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Whistle: A Fitbit for Tracking Your Dog

Walk around San Francisco or Paris on a sunny day, you’ll notice, quite soon, that’s there’s a lot of dog poop traps littering the sidewalk. These cities love their pets, especially the dog variety.  Attached to each dog is the animal’s human, a smartphone carrying member of the technologically advanced specie. We’re now seeing that technology trickle down to animals as well.

Humans, for all of their ability to observe and handle their own toiletries have taken a liking to fitness tracking gadgets – they track, they measure, and they tell data to improve the well-being of their user. “Why not for our four legged pals too?” said the makers of Whistle. Read more

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New Flickr App Update Comes With Live Video Filters

Shall we say, put a filter on it? The latest update from Flickr lets users take videos with live filter previews. Flickr also gives users 1,000 gigabytes of free storage, so you’ll have an unlimited amount of space in the cloud to dream up all of your photos, and now, videos.
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In the Future, Google Chromebooks Can Be Unlocked With Your Smartphones

unlockPasswords be gone! Google is seeking to eliminate those easily-forgettable, oft-unsafe alphabet puzzles we’ve been carrying aorund in our heads. The first step: Using your smartphone. Of course, you need to remember your password for that, but what if it used fingerprint scanning and facial recognition? I think we’re onto something here…

Currently, Google uses double authentication for users who want that extra bit of security. We also know they have been exploring using USB devices as another locking and unlocking mechanism. A smartphone is a digital tool that most people already own. Read more

Evernote’s Moleskin: A Business Analog to Digital Notebook with Plenty of Space for Play

Digital note takers, take note: Evernote’s Moleskin Business is neither all business nor all digital. Users on the analog side of the mobile device will be especially enthused. These notebooks allow you to upload your handwritten, pen-to-paper ideas to the cloud using your phone’s camera. The best part? There’s a secrete note-taking space for collaborate sharing. Just select whether you want to share the entire page or just the top section. The rest is your’s for the scribbling!
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TL;DR Wikipedia Shortens Long-Form Entries for Humorous, Mobile Browsing

Too long, didn’t read may be the most annoying, yet common, consequence  of our media hunger. Go on Facebook, and you’ll see plenty os users having lengthy arguments over stories they did not read. It makes the title of news stories ever more important, albeit, in a superficial, click-bait way.

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Facebook Friends Are Now Physically Accessible With ‘Nearby Friends’ Feature

Your Facebook friends are now looking for you in the real world, using the Anroid app’s new feature – Nearby Friends, which assumes that you have more than one friend. Don’t worry anti-social Facebook users, there are ways to turn off this feature, especially if you’re trying to avoid professional Facebook stalkers. Nearby relationships are bi-directional.
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Google Camera Brings Lens Blurring Manipulation to Mobile Photography

DSLR cameras are, for the most part, bulky but beautiful machines for capturing what our eyes see. They also give photographers a chance to manipulate the perception of distance, and that’s a feat mobile photography is about to accomplish.

Yesterday, a Google Camera was released, and with it, the ability to manipulate lens blurring, also known as the bokeh effect. With a small amount of blur, a photo can look real, like how the human eyes view the world. With a lot more bokeh, a photo can look miniature, fake, animated even – like those tilt-shift images that makes cities appear as miniature universes.

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Apple Developing Song Identification Features for iOS 8 With Shazam

shazamShazam, the music identification app is coming to Apple iTunes via Siri – according to reports by Bloomberg. Anonymous sources  from teh London startup hinted at the collaboration as a feature in the upcoming iOS 8 launch, expected on June 2 of this year during Apple’s annual developer conference. Read more

Front/Back Selfie App Finally Comes to Android

frontback androidSelfie photo app, Front/Back came to iPhones in September of 2013. Since then, the app has been growing a healthy userbase to 1 million downloads, doubling in the last month alone.

With the new Android app, users will have the same feature as the iOS version.  Each photo captured with Front/Back is a collage that that can be shared to your favorite social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Read more

eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

children app ebook comprehensionResearch from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. Read more

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