New Daydream VR to be Launched

It was first unveiled in May and now Google’s Daydream VR platform will launch on 4 October.

The virtual reality headset along with the controller and headphones will be unveiled and the full list of features and apps will be disclosed.

The system will utilise the latest Android phones with the headset providing a better mobile VR experience than ever before.

Google has been investing heavily on virtual reality films and games and recruiting various YouTube stars to create a catalogue of VR content.

There will also be a variety of games and apps as well as videos available which leaves huge opportunities for app developers to cash in on what could be a popular system.

Google has also set the price low, industry watchers believe the headset will cost less than £30 and will not need to rely on a powerful PC but instead of the capabilities of a mobile phone.

iOS10 ‘hidden features’ create buzz

While the complaints about the iOS10 roll-out are still infuriating some users with unworkable Apple phones, some people have found ‘hidden feature’ apps which range from multiple browsing tabs and magnifying text.

Other features include the ability to choose which apps to download first when users want to update their phone rather than having to downloads apps they don’t want to access before one they do want.

Along with the ability to easily magnify images or text, the iOS10 also has a smart looking new stopwatch.

Parents can control children’s apps

A firm in Swindon has unveiled a new mobile phone app that enables parents to remotely manage the screen time as well as the downloading of games and applications of their children.

The app also restricts which websites their offspring can visit and also screen their contacts and calls.

Parents can also locate where the youngsters are.

It’s the brainchild of Supotco who say its app is a world first since no other offering offers such a comprehensive level of protection for children.

Mobile network operators have expressed interest in the app with a view to offering it as a package for their customers.

Snapchat announces Snap Inc

It’s one of the world’s most popular apps and now the firm behind Snapchat says it is changing its name to Snap Inc.

The reason for the move is that the organisation is describing itself as a ‘camera company’ and has unveiled a new product.

Called ‘Spectacles’, these are sunglasses that come with a built-in camera that is able to record footage in ‘circular’ video so the user does not have to decide between filming in landscape or portrait modes.

The footage can also be played in fullscreen on any device and in any orientation.

If the new product is successful, it will see more users accessing its apps to enjoy the product – the firm appears keen to target those outside of the 18 – 34 demographic.

There are obvious similarities to the Google Glass project but the new glasses are much cheaper, around $100, and are linked to social networking and able to take images throughout the day.

In other mobile phone app news…

BlackBerry has announced it is to stop making mobile phones after 14 years of production. Instead, the firm says it’s going to focus on creating software, including security and apps, rather than devices. In 2010, BlackBerry’s share of the mobile phone market was 18% but in the same period this year, their market share has fallen to 0.1%.

It looks like Twitter might be up for sale after its board said it was open for offers but the expected $30 billion price tag may put off most suitors. The shares in Twitter have risen as a result as tech giants look to buy up the popular social media platform and boost its profitability and apps that work with it.

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