Twitter’s Night Mode Now Available for iOS

twitterTwitter today announced that it is expanding its “night mode” option to its iOS app, allowing Twitter users to enable a darker mode suitable for reading tweets at night. Twitter first brought night mode to Android devices in July and after a beta testing period, the company is now ready to offer the option in both of its mobile apps.

Night mode can be enabled by tapping on the gear icon and choosing the “Turn on night mode” option. It is disabled in the same way, by tapping the gear icon and selecting “Turn off night mode.”

Night mode should be a welcome addition for those iOS users who have been hoping Apple will implement its own Night Mode option, as it makes the Twitter interface much darker and more comfortable to look at in low light conditions.

Rolling out today – we’re bringing night mode to iOS! 🌙 https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9 pic.twitter.com/WLwKi4H0Oe

— Twitter (@twitter) August 22, 2016

Twitter’s new night mode feature is rolling out to Twitter users starting today. The Twitter app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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twitterTwitter today announced that it is expanding its “night mode” option to its iOS app, allowing Twitter users to enable a darker mode suitable for reading tweets at night. Twitter first brought night mode to Android devices in July and after a beta testing period, the company is now ready to offer the option in both of its mobile apps.

Night mode can be enabled by tapping on the gear icon and choosing the “Turn on night mode” option. It is disabled in the same way, by tapping the gear icon and selecting “Turn off night mode.”

Night mode should be a welcome addition for those iOS users who have been hoping Apple will implement its own Night Mode option, as it makes the Twitter interface much darker and more comfortable to look at in low light conditions.


Twitter’s new night mode feature is rolling out to Twitter users starting today. The Twitter app can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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Nike Rebrands Running App to ‘Nike+ Run Club’ With Personalized Workouts

Nike today updated its popular “Nike+ Running” iOS app with a new name, “Nike+ Run Club,” as well as introducing various user interface changes and features (via Fast Company). The big new addition centers around “coaching plans” that let users choose …

Nike today updated its popular “Nike+ Running” iOS app with a new name, “Nike+ Run Club,” as well as introducing various user interface changes and features (via Fast Company). The big new addition centers around “coaching plans” that let users choose a workout and running plan, which then dynamically adapt to the specific progress made by each user.

Some of these plans include categories like “Getting Started” and “Get More Fit,” which falls in line with Nike’s mission statement of treating each one of its customers like a professional athlete in order to help them “reach their full potential.” Within each plan there’s a new “Benchmark Run” that gauges the improvements — or slacking off — of each user as they work their way through a workout.

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With the latest version of fitness app Nike+ Run Club, for example, personalized coaching for newbie runners is central to the experience. As the app learns more about you, it tailors your workouts accordingly.

“If you have a body, you’re an athlete,” says Jay Lee, global head of product for Nike+. “What we’ve learned is that we really need to serve [athletes] as individuals if we want them to reach their full potential.”

On the social side of things, Nike has made it easier to share progress with friends on social networks as well as tweaked its leaderboards tab with new ways to compare and compete with people who are also using the app. Users will also be able to use the companion Apple Watch app independently of the iOS app, since the new update allows users to “run free” and leave their iPhone behind.

The new “Club” naming style follows in the footsteps of Nike+ Training Club [Direct Link], which focuses on a wider array of weight and strength training. For anyone who has yet to download it, Nike+ Run Club is available for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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iPhone-Compatible ZEISS VR ONE Plus Headset Launches for $129

ZEISS has announced that its iPhone-compatible VR ONE Plus virtual reality headset is now available at Best Buy stores across the United States for $129. The headset has a universal smartphone tray that fits most smartphones with a screen size between 4.7 and 5.5 inches, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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iPhone users can use the VR ONE Plus with thousands of virtual reality apps on the App Store, including Google Cardboard apps, in addition to 360 degree YouTube videos and Google Street View. The headset has an immersive field of view of approximately 100° and can be used while wearing eyeglasses.

ZEISS is also accepting VR ONE Plus orders through its website in the U.S. and Europe.
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ZEISS has announced that its iPhone-compatible VR ONE Plus virtual reality headset is now available at Best Buy stores across the United States for $129. The headset has a universal smartphone tray that fits most smartphones with a screen size between 4.7 and 5.5 inches, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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iPhone users can use the VR ONE Plus with thousands of virtual reality apps on the App Store, including Google Cardboard apps, in addition to 360 degree YouTube videos and Google Street View. The headset has an immersive field of view of approximately 100° and can be used while wearing eyeglasses.

