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  • Apple's ARKit Used to Recreate Classic A-ha 'Take On Me' Video

    Apple's ARKit Used to Recreate Classic A-ha 'Take On Me' Video
    Developers have been creating some impressive augmented reality apps and games with Apple's upcoming ARKit API, and the latest proof-of-concept video reimagines the video accompanying A-ha's 80s hit "Take On Me."

    The video, created by augmented reality studio Trixi, uses ARKit, Unity 3D assets, GameFlow, and animations made using Mixamo to combine real world visuals with black and white sketched characters in the "Take On Me" video style.


    The original A-Ha video featuring a sketched comic book character that comes to life took several months to create, but Trixi founder Chip Sineni told The Verge that the ARKit version took just a couple of days.

    "The hardest part was not having the all the live video receive the post effect," said Sineni. "But [we] really wanted that effect of turning your world into the 'Take on Me' experience, not a baked in experience."

    ARKit is set to position the iPhone and the iPad as the largest augmented reality platform when it launches alongside iOS 11. Developers have created a wide range of content using ARKit, ranging from the practical applications like room measurements and furniture placement to games.

    The first apps able to take advantage of ARKit will launch this fall.


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  • Google Launches 'Trusted Contacts' Location Sharing App on iOS

    Google Launches 'Trusted Contacts' Location Sharing App on iOS
    Following an Android launch last December, Google recently announced that its location sharing app, "Trusted Contacts," is out now on the iOS App Store [Direct Link]. The company described the app as a way for users to get together in everyday situations, as well as in emergency scenarios where they can let friends and family know that they're safe.

    Now that the app is on both Android and iOS, cross-platform location sharing is available so you can keep track of any friends and family members no matter if they own an iPhone or Android smartphone, so long as they're also using Trusted Contacts. Similar to the Android app, the iOS app supports offline use, showing those who can see your location where you were last before you went offline.


    Google highlighted a few features on the Trusted Contacts App Store page, including integration with Google Maps and its "Share Location" feature that launched in March:

    • Add your closest friends and family as trusted contacts.
    • Allow trusted contacts to request your location. If everything?s fine, you can deny the request. If you?re unable to respond, your last known location is shared automatically within a custom timeframe (works even if you?re offline or your phone is out of battery).
    • Proactively share your location if you feel unsafe or find yourself in an emergency.
    • Integration with Google Maps location sharing, so you can easily enable permanent location sharing with selected contacts and find them directly within Google Maps.
    Location sharing is a popular, and controversial, feature of many apps nowadays. Most recently, Snapchat launched the "Snap Map," which lets users share and update their location on an animated map any time Snapchat is open. Likewise, Facebook Messenger launched "Live Location" earlier this year, letting friends send their location to one another directly within text conversations.

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  • eBay Announces Image Search Feature Coming to iOS App This Fall

    eBay Announces Image Search Feature Coming to iOS App This Fall
    eBay today announced two new features coming to its mobile apps this fall, called "Image Search" and "Find it on eBay," both of which leverage photography and images to fuel the discovery of new products on eBay. The company said that both new features use computer vision and deep learning to be able to find matching product listings using only images.

    Image Search will be coming to iOS and Android, and allows users to take a picture of something they want to buy -- or upload an existing image from the Camera Roll -- and use it as a search tool that sifts through more than 1.1 billion eBay listings to find items that match. Find it on eBay will be Android-only at launch, and it allows shoppers on other social networks to tap a "share" card and upload the image of a product, crop it, and use it as a search tool within the eBay app.

    ?Moments of shopping inspiration can come at any time, whether you?re walking down the street or browsing your social media feed,? said Mohan Patt, Vice President of Buyer Experience, eBay. ?At eBay, we?re focused on creating new complementary technology that helps our millions of shoppers easily find the things they love at the best value. eBay Image Search and Find It On eBay make it possible for people to shop eBay using any image or photo that inspires them.?
    The company said it developed Image Search during its internal "Hack Week," an annual company-wide challenge that pits employees against one another in a friendly competition to discover ways to bolster eBay's marketplace using new technology. The team that had the idea for Image Search won Hack Week in 2015 and has added more members and built upon its original features in the subsequent years, with eBay noting it expects "to launch more computer vision products in the coming months."

    eBay hopes the new image-focused search features will help reduce the time users spend searching for items on its marketplace with a more seamless solution, as well as occasionally present buyers with new and unexpected items that wouldn't have been discovered using traditional text searches.

