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LEGO VIDIYO sets and pricing revealed ahead of March launch

LEGO VIDIYO sets and pricing revealed ahead of March launch

Last month, LEGO announced VIDIYO, a new augmented reality system that allows kids to make music videos using LEGO minifigures and music licensed from Universal Music Group. Today, the two companies revealed the products that will be included in the first wave of VIDIYO releases. As it turns out, LEGO VIDIYO doesn't have sets like most traditional LEGO releases, but rather users will buy BeatBoxes containing a minifigure that represents a certain genre of music.

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Wear OS app sideloading is going away next month

Wear OS app sideloading is going away next month

One of the benefits of the openness of the Android platform is that users technically aren't limited to getting apps just from Google Play Store or any app store for that matter. At their own risks, users could simply "sideload" or install APKs for apps that are distributed outside of those channels. That feature has more or less also been available on Android's wearable version but Google is soon making a major change that would make sideloading Wear OS apps next to impossible.

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Exploding Kittens, Oatmeal creator made another masterfully weird game

Exploding Kittens, Oatmeal creator made another masterfully weird game

The mind behind The Oatmeal and the wildly successful card game and video game Exploding Kittens created another game. This new game also has a lot to do with cats. This game is called Kitty Letters, and it's a mix between a couple of classic concepts. On one hand, it's all about unscrambling words with a given set of letters. On the other hand, it's about attacking your enemies with armies of cats.

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VLC 4.0 update release in 2021 with online play-anything action

VLC 4.0 update release in 2021 with online play-anything action

This week the folks behind the video player app VLC announced that they'd be bringing a major new version of the product to the public later this year. VLC 4.0 will be released in the year 2021 with a brand new user interface, making the entire video watching experience more intuitive and full of features for videos of all sorts. This new update will bring VLC into the future with more than just local video playback - they'll be rolling with extensions for online content, too.

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Canon Photo Culling app uses AI to look for your best shots

Canon Photo Culling app uses AI to look for your best shots

Humanity as a whole has taken a lot of photos in the past years, whether using our handy smartphones or using dedicated standalone cameras. Sometimes, we also press the shutter button repeatedly, worried we might miss a fleeting moment, and end up with multiple shots of the same thing. Going through dozens if not hundreds of photos to clear up space can be a very daunting prospect, especially if doing it one by one. Thankfully, Canon is launching a new Photo Culling app that utilizes AI to automate that process.

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Chrome for iOS could lock Incognito tabs behind Face ID

Chrome for iOS could lock Incognito tabs behind Face ID

Smartphones have become extensions of ourselves and have become pretty personal devices but it's not exactly unheard of to pass our phones to someone. Sometimes a family member or friend needs to borrow your phone for one reason or another and, with direct physical access, even your most secret incognito tabs are rendered ineffective. Google is now experimenting with a simple yet effective way to keep Chrome's Incognito tabs incognito using iOS Face ID or Touch ID.

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Pokemon GO Level 50 rewards: Research Task level bonkers

Pokemon GO Level 50 rewards: Research Task level bonkers

Research Tasks for Pokemon GO appear at all levels of difficulty, from nearly the beginning of the game. Now that we're several years out from the game's first release, we've got a need for not only the basics, not only mid-tier and difficult research tasks, but insanely difficult-level research tasks and rewards, too. This week we've got the details on the highest requirements for the most monstrous research tasks in the game!

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iPhone could be ruined by North Dakota bill, warns Apple

iPhone could be ruined by North Dakota bill, warns Apple

Apple's App Store has been in the center of some high-profile controversy and rhetoric last year when Epic Games made a bold move that, according to some sources, has been planned months ahead. An action as simple as offering a different in-app purchasing method set off a chain that now involves lawsuits filed across several countries, all of them accusing Apple and Google of monopolistic practices. Although this proposed bill in a single US state doesn't directly reference the Apple vs. Epic Games tussle, its effects, if passed, will turn things in the game developer's favor.

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Hearthstone about to change everything with new Core Set

Hearthstone about to change everything with new Core Set

The next major Hearthstone update will switch out the old Basic and Classic sets for the first time EVER. This is a relatively daring move for a game and an app that's kept the same skeleton pack of cards since inception. With this next rotation, Hearthstone will introduce a brand new "Core Set."

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Zoom just added lip and hair color effects: Here’s where to find them

Zoom just added lip and hair color effects: Here’s where to find them

Zoom just added a feature to video chat called Studio Effects. This feature allows users to add oddities to their face in augmented reality in odd colors and combinations of colors. With this feature, users can add a moustache and beard in human hair color, new lip color, and more.

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Speedtest Video Test checks for streaming performance

Speedtest Video Test checks for streaming performance

Although the Internet is naturally used for many things, the 12 past months have seen a surge in media streaming, particularly video streaming. Thanks to the rise of Netflix and its rivals, video streaming has become a market force to reckon with and it has been treated even by network operators as a special case. According to Speedtest creator Ookla, that makes its regular testing suite and algorithms less applicable in this context, pushing it to spin out a special Video Test just for it.

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Mark Cuban social media app aims to surpass podcasting

Mark Cuban social media app aims to surpass podcasting

There's an app called Fireside out there already, but Mark Cuban wants to make another. Cuban and co-founder Falon Fatemi are reportedly ready to roll with the app, made for podcasting and conversing with listeners through said podcasts, planning on releasing said app at some point in the near future.

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