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Dec

This app boosts event hashtags by collecting all snapshots in one place


Custom hashtags for weddings and other events simplify the task of finding photos, but those shots are still often scattered across multiple networks. Share Your Photos, by developer Picture Keepers, is an app that does just what the name suggests. With Share Your Photos, however, photos are gathered all into one place for sharing, downloading, and making prints.

After downloading the app and creating a username, Share Your Photos allows users to create an event with a unique event ID. That unique ID can then be shared through email or text, or in person. Invited users can add their own shots, browse other photos, download photos, or order prints. Picture Keepers says the app will store the photos “forever for free” as long as the event is active, so the service can also act as a safeguard against losing images to device failure.

The developer says the sharing platform is more private than social media — only other users with the event code are able to access the images. Events can also be password protected, while event creators can also remove guests at any time. Images can be accessed with the app or from a desktop browser.

Share Your Photos is designed for anyone that wants to share photos with easier downloads, prints, and multi-user access than social networks offer. The developer suggests the app for collecting all the guests’ snapshots from a wedding or event, as well as teachers or coaches sharing images from an entire school year or season. The app can also be used to securely share photos of kids with family members that don’t have social media accounts.

A recent update gave the app a more user-friendly interface. The update also allows users to create slideshows and customize the event’s cover photo.

Sharing images on social media doesn’t allow for the password-protected layer of privacy, while some networks, such as Instagram, intentionally make it difficult to download photos to protect the photographer’s copyright. The app’s closest competitor is likely Google Photos, which has both the ability to allow multiple contributors to an album, simple family sharing and the option to order prints and albums. And while 500 million people are already using Google Photos, the popular app doesn’t have options for sharing a password protected album or creating a catchy album title that’s easy for guests to remember to join later.

Share Your Photos is available from the App Store and Google Play as a free download.

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2
Dec

Elon Musk’s crazy new plan combines Mars, David Bowie, and a Tesla Roadster


Back in March, outspoken entrepreneur Elon Musk teased on Twitter that the payload for the upcoming SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket would be the “silliest thing we can imagine!” Now he has revealed his plans — and it sound like something inspired by the intro to the 1981 movie Heavy Metal.

Musk tweeted that the payload for the test launch would be his own cherry-red Tesla Roadster, with its stereo blasting David Bowie’s 1969 classic Space Oddity as it leaves the launch pad. The Falcon-Tesla-Bowie combo will head for a Mars orbit, where it could remain for a billion years, according to Musk … with one small caveat: “If it doesn’t blow up on ascent.”

The Falcon Heavy is scheduled for its big test with a launch from Cape Canaveral in December, from the same launch pad that sent the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon in 1969.

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 17, 2017

SpaceX earlier posted an animation detailing the capabilities of the huge new booster, which Musk boasts has twice the thrust of the next largest rocket. The Falcon is a behemoth, with three boosters, each containing nine engines, that delivers five million pounds of thrust. Its payload capacity is massive as well at 119,000 pounds, the equivalent of a fully loaded 737 jetliner.

The Falcon Heavy is also designed to be reusable. After the two side boosters detach from the main module, they will fly back to Earth and land upright on a landing pad. The core booster will make a similar landing, with the second stage engines powering the spacecraft on to the red planet.

This month also marks the first real test of SpaceX’s “reusable rocket” concept. The December 9 mission delivering cargo to the International Space Station will use a previously flown Falcon 9 that made its maiden voyage back in June. Designated CRS-13, it’s the 13th mission to the ISS by SpaceX under its $1.6 billion contract.

According to Space Flight Now, the Falcon Heavy still has to pass some major hurdles before Musk’s planned Ziggy Stardust stunt in January, however. Once the rocket is assembled and rolled out to Pad 38A, it will have to undergo a “static fire” test before getting a final “go” for launch. The test will be the first time SpaceX has fired 27 of the Merlin 1D engines at the same time.

If all goes well, Musk’s little red Roadster will soon be sent soaring into the cosmos, forever enshrined in orbit around Mars. Can you hear me, Major Tom?

