, you want the Sonos Home Theater.

One more thing: If you connect your Sonos Home Theater to your Apple TV, you can AirPlay to the speaker system!

One new thing: Sonos has a new home theater speaker option — the PlayBase. It's designed to sit under your TV, instead of in front of it or on the wall. It's big and a tad awkward looking, but if your set up includes a stand, it's the better option.

Conclusion

Sonos is the best wireless speaker system available today. It doesn't support AirPlay or HomeKit, which are bummers for people like me who are all-in on Apple's ecosystem, but the ease of use and expandability are so great that, once you plug them in, you probably won't care.

After all, Apple doesn't seem to — they've recently dedicated a whole display to Sonos at Apple Retail locations.

Don't want or need a wireless system? Check out our roundup of the best Bluetooth speakers

Best overall

Sonos Play:1

See at Amazon

Sonos are like magic. Buy a speaker, plug it into power, download and launch the app, and you're up and streaming great sounding music from almost every popular internet service on the planet. That includes Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music, SiriusXM, and much, much more. Want to go stereo? Buy a second speaker, plug it in, launch the app again, tap a few virtual buttons, and boom. Stereo.

From there you can add more speakers, take it multi-room, and otherwise set up and manage all your home audio, right from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other devices. It's like a dream, only you get to keep enjoying it while you're awake!

Bottom line: If you want a wireless speaker that's as easy to set up as it is to expand, and gives you access to all the music on your devices and in the cloud, you want Sonos in general and the Play:1 in specific.

One more thing: Also available in white.

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Instagram — Everything you need to know!

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Get familiar with the queen of all social media apps and start sharing your life through Instagram!

Updated Thursday May 25, 2017: Info has been added about Instagram's latest update AKA AR face filters!

Instagram is a social media app that allows users to share photos and videos from their lives, add captions, edit filters, tweak settings, engage with others, explore and creep, and so, so much more — you just have to know what you're doing so you don't get overwhelmed!

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Here's everything you need to know about Instagram if you want to be an Insta-star!

Instagram is letting users send links in direct messages now!

Yup, you read that right! Instagram's latest major update is for it's Direct messaging feature: users can now send links directly!

On top of that, the app is also adding automatic links to phone numbers and addresses, which is incredibly helpful while conversing with pals over Insta.

The Verge:

Additionally, the update adds support for both landscape and portrait pictures sent through Direct. So, instead of weirdly cropping your pictures, they'll now show up properly in their intended dimensions.

Instagram has introduced Snapchat-style augmented reality face filters. Here's everything you need to know!

One of the reasons Snapchat has become so popular over the last couple of years has been because of the app's AR (or augmented reality) face filters AKA World Lenses.

If you're ever been swiping through Tinder or scrolling through Facebook and have noticed a photo of a girl with a dog nose, floppy ears, and sometimes a big tongue, that feature is actually from a super popular Snapchat AR filter that blew up last year once the Kardashians got their hooks into it.

Now Instagram has announced that their following the filter hysteria and introducing their very own AR filters to Instagram stories!

Instagram:

Today, we're introducing face filters in the camera, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you're sitting on the couch at home or you're out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends.

How many filters will there be to choose from?

There are allegedly 8 AR face filter options, but there's nothing stopping the app from (yet again) copying Snapchat and adding and updating new ones every day/week.

How does it work?

9to5Mac:

Face filters will work with Instagram's built-in Boomerang feature which creates short loops, and both rewind and hands-free mode work with the new feature. After you capture a photo with a face filter, you can use Instagram's existing markup features to draw over the image, add stickers, and more.

When will this feature be launched?

Today, apparently!

How can I find it?

There will be a new 'face effect' icon that will appear in Instagram's main camera section.

Any questions?

Are you excited for face filters/World Lenses/Snapchat 2.0 to come to Instagram? Or would you prefer if the app would stop ripping off the original?

Let us know what you think of Instagram's latest update in the comments below!

What is Instagram?

Instagram is a social media app that was launched in 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger (the app was later bought by Facebook in 2012) that encouraged users to take photos, add a filter, write a caption, and post.

