Apple ARKit developer beats IKEA to the punch with AR furniture app

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The augmented reality app space is expected to explode this fall thanks to developers using Apple’s ARKit for iOS. 

But one developer is moving faster than even some of the major brands linked to Apple’s AR platform, having just demonstrated an amazing AR app before IKEA got a chance to launch its own ARKit-powered app.

Asher Vollmer, one of the developers behind the popular mobile game Threes, took to Twitter on Friday to reveal his experiment with ARKit: a fully functioning AR app that lets you arrange furniture in the real world.  Read more…

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UK officials lay down new drone rules for amateur users

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Operating a drone in the UK just got a little tougher, and safer. 

On Saturday, the UK government posted new rules governing the use of drones weighing over 250 grams (about half a pound), with input from the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Military Aviation Authority. 

The guidelines state that drone users will have to register their devices and undergo safety awareness testing to ensure that they’re aware of UK security, privacy, and safety rules. 

Part of the impetus for the new guidelines is linked to a recent study by the collective agencies that found that drones weighing nearly one pound (400 grams) might cause damage to the windshield of a helicopter, an airborne vehicle that frequently occupies the same low altitude space as many drones in large city areas.  Read more…

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This smartphone could be yours for free

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If we learned anything from 2016, it’s that two-party systems sometimes end in chaos. The same principle applies to smartphone shopping. Why must we choose between Apple and Samsung as our predominant options, when both have their shortcomings and, for some, deal-breakers?

For those fiercely independent smartphone shoppers who refuse to walk the party line, there’s the OnePlus 5. With a click of your mouse and a little bit of luck, this insanely powerful phone could be yours for free.  Read more…

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How to get all of your text messages on your Mac

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There’s nothing worse than missing out on a text message because you didn’t see it. Luckily, you can now start getting your texts sent to iMessage on your Mac, but the setup process is a little tricky. Here’s how to do it.

First of all, you’ll need to have OS X Yosemite on your Mac. If you bought a computer in 2014 or after, you should be all set. You can check your version of macOS by click the Apple icon in the top left of your desktop screen, then clicking “About This Mac.”

Next, you’ll need to sync your iPhone and Mac via your iCloud account. Be sure to register both devices under the same email to make this process is as easy as possible — this just means you’ll use the same Apple ID for both. This signals to your phone and computer that they should pull information from the same account.  Read more…

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Pissed Netflix subscribers accuse Verizon of throttling video

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Pour one out for net neutrality. Oh, and your Netflix binge sessions while you’re at it. 

As the FCC prepares to gut the regulations that require internet providers treat all online content equally, Verizon Wireless apparently decided to just get on with the damn thing and appeared to begin throttling the speed of some users’ video downloads. And, as no one likes the threat of their favorite show stuck in buffering hell, you’d better believe Netflix subscribers are pissed.

On July 19, internet sleuths noticed something fishy was going on and took to Reddit to share evidence of what they saw as Verizon Wireless’s plan to ruin their stream-life. Specifically, it appeared that the company was capping video-download speeds at 10Mbps. Read more…

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Helpful new app connects breastfeeding moms with specialists 24/7

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Whether you’re a new mother or you’ve had years of experience, breastfeeding your children can be challenging and confusing.

Momseze — a new app that allows parents to connect with certified lactation consultants and baby specialists 24/7 — is here to try and help.

According to the Momseze website, parents with questions, concerns, or issues that may arise during breastfeeding or childcare — everything from baby blues to difficulty latching and positioning — can use the app to quickly and easily speak to a specialist via video, voice chat, or text message. Read more…

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