Instagram Drops New Features and Kills One

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By: Hazel Lovely Saunders

A couple of weeks ago Instagram released a surprising new feature called Stories, which allows you to share all the moments throughout your day. Similar to rival app Snapchat, stories consists of mini video clips or pictures stay up for 24 hours, appearing as a mini slideshow or video series. Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, attempted to purchase Snapchat a couple of years ago. They couldn’t buy the app, but that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t integrate their ideas in their app.

But Instagram released a feature that Snapchat doesn’t have: zooming. This gives the users the ability to zoom in on other users’ photos and videos by pinching the post. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for iPhone users, but they say it will be released soon on Android.

The new zoom feature allows marketers to get even more creative with content on Instagram. Instead of watching a video in one perspective, users can now zoom around and choose a certain focus to view.

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Instagram will also take advantage of the new iPhone 7 plus dual camera. Courtesy of Tech Crunch.

The problem with this new feature is that Instagram images content can look grainy if you zoom in too much. But this isn’t stopping users from using this new feature—there’s even a trending hashtag about Instagram’s latest addition.

These features are here to stay, but the photo map feature is on its way out. This classic feature allowed you to see a map of where a users’ photos were taken (if you allowed it). Instagram said in a statement to Mashable, “Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities.”

So what are your thoughts? Are you sad to see the Photo-Map feature go? Or are you happy that you can zoom? Tweet us your thoughts @NewsWatchTV.

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Five Entertainment Tech Trends You Should Know

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By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Creativity is the working body in the entertainment industry. And with recent advances in technology, creatives are finding insane ways to incorporate tech into entertainment. From virtual reality headsets in movie theaters to CGI in Fast 7. You never know what new technology will be up next for the industry.

  1. Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer technology that uses software-generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensations to channel a real environment.

The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, accumulated $2.5m in funding on Kickstarter and was available for the blockbuster film “Interstellar” to let audiences interact with the movie’s spacecraft and explore areas in the film. Hopefully we get to watch all movies on VR.

 

VR isn’t only popular in watching movies, but it’s the new trend in gaming. You’ll find VR gaming headsets from all the tech giants. For example, Samsung released their Gear VR while Sony is in the works for a headset for PlayStation 4. Additionally, Valve Software and HTC are working on Vive.

  1. Augmented Reality (AR)

Now augmented reality (AR) is found in the latest addition, Pokémon Go. This technology blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer generated. Basically a mix of virtual reality, computer-generated environments, and what’s in the real world in real time.

In Pokémon Go players use their mobile device’s GPS capability to capture, battle and train virtual created, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real world.

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But Pokémon Go isn’t the only one in the AR arena, Microsoft is currently working on a high-profile HoloLens project, and Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company is working on augmented reality.

  1. High Dynamic Range

High-dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a high dynamic range (HDR) technique used in imagining and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range. It’s better visual experience with greater contrast—highlights, brighter colors and a lifelike images.

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An example of HDRI is 4K TV. This tech is on the rise, but it probably needs to be watched on a huge TV to notice the difference. This tech can also be found in compact cameras like the new Nikon DL series feature 4K video. Although 4K can be very crisp it takes a lot of memory storage and a strong hard drive to import videos.

  1. Real-Time Cloud Rendering

Cloud rendering is a fast process of creating constant-shape clouds for games and flight simulators. Basically rendering of clouds in real-time. This technology can be used to render complex game image son mobile devices. Major studios use this to cut visual effects costs.

Atomic Fiction’s Conductor is in the lead for these visual effects technique and helped the visual effects for the movie, “The Walk”.

  1. Light Field

A light field camera captures information about the light field emanating from a specific scene; that includes, the intensity of light of the scene and the direction that the light rays are traveling in space. This gives the photographer flexibility to shoot first and choose the focus, aperture and settings after.

This is a time-saver for film shoots. Instead of multiple cameras for different focus points, this will capture it all in one shot. You can edit and change the settings after each shot to satisfy which image you want.

