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Feb

My toxic relationship with fitness wearables


Fitness gadgets were meant to make me a better man. Or at least a healthier (possibly more attractive) one. Over the course of my wrist-based romance, I’ve strapped on a Fitbit, a Jawbone Up, two types of Nike FuelBand and an Apple Watch. Surprisingly for me, it’s the Apple Watch that got the most extended use, given that it wasn’t defined by its fitness features. Yet, since November (midway through a fitness challenge at Engadget), I haven’t worn anything when I’m working out, nor anything to monitor my activity during the day. I’ve had enough of the constant nagging.

At the very start it was fun, maybe even cool, to have a wearable — one with an earnest aim, and not so modest battery life. Wearables were going to make us better! Healthier! Fitter! Sexier! For the past few years, if you stepped into a tech press event without something Bluetooth lashed around your wrist, counting things, you were in the minority.

I know I should go walk up the stairs or something, but I also know I went to the gym this morning, and dammit, I had a salad for lunch. Like some weirdo.

I could give a blow-by-blow rant about each and every fitness wearable I’ve used, but as much as the designs can differ, the features don’t. There’s the option of healthy competition with my friends, and a gentle poke/notification/vibration to get me moving after sitting at my desk practically all day. But clichéd as it is, we’re creatures of habit. Months — sometimes mere weeks — later, they simply stop being effective in the fight against lazy Mat.

How fair is a step-count challenge against friends whose jobs keep them on their feet, moving all day? I work at a desk, not even a standing one, and my wearable (pick one) regularly cried out that I hadn’t met my target for the day or week. The first few times, I felt guilty, ashamed, but then I’m soon just pissy — because the notifications appear when I’m busy with other things. I was in the middle of a phone call, or trying to hit a tight deadline. I know I should have gone for a walk up the stairs or something during the day, but I also know I went to the gym this morning, and dammit, I had a salad for lunch. Like some weirdo.

Despite my experiences, I tried again. I thought Nike’s FuelBand looked pretty cool, and I explained away half the cost of the Apple Watch because “fitness goals.” I kept going back, just to be disappointed all over.

And there was the watershed moment. What’s the actual point? Does it matter how many steps I’ve taken? I didn’t lose weight or become more mobile back when I strapped on my FuelBand. At the start, I moved around more, sure. But that didn’t solve my aching back or my blogger’s slouch, or give me the Olympian body I (don’t really) deserve. Why am I charging this thing twice a week? Why am I letting it irritate me as I type on a laptop, pinching at my hairy wrists and nagging me with reminders? I didn’t have a good answer, so I stopped. No more wearables of the week. I’ve kept hold of my Apple Watch, but the rest have been distributed to family members and friends who, despite my protests, think this is going to be “The One.”

10
Feb

T-Mobile shows some Valentine’s love with new devices and promotions


T-Mobile doesn’t want to let Valentine’s Day just squeak by without showing its appreciation. To round out the promotions over the past few days, the UnCarrier has just launched a couple devices – the LG K7 Android phone and ZTE Falcon mobile hotspot.

If the LG K7 sounds familiar, that may be because it was just unveiled last month at CES 2016. It’s an affordable offering, retailing for $139 in T-Mobile’s store.

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The K7 has a 5″ display (854×480 resolution) and is powered by a Snapdragon 210 chipset (1.1 GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM) and Android 5.1 (Lollipop). The meger 8GB of internal storage is expandable to 32GB via micro-SD card. Both the rear and front cameras have 5MP capture resolution.

The latter isn’t a smartphone, but it may be enticing for on-the-go lifestyles. The ZTE Falcon is a 4G LTE mobile hotspot that is capable of simultaneously supplying up to 10 devices with the interwebz.

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The Falcon has support for UMTS 850/1700/2100/1900 and LTE 2, 4, and 12 bands. It also packs a 2,000mAh battery. Retail pricing is set at $79.

You should also know that there are discounts on several prepaid phones over the holiday. The Samsung Galaxy Core Prime and Galaxy Grand Prime are both cut by $40, putting them at $99 and $149, respectively. The LG G Stylo is also getting some love, cut by $75 for a price of $214.

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Flagship smartphones aren’t left out of the fun either. T-Mobile has a Half-Off event underway, which cuts the costly price in half when you buy another (of equal or greater value, from the same manufacturer). This includes the latest from Samsung (Galaxy S6, Note5, S6 Edge+) and LG (G4 or V10).

