September 10, 2019

Pokemon Go adds more AR photo options

first_img Share your voice My Lugia checks out the bandstand at London’s Arnold Square. Sean Keane/CNET Niantic added a more robust photo mode to Pokemon Go that’ll let you feel like you’re playing a sequel to Pokemon Snap. (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York should be pleased.)The Go Snapshot feature, which was added to the Android version last week and the iOS one over the weekend, lets you take photos of Pokemon you’ve already caught, using the mobile game’s AR+ mode. img-4095Raichu wanders in CNET’s London office. Sean Keane/CNET “Select a Pokemon and tap on the screen to throw its Poke Ball to that spot. Once your Pokemon is situated in the ideal spot, you can then move around it to find the best angle for your photo,” Niantic said in a statement Feb. 12.”Is your Pokemon distracted or looking the wrong way? Brush across it to get its attention, and it will be sure to face you.”So you can basically get the Pokemon you’ve caught to do your bidding beyond battling, by having them pose for photos. The shots you take will be automatically saved to your device.”We’ve been inspired by the incredible photos Trainers have taken in AR+ mode and exploring new ways to further bridge the digital and physical worlds through Niantic’s enhanced AR technologies” Ryuta Hiroi, Niantic’s product manager, said in the statement. The augmented reality game was released in July 2016 and has been adding features ever since. It grossed more than $68 million in January, according to Sensor Tower. In September, it hit $2 billion in in-app purchases. Niantic on Tuesday is also adding the ability to switch teams. You’ll be able to purchase a Team Medallion from the in-game store for 1,000 Pokecoins to change between Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Valor (red, clearly the best).First published Feb. 12 at 10:04 a.m. PT.Update Feb. 25 at 7:22 a.m. PT: Reflects that the feature’s been added and highlights the team-switching features.CNET en Español: Get all your tech news and reviews in Spanish.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Tags Video Games Phones Post a comment 0 Pokemon Go Nintendolast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel

first_img Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 1/ Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.— Emmett Shear (@eshear) August 11, 2019 A subsequent tweet stated “this wouldn’t even have been an issue if they didnt (sic) use my channel to promote others in the first place.” Blevins notes this practice isn’t the norm for Twitch streamers who have changed platform, with dormant channels usually featuring a breakdown of the streamers channel information. Not so for the ridiculously popular page run by Ninja, however, with a message that read “the streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Shortly after Ninja’s video went live, Twitch pulled the plug, reverting the channel to the normal state and removing the message. 16 Photos Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded, via Twitter, on Sunday evening, saying the company has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline,” in addition to personally apologizing to Blevins for the indiscretion. Share your voice Comments Tags Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Originally published Aug. 11, 5:12 p.m. PT.Update, 6:46 p.m.: Adds Emmett Shear comments.Correction, Aug 12: Earlier version of this article listed Ninja as having 14.5 million subscribers. Twitch calls these “followers”.  19 Gaming Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Getty/Johannes Eisele One of the world’s most popular video game streamers, the blue-and-red-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, has taken to Twitter to air his grievances with video streaming Goliath Twitch, after pornography appeared on his offline channel on Sunday. After dropping Twitch video and moving to rival platform Mixer earlier this month, Ninja’s channel was being used to promote other content across the platform.Blevins made his name streaming Fortnite and had amassed around 14.5 million followers on Twitch before jumping ship to Microsoft’s Mixer on a new exclusive deal. His Twitch channel remained available to view, but offline, with Twitch taking the unusual step of promoting a feed of “popular Fortnite channels” across the streaming service in place of the usual offline page. The top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography.Blevins took to Twitter with a message for his followers that he was “disgusted and so sorry” about the mishap. Twitch has now reverted my channel back to how an offline page should look. Thank you.— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 Ninja Pornography Twitchlast_img read more