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Ars Electronica 2013 – Lytro light-field photography

Companies Otoy and Lytro offer light-field capturing devices. Other companies like nVidia is also researching this field.

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The 5 Kickstarter Campaigns You Need To Watch For

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By Hazel-Lovely Saunders

Kickstarter has built a crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. They give creative minds an opportunity to showcase their product on a campaign so people can take a took at what creative products are surfacing. Their mission is to bring creative projects to life. Here is a list of five projects to watch for on Kickstarter.

  1. KeyMAX G5 Titanium Clip-On Key Ring & 22 in 1 Multi-tool EDC

Need something convenient? Ready to go and lightweight? There’s the new Clip-On G5 Titanium Unibody Key Ring & Multi-Tool EDC. With 22 features that is built for anything that comes your way, its like a mini on-the-go tool box and survivor gadget.

KeyMax Dimensions: 3.70” Wide x 1.20” Deep x .140” Thick

22 Features

Uni-Body Key Ring, Bottle opener, 10 Wrench sizes, 2 Spoke Wrenches, ¼” Hex Driver with Built-in Hex bit Holder and added O-Ring, Letter opener, Wire Stripper, Emergency Can Opener, Glass Breaker, Soda can popper, Paint Can Opener, and many more.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

There will also be versions of the classic RocketHEX and MicrosharkHEX with O-Rings.

  1. LIFT

A new innovative levitating system that charges your Apple Watch or Pebble. Life is the only smartwatch charges that levitates your device in midair. The charging base is lightweight and portable. Lift is also a portable battery charger giving you two full charges on your smartwatch. Although it’s the only system to charge and levitate your smartwatch, it can also charge your phone (but it won’t levitate it.)

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Courtesy of Kickstarter.

What’s it made of?

High quality aluminum and ceramic, and more.

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The Orb

When your smartwatch it’s not being charged, it can also be used as a smart lamp. The Orb is the very first wireless smart lamp in the business. It even magnetically attaches to any metal surface for your convenience.

The best thing about this charging system is that it doesn’t kill your battery life. Once your watch reaches 100% it will intelligently turn off to protect the lifespan of your smartwatch.

  1. ALCHEMA
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Courtesy of Kickstarter.

ALCHEMA is a new brewing system that enables you to turn your fruits into your own flavor of hard cider in three easy steps. With Alchema you can create your cider within 2 weeks. This new system is great for everyone especially beginners. With just three easy steps you can make your own drinks.

How it works?

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Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Don’t forget about the Alchema app on iOS and Android devices. The app helps you explore a variety of recipes, monitor your brewing process, and even share a recipe you created.

  1. RoVa4D Full Color Blender 3D Printer
Courtesy of Kickstarter.

Courtesy of Kickstarter.

The RoVa4D works by extruding spate cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white filaments into a single patent pending hot end where they blend together into a single nozzle. This new printer lets you print unlimited colors in one single print. The RoVa4d has three separate hot ends. One prints in any color, hue, tone, tints, or shade. The second one is dedicated to flexible materials like Ninjaflex, and the third is a dissolvable support material.

How does it work?

With just 5 colors you can produce ANY color in the world, any hue, tint, shade or tone.

  1. WOOLF: Speed Trap Ahead

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WOOLF is the perfect for bikers and car drivers to be warned about speed traps, red light camera, and school zones. It is made of high quality water-resistant leather and it wraps around your wrist so your eyes are paying attention on the road.

How it works?

woolf1WOOLF pairs with iOS and Android devices. The app measures speed and constantly updates zones around you. The wristband vibrates in different levels so you know when to slow down.

The testing prototype provides 15 days of battery (2 hours per day) while “driving” and recharging takes approximately 3 hours.