While the original format of Instagram was a lot simpler than the one you see today, the premise still remains the same. Videos shared on Instagram used to be limited to 15 seconds in duration; video posts can be much longer today.

How does it work?

After you set up your Instagram account and set up your profile, you can start by following a few of your favorite celebrities, BFFs, co-workers, etc. You can also see the number of followers you have on your profile.

If you want, you can set your profile to be private, meaning that people need to request to follow you and need you to approve them in order for them to see any of your content. Keep in mind that if your profile is private posts that are hashtagged will not show up on the trending/public page, no matter how many likes you get.

And speaking of likes, they're what people give you when they double-tap your post – a red heart will appear on the photo, and a like-count at the bottom of the picture will show how much love a certain photo is getting. Subsequently, videos no longer gather visible 'likes', instead displaying a view count (although you can still double-tap to like a video).

You can also comment on people's posts if they've left commenting on (you can also turn off comments on posts), share and send a specific post to a friend in a direct message, or tag and save a post so you can come back for it later.

The best advice for Instagram? Follow people you really like and fill your feed with content you love. Don't be afraid to unfollow someone at the risk of losing a follower if they're not posting content that blows you away! Instagram can get very overwhelming, and with it's latest algorithm change, you might not even see everyone you're following.

Elle Hunt, The Guardian

Controversial changes to the photo-sharing platform that were met with widespread outcry … with users around the world reporting a new algorithm-driven feed. What this means is posts appear not in the sequence they were posted by people you follow from oldest to newest, but in one of Instagram's own devising. And Instagram – owned by Facebook – works in mysterious ways.

What's the explore page?

Instagram:

Search & Explore to better tailor it to you. Posts are selected automatically based on things like the people you follow or the posts you like. You may also see video channels, which can include posts from a mixture of hand-picked and automatically sourced accounts based on topics we think you'll enjoy.

To access the Explore page, just tap on the magnifying glass on the bottom of your screen, or the compass beside the heart if you're using Instagram on your desktop.

Instagram Stories?

Instagram Stories are Instagram's response to Snapchat/Snapchat Stories, which are a series of photos and videos strung together in a content package that disappears after 24 hours.

While some people find this type of posting a bit redundant and silly because it's only temporary, the trend of 24-hour social media posts has taken off in a big, big way with things like Stories features (although Facebook needs to cool it at this point …)

Instagram:

You'll see stories from people you follow in a bar at the top of your feed — from your best friends to your favorite popular accounts. When there's something new to see, their profile photo will have a colorful ring around it. To view someone's story, just tap on their profile photo. It's easy to view stories at your own pace: tap to go back and forward or swipe to jump to another person's story. If you want to comment on something you see, you can tap and send a private message to that person on Instagram Direct. Unlike regular posts, there are no likes or public comments.

How much does it cost?

Instagram is free as a bee! There aren't any in-app purchases or upgrades, either!

What kinds of things can I do to my photos/videos?

You can either add a filter to your photo or video and be on your merry way, or if you want to get a bit more in-depth with your photo editing, there are options like:

  • Adjust
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Structure
  • Warmth
  • Saturation
  • Color
  • Fade
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • Vingette
  • Tilt Shift
  • Sharpen

… Just keep in mind these options are only available for editing photos, not editing your videos.

Other options for posting photos include posting multiple pictures in one post, so you're not flooding news feeds with photo after photo after photo. You can tell a post has more than one photo if there's a little white box in the upper right corner and dots between the description and photo once you tap on it.

What devices can I use to access my Instagram?

You can use your iPhone or iPad to log in, post, comment, like, and do pretty much everything on Instagram, but you can also access your account from a computer, too!

The only major difference is that you cannot edit and post a photo or a video from a computer – you can only look at pictures, like them, and visit the explore page.

Boomerang? Hyperlapse?

Boomerang and Hyperlapse are two apps developed by Instagram that work in tandem with the original, root app.

Boomerang works by taking a super short, super fast burst of photos and stitching them together into a mini video that plays forward and backward and forward and backward and—well, you get the idea. Think of it as a GIF of sorts, but in video mode. These types of posts are popular amongst the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Hyperlapse works by creating and sharing smooth, clean, time-lapse videos. "It also has some pretty powerful video stabilization tools to smooth out shaky, handheld shots," says iMore's Mikah Sargent.

