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Of course, there’s a Porg-related game on Facebook

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi mania in full swing, we aren’t surprised with the amount of merch and tie-ins the movie has. One of the new ones is a Facebook game called Porg Invasion. Porgs are the adorable yet divisive puffin-like creatures from the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker exiled himself. The Facebook mini-game, which you can play within Facebook Messenger on mobile or on the News Feed on desktop, has you playing inside the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca and BB-8 trying to stave off a porg onslaught on the iconic space craft. If you want to try it out, you can access it through Facebook Instant Games.

Source: The Verge


Google updates Project Jacquard app to have the jacket’s tag light up as well as find your phone

You might have heard of the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket, the first wearable jacket that integrates Google’s Project Jacquard touch-gesture function. The accompanying app gets its first update since the jacket went on sale late in September and adds a few new useful features. One of the new ones is new light modes for the tag on the sleeve. Called Illuminate, it has three new modes. One is called Shine, which turns the tag into a flashlight; another is called Blink, which, as its name suggests, makes the light blink so you’re more visible to drivers and other people while in the dark; and last is called Strobe, which as Google describes turns the tag into a “multicolored party light.” On top of that, the jacket now comes with a Find Your Phone capability. Simply assign a gesture for that and it’ll ring your phone for up to 30 seconds at maximum volume even if it’s on silent. The app has also been updated to add support for major music services to let you control them from the jacket’s sleeve.

Source: Android Police


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Google is killing off Project Tango by March 2018

Google has always been unafraid to experiment on new, out-there ideas but the company isn’t afraid to kill off ideas when it looks like it isn’t working. The latest one to hit the chopping block is the company’s augmented reality program called Project Tango. It’s getting killed off pretty soon, too. According to the company, it’ll be killing off the program by March next year. This is going to be bad news for early adopters who bought phones like the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and ASUS ZenFone AR but the idea isn’t fully dead.

The tech giant is concentrating on the software side of AR with ARcore, which seems to be a trend in the industry. Apple itself has ARkit, a software solution that managed to turn iOS into the biggest AR platform out there. ARcore will also be able to work on different devices without the need for expensive hardware so if Google develops this idea further, we might see it across Android. The latest implementation can be seen in AR Stickers available on the Pixel devices.

Source: GSMArena