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Artisto Will Do To Videos What Prisma Does To Photos

Exponential growth of technology. That’s the mantra of the age we are living in. Don’t believe me? Just see what the release of Prisma has done to the world.

When the neural-network based photo editing app released, it was pretty evident it’s about to disrupt all the photo filters apps we had been using.

And now, there’s another app to beat the mighty Prisma as well. Prisma had promised to bring its filters to videos, but another app has beaten it in its own game. Artisto, available both for Android and iOS users, make use of a similar technology to transform your average videos to works of art.

The filters look straight out of canvasses from the likes of Van Gogh, Dali, Munch, etc. Only, the end result is an art-form in motion.

Artisto works the same way as Prisma does. It uses machine-learning algorithms to scan every detail of the photo and then apply the filter accordingly. But, Artisto is beating Prisma in its own game with the speed with which it is rendering full-scale videos.

While Prisma was being criticised for the amount of time it takes to apply the filter, Artisto seems to have taken the lead in this.

The app can render videos stored either in the gallery or shot from the in-app camera itself. Select the 10-second sequence where you want to apply the filter and the app will do the rest for you.

Some filters are quite similar to what you get in Prisma, but most of them are unique to Artisto.

Even though the app has been released for both Android and iOS, its not available in all regions. The app isn’t available for Android users in India, yet.

With Prisma launching its video mode soon, and many other apps mimicking the AI-based photo editing both these apps do, the next few months are surely going to be interesting. Whoever thought being an artist is as easy as tapping on a button?

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Oppo F1s: Fuel Your Selfie Rage!

Oppo F1s: Fuel Your Selfie Rage!

The famous Oppo F1 just got a successor in the form of Oppo F1s. Just like the F1, this one too is pegged at selfie-addicts and falls in the mid-range category in India. Get your hands on the Oppo F1s for Rs 17,990.

The smartphone launched today joins the elite class of phones made especially for people who love to take selfies with the front snapper.

For this, the Oppo F1s has a 16-megapixel front facing camera with a front-facing flash. It comes protected with a Gorilla Glass 4 screen. It also comes loaded with a feature called beautify 4.0 to make selfies look even better. The camera is loaded with various kinds of filters and seven beautification modes. There is an auto screen flash as well.

The front snapper is reportedly very capable and can shoot brilliant self portraits in low-light as well.

Now its an unofficial rule that phones that are used for selfies should look good themselves. And Oppo doesn’t disappoint in this segment. The phone looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Oppo F1. But the edges are mildly curved, offering a pleasant grip. There’s a slim bezel, adding to the overall aesthetics of this phone. In fact, some may say that it looks like an iPhone ripoff.

Apart from the Gorilla Glass 4, the F1s comes with a pre-installed screen guard, protecting the main screen from scratches every time you drop the phone while taking selfies. (Stop kidding, you know that happens so often!)

There is also a fingerprint scanner, which Oppo claims, unlocks the phone in a mere 0.22 seconds. Unlock. Click. Share, all in a matter of few seconds.

There is also a 13-Megapixel rear camera with a rather large sensor and LED flash, pretty capable of taking good images, even in low-light.

Under the hood, the Oppo F1s is powered by the 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 eight-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.

The smartphone gets 32GB of onboard memory that is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.

The Oppo F1s has a 5.5-inch display with a 720p resolution and packs a 3075mAh battery. It also comes with the Chinese manufacturer’s proprietary Super VOOC fast-charging technology.

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How to Jump Straight to Important WhatsApp Chats on Android

How to Jump Straight to Important WhatsApp Chats on Android

Now that you’ve gotten over the excitement of WhatsApp scrapping its $1 annual fee , you’re probably wondering how you can start making the most of the Facebook-owned messaging app. One trick for Android users you might not have come across is using widgets to jump straight to your favorite conversations. Here’s how.