Where can I download the app?

You can download Instagram right here!

And while you're at it, check out Boomerang and Hyperlapse, too!

Questions?

Hit the comment section below!

Best new music on iTunes

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Every Friday, the iTunes Store adds new great music to its catalog, and we're here to bring you the best of what it has to offer!

This week in new music begins with El Dorado, the latest album from Shakira. You can also check out True to Self from Bryson Tiller. Lil Yachty has released Teenage Emotions. You're also able to listen to Droptopwop form Gucci Mane. Finally, check out the new Deluxe Edition of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

This week, the iTunes Store continues its discounts on recent albums. The sale features work from artists like Blackbear, Skillet, Cody Jinks, and Starset available for $7.99.

Pre-orders this week start with RELAXER from alt-J, which will arrive on June 2. Also coming that same day is Waiting on a Song by Dan Auerbach. Coming June 9 we have Hillsong UNITED with Wonder.

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more great music!

The best tech deals that you don’t want to miss out on

Posted on by Jared DiPane.
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Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!

From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won't want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you'll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let's take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!

Netgear Nighthawk AC1750 router - $89 (Normally $109)

Having a good router in your home can make all the difference in the speeds that your wireless network is delivering to your devices. You may think that a router is a router and that there is no need to pay a bunch of money to get a new one, but you'd be wrong. Netgear's Nighthawk AC1750 (R6700) is an extremely powerful, highly-rated dual-band Wi-Fi router, and right now you can pick one up for just $89 when clipping the on-page coupon. This is a $20 savings from its regular price.

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SanDisk 256GB Flash Drive - $34.99 (Normally $49.99)

If I didn't have a drawer filled with miscellaneous USB drives containing tiny bits of information from old college presentations to photos I've long-since forgotten about, I'd probably get this Cruzer Glide for $35. SanDisk is a reliable name for storage, and there's a lot you can do with 256GB that fits in your pocket. The $35 price matches its lowest price ever, and it has been selling above $50 for most of the year.

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Best Buy Memorial Day Sale

Memorial Day weekend often indicates the start of summer for many, and Best Buy is celebrating with 4 days of discounts. From smart lights to televisions, home security cameras to new computers, there are tons of deals here worth checking out. Many of the prices we are seeing bring items down to some of their lowest prices, and easily beat prices we are seeing from other retailers.

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More great deals!

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Amazon is offering two free months of Music Unlimited to new subscribers

Posted on by Ian Paul.
Categories: Uncategorized.

All the various music streaming services desperately try to differentiate themselves with personalization features and the occasional exclusive. If you ask me, however, they're all pretty much the same with similar catalogs. For those who disagree, right now is a great time to see how the other half lives. Amazon is currently offering two free months of Amazon Music Unlimited for new users.

To get this deal, you have to sign-up using Amazon's promotional web page. Once you arrive on the page, click Enter Your Code. In the pop-up window that appears, enter the code MOREMUSIC, then click Apply.

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How to shoot smoke bomb photography with your iPhone!

Posted on by Cella Lao Rousseau.
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Looking to shoot some stellar #smokebomb photos but don't have a fancy DSLR camera? Never fear – your iPhone has you covered!

If you've been creeping Instagram – or, more specifically, photographers on Instagram – in the last number of months, you've probably come across a photo or two involving colored smoke, AKA, smoke bomb photography.

Smoke bomb photography is typically created when colored smoke bombs are set off and a subject poses and moves with the smoke, not when smoke is edited into a photo in post (get your photoshop nonsense out of here; we're using practical effects up in this Fury Road!)

Here's everything you need to know about shooting kick-ass smoke bomb photos with your iPhone!

What will I need?

Your iPhone, a BFF, a killer location, and a smoke bomb color of your choice. The brand I like to shoot with (Enola Gaye) has red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and black colored smoke.

Where can I find the smoke bombs?

These smoke bombs can be found online, at your local fireworks shop, at your local paintball shop (as hand-held colored smoke bombs like this are designed to be used during paintball matches!), or if you're daring enough, you can make them yourself:

Total side note: How cool would it be to have a smoke bomb filled with glitter?! One can only dream…

How do I pick the perfect location?

