‘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.

Amazon’s AR shopping feature previews products in your home

Augmented reality shopping tends to be limited to furniture or other large objects, and that's a shame. Wouldn't you like to know how that slow cooker or speaker system looks in your house? Amazon thinks you do. It's launching an AR View feature inside its iOS shopping app that previews "thousands" of products in 3D, ranging from kitchen appliances to toys to electronics (naturally, this includes Amazon's devices). It's clearly something of a party trick, but it could come in handy if you're wondering whether or not that vase matches your decor.

Source: Amazon, App Store

Apple to remove home button in upcoming high-end iPhone, report says

 The home button is headed to the trash bin, if a report by Bloomberg is to be believed. According to the report, Apple is ditching the button to make room for a larger screen in one version of the next iPhone. Instead of a home button, users will perform actions using on-screen gesture controls involving a sort of dock of icons. If true this would be the biggest change in iPhone design since… Read More

Sling Studio makes multi-camera video production so damn easy

Tito Hamze gives an in-depth review of the Sling Studio, a multi-camera production studio that turns your existing cameras wireless and makes your phones into cameras with the ability to control everything from an iPad as a switcher. It’s the most portable multi-cam setup I’ve ever used — and it’s awesome! Read More

Microsoft improves conversations and searches in its Outlook apps

Microsoft's mobile Outlook app can be helpful if you want an alternative to your phone's built-in email client, but it doesn't always nail the tasks you handle every day -- say, following an email thread. Thankfully, Microsoft knows it. The company just unveiled updated Android and iOS apps that tackle some of Outlook's navigational issues. It's decidedly better for back-and-forth conversations, for starters. You'll see more of the conversation at once, and tapping on a conversation will jump to the first unread message to help show what you missed. Also, you only need to tap a quick reply box to start a message to everyone in the thread without losing track of the previous conversation.

Source: Office Blog, App Store, Google Play

The ‘Futurama’ crew returns today in a new mobile game

Good news, everyone: after no small amount of hype, you can revisit the Futurama universe on your phone. Jam City's TinyCo has released Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow for free on both Android and iOS. It's clearly another not-so-subtle attempt to cash in on a much-loved TV series, but this title promises to do more than trade on a familiar name. It has a relatively rich story created by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen and a writing team from the show, and the original show cast is on tap for dialogue. However, the most intriguing part may be its extremely varied gameplay -- it's more ambitious than many console or PC titles in some ways, even if it's not necessarily as deep.

Source: App Store, Google Play

iOS 11 preview: Full of promise, especially on bigger screens

As always, Apple spent a considerable chunk of WWDC earlier this month hyping up iOS 11 and all of the new features it brings. Now it's your turn to take them for a spin. The first public release of the iOS 11 beta goes live today for people participating in Apple's testing program, and we've been playing with it for a few days to get a better sense of what it has to offer. Long story short, it's already shaping up to be a very valuable, very comprehensive release.

In order to find out for yourself, you'll need the right hardware: an iPhone 5s or newer, an iPad mini 2 or newer or a sixth-generation iPod touch. Before you replace your iVessel's perfectly functional software with something that's still months away from being ready, keep reading for a primer on what to expect.

Ripplemaker brings modular synths to all skill levels with an iOS app

There are plenty of apps that can turn your phone or tablet into a synthesizer, but they tend to fall into two camps: they're either affordable and simple or pricey and robust. While that's sometimes due to the nature of the instruments they're replicating, it can frustrating if you want an app that covers all the bases. However, music app developer Bram Bos may have managed just that. He recently released Ripplemaker, a patch-based modular synth for iOS that's designed to ease you into the West Coast synth method (where you add harmonics to a waveform to produce an effect) while still giving you room to grow.

Via: FACT, Synthtopia

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"

Apple’s Clips app makes crafting viral videos in iOS dead-simple

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/4b19ba30eede9d4d01dd8aaa1a9ecba1/205071046/apple-clips.jpg" />Crafting a short-form video masterpiece on an iPhone or iPad is possible, but Apple just made it a little easier. This morning, the company announced a new iOS app called Clips that -- long story short &ndash; tries to help anyone piece together a polished, well-produced video without a whole lot of work. After playing with the app earlier this week, I'd say Apple's Clips team succeeded.