Lastly, T-Mobile is renewing the “Get a Tablet on Us” promo. This gets interested customers a free Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 when a 1GB or higher data plan is agreed on.

Source: LG K7 | ZTE Falcon | Promos

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10
Feb

Marshmallow update arrives for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in Europe


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The European Marshmallow update has finally begun for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. T-Mobile Poland tweeted to say the update was coming a couple of days ago and the first OTA updates are arriving as we speak. South Korean Galaxy owners only got the update two weeks ago, so things are moving quickly.


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As always in Europe, new Samsung firmware is typically soak-tested in either Poland or the Baltic states before rolling out to the larger Western European countries. Fortunately if you’re in Europe, you can simply grab the relevant unlocked firmware and flash it on your international S6 or S6 Edge rather than wait for the update to arrive in your country.

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Here’s the Galaxy S6 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update changelog which also holds for the S6 Edge:

  • Exercise greater control over app permissions
  • Purchase easily and securely with Fingerprint support
  • Experience enhanced battery-life through Doze
  • Redesigned App Drawer

To check for the update, go to Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for updates. If you think it might be a little while before you see Marshmallow touch down on your Galaxy device, take a look at Nirave’s video above of the update to see what’s coming.

When do you think you’ll see Marshmallow? What do you think of the changes?

10
Feb

Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne mini-series comes to Android February 25


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Last June, Telltale Games announced that a new episodic game would be coming to the Google Play Store sometime in the Fall of 2016, based on The Walking Dead’s iconic Michonne character. Up until now we’ve heard little to no other details regarding the game, but thankfully Telltale is now ready to spill the beans on some new information.

The first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, entitled ‘In Too Deep’, will launch on Android and iOS devices starting Thursday, February 25th. This episode will also launch on PC/Mac, Steam, PlayStation 3 and 4, and on the Xbox One and 360 on Tuesday, February 23rd. The second episode, ‘Give No Shelter’, will launch in March, and the final episode, ‘What We Deserve’, will come in April. All three episodes in the mini-series will be available for $14.99 when the first episode debuts. There’s no mention from Telltale as to whether or not each episode can be purchased on its own, but we’re thinking that’s not an option this time around.

It should be noted that the game won’t star Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne in the AMC television series. Instead, Telltale roped in the next best actress out there – none other than Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black. 

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Wondering what the first episode has in store? Here’s a description from Telltale:

In this premiere episode, ‘In Too Deep,’ Michonne joins Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise the coast for survivors and supplies. When a desperate signal for help draws them to a scene of horrific massacre, Michonne and the crew are lead further to the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe, which may just be harboring the person responsible for the carnage. Haunted by her past, and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne’s absence between issues #126 and #139 of the comic book. Over the three episodes of the miniseries, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

Before the official release, you’ll be able to check out an extended preview of the first episode on Telltale Games’ YouTube channel on Sunday, February 14th at 8:30 pm EST. You’ll get to see the first five minutes of episode one.


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10
Feb

Sir Paul McCartney pairs up with Skype on special Valentine’s Day emoji


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It’s not every day that a living legend like Paul McCartney shows up on Android, but the singer-songwriter has teamed up with Skype to create original music and voiceovers for a range of special Valentine’s Day emoji. They’re rolling out now, just in time for the most romantic day of the year.

There’s ten musically accompanied love-inspired Skype emoji in the latest version of the Skype app for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. There’s something for everyone too: from a turtle getting its solo love on, to a horny banana, ready-to-party octopus and a variety of entangled snakes, fish and owls, all paired with jingles from one the of the most legendary musicians of modern times.

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According to the announcement: “Paul genuinely loves Skype and, inspired by our existing Mojis, was excited to lend his voice to the Mojis family. Likewise, we were over the moon to work with Paul, and it was a great creative challenge for us to create the animations to compliment his legendary sound.”


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I’m sure Sir Paul McCartney’s considerable talents were stretched to their limits. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has also added a truck-load of new emoji to its app as well, including some more Valentine’s Day inspired options. Whether you’re a fan of the day or not, at least you’ve got some new emoji to play with.

Who does the best emoji? What’s your most frequently used emoji?

10
Feb

The budget-friendly LG K7 now available on T-Mobile


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There is certainly no scarcity of budget-friendly handsets on T-Mobile, and it looks like the Un-carrier can add one more to the growing list.

