Toys R Us releases an AR app that lets you interact with its failing stores

Toys R Us releases an AR app that lets you interact with its failing stores

Toys R Us releases an AR app that lets you interact with its failing stores

When Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection last month, retail juggernauts like Walmart and Amazon were cited as the reasons behind the company’s woes. Now, in efforts to try and attract more customers to its shops and add a technological edge like its competitors, Toys R Us has released an AR app that lets users interact with its stores. AR has seen a surge in popularity thanks in part to a wave of new iPhone apps developed with Apple’s ARKit. Toys R Us is hoping to ride that wave.

The app, called Play Chaser, works by scanning signs scattered across each Toys R Us shop, which unlocks content like mini-games and other play experiences. They include virtual basketball where a hoop appears on the device’s screen, an interactive feature with the company’s giraffe mascot Geoffrey, and a baby nursery. Players can earn in-app currency (called stars) by completing quests and games. They can also compete with other players locally, or nationally in some games, via an in-app leaderboard that tracks scores.

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Tumblr app adds fancy fonts and lets you reorder text and images in posts

Tumblr app adds fancy fonts and lets you reorder text and images in posts

Tumblr app adds fancy fonts and lets you reorder text and images in posts

Tumblr’s latest update brings several new features for mobile users, some of which desktop users already enjoy. Now users can react to things they reblog with photos, which opens up a range of possibilities like attaching reaction gifs to everything or engaging in a collaborative photo essay. Tumblr also added more text styles for text posts, so that users can now add headers, make lists, and use serif fonts, a Courier-like typewriter font, and cursive.


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Instagram now lets you vandalize your friends’ photos with custom text and doodles

Instagram now lets you vandalize your friends’ photos with custom text and doodles

Instagram now lets you vandalize your friends’ photos with custom text and doodles

In a bid to encourage more users to privately message one another, Instagram today announced a new feature it’s calling “remixing.” The process involves editing a friend’s photo sent to you via direct message with stickers and custom text and doodles, and then sending it back to them within another photo of yourself.

That way, you can make it seem like your friend’s selfie is part of your own staged scene, giving your friend free rein to make you look as goofy or compromised as possible. You can also control how many times the message can be viewed by your friends by choosing between “one view” or “allow replay” options when sending. The update is live now, Instagram says.

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Instagram now supports GIFs in Stories

Instagram now supports GIFs in Stories

Instagram now supports GIFs in Stories

After months of rumors and limited rollouts, Instagram is officially adding GIF support to its Stories feature. Starting today, you can now plaster dancing cats and flying cheeseburgers over your photos and videos. The options are endless with hundreds of thousands of moving stickers to choose from thanks to GIPHY integration. Instagram is also announcing an upcoming feature that will let users upload photos and videos of any size to Stories, so you’ll no longer be forced to awkwardly crop them in that 9:16 (portrait) format.


GIF: Instagram

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Pinterest begins rolling out two-factor option for all accounts

Pinterest begins rolling out two-factor option for all accounts

Pinterest begins rolling out two-factor option for all accounts

Pinterest is the latest service rolling out two-factor security. The company announced this morning that a two-factor option would be available for all accounts within “the next few weeks,” letting users add an additional security check every time they log in.

Two-factor on Pinterest works pretty much like two-factor everywhere else: those who have enabled it will have to type in both their password and a short code sent to them in a text message every time they attempt to log into the site or app.

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Pinterest begins rolling out two-factor option for all accounts

Pinterest begins rolling out two-factor option for all accounts

Pinterest begins rolling out two-factor option for all accounts

Pinterest is the latest service rolling out two-factor security. The company announced this morning that a two-factor option would be available for all accounts within “the next few weeks,” letting users add an additional security check every time they log in.

Two-factor on Pinterest works pretty much like two-factor everywhere else: those who have enabled it will have to type in both their password and a short code sent to them in a text message every time they attempt to log into the site or app.

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Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Audiophiles are getting a new way to listen to one of the top formats for lossless music. As spotted by 9to5Google, Google has begun adding FLAC support to Chrome, and it should be rolling out to the masses very soon.

FLAC support is already live in Chrome’s beta build, and 9to5Google says it’s live in the current version of Chrome OS, too. If you have local FLAC files or come across one on the web, the added support allows Chrome to open it up in a completely bare-bones music player that takes over the entire tab.

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Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Chrome is getting the ability to play FLAC

Audiophiles are getting a new way to listen to one of the top formats for lossless music. As spotted by 9to5Google, Google has begun adding FLAC support to Chrome, and it should be rolling out to the masses very soon.

FLAC support is already live in Chrome’s beta build, and 9to5Google says it’s live in the current version of Chrome OS, too. If you have local FLAC files or come across one on the web, the added support allows Chrome to open it up in a completely bare-bones music player that takes over the entire tab.

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Google is combining Android Pay and Google Wallet into one service called Google Pay

Google is combining Android Pay and Google Wallet into one service called Google Pay

Google is combining Android Pay and Google Wallet into one service called Google Pay

Google just announced that it’s combining all of its different payment services, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, into one unified service, simply called Google Pay.

With the new system, payment information saved in your Google account will be available everywhere you use Google products: in Chrome for web purchases, in YouTube for renewing your subscriptions, in apps on Android for in-app purchases, and at retail outlets with NFC payments.

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Here’s how Apple is making iMessage take on Facebook Messenger bots

Here’s how Apple is making iMessage take on Facebook Messenger bots

Here’s how Apple is making iMessage take on Facebook Messenger bots

At the wrap of Apple’s WWDC keynote, we learned that the company was set to announce Business Chat, a new tool that will allow businesses to add a live chat / customer support feature. But unlike what currently exists with Twitter’s DM feature or Facebook’s Messenger for Business, Apple’s platform won’t require businesses to have a social media presence, as customers can simply search for them on Spotlight, Siri, or Maps.

During a WWDC session today, Apple elaborated more on just how it works. Business Chat essentially combines the app component of Messenger and the customer service portion from Twitter, letting you talk to businesses to get shopping / scheduling / general inquiry advice and reach out to file a dispute all from the same chat thread.

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