You Can Now Transform Your Apple Watch Into Fallout’s Pip-Boy 3000

Fallout 4’s launch is only a few days away and generating a huge amount of excitement across various social media platforms. The franchise is renowned for putting players in an expansive world which offers spectacular value-for-money. Bethesda allowed fans with rather large pockets the opportunity to acquire an amazing limited collector’s edition which contains a wearable Pip-Boy in stunning detail. However, this is a rather bulky solution and only available to customers in the Continental US.

Thankfully, there is now a simpler solution to proudly display your love of Fallout providing you own an Apple Watch. The Watch OS 2 allows users to display any photo as their home screen background. Developer, Neven Mrgan produced a Pip-Boy 3000 theme which contains the iconic Fallout green colour scheme. This is certainly an eye opener and looks fantastic! Ideally, I’d like to see this on a number of other smartwatches.

For those if you interested in downloading the background, please visit here. Sadly, I don’t own an Apple Watch so this isn’t an option. Additionally, I find many people these days rely on their smartphone to tell the time. As a result, it’s remarkable easy to find a Fallout themed background. While this is certainly true, having a Fallout themed watch is incredibly cool and a great option for those who want to display their favorite franchise throughout daily life.

Silent Ads Are Slowing Your Smartphone and Stealing Data Allowance

Ever wondered why your battery is going down faster or your data allowance is just evaporating, though you’re not really using your smartphone that much? The answer is ads… and a lot of them. You may not see them on-screen, but research company Forensiq has said that they are there and found over 5,000 such apps available on iOS and Android.

Forensiq tells that an estimated 20 ads per minute are delivered, summing up to 700 ads per hour. That’s quite a lot, even though they are not displayed on your screen. This may not seem that bad, but take note that the ads need internet connection to work. So when you are not home and have no Wi-Fi available, your data plan is just wasted on ads you don’t want and can’t stop.

The research company notes that a single app may be able to download 2GB of data per day. In addition to data allowance loss, poor battery life will be a side effect of the apps that keep downloading and shuffling these ads. So you not only lose a lot of your monthly data allowance, but you can also find yourself with a dead phone when you need it.

A full report has been made on this issue, but it does not mention any specific apps in question. However, Google Play recently suspended three apps that had the above mentioned behaviour, namely Waxing Eyebrows, Celebrity Baby and Vampire Doctor. The latter are not available on iOS, though other similar apps are present on Apple’s store too. You may think that Apple is more strict when it comes to their store, but truth be told, silent ad-serving is not on the company’s priority list when it comes to choosing what goes on the AppStore and what doesn’t.

While you don’t really have a way of detecting these apps, you can start to take notice of how much data your phone uses daily and how much battery individual apps use. I know the Google Store has some pretty neat apps for that, but even so, the native built-in features in the latest iOS and Android operating systems should be enough to give you an idea if you have silent ad-serving apps installed.

Thank you MacNN for providing us with this information

Twitter Removing User Backgrounds

Twitter has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the social media revolution; the ability to tweet updates to millions of followers has revolutionized the world as we know it. But, have you noticed something slightly different about your profile? No, ok, moving on. Seriously though twitter has seemingly removed wallpapers from users home and notifications timelines as of Monday 20th July 2015.

Twitter confirmed that users will now see a stark all-white background in place of their usual customized backgrounds, when viewing their profile, ntifications, and main timeline. A Twitter spokesman stated that “background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly i.e. Tweet pages, list pages, and collections pages.”

Safe to say people did not take this well and voiced their opinions on, yes Twitter, with one person pointing out that this was similar to the actions of Myspace before its decline. This decision is also not entirely new considering the social media giant did start to remove backgrounds from new users as of last year, only difference this time is that they have rolled out this idea to everyone.

It seems rather odd and pointless to artificially create a storm over a feature which could so easily have been kept. Whether consumer’s care enough about this news is another story, considering for example Facebook has also had multiple redesigns ranging from the popular to the awful and still retained a significant number of consumers, only time will tell.

Thank you Mashable UK for providing us with this information

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Google Chrome Is Ready to Stop Draining Your Battery

If you stopped using Google Chrome on your notebook or smartphone, then you most likely did it because of its battery draw rate. Nobody wants to see their battery go from 100 to 0 faster than an F1 racing car and Google finally saw that their browser really had a big issue.

The search giant is said to have made a few changes to its Chrome browser involving Flash content. The browser is now able to turn off unimportant content and improve battery life on mobile devices and notebooks.

Google is also taking a smart approach for Mac users. They now see that when someone focuses on a browser tab, it means that he or she is interested in that particular web page and not the dozens more opened and running alongside it. What I’m talking about is an ancient feature, already present in other browsers, which makes foreground tabs take priority and shuts down content in background tabs. But this does not mean you can’t still listen to your YouTube or SoundCloud songs in background tabs.

The browser will also see an improvement in terms of CPU usage when running in the background, going down from 0.3 to 0.1 percent. While this does not mean a great deal, I can tell you that 0.1 percent battery usage is the same amount all mobile device applications use in the background. This includes your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Mail and so on.

It is said that the new battery improvement features will be made available for the beta version of Chrome in about six weeks. Chances are that it will hit the stable version in twelve weeks, provided that no big issues crop up.

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information

State of Decay Contractors Hid ‘Ridiculous Amount of Genitalia’ in Games Background

Hiring outside help can be a necessary thing, but it’s also one that can backfire as State of Decay’s developer Undead Labs recently discovered. One of their contractors hid a ridiculous amount of genitalia in the games background, but luckily the low resolution prevented them from being visible.

In the recent work to optimize the graphics for 1080p resolution the studio discovered something that was as unexpected as it was crude. “Some of our contractors worked a ridiculous amount of genitalia into the background,” Undead Labs Senior Designer Geoffrey Card told XBLA Fans at PAX East this past weekend.

The Seattle-based company was a small indie studio with a big vision and it needed to turn to outside help in order to complete development of the original State of Decay. Unfortunately, some of those hired people secretly drew penises into the game’s backgrounds, but they were not visible in the original release due to its lower resolution and texture quality. When the enhanced resolution and texture quality brought the penises to Undead’s attention, the studio began working them out of the game and said that the genitalia isn’t visible in any publicly available version of the game.

Thanks to XBLAFans for providing us with this information

Nokia releases Glance Background for the Lumia

It seems that Nokia has just published an outstanding app that builds upon the popular Glance Screen feature. If the Glance screen was a bit too boring for your taste, you can now spice it up by adding a background of your own choice to it. Thanks to the Glance Background which is still in beta, you can choose a set of backgrounds for your Glance Screen.

To use the Glance Background you have to turn on the Glance Screen first. It is available with the Amber update on Lumia 720, 820, 920, 925 and 1020. There you’ll find a few pre-defined backgrounds, but you can add more from your gallery. So why not give it a try? it will certainly add some style to your handset.

Once you select a custom picture you can apply color effects or you can just convert it to a single color (of course it will not support the full color range since it will be displayed in a low powered state). Not every picture is suitable for a background on the Glance Screen since it’s transformed into a low-quality 8-bit image, but there are still backgrounds out there that will fit just perfectly. Or you can even design it yourself if you are up to it.

You can download the Glance Screen app on your Amber-running Lumia at any time, and yes it is a free application.

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