Why this artist taught herself how to build augmented reality creations


Cyrene Quiamco loves Snapchat. It’s easy to tell by the Ghostface Chillah plush in her bedroom, the pair of Spectacles in her bag, and the fact that her current Twitter profile picture is a Snapcode. 

There’s good reason for her to love it. The app, which was once popularized for sexting and passing notes in class, helped her quit a full-time job at Verizon a few years back to focus on her other passions. As of this week, Quiamco’s the first winner of a Snapchat Lens Studio Challenge, where anyone can compete for glory and some tech prizes from Snap Inc. 

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A leaked Android 8 build for Galaxy S8 brings Dolby Atmos to the phone!

With recent stirrings in the Samsung Beta Program for Android 8 on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it’s become obvious that an official update to the next major Android build is drawing near. Official info from the company now states that the Beta Program will be closed on January 15th. This falls in line with earlier reports, which claimed that Android 8 Oreo will be pushed to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in late January. Also, reports of Oreo hitting Note 8 units have also surfaced today.

An unreleased beta build has now leaked on Reddit and fans were quick to sideload it on their phones. They …

Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063

Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC. The screen that demands your number says “Link your Phone and PC. Windows loves all your devices-get essential apps that help you work better across your devices.”

There is no “Skip” button, and when you enter your mobile number an SMS message is sent to your smartphone that links the two devices. This allows you to use features like “Continue …

Learn how to build the iOS app you've been dreaming about


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Have you ever had a brilliant idea for an app and wondered how hard it might be to actually build it yourself? Learn how to build the app of your dreams with The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course that’s $10 for a limited time. (It’s usually upwards of $200.)

Whether you’re a beginner or have some knowledge about app-building, this course can help you take things to that next level, like finally turning your idea into reality or making a career change. Read more…

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Build the next big smartphone game by taking this app-development course


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It’s 2017. It’s certainly no secret that coding is one of the most in-demand skills out there — and for good reason. Whether you’re making tweaks to your blog, running a multi-million eCommerce site, or building an app from scratch, it comes in handy in virtually every industry and pays handsomely too. 

With dozens of languages to choose from, the only question left is which one to learn first.

There’s no right answer here; different languages are used for different types of projects. If your object of desire is to have a knack for building games, there’s a series of online courses available that will lead you down the right path so you don’t even have to think about it. Read more…

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Build a team of legendary fighters in Capcom's new Puzzle Fighter free-to-play game

Capcom is well-known for its popular arcade games that are mostly about fighting, so it’s no wonder the studio’s newest title is a “love letter” to fans. Puzzle Fighter allows players to build a team of legendary fighters from all of Capcom’s most popular fighting games.

Your team will consist of a main and two support characters, each with their own strengths and abilities. Players can choose to play iconic characters like Ryu, Ken, or Chun-Li to take on Mega Man’s X, Darkstalkers’ Morrigan, or Dead Rising’s Frank West.

Make no mistake though, this is a …

OnePlus 5 finally gets its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta build

It’s a good time to be a OnePlus smartphone user, as the Chinese company had some nice surprises for its customers. After launching its new flagship earlier this month, OnePlus released last week Android 8.0 Oreo for the last year’s top-tier smartphones.

A few weeks ago, the handset maker promised the update would arrive on the OnePlus 5 as well, but in the form of a beta first. Today is the day that OnePlus 5 owners enrolled in the beta program can download the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta build.

Aside from the standard new features and improvements that …

Apple releases new build of iTunes allowing users to install apps from their computer once again

When Apple disseminated iTunes 12.7 in September, it removed a feature that allowed users to take a shopping excursion through the Apple App Store using a desktop computer. If they saw anything they liked, users could install that app on their iPhone through the box that was running iTunes. However, with Apple stating that it wanted iTunes to focus on music, movies, TV, podcasts, and audiobooks, this feature was removed by Apple on the latest build of iTunes.

Not everyone was happy with this move. According to Apple, “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps.” …

Three construction innovations that will change the way we build


A number of companies are competing to find ways to automate construction, using bricklaying robots and machines that can 3D print with concrete. 

These innovations are among the most successful prototypes whereby entire buildings were constructed using robots. Read more…

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Xiaomi secures $1 billion loan to build more stores and push its overseas expansion

After Xiaomi reported its best-ever quarter in the April-June period this year, the company announced this Friday that it has negotiated a $1 billion loan from a syndicate of 18 banks worldwide. The company is allegedly looking to strengthen its push in Asia and move forward with plans overseas, and that’s pretty much everything we know about where this $1 billion will go.

The deal was coordinated by Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley, and involved banks from Europe, India, China, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Xiaomi briefly became the most valuable startup in …