Apple watchOS 7 will not only have shareable and discoverable watch face configurations, but sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, additional workout types as well as a new hearing health feature. Plus, Maps has also been updated with cycling directions and Siri now offers language translation. Read more for a first look at watchOS 7.
Some may have heard about the Playdate by Panic, a portable game console that was first introduced last May, but there hasn’t really been anything new until now. Just to recap, it boasts a black-and-white 1-bit screen, four-way directional pad, two game buttons, and a mechanical crank on the side. Nic Magnier, a game developer, managed to port the classic id Software game DOOM, to the console, complete with a hand cranked chaingun. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Google introduced a new feature for Lens that lets you copy and paste handwritten notes directly to your computer. To test it out, you’ll need the latest version of Google Lens or Google app and Chrome – available for both Android and iOS users. Next, open the Google Lens app or tap on the Lens button on the Google app, point your smartphone’s camera lens towards your handwritten notes, take a photo, select the text you want, tap ‘copy to computer’, and you’re done. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
People working from home or students taking online classes are probably familiar with communication apps like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, but there’s one that you may not have heard of. Called Houseparty, it’s essentially a video-chatting app that lets hold virtual parties with up to 8 people. For those who don’t know, the makers of Fortnite, Epic Games, acquired this platform back in June 2019 for an undisclosed amount, so they definitely have the infrastructure to handle the influx of new users. Read more for a video and additional information.
Coronavirus cases are surging in South Korea and app developers are looking to help stop its spread. Developers are now using public government data to enable users to see how close they are to where a confirmed Covid-19 patient has been. Once downloaded, the app shows the date a patient was confirmed with the disease, their demographic data, and most importantly, their location history. Read more for a video and additional information.
New iPhone models are set to debut this year, and that means iOS 14 is on the horizon, but some may have gotten their hands on an early build even before the operating system is released to developers. This leaked video gives us a glimpse at a redesigned multitasking experience that is unlike the existing single-row view, but rather has multiple windows on a single screen. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Apple just announced that all users in the United States can now experience a redesigned Maps with even faster and accurate navigation. This means more comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks, airports, malls, etc., making it easier and more enjoyable to map out any journey. Use Look Around for interactive street-level imagery with high-resolution, 3D photography and smooth and seamless transitions through major cities.The new maps will be rolling out across Europe in the coming months. Read more for an animated image showing the difference between old and new.
Microsoft’s Windows 95 is the successor to Windows 3.1x and was released to manufacturing on August 15, 1995, and hit stores on August 24, 1995. It boasted an updated graphical user interface (GUI), complete with simplified “plug-and-play” features. Three years later, it was succeeded by Windows 98, but for anyone who has wondered just what this operating system would look like on a smartphone, this should answer that question. Read more for a video and additional information.
Google’s Apple AirDrop alternative, previously known as Fast Share, is now known as Nearby Sharing. XDA Developers managed to get their hands on a working APK and decided to show just how the service works. This feature is integrated directly into the Android 10 interface and users basically select the content, click on “share”, and then choose “contacts geographically close to you”. Read more for the video and additional information.
Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann launched Byte, a new Android / iOS app that lets its users share six-second looping videos. Even though it was just released, its biggest competitor comes from China’s Bytedance, the maker of the popular social app TikTok, which lets you string together 6-15 second clips into a 60-second (maximum) video. Read more for a first look at the Byte beta and additional information.