LG's Chocolate Touch Kicks Out the Beats
Today Verizon Wireless announced the availability of the LG Chocolate Touch starting immediately on November 5. The Chocolate Touch offers premium music features, including Dolby Mobile equalizer, FM radio with 12 presets, Song ID, and a "Join the Band" function. When using Join the Band, users will be able to interact with music by tapping on a virtual drum kit and playing a virtual piano on the screen. Other features of the LG Touch are a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture that also has a panorama capture mode and facial makeover editing. The Chocolate Touch also has a dedicated social networking key that will let users perform automatic uploads to sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. The Chocolate Touch costs $80 after rebate with new two-year agreement.
Latest Instagram for Android Borrows the iPhone's 3D Touch Feature
A new version of Instagram for Android phones adds a "peek" function that behaves like 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s. When perusing a large grid of phones, a long-press of a single image will pop that image open into a separate window on top of the others.
Apple Updates GarageBand, Intros Music Memos for iOS
Apple today improved its selection of apps for music makers. First, it pushed out a significant update to GarageBand for iOS, which now includes Live Loops.
Microsoft Testing Advanced Pre-Touch Sensing On Phones
Microsoft recently demonstrated new touchscreen technology that can anticipate users' actions and call up different controls, options, or menus to suit the current task. Pre-touch sensing helps the phone determine how the user is gripping the phone, as well as where the user's fingers are approaching the display.
Apple's New Clips App Offers a Fun Way to Create Videos
Apple today announced Clips, an app for the iPhone and iPad that lets people piece together photos, videos, and music for sharing on social networks. One of the core features is called Live Titles, which lets people create animated captions by using their voice, rather than typing.
Facebook for iOS Earns More 3D Touch Powers
Facebook has updated its iOS app and added more 3D Touch features to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The latest version brings peek and pop functions into the main app itself, where users will be able to glance at "web links, profiles, pages, groups, events, photos, profile pictures, and cover photos," according to the company.
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