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Pixelmator Pro 1.4 offers an editing extension in Apple Photos and more

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With the latest v1.4 Hummingbird update, macOS image editing tool Pixelmator Pro now offers new app integration, a crop and zoom tool and a laundry list of miscellaneous performance improvements.The most significant update is that Pixelmator Pro now
'With the latest v1.4 Hummingbird update, macOS image editing tool Pixelmator Pro now offers new app integration, a crop and zoom tool and a laundry list of miscellaneous performance improvements.The most significant update is that Pixelmator Pro now works as an editing extension in Apple’s Photos app.With just two clicks, editors can access all familiar tools such as effects and adjustments without the need to open Pixelmator.The integration also carries over all the Pixelmator Pro keyboard shortcuts and iCloud backup capability.Furthermore, the update brings a new zoom tool for the main app and extension, along with a revamped crop panel for the standalone app only.Compared to the old zoom tool, the new one offers an interactable thumbnail that indicates the approximate position of the viewpoint.It provides at-a-glance navigation guidance that makes moving around a vast canvas less disorienting.Likewise, the new crop panel provides better ways to crop and visualize an image.For starters, users can now cut an image to the exact pixel dimensions instead of ratios.Besides this, the new Delete mode permanently deletes all the cropped region.There are also commands to flip the image vertically and horizontally.Other than that, users can also now drag and drop all layered files (PXM, PXD, PSD, SVG) into an open Pixelmator Pro document.To turn Photos into Pixelmator Pro, users need to click on the three-dot menu located in the top right corner, and choose Pixelmator Pro in the dropdown menu.Keep in mind that the extension doesn’t grant direct access to Pixelmator’s crop toolbar button.User need to press C to circumvent the limitation, says 9to5Mac . Source: Pixelmator Via: 9to5Mac . The post Pixelmator Pro 1.4 offers an editing extension in Apple Photos and more appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Turn your selfies into classical portraits with the help of this website

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While FaceApp is able to modify pretty much anything about your face with artificial intelligence (AI), it can’t turn your selfie into a classical portrait.A group of researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab have created an interesting website that
'While FaceApp is able to modify pretty much anything about your face with artificial intelligence (AI), it can’t turn your selfie into a classical portrait.A group of researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab have created an interesting website that turns your uploaded selfies into portraits of the past.The website utilizes an algorithm trained on 45,000 classical portraits based on faux oil, watercolour and ink.These artworks include the works of Rembrandt, Titan and Van Gogh.The algorithm uses a specific drawing style from the acclaimed artists based on the key features of the modern selfie.Researchers said that their method of AI face generation isn’t just a filter.It uses generative adversarial network (GAN) to create new faces from scratch.With respect to privacy, according to researchers, your selfies are sent to the server in order to produce the classical portrait, and your data won’t be used for any other purpose.Every selfie sent through algorithm will be deleted “immediately,” the researchers said.As of right now, the site is down for maintenance.Via: The Verge . The post Turn your selfies into classical portraits with the help of this website appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Apple patches GPS time rollover issue on 2012 and older iOS devices

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Apart from introducing the ECG function and reinstating the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch, Apple has also released iOS updates that remedy a GPS time rollover issue on its devices from 2012 and older.
'Apart from introducing the ECG function and reinstating the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch, Apple has also released iOS updates that remedy a GPS time rollover issue on its devices from 2012 and older.As part of the rollout, the iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular will receive the iOS 10.3.4 update.On the other hand, the iPhone 4S and cellular variants of the iPad mini (1st generation), iPad 2, and iPad (3rd generation) will get the iOS 9.3.6 . Carriers like TELUS and Bell also started informing their customers that the rollover may negatively impact their devices.Telus listed 21 phones that will not get software mitigation.Dubbed as the Y2K crisis but for the GPS, the issue may cause many location-enabled devices to provide inaccurate location information to emergency services like 911, which may raise severe safety concerns.If you are on an old phone abandoned by its manufacturer, it’s a good idea to upgrade now for the sake of personal safety.Via: iPhone in Canada . The post Apple patches GPS time rollover issue on 2012 and older iOS devices appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Dairy Queen iOS and Android mobile ordering app launches in Canada

