Thursday, 14 December 2017

Top 9 Augmented Reality Apps of 2017

There’s been a huge number of apps being released with augmented reality in 2017, no doubt trying to capitalize on the massive success of Pok√©mon Go. And that seems to be the only game to compare other AR games with, even to this day.


Looking at reviews from users, the most important part of any AR app has to do with how it is used. It has to add to the existing world, and add something of value. This means you cannot just make a funny face and overlay that and call it AR. You need some form of unique and interesting feature.

Today we are looking at some of the most interesting apps published this year, and while this is not a list of the most popular mobile apps developed, this is a list of the best apps out there, in this author’s opinion at least.


GadgetFlow


This highly popular app for finding and discovering new products and gadgets recently implemented Apple’s ARKit. While the app was great before, now it’s possible to view rotating 3D objects that are supported by the app in real-time AR mode. This means you can virtually try on any clothes or try and place that couch in your living room before buying it!

Kunabi’s Eucledian Lands


One of the more innovative games to surface in 2017, Euclidean Lands have used augmented reality in a very creative fashion, turning simple puzzles into addictive real world problems. Perhaps inspired by some of the surreal world famous artists that twisted architecture into mind-bending, this AR game let’s you turn and rotate both the puzzles as well as the world itself.

Popar World Map


For children and young adults wishing to learn how the world is connected geographically, Popar’s Augmented Reality World Map can be a fun and intuitive way to do so. Crammed full of awesome facts and amazing features, this app is sure to be a hit for the younger generations.


Amazing Space Journey


This app is available for both Android and iOS, and allows the user to travel the width of space using augmented reality. Discover our own solar system, including all the famous planets and even the sun, this app is a great way to put the size of planets and stars into perspective in the grand scheme of things.

Quiver


This app has quality written all over it. From a well designed website, to an extremely solid and robust code base. Quiver allows people to color their favorite characters or sceneries directly on their smartphone or tablet, and then printing them out for the fridge or gifts for family and friends. Using augmented reality in another way than most apps, the AR comes from your user input, and not the other way around.

Country Quiz


A small game designed for educational purposes, Country Quiz is a great way to learn new countries and flags, while looking at beautiful images at the same time. The latest versions of the Android and iOS app now also has augmented reality implemented, allowing users to look at Google Streetview in real-time, simulating the user is really there.


Augment


A strong brand name deserves a strong mobile app. Augment delivers on both. Similar to GadgetFlow, Augment allows people to find new products and implement AR in people’s own living rooms and more. This app is particularly well-suited for high end products as businesses looking to have their products featured here have to pay a hefty fee for inclusion and thus only the more luxurious brands are using this for now.


Holo


For all hologram nerds out there, Holo is a simple augmented/virtual reality app that allows you to create holograms in real life. Almost. Out of the box features includes a wide range of characters to use in your next hologram, from movie characters to cute animals, it’s your choice.

Inkhunter


This might become the top app chosen by parents for 2017. With Inkhunter you can try on your tattoo design before getting it permanently, allowing you to second guess your crazy ideas, or to validate your girlfriend’s design choices. While this is not applicable for everyone, we are sure this app has saved the world from some truly bad choices already!

Conclusion

There’s already a number of great and free AR apps published, and many more will come once Apple’s ARKit matures and grows it’s user base. We are also seeing new and unique ways on how to implement augmented reality, so this is an exciting technology to follow for the future. 
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Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Best Photo Editing Apps For Windows 10

Whenever you take a picture from your camera or a phone, it doesn’t always look as appealing as you would want it to look. Maybe the angle isn’t right, or maybe the color shade wasn’t the suitable one.

In that case, all you need is a good photo editing app that can turn your simple pictures into a masterpiece. And smartphones already have such apps for you.


Edit Your Photos In Windows 10
But the good news is there are some great apps for picture editing which you can install on your Windows 10 PC as well. So for those who are looking for a great app on their computer, here is a list of the best editing apps in Windows 10.

One of the most popular Photo editing app used by the people is Adobe Photoshop Express. With amazing features and photo-manipulation techniques, this app can turn the simple clicks into professional photographs. And all of that with just a simple click! Interested? Well, you should definitely be. In this editing tool, you will be provided with amazing techniques such as crop, rotate, and other special effects as well.