ZEISS is also accepting VR ONE Plus orders through its website in the U.S. and Europe.
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Color 6 – Tigrido

Color 6 is an engaging puzzle game with a simple, but extremely addictive gameplay.
Just compose hexagons of the same-colored tiles.
Compose as many hexes as you can.
Be the hexiest one!

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Color 6

Tigrido

Genre: Games

Release Date: July 21, 2016


Color 6 is an engaging puzzle game with a simple, but extremely addictive gameplay.
Just compose hexagons of the same-colored tiles.
Compose as many hexes as you can.
Be the hexiest one!

© © TIGRIDO, INC.

Google Duo – simple video calling – Google, Inc.

Duo is a one-to-one video calling app for everyone – designed to be simple, reliable and fun so you never miss a moment.

Features:

Simple interface
Call any of your contacts with just one tap, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on the go.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends on smartphones with just one simple app.

*Data charges may apply. Check your carrier for details.

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Google Duo – simple video calling

Google, Inc.

Genre: Social Networking

Release Date: August 20, 2016


Duo is a one-to-one video calling app for everyone – designed to be simple, reliable and fun so you never miss a moment.

Features:

Simple interface
Call any of your contacts with just one tap, with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront.

High quality video
Experience faster and more reliable video calls, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on the go.

Cross-platform
Video call all your friends on smartphones with just one simple app.

*Data charges may apply. Check your carrier for details.

© © 2016 Google Inc.

Flip Diving – Miniclip.com

• The World’s #1 cliff diving game – now on your mobile! •

Pull off Frontflips, Backflips & Gainers from high cliffs, rickety platforms, trees, castles, and trampolines! Choose from a wide range of divers, and unlock new tricks and moves. Aim for a perfect entry into the water, and don’t hit the rocks!

Featuring a custom physics engine with animated ragdoll physics, Flip Diving is the most dynamic and entertaining cliff diving experience ever created!

TONS OF DIVING TRICKS
• Layouts, Pikes, Reverses – and more tricks coming soon!
• Each trick dynamically animated with ragdoll physics!

DEATH-DEFYING LOCATIONS
• Dive from trees, boats, trampolines and more!
• Over 50 jump platforms to leap from!

A HUGE RANGE OF CHARACTERS
• Take a dive as a bodybuilder, a businessman, or in a penguin costume!
• Each diver has different abilities, weights, and unique physics!
• More coming soon!

SHOW OFF TO YOUR FRIENDS
• Record your best dives – or your biggest fails – and share them with your friends!

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This game does not require internet connection, and can be played offline.

Miniclip.com - Flip Diving  artwork

Flip Diving

Miniclip.com

Genre: Games

Release Date: August 19, 2016


• The World's #1 cliff diving game – now on your mobile! •

Pull off Frontflips, Backflips & Gainers from high cliffs, rickety platforms, trees, castles, and trampolines! Choose from a wide range of divers, and unlock new tricks and moves. Aim for a perfect entry into the water, and don’t hit the rocks!

Featuring a custom physics engine with animated ragdoll physics, Flip Diving is the most dynamic and entertaining cliff diving experience ever created!

TONS OF DIVING TRICKS
• Layouts, Pikes, Reverses – and more tricks coming soon!
• Each trick dynamically animated with ragdoll physics!

DEATH-DEFYING LOCATIONS
• Dive from trees, boats, trampolines and more!
• Over 50 jump platforms to leap from!

A HUGE RANGE OF CHARACTERS
• Take a dive as a bodybuilder, a businessman, or in a penguin costume!
• Each diver has different abilities, weights, and unique physics!
• More coming soon!

SHOW OFF TO YOUR FRIENDS
• Record your best dives – or your biggest fails – and share them with your friends!

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This game does not require internet connection, and can be played offline.

© © MotionVolt Games Ltd 2016

Remind: Fast, Efficient School Messaging – remind101

Remind, formerly Remind101, is a free text messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently. By connecting school communities, Remind makes it easy for everyone to succeed together. Remind is based in San Francisco, CA and is used by more than 35 million people in 3 out of 4 U.S. school districts.

