Download this: Spilly's AR app is like Snapchat filters on steroids


If you’ve ever watched a YouTube video and wished that you could be part of it, there’s a new augmented reality app that might be able to help.

It’s called Spilly, and it takes popular videos of celebrities, YouTube stars, and other famous clips, then allows users to mash them up with Snapchat-like AR effects and even their own faces.

The app features a seemingly endless feed of video clips sourced from YouTube. For each clip, there’s a carousel of special effects you can add to make the video your own.

You could change what Golden State Warriors Star Kevin Durant is wearing, for example, or shower a Miley Cyrus video with virtual confetti or flowers. Or make it rain, or add a spotlight, or any combination of the above. The clips loop so you can keep adding or subtracting effects until you get something you like. Read more…

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OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users can now download a beta version of Android 8.0

Back during the dog days of August, OnePlus announced that for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, Android 8.0 will be the last major OS update that they will receive. Thanks to OnePlus’ Open Beta program, a beta version of Android 8.0 is now available for the two aforementioned models. There are some known issues with this build, not surprising considering its beta status, and not all of the features will be running smoothly, or even running at all.

First things first. The official changelog for the beta includes the September Android security patch along with the following:

Update to …

Sailfish X for Sony Xperia X goes on sale, download links are now live

The time has come for Sailfish fans to support their favorite mobile platform by purchasing the new Sailfish X, specifically designed for Sony Xperia X.

Unlike Android, Sailfish X costs money, so unless you’re not one of the lucky Jolla Tablet backers who have been given the option to get it for free, you’ll have to pay €49.99. Before doing that, you should also know Sailfish X is only available in the EU countries, as well as Norway and Switzerland.

After purchasing Sailfish X for Sony Xperia X, you will be able to download the factory image and flash it …

Download this: Apple Music's Facebook bot suggests songs based on emoji


Facebook and Apple have teamed up to bring a new, emoji-filled music recommendation feature to Facebook Messenger.

The Facebook messaging app was updated this week with an Apple Music bot that can recommend songs and playlists based on emoji.

The new bot surfaces music recommendations based on your preferences — or whatever emoji you happen to be feeling that day. Send the bot an emoji and get back a selection of albums or playlists that match up.

Some emoji tend to work better than others — I had more luck with 🎉 than 💩 — but the feature seems to do a decent job overall at guessing relevant music.  Read more…

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Download this: Holo's AR app puts 'holograms' into the world around you


Now that iOS 11 is out, augmented reality apps are becoming some of the most entertaining apps in the App Store, thanks to Apple’s ARKit. 

While we’ve seen AR apps meant to help you buy furniture or bring children’s books to life, Holo’s take on the new feature will be more familiar to fans of Snapchat. 

The app allows you to record videos with 3D “holograms” (which is how 3D animations are referred to in the app) of animals, movie characters, and celebrities overlaid onto your surroundings. Similar to Snapchat’s dancing Bitmoji lenses, you can reposition and resize Holo’s animations as you’re recording. Read more…

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Apple iOS 11 now available for download, here's what's new and improved

Just as expected, Apple today started pushing iOS 11 to devices
around the world. The update is now officially available to download over the
air (OTA), thus you should start checking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to see if
you can get it in your region.


We already received iOS 11 on one of our iPhones, so we can show
you most of the new features and enhancements that it’s bringing – check them out in the screenshots
below! Weighing in at 1.9 GB, this is obviously a sizeable update, so you may
want to download it via Wi-Fi, instead of via a cellular network.


If you’re …

How to download and install iOS 11 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Today, September 19, is iOS 11 release day, as Apple is set to unleash the official version of the operating system to the iPhones, iPads and iPod touch listed above. The release will likely kick off at around 10 AM Pacific time, which is the usual time Apple seeds major new firmware updates. As usual, it will be rolled out in waves, meaning you should not freak out if you don’t receive the update in a timely manner, it will arrive eventually.

As usual, there are some winners and losers, meaning that really old iPhones and Apple tablets won’t get any of the iOS …

Download this: the new anonymous app that's going viral with teens


Another anonymous app is at the top of the App Store and it might be because it’s figured out anonymous apps’ biggest problem: bullying.

Called “tbh,” short for “to be honest,” the app takes an unconventional approach to anonymity. While it allows friends to anonymously communicate, it only allows users to exchange compliments, which are sent via in-app quizzes. 

The app, which is aimed at middle schoolers and high schoolers, connects to your address book so you can find people you know. It serves up a series of “polls” about your friends. The questions change but they are all positive, asking you to choose the “world’s best party planner,” or who is “too lit to be legit.” Read more…

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Download this: Why Facebook's app looks so different


Facebook’s app is looking a lot different and, surprise surprise, not everyone is a fan.

The company showed off the redesign back in August, when it introduced its latest News Feed updates. But the revamped mobile app is still gradually rolling out to everyone, so many people are just starting to see it. 

Predictably, as with most major Facebook updates, there’s been a strong reaction even though the update isn’t finished rolling out yet. 

The app is now really gray, and looks much flatter, with comments looking more like chat messages than a threaded conversation.  Read more…

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Android 8.0 Oreo factory images available for download for Pixel and Nexus devices

Despite the fact that Google announced Android Oreo is not yet ready to be pushed to compatible Pixel and Nexus devices, the Mountain View company has already published the factory images that allows users to upgrade their smartphones today.

Factory images for the following devices are now available for download via Google’s website, but you’ll have to flash them manually:

Pixel Pixel XLNexus 6PNexus 5XPixel CNexus Player 
If you own a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone, then you’ll probably receive Android 8.0 Oreo via OTA (over the air), so you …