When I shoot with different models, I always give them the option to pick between three types of locations: industrial, urban, and rural.

Industrial locations involve a lot of metal, rust, and texture, and balance the harsh, clinically clean lines with the smoothness of the smoke beautifully.

Urban locations revolve more around brick, graffiti, and grit; different colors from older building facades, contrasting tones from vibrant, artful graffiti, and the mysterious, messy feeling of the city, all which contrast beautifully with the smoke.

Rural areas constitute beautiful bunches of greenery, trees, grass, open fields, water: anything that appears as raw, authentic scenes of nature.

How do I start shooting?

After you've found the perfect spot, picked out your ideal color, and grabbed your best pal to be your model, you're ready to start shooting!

Once your model is set up in the perfect location, take a couple of test shots to make sure that the lighting looks good and none of your model's features are obstructed – unless this is what you were going for, where the smoke is the main subject as opposed to the model, or like the model is 'wearing' the smoke.

After you're happy with your test shots, count down from three and pull the pin on the smoke bomb. BE SURE YOU PULL THE PIN TO THE SIDE AND NOT DIRECTLY UP! If you or your model pulls directly up, you run the risk of giving yourself burns down your arm depending on the type of smoke bomb you're shooting with.

Then simply hold down your camera's shutter button to activate burst mode and start shooting! The key with smoke bomb photos is to take as many pictures as humanly possible as the subject is always moving and you don't know what looks great until you're scrolling through them later.

BONUS: If you want, you can even add an external lens like a fisheye or wide-angle attachment to take your shots to a whole 'nother level of professional looking.

How do I start editing?

After you've scrolled through all of your photos, pick out a couple of them that really speak to you.

Then launch your favorite photo editing app, tweak your settings, add on your favorite filter, and you're good to go!

How do you #smokeshoot?

Have you ever tried shooting with colored smoke or something similar before? Are you curious in shooting with smoke bombs now?

Let us know what you think about #smokeshooting in the comments below (and be sure to tag your Instagram names so we can peep your epic smoke shoots!)

The great Virtual Reality buyer’s guide

Posted on by Russell Holly.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Pick the experience that best suits your needs.

Don't let this secret slip out, but there's actually no such thing as "the best VR headset" or "the best AR headset" right now! There are new things in hardware and software being built almost every week, and while it's easy to look at the newest or shiniest thing and slap a blue ribbon on it there's a lot more going on.

At the same time, there are a lot of folks eager to try VR or AR and want to know where to best spend money, and we're here to help. This guide contains all of the most compelling strengths for each of the headsets you can buy today, as well as links to our ultimate guide for getting the most out of those experiences.

Read more at VR Heads!

Best new playlists, shows, and exclusives on Apple Music

Posted on by Joseph Keller.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Each week we'll bring you the best radio shows, playlists, and exclusives that Apple Music has to offer!

Exclusives

Sigrid is the latest artist to be featured in Apple Music's Up Next, which showcases up-and-coming musicians. Be sure to check out the exclusive, short documentary, Don't Kill My Vibe, which explore's Sigrid's background and musical influences.

Best of Beats 1

One of the best parts of Apple's Beats 1 is the lineup of unique shows that the station has assembled. Apple Music subscribers can listen to each full episode on demand, or skip to the new playlist with tracks from that week's show. This week, we've got new episodes from Ezra Koenig, Matt Wilkinson, and The Internet.

  • Time Crisis - Ezra is in New York City this week, where he's joined by author and journalist Lizzy Goodman to talk music. This episode features music from The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors, and more.

  • Matt Wilkinson - Matt checks out the Brighton bands playing the Great Escape Festival, including Everything Is Recorded, Sheer Mag, Dram Wife, and Cosmia.

  • The Internet Presents: The Internet - The band welcomes Animé, who stops by with Kari Faux and Pyramid Vritra. The episode includes work from Tay Zonday, Chloe x Halle, Organized Noize, and Ployboi Carte.

