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  • Keybase Launches Teams, a Free End-to-End Encrypted Alternative to Slack

    Keybase Launches Teams, a Free End-to-End Encrypted Alternative to Slack
    Encryption messaging company Keybase launched a Slack-like open source team communications tool on Monday for macOS and iOS platforms.

    Called Keybase Teams, the fully encrypted platform supports groups as large as 500 people, with free access to a team's message history.


    Keybase is a new and free security app for mobile phones and computers. For the geeks among us: it's open source and powered by public-key cryptography. Keybase is for anyone. Imagine a Slack for the whole world, except end-to-end encrypted across all your devices. Or a Team Dropbox where the server can't leak your files or be hacked.
    Like Slack, once users have created a team in Keybase they can begin generating chats and channels. It's also possible to share encrypted files with team members. 

    Unlike Slack accounts however, users don't have to switch at the top level of the app. Teams can be casual and small, allowing them to blend into the user's inbox, while teams with multiple chat channels are grouped under "Big teams".

    Keybase Teams is a free download for Mac from the Keybase website, while the Keybase chat app is available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct Link]


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  • Pokémon GO Creator's Next Game Will Integrate Audio Cues into the AR Experience

    Pokémon GO Creator's Next Game Will Integrate Audio Cues into the AR Experience
    Pokémon GO creators Niantic are looking at ways to incorporate audio into future AR game experiences, according to the company's chief technology officer.

    Speaking on a panel discussing augmented reality at TechCrunch's Disrupt event, Niantic CTO Phil Keslin said that audio cues would mean players wouldn't have to awkwardly hold their phone up while interacting with games like GO.

    "I can tell you from experience that people don't do this," he said, mimicking how people playing an AR game would hold their phones. "It's very unnatural. It makes them look like a total doofus if they're doing it for an extended period of time," he added.

    "In Pokémon GO, the only time they really use it is to share their encounter with the Pokémon. To take that one picture, which is natural?. Everybody takes a picture, and then they're done. It's not walking around the world with the phone in front of their face," he said.
    Considering alternative solutions, Keslin suggested audio could be integrated into AR experience. "Audio is different," he said. "You can hide that." Most people today walk around with their audio earbuds stuck in their ears all the time, he noted. "Nobody knows that they're being augmented then."

    Keslin later explained that audio was something Niantic had toyed with when they were building Ingress, a location-based, augmented reality game considered a precursor to Pokémon GO.

    Audio integration was considered in a variety of ways, according to the CTO, for example, suggesting to players which location they should visit, or having their phone call them with further clues when they reached a waypoint. Another possibility was combining audio with a phone's sensors, like an accelerometer, to know what a person was doing. "AR is not just visual," he added.

    Asked if audio clues would ever come to Pokémon GO, Keslin told TechCrunch: "Maybe. Or maybe we'd use it in other games," he said, smiling. "We're not a one-game wonder."

    Related Roundup: Apple VR Project
    Tags: Pokémon GO, ARKit

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  • 'infltr' Photo Editing App Now Lets You Edit Photos Taken in Apple's Portrait Mode

    'infltr' Photo Editing App Now Lets You Edit Photos Taken in Apple's Portrait Mode
    Photo editing app infltr received an update on Monday that allows users to apply customizable filters to images and Live Photos containing depth information, or pictures taken in Apple's dual-camera Portrait Mode.

    In version 2.10 of infltr (short for "infinite filters"), users who capture a photo on an iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X using Portrait Mode are now able to toggle between the foreground and background to make separate edits to the two layers. infltr's developers describe it like so:
    On top of the colour information red, blue, green and alpha which makes a classic photo, if the photo is captured with depth enabled, an extra layer of information can be seen as a 3D map of the captured scene.

    ?This depth layer is leveraged by infltr to let you edit the background and foreground of your photos differently. This is extremely powerful and integrates seamlessly within infltr?s editor, allowing you to get more creative and highlight the region of your image that matters the most to you.
    infltr offers more than 7 million possible filters thanks to a color gradient mapping algorithm, and lets users choose a filter before they take a picture or record video. Moving a finger in any direction over the screen causes the photo filter to change its hue, while double-tapping shuffles the filter for a random pot-luck effect.

    infltr can be used to edit photos, videos, animated GIFs, and DSLR shots in HD without a loss in resolution, using over 10 included adjustment and transform tools. Users can also apply infltr filters to the live camera feed while in iMessage.


    As well as the ability to edit Portrait Mode photos, the latest update brings support for iOS 11, including the ability to edit photos stored in the new Files app, support for Drag and Drop, an improved iMessage app, new album management options, and the ability to revert filtered photos to their original version from the Camera Roll.

    infltr costs $1.99 and can be downloaded for iPad and iPhone (with Apple Watch support) from the App Store [Direct Link], although Apple is still offering users of its official Apple Store app special redeem codes to download infltr for free until October 1 [Direct Link]. The infltr offer can be found in the Discover section on the main store screen.