There are three ways, actually. Tap and hold on a blank area of the home screen, choose Widgets and then tap and hold on the WhatsApp Chat option, dragging it to a spare spot on screen-the app then prompts you to pick a conversation. Alternatively, press and hold on a conversation in WhatsApp and choose Add chat shortcut from the list (a widget icon is added on the first available home screen spot), or choose Add shortcut from the context menu inside a conversation.

It’s useful for quickly jumping to conversations with your favorite people or groups you’ve set up for work, family, and so on, without having to navigate through the WhatsApp front screen first (particularly if the conversations are old ones). The other WhatsApp widgets for Android let you jump quickly to the camera component or show recent messages on the home screen.

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iPhone 7 Rumored To Be Releasing On September 12

September is the month when iPhones are usually launched in the market by Apple, and this year will be no different, according to fresh leaks. Start saving up, folks!

Apple tipster Evan Blass, known for his accurate predictions, has tipped the release date will be sometime around September 12.

Typically, the Keynote speech happens on a Tuesday while the product starts shipping the coming Friday. This year, September 12 falls on a Monday, so its safe to suffice the presentation will be held on Monday while the iPhones will start shipping from September 16, Friday.

The previous iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus released on September 9 and arrived in India, a month later. Apple is likely to follow the same pattern, this year as well.

While the iPhone 7 was tipped to launch in three variants – the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro, new leaks suggest Apple will just stick to two variants this year.

However, the base storage has been increased to 32GB after a big hue and cry over its 16 GB variants being incapable of providing a good enough experience. The likely storage offerings will be 32 GB, 128 GB and a new whooping 256 GB.

The iPhone 7 Plus may include a dual-camera setup, along with a Smart Connector at the back, like the iPad Pro, allowing for more charging methods and docking options.

Bigger batteries and the new Apple A10 processor will be the powerhouse behind the new iPhones, along with 3GB of RAM for the iPhone 7 Plus variant.

The home button has also been rumored to be 3D Touch enabled, along with getting a lot more functions. Because of the new processor and the rumored death of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the iPhone 7 Plus is likely to be 1mm. thinner than its older brother.

There has also been a lot of conflicting reports that Apple may finally be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a USB Type-C port.

A new Space Black color variant is also touted to be released with the iPhone 7.

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10 Reasons To Play Pokemon Go (Not That You Needed Any)

Here’s the thing about viral posts. Everyone tends to participate in it, whether they are aware of the subject or not. But, like always, there will be group of outliers, who will vehemently and explicitly refuse to participate. And talking about things going viral, Pokemon Go is here, and how! It’s already bigger than Tinder, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and all the other usual suspects who could boast about creating pseudo countries out of their user base. Here too, there is a vocal group of people who are vehemently trying to ignore the phenomenon that the smartphone game has become overnight. This post is a feeble attempt at trying to get them to hear us out. An attempt to make them understand the sheer brilliance of seeing the real world merge into the virtual, all while getting a lot of exercise.

So, here are ten things that can happen to you if you choose to install Pokemon Go.

1. Improves Concentration and Focus

It has been reported that poeple are spending more time playing Pokemon Go than anything else. People have turned catching Pokemon into a full-time job and like any full-time job, it requires intense amounts of focus and attention. The mysterious pocket creatures are hidden around the real world around us, and it takes a good amount of concentration to hunt out a rare Pokemon.

2. Teaches Planning and Strategizing

Anyone who has played the game will vouch for me when I say this game requires a lot of strategizing. So, there are a lot of Pidgeys around? Why not catch them all and then exchange them for candy, which can then be used to evolve your Pokemons. If that isn’t planning, I don’t know what is.

3. Determination Gets A Whole New Meaning

So you think becoming a Pokemaster is child’s play? Try looking for some and you’ll soon realize it’s not Temple Run (although there is a lot of running involved. Real, physical, knock-out-your-breath running). Finding that rare Pokemon really needs a lot of grit and determination. First you have to figure out the area where it’s likely to be found and then you have to physically transport yourself there. But that’s not all. You still have to look into the nooks and crannies of the place to finally spot the Pokemon. Catching is a whole different story altogether. I repeat, it’s not a child’s play.