Essential Playlists

Apple Music features a number of carefully curated playlists built both by its own experts as well as several influential publications and companies. These lists highlight the week's best music, interesting artists that you should be listening to, and more, and are constantly updated with fresh tracks.

  • Best of the Week - The Apple Music team has collected the week's biggest and best tracks into a new updating list. This week, enjoy music from Bryson Tiller, Nick Jonas, Halsey, and Camila Cabello. - Get the playlist
  • Songs of the Summer: 2017 - Your sure to be putting at least some of these tracks on repeat all summer long. This list has songs from Kendrick Lamar, Sigrid, Khalid, and Ed Sheeran. - Get the playlist
  • All Day Dance Party - Keep on dancing with this updated list of great dance-pop hits and remixes, currently featuring work by Sigrid, Jonas Blue, Loote, and many more. - Get the playlist

Bookmark this page and check back next week for more from Apple Music!

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Apple is proud to share its work on accessibility, and so should everyone else

Posted on by Lory Gil.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Last week was Global Accessibility Awareness Day and Apple made a point to let the world know that it is always working on improving accessibility features. Good for Apple.

Apple has long been a trailblazer down the path to accessibility with such features as VoiceOver; it originated on the Mac back in 2007, and is now on every device the company makes. In recent years, Apple has been highlighting the importance of including accessibility features in new technologies and sharing its work with the world. It's incredible, the things Apple has accomplished in working toward an inclusive and supportive range of devices that anyone and everyone can use, no matter what their level of ability is.

Apple isn't the only one doing these things. There are lots of tech companies that include accessibility features on there devices and in their software programs, and even more app developers that provide incredible help to those that need it. More companies should be spotlighting what they do to advance accessibility technologies and proudly share their successes with the world. The competition to see who is the best at it could produce some amazing and revolutionary results.

How accessibility has helped my family

My nephew has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He is high-functioning, but didn't start out that way. He didn't say his first word until after turning three years old. Before he started speaking, his parents discovered a way to communicate with him using TapToTalk on a tablet or phone (TapToTalk has since gone out of business). When he was hungry, he could tell his parents that he wanted a bowl of cereal. The frustration that comes with not knowing why your child is upset eased up significantly once my nephew was able to talk to them thanks to TapToTalk. It's software like this that has helped a lot of families communicate when they never could before.

Fast forward seven years. My brother has been undergoing treatment for throat cancer, which has damaged his voice-box so he can no longer speak. Today, my brother uses an app called Speak4Me Pro, in which he types what he wants to say and the app uses VoiceOver technology to relay the information. It's been incredibly helpful for my brother to have the ability to tell my nephew to stop talking, even though he doesn't have a voice to do it (just kidding, though he sure does talk a lot now).

Both apps used by my family to help them have a voice when they weren't able to on their own didn't cost more than a dollar. Imagine how incredible it is to be able to talked to your loved ones, when you couldn't before, for just a dollar.

Accessibility issues are a part of my life, and that's just my immediate family. It's likely that you know at least a few people that deal with something relating to accessibility, too, like a grandparent that has vision impairment or a friend with hearing loss. It's not a niche market. It's a huge market.

How other companies besides Apple are helping the world

If you do a Google search right now for "Accessibility Apple," you'll see dozens of hits at the top of the page of reports of Apple showcasing accessibility features on its products — spreading the word. If you do a Google search right now for "Accessibility Android" or "Accessibility Windows" you'll find some very informative how-to guides for using accessibility features, but very little reports of how these companies are making strides in the industry. Less people are talking about it because tech companies aren't spotlighting it.

There doing it, they're just not talking about it.

For example, Android has its own version of VoiceOver, which allows users to have words on screen and actions read allowed. It also lets a person connect their phone to switches or keyboards instead of the touch screen for people with dexterity impairments. It has braille display support, screen adjustments, and captions for supported content.

Windows has a long list of accessibility features available with its desktop software and Windows Phone includes a number of features similar to Android, like a version of VoiceOver, adjustable screen options, a magnifier and zoom, and captions for supported content.

Are they ashamed of their progress? Do they feel uncomfortable talking about it? I doubt it. I just don't think Google or Microsoft are spending much effort spreading the word of their part in making technology more accessible to everyone.