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2
Dec

Keep your internet browsing encrypted with VPNSecure, now 91% off


Banking information. Mortgage payment history. Your important documents. Nearly all of your life is online these days, and, while convenient, that can be scary. There are many people out there looking to act maliciously, and we need to be sure that is in the back of our brains at all times. While you can’t avoid using the internet (in most cases), you can ensure that it is a secure connection when you do use it.

VPNs have become more and more popular as the time passes because people want to make sure that the information they are transmitting is getting to the right places. VPNSecure is a great option, and right now you can score a sweet deal on a lifetime subscription to the service. With it you’ll be able to connect up to five devices at the same time, use unlimited bandwidth and more.

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Some of the key features include:

  • Allows you to bypass geolocation blocks on your favorite streaming networks
  • Encrypts your traffic so hackers can’t access your data
  • Hides your location & IP address
  • Supports torrents
  • Allows you to connect five devices simultaneously
  • Grants you the ability to choose Data Cipher
  • Uses Stealth VPN to render your VPN traffic unrecognizable
  • Delivers unlimited bandwidth
  • Does not keep any logs of your activity
  • Includes servers in 46+ countries & counting
  • Protects against DNS leak fixes, kill switches & more

You are getting a whole lot for your money here. VPNSecure normally costs $450 for the lifetime subscription, but right now you can pick one up for only $39. That’s not all — use code CYBER40 to take the price down to $23.99! You’ll want to hurry though, because this price won’t last long.

Browsing the web can get you in loads of trouble if you aren’t careful, so be sure to grab this at its 91% discount to secure your browsing sessions.

See at Android Central Digital Offers

2
Dec

Best Samsung Gear VR Games with Offline Play


You don’t have to be connected to the internet to have a great time in VR.

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As we move into a more connected world, it’s harder to find quality games you can play when you’re completely offline. But we found some good ones that you could play even if you were in the middle of nowhere.

Some of these games have features that require you to be online such as leader boards and multi player matches but you can play the core experience of these games and have a good time without connecting to the web.

Read more at VRHeads!

2
Dec

Doom VFR review: Everything should be this good


No death is certain when you work for the Union Aerospace Corporation.

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Guess what? You’re dead. Yep, Pinky demon came rushing right at you as soon as it locked eyes and you know how that goes. I mean, we’ve all read the briefing reports on those things. They’ll keep running at you until one of you is dead and, well, you weren’t exactly ready for that fight. Not to worry though, your consciousness was uploaded into a shiny new Union drone so you can fulfill your contractual obligations to the corporation!

You’d better get to work, and make sure you have a gun or seven nearby this time. It looks like things are not going well around here.

Read more at VRHeads!

2
Dec

Ask Engadget: What is the best 4K, 3D-capable TV?


The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we’ve known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fact, our community’s knowledge and insights are a reason why many of you participate in the comments.

We truly value the time and detail you all spend in responding to questions from your fellow tech-obsessed commenters, which is why we’ve decided to bring back the much-missed “Ask Engadget” column. This week’s question comes to us from a reader who is in the market for a TV with pretty specific features. Weigh in with your advice in the comments — and feel free to send your own questions along to ask@engadget.com!

I really enjoy watching 3D Blu-rays at home and have a good collection. Now that 3D capability seems to have been dropped from most, if not all, new TVs, what do I do? My current TV is a Samsung 55-inch and only 1080p. I really want to get a new 60-plus-inch 4K model with 3D capability (not a projector). What are my best options?

Devindra Hardawar

Devindra Hardawar
Senior Editor

Consider yourself a rare consumer. While 3D was something the movie industry and TV makers pushed hard a few years ago, it wasn’t widely adopted by many. Like most failed formats, the problem lay in its complexity. You needed to have a 3D Blu-ray-capable player, as well as a 3D TV.

Once you were set there, you had to figure out what sort of glasses you needed to use (and keep them charged, if they were “active” frames). And, of course, only a few films, like Avatar, Hugo and How to Train Your Dragon, were worth watching again in 3D. So, it’s not a huge surprise to see support for the format dwindling today, especially as we have more impressive technological leaps like 4K and HDR.