* Real-time messaging for your school, group, or just a single person.
* Schedule reminders ahead of time.
* Send text messages straight to any phone.
* Translate messages into more than 70 languages.
* See who’s read your messages and who’s missing out.
* Plan important activities and collect funds—on time.

“Once a teacher starts to use the tool, it tends to spread through the rest of the school like wildfire. Domonique Roberts, a history teacher at University High School in Newark, N.J., has been using Remind to communicate better with parents. ‘I have been messaging one student’s mom, telling her when he’s not doing homework, or if he fell asleep in class today,’ Roberts says. ‘She’s on top of it and his grade improved by two letter grades from the first marking period to the second, just by keeping up with her.’” – Fast Company

“…Remind’s features have proved especially popular in low-income districts, where parent engagement is a key issue for teachers, and parents’ sometimes erratic work schedules can make it difficult to get in touch by phone.” – Buzzfeed

Link 1: Remind website: https://www.remind.com/

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Remind: Fast, Efficient School Messaging

remind101

Genre: Education

Release Date: May 2, 2012


Remind, formerly Remind101, is a free text messaging app that helps teachers, students, and parents communicate quickly and efficiently. By connecting school communities, Remind makes it easy for everyone to succeed together. Remind is based in San Francisco, CA and is used by more than 35 million people in 3 out of 4 U.S. school districts.

* Real-time messaging for your school, group, or just a single person.
* Schedule reminders ahead of time.
* Send text messages straight to any phone.
* Translate messages into more than 70 languages.
* See who's read your messages and who's missing out.
* Plan important activities and collect funds—on time.

“Once a teacher starts to use the tool, it tends to spread through the rest of the school like wildfire. Domonique Roberts, a history teacher at University High School in Newark, N.J., has been using Remind to communicate better with parents. 'I have been messaging one student’s mom, telling her when he’s not doing homework, or if he fell asleep in class today,' Roberts says. 'She’s on top of it and his grade improved by two letter grades from the first marking period to the second, just by keeping up with her.'” – Fast Company

“…Remind’s features have proved especially popular in low-income districts, where parent engagement is a key issue for teachers, and parents’ sometimes erratic work schedules can make it difficult to get in touch by phone.” – Buzzfeed

Link 1: Remind website: https://www.remind.com/

© © Remind

Facebook Announces Video-Based Social App ‘Lifestage’ For High Schoolers

Facebook has released a new teens-only social app called “Lifestage” that asks users to create profiles by uploading video clips instead of filling in text fields.

The standalone app is aimed at high school kids aged 21 and under, and doesn’t requir…

Facebook has released a new teens-only social app called “Lifestage” that asks users to create profiles by uploading video clips instead of filling in text fields.

The standalone app is aimed at high school kids aged 21 and under, and doesn’t require a Facebook account. Users are asked to select their high school and are then shown video profiles of people at the same school or ones nearby, as long as at least 20 people from the same school use the app.

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User profiles ask kids to upload videos of their “happy face”, “sad face”, likes, dislikes, best friend, the way they dance, and more, and Lifestage turns the clips into a video profile that others can then watch on the app’s social feed.

While there’s no restriction on who can download the app and create an account, anyone 22 or older will only be able to see their own profile, although Lifestage notes during sign-up that it can’t verify that users are the age they say they are. The app includes various highly visible blocking and reporting options, apparently to guard against the possibility of suspect users.

TechCrunch reports that the app was designed by Michael Sayman, a 19-year-old Facebook product manager who aims to replicate Facebook’s original incarnation as a college student network. “I wanted to work on an app that my demographic would relate to, or at least that my friends would want to use,” said Sayman.

The launch of Lifestage is certainly consistent with Mark Zuckerberg’s stated goal of putting video at the heart of all of Facebook’s apps and services, but it also points to the company’s continuing concern at Snapchat’s surging popularity among younger users, which has already led Facebook to imitate several of the app’s features in its photo-focused social offering, Instagram.

Time will tell whether Lifestage succeeds in attracting a younger crowd, or goes the same way as Poke, Slingshot, Paper, and Notify, all of which Facebook eventually binned following a lack of uptake.

Lifestage is a free download for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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