    Pinterest launched a similar feature earlier this year called "Lens," letting users take pictures of real-world objects to use as a search tool for related products and images on the Pinterest website and app. At the time, Pinterest noted that Lens worked best with home decor, clothing, and food, but the company said it will make continual improvements so the app can learn to recognize new items.

    For its app, eBay didn't say whether specific items work best with Image Search and Find it on eBay, but today's press releases are heavily focused on clothing items. Both features will begin rolling out to eBay's mobile apps sometime this fall.

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  • Apple Partners With Cochlear to Launch First Made for iPhone Hearing Implant

    Apple Partners With Cochlear to Launch First Made for iPhone Hearing Implant
    Apple has partnered with hearing implants company Cochlear to launch the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant, which can stream audio from a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch directly to a surgically embedded sound processor (via TechCrunch). Cochlear implants are reserved for people with profound hearing loss that traditional hearing aids can't help to alleviate, and consist of both an internal and external component.

    Thanks to the Apple-approved certification, patients can control the Cochlear implant directly from their Apple device and not have to download and launch a separate iOS app. Users can navigate to their iPhone Settings app, click General, and then Accessibility, and find their the Cochlear hearing implant -- with a Nucleus 7 Sound Processor -- listed for them under "hearing devices."

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    ?The approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is a turning point for people with hearing loss, opening the door for them to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime calls streamed directly to their Cochlear implant,? Cochlear CEO Chris Smith said in a statement. ?This new sound processor builds on our long-standing commitment to help more people with hearing loss connect with others and live a full life.?
    After being paired, users can control the implant's volume using their iOS device's volume controls, and any audio can be sent into the implant including phone calls and music playback. In addition, the external component of the Nucleus 7 is said to have a longer battery while being smaller and 24 percent lighter than the previous version of the device.

    There have been other audio-assisting technologies that Apple has showcased in the past, like the ReSound LiNX 3D hearing aid, and speaking with TechCrunch the company reiterated its intent to push accessibility features in every version of iOS.
    ?We wanted to see something that could become ubiquitous out in the world,? Apple?s Sarah Herrlinger, senior manager for global accessibility policy and initiatives told TechCrunch. ?We want everybody to use our technology and to say ?wow my iPhone is the best piece of technology I?ve ever used before??with every iteration of our operating system our goal is to add in new accessibility features in order to expand the support that we can give to people all over the world.?
    In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day this year, Apple held a concert at One Infinite Loop with headliner Stevie Wonder performing for employees during the event. Following the release of a collection of accessibility-focused "designed for" videos, CEO Tim Cook sat down and talked about macOS and iOS accessibility features with YouTubers who use these features daily.


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  • Facebook's 'Higher End' Version of YouTube Said to Be Ready for Mid-August Launch

    Facebook's 'Higher End' Version of YouTube Said to Be Ready for Mid-August Launch
    Earlier in May, news came out that Facebook was working to develop a slate of television shows that would combine short 5-10 minute videos with big-budget, cable-length dramatic series in a new video section on the popular social network. After a delay, people familiar with the company's plans are pointing towards a mid-August debut for the new TV-focused Facebook update (via Bloomberg).

    Facebook is said to be asking its video partners to deliver the first episodes of their "spotlight shows," mainly focusing on the shorter and more inexpensive programs that will run under 10 minutes in length. The longer marquee series will launch "later on the site," and presumably on the main iOS app and video-focused Apple TV app.

    Facebook Video for Apple TV launched earlier in February

    Despite being delayed numerous times already, the people close to the project said that "further delays could occur." Eventually, the new video section of Facebook will combine both scripted and user-generated content, with Bloomberg describing Facebook's aim to create a "higher end" version of YouTube. While the company is funding hour-long, TV-style shows, those close to the project said that it is refraining from directly competing with the likes of Netflix, HBO, and Showtime.
    The company has been asking its partners to turn in the first episodes of their spotlight shows, the people said. Some already have finished these short-form, inexpensive programs. Facebook is also funding higher-end TV-style shows, which will be launched later on the site, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren?t public.

