Apple has just released macOS Big Sur, the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system. It’s available to Mac users as a free software update and introduces a stunning redesign that is packed with new enhancements for key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps. In addition to new privacy features, this version of macOS has been engineered to take full advantage of all the power of the M1 chip. An all-new Control Center gives users quick access to controls for Do Not Disturb, displays, keyboard brightness, and more, straight from the menu bar. Read more for two videos, including a review, and additional information.
Whether if you have the new LiDAR-equipped iPhone 12 Pro or any other smartphone, ClipDrop is the first app that makes augmented reality practical. How so? It basically enables you to cut-and-paste real objects onto your computer’s desktop. Simply open the app, take a picture of something, and then hover it over a computer screen to use in your applications. Other uses include taking text from a book, as the app automatically removes the background. Read more for a video demonstration.
Artificial intelligence has been gaining traction with 3D artists and video editors who use the technology to improve their work as well as speed up their workflow. Today, Adobe Photoshop users can make use of GPU-accelerated neural filters. These neural filters are a new feature set for content creators to try AI-powered tools that enable them to explore innovative ideas and make amazing, complex adjustments to images in just seconds. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Let’s face it, capturing photos in the perfect lighting conditions outdoors is nearly impossible, or at least on a whim, but with Adobe Photoshop’s new AI-powered Sky Replacement function, that will be a problem of the past. All you need to do is open the image, click the tool from the edit menu, select from the available sky presets or add your own, and then the Sensei AI system swaps out the sky automatically. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
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.