5. Overcome Social Anxiety And Interact With People

Reports have poured in saying that those who refused to budge out of their couch were seen socializing and actually behaving like the social animals they are supposed to be. It’s not me saying it. Just cold, hard facts. Install the game, charge your phone and head out to join the nearest Pokewalk around you and I can guarantee you will find friends for life.

6. Handle The Roller-Coaster That Is Life, Better

Sometimes you catch them. Sometimes they run away. I’m talking about the roller-coaster that is life and not Pokemon Go. Or maybe I’m talking about both, because there is a thin line between them. The lessons learnt while playing this game, may very well be applied in real life as well.

7. Know Your Neighborhood Like The Back Of Your Hand

How many times has it happened that you have been asked for directions and the only thing you could manage was a dumb look on your face. Not anymore though. Play the game for a week and soon every corner of your neighborhood will be mapped in your mind like the alphabet. Did you know there was a historic monument right in your neighborhood? You will, once you start playing the game.

8. Improves Reflexes
Throwing the Poke Ball is an art. The green circle has to be perfectly lined up and you have to flick the ball at the right time and trust me, that needs the best of your reflexes. It’s more difficult than playing tennis, I’ve been told.

9. Better Observation

The trick is to find the Pokemons hidden in the real world. And among the many skills it needs, observation is prime. You need to keep a lookout when a wild Pokemon will appear in your area and be tactful enough to throw a Pokeball at it.

10. A Whole Lot Of Exercise

This is really self-explanatory. The game is played on your phone alright, but it also needs you to move around the real world. If ever in your life, you needed some motivation, Pokemon Go is perfect to make you head out and shed some flab.

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Here’s How Much Battery Pokemon Go Will Drain From Your Phone

Here’s How Much Battery Pokemon Go Will Drain From Your Phone

Pokemon Go has been released much to mass frenzy around the game and it has already surpassed the daily active user metrics of Facebook, Twitter, Tinder and the likes. However, one thing may act as a setback to further increase the popularity of the game- its high battery usage.

The augmented reality based game makes full use of the graphics processor, GPS, cellular radio and the camera, all the while keeping the screen up at the full brightness level so that the screen is visible in the outdoor light. So, its not surprising the game is a battery leech, but to what extent? Let’s find out.

CNET recently ran a real-time test on an iPhone 6S, measuring the drain in battery while playing Pokemon Go and comparing it with usage of other apps.

The auto brightness setting was turned off and the brightness level was set to 80 per cent. All background apps were disabled and the exact same route was chosen for each run, to keep the cellular strength constant.

The route was repeated once for playing Pokemon Go, once for browsing Facebook, once for using Spotify offline and once while both listening to Spotify and running Pokemon Go, to see whether there is a compound effect. Each run took 30 minutes and the battery was recharged to 100 per cent each time.

It was found that Pokemon Go was a huge battery drainer on the iPhone, but surprisingly the data usage was almost nominal. For half an hour of play, less than 10MB of data was used and that is less per hour spent on Gmail, never mind live video streaming.

But the battery stats were dismal, so to say. 15 per cent battery was drained in 30 minutes of playing the game, while 5 per cent was used up browsing Facebook, 0 per cent while listening to Spotify and a whooping 17 per cent when using both Spotify and Pokemon Go at the same time.

At this rate, the iPhone 6S can be expected to die out in less than 7 hours of playing Pokemon Go continuously.

But fret not, as there are solutions to the problem. To begin with, the game has an in-built battery saver mode, which you can turn on by going to the settings option within the game.

Otherwise, you can invest in a phone packed with a big battery or buy an external power bank.

It is indeed strenuous to become the best Pokemon master, but what can we do? We just gotta catch ’em all!