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August 30, 2019

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

first_img If your company doesn’t have a mobile app yet, you could be missing out on a golden opportunity to tap into new revenue streams. Smartphones and tablets are where today’s consumers live. The majority of the 120 million smartphone owners in the U.S. use a shopping or retail app at least once a month, according to a recent Nielsen report. Yours could be one of them.If you’d like a mobile app that lets customers buy your products — or simply access products reviews, videos or coupons — you’ll need to hire an experienced developer you trust to custom build it.Here are 10 key questions to ask mobile app developers to help you choose the right one for the job:1.Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed? Qualified candidates should be eager to provide you with a list of apps they are personally responsible for creating — or at least played a major role in developing — complete with links to each in Apple’s iOS App Store, BlackBerry App World or Google Play, Google’s Android app store.”That way you can begin to gauge whether or not they have the skills, experience and vision to produce the type of mobile app you’re looking for,” says Chad Mureta, CEO of App Empire, a San Francisco-based app development firm, and author of App Empire: Make Money, Have a Life, and Let Technology Work for You (Wiley, 2012).Related: The Basics: 3 Important Tips for Creating Killer Mobile Apps2. May I have a list of your current and past clients? Unlike reading movie credits, there’s typically no way to tell who actually developed an app. This is why speaking directly with candidates’ current and former clients can be essential to verifying that the developers actually created the apps they claim to have worked on, Mureta says.Checking references also gives you an opportunity to ask how reliable, responsive and results-oriented candidates are. For example, you might ask whether they delivered on deadline and within budget, and how well they work under pressure.Candidates sometimes only offer references who have a favorable opinion of them, says Farhan Thawar, vice president of engineering at Xtreme Labs, an Ontario, Canada-based mobile strategy and product development firm. He suggests visiting a candidate’s LinkedIn profile to see if you have any professional colleagues or former co-workers in common. If you do, contact your mutual connections and ask them about their impression of the candidate’s experience, capabilities and work ethic.3. What kind of smartphone do you use?This question can provide insight into how passionate and knowledgeable a candidate is about specific mobile platforms, Thawar says. “If you’re telling me that you can build an app for an iPhone, then you should have an iPhone, you should be playing with the apps that you are building and also playing with other people’s apps on a very regular basis.” The same goes for Android and BlackBerry.4. How can my app make money? If your primary goal is to generate revenue with your app, the developer needs to know exactly how to build in features that will allow you to make money. You could opt for a pay-per-download revenue model, charging, say, between 99 cents and $4.99, depending on how many features your app offers.If you opt for a free app, be sure the candidate is well versed in how to integrate mobile display ads, in-app purchases or paid subscription services.5. How will we communicate during the development process? The quality of your app often depends on how clearly and often you communicate your app design and functionality requirements throughout the development process.Does your app developer prefer to chat in person or via phone, Skype, instant message or email — and how often? Or does he or she prefer to interact with you using a popular project and task management system like 37signals’ Basecamp? How often will he or she provide you with status updates?Related: 5 Tools for Building a Shopping App6. What kind of special features can you create? Apps rarely grab consumers’ attention without truly innovative and useful features. Figure out the bells and whistles you’d like and then assess your developer’s capabilities. For example, can your candidate add 3-D gaming, social media sharing, GPS check-ins or product coupon elements to your app?7. Who will own the mobile app? Typically the individual or company paying for a mobile app will own the finished product, Mureta says. To be sure you own all the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the app developer should sign a written “copyright assignment” or “work made for hire” contract. The document should establish confidentiality and state that you own the app’s design, source code and all of its content.8. How will you test my app? Generally, the best way to test an app is simply to run it on the smartphone it will be used on. The candidate should provide a thorough explanation of how he or she conducts an extensive beta test to weed out any glitches. If bugs are found, how will the candidate fix them — and how quickly?9. Will you submit my mobile app to app stores? After you’ve approved the beta-tested version of your app, the last step is for the developer to submit it to an app store for approval to be sold there. App submission is often a long, multi-step process that your developer should already know how to successfully navigate.10. What are your fees and payment terms? Draft a written agreement specifying that you will pay the developer by the hour or with a flat fee. Most developers, like Mureta, ask for a one-time fee upfront. Others require a deposit at the beginning of a project, often for up to half of the estimated total cost, with the balance due when the app is completed.The most basic mobile apps can start between $1,000 and $5,000, but you could end up spending many times more if you pay a developer by the hour. More complicated mobile apps, including ones that are database driven or involve 3-D gaming, can cost thousands more.Related: Caterina Fake’s Findery Aims to Be an ‘Adventure Machine’ 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img April 8, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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