First announced at CES 2016, the LG K7 is now available on T-Mobile’s network. It may not win any awards in the specs department, but this could be a good option for those looking for a sub-$150 handset with 4G LTE connectivity. It has a 5.0-inch 480 x 854 FWVGA display, a 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with 1.5GB of RAM, as well as 8GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It has 5MP front and rear-facing cameras and also runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. We went hands-on with this device at CES back in January, so you’ll want to check out the full post if you’re at all interested in this handset.

Does the K7 have your attention? You can purchase it from T-Mobile’s website for $139.99 off-contract, or for $5.84 per month with a 24-month payment plan. Feel free to follow the link attached below to learn more about the new LG K7.

See the LG K7 on T-Mobile

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10
Feb

Looking back at the LG G4


Mobile World Congress 2016 is just around the corner, and as has been the case every year, there is a slew of Android smartphones that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Particularly exciting is the upcoming launch of the flagship offerings from the two Korean giants, Samsung and LG, but before ushering the new, we thought that some retrospection may be in order. We’ve already revisited the Samsung Galaxy S6, and this is our look back at the LG G4.

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Last year, LG was the final holdout as far as offering expandable storage and removable batteries was concerned, and with even Samsung letting go of these previously staple features in favor of an admittedly premium design, the LG G4 was the only option if these features were important to you. Granted, expandable storage was still an option with some flagship releases that followed the G4, but removable batteries has almost entirely gone by the wayside with premium smartphones.

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What the G4 offered over the competition was already a big plus, but LG managed to pack it all in to a beautifully-designed body as well; the G4 offers a slightly curved display that was adopted from the G Flex line, along with LG staples like the ultra-thin bezels and rear button layout. There were some extra, stylish elements found as well, with users able to choose a leather rear backing for the device, available in a variety of colors and textures. Of course, the more standard metallic (seen in this video) and ceramic finishes were available as well so there is certainly something for everyone.

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The overall design aesthetic has paid dividends, with the ergonomically-friendly curved body making for a smartphone that is one of the most comfortable to use. With its unique elements, the G4 looks different from pretty much every other Android smartphone out there. However, this did lead to some issues, with the curved sides and thin profile of the device, resulting in a device that’s difficult to grip. This problem was particularly prevalent when lying in bed and holding the phone up above your face, resulting in a few, quite painful, drops.

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If the current rumors about the LG G5 are true, we might actually be seeing the end of the curved display and still unique rear button layout. This will, of course, be a radically different addition to the flagship G series, and while LG is definitely going to make the design stand out, the death of these features will certainly be a shame. We really liked the design language of the LG G4, as the device stands out from the crowd, and we’re hoping that the LG G5 doesn’t disappoint.

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In terms of hardware, the LG G4 brings to the table pretty much everything that is expected from a high-end LG flagship. Continuing from its predecessor, the LG G4 features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Quad HD resolution, and comes with excellent color reproduction and high brightness levels, allowing it to be legible in broad daylight.

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Under the hood is a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and while Qualcomm did have a technically superior processing package on offer in 2015 in the Snapdragon 810, the former manages to do a good job. Overall, the Snapdragon 808 proves to be nothing short of reliable, with the G4 easily able to handle GPS navigation, YouTube and Netflix video playback, music playback and general day-to-day use. The only noticeable slowdown was while gaming, with the handset displaying a little stutter while navigating in-game menus or in some cases, while playing the games themselves.

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Of course, the main claim to fame for the LG G4 is all that it offers, which primarily are expandable storage and a replaceable battery. It has to be said here however, that I haven’t used a replaceable battery since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is obviously a very long time ago. As far as battery life is concerned, I was able to get a full day of use out of the device, with an average of around 3.5 hours of screen-on time, which is on par with what you can expect from most smartphones..

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Expandable storage is also something that I concern myself with only when I’m close to running out of space on the device, and the 32 GB of built-in storage proved to be quite sufficient to cover my needs. That said, if these features are necessary for you, the LG G4 remains your best bet, and we’ll have to wait and see if the micro SD card returns in the upcoming LG G5.

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The 16MP primary shooter on the LG G4 comes with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus and a colour spectrum sensor, and proves to be pretty reliable. When using the G4 in Auto mode, I found the experience to be quite fun, requiring just a tap anywhere on the screen in order to take a shot. While the picture taken is good most of the time, Manual mode is perfect for those moments where Auto mode doesn’t quite cut it.