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Facebook Sued for $1 Billion Over Palestinian Attacks

Facebook Sued for $1 Billion Over Palestinian Attacks

Relatives of victims from five terrorist attacks in Israel, one as recent as this past March, are suing Facebook for “having knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas,” reports Reuters.
The lawsuit represents four Israeli-American dual citizens and one visiting U.S. citizen and was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The filing details the deaths of all five individuals and includes details into how Facebook was used to communicate or coordinate attacks. Other examples include screenshots of Palestinian propaganda supporting the killing of Israeli soldiers.

Relatives of victims from five terrorist attacks in Israel, one as recent as this past March, are suing Facebook for “having knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas,” reports Reuters.
The lawsuit represents four Israeli-American dual citizens and one visiting U.S. citizen and was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The filing details the deaths of all five individuals and includes details into how Facebook was used to communicate or coordinate attacks. Other examples include screenshots of Palestinian propaganda supporting the killing of Israeli soldiers.According to Reuters, Darshan-Leitner, the law firm presenting the case, also filed for an injunction against Facebook in October to stop the social media giant from housing ‘Palestinian incitement.” However, Hamas reps say that Israeli soldiers equally celebrate the deaths of Palestinians on Facebook as well. We’ve reached out to Facebook for comment.

This isn’t the first time that grieving families have sued Silicon Valley giants for their perceived roles in terrorist attacks. In June, the family of a victim in the November Paris attacks, sued Google, Twitter, and Facebook for “knowingly permit[ting] the terrorist group ISIS to use their social networks.” In another case against Twitter involving a man killed in Jordan, the document uses similar language, saying “Twitter has knowingly permitted the terrorist group ISIS to use its social network.” This new lawsuit’s argument is remarkably similar. All three court cases even provide similar screenshots of violent propaganda and calls for incitement.

As reported by Ars Technica, legal professionals frequently point to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 regarding similar cases. This section essentially says that an internet service provider or web services that hosts third-party content are not liable for the actions of its users. It’s a broad protection that essentially allows companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook to even exist at all. It’s also difficult to just blanket ban suspected terrorism sites and accounts. For one, government agencies use social media to track terrorist activity, and blanket censorship also raises free speech concerns.

However, sometimes the benefits of these long-shot cases just remind these big companies to keep up the fight. This weekend, the Obama administration announced that ISIS Twitter traffic had seen a 45 percent decline in two years. Often described as a game of Whack-a-Mole, banning terrorists accounts on social networks is notoriously difficult. But maybe it’s a game we can eventually win.

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10 Android Apps Every College Student Must Have

10 Android Apps Every College Student Must Have

Managing money is the first thing every college student learns and boy, is it not important! Squander away your pocket money within a night and spend the rest of the month neck-deep in debt. With Monefy, track all your expenses through customized sections, tailored for your diverse needs. Add transaction records, set financial goals and hopefully at the end of the month, you may save some bucks to go out on a trip.

You’ve gone out as a group after class to chug some beers together and discuss the weekend assignment (raaaight!). But then you happen to be the only one with the money while few are pretty broke and promise to pay you later, and the rest have to rush to the nearest ATM to pitch in their share. In the end, you have to be the nice guy and take out the crisp note to pay the bartender. Now cue Splitwise. This app will help you split the bill equally among all of those you paid for and help you remember to collect it from them. With Splitwise in your smartphone, you can still be the benevolent nice guy in the group as well as a shrewd Shylock.

