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From: BGR - Apple ruthlessly targets Android in trio of new ads

Apple regularly boasts about how many of its new iPhone customers were previously Android users, and CEO Tim Cook has brought up the statistics during earnings calls on numerous occasions. Now, in an effort to make those figures even more impressive, the company just launched a trio of new TV spots aimed directly at getting Android users to jump ship in favor of the iPhone. Curiously, you won’t actually see an iPhone in any of them.


The short ads, each running no more than 15 seconds in length, are presented in the simple “them and us” style that Apple has had good luck with ever since the “I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC” series. In all three ads, the screen is split between “Your Phone” and “iPhone,” with bad things happening on one side, and much better things happening on the iPhone half.


The three ads focus on performance, security, and the actual act of switching devices, showing a glitchy animation being corrected by the iPhone, a robber failing to break into the iPhone half of the screen, and contacts jumping from “Your Phone” to the iPhone.


What’s particularly interesting about the ads is how you never actually see an iPhone at all. Like the old “I’m a Mac” ads, the aim here isn’t to directly sell any specific product, but simply to make sure you know that if you don’t own an iPhone, you’re not getting the best experience possible. Whether or not you — or any Android users in your life — will buy into that is anyone’s guess.

From: BGR - 8 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Whether you’re looking for some new games to play, an app to build email newsletters or a note-taking app that doubles as a sketchbook, we’ve got you covered with today’s selection of paid apps gone free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. If you act fast, you can snag some of Friday’s free apps too.

These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.

Bokeh Lens

Normally $0.99.

Bokeh Lens will turn your iPhone photos into DSLR-quality photos with creamy and pleasing bokeh!

I love the portability of iPhone and being able to take snapshots everywhere. However, I miss the beautifully blurred background and bokeh effects that I can get using my DSLR camera. ‘Bokeh Lens’ for iOS will let you make the subject in your photo stand out by making the background blurred with natural-looking bokeh effects through the easy editing process.

Selecting the foreground area (area to be remaining as sharp) is the key factor to get the best possible result. The selection tool in this app was designed and developed to meet your detail-oriented editing needs. It will display a loupe (magnifying glass) when you zoom-in and try to select/deselect area. The loupe is very handy because otherwise you can’t see the spot you’re touching as your finger is blocking your view.

You can also adjust bokeh level (aperture) to control how much your photo’s background should be bokeh-blurred.

Download Bokeh Lens


Normally $1.99.

Breezeblox is an addictive puzzle game where the objective is to reach the end cube without moving off the platform. Special cubes throughout the puzzles will trigger different actions on the platform to aid you with progressing. With 150 challenging puzzles to complete, your brain will be plenty busy.

Download Breezeblox


Normally $0.99.

Change is a beautifully, well designed and simple app that helps you convert currencies easily. All you need to do is choose your currency and slide right or left to compare other currencies.

Change is perfect for: travelers, online shoppers and non-professionals Forex traders who are looking for easy way to understand how much money they to convert.

Change key features:

* Simple to use: Just choose your currencies from the coins list and you ready to go. Now just scroll right or left for an quick exchange, Notice, you can scroll the top and the bottom coins.

* Well deigned: Change built by web designers, not by brokers. we care about every design issues so we create great user experiment with photos and text.

* Quick response: No need to wait until data is updated.

In first use, the app shows 8 different coins, but you can add and exchange over 85 coins.

Download Change

Game of Dragons HD

Normally $6.99.

Help a charming princess save her father’s kingdom!
Glory Lind has never known her father. So when one day a taxi driver tells her that her father Edward is an emperor who has been waiting to meet her for many years, she feels scared yet happily excited. Teleported to the Empire of Newterra, a parallel world of magic and dragons, Glory must first pass the royal family test to prove she is a real princess.
Before long, she finds out that being a princess has its dangers, however. It seems her evil cousin Simon is trying to get rid of her and become the only heir to the throne of Newterra. Travel to the mysterious Dragon Island with Glory and meet the old hermit Carl, who will share his secrets and magic to help defeat Simon and rescue the emperor!

● 52 exciting levels to reach
● Nine cleverly crafted mini-games
● Six enigmatic characters to meet
● Two difficulty modes to choose from
● Concept art, wallpapers and a walkthrough
● Game Center Support
● New iPad Retina Display Support

Download Game of Dragons HD

HTML Mailer

Normally $4.99.

Powerful newsletter and marketing email designer. Create professional HTML emails without needing to write any code.

About HTML format emails

Before sending emails in HTML format, it is important to understand not all mail clients have full HTML support. Most modern mail clients on iOS and Mac have excellent support. However, on clients with no or partial support, designs may lose original layout and inline images may show as attached. To learn more, please visit support website.