Apple’s Clips app makes crafting viral videos in iOS dead-simple

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/4b19ba30eede9d4d01dd8aaa1a9ecba1/205071046/apple-clips.jpg" />Crafting a short-form video masterpiece on an iPhone or iPad is possible, but Apple just made it a little easier. This morning, the company announced a new iOS app called Clips that -- long story short &ndash; tries to help anyone piece together a polished, well-produced video without a whole lot of work. After playing with the app earlier this week, I'd say Apple's Clips team succeeded.

Netflix has another app now, but it’s for DVD and Blu-ray movies

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3500x2333+0+0/resize/1600x1067!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/2ab35639a85734095582f892285993c7/204766889/RTX14IZN.jpeg" />Last year, Netflix used its CES keynote speech to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/01/06/netflix-teams-with-lg-for-prepaid-streaming-worldwide/">announce the launch</a> of (nearly) worldwide access to streaming. This year it won't take the stage directly, but ahead of the show it's <a href="http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/new-year-new-app">highlighting</a> something a little more limited in appeal: an app built for its 4.2 million or so remaining DVD rental customers. These days the disc side of the business is <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/07/12/netflix-dvd-only-unlimited-plan-appears-price-for-streaming-and/">billed separately</a> and segmented <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2012/03/30/netflix-dvd-com-domain/">over on DVD.com</a>, but it's reportedly <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/business/while-its-streaming-service-booms-netflix-streamlines-old-business.html">still profitable</a>. Managing your queue of discs (which often includes movies and TV shows that have left streaming, or never show up there at all), has been missing from official apps since it <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/03/03/netflix-for-ipad-updated-with-a-new-custom-ui-but-loses-feature/">disappeared after an update back in 2011.</a>
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/new-year-new-app">Netflix DVD Blog</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=1169772776&amp;mt=8">iTunes</a><!--//-->

Maliciously crafted video can freeze your iOS device

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/66540099a84f300c26c8107d35cb6657/204622311/ios-video-crash-exploit.jpg" />If you thought last year's <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/05/27/apple-fixing-ios-text-crash-bug/">iOS text crash bug</a> was a headache, you'd better brace yourself. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B15nBZ7pjLs"><em>EverythingApplePro</em></a> and <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/5e9vtx/warning_a_corrupted_video_currently_crashing/">other users</a> have confirmed that at least one maliciously crafted video is guaranteed to trigger a memory leak and freeze iOS devices, even if they're running something as ancient as iOS 5. All you have to do is play the linked video file in Safari -- your iPhone, iPad or iPod will lock up within a few seconds, forcing you to hard reboot to regain control of your gear. It's so far useful only for cruel pranks (you should be fine afterward), but these kinds of quirks can occasionally be used as part of security breaches.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="https://9to5mac.com/2016/11/21/iphone-froze-after-playing-video-fix/">9to5Mac</a><!--//-->, <a  href="http://www.macrumors.com/2016/11/22/malicious-video-link-ios-safari-freeze/">MacRumors</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B15nBZ7pjLs">EverythingApplePro (YouTube)</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/5e9vtx/warning_a_corrupted_video_currently_crashing/">Reddit</a><!--//-->

BioWare’s ‘Jade Empire’ gets another shot at life on iOS

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/20cd15d5b8f7029f6804ff352de692e0/204433654/jade-empire.jpg" />BioWare is virtually synonymous with <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/12/mass-effect-andromeda-trailer/"><em>Mass Effect</em></a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2014/11/20/playdate-dragon-age-inquisition-ps4/"><em>Dragon Age</em></a> these days, but it has had its share of experiments.  Remember <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/09/24/jade-empire-is-near-and-dear-to-bioware-sequel-could-be-comin/"><em>Jade Empire</em></a>, its China-inspired (and critically well-received) action role-playing title?  Aspyr does -- it just released versions of <em>Jade Empire: Special Edition</em> for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1099295860?mt=12">the Mac</a> and, crucially, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1108475553?mt=8">iOS</a>.  You can now relive the story of a martial artist restoring balance to the world using your phone or tablet, not just your computer at home.  There are simple controls in the iOS version if you're not comfortable with a touchscreen, but you can also switch to an expert mode when you're comfortable with using taps and swipes to defeat other warriors.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="http://kotaku.com/bioware-action-rpg-jade-empire-now-available-on-ios-1787481767">Kotaku</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1108475553?mt=8">App Store</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1099295860?mt=12">Mac App Store</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://www.aspyr.com/games/jade-empire-special-edition">Aspyr</a><!--//-->

