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 ...

SHIELD TV 16GB With SHIELD Remote Bundle Price Cut to $179

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Launched earlier this year with a price of $199, the SHIELD TV from NVIDIA has just received a price cut, now listed at $179 on NVIDIA’s website. NVIDIA says this price will also be reflected at retailers soon and we can’t help but assume this is a move directed at Apple’s launch of the Apple TV 4K ($199). This $179 option is a 16GB unit with SHIELD Remote, but do note, it comes with no SHIELD Controller. That’s an add-on you can purchase for the same ...

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 ...

Amazon is working on a pair of Alexa-enabled ‘smart glasses’ and a home security camera

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In the battle to become our smart assistant of choice, Amazon's Alexa is currently losing out in one key area: mobile. Apple's iPhones have Siri, and Android phones have the Google Assistant, but with the failure of the Fire phone, Alexa isn't the convenient choice on any smartphone. According to a report in the Financial Times, Amazon plans to address this issue by launching a pair 'smart glasses' that can interact with Alexa. The project is certainly reminiscent of Google Glass. In fact, Amazon hired ...

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 ...

DEAL: Buy a Google Home for $129, Get a Free Chromecast

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Over on Best Buy, you can grab a Google Home for $129 (its usual price), then get a Chromecast thrown in for free. Free tech? Oh, yeah! Best Buy lists this as a bundle, with both items coming in the same package, for the $129 price. That means there’s no coupon codes or forms to fill out to claim your free Chromecast. Just pay the $129 and you get both devices. If waiting for delivery doesn’t interest you, in-store pickup appears to be available basically everywhere, so ...

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 ...