An office suite is one of the most essential apps for a college student to carry with them. Imagine you are in class and suddenly it dawns upon you that the laptop you were supposed to get to consult with the professor about that paper you are writing, is lying on your bed back in your dorm. Fear not. Keep the Polaris Office app installed and open and edit documents (be it any kind) on your phone and tablet. Ofcourse, you can install separate apps for Microsoft Word and Excel or Google’s Docs and Sheets, which are individual, bulky and RAM hogging apps in themselves, if you have the space and the memory on your smartphone. In case you don’t, and that is the most likliest scenario, install the Polaris app and keep all kinds of documents in one place.
What’s college without a little mismanagment in the daily routine? Right? Wait till you have four assignments, two presentations and three quizzes, all in the same week, and watch yourself go crazy trying to manage all of them in one go. Tired already? Let TimeTune do it for you. With this app installed, all those tasks that needs to be struck off on a daily basis will be reminded to you. On its easy-to-use interface, you can set up a weekly routine as well as a routine for your weekend. Make it repeat for an year or more. You will be surprised by the amount of work that you end up doing in a day, when you use this app.

Taking notes are now so old school. When one is concentrating on taking down everything that slips out of a professor’s tongue, one tends to miss out on a lot of other dynamics that goes on in the lecture hall. Install Titanium Voice Recorder, and lay back with your arms folded behind you, and still have everything the professor spoke about. Dedicate the free time to socializing with your classmates, thinking on the concepts taught and engaging with the professor, without worrying about study material during exams.

Maths can get somewhat tricky sometimes. Even your nerdiest classmate will agree to it. But this is the 21st century and technology has enabled us to just about anything on our smartphones. So why not solve complex mathematical problems? Make way for Mathway! This app is your one-stop genius on all thing mathematics related. Feed the app with complex algebric equations and see a step-by-step solution for it. Mathway’s algorithm can handle basic algebra, pre-algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, finite math, linear algebra and chemical equations. Simply take a photo of the question and share it with the app, to quickly get the answer. If only I had this app during my college years. Damn!

Pocket is now universally known. But why is this app in a list of apps for college students? The answer will present itself automatically once you install the app and start using it while you are in college. But for those who are impatient (and that’s like every college student ever!), pocket is the place to quickly save, discover and recommend the best, most interesting content on the web. It is sort of a bookmarking tool for the article you want to read but don’t have the time to, right then. Save the article in Pocket and open it up when you have some rare moments to yourself. Pocket will work offline as well. Give it a try during those long, boring commutes to class everyday and experience the unique utility of this popular app.

We can all do with a little help during those tensed few hours before an exam. Let the awesome experts at Khan Academy mop up all those little doubts you had about the concepts. Evolved from an YouTube Channel, Khan Academy specializes in tackling complex concepts and breaking it down to easy, explainable videos. Be it maths, science, economics, history or something else, be assured that Khan Academy has already covered the basic concepts of the subject. Use Khan Academy for that extra boost to your knowledge.

Time literally flies when in college. Soon enough another semester will be over and you will need to clear up a little deskspace to accommodate the new books needed to start the next one. You may also need to move into an apartment because its sophomore year and you’ve earned your freedom. But before that, you need to sell off a few things that you don’t require anymore. Well, you’re in luck, because there is someone in your college who is looking for just the thing you are looking to sell. Install AllStudyX and buy and sell used goods in your school, college or university campus. From academic books, mobile phones, furniture, anything can be bought and sold here. The app supports 20,000 institutions across India and is one of the most hassle-free way to acquire or get rid of goods right inside your campus.

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6 steps to protect your password from hackers

6 steps to protect your password from hackers

It is just not big news any more if a business leader finds his social media account hacked. So, when Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora account was hacked recently, we were not surprised. Pichai’s Quora account was reportedly hacked by the same group who broke into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts.

When even tech CEOs are vulnerable, is anyone safe from cyberbreaches? Probably yes. All one needs is to be a bit careful and follow these simple tips.

password’, ‘123456’ or ‘abc123’ are terrible passwords because they’re easy to guess. One way to build a strong password is to think of a phrase or sentence that other people wouldn’t know and then use them to build your password.

For example, think of a personal message like “I want to see more Indian women in technology“ and then build your password from numbers, symbols and the first letters of each word –‘iw2sm!w!T’.

