- Snapchat: new stickers and voice calls
- 10 Cool Rubik’s Cubes
- Get Creative with Adonit Adobe Ink & Slide
Posted: 02 Feb 2016 06:55 AM PST
A few Snapchat images have surfaced around the web in the last couple days, especially in sites aimed towards developers, and they seem to hint at something interesting: many new features are coming, including voice calls, video calls, and even stickers, which are very similar to the ones seen in Facebook or Line’s chat services.
The new interface has a new objective: to make this chat service more widely used. Regular users might know that most of the chat is done via sending pictures with emojis, filters, or videos and animations. On the chat itself, its mostly used to say “lol” or an equivalent, or just comment on what someone else sent. Still, the company of the ghostly mascot wants you to use the chat even more, for users to type out longer convos, and compete with chat services like Facebook or Whatsapp. In order to do this, Snapchat are working in bringing new, more fun interactive features. Currently, all users can do is upload pictures, and if both users happen to be online at the same time, do a video call.
Snapchat are one of the most popular chat apps for teens who access it every hour on average so they can keep up with their history or their friends, or check on celebrities, media and so on. What makes Snapchat special, though, is that none of this stuff is stored anywhere, and all info gets deleted once the user has seen it.
From what we saw in the screenshots that came up at developer forum XDA, the new images show new screens to pick up voice and video calls, and there’s even a new bar with buttons to make these calls along with indicators to show whether a contact is reading, listening, speaking or interacting in any way with a message.
There are also a few stickers, which are all the rage in apps like Line or WeChat. Evan Spiegel, the SnapChat CEO, said he admired these messengers for having found a monetization model that hinged on games, interactivity and microtransactions, which even Facebook had to imitate eventually in their chat services.
We can not tell as of now whether these features will roll out slowly or for all users at once, but the fact that SnapChat will be adding new features seems to be a reality. Get ready, Snapchat wants you to use their app exclusively and are willing to work for your time which in the end should be great for the users.
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Posted: 02 Feb 2016 12:02 AM PST
The world is still fascinated by Rubik’s Cubes, even when it’s been decades since the game came out for the first time. In order to keep people interested, sometimes the only thing companies change is the design, while the mechanics remain the same. It still works, retaining the magic of the original cube puzzle.
Cool Rubik’s Cubes Google Chrome Edition
Known as the Ball of Whacks, it is a a set of 30 magnetic plastic blocks, and each individual piece of the Ball of Whacks is a “golden ratio” rhombic pyramid, held in place by 180 rare earth magnets. This special G-Chrome edition is available for $57.
ShengShou 3 x 3 Mirror Cube Puzzle
The ShengShou mirror cube looks more like a mini transformer trying to get into car mode than a regular Rubik’s cube puzzle, giving you the same puzzle solving experience from a different angle. Available for $5.
YJ Yulong Stickerless Cube Puzzle
Having a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube isn’t a new concept, unless you leave the stickers out of the process, making it into a transparent, exposed toy puzzle to mess around with. It’s less about the different it offers when it comes to playability, and more about the unique design.Available for $6.99
The KreNol cube is another nice twist on the Rubik’s Cube, with the end result giving you six different tic-tac-toe boards that have been won by the circle. Available for $20.
Magic Combination 3d Gear Cube
A very interesting design, making the cube seem like pieces of wood or rock meshed together to give it its unique look. Another speciality unlike ordinary 3×3×3 cube, are the four water chestnut as the center fixing the whole cube. Available for $6.95.
ShengShou Megaminx Speed Cube Puzzle
The dodecahedron-shaped puzzle has 50 movable pieces compared to the 20 pieces a 3×3 cube has. It’s great for those who try to make their puzzle experience about speed solving. Available for $7.64.
Dayan ZhanChi 3x3x3 6-Color Stickerless Speed Cube
The Dayan ZhanChi stickerless speed cube is about simple colors and solving it quickly thanks to its excellent, smooth design and build. It’s available for $12.90.
Rubik’s Cube Game
You can’t go wrong with a classic Rubik’s Cube that comes with a solution guide for those who like cheats and walkthroughs, and also a display stand for when you finally complete it and want to show off to anyone who comes into your home. Available for $9.99.
Original Rubik’s cube, Vintage Condition
A vintage item from the original Rubik’s Cube days that is the Blackjack or Poker version of the puzzle, matching up cards instead of colors. Available for $25.
ShengShou 5x 5 x 5 V III Speed Cube Puzzle
Another ShengShou product with a twist: It’s colorful and fast just like their other products, but the 5×5 edition makes it a little bit more difficult. Available for $7.08
Posted: 01 Feb 2016 02:45 PM PST
iPads already pack enough computing power to run Adobe’s Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch without any problems, but to use the apps to the fullest, you need a couple of creative tools such as the Adobe Ink & Slide.
First announced back in 2013 as projects Mighty and Napoleon, the Adobe Ink & Slide could be regarded as a premium stylus and ruler, but in fact their functionality goes way beyond that. Fit for both budding artists and professionals, the two tools can easily turn an iPad into a digital canvas. In all fairness, drawing on a tablet without at least a basic stylus typically leads to inaccurate shapes where precise lines should be. Adobe Ink and Slide, which are now available in our store, Walyou Deals, can improve the way you sketch on the iPad.
You don’t have to give up on sketching while traveling or commuting, especially if you own an iPad. Pack the Ink stylus with you, to draw smoothly and seamlessly, and the Slide ruler to create lines and curves with impressive accuracy. The combo enables you to draw any shape you want, from straight lines and circles to French curves.
The LED light of the stylus will help you notice whether the Ink is on and connected to an iPad. Setting both of these devices up is really easy, and the entire setup process will take very little of your time. The two gadgets aren’t only highly functional, but they are also very durable, as they are both encased in aluminum, and their bodies feel very sleek. If you’re curious about the dimensions, Ink measures 5.6? × 0.5? × 0.5? and weighs 0.04 pounds, while Slide is 3.9? × 0.9? × 0.4?, at about the same weight.
If you’re concerned about compatibility, then you should learn that the Ink and Slide connect over Bluetooth 4.0 to iPad 4 or newer, all models of iPad Mini, including Retina, and the first generation iPad Air. If you decide to use Ink and Slide with non-iPad devices and non-Adobe software, you’ll only have access to stylus functionality.
Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch, the two apps that the Ink and Slide were designed for, can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store. On top of that, you can use these two items with a Creative Cloud membership. There is a free option for this, too, so you don’t have to worry about spending any additional money besides what you’re paying for the accessories.
Adobe Ink & Slide are available as a set on Walyou Deals, where you can save 85% off the retail price. In other words, you will only pay $29.99 instead of $200, but for that you’ll have to hurry, as the offer expires in 6 days. All sales are final, and shipping is free to continental US addresses. Deliveries are expected to take place between February 12 and 15.
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