So where does that leave you? While you don’t have many 3D options in low-end and mid-range 4K TVs, there’s still support in some higher-end sets. In particular, LG’s 2016 OLED models (the C6, E6 and G6) all feature 3D. You might also see some older 4K sets from around 2014 with 3D, but I’d steer clear of those since they don’t offer HDR, which is the real visual upgrade in modern TVs. And I know you’re not interested in projectors, but honestly they’re worth considering since plenty of 1080p models have 3D, and it’s a format that really benefits from being viewed on a giant screen.

It’s worth noting that LG completely omitted 3D in its 2017 TVs, and you won’t find it on other popular LCD sets, like Sony’s X900E. While it’s likely not difficult for manufacturers to bundle in the technology now, the relatively low adoption among consumers and lack of content makes it an easy sacrifice. Why invest time and energy including something that most people have been ignoring? 3D is clearly on its way out. But luckily for you, now’s a good time to nab one of those LG OLED sets at a huge discount.

2
Dec

NSA surveillance expansion bill moves to House for a vote


Intelligence officials might not get the permanent surveillance powers they’re looking for, but they could get some key concessions all the same. The House Intelligence Committee has passed the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 in a partisan 12-8 vote, clearing it for an eventual vote in the House of Representatives. The bill is ostensibly about renewing the FISA Amendments Act’s Section 702 for 4 years, but it also expands the list of eligible spying targets.

Where the agency previously only had authority to snoop on either foreign powers or an “agent of a foreign power,” it would have the authority to surveil anyone who knowingly helps others who conduct “international malicious cyber activity.” That looser definition theoretically lets the NSA collect data on people who are only incidentally connected, rather than those directly involved.

There are other issues. This would offer guidance on reviving the sweeping “about” collection that scooped up American email en masse, and hints that the NSA could target whole facilities for surveillance, not just specific targets. And when the agency wants to read data caught by widescale surveillance, it would only have the option of seeking a warrant, rather a requirement.

There’s no guarantee this will survive a House vote or the rest of the Congressional gauntlet, but there’s clearly an attempt to rush the measure through the legislature and minimize chances for scrutiny. Both the Committee and the public had less than 2 days to see what it contained before the decision to move forward. And what little debate time there was ended up revolving around protections for “unmasking” the identities of Americans, not the broader privacy issues. The NSA could get significantly extended powers with little public discussion.

Via: EFF

Source: House Intelligence Committee (1), (2)

2
Dec

Best Buy Doorbuster Event Day 2: Save $200 on MacBook Pro and $80 on Beats Pill+ Speaker


Today is Day 2 of Best Buy’s 20 Days of Doorbusters sale event, which began yesterday and offers customers new deals on a variety of products every day until December 20. For today’s sale, you can get $200 off the mid 2017 model of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro in three configurations, which we’ve listed below. These discounts are mostly hitting between $50 and $100 below the price of similar models at other retailers like B&H Photo and MacMall, so be sure to check them out before the sale prices disappear tonight at midnight.

Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy and Walmart. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • Intel Core i5, 8GB, 128GB Flash Storage, Space Gray – $1,099.99, down from $1,299.99
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB, 128GB Flash Storage, Silver – $1,099.99, down from $1,299.99
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB, 256GB Flash Storage, Space Gray – $1,299.99, down from $1,499.99
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB, 256GB Flash Storage, Silver – $1,299.99, down from $1,499.99
  • Intel Core i7, 16GB, 512GB Solid State Drive, Space Gray – $1,999.99, down from $2,199.99

Besides MacBook Pro, Best Buy today also the Beats Pill+ speaker on sale for $149.99, a savings of $80 from its normal price of $229.99. You can buy the Bluetooth speaker in Black, White, or (PRODUCT)RED. If you’re looking for other colors, Walmart has the Beats Pill+ at the same $149.99 price point in Asphalt Gray and Turf Green, part of the Beats Neighborhood Collection.