2.   Fhotoroom
Another popular and much-appreciated app that is the ultimate favorite of many users is the Fhotoroom which has several new and unique photo-editing options for you. Consisting of a user-friendly and simple approach, you can easily edit the photos without any difficulties. The best part of the app is that you get a large preview of the image which makes it interesting to edit the picture. Other features include Colour correction, curves, and crops, Exposure correction. Etc.

3.   Fotor
Here we have a great tool for the users who want to add little texts on their picture. Sounds interesting, right? With the help of Fotor, you can easily add some personal texts to make your pictures look more appealing and memorable. Apart from the amazing effects and wonderful features, this particular app has got the collage mode as well. So if you want to make a beautiful collage out of a lot of pictures, then this tool is your best bet.

4.   PicsArt
For those who want to add a bit of creativity to their pictures, PicsArt is the deal here. With wonderful new photo editing techniques and other additional effects such as texts, stickers, image overlays and a lot more, this app is one of the best that you can get.



With this editing tool, you can have your photos edited in a powerful but simple way. The process is not too complicated and can be used by anyone. You will get the best filters, options, effects and much more in here. All these amazing features make it a popular choice for the users.


So, here are some of the best editing apps that you can have on your Windows 10. Why wait then? Try out some of these and get your pictures edited properly. 
Author Bio: Himachali, Mechanical Engineer, Snooker Lover, Avid drinker of Scotch, Content Creator for Geekermag.com, Traveler and shorter than you (probably).
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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Avoid These 5 Mistakes to Ensure Quality Content for Your Blog

Have you recently read a blog on your favourite store’s blog?

Maybe it was your favourite clothing store and they wrote something about the best Thanksgiving outfits. Or, maybe it was your favourite food store and they wrote something about different ways to season your Christmas ham.


And, it is likely that you saw the link to this post on one of their social media sites – likely Facebook.

All of that is part of their content marketing strategy – from the content itself to sharing it on Facebook.

And, did you know that content marketing is one of the marketers’ biggest assets right now?

Well, it is – and, you can learn more about marketing and marketing tools such as marketing automation on a place I frequent, Gedlynk’s site.

It is incredibly influential and relatable – but, only if it is done correctly. Just a few mistakes could cost you the quality of the content on your blog:

1.   Using only text as content

Have you ever scrolled through an entire blog post to only see one long paragraph after another?

Truth be told – there is nothing I hate more than that.

I don’t know about you, but my eyes need a break – show me a picture or something.

And, I am not the only one who feels this way…

High-quality content should contain pictures, videos, and hyperlinks – don’t create content using only text. The more creative you can get, the more engaged your reader will be.

But, you can decipher what exactly each post should contain when you are working on this next item:

2.   Lacking a strategy

Every success story starts with a plan – for something, anything. And, developing high-quality content and successfully running a blog is no different.

Start by developing a strategy for how you will share your content, what outlets you will focus on, and what your theme will be. This strategy will set the tone for the rest of your content.

3.   Lacking internal links

Backlinks – hyperlinks back to your posts – are an important aspect of SEO. It adds to the credibility of your post and your website as a whole.

Of course, you should try to secure outside links too, but, place some links of your own – this will direct traffic to other areas of your site (or previous posts) and also improve your SEO.

4.   Creating ideas in a vacuum

When I first started blogging, I would simply write about anything that came to mind – it could be my personal feelings I came to terms with in the shower or even a trending topic I ran across on Twitter.

But, while most blog ideas do come to you randomly, they should still have some direction. For example, you should still pick a generic theme for your blog and narrow plausible ideas down to what falls in line with that.

5.   Writing strictly for SEO

Yes, SEO – search engine optimization – is critical. The search engines are only getting smarter, and SEO is what will help you the most.

However, focusing solely on that can be a major downfall in the quality of your content.

Rather than focusing on keyword stuffing and keyword density, study up on the most important SEO practices and incorporate those into your high-quality content.

Here’s a secret – one key aspect the search engines are looking for is high-quality content.

Don’t be mistaken – you cannot simply put any quality of content on your blog. You must ensure you only develop and share high-quality content. And, not all content is good content.

Good content – like any successful thing – takes time and planning.


But, you can start by making note of these 5 common mistakes you should avoid. Trust me, it will save you quite a bit of trouble in the long run.
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