Instagram adds location and hashtag stories to Explore tab

May 22, 2017

Instagram has just introduced two new features that will improve the way users discover the world around them on Explore: location and hashtag stories. Both new features will be available from the Explore tab inside the Instagram app and should enable users to see what’s happening around them, as well as find stories related to their interests.

A new story ring positioned at the top of Explore gives Instagram users access to all the stories happening near them. It’s worth pointing out that these stories will come from users who’ve used location stickers on their …

New version of Pinterest Lens offers recipes based on full dish recognition

May 22, 2017

Pinterest’s Lens tool is available to everyone in the United States since March. The feature received many improvements in the coming months, but one of the most significant additions has been announced today.

The Lens tool can now provide users with recipes whenever it recognizes a dish. The option wasn’t available until today, as Pinterest Lens could only offer food recipes based on the individual ingredients.

With the new ability, Pinterest Lens users can now recreate meals, so the next time they like a dish they ate at their favorite restaurant, they …

Netatmo Weather Station is long on looks, longer on data

May 22, 2017
It was time to update my home weather station from something functional but ugly to something decidedly more modern. Netatmo has fit the bill nicely.

I was going to show you my old weather station — a venerable beast from Oregon Scientific, which is quite good at this sort of thing. But alas, as soon as I took it off the wall it disappeared to wherever Phil’s Old Stuff disappears. (Basically an older, less sexy version of this.

So. Time for something new. Something connected, and something definitely more modern.

A quick search of ye olde internet consistently returned offerings from Netatmo. They haven’t changed a lot over the years, which actually is a good thing in this case. So that’s the direction my credit card was pointed.

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The basics: The standard Netatmo Weather Station comes a relatively small indoor sensor, and an outdoor sensor. They look, well, like silver cans. The indoor one measures temperature and humidity and sound…

Honor reveals two Play Tab 2 tablets with Android Nougat

Huawei’s sub-brand Honorhold an event today where the the Honor 6A was the main star. Alongside it the company announced two new tablets – the Honor Play Tab 2 with 8″ display and the Honor Play Tab 2 with 9.6″ display.

Both tablets are powered by Snapdragon 425 with quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.4 GHz and run on Android 7.0 Nougat. They offer 5MP cameras on the back and 2MP snappers on the front. The battery capacity is 4800 mAh.

There are three versions with different memory + storage combo – Wi-Fi Only 2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage, LTE 2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage and LTE 3 GB RAM…

Huawei announces MateBook E 2-in-1 device with 2K display, advanced Folio Keyboard

May 22, 2017

Huawei has just unveiled a brand new 2-in-1 device that’s meant to compete with Microsoft’s new Surface Pro that went official earlier today. The MateBook E is Huawei’s next generation slate that promises speed, elegance, and mobility, allowing consumers to stay connected to everyone while on the go.

As the title says, Huawei MateBook E sports a 12-inch display with 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution and 400 nits brightness. The 2-in-1 device weighs 640g (without keyboard) or 1.1Kg (keyboard included).

Hardware-wise, the MateBook E is equipped with either a 7th …

Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

 In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding to its Lens camera search the ability to recognize complete dishes. Next time you’re at a restaurant and you find something delicious, Pinterest is now going to give you a way to take a quick photo of that dish through its Lens feature and find recipes related to it. Read More

Microsoft announces new Surface Pro, starts at $799

Microsoft has announced the new Surface Pro. Despite the confusing name, it is a successor to last year’s Surface Pro 4. The new model comes with a new design, new display, new hardware, some new software, and new accessories, making it one of the more comprehensive overhauls in the series so far.

The new Surface Pro is completely redesigned and is the thinnest (8.5mm) and lightest (1.7lb) Surface yet. On the back is a new hinge that allows 165-degree of movement for a near flat angle, ideal for writing or drawing.

The new Surface Pro has a 12.3-inch, 2736×1824, PixelSense Display…

27 – A Spatial IQ Puzzle [Android, iOS Game]

App Name: 27 – A Spatial IQ Puzzle [Android, iOS Game] Cost: Free Developer: 9th Impact App Market: Download Page Description: The studio, best known for their Biker Mice from Mars endless runner and strategy games are taking their first steps into the ‘brain-training’ genre with 27. 27 is a unique puzzle game that is scientifically guaranteed to improve your spatial IQ. Your goal is simply to clear all the 27s from the board. The game gives you a deck of 4 numbers. You can place these numbers anywhere on the board. Your deck refreshes with a new number each time you place one. Three of the same number in a row will produce the sum and the newly formed number will appear in the grid space where the final number in the row was placed. Sounds simple, right? But of course, there’s tricky designer placement, board congestion, blocked grid spaces, exploding numbers and the damn luck of the deck to contend with! A perfect casual pick up and play…

This is an original post from 27 – A Spatial IQ Puzzle [Android, iOS Game] at App Review Central by Larry Sullivan

Hide your Instagram posts with a new archive option!

May 22, 2017
Think your profile is overrun with too many Instagram posts? Not enough likes on your latest selfie? Well you’ll soon be able to archive those oldies. Here’s how!

If you’re someone who’s been on Instagram since it first launched in 2010, chances are you have quite a number of posts and content that no longer match your current ~aesthetic~ or that are old and silly that you might not want to outright delete, but definitely don’t want on your profile if someone scrolls back to the beginning.

Now, Instagram is introducing a new archive feature that will allow users to save their old posts but hide them from the view of others.


Essentially, users now have the option “archive” a post rather than delete it altogether. When a post is archived, it is simply hidden from public visibility, but remains on the service for the user to restore to visibility if they so choose.

How does it work?

If you want to archive a post, just tap on the three dots next to one of your posts an…

First HTC U11 night time photos surface: is this the best smartphone camera around?

May 22, 2017

HTC’s new flagship phone, the U11, has big aspirations: some publications have called it the best camera ever on a phone, but how does it do in one area where smartphone cameras typically struggle, night time photography?

Nothing short of impressive

The HTC U11 will be released in early June, but today we see the first test of the U11’s 12-megapixel rear camera in night time conditions and the results are nothing short of impressive.
The images were published on Flickr by a user in Asia who seems to have …
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