Snapchat introduces Live video, will broadcast moments of the Olympics

The Winter Olympics are knocking on our screens. Starting tomorrow, the following sixteen days will be filled with the spirit of challenge and competition for spectators from all around the world. Snap knows that as well and it wants to make you a part of the Olympics experience.
On Saturday, Snapchat will introduce its newest feature called ‘Live’. Its main goal is to provide coverage of key moments in big events during the Winter Olympics. You’ll be able to see chosen highlights, covering the most important moments …


Sony introduces new wireless earbuds fit for your workouts and with strong bass

Sony has just introduced a pair of new, Bluetooth-based wireless earbuds that combine light weight, digital noise cancellation and sweat resistance that makes them suitable for workouts.

The new earbuds go by the brilliant WF-SP700N (for the cord-free model) and WI-SP600N (for the neckbuds) names, and Sony claims they are the first one to combine BOTH noise cancellation features and water resistance.
First, the WF-SP700N, the “true” wireless kind: battery life on them is 3 hours, considerably less than the 5 hours you get …

Android Messages 2.8 introduces a white navigation bar

image courtesy of Reddit user R0BBiNG

In November of last year, it became clear that Google has a plan to mitigate screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL by introducing light-colored nav bars in its apps. Well, to be absolutely fair, this won’t negate the problem, per se, but rather “even out” the burn-in, so you don’t end up with an imprint of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. The Google app and Google Photos were first in tow to receive the treatment, and now it’s time for Android Messages to follow suit.

One of the …

VSCO introduces Instagram-like instant messaging feature

Popular image editing app VSCO has slowly, but steadily, working its way toward becoming a self-contained social network of sorts, where photographers can share their creations and, as of the latest update, get in touch with each other via private messages. The messaging feature is available through the new sharing button, and it lets creators not only text each other, but also share profiles, journal entries, photos, and more.

The news of VSCO’s instant messaging feature come on the heels of Instagram’s announcement that the company is testing a standalone …

After being acquired by Apple, Shazam introduces offline mode for iOS users

Apple announced last week it will acquire Shazam for $400 million, which makes the future of the music recognition app rather uncertain. Is it going to stay the same or Apple plans to integrate it into one of its own services?

In any case, it looks like Shazam continues to provide updates to its mobile apps, which bring important new features and improvements. Today, Shazam announced a new update for the iOS app, which adds a very important new feature – offline mode.

Basically, when you want your Shazam to recognize a song, but you don’t have Wi-Fi, you …

Facebook Messenger introduces World Effects – augmented reality 3D objects – to rival Snapchat

Facebook just one-upped Snapchat by introducing World Effects – augmented reality 3D world objects on its own. The social giant’s popular messaging app, Facebook Messenger, has just scored a trove of new effects that let you add various objects to your pics and videos and send them to your pals or post them on your Facebook wall. Unlike the already-present camera filters that let you put on different masks and effects on your selfies, the new additions to the app allow you to throw in a dynamic object that sticks to an augmented plane and gives the impression of intelligently following a predefined …

Apple introduces new colors for its iPhone X silicone cases and Apple Watch sport bands

Apple added some new color options for some of the iPhone X and Apple Watch accessories available from the company’s online store. Those sporting the tenth anniversary iPhone model can now pick up a silicone case for the handset in two new vivid color options, Spicy Orange and Flash. The cases protect the iPhone X from minor drops, especially the back of the handset which is also made of glass. Lined with micro-fiber, this line of cases is designed by Apple itself and is offered in 12 different colors. These cases are priced at $39 each, and the new colors will ship by December 12th at the earliest.

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YouTube introduces "Reels," its version of Instagram and Snapchat's Stories

One of the top features of Instagram and Snapchat is Stories. These are personal video snippets taken by users during the course of a day. Once 24 hours expires, so does a Stories video. YouTube is going to allow creators to record the streaming video site’s version of Stories, which it is calling Reels. Creators will be able to shoot multiple Reels without having to erase any of them. The Reels will live forever under a tab separate from the regular YouTube creations made by users.

Each Reel will last up to 30-seconds in length. Creators can add filters, text, stickers and links to YouTube …

Snapchat introduces Pikachu filter, available for a limited time

Starting today, there’s a new lens available on Snapchat that turns you into everybody’s favorite high-voltage mouse – Pikachu. That’s right, after the dancing hot dog man, Snap has partnered with the Pokemon Company to bring its users an official Pikachu filter.

It’s a limited-time thing too, so if you want to see yourself as an anime boy or girl posing with the iconic Pokemon next to you, you’d better do it soon. To see the new Pikachu lens in action, check out the clips below:
Take a selfie with Pikachu! Our Pikachu Lens is available now on Snapchat …

Step aside, BeatsX: Samsung introduces U Flex wireless headphones, Bixby button included

Samsung has just announced a new pair of Bluetooth headphones — the Samsung U Flex. They are the tethered earbuds, which have a comfy neck-holder and tons of controls on deck, including a button that activates Bixby.

By all the features listed, it seems the U Flex strive to strike the ultimate balance between portability and sound quality. The neck-hanging cord that connects both earphones is actually flexible (bendable up to 100 degrees), so it can easily fold and get tucked in a pocket or bag. The earphones have magnets that keep them stuck to each other when …