Additionally, there is a collection of MacBook accessories made by Incase available during Day 2 of Best Buy’s Doorbuster event. With these discounts you can get up to $35 off select hard shell, cover, and sleeve accessories created for 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air.

Check out Best Buy’s deals page for more of Day 2’s discounts — which include an Amazon Fire TV, Lenovo laptop, and Google Pixel 2 — and remember that all of today’s sales will end around midnight tonight. For those planning ahead, the next few notable Doorbuster days include headphones (December 4), Smart 4K TV sets (December 6), iPad (December 11), iPhone (December 17), and another MacBook sale (December 19).

To keep track of even more deals going on this week, make sure to head over to our full Deals Roundup.

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Dec

How to use Bluetooth AptX HD on the OnePlus 5T for a great listening experience


The OnePlus 5T has a very in-demand feature in smartphones right now — a 3.5mm headphone jack; but that doesn’t mean it’s the way you should be listening to music on the phone. OnePlus is one of the few manufacturers that supports Bluetooth AptX HD into its phones. It’s a wireless audio codec that provides a greater than CD quality sound when using compatible wireless headphones.

To experience AptX HD, you need to follow a few simple stages to get it working. Here’s our guide to enjoying AptX HD on your OnePlus 5T. If you haven’t bought a OnePlus 5T yet, read our OnePlus 5T review to find out why you should.

The right equipment

Owning the OnePlus 5T gets you only halfway to AptX HD audio nirvana. You also need an AptX HD-ready pair of headphones. That’s right, your old pair of well-used in-ears that came free with an old phone won’t cut it here. You’re going to have to splash out, but it’s worth it.

The easiest way to find out what headphones are ready for AptX HD is visit the AptX website, where you’ll find a complete, up-to-date list of compatible hardware. We are particular fans of the amazing Audio Technica ATH-DSR9BT over-ears, the Bowers & Wilkins PX noise canceling headphones, and LG’s Tone Active+ halo-style in-ears.

More products are being released with AptX HD support all the time, so if you don’t find a pair to suit right now, do keep checking back.

How to activate AptX HD

You’ve got your OnePlus 5T, and the right pair of Bluetooth headphones all ready to go. Now, we need to prepare and then pair them together. Here are the stages you need to follow:

  • First, open Settings and scroll down to Advanced. Tap to open and look for the Bluetooth Audio Codec option at the bottom of the page. Tap it and select AptX HD in the menu that appears.
  • Once you’ve activated it, go back to the Bluetooth settings and pair your smartphone with the headphones. Tap Bluetooth and make sure it’s switched on using the slider at the top of the menu page. Ensure your headphones are also turned on and in Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • Look for the headphones in the Available Devices list, and tap to pair.
  • Just as the two devices pair up, provided AptX HD has been activated correctly and you have a compatible pair of headphones, you’ll see a notification at the bottom of the screen saying AptX HD is active.

That’s it, you’re now set up for the best wireless audio quality you’ll hear.

Use the best music sources

When you use AptX HD and play hi-res files, the sound is as close to high resolution audio quality usually provided by wired headphones as you’ll get. It plays up to 48kHz/24-bit LPCM audio, and it’s genuinely unlike any wireless Bluetooth experience you’ll have had before. To get this, you should use hi-res sources, such as Tidal HiFi, or your own hi-res music files.

Playing regular MP3 files, or music from Spotify, will sound better using AptX HD; but it won’t be the eye-opening experience you’ll have with hi-res content.

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2
Dec

The best wireless keyboards for every platform and computer


Tablets and laptops are getting more and more advanced all the time, but our input options often have a hard time keeping up. If you want to get down to business, a touchscreen keyboard usually just won’t get the job done. Serious work needs a proper keyboard.

You could opt for something big and chunky, or perhaps a mechanical keyboard that offers a more tactile typing experience. But if you are on the go, you’ll probably want something more compact that you can throw in your bag without all the wires. This guide will take you through some of the best wireless keyboards available today, for all sorts of different budgets and uses.