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The most important news of the entire summer is here: Dairy Queen has launched its iOS and Android mobile ordering app in Canada.Unfortunately, as it stands, it doesn’t look like any Dairy Queen locations in the Toronto area are offering mobile
'The most important news of the entire summer is here: Dairy Queen has launched its iOS and Android mobile ordering app in Canada.Unfortunately, as it stands, it doesn’t look like any Dairy Queen locations in the Toronto area are offering mobile ordering.It’s possible the feature could still be in the process of rolling out at physical Dairy Queen locations across the country.The surprisingly well-designed app includes the ability to redeem in-app rewards at participating Dairy Queen locations, coupons and, most importantly, mobile ordering when the feature becomes available.The U.S. version of the Dairy Queen app has supported mobile ordering since last year.MobileSyup has reached out to Dairy Queen for more information regarding when the new app’s mobile ordering feature is set to be available.On the bright side, it looks like it might soon be possible to order that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard you’ve been craving ahead of time to skip the long summer lines the fast food chain is known for.Dairy Queen’s new mobile ordering app is available on iOS and Android . . The post Dairy Queen iOS and Android mobile ordering app launches in Canada appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Google Photos update adds live previews of videos

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Starting with version 4.20, Google Photos for Android has added a handy live preview function for videos.The new feature will silently preview the file for a few seconds and then stop.Furthermore, the preview will also end if the system detects a
'Starting with version 4.20, Google Photos for Android has added a handy live preview function for videos.The new feature will silently preview the file for a few seconds and then stop.Furthermore, the preview will also end if the system detects a scroll.However, its current implementation doesn’t feel seamless, especially when facing multiple videos stacked together.In most scenarios, Google Photos would only randomly preview one of them without apparent reasons.In a few cases, it only previews the longest video first then slowly move on to the rest with a noticeable intervening delay.Android Police pointed out that it doesn’t work in albums or search as well.On top of that, the feature lacks support for motion photos, animations, and burst photos.Some see Google slapping live preview to Photos as a counter to Apple’s revamped photo app on the iOS 13.Compared to Google’s static UI, the upcoming iOS photo app features a more dynamic interface that blends well with live preview and machine learning that removes clutter.Via: 9t05Google . The post Google Photos update adds live previews of videos appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

App Store search favours Apple-developed apps: WSJ

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A new report from The Wall Street Journal states that Apple ranks its own apps above competitors in App Store search results.Apple says that it tested these same searches and received different results.
'A new report from The Wall Street Journal states that Apple ranks its own apps above competitors in App Store search results.Apple says that it tested these same searches and received different results.More specifically, The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple’s apps ranked first in “more than 60 percent” of queries for terms like “maps.” The report then goes on to say that apps such as Music and Books rank in the first 95 percent of searches in the App Store.Regarding Apple’s tests, the company says that its own searches brought up different results.That said, the tech giant did not release further details regarding its search results.In a statement to The Wall Street Journa l regarding the report, Apple said the following: “Apple customers have a very strong connection to our products and many of them use search as a way to find and open their apps.This customer usage is the reason Apple has strong rankings in search, and it’s the same reason Uber, Microsoft and so many others often have high rankings as well.” Apple says that it utilizes machine learning technology to rank its results in the app store, including the company’s own apps.The company specifically uses 42 factors to determine where apps rank in search, but keeps the specifics of this algorithm secret to prevent search result manipulation, according to The Wall Street Journal . However, Apple did reveal that downloads, ratings, relevance and user behaviour are the four most important factors when it comes to search results in the App Store.Apple is currently facing an antitrust investigation in Europe related to Apple Music and Apple News . The tech giant also recently attended a hearing in the U.S. in front of the House Judiciary Committee along with other big tech companies like Amazon and Facebook regarding antitrust related issues.Source: The Wall Street Journal Via: 9to5Mac  . The post App Store search favours Apple-developed apps: WSJ appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Galaxy Watch Active 2 to replace rotating bezel with touch sensor: report

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Following several leaks revealing that Samsung is working on a Galaxy Watch Active 2, a new report claims the watch will sport a touch-based bezel navigation system, Bluetooth 5 and more.Samsung’s smartwatches used to offer a rotating bezel which
'Following several leaks revealing that Samsung is working on a Galaxy Watch Active 2, a new report claims the watch will sport a touch-based bezel navigation system, Bluetooth 5 and more.Samsung’s smartwatches used to offer a rotating bezel which people could use for navigation.However, the South Korean company ditched the feature earlier this year with the release of the Galaxy Watch Active.According to SamMobile , however, Samsung may bring the feature back in a new way.The Watch Active 2 will reportedly feature a touch sensor on the bezel which simulates the action of rotating the bezel.Watch owners will be able to slide their finger around the edge of the watch to navigate the operating system.Hopefully, this works as well in practice as it sounds in theory.Samsung’s Tizen software works best with a rotating bezel, and if the touch sensor works well, it can be as effective without taking up the extra space.Along with the details about the bezel, SamMobile also reports that the Active 2 will sport a 1.4-inch screen on the 44mm variant and a 1.2-inch screen on the 40mm watch.Both displays will be 360×360 pixel AMOLED panels with Gorilla Glass DX+. Additionally, the LTE and Bluetooth models will have 1.5GB and 768MB of RAM, respectively.SamMobile says the Watch Active 2 will use Bluetooth 5.0 as well, which should improve the range and battery life.Eventually, the Watch Active 2 will get ECG support, but that likely won’t come until 2020.Source: SamMobile Via: 9to5Google . The post Galaxy Watch Active 2 to replace rotating bezel with touch sensor: report appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