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2015 was the year of the manual mode, and the LG G4 showed us what it could be like, with granular control over minute details. For example, even the Kelvin readings inside the white balance setting were available, so if the Auto mode wasn’t up to the task, I was able to tweak the settings to exactly what I wanted using the manual mode.


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The only qualm with manual mode was the fact that using a touchscreen to change settings can be a little bit cumbersome, and it takes time to get settings correctly adjusted, which isn’t great when you’re trying to take a shot quickly. The overall picture quality has been good, with nice and detailed photos, even though the coloration could use the extra punch that I’m used to from other phones.

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Finally, on the software side of things, you may have seen in the video above that I’m running the Google Now launcher on the LG G4. That may not come as much of a surprise as, unfortunately, LG’s G UI does not have that many useful features, even though it isn’t lacking in them. For example, the Smart Widget on the home screen only really served to offer weather updates. There is also the Smart Cleaner, which I have only used once or twice, and also the Q Slide, which I am thankfully able to hide in the notification drop down.

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So there you have it for this quick look back at the LG G4! The overall experience with this smartphone has been very good, and it remains a very reliable device to have, especially if you’re able to leverage features like expandable storage and a removable battery. The design aspect is what I have enjoyed the most about this phone, and we hope that, even if we don’t see some of the more unique elements make it over to the LG G5, we get to see them in other parts of LG’s lineup.

Are you using an LG G4? What do you think of the G4 now and do you intend to buy any of the new devices expected for MWC 2016? Let us know your views in the comments below!

Next: LG G5 rumor roundup

10
Feb

Looking back at the LG G4


Mobile World Congress 2016 is just around the corner, and as has been the case every year, there is a slew of Android smartphones that we can’t wait to get our hands on. Particularly exciting is the upcoming launch of the flagship offerings from the two Korean giants, Samsung and LG, but before ushering the new, we thought that some retrospection may be in order. We’ve already revisited the Samsung Galaxy S6, and this is our look back at the LG G4.

More LG G4 videos

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Last year, LG was the final holdout as far as offering expandable storage and removable batteries was concerned, and with even Samsung letting go of these previously staple features in favor of an admittedly premium design, the LG G4 was the only option if these features were important to you. Granted, expandable storage was still an option with some flagship releases that followed the G4, but removable batteries has almost entirely gone by the wayside with premium smartphones.

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What the G4 offered over the competition was already a big plus, but LG managed to pack it all in to a beautifully-designed body as well; the G4 offers a slightly curved display that was adopted from the G Flex line, along with LG staples like the ultra-thin bezels and rear button layout. There were some extra, stylish elements found as well, with users able to choose a leather rear backing for the device, available in a variety of colors and textures. Of course, the more standard metallic (seen in this video) and ceramic finishes were available as well so there is certainly something for everyone.

lg g4 now aa (6 of 23)

The overall design aesthetic has paid dividends, with the ergonomically-friendly curved body making for a smartphone that is one of the most comfortable to use. With its unique elements, the G4 looks different from pretty much every other Android smartphone out there. However, this did lead to some issues, with the curved sides and thin profile of the device, resulting in a device that’s difficult to grip. This problem was particularly prevalent when lying in bed and holding the phone up above your face, resulting in a few, quite painful, drops.

lg g4 now aa (4 of 23)

If the current rumors about the LG G5 are true, we might actually be seeing the end of the curved display and still unique rear button layout. This will, of course, be a radically different addition to the flagship G series, and while LG is definitely going to make the design stand out, the death of these features will certainly be a shame. We really liked the design language of the LG G4, as the device stands out from the crowd, and we’re hoping that the LG G5 doesn’t disappoint.

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In terms of hardware, the LG G4 brings to the table pretty much everything that is expected from a high-end LG flagship. Continuing from its predecessor, the LG G4 features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a Quad HD resolution, and comes with excellent color reproduction and high brightness levels, allowing it to be legible in broad daylight.

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Under the hood is a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and while Qualcomm did have a technically superior processing package on offer in 2015 in the Snapdragon 810, the former manages to do a good job. Overall, the Snapdragon 808 proves to be nothing short of reliable, with the G4 easily able to handle GPS navigation, YouTube and Netflix video playback, music playback and general day-to-day use. The only noticeable slowdown was while gaming, with the handset displaying a little stutter while navigating in-game menus or in some cases, while playing the games themselves.

