Download this: Microsoft's new app makes photo transfers much easier

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If you use a PC, then you know that transferring files between your phone and your computer can be a huge pain. Well, Microsoft finally has a solution.

A new app called Photos Companion lets you move photos between your phone and PC using a wireless connection. Think of it as a bit like Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop, except it works with both iOS and Android devices. 

Get started by scanning a QR code from the Photos app in Windows 10 — this links your phone and PC, provided they are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network. After you scan the code, you’ll be able to transfer your photos to your computer. Read more…

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Update to Google's Gboard app for iOS makes it easier to create your own GIFs

If you’re the type that likes to include home made GIFs with your texts, Google’s Gboard app for iOS now makes it easier to create one. The button to start the process has been moved on the QWERTY keyboard to make it easier to find. Originally, when the feature launched last September, the GIF creation button was found behind the emoji button on the bottom of the keyboard. Accessing it required a long press on the emoji icon at the bottom.

Thanks to an update, the GIF creation button has been moved to the word suggestion bar, making it easier to find (see the arrow on the image at the top …

Not crashing your drone is about to get a whole lot easier

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Flying a drone is fun, but, and let’s be real, it’s a whole lot less fun when you keep crashing it into things. Those days could soon be behind us, however, if Leti has its way. 

The research institute wing of CEA is set to debut its latest anti-crash tech at CES this year, and had a few units on hand Sunday evening for curious would-be flyboys and flygirls to check out. 

Built onto a mass-market drone body, the prototypes may not look like much at first glance. But it’s the underlying tech that is sure to turn heads. Equipped with an “obstacle-avoidance algorithm,” the drones are capable of maneuvering and responding to a changing environment — all without any human input.  Read more…

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16 gifts that will make shaving a little bit easier for your significant other

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Everyone needs to work on perfecting their grooming habits. There is nothing wrong with trimming some hairs to present the world with the best version of yourself.  

The good folks at Mashable have decided to curate a grooming guide for the people out there fumbling around looking for grooming and shaving gifts for those they love. 

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Google improves on three features making it faster and easier to get answers to your search query

Google has been quietly improving its Search app by working on three different features that make it easier to learn about the topics that you have an interest in learning more about. For example, when you ask Google to search out information on a very specific topic, the results sometimes come in the form of a Featured Snippet. Using algorithms, these are “quick, relevant” answers to your search query that you would find on the web. Google has started adding more images and related searches dealing with your search. Let’s say you searched for Baby Spider Monkey. With the improved Featured Snippet, …

The next Essential phone should be easier to repair than the PH-1


While Andy Rubin, the founder and CEO of Essential Products,
is currently on leave of absence, the company doesn’t seem to be affected by
this – which is great news for folks looking forward to finding out what’s next
for Essential.

 

Not long after launching its very first smartphone – dubbed
PH-1, or Essential Phone – the company is already planning its moves related to
future handsets. More exactly, in a recent Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session,
Essential confirmed a “next generation phone”, though it gave little
details about it. In fact, the only thing that Essential shared about …

Google Maps new UI and icons make it easier to use

Google Maps is getting a new UI and some fresh icons. A change is coming to the driving, navigation, transit and explore maps that will allow each section to focus on what is important to users looks at the specific category. For example, you might see a focus on gas stations in the navigation map, and train stations under transit. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed with information that doesn’t matter to you.

In addition, Google Maps will have a new color scheme and new icons to help you quickly identify certain places of interest. If you need a hospital quickly, knowing the icon and color …

7 wedding apps that will make planning your big day a whole lot easier

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Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but actually planning it can make you want to pull your hair out. 

Lucky for us, we live in a time of smart phones and we all know there’s an app for just about anything. So if you are having trouble organizing your big day, we’ve compiled a list of the best weddings apps to make the process as painless as possible. 

1. WeddingHappy 

OK, so where do you even start? This free iOS app is great if you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. Just put in your anticipated wedding date, and WeddingHappy will design a schedule complete with a checklist and suggested due dates.  Read more…

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Ikea and Apple will use AR to make choosing a BJÖRKSNÄS even easier

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Apple’s new ARKit will help to bring an onslaught of new AR games and apps to your iPhone, and at least one of them might wind up saving you some headaches on your trips to IKEA.

The Swedish home goods behemoth was mentioned as a potential AR partner at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this month, and Tim Cook himself name-dropped IKEA directly in a recent interview. He said Apple had “talked” to IKEA about an app that would inject 3D models of its goods onto an iOS device’s screen, which could take most of the guesswork out of the furniture shopping experience.   

IKEA’s digital transformation manager Michael Valdsgaard shared some new details about the progress the company is making on the AR app in an interview with Swedish tech site Digital.di, which was spotted by 9to5MacRead more…

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This '4D' printing method could make packing for outer space much easier

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These tiny objects made with 3D printers can dramatically expand when exposed to heat.

Scientists have created a pair of compact, unfurling structures that could pave the way for innovations in biomedical devices or space exploration, where payloads can cost tens of thousands of dollars per pound.

A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology crafted these objects using “tensegrity” — a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. Researchers crafted the rods and cables, called “struts,” from shape memory polymers that unfold when heated. Read more…

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