REMEMBER Facebook's karaoke feature? It turns out the option that let you share music videos was part of a grand plan to create an X-Factor-style talent show. Tipster Jane Manchun Wong – who spotted "audition", "stage" and "talent show" in the app's code – described the upcoming update as a "cross between Musically and Fifteen Million Merits from Black Mirror". Facebook launched a Lip Sync Live video feature last month which allows users to sing along to smash hit pop songs from Drake, Ed Sheeran and Guns N' Roses, among others. Your mates can then comment and like your clips in real-time and there's even the option to jazz up the recordings with selfie masks and colourful background graphics. Now Facebook could be expanding the option with a full-fledged talent show using what it's learnt from its recent live video gameshows in partnership with BuzzFeed and Insider. Like those HQ Trivia-style programmes, the new talent show may not be produced by Facebook itself. … [Read more...] about Facebook making X-Factor-style ‘talent show’ that lets users submit singing audition videos
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APPLE isn't expected to take the wraps off its new iPhones till September – but a new set of leaked pics may have revealed two of the upcoming handsets to the world. Tech tipster Ben Geskin has shared dummy models of the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus (Apple's biggest-ever handset) and the 6.1-inch LCD variant – both of which are predicted to land alongside a 5.8-inch iPhone X2 this autumn. That device is missing, but this new leak gives us an in-depth look at the entry-level and premium handsets that will flank the X2 upon launch. As you can see in the pics, the 6.1-inch model (which could be the cheapest of the lot at £500-£600) touts a single rear camera, whereas the iPhone X Plus apes the dual-lens setup seen on the 2017 iPhone X. The plus-sized device is also said to feature a stainless steel frame, while the budget model could pack aluminium as a way to cut costs. You can also expect larger borders on the 6.1-inch version, as glimpsed in the pics. These images show … [Read more...] about New iPhone dummy models reveal supersize design with giant 6.5in screen
NOT all Apple smartphones are born equal – some iPhone models are simply more likely to fail than others. A new report reveals that the worst offender is the iPhone 6, while Apple's new iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X came out on top for design toughness. Meanwhile, ALL iPhones fared better than Samsung... A security firm called Blancco – which helps retailers erase data from phones – revealed the findings in a study. Blancco tracked failure rates for smartphone models by working with retailers and mobile carriers, looking at data for when phones were brought in for repair – and why. It turns out that Apple's iPhone 6 has a staggeringly high failure rate of 22%, which means a part goes wrong with every one in five sales. And the toughest Apple blowers were the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, both of which had very low 3% failure rates. Most iPhones actually fared pretty well in the study, with only two models clocking failure rates above 10%. It's encouraging that both … [Read more...] about iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are the least likely Apple handsets to break – but which is MOST likely to stop working?
WANT TO make your iPhone display come alive with colour? Then you need this easy trick. You may not be aware that your handset has filters that can crank up the screen's brightness. It sounds like something off Instagram, but it's actually aimed at people with colour blindness. You'll find the feature in the accessibility settings on your iPhone. There are five in total: Grayscale Red/Green for protanopia Green/Red for deuteranopia Blue/Yellow for tritanopia Color tint It's the blue/yellow filter that you want for this trick. Turn it on and it essentially makes colours more saturated, especially blues and yellows. Here's how to enable it: Go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Display Accommodations>Colour filters. That's not the only trick for tweaking your iPhone's brightness. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can also tone down the blue light coming from your handset to help you drift off at night. Check out our guide to Night Shift mode here. And Apple fans … [Read more...] about This simple iPhone trick makes your screen look brighter and more colourful
These are the best Xbox One games, officially and painstakingly selected especially for you, dear reader. Some great games are on the horizon for Xbox One. Just this week Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was announced, and with State of Decay 2 imminent and Crackdown 3 rumoured to be coming soon, 2018 looks like its going to be a good year. We’ve recently added Capcom’s life-consuming action-RPG Monster Hunter World to this list, as well as overnight streaming sensation Fortnite: Battle Royale. Microsoft’s first AAA-exclusive of the year – Sea of Thieves – dropped in March. Despite some launch issues, it’s such swashbuckling fun that it’s made our list too. At the tail end of last year the beautiful Egyptian open-world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Nazi-splattering FPS extravaganza, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus both made the cut. It was also time to bid farewell to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Middle Earth: Shadow of War … [Read more...] about The best Xbox One games in 2018: every must-play on Xbox One S and One X