How competition encourages growth

Just like Google, Microsoft, and Apple are always fighting each other to prove who is the best at education, art, and generally cool features in their software updates, they should be fighting to prove who is better at inventing incredible advancements in accessibility. If every tech giant's keynote had a wow-factor section on accessibility, I'll bet we'd see the technology grow a lot faster.

Google and Microsoft, it's time you put on your boxing gloves and took off your humble suit. Tell the world about what you do for accessibility and try to make it the "next big thing" at your yearly keynotes. Let's see some healthy competition in the accessibility field.

Six Unique Nintendo Switch Accessories You Didn’t Know Existed

Posted on by Russell Holly.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Your Nintendo Switch needs a little bit of person style.

Aside from those neon joy-cons, a lot of the Switch accessories you find in stores are kind of generic. I went looking for some things that were going to help my Switch stand out a little in a crowd, especially since I'm probably going to be taking it to some Splatoon 2 tournaments this Summer. Here's what I found!

It's called a Dock Sock, and yes I am a fourteen year old.

These things are all over Amazon right now, with a ton of clever fabric options. You could even make one yourself if you have the time, but for the price these are a quick way to add some style to your Switch.

Ridiculously cute stickers to bring Switch Dog to life.

Drop a silly tongue on the Joy-Con grip, and POOF your controller is now a derpy little puppy! This sticker pack has a ton of other options, all adding a little color to an otherwise grayscale Switch controller.

Keep your favorite cartridges held safe, right on the dock!

Nintendo, seriously, how was this not included in the Switch Dock design? Instead of using the cases or one of those binders, just keep your favorite games attached directly to the Switch!

Cheat a little, swap your amiibo for tag things.

You should absolutely buy amiibo if you want to benefit from the things that happen when you tap one to the Switch, but carrying them around is a huge pain. Plus, they might break! Amiibo tags are printed things that have the amiibo magic baked in, so you only need to carry around these little discs when you need them.

Let me grip the Switch a little better, please.

Love how portable Joy-Cons are, but anytime I can get away with it I grab for a Pro Controller instead. Printed grips are way cheaper, and make holding the Switch a little easier for those of us with bigger hands.

Shrink your dock down pocket-sized and bring it with you everywhere!

This is just plain clever. The brains of the Nintendo Switch dock have been removed from the larger plastic casing and dropped into something super small so you can take it with you anywhere. That means you can take over any television with this quick adapter and enjoy your gameplay on that bigger screen. It's perfect!

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‘The New Yorker’ Cover Page For This Week Was Sketched Using an iPad and Apple Pencil

Posted on by Rajesh Pandey.
Categories: Uncategorized.
We have seen plenty of magazines shoot their cover photos using one of the latest iPhones. Now though, The New Yorker’s cover for this week has been completely sketched on an iPad using an Apple Pencil by illustrator Jorge Colombo. Continue reading

How to make your jailbroken iPhone feel more like a Windows phone — and why you’d want to

Posted on by Dennis Bednarz.
Categories: Uncategorized.

While jailbreaking iPhones may not be for everyone, it is a good way to customize your iOS device.

If you're a recent Windows 10 Mobile convert who switched to iOS, you may not be entirely happy with the UI, and you might want to change it. As iOS is not as open as Android, doing so requires "jailbreaking," which is a way of hacking the device to access features you normally wouldn't be able to. If you don't know how to jailbreak or don't know what it is, odds are you shouldn't do it. You've been warned.

1. iOS Blocks

iOS Blocks, also known as Curago, is a jailbreak tweak based on the iOS Blocks concept by the designer Jay Machalani. The tweak has had its down times, where development was halted, however, Andy Wiik, an active developer behind many popular Cydia tweaks, resumed the development and is slowly polishing the project to deliver stability and a great user experience.

The tweak essentially adds Live Tile-like blocks that are resized app icons. The concept is similar to what Windows offers with Live Tiles. However, iOS Blocks are also interactive and can show more content by having multiple pages on them. The concept is also similar to Android widgets, in which interaction meets information at a glance, according to the designer.

