Instagram Intros Face Filters for Live Videos

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Globally rolling out over the next few weeks, you can now utilize Face Filters when streaming via Instagram Live. That’s right! With this, you can change yourself into a kitten or rainbow unicorn for all of your followers to see in real-time. To get in on this amazingness, when inside of Instagram Live, tap on the “Face” button in the bottom right. Once enabled, you can swipe through the different filters and have all of the fun you can imagine. Detailed in the announcement, “You can ...

OnePlus Moves Launcher, Weather, Gallery Apps to Google Play for Quicker Updates

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One of the most important moves in Android history, I think, was the moment where Google started separating a whole bunch of core apps from the system and added them to Google Play (or Android Market at the time). This move essentially allowed for faster updates to Android in general, but it also helped updates to apps like Gmail arrive quicker as Google introduced major improvements early on. Fast forward to today and other manufacturers have done the same with many of their own custom ...

Global Citizen Festival to be Streamed in VR This Weekend, Courtesy of NextVR

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The Global Citizen Festival, set to take place this weekend in New York City, is a big music festival with a few headliners you may have heard of. They include The Lumineers, The Chainsmokers, Big Sean, plus plenty more. Now, for anyone not in NYC this weekend, you can get in on the excitement, too, via a VR headset, courtesy of NextVR. As for which headset you’ll need, NextVR says a Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR headset will do the trick. When the festivities kick off, you’ll ...

Google Announces Tez Mobile Payments App Specifically for India

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According to Google’s numbers, India is home to 300 million smartphone users. As more are becoming connected to the web, Google has introduced Tez, a mobile payments application built specifically for Indian users who wish to make paying for things a digital experience. As described, Tez is not just for paying at local stores. The app is capable of direct, bank-to-bank payments using the country’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) standard. On top of transferring money easily, folks can use the app’s “Cash Mode” to make purchases ...

Action Launcher Now Also Offers Adaptive Icon Support Via New $5 AdaptivePack App

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One of the big features inside of Oreo is Adaptive Icons. It’s essentially a native customization tool for icons, allowing a user to switch between different shapes for 3rd-party app icons. The only problem is, not many will be using Oreo until way down the road, and on top of that, the developers have to support this feature by creating an adaptive icon then updating their app. Enter 3rd-party launcher developers, who are finding ways to bring Adaptive Icons to all Android users, regardless of ...

Fenix for Twitter Exits Beta, Available for $2 on Google Play

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The new and improved Fenix for Twitter, aka Fenix 2, has exited beta and is now available for all on Google Play, priced at $1.99. Just like the original, Fenix offers plenty more customization than the standard Twitter application, perfect for those who need more than just a toggle for “Night Mode.” As it stands, Fenix 2 supports multiple accounts, a fully customizable home screen and timeline, external website support for media previews, a comprehensive “Mute” system, plus a whole lot more. Essentially, it’s a great ...

Sharing Instagram Stories Directly With Friends Just Got Easy

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In case you found an awesome Story on Instagram that your BFF needs to see, the service just made it really easy to share said story right through Direct. As an example, if you find a story you want to share, you’ll see the “Direct” icon on the bottom right of all stories, so long as the original Story account allows for sharing. Once you click that paper airplane icon, your list of friends will come up, with the Story being sent directly to their message ...

Latest Nova Launcher Beta Includes Adaptive Icons for All

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While many Android device owners won’t see an Oreo update for quite some time, custom launcher developers are always bringing renditions of the latest features straight to devices, without the need for an OTA. That’s the story for the latest beta update to Nova Launcher, which includes Adaptive Icon control for devices on Android 5.0+, just like you have in Android 8.0. Natively for Oreo, users can control the shape their app icons will have, be it a circle, square, squircle, etc. The downside is, it’s ...