Check out this ARKit based optical illusion made on the Apple iPhone X

Swedish artist Peter Norrby, is planning on offering an AR based app for free in the Apple App Store titled The Parallax View. Last week, the artist posted an example of what can be done with Apple’s ARKit in the form of an optical illusion that he created using the “iPhone X with ARKit’s face-tracking to perform head-tracking in 3D.” The artist shows off the illusion and explains how he put it together on a video that you can view at the top of this story. By the way, the illusion looks its best when viewed with one eye closed.

As you probably know by now, Apple CEO Tim Cook is …

LineageOS 15.1 nightlies based on Android 8.1 will be available tomorrow for select devices

LineageOS, the custom ROM that rose from the wreck that CyanogenMod left two years ago, is finally ready to release a version based on Android 8.1. LineageOS 15.1 is the first version completely controlled by the new team, although many of CyanogenMod’s features can be found in LineageOS. Starting tomorrow, nightlies will begin for a limited number of Android devices. That means that these are not stable releases and could be extremely buggy. If that is a problem for you, perhaps you should wait for a more stable release to be ready.

Of the more than 170 Android devices that support LineageOS, …

Qualcomm unveils new standalone VR reference design based on Snapdragon 845

Amidst Qualcomm’s latest spree of new product and feature announcements, one shines brighter than the others. That’s nothing but a new reference standalone VR platform based on the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The main pillars that the new VR platform stands are low latency, high frame rates, and smooth head tracking performance, Qualcomm says, ticking all important boxes for immersive virtual reality experience.

One of the more intriguing features of the platform is a new functionality dubbed Adreno Foveation, which tracks the users eyes and concentrates the highest graphics …

Huawei to roll out EMUI 8.0 based on Oreo to Honor 8 Pro, Honor 8 Lite, Honor 9i and Honor 7X

Huawei has just announced the launch of its new EMUI 8.0 user interface, which is based on Android Oreo. The new UI already comes pre-loaded on the Honor View 10 and the upcoming Honor 9 Lite.

However, a handful of other smartphones will receive EMUI 8.0 via OTA update, including the Honor 8 Pro, Honor 8 Lite, Honor 9i, and Honor 7X, Huawei recently confirmed.

Huawei has decided to jump from EMUI 5.1 to 8.0 to avoid any confusions related to the version of Android which is based upon. EMUI 8.0 brings lots of new features and improvements in addition to what’s …

Global OxygenOS 5.0 OTA update for the OnePlus 5, based on Android 8.0, has been canceled

Late last month (which in turn makes it late last year), the OnePlus 5 received an OTA update that included OxygenOS 5.0. The latter is based on Android 8.0, thus giving owners of the device new capabilities like Picture-in-Picture, which allows you to watch videos while running an app in the background. Autofill completes blank fields based on how you filled out similar forms in the past. And Android Instant Apps lets you run an app from your browser without stopping to install it on your phone.

Other features that come with the update include a revised camera UI for the OnePlus 5, a new …

OxygenOS open beta based on Android Oreo now available for the OnePlus 5T

OnePlus teased the Android Oreo open beta of the 5T a few days ago but didn’t exactly said when the update will be available for download.

Well, if you have a OnePlus 5T, you’ll be pleased to know the update is now live, so if you want to test Android Oreo before the final version gets released, you can now download this open beta build and flash it on your phone.

You should know that since this is a beta build, it’s not as stable as an official OTA, which means you’ll be exposed to data loss. Make sure you join OnePlus’ open beta program before …

OnePlus 5 starts getting OxygenOS 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo

After two Android Oreo beta builds, OnePlus has finally released the final version of the update for OnePlus 5 owners. Although we thought there won’t be any major update releases from any major handset maker, it looks like Chinese companies continue to work throughout the holiday seasons (since they don’t celebrate Christmas).

So, if you’re running a OnePlus 5 as your daily driver, you’ll be pleased to know OxygenOS 5.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo is now being pushed out to units all over the world.

According to OnePlus, the update contains some Launcher …

Snapchat quietly releases new filters based on what you're snapping


Too lazy to be creative with Snapchat? Well, there’s a new feature for you.

Snap quietly launched new filters that recognize what’s being snapped and provide a contextually relevant border or sticker. The update comes ahead of a massive app redesign as the company tries to keep users and advertisers engaged. The filters began gradually rolling out to users last week, a Snap spokesperson confirmed to Mashable

The filters will automatically appear in the user’s carousel of filters after they take a photo snap of something within a certain set of categories. These include items at concerts, beaches, pets, sports, and food, a Snap spokesperson told Mashable.  Read more…

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Deal: Get the cloud based Nextbit Robin from eBay for $99.99

The Nextbit Robin is now available on eBay for just $99.99. The cloud based device features 32GB of native storage and another 100GB in the cloud. When the phone is on a Wi-Fi network and plugged in, apps and photos are automatically backed up. Once you’re down to the last 2GB of free native storage, the Robin automatically sends some of your less active apps to the cloud, opening up some space for new apps. Then, if you ever need once of the backed up titles, the phone quickly sends it down from the cloud so that you can use it.

The specs are not exactly cutting …

Cook: Current technology for AR based smart glasses "not mature"

Ever since the launch last year of Pokemon Go, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been a strong supporter of Augmented Reality. Because of that support, there have been several reports claiming that Apple’s next innovative product will be smart glasses similar to Google Glass. While the latter product failed in the consumer market, some analysts see such a product succeeding in Apple’s hands. Former Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that Apple Glasses will end up bigger than the iPhone.

But Cook put the kibosh on rumors that the glasses will come soon. The executive said in an interview on Tuesday …