Live Photo alternatives, wildly popular cat game, cheaper 5s in Indian, Pandora Thumbprint Radio, BBC Player


Neko Atsume, crazy, captivating, now in English and free
Neko Atsume, crazy, captivating, now in English and free

Live Photo alternatives for other iPhones — One of the best features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is its Live Photos, a photo effect that brings movement to an otherwise still photo. The iPhone’s camera records 1.5 seconds of footage before and after you hit the shutter button, and the results are nothing short of magical.
However, if you’re running an older iPhone, the Live Photos bash is like a party you’re not invited to: You can view Live Photos from afar, but you can’t take them yourself. Luckily, there’s a way to crash the fun. There are apps that let you create GIFs, short videos, and other picture mashups to bring some more movement to your image gallery. It’s not quite the same, but it’s a solid workaround.

Attract cats — The Japanese cat-luring sensation Neko Atsume is finally available in English (free!). Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector was first released in Japan last year with no intention of a worldwide release. But once English-speaking players got wind of it, they banded together on message boards and social media, trading tips to help each other navigate the fully Japanese menus. It’s thanks to those feline aficionados that we can all enjoy Neko Atsume in English today, as developer Hit-Point recently released a translated version. Was it worth the wait and all the Internet hype? Sure, assuming you’re not expecting anything more than figuring out how to lure adorable cats—and then admiring them.

5s now cheaper in India — Apple has apparently slashed the price of the iPhone 5s in India from 44,500 Rupees (about US$665) to 25,000 (US$370) in an attempt to make inroads into the smartphone market in that country.

Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio combines all your interests into a personal mega-station — Thumbprint Radio draws upon your entire “thumbs up” history to play both new and familiar tracks. That way, you can start listening to songs you might like without having to specify an artist or genre. The station will continue to adapt as you give more thumbs up to individual tracks.

BBC brings iPlayer to the fourth-gen Apple TV in the UK — The BBC has brought its online streaming service, iPlayer, to UK owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV thanks to a promised app. The app sports a look consistent with tvOS, and live streams of BBC channels as well as on-demand video. Access is restricted to the U.K. as a free perk for the country’s TV license fee payers. [Boy, I wish we could get that here! Hey, UK, we still have the Union Jack on our flag!]

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