Note that we’ve omitted designs that integrate a case or cover, as with various iPad combinations or the Surface keyboard. First-party devices are generally high quality, but we’re focusing on solutions that work with multiple form factors and platforms.

Our pick

Logitech K780 multi-device wireless keyboard ($84)

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Unlike the K480, we absolutely adored the Logitech K780 when we got a chance to test it. Compatible with Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS, this versatile wireless keyboard comes with a tray to seat your tablet in, supports up to three devices at once, and comes with its own USB dongle for use with systems without Bluetooth support.

We did feel the lack of NUM lock and caps-lock indicators when we tested it and no backlighting does mean that you aren’t going to want to use this one in the dark — unless you’re a pro touch-typer — but overall this is the best wireless keyboard we’ve tested in quite some time.

It’s comfortable, versatile and the battery life is said to last as long as two years on just two AAA batteries. Although this keyboard is more expensive, that’s comparable to our choice for best battery-life on this list.

Available now in two different colors, the Logitech K780 is our pick for the best wireless keyboard you can buy right now.

But it now from:

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Best budget keyboard

OMOTON Bluetooth Keyboard ($16)

If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest Bluetooth keyboard you can get, the OMOTON $16 keyboard is a good option. It might look like a rip-off of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, but don’t be fooled: it’s made entirely of plastic. However, it is quite thin and light, making it convenient to quickly thrown in your bag with your iPad or laptop. The manufacturer claims 30 days of continuous use, using two AAA-batteries, which aren’t included in the package.

It really is made with the iOS in mind, but should work across the board for MacOS, Windows 10, and Android — though longevity for future updates is questionable.

Buy it now from:

Amazon

Best battery life

Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900 ($30)

As much as you might only be looking for a wireless keyboard to augment your tablet experience, the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900 goes a step further and comes with a fully-functioning wireless mouse too. Don’t fret that that will make this option the most costly, as its MSRP of $50 is hardly extortionate. Better yet, you can regularly find this wireless peripheral bundle for as little as $30.

Although there have been some reports of a slightly noisy spacebar, the keyboard in this bundle features quiet keys and a smooth typing experience. Its wireless signal is even encrypted to an AES 128-bit standard, so you can rest assured that what you’re typing won’t be intercepted. Keys are reprogrammable too, letting you customize the keyboard layout as you wish.

The big selling feature of this set though is battery life. With just two AAA batteries, Microsoft claims that you can have up to two years of operation out of both the keyboard and mouse. That means they will be a long, long time before you even have to think about replacing the batteries.

Buy it now from:

Amazon Microsoft

Best for Apple devices

Apple Magic Keyboard ($88)

Apple’s redesigned Magic keyboard is everything Apple fans (and others) could want from a minimalistic Bluetooth keyboard design. The older Magic keyboards had a rolled base that propped the back of the keyboard up and made room for AA batteries. The new version now has a rechargeable battery, so the keyboard lies much more flat. It might be a little bigger than some of the other options on the list, but it works well with both iOS and MacOS products.

The keys also received an upgrade, and now have a little more weight when typing, which is generally also an improvement. The arrow key redesign is somewhat less welcome, but the advantages to this new design are hard to deny. The Bluetooth battery claims a one month charge, too, so you can carry this keyboard around without worrying about it too much. That’s not a patch on some of the others on this list, but for Apple loyalists this is the keyboard to buy.

The next version may even come with Apple’s famed touch bar, though we hope it doesn’t.

Buy it now from:

Amazon

Best compact option

Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Keyboard ($20)

Those looking for a super-compact Bluetooth keyboard for their mobile devices may find the inexpensive Arteck HB030B perfect for their needs. This 0.24-inch thin keyboard is easy to slip into most computer bags or backpacks, and is compatible with pretty much every common mobile platform. It’s tiny and scrunched, which might be just what you want when you need to type on the go.

It also comes with a surprising amount of backlighting, with seven different color options and two levels of brightness. Perfect for those who need a mobile keyboard in low-light conditions.

Buy it now from:

Amazon

Updated 12/01/2017 by Jon Martindale – Overhauled categories and updated text. 

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