OnePlus 5, 5T update brings June security patch, screen recording app and more

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A new update is rolling out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T with a security patch and some new features.Oxygen OS 9.0.7 will bring the June security patch, landscape quick reply feature and OnePlus’ snazzy screen recorder to its 2017-era smartphones.Here is
'A new update is rolling out to the OnePlus 5 and 5T with a security patch and some new features.Oxygen OS 9.0.7 will bring the June security patch, landscape quick reply feature and OnePlus’ snazzy screen recorder to its 2017-era smartphones.Here is the full changelog for the update.System Updated Android security patch to 2019.6 Added Screen recorder feature (Quick Settings – Edit – Screen Recorder) Added Quick reply in landscape (Settings – Utilities – Quick reply in landscape) Added Fnatic mode (Settings – Utilities – Gaming mode) General bug fixes and system improvements Phone Fixed issue with Speed Dial The new screen recording feature on the OnePlus 5 and 5T is accessible from the Quick Settings panels once configured.As for the new Quick Reply feature, it should work similarly to the one on the OnePlus 7 Pro, which creates an overlay that lets users read messages and type a response.Fnatic gaming mode from OnePlus 7 Pro, is also coming to the 5 and 5T.The Chinese smartphone maker partnered the U.K. based esports team to optimize the mobile gaming experience.Another feature making its way from the OnePlus 7 Pro to the 5 and 5T is the ‘Fnatic’ gaming mode.OnePlus partnered with the titular U.K.-based esports team to optimize the mobile gaming experience on OnePlus handsets.The over-the-air update is rolling out incrementally now.In other words, it’ll hit a small percentage of users today before a broader rollout begins in the coming days.Source: OnePlus Via: Android Police . The post OnePlus 5, 5T update brings June security patch, screen recording app and more appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Facebook Messenger Kids app bug lets strangers into chats

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Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is intended to offer children a safe, parent-controlled way to communicate with friends and family.However, a recent flaw in the app has had the completely opposite effect and is inadvertently putting kids into chats
'Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is intended to offer children a safe, parent-controlled way to communicate with friends and family.However, a recent flaw in the app has had the completely opposite effect and is inadvertently putting kids into chats with complete strangers.According to  The Verge , Facebook has been quietly closing down affected group chats and notifying participants of the issue.However, the company hadn’t publicly disclosed the issue.In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the bug has been “affecting a small number of group chats” and that it’s been privately notifying users.That said, the spokesperson didn’t provide a specific number of those who have been affected.Facebook also hasn’t yet revealed how long the flaw has been active in the app, which launched in December 2017 in the U.S. and later came to Canada in June 2018 . Therefore, it’s unclear if this is a recent issue or something that has been going on for a longer period.As noted by  The Verge , the bug stems from the way Messenger Kids’ unique permissions are applied to group chats.Standard two-person chats must be approved the child’s parents.However, these specific permissions weren’t extended to group chat, meaning that a participant can invite someone they’ve been authorized to chat with, regardless if they’ve been approved by the other chat members.Messenger Kids has previously been criticized by privacy groups who assert that the app is in violation of the U.S.’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which safeguards kids under the age of 13.Meanwhile, Facebook as a whole is facing ongoing scrutiny for breach of privacy in the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and  a probe by the Federal Trade Commission . Source: The Verge . The post Facebook Messenger Kids app bug lets strangers into chats appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan communities get funding to improve broadband services

