7 can't-miss apps: Habitica, Weather Whiskers, 'Rolling Sky' and more

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With all the news about driverless cars, Facebook collecting WhatsApp data and high school football on Snapchat, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps. Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a habit-building RPG app, an app that has kitty weather anchors and a flashy maze game. 

Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you’re looking for more items to fill up your phone, take a look at our last roundup of can’t-miss apps.

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These glasses hide a fitness tracker on your face

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The last time a company tried popularizing wearable tech embedded in glasses, most notably with Google Glass, the public mostly rejected the idea as equal parts creepy and silly. 

Now a new project looks to take another whack at the tech space with a pair of glasses that double as a fitness tracker. 

VSP Global is teaming up with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing to work on presenting the glasses, called Level, as a option for those who’ve embraced devices like the FitBit and Apple Watch. 

This isn’t the first time VSP has tried its hand at entering the tech sector. The company previously worked with Google to offer subsidized frames with prescription lenses for Google Glass.  Read more…

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Amazon launching physical bookstores in Chicago, San Diego, Portland, report says

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Amazon’s quiet march toward direct competition with brick and mortar bookstores will expand with the launch of an additional store in one of the biggest cities in the U.S. 

The move follows what some had seen as an experiment in the launch in 2015 of a physical bookstore in Amazon’s headquarter city of Seattle.

According to a report in the Financial Times on Friday, the online bookseller has confirmed plans to launch a physical bookstore in Chicago. That store joins previously mentioned locations in San Diego and Portland, Oregon.   Read more…

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Apple files Touch ID fingerprint patent to catch thieves

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No matter how many passwords you set, your iPhone is never totally safe. Thieves are getting craftier and hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated. But a new patent might help catch iPhone stealers CSI-style

Apple has just filed a patent called “biometric capture for unauthorized user identification,” which uses its Touch ID to store an image of fingerprints other than the user’s on file. 

You can read the abstract description for the patent in full:

Apple has been going a little patent-crazy lately. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dropped 80 patents for the Apple Car a few weeks ago. And June saw the much buzzed-about curved glass wraparound screen patent. Ever since the lengthy patent court battle between Apple and Samsung awhile back, it’s no surprise Apple’s trying to get as much legal protection as it can for its products.  Read more…

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