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Snapchat introduces Lens Studio

Snapchat has announced a new desktop app for Windows and Mac called Lens Studio. It allows users to design and build their own augmented reality Snapchat Lenses that can be used within the app. And in case you’re not sure how to get started, Snapchat has templates and guides to help you out.The Lens Studio also allows developers access to a scripting API to help them code their own interactive experiences.Once you’re finished with your creation, you can publish your Lens and you’ll get a Snap code that other people can scan to unlock your Lens.Snapchat says that at least one third of their daily audience uses Lenses, averaging about 3 minutes each per day. For advertisers or brands, Snapchat is partnering with AR development agencies to create both face and World Lenses and they’ll be able to tailor it depending on budget, timelines and industries.The Lens Studio is available to download now, you’ll need either Windows 10 or macOS 10.10 and later and have a minimum of a Intel Core 2 Du…
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The Last Jedi content coming to Star Wars: Jedi Challenges in 2018

Lenovo has announced that new content from Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be coming to Star Wars: Jedi Challenges.For those who don’t know, Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is a smartphone-powered augmented reality experience that allows fans to experience Star Wars in new ways using the Lenovo Mirage AR headset. This is the first content expansion for Jedi Challenges, since it launched in December. You’ll be able to duel against two elite Pratorian Guards from the film, battle in three new levels of Strategic Combat on Crait, the new planet from the film.There will also be new content in Assault Mode, with all-new enemies including the Stormtrooper Executioner and Riot Control Stormtrooper.And finally, there will be Porgs in Jedi Challenges, with players being able to play with them in augmented reality.The Last Jedi content update for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges will come in January 2018. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is available now for $289 CAD ($199 USD) from and…

Disney acquires 21st Century Fox for $66 billion

Disney has announced that they’ve acquired 21st Century Fox for $66.1 billion USD, with $52.4 billion of that being in stock.The deal will include Fox’s film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and their international TV businesses, such as the Star TV network in India and  their 39% stake in Sky in Europe.Shareholders of 21st Century Fox will in return receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each Fox share they own. Disney will assume Fox’s $13.7 billion USD net debt with the deal.It will also include properties such as X-Men, Avatar, The Simpsons as well as FX Networks and the National Geographic channel.This deal also means that Disney now has Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu (which was a conglomerate) and now Disney owns 60% of Hulu, while Comcast has a 30% stake and Time Warner a 10% stake.Because of this deal, Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger will remain in his position until 2021, he was originally scheduled to step down in July 2019.Source: Disney

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Apple iMac Pro will be available on December 14th

After being announced at WWDC 2017, Apple has announced that their “most powerful Mac”, the iMac Pro will be available for purchase on December 14th.  The specs are as follows, it has a 27-inch 5K display, either 8-core, 10-core or 18-core Xeon processor with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of DDR4 RAM. For storage, the iMac Pro will come with a 1TB SDD but can be configured to 2TB or 4TB SSD.Inside, you’ll find the Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of video memory, it can be configured with a the same GPU but with 16GB of video memory. The computer is capable of outputting up to 22 teraflops of power.Marques Brownlee (aka MKBHD) has already got his hand on the iMac Pro, you can see his video below. As for ports, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slot, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support and an Ethernet port.The iMac Pro comes in a nice Space Grey colour with a matching Space Grey Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. There will also be a special black USB-A to…

Nintendo has sold 10 million Switch consoles worldwide

Nintendo has announced that they’ve sold 10 million units of their Switch console worldwide.To put that in comparison, Nintendo only sold about 13 million units of the Wii U throughout the console’s lifespan which was from November 2012 to January 2017.“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”Nintendo is going to keep this momentum going into 2018, with releases such as Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta & Bayonetta 2 and a new Yoshi game.When I reviewed the Switch earlier, this year, I said it was a great console but it was severely lacking in games but in the six month since then, there is a lot more games available for the Switch which should make your purchase worth it even more.The Nintendo …

Apple confirms its acquiring Shazam

Apple announced they’re acquiring the popular song identifying app, Shazam, following a report last week from TechCrunch.Here’s the statement that Apple provided TechCrunch:“We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.”Apple didn’t say how much they acquired Shazam for but sources tell TechCrunch that it was close to $400 million.It was also reported that Shazam was previously in talks with both Snap Inc and Spotify.Shazam’s basic premise is music recognition, people use their app to record a clip of music that is b…

Google’s AR Stickers are now rolling out

Back at their October hardware event, Google showed off AR Stickers which would allow Pixel users bring their favourite characters to life. Google has just announced that AR Stickers are now officially rolling out to Pixel phones.There are AR Stickers of the kids from Stranger Things, Porgs and BB-8 from Star Wars The Last Jediand even Foodmoji and 3D text stickers. To access the AR Stickers, you’ll  Android 8.1 because the ARCore framework is part of the new 8.1 update. Once you’re updated to 8.1, then you can download the AR Stickers from the Play Store and the AR Stickers option will become available in the camera app. If you place multiple AR Stickers, they’ll be able to interact with each other, like if you put Eleven and a Demogorgon, Eleven will start to use her powers to attack it.Source: Google

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