Curago works with all iOS versions from iOS 7 to 10, but it is still in beta and has many bugs which need to be fixed. The issues can be reported via GitHub, and the tweak, which is currently free, can be installed using Cydia by adding Wiik's private repo at repo.ioscreatix.com.

2. Redstone

Redstone is, unfortunately, an abandoned tweak which is no longer updated. However, it's the closest thing you can get to a Windows phone on a jailbroken iPhone. The tweak aims to replicate the Live Tiles and the Start screen from Windows 10 Mobile, and it was named by the codename of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, "Redstone."

The tweak is in a working state if you're running iOS 9, but other iOS versions are incompatible. The developer, Festival, doesn't seem to be interested in developing it any further, which probably means we will never see Redstone updated for iOS 10. Bummer.

The tweak is free and can easily be downloaded from Festival's private repository by adding festival.ml/repo/ to Cydia and searching for "Redstone Snapshot."

3. Eclipse

Eclipse is a very old tweak, which is still updated. The latest version, Eclipse 4, supports iOS 10, and older versions are compatible with older iOS versions. The tweak by Guillermo Moran, a developer behind many useful utilities like MobileTerminal, aims to bring a dark theme for all of iOS, including stock apps, as well as third-party apps such as Twitter or Youtube. There is no way to ensure full compatibility with every app, but there are per-app specific settings that you can configure to suit your own needs or disable specific apps if they misbehave.

Windows phone users seem to favor the dark theme over the light one in Windows 10 Mobile, and because iOS doesn't feature a dark one natively, Eclipse comes to the rescue for Windows 10 Mobile converts. The tweak is paid, but it's pretty inexpensive at only $0.99. It can be found on the default BigBoss repository.

4. Activator

iOS is a restrictive system by default. However, there are multiple tweaks that can help you open up these limitations. If you're a former Windows phone user, you might benefit from tweaks like Activator that let you replace Apple's default apps such as Siri and use Microsoft's Cortana.

Start by downloading Activator from Cydia, which is available for virtually any jailbreakable iOS version out there and can be found on the default BigBoss repository. The tweak, made by Ryan Petrich, a famous developer and iOS hacker, has existed for years and has become a standard among jailbreakers and is one of the first tweaks you should install after jailbreaking. The app allows you to remap or create new actions, like holding down the home button or swiping twice on the status bar, then assign them to do different things or launch apps.

To use Activator to replace Sir, start by going into Settings > Siri then disable Siri by flipping the toggle on the top. After that, scroll down to the bottom of your settings app and go to Activator > Anywhere > Home Button > Short Hold and set it to "Do nothing." That will prevent Voice Control from showing up instead of Siri. Then go back, select "Long hold," and scroll down until you see Cortana, which you need to install from the App Store beforehand. After holding the home button for a short while, Cortana should show up instead of Siri. If you want to, you could also go into Cortana's settings and enable "Voice Shortcut Mode" which will trigger voice recognition as soon as the app is launched.

5. MailClientDefault10

MailClientDefault10 is exactly what it sounds like. The tweak, developed by HiDan, is a tool which lets you open up Apple's "walled garden" and choose your own default mail client. The tweak is compatible with iOS 9 and 10 and is very straightforward, with no unnecessary option to configure other than selecting your desired mail client.

As Microsoft offers an iOS version of Outlook, you could go and download it from the App Store, then, on top of that, install this tweak to redirect every "mailto:" link to your desired mail client. The tweak is free and can be found in the default repository, BigBoss.

In short...

For you tech-savvy readers out there with iPhones, jailbreaking may be the best way to make your iOS device reassemble Windows, to a degree. If you're not jailbroken, downloading Microsoft apps onto your phone should be sufficient. However, you'll definitely miss some features and things from Windows 10 Mobile. And jailbreaking can help restore some of them.

Transfer your files smarter with the iKlips miReader 4K!

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Transferring files in 2017 can still feel clunky and outdated. With video files getting bigger and bigger and traditional flash drives going the way of the dinosaur, so you need an accessory that allows you to easily transfer data from your camera to your phone so you can edit and share your photos and videos on the go.

