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.

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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]

Tag: Facebook

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Steve Jobs enters the International Photography Hall of fame alongside Annie Leibovitz and Ken Burns

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 02:  Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks during an Apple Special event to unveil the new iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Apple unveiled the iPad 2 as the successor to its popular tablet, the iPad.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) It’s the 50th anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame, a museum and foundation in St. Louis, and among the inductees this year are some real whoppers: Annie Leibovitz, Ernst Haas, Ken Burns… and Steve Jobs. Read More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 02:  Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks during an Apple Special event to unveil the new iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California. Apple unveiled the iPad 2 as the successor to its popular tablet, the iPad.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) It’s the 50th anniversary of the International Photography Hall of Fame, a museum and foundation in St. Louis, and among the inductees this year are some real whoppers: Annie Leibovitz, Ernst Haas, Ken Burns… and Steve Jobs. Read More

Apple Accepting Donations for Louisiana Flood Relief

Apple has added banners to its U.S. website, iTunes Store, and App Store encouraging customers to donate to the American Red Cross to help support people who have been affected by the widespread flooding in southern Louisiana.

Donation tiers available include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200, with all proceeds from donations sent to the American Red Cross. All transactions are processed as iTunes or App Store purchases.

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Flooding in Louisiana, which started last week after torrential rainfall, have damaged more than 40,000 houses and left many thousands of people without homes. More than 20 parishes have been affected, and in many of the areas, flood insurance was not common because they weren’t known flood zones. The Red Cross has called the Louisiana flooding the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy.

Apple often puts out a call for donations for disaster relief. In the past, Apple has collected Red Cross iTunes donations for the 2016 fires in Alberta, the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the refugee and migration crisis in the Mediterranean sea, the 2013 Philippines typhoon, and more.

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Apple has added banners to its U.S. website, iTunes Store, and App Store encouraging customers to donate to the American Red Cross to help support people who have been affected by the widespread flooding in southern Louisiana.

Donation tiers available include $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200, with all proceeds from donations sent to the American Red Cross. All transactions are processed as iTunes or App Store purchases.

redcrosslouisiana

Flooding in Louisiana, which started last week after torrential rainfall, have damaged more than 40,000 houses and left many thousands of people without homes. More than 20 parishes have been affected, and in many of the areas, flood insurance was not common because they weren’t known flood zones. The Red Cross has called the Louisiana flooding the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy.

Apple often puts out a call for donations for disaster relief. In the past, Apple has collected Red Cross iTunes donations for the 2016 fires in Alberta, the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the refugee and migration crisis in the Mediterranean sea, the 2013 Philippines typhoon, and more.

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Review: Philips’ Latest Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Brush Connects to Your iPhone via Bluetooth

Philips recently announced its first Bluetooth-connected Sonicare toothbrush aimed at adults, which interfaces with an iPhone to monitor brushing habits, offer brushing tips, and make sure you’re brushing right.

Priced at $199, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected takes the well-known and popular FlexCare brush and introduces iPhone connectivity through a Sonicare app that tracks everything from how long you brush to where you brush to how hard you brush.


Design and Features

I’ve used Sonicare brushes for upwards of 10 years so I’m familiar with most of the brushes and brush heads, and the FlexCare is one step down from the top of the line brush, the DiamondClean (my day to day brush). To be honest, I’m disappointed that Philips added Bluetooth connectivity to the FlexCare instead of the DiamondClean because it doesn’t have quite as many features (3 modes instead of 5) and the non-unibody design isn’t as nice.

The FlexCare Platinum Connected next to a Diamondclean brush

The FlexCare looks like your standard electric toothbrush, with a removable brush head that needs to be replaced every three months or so, a power button, and buttons for adjusting settings like intensity. Since brush heads are removable, you can share your FlexCare Connected base among several family members if you want to.



There are three cleaning modes: clean, a standard two-minute daily cleaning mode; white, a shorter mode designed to remove surface stains; and deep clean, a longer three-minute mode for a deeper clean. The main round button on the FlexCare turns it on and off, while the longer button is the one used to switch through the modes.

