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‘Dance with flARmingos’ in a mixed reality mating ritual

Flamingos rule everything around her. Her clothes are covered in them. Her workspace is littered with representations of their spindly legs and hot-pink plumes. She's spent hours studying their migratory patterns, mating rituals and native environments. She's traveled the world speaking to conservationists and ornithologists to better understand them. She even adopted 20 of the winged icons to aid in her research and their preservation.

Google’s Pixelbook is my new favorite travel buddy

 The Google Pixelbook is a bit of an odd duck among notebooks, or among tablets – or even among notebook/tablet hybrids. It’s a Chromebook, which by now is an established category, though one with very specific appeal; and it runs Android apps, which makes it feel very much like an iPad competitor. It’s a great device in terms of hardware build and general performance, but… Read More

YouTube’s iOS app shares videos to iMessage with ease

You'd think YouTube's iOS app would have had iMessage sharing early on, but no -- sharing clips to Apple's official messaging client has been a cumbersome affair. Not so after today, however. YouTube has quietly updated the app with a direct-to-Messages sharing option. Tap that and you can quickly send a clip to a friend. The video will play directly in the Messages app, too, so recipients don't have to leave chat to start watching. It's a simple addition, but it promises to make life decidedly easier if you frequently express yourself with funny cat videos.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: App Store

Google Calendar catches up to other iOS apps with a… widget

Google Calendar's iOS app now has an easier way to keep tabs on a busy schedule. An updated version of the app includes a Today View widget that shows your upcoming events at a glance. If you have a packed day with three meetings, you won't have to launch the app to get an all-too-painful reminder of your itinerary. The concept certainly isn't new on mobile devices, including on iOS (Apple has had its own "up next" calendar widget for a while), but it could prove a lifesaver if you depend on Google's internet services and can't afford to miss an appointment.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: App Store

The Engadget Podcast Ep 35: TV Party

On this episode host Terrence O'Brien is joined by executive editor Dana Wollman and (eventually) senior editor Chris Velazco. They start by looking at the current state of cord cutting and weigh the value of YouTube's new live streaming TV package. Then they'll try to figure out what the benefit is of Netflix ditching its five star rating system for a simplified option of just thumbs up or thumbs down. Obviously you can watch YouTube and Netflix on an actual television, but portable screens are an increasingly important part of the media market. How does the new 2017 iPad stack up in that world of mobile media machines? Well, pretty good if you ask Chris -- at $329 it doesn't seem to have too many competitors.

Lastly the trio sign off by recommending an album that will make you cry, a movie that will make you pee your pants and Continue reading "The Engadget Podcast Ep 35: TV Party"

Google’s official calendar app is finally ready for your iPad

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e9a6b6003fff86c83bfbf14c52bd2076/205103402/google-calendar-ipad.jpg" /><a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/03/10/google-calendar-for-iphone/">Google Calendar for iOS</a> can be exceptionally useful if you're tired of Apple's stock scheduler, but there has always been one inescapable catch: it's only designed for iPhones... or rather, it was. Two years later, Google has <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8">updated</a> Calendar to add iPad support. Yes, you can finally jot down appointments and set goals while taking advantage of your <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/31/ipad-pro-9-7-review/">Apple tablet's</a> larger canvas. That's the only major update on deck right now, but there are promises of more in the pipeline.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8">App Store</a><!--//-->

Lightroom Mobile gains RAW HDR capture on iOS and Android

 Good news, pocket photographers: Your mobile device just became a much more powerful camera thanks to a new update to Lightroom Mobile. The app for iOS and Android now supports RAW HDR capture on newer devices, including the iPhone 6s and above, as well as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch; on Android, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Google Pixel users can join in the fun. Why would you want this if your phone… Read More

Google opens the code for Chrome on iOS

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/1400x929+0+0/resize/1600x1062!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/ca163147f1ca22f787c1bc304115cd09/203319719/chrome-ios-1400.jpg" />Google's Chrome browser has been open source from the get-go (through the Chromium project), but not <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/01/27/chrome-ios-upgrades/">on iOS</a>. Apple demands that browsers use WebKit instead of their own rendering engines, so Google couldn't just use its typical code base and call it a day. However, that all changes today: Google <a href="https://blog.chromium.org/2017/01/open-sourcing-chrome-on-ios.html">has added</a> the iOS Chrome code into Chromium. Developers who want to build on the iOS app, or just poke around looking for security holes, should now have an easy time seeing what makes it tick.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://blog.chromium.org/2017/01/open-sourcing-chrome-on-ios.html">Chromium Blog</a><!--//-->