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Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan announced funding of $129,525 to bring high-speed internet access to rural communities of Little River and East Ferry in Nova Scotia.
'Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan announced funding of $129,525 to bring high-speed internet access to rural communities of Little River and East Ferry in Nova Scotia.At the same time in Saskatchewan, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, on behalf of Jordan, announced funding of $11.2 million for FlexNetworks to bring high-speed internet access to 21 rural communities in the province.Saskatchewan communities that will get high-speed broadband services include: Amazon, Arlington Beach, Bradwell, Colesdale Park, Etters Beach, Glen Harbour, Island View, Kannata Valley, Mohr’s Beach, North Colesdale Park, Pelican Pointe, Renown, Shields, Simpson, Sorenson’s Beach, Spring Bay, Thode, Uhl’s Bay, Venn, Waterpark Estates and Zelma FlexNetworks also intends to contribute $3.7 million towards the $11.2 million to total $14.9 million.Both Goodale’s and Jordan’s funding announcement comes from the top-up to the Connect to Innovate program that was announced in Budget 2019 . Similar announcements were made for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network ’s mobile broadband project, and for La Glace and Valhalla Centre both in Alberta . Connecting these communities is part of Jordan’s Connectivity Strategy , which includes connecting 100 percent of Canadians to high-speed internet by 2030. . The post Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan communities get funding to improve broadband services appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Team Rocket and Shadow Pokémon have landed in Pokémon Go

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Prepare yourself for double the trouble because Team Rocket is blasting off at the speed of light into Pokémon Go.Now, various dark-coloured PokéStops featuring the villainous organization’s signature ‘R’ have been added to the game.
'Prepare yourself for double the trouble because Team Rocket is blasting off at the speed of light into Pokémon Go.Now, various dark-coloured PokéStops featuring the villainous organization’s signature ‘R’ have been added to the game.There you go!Tell Professor Willow we took care of that Grunt #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/Te0D3VMtUr — Couple of Gaming (@coupleofgaming) July 22, 2019 Placed at each of these special PokéStops is a Team Rocket Grunt and their corrupted Shadow Pokémon.You’ll have to beat each Grunt in a battle that plays out similarly to those with team leaders.If you win, the Grunt will run off and leave their Shadow Pokémon behind, which you can then catch using Premier Balls.From there, the Shadow Pokémon can be purified on their information screens using their respective candy and dust.There are a few benefits to purifying a Pokémon.To start, their Shadow versions have reduced CP, making them less viable in battle.Additionally, Shadow Pokémon can learn Return, a Normal-type attack.Finally, some players are reporting on Twitter that purified Pokémon require less candy to evolve and less dust to power up.Note that other players have mentioned that these Team Rocket PokéStops are somewhat uncommon, so you may have to search far and wide to find one.Image credit: The Pokémon Company Source: Niantic . The post Team Rocket and Shadow Pokémon have landed in Pokémon Go appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Ontario government announces ‘Up to Speed’ plan to improve broadband, cell phone services

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Progressive Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the provinces first-ever $315 million plan to improve and expand broadband and cell phone services in rural and remote communities.Initially announced in the 2019 Ontario Budget, the
'Progressive Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the provinces first-ever $315 million plan to improve and expand broadband and cell phone services in rural and remote communities.Initially announced in the 2019 Ontario Budget, the funding would be spread over five years.The ‘Up to Speed’ plan includes a $150 million commitment for a new broadband fund that will leverage private sector funding and support from other levels of the government, a press release said.The plan intends to generate up to $1 billion in total investment over five years that will result in new connections for up to 220,000 homes and businesses. “This will lead to community, social and economic benefits well beyond the provincial investment,” the release said.The plan itself has four pillars of action, the first to deliver regional and shovel-ready projects that will expand broadband and cellular access in southwestern, eastern and northern Ontario.The second invests $150 million towards provincial broadband and cellular infrastructure that will begin in 2020.The third maximizes existing programs and assets to invest in this infrastructure.Finally, it will modernize the government by cutting red tape to make it easier for the government and private sector to deliver these broadband projects. “Our government committed to help businesses, families, and farms stay connected – no matter where they live,” Ford said in the release. “Too many families and businesses in rural and remote communities are being left behind.Open for Business has to mean Open for Everybody.Our investment will get shovels in the ground, get infrastructure built, and get people and business connected.With our plan, businesses, families and workers can count on an Ontario that will move faster than ever before.” More recently on the federal level, Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan announced the Connectivity Strategy for Canada that expands on how the government intends to meet its target to connect 100 percent of Canadian households to high-speed internet.The strategy builds on the existing investments, which includes Budget 2019’s $1.7 billion CAD over 13 years to establish the Universal Broadband Fund, low earth orbit satellites, topping the Connect to Innovate program , and meeting connectivity needs for the future. $500 million from the Connect to Innovate program that was announced in 2016; $750 million from the CRTC’s broadband fund ; $1 billion from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which will also leverage at least $2 billion in additional private sector funding; and the Accelerated Investment Incentive.Source: Ontario Government . The post Ontario government announces ‘Up to Speed’ plan to improve broadband, cell phone services appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Apple’s iPhone 11 rumoured to feature new Taptic engine, updated front camera and Lightning port

