You can now record Snapchat videos on your iPhone, but it won't be a secret

The new iOS 11 iPhone operating system comes with a ton of new features, among which a very useful screen recording functionality. And then there is Snapchat: the app that made a name for itself thanks to the disappearing, in-the-moment photos and videos that you can send with it.
But what if you really, really want to save a video sent to you on Snapchat?
Well, we tried using the iOS 11 screen recording functionality with Snapchat and it worked! All videos are promptly saved to the Photos app, but just don’t expect …


Pixel, Pixel XL owners have unlimited free storage of original photos and videos for life


When the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL models rolled out last year, Google promised owners of the two devices unlimited free storage of original quality photos and videos in Google Photo. No expiration date was ever mentioned. So when the word came from Mountain View that Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners will get the same treatment of their photos and videos, but only through the end of 2020, beads of sweat started to drip off owners of the first-gen models. Would their unlimited storage of original quality photos and videos also expire after three more years?

According …

YouTube is testing autoplaying videos in its Android app

Don’t you just love it when you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed and you keep being bombarded with random, autoplaying videos you couldn’t care less about? No? Something must be wrong with you, then — after all, it’s not just Facebook that’s doing it; there’s also Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and every other second-grade social media platform. So it must be what the consumers want, otherwise no one would be doing it — right?

That appears to be the line of thinking over at Google, at least — not content with falling behind the curve with annoying app design decisions …

New Google Photos update allows you to share videos faster, here's how it works

Google Photos has received a neat new functionality. Version 3.6 of the app now enables faster video sharing for users living in areas with poor network coverage. 

Here’s how it works. Photos will first backup videos in a low-res preview quality. Naturally, the smaller size of the files will allow for quicker upload times. As soon as you’re in an area with good coverage or a solid Wi-Fi connection, all low-res copies will be replaced with the original high-quality versions. 
Of course, this feature will also be useful even if you’re …

Google Maps is now Instagram, encourages users to upload food videos

In its never ending mission to map the world, Google is now encouraging Maps users to upload short, Instagram-style videos to the platform.

Users enrolled in the Local Guides program can record 10-second video clips from within Google Maps or upload the first 30 seconds of a video they’ve already taken. According to TechCrunch, the feature has been live for around two weeks, although Local Guides began receiving emails about it only yesterday. There’s currently no official announcement from Google, save for the “Tips” page that’s been linked in every …

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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First Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus promo videos are here

Today at IFA 2017, Sony unveiled three brand new smartphones: Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and Xperia XA1 Plus. Interestingly, the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, both of which offer high-end features, will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, likely being among the first in the world to do so. But the mid-range XA1 Plus (running Android 7 Nougat) is not to be overlooked, as it packs a generous 3430 mAh battery – the largest we’ve seen on a modern Sony phone thus far.

Trying to lure consumers into buying its new handsets, Sony released promo videos for each of them. As …

Samsung teases Galaxy Note 8 camera and S-Pen features in two new videos

Before Samsung reveals its next big thing, the South Korean company offers us a sneak peek at what to expect from the Galaxy Note 8. Two new video teaser hint to some of the features that Samsung believes are worth marketing before the phablet goes official.

The first video teases the optical zoom feature of the Galaxy Note 8’s camera, as well as the bokeh effect that users will be able to get while capturing shots. This comes in line with previous reports suggesting Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will feature 2x optical zoom or 3x zoom.

Of course, one of …

Apple releases videos showing how to get things done with the iPad, iPad Pro and iOS 11

Apple released several videos today showing the Apple iPad, iPad Pro, and iOS 11. The first video shows how you can take advantage of the new capabilities of the dock. You can customize the dock by dragging more apps to it. It also will show the last app that you used on your tablet, on your iPhone and even on your Mac. Long pressing on an app will reveal the latest files you have worked on.

Another video shows you “How to effortlessly scan, sign, and send a document with iOS 11.” This is done using the iPad Pro and iOS 11. That combination also teams up with an Apple Pencil in another video …

With the latest update, you can reply to messages on Instagram using videos and photos

A new feature on Instagram will allow users to respond to certain video, photos and reshared posts in Direct by sending photos or videos. The reply includes a sticker of the image that you are responding to. Get the ball rolling by tapping on “Reply,” just like you would do with any other response you would be sending. Pressing “Reply” automatically opens the camera. Snap a selfie and send it. This is part of the changes to the app found with the update to version 10.34 of Instagram for both iOS and Android.

In addition to responding to Direct posts via a picture or video, you can send a …