    Related Roundups: iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X
    Tag: infltr
    Buyer's Guide: iPhone (Buy Now), iPhone (Buy Now)

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  • August Announces Next-Generation $279 HomeKit-Compatible 'Smart Lock Pro'

    August Announces Next-Generation $279 HomeKit-Compatible 'Smart Lock Pro'
    August today announced the launch of several new smart home access products, including the August Smart Lock Pro, a redesigned August Smart Lock, and a new version of the August Doorbell Cam.

    According to August, the August Smart Lock Pro is the "most advanced smart lock on the market" with support for HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Z-Wave Plus. It includes DoorSense, an integrated sensor that lets users know if the door is open or closed when away from home. DoorSense is also able to lock the door instantly when the door is closed, an update from previous devices that required users to set the door to lock after a set time.

    Smart alerts, a beta feature, will let users know if the door has been left ajar for a set amount of time, and the lock will soon be able to deliver alerts about specific activities during a set timeframe, such as children arriving home from school in the afternoon.

    With HomeKit support, the Smart Lock Pro can be monitored from inside the Home app and it works with Siri commands like "Hey Siri, unlock my front door." It can also be used in combination with other smart products in Scenes and geofencing enables automatic unlocking when you arrive home or leave home.


    August sells the Smart Lock Pro with the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, which combine together to allow users to control and monitor their front door from anywhere. August charges $279 for the Smart Lock Pro bundle.
    Smart locks are playing an important role in the growth of the smart home," said Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home. "With the Smart Lock Pro, we created a lock that gives people total control over their front door in ways that aren't possible with a traditional lock. Now, people can make sure their door is closed and locked from anywhere. We're also expanding our offering to include a more affordable lock so everyone can make their door safer and smarter."
    The August Smart Lock, priced at $149, is designed to be a more affordable option for those looking to install a smart lock. It includes all of the features of previous-generation August Smart Locks, including the new DoorSense feature, but offers a simple new design with a traditional thumb turn to lock and unlock the door. It does not support HomeKit.


    Both the August Smart Lock and the August Smart Lock Pro replace the interior side of most standard deadbolts, leaving the exterior door hardware the same so a standard key can continue to be used.

    Rounding out August's list of new products is the $199 August Doorbell Cam Pro, a new version of the Doorbell Cam. There's no HomeKit support in the Doorbell Cam Pro, but the updated camera features a built-in flood light for color night time video and motion detection alerts when something's happening at the front door. A new feature called HindSight adds a few extra seconds to the beginning of a video recording so you can see what's happening just before motion is detected.


    August has also built improved video quality into the Doorbell Cam Pro for crisper video recording, and August Video Recording lets users replay, download, and share recordings from the August app. The Doorbell Cam Pro replaces an existing doorbell button and it offers a USB dock for easy setup ahead of installation.

    The August Smart Lock Pro and the August Smart Lock are available immediately in silver and dark gray, while the Doorbell Cam Pro can be pre-ordered and will begin shipping out in October.

    Tags: HomeKit, August

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  • Apple's 'TV' App Showing Up for Canadian and Australian Users Ahead of iOS 11 and tvOS 11 Launch

    Apple's 'TV' App Showing Up for Canadian and Australian Users Ahead of iOS 11 and tvOS 11 Launch
    Ahead of tomorrow's launch of iOS 11 and tvOS 11, the "TV" app has begun showing up for some Canadian and Australian users on iOS devices and the fourth-generation Apple TV.

    While the TV app appears to be rolling to users in Canada and Australia starting tonight, it is not yet available for all users, nor is it functional. MacRumors reader John, who is from Australia, said the TV app has shown up on his fourth-generation Apple TV but isn't loading content as of yet.


    Apple last Tuesday announced that the TV app would expand to Australia and Canada "later this month," but did not specify exactly when it would be released. Presumably, the app will become functional tomorrow after iOS 11 and tvOS 11 become available to the public.

    The TV app, which has been available in the United States since December of 2016, is designed to provide a centralized way to access all of the different television channels and content available through dedicated apps from major networks like HBO, CBS, NBC, FOX, and more.

    The TV app allows users to play TV shows and movies with a single click, and it syncs content across devices so it's always possible to pick up a TV show or movie being watched on one device on another device. Apple has also introduced content recommendations to help users discover new TV shows and movies to watch.

    More than 60 services are supported by the TV app, but with the expansion to new countries, Apple plans to add support for additional local content

    Later this year, Apple plans to expand the TV app to France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the UK.

    Related Roundups: Apple TV, tvOS 10
    Tags: Australia, Canada
    Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Buy Now)

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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 [...]