    The new video section will offer the social network?s more than 2 billion users a mix of scripted and user-generated content. Facebook aims to make something higher-end than Google?s YouTube, but it?s not competing with video producers such as Netflix, HBO and Showtime.
    Even though it doesn't want to enter the market as a competitor to such big networks, Facebook hopes to use the TV content to gain a cut of the overall advertising market that's traditionally associated with cable networks. To this end, Facebook has already hired former MTV executive Mina Lefevre to oversee its push into original TV shows, one of which is said to be a dating series from media partner Condé Nast.

    Original TV production is becoming a focus for many companies that aren't normally associated with scripted television content, with Snapchat having already launched short-form shows on its app, and Twitter gearing up for a big 24/7 live news network in partnership with Bloomberg.

    Apple Music has also become Apple's home for its first original TV content, having debuted Planet of the Apps in June and getting ready for the launch of Carpool Karaoke: The Series in August. Down the line, Apple intends to launch its own traditional TV-length dramatic content with shows from potential partners like J.J. Abrams, guided by two former Sony executives who are helping to create the slate of original TV shows.


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  • Mobile Gaming Technology

    Mobile Gaming Technology
    With the rapid advancement of mobile technology over the past decade many industries have been struggling to keep up or, rather, they are falling behind in terms of grasping and making the most of the opportunities that mobile internet can provide. Advertising is obviously one area and many sections of the market either overlook mobile [...]
  • iPhone Evolution in 2013

    iPhone Evolution in 2013
    The launch of smartphones has contributed to further growth within the online gaming market and in particular to the gambling industry. Through numerous sites that allow live gambling and the personal reach in audience through smartphones, the industry has experienced a further boost. Sports betting and online casino companies in particular have taken advantage of [...]
  • Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?

    Should You Upgrade Your iPhone?
    iPhones are notorious for new versions and with each new upgrade consumers wonder whether or not they should trade in their last model. The latest iPhone models are sure to have better features than those that were previously released and there are a number of websites set up to help users to sell their old [...]
  • Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket

    Protecting Your iPhone with an Aluminum Jacket
    iPhones do not come cheap and because of this, many users want to protect them from damage. There are aluminum jackets available that will help to protect your iPhone and many of these jackets are very stylish. They are designed to perfectly fit various iPhone versions without having to actually squeeze the phone into the [...]
  • DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses

    DAB Digital Radio Advertising Benefits to Businesses
    More and more consumers are beginning to listen to digital radio which gives businesses an excellent platform to advertise their products and services. Radio is considered to be one of the greatest forms of advertising and with many UK consumers switching from FM to digital radio, many businesses have begun to look at the benefits [...]
 
 
 
 
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  • iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net

    iPhone 4 Forum dot net moves to iPhoneForums.net
    With the announcement of the new Verizon iPhone 4 heading to Verizon, we also have some big news.  iPhone4Forum.net is now iPhoneForums.net.  Under the new name we will cover all Apple iPhone devices but are main focus is still on the Apple iPhone 4.  If you haven't been there before please stop by and say [...]
  • Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!

    Verizon iPhone 4 Announced!
    Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon.   For more details visit http://www.iPhoneForums.net BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California?January 11, 2011?Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be [...]
  • Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International

    Wesley Snipes Launches His Own iPhone Game, Julius Styles: The International
    Actor Wesley Snipes, who is currently in prison in Pennsylvania serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion, will soon be starring in his very own action-strategy iOS game, called Julius Styles: The International. Snipes plays the part of the game?s protagonist, Julius Styles, an international ?Facilitator? in a world of money, power, sex and murder. [...]
  • Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone

    Verizon to Offer Unlimited Data Plans for iPhone
    On the eve of the joint Verizon Wireless /Apple event where they are expected to unveil the Verizon Wireless iPhone, The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon will be offering unlimited data-use plans with the iPhone to its customers, according to its sources. As the WSJ points out, this would put clear blue water between [...]
  • E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad

    E.D.F: Earth Defense Force Coming Soon to iPhone and iPad
    Classic SNES game E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force is coming very soon to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad according to developer and publisher DotEmu. One of the great Japanese shooter-arcade games of the 90s, Earth Defense Force was first developed and published way back in 1991 as a coin-op game by Jaleco Ltd., before being [...]