Create and send emails with stylish fonts, web hyper links and photos
– hyper link text boxes and photos in your mail to websites
– make a bigger impact by adding shapes and photos to your emails
– select from 17 beautiful fonts and over 200 font sizes
– choose from over 100 gorgeous colors and shades

Zero coding, easy to use drag and drop designer
– instantly generates rich email designs into HTML to provide formatting and semantic markup capabilities in emails that are not available with plain text
– make a bigger impact by adding images and web hyper links into your emails
– feature packed editing tools including support for undo, redo, text alignment, grids, multiple layers and free form arrangement

Build and save mailing lists
– build to, cc and bcc mailing lists by selecting directly from the Address Book or by importing comma delimited email lists

Save, update and reuse
– save your customized email designs or make copies of your work so you can increase your productivity by creating once, update and reuse!

Professional email templates
– start from a blank canvas or choose from any one of the professionally designed templates

Download HTML Mailer


Normally $2.99.

Give Oilist an image and it will automatically generate a genuine and unique work of art based on it. Painted for you in real time! Participate or spectate, it’s up to you, Oilist will delight!

Oilist comes with 18 infinitely customizable styles; from impressionist to abstract.

Oilist is not a photo filter. Unlike most filter apps, Oilist will never generate the same results twice, and is capable of creating from impressionistic to abstract artwork based on the user’s photos. Instead of applying a fixed formula to an image as photo filters typically do, Oilist analyzes the supplied image using computer vision technology, then paints simulated paint particles that are applied using various brush strokes and techniques.

At anytime during the painting process, 4k resolution images may be captured as often as desired.

When Oilist is painting, styles may be infinitely customized by selecting from 12 different painting moods, choosing from 15 different brushes, setting brush options such as the size and spacing, and by injecting imperfections with the exciting Chaos tool. The gravity of the paint can be controlled by tilting the device and the brush angles may be controlled by yawing (rotating) the device. To rapidly change settings, it is possible to pause the painting by tapping in the paint area, make any desired changes, the tap in the painting area again to unpause the painting.

New and interesting results may be obtained by alternating settings with new settings painted on top of the previous settings. For instance, first paint a layer using the Warm mood followed by a layer using the Cool mood. The use of large brushes tend to create more abstract artwork and smaller brushes work best for high definition detail.

Oilist will automatically provide smaller brush strokes and greater photo-realism to detected faces. This can optionally be disabled by opening the Settings app, tapping on Oilist and disabling face detection.

Download Oilist


Normally $0.99.

A Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee, Onirim is a card game where you play as a Dreamwalker, lost in a mysterious labyrinth, and you must discover the oneiric doors before your dreamtime runs out – or you will remain trapped forever!

Wander through the chambers of dreams, hoping that chance will reveal the doors, or linger in each type of room. In either case, you will have to deal with the slithering Nightmares which haunt the hallways of the labyrinth.

Onirim is a solitaire card game. You must work against the game to gather the eight oneiric doors before the deck runs out. You can obtain door cards either by playing cards of the same color three turns in a row or by discarding one of your powerful key cards when a door appears from the deck. In both cases, you will have to decide the best use of each card in your hand and carefully play around the Nightmares. Those cards are hidden in the deck and will trigger painful dilemmas when drawn.

In addition to the exciting solo mode, players will enjoy the intuitive user interface, automated deck management, and stats to track their progress and successes against the game!

Onirim includes :
• Shadi Torbey’s base Onirim game in solitaire mode
• Original artwork from the base game by Philippe Guerin and Elise Plessis, enhanced by animations
• Solo play
• Detailed, interactive, turn-by-turn, in-game tutorial.
• Offline stats record so you can track your progress
• No in-app purchases or ads
• Languages available: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Download Onirim

Zen Sketch

Normally $1.99.

Zen Sketch is a cross between a note-taking and a painting app. We wanted to give people an app with a balance between power and simplicity: A place that could stay out of the way and let them think, but also contained an environment with the ability to add serious detail to their work. And so Zen Sketch was born. The app goes beyond regular ink handwriting apps by using an industry standard drawing/painting engine, but still organizes your work in a logical fashion like any good note-taking app.

Use Zen Sketch to create powerful notes or paintings. All your work can easily be exported out of the app as images or PDFs, and shared in just about every way imaginable. The app has no learning curve, and lets you work in a streamlined and clean interface designed with the latest technology in mind.

Download Zen Sketch

From: BGR - New leaks show the iPhone 8 design we’re hoping for

It’s a brand new day which means we have to deal with more iPhone 8 leaks that supposedly show the design of Apple’s next-gen iPhone. A couple of image sets leaked over the past few days, including CAD schematics and pictures that show a dummy iPhone 8 unit complete with a protective case.