A third button at the bottom of the brush lets users select an intensity from one of three options: low, medium, and high. Users with sensitive gums and teeth will want to choose the low option, while the higher option will result in a better, quicker clean with up to 62,000 brush strokes a minute.


Unique to the FlexCare Platinum Connected is a set of sensors that are designed to work specifically with the app. There’s a location sensor that relays where the brush is in your mouth, a pressure sensor that makes sure you’re not applying too much pressure when you brush (which can damage your gums) and a scrubbing sensor to make sure you’re not moving the brush too much (with a Sonicare, the brush does the work – you basically just hold it up to your teeth).

Sonicare ships the FlexCare Platinum Connected with two of its newest brush heads, the InterCare and the AdaptiveClean. Both of these brush heads are on the larger side compared to other Sonicare brush heads so they cover a lot of surface area. The InterCare brush is designed to reach more deeply between the teeth while the AdaptiveClean has flexible sides that are supposed to cover more of the tooth for a better clean.

Sonicare brush heads are supposed to be replaced every three months and cost somewhere around $10 to $15 per brush head, so that’s an expense to be aware of when purchasing a toothbrush like the FlexCare Platinum Connected. Integrity of the brush head is important for better plaque removal than a manual toothbrush (Philips promises that its brushes remove as much as 10x more plaque).


Sound wise, the FlexCare Platinum Connected is louder than the DiamondClean but it isn’t obnoxiously loud. It sounds like your average electric toothbrush.

The FlexCare Connected can be purchased with or without a UV sanitizer (the model with one is $20 more expensive) that can be used to sanitize brush heads. I’ve previously owned a UV sanitizer and while it works fine, I don’t think it’s an essential piece of equipment. You just stick your brush head in the container, shut the door, and turn on the light to kill germs.


It’s simple enough, but there are bacteria in your mouth anyway that you can’t UV sanitize and toothpaste is probably taking care of a lot of the lingering bacteria on the brush.

App

Sonicare’s app isn’t for tracking brushing habits over time, but for making sure you’re brushing the right way in the moment, something I found to be a lot more useful than the over-time tracking feature in the Oral-B app designed for the Oral-B Bluetooth toothbrush.

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The Sonicare brush connected seamlessly and quickly to my iPhone through the Sonicare app. Using the app is done by launching it before you turn on the brush for a daily brushing session. As soon as the brush turns on, the app displays a 3D model of a mouth and guides you through brushing each quadrant of your mouth. As you brush, the teeth in the 3D model go from yellow to white to denote progress, which is quite motivating.


Using the sensors in the brush, the app can vaguely tell where the brush is located in your mouth, so it’s able to detect how long you spend brushing each area. With the “Clean” setting, it walks you through two minutes of brushing and then directs you to turn the brush on again for a touchup of all the areas where you didn’t spend enough time, making sure everything is thoroughly clean. It’s also able to detect too much brush movement and too much pressure, sending alerts through the app each time.

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The FlexCare Platinum Connected’s movement sensors are decent, but not infallible. The app can detect which side of your teeth you’re brushing in each quadrant based on the way the brush is held, but if the app is directing you to brush the upper left quadrant and you do lower right, it can’t tell the difference. You have to follow along with the app for it to be effective.

I also felt like it was giving me more touch up areas than necessary, but in general, I got a more thorough clean than I do brushing on my own. As for the pressure and movement sensors, these are sensitive and effective and always accurately prevented me from pressing too hard or moving the brush back and forth too vigorously in my mouth.

I’m a dedicated brusher, but the app was still useful because it made sure I was brushing for the right amount of time and in the right way each and every time I brushed. The app also gamifies brushing, allowing users to earn points for completing tasks like brushing properly, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash.

For people who need more motivation to brush, it definitely works. There are also goals to work towards to achieve fresher breath, healthier gums, and whiter teeth. Most of these goals can be achieved by doing things like brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing.

