This free app lets you snap AR-like photos and videos, and put 3D characters or people into your shots

AR/VR company called 8i has released a smartphone app that allows you to experience AR through your mobile device and turn your pictures into sci-fi-like snaps. The Holo app, free on Google Play and App Store, lets you put animated characters and people into your photos and videos, almost as if they were there for real. Almost.

The app is pretty cool for what it does, but does feel a little stiff at times, even though taking pictures with Spiderman by your side can’t really get dull, ever. Nonetheless, if you take Spidey, for example, and decide to put him into your shot, …


Snapchat creator Snap Inc. bought a drone maker, so watch out for disappearing drones!

Snapchat (that is, Snap Inc.)appears to have some interesting ideas about hardware. This became evident last year with the release of Spectacles, a wearable that, unlike any other wearable, is great for parties. And now, Snap Inc. has another notch on its acquisition belt. It’s a drone maker by the name of Ctrl Me Robotics.

The LA, California company reportedly was on the brink of closing – instead it closed a sub-$1 million deal with Snap. Founder Simon Saito Nielsen and his team are getting hired at the Snapchat company, presumably taking their assets and equipment …

Snap shells out $7.7 million for a patent just to keep it away from Facebook

Remember Mobli? It’s sort of an Instagram competitor that launched back in 2011, but didn’t really make it that far. The Android version of the app is now officially dead, while the iOS version is not among the highest-rated apps on the App Store. The fact that it works on a subscription scheme doesn’t do it any favors, too, we suppose. Well, the app’s maker — Mobli Media — still just made a bucketload of cash by selling a specific patent to Snap for $7.7 million.

The patent in question details the idea of placing geofilters (location-based filters) on your photos. You may have noticed that …