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Yes, the days of dealing with flash drives to transfer and carry your data are over — or they will be over once you get the iKlips miReader 4K. It plugs right into your iPhone or iPadvia the Lightning connector and includes a micro USB and micro SD card slot so you can share files between Mac, Windows and cloud drives, and expand your device's memory

The iKlips miReader 4K can be yours for only $46.99, a savings of 20% off the regular price. This accessory is infinitely portable, so you'll always have it on you when you need it. It supports all the major file formats including RAW images so you edit like a pro. Alternatively, you can also use the device to bypass your device's storage and record high-resolution video directly to a micro SD card.

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If you take a lot of photos or videos and want a better way of transferring them between your iPhone, iPad and Mac, get yourself the iKlips miReader 4K from iMore Digital Offers for just $46.99. It's available in your choice of either black or white.

23% off iRobot Roomba 650 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - Deal Alert

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If you want a thorough, everyday clean, maybe you should consider using robots. The Roomba 650 Vacuuming Robot provides a thorough clean at the push of a button. The patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal and works on all floor types, adjusting itself and re-charging itself as needed to make sure the job is done correctly every time you need it -- preset Roomba to clean when it’s convenient for you. Roomba is just 3.6 inch tall, and is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. The 650 model is a #1 best seller on Amazon, where its typical list price of $374 is reduced right now to $286.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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Reolink Keen review: Battery-powered camera offers wireless security for cheap

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I’ve reviewed several home security cameras over the years, and always grapple with where to mount them close to a required electrical outlet. After all, wires can be severed or simply unplugged, disabling a camera before it ever has a chance to catch a glimpse of potential intruders.

Although Wi-Fi allows cameras to have one less tether, manufacturers mostly disregard the real elephant in the room—until now. The folks at Reolink have introduced the world’s first battery-powered security camera, offering the freedom to move it anywhere around the home.

Cut the cord

Reolink Keen ($130 on Amazon) is a security camera powered entirely by four included CR123A batteries, powerful 3.0-volt cells typically reserved for photo accessories. There’s no AC power option, so you’ll want to keep a backup supply of these less common batteries on hand. Under normal conditions, a set of these batteries can power Keen for up to six months in standby mode.

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Nintendo Switch: The ultimate guide

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The Switch is easy to set up and get started with right away, but sometimes you need a little help with the details.

Updated May 2017: Expanded with even more tips and how-tos.

If you're just starting out with the Switch, Nintendo's hybrid gaming console, or if you've been playing Zelda for weeks, there may be a few things you didn't know you could do with it. We spent much of our play time figuring out how to do everything with the Switch, and here's the ultimate guide.

Everything you need to go with your Nintendo Switch

You can get hours and hours of fun with your Switch right out of the box without needing anything but a game to play, but that doesn't mean there aren't already lots of great games and accessories to make your gaming experience even better. We've sifted through to find the best games and accessories available for the Nintendo Switch so far.

Nintendo is regularly launching digital downloadable games in the eShop, so be sure to bookmark our regularly-updated list of all Switch games you can get.

Every Nintendo Switch game you can get right now (and coming soon)

These are the best accessories you can get for the Nintendo Switch.

If you've decided the Switch is not for you, there are a lot of people out there willing to take it off your hands.

How to set up your Nintendo Switch

If you've just unboxed your Switch and haven't even turned it on, or if you've gotten through the set up but need help adding your Nintendo Account, browse through our set up guides to help you.

How to set up and use Parental Controls on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has made it very easy for parents to keep an eye on what their little ones are up to when playing games and socializing on the Switch. You can set up a child account, protect your Switch with parental controls, and monitor your children's activities.

How to use your Nintendo Switch

Once the initial setup is complete, there are a few additional customizations and special features you should know about. If you want to share a screenshot of that moment you took down that boss, or if you want to turn down your screen brightness to save some battery juice, we've got everything you need to know right here.

Game Guides for Nintendo Switch games

We've been playing our fingers to the bones on some of the most popular games on Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for help with a specific game, check our list of ultimate guides below.

Troubleshooting

No matter what you do right, there's always something that goes wrong. If you've discovered that you're Switch is running hot while in the dock, you've got dead pixels, or you jammed your Joy-Con controller when trying to put on the straps, we've got a troubleshooting guide for you.

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