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And the new Huawei P10 is going to…

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei P10 smartphone!  As well this time we had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

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And the Winner is: 

  • Vitali Safronkine

Vitali Safronkine you have an email now and got 24 hours to answer on it. Should no answer have been received by then another winner will be drawn.

For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

Here again a few details about the phone:

The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display and Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor, which has proven to be quite powerful according to leaked early benchmark tests. The phone includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and microSDXC support, as well as a large 3,200 mAh battery. The handset also sports a Leica-branded dual-lens rear camera setup that marries a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with a 12-megapixel main sensor. And yes, Huawei has aped the Portrait Mode feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to create a bokeh effect on portraits that’s similar to what you would get from a DSLR.

Facebook gets like Snapchat now somehow…

Facebook’s quest to mimic Snapchat is undeniable at this point. In just the last few months, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger have all integrated some form of Stories — a disappearing slideshow format that Snapchat is famous for — while Facebook Live dabbled in Snapchat-esque selfie filters. Now, after months of experiments and tests, it’s time for the main Facebook app to get in on the action too. Today, the company is officially rolling out three new Snapchat-inspired features to its core app: a brand new in-app camera that’s chockful of filters, effects and masks; Facebook’s very own Stories; and Direct, which lets you share photos and videos with specific people for a set period of time.

As soon as you launch the updated Facebook app, you’ll see the new Stories navigation bar prominently featured at the top. On the far left is a shortcut for Direct sharing, the second bubble is for Your Story (you can tap it to add to it), while the rest are Stories of your closest friends. Each Story interface is almost identical to that of Instagram’s version — you can move back and forth through the slideshow by tapping left or right, and if it’s your own Story, you’ll be able to see the number of views as well as the names of the people who saw it. Additionally, you’ll be able to leave direct replies on other people’s Stories, which then appear on top of the content. The replies only live as long as the content, however, so once the photo is gone, the comment’s gone too.

 

“We’ve been very text-centric in the past,” says Connor Hayes, a Facebook product manager. “But what we’ve been seeing is that the way people create content is changing, from text to photos and videos. […] We’re trying to upgrade the app to be more centered around the way people are behaving and creating the content in social apps. And that starts with the camera.”

Which explains why the new camera is much easier to access. Before, the fastest way to launch the camera in the Facebook app was to tap “Photos” and then select the camera icon. Now, that camera icon is located to the left of the search field, and is visible the moment you launch the app. Alternately, you can swipe right from the home screen, and that’ll bring up the camera function as well.

The camera interface is completely different from before too. On the left side of the screen are little navigation dots, which correspond to different filters that the app has pre-selected for you. Simply swipe up or down to scroll through them, and you’ll see the filter take effect on the main screen. These pre-selected filters are chosen based on an algorithm that susses out whether you’ll like them, and also on your location. So if you’re in London, you probably won’t see a San Francisco themed filter, for example.

But if none of those filters strike your fancy, no worries, because you can tap an option that will reveal as many as 70 other options (that number will change depending on your region). You can choose anything from selfie masks to Prisma-esque style effects to simple frames. In a brief demo, I saw filters that showed animated pizza slices flying out of my mouth, round glasses superimposed on my face and a “I Miss You” message scrawled in front of me. Other options include a mirroring effect, one that shows a lazy sloth on top of your head, a mustache, a pride rainbow, a glitter beard and even an effect that makes you look like a minion from Despicable Me.

Indeed, Facebook not only partnered with different film studios for licensed content, it also commissioned two artists — Hattie Stewart from the UK and Doug Coupland from Canada — to come up with special artistic filter effects. One of Coupland’s filters, for example, shows concentric colors radiating from your head. Open your mouth, and the circles now form in your mouth and on your forehead.

Kristen Spilman, the director for Art and Animation in charge of the camera effects, says that she hopes these filters help people express themselves. “Our new camera puts visual content at the heart of the Facebook experience,” she says. “While we want our effects to be fun to use, it’s more important that they’re thoughtful and relevant in enhancing relationships.”

 

After you’ve chosen your filter, you can write text on top of it or doodle on it with your choice of brush. Then, you can save it to your camera roll and do nothing with your creation, or you can choose to share it. You can post it to Newsfeed if you want your photo to live on forever, or you can post it to Your Story if you just want it up for the next 24 hours, or you can share it directly with your friends via the new Direct feature. If you do send your photo or video directly, note that your friends will only be able to view it once and replay it once. Once it’s over, it’s gone.