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The Essential App For All Stylists

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Eyebrow makeovers and Eyelash Extensions are 2 of this year’s most talked about beauty salon services. But who are you going to trust with the “windows to your soul?” Check out the app Virtual Stylist Lash and Brow.

 

It was made specifically for lash & brow professionals to close the trust and communication gap between lash artist & client. Clients step up to the “magic mirror”, which instantly tracks their features using facial recognition technology as they move in the mirror. Now a client can see exactly what they – themselves – look like with a custom designed lash & brow makeover. They see themselves – not a photo of somebody else – in a seamless replay of Augmented Reality that’s delivered instantly so it looks real-time. With thousands of customizations, the client consultation is transformed into an engaging virtual experience…and all you need is an iPad. You can take it to a networking event, cause a commotion on the Beauty Tradeshow floor, or bring cutting edge technology to the cosmetology classroom. This app could really change how stylists are able to communicate realistic options to current and potential clients. Everyone wants to see lashes and brows on a moving and realistic view of themselves instead of a picture or a stranger. No one’s face is the same (save for identical twins) and therefore eyebrows and eyelashes will look different on every single person. The Virtual Stylist Lash and Brow app is a game-changing tool for the industry.

The Virtual Stylist Lash and Brow app is available for the iPad for $249. Go to the App Store to download it today.

 

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10 Apps You Need this Summer

Summer is still here. And no matter what your plans are for the warmer months, we found 10 apps that will make your summer even better.

  1. Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App ($0.99) – Have you ever been out enjoying the sun and then wondered whether or not your sunscreen was still protecting you? Seriously, nobody wants to get sunburn. The Wolfram Sun Exposure Reference App is a must-have for all your beach and pool trips. It gives you personalized results based on your location, date and time, skin type, and more. Sun Exposure 211
  2. Bandsintown Concerts (Free) – Can we all agree that summer is concert season? This free app is available on both iOS and Android. Quickly track your favorite artists and discover when they are touring near you. Buy tickets and share concert details with your friends. If you are planning on going to any concerts this summer, this app is absolutely essential. bandsintown211
  3. GrillTime ($1.99) – Thinking of grilling at all this summer? Then GrillTime will make it even more enjoyable. Available on iOS devices, this app will make grilling less stressful. All you have to do is let it know what meat you’re grilling, thickness, and level of doneness and then it will let you know the perfect grilling time and temperature. It also allows you to step away from the grill and hang out with your guests. Don’t worry, it will let you know when it is time to flip and when it’s ready.grilltime211
  4. Hopper (Free) – Everyone travels during the summer. Why not take advantage of technology and use an app to analyze different flight deals? Every day, Hopper analyzes different flight prices and tells you when to buy your tickets. Never worry about whether or not you should have waited to get the best deal, Hopper states they can save you up to 40% on your next flight. You can also store your payment info so when you are notified by a deal, you can quickly secure your seats. hopper211
  5. Along the Way ($2.99) – If you’ve ever been on a road trip of any kind, then you know that it can be hard to find the perfect spots to stop and take a rest or get a bite to eat. Along the Way helps you save time and enjoy your vacation while finding spots for you along the way. Find coffee, food, bars, parks, shopping, and more while you enjoy your trip.along the way211
  6. Paprika ($4.99) – Ever find a recipe you want to try only to find it extremely difficult to locate it again on the internet? Paprika can help you organize and save your recipes, create meal plans, and make grocery lists. Even better, it lets you seamlessly sync all your data across your devices. paprika211
  7. Kindle app (free) – You don’t have to have a Kindle or e-reader to enjoy some summer e-reading. Automatically sync up books purchased on Amazon.com to your devices and enjoy reading anywhere. With over 4,000,000 books and audiobooks on this app, there’s no excuse to be bored this summer. Pay for a book once and then you can read it on any of your devices. kindle211
  8. Field Trip (free) – If you’re traveling anywhere at all this summer, Field Trip is there to make it even more exciting. It runs in the background of your phone. Once you get close to something interesting, it will then show a card with details about the location. Learn about local history and the best places to hang out. Feel like a local when you’re traveling or learn some history about your own neighborhood.fieldtrip211
  9. Sky Guide ($2.99) – Warm summer nights are perfect for stargazing. Whatever your experience level is with astronomy, this app will enhance your experience. Locate constellations, galaxies, or planets – Sky Guide is there to help you see it all.skyguide211
  10. GetMyBoat (free) – Want to be out on the water this summer but don’t own a boat? No problem, GetMyBoat is a peer-to-peer boat rental and charter marketplace. Easily search and book boats to rent in any location.  getmyboat211

