New Android Auto feature lets you actually use your phone while connected

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Android Auto just got a small but incredibly useful update.

Google appears to be rolling out a new “swipe to unlock” feature for the vehicle-connected app that makes it easier to unlock your phone while it’s paired to the car.

The company hasn’t yet disclosed the change, but it’s been spotted by a number of Redditors (h/t Engadget), who report seeing the feature show up in the last day or two. 

With the update, users can unlock their phones while it’s connected to the in-car Android Auto system with a simple swipe up. This allows you to access content form your phone that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible via the Android Auto dash system. Read more…

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Samsung unveils the new 12MP sensor that lets Galaxy S9 do its Super Slow Motion magic

Samsung has a brand new camera sensor in the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and it just detailed all of its specs, putting to rest all speculation how does it do the Super Slow Motion capture that allows its new flagships to record 720p clips with 960fps.

Basically, the new 12MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast 2L3, which is already in mass production (duh), has its own stack of fast DDR4 memory attached under the typical analog logic layer that processes the electric signal coming from the pixel array layer above it, into digital code. The 3-stack setup is needed …

This Android app lets you view the remaining battery of your Apple AirPods, BeatsX earbuds

Got an Android device? Got AirPods?

For many, this unholy combo is not an uncommon one as Apple’s AirPods are actually not-too-shabby wireless earbuds that work well with just about any phone out there. But as you might expect, Apple’s AirPods connected to an Android device don’t give you the same level of functionalities that an iOS device would, and one of the glaring missing features is battery level. 
You’d agree that this is a pretty important aspect of wireless earbuds, and thanks to the endless mental resource of do-good developers, Android …

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.
Wait, …

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

— ATARUTOU (@ADARUTOU) August 28, 2017 Read more…

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