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What the app doesn’t do well is track brushing habits over time because of a somewhat confusing layout. You can see your weekly progress towards goals you’ve set and export data for your dentist, it’s hard to get just a quick overview of statistics like how many times you’ve brushed, for how long, when you’ve flossed, and more.

There are some quirks with the app, which I hope Philips will address in future updates. It doesn’t send out brushing reminders, it doesn’t always ask for specific data on whether or not I’ve flossed or rinsed (and thus does not catalog this data), and the design is overcomplicated with content overlap in the “Progress” and “Goals” sections that makes long-term data collection difficult, but for bare bones brushing tracking and motivating, it works.

Other app features include reminders on when to replace brush heads, battery readings, product recommendations, the ability to set focus areas based on dentist feedback, appointment tracking, and coaching for better brushing habits.

Bottom Line

At $199, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected isn’t cheap by any means, but the price point is in line with other top-of-the-line Sonicare toothbrushes from Philips, including other FlexCare and DiamondClean models. It’s also a price comparable to some higher-end electric toothbrushes from companies like Oral-B.

There are a lot of people out there who use (and are satisfied with) manual toothbrushes that cost a handful of dollars, which can make a $200 toothbrush (and the replacement brush heads) sound absolutely outrageous, but as a long time devotee of the electric toothbrush and the Sonicare line in general, I believe it’s worth the price point if you’re looking for something that is unquestionably going to improve your dental hygiene and potentially cut down on dentist bills.

My teeth feel much cleaner when I use a Sonicare brush compared to a normal brush, and I was a big fan of the two brushes that came with the FlexCare Platinum Connected. They easily reached all of my teeth with little effort and left my mouth feeling clean for hours.

If you already own a Sonicare and are in need of an upgrade, the FlexCare Platinum Connected is worth looking at, but if you already own an electric brush, the features the app adds probably aren’t worth investing in something new. They’re nice to have, especially for people who need a little extra motivation to get their daily brushing in or those who want to make sure they’re brushing thoroughly, but ultimately, it’s the brush and the brush head that are doing all the work cleaning your teeth, not the app.

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That said, features like pressure sensing are invaluable for someone like me — I brush much too hard when left to my own devices and that’s caused some problems for me in the past — and it was also nice to know when I didn’t spend enough time in one area. If you’re looking for a better brushing experience and don’t mind investing the money, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is a solid choice.

Pros:

  • Thoroughly cleans teeth
  • Gentle on gums
  • App encourages better brushing habits
  • Sensor alerts for pressure/movement
  • Two week battery life

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • App interface is confusing
  • Brush heads must be replaced
  • FlexCare brush handle needs to be dried after each use to prevent mold growth

How to Buy

The Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected can be purchased for $199 from the Philips website or from Amazon.com. A version with a UV brush head sanitizer is also available for $219.99.

Note: Philips provided the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected to MacRumors free of charge for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received.

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Philips recently announced its first Bluetooth-connected Sonicare toothbrush aimed at adults, which interfaces with an iPhone to monitor brushing habits, offer brushing tips, and make sure you’re brushing right.

Priced at $199, the Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected takes the well-known and popular FlexCare brush and introduces iPhone connectivity through a Sonicare app that tracks everything from how long you brush to where you brush to how hard you brush.


Design and Features

I’ve used Sonicare brushes for upwards of 10 years so I’m familiar with most of the brushes and brush heads, and the FlexCare is one step down from the top of the line brush, the DiamondClean (my day to day brush). To be honest, I’m disappointed that Philips added Bluetooth connectivity to the FlexCare instead of the DiamondClean because it doesn’t have quite as many features (3 modes instead of 5) and the non-unibody design isn’t as nice.

The FlexCare Platinum Connected next to a Diamondclean brush


The FlexCare looks like your standard electric toothbrush, with a removable brush head that needs to be replaced every three months or so, a power button, and buttons for adjusting settings like intensity. Since brush heads are removable, you can share your FlexCare Connected base among several family members if you want to.

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