Photo editing app VSCO now lets users save their own "recipes"

If you’re into editing photos on your smartphone, then you’re most likely familiar with VSCO – one of the most popular photo editing apps on Android and iOS, and for good reasons. VSCO is chock-full of built-in filters, has comprehensive controls for adjusting different aspects of the image, and although the UI may come off as a bit cumbersome at first, it is indeed very capable.
But what happens when you spend some 10 minutes editing a photo and then you save it? Well, the result will always be there for you to look at, but the editing process will likely be forgotten …


Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.
Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.
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Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its “Live Photos” — a feature, which has the phone’s camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don’t have 3D Touch) makes them “come alive” with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted …

Brave, brave woman lets a huge spider crawl all over her face

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After a woman in Pensacola, Florida discovered a golden orb weaver (a type of spider) in her home, she decided to relocate it to a “more appropriate location” — one that we assume is not inside a house.

But before being subjected to relocation, the spider decided to crawl around on the woman’s face. Surprisingly, the woman seemed fairly cool with that, a reaction to which I absolutely cannot relate. (To be fair, it’s not a particularly aggressive spider and does have a low-risk bite, but … still.)

Here’s hoping this yellow friend has now woven a beautiful circular web somewhere in the Great Outdoors. Read more…

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Pete Souza's latest Instagram lets Trump know who the real 'Rocket Man' is

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If Pete Souza keeps it up with his Instagram responses to President Trump, we’re going to start thinking he doesn’t like the guy!

On the morning of Sept. 17, Trump referred to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man” in a tweet (shortly before retweeting a video in which he hits Hillary Clinton with a golf ball — it’s been a big day for the president). While the taunting nickname is bizarre in the context of things American presidents have said throughout the nation’s history, it’s just another Sunday morning for Trump. 

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Apple ARKit app lets you record Mannequin Challenge style videos with virtual objects

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While some developers working with ARKit are trying to figure out how to make augmented reality apps for productivity, even more are using it to let us have fun in new ways. 

That’s definitely the idea behind a new app from Ataru Tou called MagicMovieCamera, which lets you place various virtual objects in real spaces and then record yourself reacting those objects. 

What is this good for? Why an enhanced version of the Mannequin Challenge, of course. Or maybe even pretending you’re Neo in The Matrix.

MagicMovieCamera with ARkit! Real time Time stop!!just like DIO’s THEWORLD!! #MagicMovieCamera #ARkit #jojo #Iphone8 #CG #vr #IOS11 #AR pic.twitter.com/7ynh5zgs8B

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T-Mobile lets you buy two Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phones for the price of one

Confirming a recent rumor, T-Mobile today launched a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 BOGO (buy one, get one free) offer, essentially allowing customers to get two high-end phones for the price of one.

The deal requires financing agreements for both smartphones, qualifying credit, and a new line of qualifying service. While the first phone you’re buying must be a Galaxy Note 8, you can choose your second handset between the Note 8, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+. The cost of the second device will be refunded via a Prepaid MasterCard Card in about 8 weeks from purchase.

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Spotlight: Adapticons is an exceptional Android app that lets you customize your own icons

Customization geeks, here’s a noteworthy app that will likely soothe the customization needs you didn’t know you had.
Adapticons is an Android app that lets you customize the icons of the apps you have installed on your phone to a certain extent. For example, you can take a ton of shapes and plaster them as backgrounds for the icons. This way, you can easily create a circular icon out of an otherwise square app icon, or even go for the trendier squircle, hexagon, roundy, and other shapes. You can also select a color for the background or let the app select …

Deal: Samsung lets you buy the Galaxy S8 Active for $699.99 ($150 off)

Officially announced yesterday, the rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active can be pre-ordered in the US as of today – only on AT&T for now. The smartphone can be purchased both from AT&T, and from Samsung’s website, and should start shipping later this week, on August 11.

If you’re getting the S8 Active from Samsung, you can save $150, as the company is offering the handset for $699.99 (instead of AT&T’s $849.99 outright price). Samsung also lets you buy the Galaxy S8 Active for $29.17 per month for 24 months ($700.08 in total) with Samsung Financing – in …