First published on SlashLeaks, the CAD images were then “confirmed” by one of this year’s most prominent leakers — although his leaks are yet to be verified:


The CAD seems to imply this is the iPhone 8 design that we hate — the one that has the Touch ID fingerprint sensor placed on the back — but Benjamin Geskin says that’s not true. Instead, that circle on the back represents the spot where the Apple logo should go.


He then posted a second CAD image:


SlashLeaks also posted a set of pictures that show a dummy iPhone 8 unit and a protective case.

The design of the case reveals the iPhone 8 has a vertical rear camera, and that there’s no fingerprint sensor on the back

The images also indicate the iPhone 8 has an elongated power button compared to its predecessors.

The third image posted on SlashLeaks shows a wallet case for the iPhone 8, although you can clearly see this picture was tampered with — just check out the phone’s corners. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the case makers who leak these images do not have accurate iPhone 8 information. But not all of them may have access to actual iPhone 8 dummy units. At the same time, we’ll point out that nothing is officially official until Apple makes it so. So, we’ve got to wait until mid-September to find out the real details about the iPhone 8.

From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - U.S. Could Expand Tablet and Laptop Ban to All International Flights

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering expanding its carry-on restrictions for electronic devices to include flights departing from the United States, according to CNN.

In March, restrictions were announced that prevented U.S.-bound passengers from eight Middle Eastern countries from carrying certain electronic devices in the passenger cabin. The TSA order, which does not have a stated end date, covers laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, and handheld gaming devices larger than a smartphone.

However, those restrictions could also soon include flights departing from the United States, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who spoke briefly to reporters on Friday.

When asked whether it is true that he has hinted the laptop ban could expand to US soil, Kelly said that those characterizations of his thinking are accurate.

“No, they didn’t misread me,” he answered. “I would tell you that the threats against passenger aviation worldwide are constant. The good news is that we have great intelligence collection overseas — US intelligence collection. We also have great sharing with partners overseas. So, we are doing everything we can to get after these threats — but they are real.”

As with the original ban, the U.S. officials declined to comment on any new or specific threats, but implied that the decision had been made on evaluated intelligence.

The original ban applies to Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The nine airlines impacted by that order are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Ethiad Airways. The United Kingdom issued a similar ban covering flights from six countries shortly after the U.S. announcement.

Last week, Politico reported that U.S. airlines are making preparations for an “imminent” expansion of the ban to Europe and possibly other regions.

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From: BGR - Swiss watchmaker trolls Apple with $27,000 Apple Watch knockoff

The watch above is an Apple Watch knockoff, created by a famous Swiss watchmaker, has no smart features and sells for almost $27,000. Now that’s some truly impressive trolling.

From the distance, H. Moser’s Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz — yes, that’s a terrible name — looks exactly like an Apple Watch. It’s got the same rectangular shape complete with curved edges that seem to blend right into the metal frame, and a deep black display.

However, that’s not a display, and that’s not a smartwatch. Apple Watch fans will also immediately recognize the absence of the Digital Crown and the side button. Also, you shouldn’t be able to see the time on a Watch with the screen turned off.

This is just trolling of the highest order. H. Moser even compares the device to “a smartwatch which is powered off or in standby” in its press release, without naming the smartwatch in question.

In fact, the press release seems to make a strong case for an Apple lawsuit that would argue H. Moser is simply trying to cash in on the Apple Watch popularity. The Swiss maker might be trolling Apple hard, but the Apple Watch maker is making more money from watch sales than many Swiss companies.

“In this watch, the now iconic model features neither indices nor logo on its dial, proving that true luxury is unmistakable, and immediately identifiable, even without obvious marketing,” the press release notes. Yes, you can immediately notice it’s an Apple Watch.

“The black dial — stripped not just of any signature, but also of its indices — is strictly minimalist. On this model, there is no interface: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz is designed to display the time, something it does beautifully. Seemingly simple, it is anything but,” the press release says.


When it’s not trolling Apple, the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz does four days of life on a power reserve, after which you’ll have to wind it by hand.

Aside from the Zzzz model, H. Moser is also selling an equally poorly named Swiss Alp Watch Brrrr that comes with a blue dial.

Each model sells for $26,900, and H. Moser will only make 20 units of each.

From: Fossbytes - Report: Apple iPhone Is Soon Going To Have It Own AI Chip, Apple Neural Engine

pple can tap their back on the existence of Siri as one of their early attempts to put AI in a smartphone. But Cupertino won’t be stopping their AI development just with a cheesy voice assistant. According to a report by Bloomberg, claiming an unnamed source, Apple is reportedly designing a dedicated AI chip for […]

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