iOS 10 review: Apple evolves

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/88823dc2a614467838e42f7fb4c1c0ee/204337110/iOS%2B10%2Breview%2Bgallery%2B1-ed.jpg" />With <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/ios-10-public-beta-preview/">iOS 10</a>, Apple is basically polishing a pearl. iOS 8 introduced a vibrant and "flat" new aesthetic. iOS 9 was focused on refinement. So by this point, we should get something completely fresh and new, right? Well, not quite. Just like the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/13/iphone-7-and-7-plus-review/">iPhone 7</a>, Apple's latest mobile OS doesn't look <em>that</em> much different on the surface. Instead, the company once again chose to focus on improving the overall experience. In particular, this year's refinements collectively make the OS a lot more convenient (and help Apple play a little catch-up). If you've longed for some of the features you've seen on your friends' Android phones, iOS 10 is more than enough to keep you under Apple's spell for another year.

iOS 10 warns when your Lightning port gets wet

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/ea93f8eeb937b73837d4ebbf86013907/204105889/ios-10-water-warning.jpg" />Many mobile devices are <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/10/02/iphone-6s-waterproof/">water-resistant</a> (some <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/09/samsung-galaxy-s7-active-review/">more than others</a>), but they'll rarely tell you when there's a less-than-obvious danger.  You might not find out that you've soaked something important until a gadget doesn't work.  Apple appears to have a solution, though: <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/20/ios-10-and-macos-sierra-public-beta-2/">recent betas</a> for <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/ios-10-public-beta-preview/">iOS 10</a> will serve a warning when there's liquid detected in your device's Lightning port.  Ideally, this gives you time to pull an accessory (and dry out your gear) before there's any real damage.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/iOSBeta/comments/4tgobi/feature_ios_10_now_warns_you_when_you_might_be_at/" >Reddit (1)</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/iOS10/comments/4tt620/has_anyone_else_seen_the_liquid_detected_warning/" >(2)</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://youtu.be/nd868K2zIMY?t=1m6s" >EverythingApplePro (YouTube)</a><!--//-->

Facebook Slideshow livens up your photos and videos

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/e1ad3daf6d03e02d928d7ad4c3ec9ed9/204007054/facebook-slideshow.jpg" />It's easy to post <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/10/facebook-moments-app-push/">a ton of photos</a> from your weekend adventures to Facebook, but let's face it: there are only so many people willing to flip through your photos one at a time.  Facebook might just have a way to spice things up, though.  It's trotting out a Slideshow feature that turns your photos and videos into themed clips that will be easier to watch.  All you need to do to get one is take five or more photos or videos in 24 hours -- Facebook will create an initial clip all on its own.  After that, it's a matter of customizing the slideshow by adding or removing shots and choosing the theme.  The feature is only reaching iOS users this week, but it'll be a big help if it gets friends to check out your <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/23/recommended-reading-4-23-16/">vacation gallery</a>.

Microsoft puts your company intranet on your iPhone

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/f541e2c9e1eab4fe77a39cb79b377722/203984564/microsoft-sharepoint-ios.jpg" />Look, we know: accessing your company's intranet is about as exciting as watching paint dry.  However, wouldn't you rather have the option of using it from your phone, instead of having to sit at a computer?  Microsoft thinks so.  It just <a href="https://blogs.office.com/2016/06/21/your-intranet-in-your-pocket-the-sharepoint-mobile-app-for-ios-is-now-available/">launched</a> SharePoint <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/microsoft-sharepoint/id1091505266?ls=1&amp;mt=8">for iOS</a>, its first mobile SharePoint app.  The tool gives you access to the files, portals, sites and teams that you're used to on the desktop.  It's also smart enough to hop between apps depending on what you're accessing.  It'll jump to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/01/29/onedrive-photo-revamp/">OneDrive</a> if you're peeking at the company's document library, for instance, or switch to one of the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2014/11/06/office-for-iphone-hands-on/">Office apps</a> if you're opening a recent file.
                                                <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://blogs.office.com/2016/06/21/your-intranet-in-your-pocket-the-sharepoint-mobile-app-for-ios-is-now-available/" >Office Blogs</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/microsoft-sharepoint/id1091505266?ls=1&amp;mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->