Here’s some good news for those who love taking travel photos with their iPhone: Google’s VR picture-taking app, Cardboard Camera, is finally available on iOS. Best of all, it’s still free!
Three-dimensional shots taken with Cardboard Camera are a lot more immersive than the panoramas you’re used to seeing. For one, you may record sound while taking the picture, and secondly, you can experience the photos with audio in a virtual landscape on Google Cardboard or any compatible VR headset.
Shooting the VR photos is as straightforward as can be: simply hold your phone in portrait position, tap on record, and capture as much of the landscape as you can. Sharing is just as easy; select all the photos you want on the app, and then choose the method you’d like for showing off your work. It’s all cross-platform, so users of iOS, Android, and desktop computers can send links seamlessly to one another.
Apple iOS users can download the app on the App Store right now, and Android users can find their Cardboard Camera app in the same place. To get the most out of it, Google suggests building or buying a VR viewer. The simple ones aren’t that expensive, and have a ton of fun apps to partner with to boost your investment.
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Dark mode for Google Chrome is now available for Mac
Not a theme, not a skin
The time has come. The official dark mode for Google Chrome is now rolling out and it’s available in the latest stable version of the popular desktop browser. We’ve seen themes and skins to achieve this, but nothing beats a deeply integrated dark mode.
Chrome introduced dark mode last month, and it’s ready for the enjoyment of macOS users, while support for Windows is on the way.
To get this, users must use the latest Chrome 73 version. The browser should update itself (given that’ll you’ll restart it as well), but if it’s taking time, simply head over to the “About Google Chrome” section in the Help menu to manually trigger the download.
Unlike other apps, Chrome’s dark mode is integrated into the system. So, if you have dark mode enabled in macOS (or Windows 10), Chrome will automatically theme itself to match.
If you use Incognito Mode a lot, you’ll need to be more careful when switching windows. The regular dark mode and Incognito Mode windows are virtually identical sans the indicator in the menu bar.
Aside from the much-awaited dark mode, Chrome 73 also brings a couple of new features and enhancements. It has a new “Sync and Google services” section and it now supports hardware media keys to play or pause content on supported devices.
Harry Potter: Wizards United AR game is like Pokémon Go, but more complex
Made by the same game studio
Back in 2017, Niantic Labs, the makers of the mega-hit Pokémon Go, announced that they are working on a new augmented reality (AR) game based on the popular Harry Potter franchise. The time has come for us to see what they were able to make.
The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the title of the AR game co-developed with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco’s development team. From the looks of it, this ain’t just another Pokémon Go clone that other franchises have, but they share something in common.
The map of Wizards Unite is based on the real world and you walk around to look for items. Instead of cute pocket monsters, you’ll see artifacts and notable characters from the series. According to The Verge, there are mini-games when casting a spell. You’ll have to complete a collection book, earn points, and level up as well. Eurogamer also notes that players can choose one of three classes: the Magizoologist, the Professor, or the Auror.
Here’s Niantic’s description of the game’s plot from the website: A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes. Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.
Here’s a teaser featuring a Niffler hoarding shiny coins to get you more excited:
Wizards Unite seems to be a bit more complicated than Pokémon Go, which could either be good or bad. What’s for sure is that fans of the Harry Potter franchise are in a for a treat. Players of the game will surely need a high-end phone to fully experience the game and it could possibly eat up a lot of battery juice, much like Pokémon Go.
There’s more to know about the gameplay of Wizards Unite and everything there is to understand (for now) about the game is available on their website. As of writing, pre-registration is now open on the Google Play Store, while iOS users will have to wait for a bit.
Apple is having an event this month, might announce new online services
Will they become a Netflix competitor?
While Apple is known to produce great hardware and software, they also have other services which complement their devices. For starters, they have Apple Music that battles Spotify in the music streaming sector. Whether you like Apple Music or not, the Cupertino company seems to be moving toward video streaming.
On March 25, Apple will hold an event at the company’s Steve Jobs Theater right inside the Apple Park in Cupertino, California. For those who wish to watch it online, a livestream will be available on Apple’s website.
While the exact details about the upcoming gathering are kept from the public, we’re expecting it to focus on the company’s upcoming online services.
Apple event March 25 pic.twitter.com/BkaJyXCkYS
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) March 11, 2019
This should include a video streaming service as implied by the teaser that shows a classic film countdown. According to rumors, the service will feature original programming along with borrowed content from other producers like HBO. A new subscription model for Apple News wherein subscribers can access exclusive content from multiple publications is also expected.
As for hardware, we’re hoping to finally see the AirPower and the AirPods 2. There are talks about the refresh of the basic iPad model, as well.
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