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If you were hoping that Apple would make the jump to USB-C with its late 2019 and 2020 iPhones, you’re about to be disappointed.Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 11’ is expected to feature a Lightning connector just like its predecessors, according to a new
'If you were hoping that Apple would make the jump to USB-C with its late 2019 and 2020 iPhones, you’re about to be disappointed.Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 11’ is expected to feature a Lightning connector just like its predecessors, according to a new report from 9to5Mac . Other rumoured upgrades include Apple’s A13 processor and a new Taptic Engine currently codenamed ‘leap haptics.’ The new Taptic Engine will likely replace Apple’s current 3D Touch functionality included in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but not the iPhone XR. 9to5Mac also backs up previous rumours regarding the iPhone 11 featuring a triple rear camera system, with the new shooter being a wide-angle lens.The additional camera is set to power a new feature called ‘Smart Frame’ that allows users to adjust the framing and perspective of an image after it has been shot.Apple is also expected to upgrade the iPhone 11’s front-facing camera with the ability to capture slow-motion video at 120fps.Finally, the report confirms that Apple’s upcoming smartphones will feature the same screen resolutions as the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR.With less than two months to go before the official reveal of Apple’s new iPhone lineup, they’ll likely be a deluge of leaks regarding the devices in the coming weeks.MobileSyrup will be on the ground at Apple’s big reveal event bringing you all the news directly from the keynote.Source: 9to5Mac . The post Apple’s iPhone 11 rumoured to feature new Taptic engine, updated front camera and Lightning port appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

HomeKit and AirPlay 2 could start rolling out to LG TVs as early as next week

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It appears LG plans to soon start rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support to its 2019 lineup of TVs.
'It appears LG plans to soon start rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support to its 2019 lineup of TVs.In response to a question from a customer, LG Australia tweeted that support for HomeKit is coming in a week’s time, suggesting the company plans to start rolling out the features as early as next Monday.In the same tweet, LG noted its customers will need iOS 12.4, which Apple released just yesterday, to take advantage of the new functionality.Support for HomeKit will allow LG TV owners to add their television set to Apple’s Home app, while AirPlay 2 will allow iOS users to stream video and audio to their TVs wirelessly.We’ve reached out to LG Canada for more details on the rollout of AirPlay 2 and HomeKit LG TVs in Canada.We’ll update this article with the company’s response.Stay tuned.LG first announced its plan to add support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 at CES 2019 . A variety of other TV manufacturers, including Samsung and Sony, followed suit.Notably, however, unlike those OEMs, LG is only adding HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to its 2019 lineup of TVs that includes models like the C9, which MobileSyrup ‘s Bradly Bennett recently reviewed . Source: Twitter ( LG Australia ) Via: 9to5Mac  . The post HomeKit and AirPlay 2 could start rolling out to LG TVs as early as next week appeared first on MobileSyrup .'

Chrome OS’ ‘Virtual Desks’ might get 4-finger gesture navigation

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Spotted within the Chrome bug tracker is an update coming to Chrome OS that allows users to easily switch between ‘Virtual Desks.’ With four-finger gesture navigation, users will be able to swap between open Virtual Desks with their touchpad.
'Spotted within the Chrome bug tracker is an update coming to Chrome OS that allows users to easily switch between ‘Virtual Desks.’ With four-finger gesture navigation, users will be able to swap between open Virtual Desks with their touchpad.The bug tracker also reads ‘swipe lift’ which could mean users might be able to swipe up to see the different Virtual Desks.Currently, users can only see the Virtual Desks by navigating to the ‘Overview’ menu, also known as Recent Apps.This feature is reportedly very early in development.As a result, it might be a while before the functionality is officially available to Chrome OS users, especially considering the commit was recently added.Similar to macOS, virtual desktops allow users to split-screen for productivity reasons or to better organize different tasks.The feature was originally spotted on Chrome 76 in Chrome’s Canary Channel.Source: Chromium bug tracker Via: Chrome Unboxed  . The post Chrome OS’ ‘Virtual Desks’ might get 4-finger gesture navigation appeared first on MobileSyrup .'