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Belkin rolls out 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar Lightning adapter for iPhones without a headphone jack

The new 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar allows Lightning-only devices to plug in headphone jack audio devices and a source of power or data and use both at the same time.

How to Use Drag and Drop on an iPad and iPhone With iOS 11

iOS 11 overhauls the way we interact with the iPad, introducing several features designed to make the iPad experience better mimic the way we use a Mac or a PC. Central among these new features is a revamped Dock that holds more apps, an improved app s…

Hulu’s Live TV service is now available on Roku devices

Hulu’s been expanding its Live TV beta rollout alongside that of its newly-redesigned UI, and both are now available on Roku. Users who sign up get the full livestreaming service with over 50 channels plus the option to add-on HBO, Cinemax and Showti…

Apple releases Safari 11 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan

Apple today released Safari 11.0 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan which adds…

Apple shares new iPad + iOS 11 how-to videos, features third-party apps

On the heels of releasing iOS 11 today, Apple has published a few new how-to videos to its YouTube channel promoting what’s now possible with its latest mobile OS and iPad.

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Apple issues Safari 11 update for macOS Sierra & OS X El Capitan

Though it’s included by default with the upcoming macOS High Sierra, Apple on Tuesday released Safari 11 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan, giving people early access to the finished browser’s features.

Mingis on Tech: All about Android 8.0 ‘Oreo’

If you’re an Android user who’s eagerly been awaiting Android 8.0, a.k.a. “Oreo,” the good news is that Google’s updated mobile OS has been out since late August and will be gradually making its way in the coming months to a device near you.

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If you have one of Google’s own smartphones like the Pixel, you may well already have Oreo – just like Computerworld blogger JR Raphael. And that means you’ve already had time to get used to its new features and tinker with it.

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Here’s a Look at the First Wave of Augmented Reality ARKit Apps Hitting the iOS App Store Today

With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer framework called ARKit. With this technology, iOS developers can more easily craft AR experiences for users on compatible iPhones and iPads, using each device’s built-in cameras, processors, and motion sensors.

As of now, the first wave of these apps are available for you to download and test on the iOS 11 App Store. The first apps range from game updates to practical everyday tools and even apps that encourage a healthier lifestyle, with more refined experiences likely coming in the future once developers get a grasp on what users enjoy with the first wave of apps.

Note that to use ARKit-enabled apps on iOS 11 you must have an iOS device with an A9, A10, or A11 processor. This means ARKit apps can be launched on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the upcoming iPhone X. For iPads, you can use the 9.7-inch iPad or the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The older 9.7-inch model of the iPad Pro is compatible as well.

One you have iOS 11 installed on one of these devices, head over to the new App Store and check out some of the ARKit apps listed below to see how Apple’s new augmented reality technology works in your own home.

Games

Splitter Critters (left) and Egg, Inc. (right)

Splitter Critters ($2.99)

What’s it about? Use swipes of your finger to split a colorful landscape and guide alien critters back to their spaceship, avoiding enemies and solving puzzles in the process.

How’s AR used? Scan a flat surface and then place a fully playable version of the main game into the real world, housed within a small white box.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade (Free)

What’s it about? Control an Imperial Knight war machine in the Warhammer 40,000 universe and fight the evil forces of Chaos through 170 single player missions using cannons, missiles, and thermal blasts to defeat your enemies.

How’s AR used? Drop your Imperial Knight from the main game into an AR “Photo Mode” to take snap shots of the war machine in the real world.

Egg, Inc. (Free)

What’s it about? A farming simulation game focused on hatching eggs, building hen houses, hiring drivers, and researching advanced technologies to upgrade your egg farm.

How’s AR used? Take a glimpse at your farm in AR with a “Farm To Table” picture-taking mode.

Thomas & Friends Minis (Free)

What’s it about? Build, decorate, paint, and create full train sets and then control characters from Thomas & Friends as you drive through your customized train set.

How’s AR used? Bring all of your creations into the real world with the app’s AR mode, which places your train set on a flat surface so you can zoom in and around while still being able to interact with various tools and control characters.