“Stories has become the format for people to create photos and videos and share them with one another immersively across social apps,” says Hayes. “This is something that Snapchat’s really pioneered. Our take is that Stories has become a format for people to share and consume photos and videos across all social apps.” When asked why someone would use Facebook Stories over Instagram Stories or vice versa, Hayes says that different people use the apps differently. “It depends on how they use each app, and who their network is on each app,” he says, pointing out that oftentimes the two have different audiences.

“Over the coming months, we plan to introduce new ways for the Facebook community to create their own frames and effects that can be used on any photo or video created with the new Facebook camera,” said Facebook in a statement. “Our goal is for the camera to be a home to hundreds of dynamic and fun effects that give you new ways to connect with friends, family, and your community.”

Facebook’s new camera, Stories and Direct sharing will be rolling out to all users on both Android and iOS throughout this week.

Source: Facebook

Google Play now gives you a paid app every week for free!

Android has millions of free titles, but some paid titles need to be shared. There are millions of free apps available on the Play Store, and many of them are pretty great. But there are also millions of paid apps that don’t always get the attention they deserve.

Now, Google wants to highlight a few of those paid titles by offering a free app or game of the week. The first one is Card Wars — Adventure Time, a lighthearted card trading and battle game that usually runs for $2.99, but this week is going gratis.

Like Apple’s version of the same, it appears Google will highlight a single title each week, and chances are it will be a paid game that also has in-app purchases. That benefits both Google and the developer, since it gets a chance to add millions of new users and ramp up revenue.

This isn’t the first time Google has given away paid apps for free. It started the practice in its then-nascent Family section back in 2015, but that particular enterprise seems to have faded away for this more broad version.

Source: Android Central

Reviewed: The Huawei P10

At the Mobile World Congress (27 February to 2 March), the big and not so big manufacturers are delivering a head-to-head race around the world’s biggest trade fair novelty. In times when the mobile companions are always more like each other and real innovations become more difficult, it are subtleties that make the difference. So Huawei has taken an attack on the front camera with his new top model, the Huawei P10, – and on Apple …

The Huawei P10 is the latest flagship of the Chinese manufacturer and is mainly based on design and a strong Leica camera. In the detailed test, however, it also shows unnecessary weaknesses.

Design

Design has always been a mainstay of the P series and this has remained that way with the Huawei P10. Like its predecessor, the P10 consists of a unibody case, which has been milled from a piece of aluminum. Two other similarities: the case is still only 7 mm thin (6.98, to be quite accurate) and there is no annoying camera shake on the back. This makes it the thinnest flagship smartphone on the market.

Overall, the P10 has become more curvy. The radii of the edges are clearly firmer and rounder, which makes them slightly better in the hand. No question, the Huawei P10 is a handy phone that is great in the hand.

Although compared to the P9, the display has shrunk from 5.2 to 5.1 inches, the dimensions have remained almost identical in height. This is due to the increased horizontal display edges. The fingerprint sensor, which is now on the front, takes up a lot of space; The edge on the top is held symmetrically. In terms of display-to-size ratio, the P10 is a definite step backwards. While the competition goes with large steps on the “edgeless smartphone” , see the freshly presented LG G6 or the condensing rumors to the Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei seems to take a step back instead.

The P10 is a coloful Fashion-Statement

Apart from that, the Huawei P10 is a visually appealing device that appeals to fashion and design conscious buyers. For this reason, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in eight (!) Different colors. Two surface treatments are available in Europe: Sandblasted aluminum or a so-called Hyper Diamond Cut.

Let’s start with the simple one. The sandblasted, matte aluminum is available in black, silver and exclusively for the P10 in gold. The P10 Plus receives another exclusive color – greenery. This was recently recognized by the recognized color institute Pantone as the color of the year 2017 and is indeed exceptional for the P10 Plus.

The second surface treatment is somewhat more complex. The so-called Hyper Diamond Cut creates a fine, glittering structure on the aluminum, which can really be seen. Do you know these shaky pictures that can be tilted back and forth to see a 3D image? This is how this surface feels. In any case, the P10 is thus a clear fashion statement, which in the colors Dazzling Blue and Dazzling Gold (only P10 Plus) surely requests for attention.

The black Huawei P10 tested by us is slightly less noticeable. The rounded sides with the curved and barely visible antenna strips remind strongly to another phone – the Apple iPhone 7. The feeling in the hand as well as the design are really similar here. Especially the matte housing has one disadvantage. Fingerprints do not remain on it , but sweat and skin fat, so that the back always looks smeared.

Build Quality on the highest level– well, almost

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Win a new Huawei P10 with the Acme Blog!

