Mug Life turns photo portraits into ghoulish animations


Mug Life is really bloody silly. Like, it’s the silliest app I’ve ever come across, and I say that with several years under my belt as a tech journalist. In a nutshell, it lets you upload photos, which it then turns into taunting, nightmarish animated videos, sort of like this: The range of pre-installed effects on offer are pretty limited, and you can cycle through them pretty quickly. That’s not to say I got bored though, because frankly, who can get bored of embarrassing your co-workers by making it seem like they’re passing wind? (Sorry Már) Of course, it’s not…

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This tiny mint box is actually a gaming console packing a Raspberry Pi


Watch out, Nintendo: Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are building their own gaming consoles and this latest one is actually pretty awesome. Using a Raspberry Pi computer and an Altoids mint box, recreational inventor and YouTuber Sudomod has designed a fully-functioning gaming device that actually fits in your pocket. As the creator explains in a new blog post, the DIY handheld console builds on his earlier mintyPi project that aimed to cram a gaming console into a tiny tin box. Unlike the first version, however, the new device uses 3D-printed parts to improve the overall design. You can watch the quirky gadget in action in the…

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Do Android phones now need Face ID too?


Bloggers have begun getting some hands-on time with the iPhone X ahead of its shipping date, and the word on the street is that it’s pretty bangin’. And while it’s playing catch-up with the introduction of a bezel-less screen, it’s trumping the entire universe of Android devices with its new Face ID feature, which unlocks your phone as soon as you look at your handset. The feature uses a front-mounted depth camera to analyze more than 30,000 points on your face to identify you, while also being able to distinguish between your actual face and any likeness (such as a…

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Apple HomePod’s limited support for third-party apps could be a deal-breaker


As we draw closer to the launch date for Apple’s voice-activated smart speaker, Business Insider reports that the HomePod won’t support commands for certain third-party apps like Spotify. A developer update from the company encourages the creation of features in third-party apps that are designed for SiriKit’s Messaging, Lists and Notes, while leaving off things like streaming services. That means you won’t be able to ask your HomePod to fire up your favorite Stranger Things playlist on Spotify with just your voice; you’ll have to use your phone to beam it to the speaker using the AirPlay 2 wireless protocol.…

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After 10 years the Like Button still gets a thumbs up from us


The Like Button, made famous by Facebook, has officially hit its 10th anniversary — and it’s so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine our internet without it. In case you don’t remember the dark, wild time of 2007, let me give you a quick crash course: Facebook didn’t create the Like button, per se. The button originally debuted October 30, 2007 on a platform called FriendFeed. At the time, it just looked like a blue hyperlink with the word “Like” as anchor text. Like, ten years, today!https://t.co/n42z9g1SgD @btaylor pic.twitter.com/8gHhvTaiIj — Paul Buchheit (@paultoo) October 30, 2017 FriendFeed, which was acquired…

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