Tools

Overstock (left), PLNAR (middle), and Cubit (right)

Overstock.com (Free)

What’s it about? The main app for the popular online retail website, which lets you shop and discover deals for items like furniture, rugs, home decor, and more.

How’s AR used? Place true-to-life 3D models of thousands of Overstock products right into your home, helping to make sure that the new item’s color, size, and design fits your room. Additionally, you can share pictures of the AR models in Messages or social media, add the Overstock item to your cart, and even pay for it with Apple Pay, all without leaving the AR screen.

PLNAR (Free)

What’s it about? A full AR experience, PLNAR allows you to generate a home’s floor plan using augmented reality, which the app’s creators said will be useful for everyday homeowners as well as for flooring companies, insurance agents, interior designers and home renovation professionals.

How’s AR used? Use your iPhone’s camera to generate quick measurements of a room’s area and perimeter by guiding a cursor along the edges and corners of the floor. Mark doorways and even use the app’s tools to measure other objects like countertops and tables (and any flat surface), then save all of your data into custom projects.

Edmunds (Free)

What’s it about? Shop for new and used cars within the app’s extensive vehicle database.

How’s AR used? Visualize your potential future vehicle purchase by placing the car into your garage or driveway, which Edmunds said is also a way to confirm that the car will fit where you intend to park it.

Cubit ($0.99)

What’s it about? A “measuring toolbox,” Cubit grants you access to features like rulers and box tools, with more coming down the line in future updates.

How’s AR used? Measure the distance between real-life objects using the ruler tool and visualize the size of digital objects with the box tool.

Lifestyle

Fitness AR ($2.99)

What’s it about? Fitness AR was created by the makers of Strava, which tracks your workouts, runs, biking sessions, and more, along with offering various challenges, training sessions, and clubs to keep you motivated.

How’s AR Used? In the new app, you can connect your Strava account to browse your past activities, browse your friends’ activities, and track the hiking, biking, or running routes that you’ve taken — all of which are viewable in AR on a 3D terrain map.

Night Sky 5 (Free, premium features at $1.99/month or $9.99/year)

What’s it about? Night Sky is a “personal planetarium,” letting you identify stars, planets, constellations and satellites with an iOS device.

How’s AR used? With iOS 11, the app has enhanced its existing AR capabilities with a new “Grand Orrery” premium feature (requiring a subscription). This mode brings the Solar System into your home so you can walk around it, zoom in on planets, see current space missions in the system, and more.

Other Notable Apps

There are already a growing number of ARKit apps showing up on the iOS App Store just a few hours after the launch of iOS 11. For this reason, we’ll list some other notable apps below, and update this post throughout the day if we find any more. If you know of one that isn’t listed, let us know in the comments!

RoomScan Pro ($0.99)

Pcalc ($9.99)

Carrot Weather ($3.99)

Human Anatomy Atlas 2018 – $0.99

Euclidean Lands ($3.99)

Flat Pack (Free)

Kings of Pool (Free)

MeasureKit (Free, expanded toolset for $2.99 in-app purchase)

Quartz (Free)

Upcoming

Augmented reality apps will only continue to occupy a large segment of the iOS App Store, with major apps previously highlighted by Apple not yet to launch today. One of these is IKEA’S furniture placement app, which it confirmed last week to be called “IKEA Place.” The app will be available sometime in “late September.”

You’ll be able to browse from a selection of IKEA products, choose one, scan the floor around where you would like to see the furniture, and then the AR app will show an approximation of the sofa or lamp in your living room. 2,000 products will be available at launch to test in AR (focused on large items like storage solutions, sofas, and coffee tables), with IKEA confirming continuous updates for the app in the future.

For even more information on all of the software updates that hit today, check out our posts for each below:

Apple Releases iOS 11 With Revamped Lock Screen, Fresh App Store, New Siri Voice, and Updated iPad Interface

Apple Releases watchOS 4 With New Watch Faces, Siri Improvements, Gym Equipment Integration, and More

Apple Releases tvOS 11 With Home Screen Syncing, Auto Dark Mode, and 4K Support for New Apple TV

Related Roundup: iOS 11
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Apple Music’s Android app adds voice search and social features

Apple announced that it would bring your friends’ listening habits to Apple Music at WWDC this past summer. iOS users who use the streaming music service will be able to start using the feature after updating to iOS 11. Now, Android-using Apple Music…

How to Use and Customize Control Center in iOS 11

One of iOS 11’s key new features is a redesigned Control Center that is highly customizable thanks to 3D Touch integration.