Its not been long since our Mate 9 competition ended and here we are already with the very next one. This time we got a Huawei P10 in Graphite Black up for grabs.

The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display and Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor, which has proven to be quite powerful according to leaked early benchmark tests. The phone includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and microSDXC support, as well as a large 3,200 mAh battery. The handset also sports a Leica-branded dual-lens rear camera setup that marries a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with a 12-megapixel main sensor. And yes, Huawei has aped the Portrait Mode feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to create a bokeh effect on portraits that’s similar to what you would get from a DSLR.

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is International. The device will be either shipped via Aramex/DHL or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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And the Huawei Mate 9 is going to…

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei Mate 9 smartphone!  We had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

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  • Hameed Kohli

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For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

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You can pre-order a BlackBerry KEYone now from Media Markt Germany

lthough we’ve yet to hear from any carriers opening up pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone, several third-party retailers have already begun. The latest added to the mix is Media Markt Germany which now has the BlackBerry KEYone listed for €599.00 through their online portal.

Perhaps more interesting than their listed pricing, though, is the date they have listed for shipment. According to Media Markt information, when ordered through them, the BlackBerry KEYone will ship on May 5 BUT, there has been some debate about that release date as well from their customer service via Twitter.

Of course, release dates with pre-orders are always subject to change so if you do decide to pre-order through Media Markt, be sure to keep that in mind. Maybe hold off for a bit and see if the date changes again, as it has changed a couple of times already.

You can place your pre -order from Media Markt here.

Source: CrackBerry

Win a Huawei Mate 9 with the Acme Blog

Its been a few weeks since the last competition, but here we are back with your chance to win a brandnew Huawei Mate 9 with us.  This is the 64GB Version coming in Moonlight Silver. It is the actual Top Phone from Huawei bringing you a brilliant Large 5.9-inch display. 

The Huawei Mate 9 offers a truly revolutionary battery life. With its large 4000mAh battery and smart power-saving technology, you can enjoy two days’ usage*. State-of-the-art HUAWEI SuperCharge technology safely charges the device for a full day’s power* in 20 minutes.

And this is how you can win:

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WhatsApp now offers two-step verification for everyone

This feature was already available in beta, but now recame available to everyone. WhatsApp is rolling out two-step verification, an additional layer of security, to all of its users on iOS, Android and Windows. It’s an optional feature which you can set up by heading to Settings, followed by Account and Two-step Verification inside the app. You’ll need to create a six-digit passcode, which will then be required every time you try to register your phone number with WhatsApp (for instance, when setting up your account on a new smartphone).

You can also designate an email address which, in an emergency, can be sent a link to disable the feature. WhatsApp highly recommends this as a fallback, just in case you forget the code. It’s a different approach to most technology services, which typically send a randomized string to your phone over SMS. To help you remember, WhatsApp says it will ask for your code “periodically.” An inconvenience, sure, but a trade-off we would argue is worthwhile for greater security. If the app is your primary mode of communications, you owe it to yourself to turn this feature on.

One Important Note on this: If you receive an email to disable two-step verification, but did not request this, do not click on the link. Someone could be attempting to verify your phone number on WhatsApp.

Source: Whats App

And the Huawei Nova Plus is going to….

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei Nova Plus smartphone!  e had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

And the Winner is: 

  • Mahmoud Fatallah

Mahmoud you have an email now and got 24 hours to answer on it. Should no answer have been received by then another winner will be drawn.

For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

Here again a few details about the phone:

Size: 5.5-inch

Type: IPS

Resolution: FHD 1920*1080, 401 pixels per inch (PPI)

Viewing Angle: 80°/80°/80°/80° (up/down/left/right)

Colors: 16million colors

Contrast: 1500:1

Brightness: 450 nits (typ)

snapdragon625 (4 xA53@2.0 GHz + 4 x A53@2.0 GHz)

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Emotion UI 4.1

RAM: 3 GB LPDDR3

ROM: 32 GB; ROM User Available: about 22GB

MicroSD: supports cards up to 128 GB

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ at 2.4 GHz

Bluetooth: 4.1

USB Type C

Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Gravity Sensor

Front Camera: 8MP, fixed focus

Rear Camera: 16MP, autofocus, OIS

DTS SOUND

Supported Formats: *.mp3, *.mid, *.amr, *.3gp, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.aac, *.wav, *.ogg, *.flac

2 Microphones

1 Speaker

3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack

Video File Format: *.3gp, *.mp4, *.webm, *.mkv

EMUI 4.1

Type: lithium polymer

Capacity: 4.4V, 3340 mAh(Typical)