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Of course, the main claim to fame for the LG G4 is all that it offers, which primarily are expandable storage and a replaceable battery. It has to be said here however, that I haven’t used a replaceable battery since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is obviously a very long time ago. As far as battery life is concerned, I was able to get a full day of use out of the device, with an average of around 3.5 hours of screen-on time, which is on par with what you can expect from most smartphones..

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Expandable storage is also something that I concern myself with only when I’m close to running out of space on the device, and the 32 GB of built-in storage proved to be quite sufficient to cover my needs. That said, if these features are necessary for you, the LG G4 remains your best bet, and we’ll have to wait and see if the micro SD card returns in the upcoming LG G5.

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The 16MP primary shooter on the LG G4 comes with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus and a colour spectrum sensor, and proves to be pretty reliable. When using the G4 in Auto mode, I found the experience to be quite fun, requiring just a tap anywhere on the screen in order to take a shot. While the picture taken is good most of the time, Manual mode is perfect for those moments where Auto mode doesn’t quite cut it.

Camera samples

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2015 was the year of the manual mode, and the LG G4 showed us what it could be like, with granular control over minute details. For example, even the Kelvin readings inside the white balance setting were available, so if the Auto mode wasn’t up to the task, I was able to tweak the settings to exactly what I wanted using the manual mode.


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The only qualm with manual mode was the fact that using a touchscreen to change settings can be a little bit cumbersome, and it takes time to get settings correctly adjusted, which isn’t great when you’re trying to take a shot quickly. The overall picture quality has been good, with nice and detailed photos, even though the coloration could use the extra punch that I’m used to from other phones.

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Finally, on the software side of things, you may have seen in the video above that I’m running the Google Now launcher on the LG G4. That may not come as much of a surprise as, unfortunately, LG’s G UI does not have that many useful features, even though it isn’t lacking in them. For example, the Smart Widget on the home screen only really served to offer weather updates. There is also the Smart Cleaner, which I have only used once or twice, and also the Q Slide, which I am thankfully able to hide in the notification drop down.

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So there you have it for this quick look back at the LG G4! The overall experience with this smartphone has been very good, and it remains a very reliable device to have, especially if you’re able to leverage features like expandable storage and a removable battery. The design aspect is what I have enjoyed the most about this phone, and we hope that, even if we don’t see some of the more unique elements make it over to the LG G5, we get to see them in other parts of LG’s lineup.

Are you using an LG G4? What do you think of the G4 now and do you intend to buy any of the new devices expected for MWC 2016? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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10
Feb

Vine for Android updated in the Play Store with two great new features


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Vine took delivery of a pretty nifty little update earlier today in the Play Store. As far as added functionality goes, this upgrade brings not one, but two much-requested features to the application, as well as a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.

The first new facility the update transports is the ability to sort Vines in a layout that takes your fancy. Whilst browsing your favorite viner’s profile, you’ll have the option to view their 10-second videos in order of either Newest, Oldest or Popular.

The upgrade also bundles the resources for you to edit your Vine’s caption but only for a short period of time after you share it. This is rather useful if on the odd occasion you publish a post, and make a mistake while doing so, as you can go right back in and correct it.

To install the update on your smartphone or tablet, open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of your display, select ‘My Apps’, click on ’Vine’, then tap the ‘Update’ button.

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10
Feb

Monument Valley might become a Lego set


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Monument Valley is basically a puzzle game where you guide a character all over stunning architecture. However, there is a chance that Lego might make the game reality by turning it into a real Lego set.

The idea comes from Lego’s Ideas website where people can vote on ideas and Lego will make them a reality. The user, Isometry, was the one who submitted the idea and said this about it:

My Lego Ideas project is inspired by the Monument Valley game, and aims to capture the journey through a creative 3-D experience. This set includes four minimalist landscape themes that are modular and interactive; featuring rotating walkways, platforms, pillars, staircases, bridges and water wheels; along with three main characters, Ida, Totem and Crow. It is an original Lego design concept with visually attractive elements that are appealing and intriguing to a wide audience.

It sounds like a pretty cool idea, but it will need 10,000 supporters for a chance at making it all the way. If it gets enough votes then the idea will head to Lego’s Review Board for them to see if it’s possible to make. Only if everything checks out will it be made. However, if you are liking the idea and want to see a real life version of Monument Valley, head over to Lego Ideas to cast your vote.

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