gTasks – To-do and Task Management App that Syncs with Your Google Account

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If you’re like most people, you have a constantly growing set of “to-do’s”. And while it’s truly satisfying to cross off one-at-a-time, it’s equally easy to forget what you need to do when you’re not in front of your list.

That’s where gTasks comes in.

gTasks is a simple and efficient to-do and task management app that syncs with your Google account.

You can customize your to-do list, set a reminder, send tasks to your friends, family members or colleagues and sync with your Google tasks perfectly.

With it, you will never miss a task and focus on what really matters in your life.

It not only makes sure you never miss a task, but it also keeps your tasks organized. You can sort them by date, name, or priority. And you can easily re-arrange with drag and drop functions.

Have a big task that has subtasks? gTasks does that too – just indent and you have a subset quickly created.

And if your task-list gets long, there’s an easy-to-use search function within it that’ll help you find keywords.

So if you want to manage your to-dos and stay on top of your life, download the gTasks app on your iOS or Mac today.

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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.

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

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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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The Essential Marketing Tool

If you are an OS X or iOS developer, or if you offer Apple-centric services pertaining to that marketplace, you might have a little trouble finding out how to get people to hear about your product. prMac is the only exclusively-Apple press release distribution website out there. Press releases are a vital marketing tool in ensuring a successful launch of your product. By constructing the right press release with pertinent information and distributing it to the right outlets you get the word out there in one fell swoop, and prMac is with you every step of the way.

Getting yourself and your product out there can be hard, especially at first. prMac makes it simple and easy. They provide a platform where you can easily fill out information on your product or service following simple step-by-step instructions. When you are done, your release is sent to an editor who moderates it, and can even offer you feedback on ways to make the press release more effective. Once your press release is approved and ready for distribution, they send it out to a media list. Each press release goes to a different media partner depending on its channel or interest, so your campaign is tailored especially for people who are searching for something like you have to offer. prMac offers Extended Releases for enhanced visibility, including Google News and media aggregation and even Video News Releases that are sent out along with the Extended Release.

Are you ready to get your product on the radar and start driving results? Registering with prMac and distributing through their platform is free and there are also other paid options for enhanced exposure. Head to prmac.com to get started today.

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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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Plan Your Perfect Cruise

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Alright, so the summer months are finally upon us. Have you planned your next vacation yet? If you are one of the millions of people who have and are considering a cruise, be sure to be smart and check out the Cruise Commander app first. Cruise Commander is your ultimate companion tool when planning the perfect cruise. It was created specifically to make the entire experience as easy as possible on you.

The process is easy. You first start by researching various ships and cruise lines. The app has information on over 200 cruise ships and 30 cruise lines. With all this information you can be sure you will pick the perfect one for you. After that, you can plan each day of the cruise by checking your arrival and departure dates from over 1,000 ports in over 200 countries. If you are interested you can even research port history, browse photos of the ports and places of interests, get weather forecasts, and even see foreign exchange rates. And that’s just the beginning. This app is literally with you every step of the way- from planning the cruise to the end. Once you set out on your journey make sure to use Cruise Commander to log your experience with photos and notes. And for safe measure you can use the port maps so you don’t get lost when you are at call. What makes this app really great is that they are offline, so there is no need to worry about WiFi.

Ready to have a relaxing time on your cruise without worrying about whether or not you picked the right one? Cruise Commander is available on your iPad for free so head on over to the App Store to download it today.

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