 

What apps do you think are essential for summer? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter.

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New Siri Capabilities Are Coming to Apple TV This Summer

By: Kassidy Coleman

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There’s no doubt that the way we interact with TVs has changed drastically, especially with the advent of Apple TV. Interacting with apps on TVs is something that is becoming less uncommon. A few days ago at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, announcements were made about a lot of new features for the Apple TV. For years, people have been begging Apple to make Apple TV easier to control. One of the tvOS announcements we’re most excited about is the updated version of the Remote app for iPads and iPhones that will make many people happy.

Closeup of person's hand holding Apple TV remoteSo if you have Apple TV, you know that the remote it comes with is super sleek and tiny. While the overall design of the remote is aesthetically pleasing, at the same time let’s be real – Sometimes when we’re binge watching Netflix, we lose that remote deep in the couch cushions. That’s why it’s great to have the Remote app on your iPhone or iPad. Now Apple is going to make that remote app even more of a lifesaver for us by adding Siri capabilities.

Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, stated, “The future of TV is apps, and Siri on the Apple TV has changed the way we interact with our television and these expanded features will continue to deliver viewers what they want to watch even faster. There are over 6,000 apps to enjoy on your Apple TV including over 1,300 video channels, which are even more fun to watch with the new Siri features combined with single sign-on.”

 

Right now Apple is on a mission to make Apple TV an interactive, easy experience. In the Remote app, Siri will now really work as your personal assistant by helping you find whatever you’re looking for. So say you’re with friends and you’re in the mood to watch a scary movie, you’ll be able to ask Siri to find movies by topics. Just say “find scary 90’s movies” and Siri instantly gives you results. We already know that Siri has been able to search through 650,000 TV shows and movies, but now it will be able to search YouTube too. All you have to do is ask it something like “cute puppies” and the YouTube app brings up search results for you.

 

Additionally, there is a new feature called live tune-in. This feature will allow you to navigate to any channel, such as ESPN2 just by asking Siri.

 

We’re excited to see these changes to tvOS. What do you think about these new Siri capabilities coming to Apple TV? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

Save Money on Your Car Insurance

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Okay, quick survey. Raise your hand if you would like to save money on car insurance. Get ‘em up. One, two…okay it looks like everybody is sick of paying an arm and a leg on their car insurance. Well then we have got just the thing for you. Metromile is a pay-per-mile car insurance producer that helps you save money based on the amount you drive.

 

Metromile is the easiest way to save money on your car insurance. By simply attaching a plug-in to your car’s OBD-II port, Metromile can track how much you are driving and bill you accordingly. What is amazing is customers typically save an average of $500 a year using this system. Seriously, think about what you could be doing with all that extra cash. Metromile is a great and cheaper alternative to traditional car insurance. It is especially great if you are someone who does not really rack up many miles on their car as much as someone living in a more rural area might. Metromile also comes with an accompanying app that allows you to check and monitor things like how your speed varies on a trip, how much you spend on gas, how long your drive takes, and where you parked your car. What’s more is you can even check in with a mechanic with questions if something like your check engine light comes on. Pretty cool, right? Currently Metromile is available in seven states: Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Are you ready to start saving money on car insurance and feeling more protected? The free app is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Go check out metromile.com/insurance for more information and to sign up today.

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