WonderHowTo 9 April 2018

The Weather Channel Forecasts More Augmented Reality for Its Live Broadcasts with Unreal Engine

Just weeks after being acquired by comedian turned producer Byron Allen for $300 million, The Weather Channel has tapped augmented reality studio The Future Group to integrate immersive augmented reality experiences into its broadcast content. Augmented reality made its live broadcast debut for The Weather Channel in 2015. The technology helps on-air talent at the network to explain the science behind weather phenomena and tell more immersive stories. Powered by Unreal Engine, The Future Group's Frontier platform will enable The Weather Channel to be able to show even more realistic AR... more

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Leap Motion Reveals Open-Source AR Headset Called Project North Star

If it had come out just a week earlier, around April 1, no one would have believed it. But it's true, Leap Motion has developed its own prototype augmented reality headset, and it looks pretty wild. On Monday, April 9, the company unveiled Project North Star, a device that the company describes as having "the technical specifications of a pair of augmented glasses from the future," but at a fraction of the cost of some of the AR devices currently on the market. "Borrowing components from the next generation of VR systems, we created an AR headset with two ultra-bright, low-persistence... more

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Verizon's Envrmnt Team Opens Early Access to AR Design Easy App Creation Tool

The augmented reality and VR arm of Verizon, Envrmnt, wants to make it really easy for anyone to create AR apps. AR Designer is a web-based tool with a drag-and-drop interface that enables non-developers to import 3D assets, build ARKit and ARCore apps, and publish them to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The full platform will be available in Fall 2018, but developers interested in jumping in now can register for early access. With the AR Designer platform, Envrnmt joins the growing do-it-yourself industry for augmented reality, currently populated by Amazon's Sumerian, Metaverse... more

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7 Tips for Securing a Red iPhone 8 Before They Sell Out

Apple has introduced a special edition iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to bring attention to the ongoing worldwide battle against AIDS. As the second iPhones to carry the (PRODUCT)RED name, these rare iPhones may quickly sell out when preorders open up on Tuesday, April 10, at 5:30 a.m. (PDT), so we'll go over some tips to help you secure a red iPhone before it's gone. Featuring a more aesthetically pleasing black front that's contrasted by red body, these new iPhones will likely fly off the shelves faster than its predecessor, so speed and redundancy will be your best bet in securing one for yourself... more

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Facebook Messenger 101: How to Unsend Messages

How many times have you ever sent a message on Facebook that you immediately wanted to undo? Unlike some email services, unsending on Messenger has only existed in our dreams. But that's all changing — now, Facebook is allowing users to unsend messages in its popular chat app. If, in your excitement, you jumped into Messenger immediately to try this feature out, you might be disappointed to see no undo button appear after sending out a message. That's because Facebook has not rolled out this option yet, and likely won't for some time — the company "announced" unsending after news broke that... more

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Snapchat 'Upgraded' Its Android Camera Quality with 10-Year-Old Software

You may have noticed improved photo quality in the Android Snapchat app in recent months. Believe it or not, this is because Snapchat only just recently started using a decade-old camera API that predates every Android phone in existence. The basic premise of APIs is simple — they're tools that the operating system provides to let apps make use of hardware and other system functions. With that in mind, let me explain why Snapchat is taking better photos recently, but is still far from being a high quality camera app for Android. Camera2: The API Most Photo Apps Use Android actually has a... more

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How to Gift iOS Apps, Games, Movies, Music, Books & TV Shows to iPhone Users

One of the best gifts that someone with an iPhone can receive is a paid app, hot new movie, bestselling album, gift card, or anything else in iTunes, iBooks, or the App Store that costs money. Even if it's a small $0.99 game that you heard a friend talking about, a gesture like this can go a long way. Gifting apps and media is now easier than ever, even if you don't have an iOS device yourself. If you've never gifted an app, game, movie, book, audiobook, song, album, gift card, or the like before, it's not very obvious how you would go about doing so from an iPhone or iPad. It's been pretty... more

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Samsung Is Still Awful at Flagship Updates

In the Android community, Samsung's slow updates have long been the accepted norm. With the Note 8's recent Android Oreo update, Samsung completed annual version updates to their 2017 flagship lineup. Now is a great time to look back on how Samsung has fared with updates over the past few years. Hint: It's not pretty. Many users have excused the pattern of delayed updates due to the excellent hardware coming from Samsung on a regular basis. As Android has evolved, the importance of regular security patches and platform upgrades has greatly increased. In 2017, Samsung showed incredible promise... more

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