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Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Google’s iOS-only Motion Stills turns Live Photos into GIFs

Apple introduced the new Live Photos feature in iOS 9 but, aside from being limited in what devices you can create them, they can only be viewed on other Apple devices as well. So sharing those artistic, if not wacky, animated photos with those on Android or other platforms is a no go. Until today, that is. Google Research has just launched an iOS-only app, which is already surprising in itself, that converts those Live Photos into silent, looping animated GIFs that you can more easily spread around.

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Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Despite almost being atrocious in its actual implementation, Nintendo's Power Glove accessory back in the NES days sparked many a hackers and tinkerer's imagination because of the possibilities it opened. Back then, however, such ideas were not easily possible to pull off. Fast forward to today's accessible and advanced electronics, the Power Glove has been put under the knife and the soldering iron in the name of science and boredom. Like this Hackaday project that shows a drone who's boss by controlling it with nothing but Jedi hand gestures.

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Final Fantasy XII remaster brings Zodiac jobs to PS4 next year

Final Fantasy XII remaster brings Zodiac jobs to PS4 next year

Not all Final Fantasy titles are created equal. Some, like Final Fantasy VII and its characters, are forever memorialized in gaming history. The pre-VII titles, while pixelated by today's standards, also enjoy renown, especially among veterans. Final Fantasy XII might not exactly be one of the best, though it certainly won many accolades, but it will, perhaps, be more remembered for the many gameplay changes, some of which found their way to later titles. PlayStation 4 owners will soon be able to experience those when the "Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age" lands on the console in 2017, with that so-called Zodiac Job System in tow.

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Jide Remix Pro 2-in-1 tablet seen with Snapdragon 652 inside

Jide Remix Pro 2-in-1 tablet seen with Snapdragon 652 inside

Thanks to the recent focus on productivity and Android, Jide and its Remix OS has been in headlines often lately. However, it has been nearly a year since it launched is second device, the Remix Mini PC. Sure, it partnered with AOC to put out an all-in-one version and old pal Allwinner was seen with ultracheap laptops in the works. So far, nothing from Jide directly. It might not be long now, however, as Jide's "Remix Pro" was just spotted at Qualcomm's Computex booth, flaunting what could be the next-gen Android-based, productivity focused 2-in-1 tablet.

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Colorful motherboard embeds an NVIDIA GTX 1070

Colorful motherboard embeds an NVIDIA GTX 1070

In the mobile device world, it isn't unusual for pieces to have its components soldered tight together, like systems-on-chip, which house CPU and GPU, to motherboards. In the PC market, especially desktops, that idea is both unconventional and at times even heretical. One relatively less known motherboard maker is trying to buck the trend, though the exact marketing spiel is still unknown. Colorful, not the adjective but the name of that manufacturer, has one such motherboard that is practically half made up of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.

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Samsung tipped to finally have a foldable smartphone in 2017

Samsung tipped to finally have a foldable smartphone in 2017

At CES 2013, Samsung played a video showing off its dreams of a foldable mobile device, built around its then new YOUM flexible display brand. It would take nearly half a decade, but that fated day might finally be upon us. According to sources speaking on the condition of anonymity, Samsung is ready to show the world the first smartphone that will not only have a bendable display but also fold out from a smartphone to a small tablet. And it could be revealed as early as MWC 2017.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 dubbed the Friendly Update

Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 dubbed the Friendly Update

Mojang has just announced the beta release of version 0.15 of Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, iOS, and Windows 10. But while the game maker, now owned by Microsoft, is mostly spilling all the beans about the update, it has fiendishly dropped a morsel that fans will be chewing while they wait for the final release. Mojang has christened the upcoming update as "The Friendly Update", but leaves that friendliness as a matter of speculation for players to fight over.

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Xbox One will get its own Summer update with Cortana in tow

Xbox One will get its own Summer update with Cortana in tow

It isn't just Windows 10 that's getting a rather hefty update this summer. Perhaps in line with its push to market Windows 10 everywhere, including in the Xbox One, Microsoft is also preparing a major update to the console's operating system, bringing both long-awaited and perhaps some dreaded features as well. While the bulk of the changes revolve around gaming's more social aspects, the spotlight will probably be shown on Cortana's long overdue arrival on the Xbox One as well as the merging of the Windows and Xbox stores.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro outed: plastic in disguise

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro outed: plastic in disguise

The smartphone industry can perhaps be credited with not just expanding the English language (with "phablet", for example) but also by redefining some words. We've seen, for instance, "minis" that aren't exactly small, or "pros" that might not live up to the name. The new Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro could, perhaps, be considered one of the latter, bearing very small upgrades from the plain Galaxy J3 launched just last April. At least, it looks the part of a pro device. Or does it?

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Apple might get an exception to sell in India after all

Apple might get an exception to sell in India after all

Apple's persistence in negotiations with the Indian government might finally be paying off and it soon might have the fairy tale ending it's dreaming of for a local Apple Store in India. An anonymous source talking to the Times of India claims that the government might be willing to waive the "30 percent rule" in Apple's favor for two to three years in order to give Apple the chance to comply with the law and sell locally sourced goods by the time that grace period is over.

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OnePlus holding global pop-up events after OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus holding global pop-up events after OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus is really putting its marketing machine into full gear. After an unsurprisingly short pre-launch "blind sale" promo, the Chinese startup is now announcing a post-launch event that will take place in select places all over the world. It will be holding so-called "pop-up events" in seven cities in Europe, India, and the US to showcase and sell the OnePlus 3. Just in case, you know, you won't be able to attend the gala premiere that will totally be done in virtual reality.

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Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

Burger King giveaway toy becomes Game Boy Color Nano via RPi Zero

McDonald's may have seemed quite pioneering by launching Happy Meal boxes that transform into a Google Cardboard compatible VR headset. However, rival Burger King might have been ahead of the competition in mixing tech with food. Back in 2000, it gave away tiny gaming handhelds that looked like miniaturized versions of the Nintendo GameBoy Color. Of course, it was nothing like Nintendo's world-famous device, only capable of playing analog games inside. With today's technology, however, it was really only a matter of time before such a toy got a nearly accurate GameBoy makeover it deserved.

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