Just like you wouldn’t use the same key for your home, car and office, you should never use the same password across different websites. Some websites allow you to add an extra layer of security to your account by enabling a one-time password.

Often referred to as an ‘OTP’, this will require you to enter another ‘key’ or code to unlock your account in addition to your password.

Once you’ve created a strong password for each of your online accounts, it can be a challenge to remember them all. So consider using a trusted password manager that encrypts and saves your passwords and can be accessed with a single password and an OTP.

If you do forget your password or get locked out, you need a way to get back into your account. Many services will send an email to you at a recovery email address if you need to reset your password. So it’s important to make sure your recovery email address is up-to-date and is linked to an account you can still access.

Sometimes you can also add a phone number to your profile to receive a code to reset your password via SMS. Your mobile phone is a more secure identification method than your recovery email address or a security question because, unlike the other two, you have physical possession of your mobile phone.

Social networking sites allow you to share photos, videos, status updates and much more. Many of these services offer privacy settings and controls that help you decide who can see your content before you post it. Use it.

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Le 2 By LeEco: An Ideal Choice For Camera Lovers!

Le 2 By LeEco: An Ideal Choice For Camera Lovers!

Over the years, smartphones have become a gadget users do not step out of home without. Be it on a day-out or for a party with friends or your vacation time, smartphones have become people’s companion, more so to capture memories with their loved ones. Therefore, when new smartphones are announced these days, details around its camera quality and related specs are usually described upfront. The ever-growing trend of clicking pictures on smartphones is true for markets across the globe and can also be validated by industry data. As per a research by Pew Research Center survey, 92% of smartphone users use their phones to take pictures and 80% people send their pictures elsewhere after they’re snapped, all on-the-go! Therefore, camera specs have become a top feature that smartphones buyers nowadays look out for.

LeEco’s second generation Superphone Le 2, with its compelling features and superlative camera specs stands out in the otherwise cluttered smartphones market and has won the hearts of users, evident from the over-whelming response it got on its first flash sale.

Le 2 comes equipped have PDAF (phase detection auto focus) feature that enables fast focusing on the image and flaunts a 16M PDAF primary camera that lets users click visibly better images with vibrant and true-to-life colours. Also, since the, “Selfie culture” which still continues to grow, the power of the rear camera has shifted to the front camera, thus making it one of the most important USPs that users consider while buying a smartphone. LeEco’s Le 2 comes equipped with a front camera of 8MP making the superphone an amazing option to consider while buying a phone!

Le 2 has an In-Cell display screen which is usually featured with overpriced phones. The screen’s blue light filter helps reduce eye fatigue, while at the same time, the in-cell screen allows devices to be thinner and lighter.

Here’s a quick look at what Le 2 offers in terms of camera specs –

– Flash: Dual LED
– Enhanced beauty mode for natural looking selfies
– Takes 0.09s to focus because of the Phase detection, auto focus because of PDAF, which allows accurate and super-fast calculation of lens position to enable crisp and fast focusing
– 4K recording, Slow motion recording
– Two tone flash for the perfect color temperature

Adding to this is Le 2’s full metal unibody which feels solid and gives it the look and feel of a premium flagship smartphone. It weighs 153g which is less than what an average 5.5-inch smartphone weighs. The design and build of the device are one of its highlights and can easily rival any high-end smartphone. The phone offers a 5.5-inch Full HD display, making it a delight for users!

With these supreme features, LeEco’s Le 2, priced at Rs 11,999, is surely a game changer in the industry!

For people who missed June 28th flash sale, LeEco is coming up with yet another opportunity for them. The flash sale for both of its second generation Superphones Le 2 and Le Max2 will be on July 5th, and the registrations for them are already underway! The Flash Sale for Le 2 and Le Max2 are at 12 noon and 2PM respectively on both LeMall, LeEco’s own ecommerce marketplace, and Flipkart.