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.
Developer Elvin Hu revealed a similar app, but Rewound managed to make it onto the App Store first. Simply put, it’s a music player for your Apple Music library that enables users to easily browse and play their music, complete with customizable on screen buttons and gestures. In other words, it’s perfect for one-handed use. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Design student and developer Elvin Hu is currently on working on a music app that turns the iPhone into an iPod Classic, complete with its iconic click wheel. He’s been tinkering with it since October, and shared his progress on Twitter. For those who never owned an iPod Classic, these devices have all five buttons integrated into the click wheel — a design which gives an uncluttered, minimalist interface, though the circuitry contains multiple momentary button switches. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Oceanographer and engineer Derya Akkaynak from MIT in collaboration with Tali Treibitz have developed a computer algorithm to turn underwater photos into a physically accurate image with all of the vibrance, saturation and color of a regular landscape photo. Called “Sea-thru”, it automatically removes the color cast and back-scatter caused by the way light moves through a body of water. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray to recreate every pre-installed Apple MacOS wallpapers of California landmarks in just one week. For those who don’t use MacOS are have just started to do so, OS X versions were named after big cats until OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as that update marked when Apple officially switched to using California locations. Read more for a video and additional information.