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Google’s mini Home speaker and Pixel 2 XL leak ahead of October event

If Google was trying to keep all its October 4th announcements under wraps, it just failed in spectacular fashion. Droid Life has obtained images and details for three of the headliners, and it’s clear that there are a few surprises even if you’ve b…

Safari 11 now available for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan

Apple has released Safari 11 today alongside iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and more.

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Your local library’s e-books will now show up in Google searches

Google has made life a little easier for those who like to check out e-books from their local library. Now, when you search for a book through Google, results for libraries near you that carry that e-book will show up along with outlets where …

Zack Snyder Left *Justice League*—Then He Made an iPhone Movie

The director’s new 4-minute short was released today.

How to Find Notifications in iOS 11’s New Lock Screen and Cover Sheet

Apple made waves last year when it completely redesigned how the lock screen functions on iOS 10 by removing the iPhone’s well-known “Slide to Unlock” instruction from the screen. The improvements allowed for a more seamless unlocking experience on iPh…

Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11’s new tech

In conjunction with the release of iOS 11, Apple has also released new versions of TestFlight and Swift Playgrounds, redesigning the former’s interface and adding an things like an Augmented Reality challenge to the latter.

Apple Releases New iPad Pro Tutorial Videos Covering iOS 11 Features

Apple today uploaded several new tutorial videos designed to teach users about lesser-known features on the iPad Pro, including some features that were just introduced in iOS 11.

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Apple’s fitness-focused watchOS 4 is available for download

As you might have guessed, iOS 11 isn’t the only treat Apple has in store for its mobile device owners. The tech giant has also released watchOS 4, a major update to the Apple Watch that focuses on the health-conscious crowd. It includes many more wo…

Hands on: OmniFocus update exploits powerful new features in iOS 11

The latest version of the Omni Group not only updates for iOS 11 compatibility, but also takes advantages of changes to Siri and the addition of drag and drop.

Things 3 for iOS Updated With Siri Integration and Drag and Drop Support

Popular to-do app Things 3 was today updated to version 3.2, adding full support for iOS 11 and watchOS 4 along with a few new key features like Siri integration and support for Drag and Drop.

With Siri integration, it’s now possible to interact directly with Things on iOS devices and the Apple Watch using Apple’s built-in personal assistant. Siri can do things like create a new task, add reminders, search for tags, and open up a specific list in the Things app.


On the iPad, Things is gaining support for the Drag and Drop feature introduced in iOS 11. iPad users will be able to drop content into Things from other apps as new to-dos or in the notes section of existing to-dos.

A third major new feature coming to Things is support for third-party app link detection. Links from third-party apps will now be tappable, so you can link to a file in other apps like Evernote or Ulysses and then get back to those files with a tap.

Things 3 can be downloaded from the App Store. The iPad version is priced at $19.99 [Direct Link], while the iPhone version (which includes Apple watch support) is priced at $9.99. [Direct Link]

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Hilton Honors members can spend their points on Amazon

Folks in the Hilton Honors reward program have a new reason to hoard points: They can now pay with them when shopping on Amazon. Not for everything, mind you, as most digital content (Kindle downloads, music, Amazon Video, and so on) are off-l…

Udacity Launches an Online Course for Flying Car Engineers

Sebastian Thrun’s online education company wants to prepare more people for the future of flying.

Apple Releases Xcode 9 With Swift 4 and iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS High Sierra SDKs

Alongside the new iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 updates, Apple has released Xcode 9, the latest version of the Xcode Mac app that lets developers create apps for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

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Waymo and Intel Combine to Power the Future of Self-Driving Cars

The rich Google self-driving car spinoff and the global chipmaker make excellent dance partners.

Exclusive: Toshiba flips back towards Western Digital group for chip unit sale – sources

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp is shifting back toward selling its prized semiconductor unit to a group backed by joint venture partner Western Digital Corp , people familiar with the deal said.

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