Google adds an Incognito search mode on iOS

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x2082+0+0/resize/1600x1110!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2e354a5f833a959439f8cbe2063736aa/204344267/2.28658567.jpg" />Sometimes you need to find something that you don't want to see listed in your Google search history, even while you're on the go. Chrome's Incognito browser sessions can be good for that, but a <a href="https://search.googleblog.com/2016/09/the-latest-updates-and-improvements-for.html">new</a> tweak for the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-app-search-made-just/id284815942?mt=8">Google Search app </a><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-app-search-made-just/id284815942?mt=8">on</a><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-app-search-made-just/id284815942?mt=8"> iOS</a> makes it easy to open up <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/21/google-allo-messages-privacy/">disposable</a> sessions there too. Additionally, it's set up so that if you leave the app and need to come back to the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/tag/search,google,ios/">search</a>, you can lock it using TouchID, so even on a shared device like an iPad, someone else can't easily see what was in there.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://search.googleblog.com/2016/09/the-latest-updates-and-improvements-for.html">Google Search Blog</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-app-search-made-just/id284815942?mt=8">iTunes</a><!--//-->

iPhone malware that steals your data proves no platform is truly secure

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If you haven't done so already, go and update your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 9.3.5 right now. To update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. It may not seem urgent because it's only a "point release," but the update is crucial or you risk having all of your data secretly stolen by invisible malware that can install itself on your device and even uninstall itself without leaving any traces behind.

Two reports from the New York Times and Motherboard published on Thursday detail how three major security holes, patched via the update, could be exploited by hackers to track and steal practically all of the private data on your iOS device. Read more... More about Software Updates, Ipad, Google, Apple, and Iphone

Google Docs finally adds multitasking tools for iPads

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/1200x765+0+0/resize/1600x1020!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2a64f1a6d050415792ece2e0168c430d/203004199/Photo-Nov-17%252C-4-14-01-PM-edit.jpg" />Google Docs, Sheets and Slides' most recent iOS updates make them play a whole lot nicer with <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/06/08/ipad-multitasking-ios-9/">multitasking on iPads</a>. The patch feels a little overdue at this point, but hey, we'll take support for iOS 9's tablet features like Split View and Slide Over whenever we can get 'em. Supported models include the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and both sizes of <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/31/ipad-pro-9-7-review/">iPad Pro</a>, and if the update hasn't hit your device yet, that's what the source links below are for.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/08/10/google-updates-ios-versions-of-docs-sheets-slides-with-ipad-multitasking">Apple Insider</a><!--//-->, <a  href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/10/12433706/google-docs-ipad-pro-split-view-update">The Verge</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-docs/id842842640?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">iTunes (1)</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-slides/id879478102?mt=8&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">(2)</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-sheets/id842849113?mt=8">(3)</a><!--//-->

YouTube’s iPad app gets Split View and Slide Over features

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c0c6993465a2e731e5cdc3d421bddae9/203588090/ipadyoutubegato.jpg" />Productivity and YouTube don't always make a great pairing, but Google's giving iPad owners a chance to make it work. The latest version of YouTube for iOS includes support for Slide Over and Split View -- two of iOS 9's <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/22/ios-9-review/">tablet-specific features</a>. The former lets you jump into other apps temporarily, while the latter -- as the name suggests -- lets you run two side by side. Of course, the benefit of these features is all in how you use them. If you're planning on watching an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/InstructablesTV">Instructables video</a> at the same time as making notes, productivity goes up. If, however, you're really just watching <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/failarmy">FailArmy</a> while trying to rush your homework, there's no helping you.<br />

                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youtube/id544007664?mt=8">iTunes</a><!--//-->

YouTube’s iPad app gets Split View and Slide Over features

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a8c7a433fa48ff5f1cbce429075241ec/203588511/ipadengadgetcrop.jpg" />Productivity and YouTube don't always make a great pairing, but Google's giving iPad owners a chance to make it work. The latest version of YouTube for iOS includes support for Slide Over and Split View -- two of iOS 9's <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/22/ios-9-review/">tablet-specific features</a>. The former lets you jump into other apps temporarily, while the latter -- as the name suggests -- lets you run two side by side. Of course, the benefit of these features is all in how you use them. If you're planning on watching an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/InstructablesTV">Instructables video</a> at the same time as making notes, productivity goes up. If, however, you're really just watching <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/failarmy">FailArmy</a> while trying to rush your homework, there's no helping you.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youtube/id544007664?mt=8">iTunes</a><!--//-->