The iPhone X home button "dongle" is bizarre: A journey through the strange world of aftermarket Apple accessories

It’s not easy to let go of things that we are convinced are important to us, in some way or another, be it for their perceived practical or sentimental values. This holds true for many things in life, even when it comes to otherwise inconsequential in the grand scheme of things material possessions, such as souvenirs, old photographs, and other mementos of days past. But the same also holds true not only for items of sentimental value—the merits of which can be defended by their owners, and rightfully so—but also for thoroughly utilitarian things as well. Things like, …


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's new ad hints that with the iPad Pro, we are close to a post-PC world

Apple says that with the iPad Pro and iOS 11, a post-PC world is closer than we think. And that is the focus of a new ad for the device that was released yesterday by Apple. It isn’t until the very end of the commercial when you understand what Apple is trying to say in 60 seconds. A young girl named Scout (maybe 11 or so) hops on her bike, carrying her iPad Pro in a bag. It’s a busy day for this young iPad Pro user as she meets a friend on an apartment stoop, and works on a report about insects (using the camera to take a picture of a praying mantis).

Our heroine then sits down …

The United States is no longer the second-largest phone market in the world

Just a few years ago, the United States was the world’s biggest phone market with millions of devices being sold each year, but as China’s standard of living grew and phone prices decreased, China grew to become the world’s largest phone market.
This state of things has remained steady in the past couple of years, but it did change this last quarter.
As of Q3 2017, the United States has dropped further in this ranking to number three, as India overcame it to take the second spot, according to Singapore-based Canalys.
Of …

The Google Pixel Buds' Translate feature may just change the world

Amidst the presentation of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, advanced cameras, and miniaturized Home smart assistant, Google announced something pretty awesome, which we feel deserves its spotlight — the Translation feature of the Pixel Buds!

So, yeah, the Pixel Buds are the new wireless earphones by Google, mirroring the launch of products like the Apple AirPods and Samsung Gear IconX. What makes Google’s buds special? Well, they can pair up with the Pixel and use Google’s super-sophisticated translation engine to deliver real-time translation between 40 different languages. Here’s …

Download this: Holo's AR app puts 'holograms' into the world around you

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Now that iOS 11 is out, augmented reality apps are becoming some of the most entertaining apps in the App Store, thanks to Apple’s ARKit. 

While we’ve seen AR apps meant to help you buy furniture or bring children’s books to life, Holo’s take on the new feature will be more familiar to fans of Snapchat. 

The app allows you to record videos with 3D “holograms” (which is how 3D animations are referred to in the app) of animals, movie characters, and celebrities overlaid onto your surroundings. Similar to Snapchat’s dancing Bitmoji lenses, you can reposition and resize Holo’s animations as you’re recording. Read more…

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Levi's Woke jeans let you show the world how tuned in you are

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On Saturday Night Live, Levi’s Woke jeans ask a simple question: If you’re woke, why aren’t your jeans?

This faux-ad, featuring Ryan Gosling, some random kid, and an assortment of SNL cast members, is built to appeal to a generation that sometimes seems more concerned with getting the lingo right than actually fostering positive change in the world. If you see these things and nod approvingly, maybe spend some time looking inward.

If, on the other hand, you see this sketch and think “Holy crap, they’re next-gen JNCOs,” well… you’re not really wrong. Read more…

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September 29th update coming to Super Mario Run brings new new character, new world and 50% off deal

Remember last December when Nintendo released the Super Mario Run game for iOS? On March 22nd of this year, the game was made available for Android users. For a period of time following the launch of the game on each platform, there was a flurry of activity as fans of Nintendo in general, and Mario is particular, installed the app. The game is free, by the way, but that gives you only limited game play. It costs $9.99 if you want to unlock the entire game.

While the excitement of Super Mario Run has died down, Nintendo is hoping to raise the “thrill” level with an update to both the iOS …

iOS became one of the largest AR-capable platforms in the world overnight thanks to ARKit

iOS 11 arrived yesterday, and apart from the multitude of major and incremental touch-ups to the interface, it also introduced a potentially game-breaking new feature for all compatible devices that easily makes Apple’s iPhones the current leading AR-capable devices on a global basis. This happened overnight, and both users and developers are still beginning to realize the potential of openly-available and easily-approachable augmented reality that’s available for the masses right now.
Apple is leading the AR game… for nowUnveiled back at …

1955: Walking the streets of Belfast, shipbuilding capital of the world

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The cargo ship Foylebank under construction at the Harland & Wolff shipyard. The ship was later renamed Patroclos.

IMage: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland emerged as one of the shipbuilding capitals of the world.

The sprawling Harland & Wolff shipyards cranked out thousands of Navy cruisers, monitors, aircraft carriers and civilian ocean liners, including one famously massive and ill-fated one.

In 1955, Picture Post photographer Bert Hardy visited the city, wandering the bustling shipyards and lively streets. Read more…

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