Twicer Lets You Use Front and Rear Camera on iPhone in the Same Video

With the arrival of apps like Vine and Snapchat, the trend of recording video using mobile devices is becoming mainstream – replacing still images. This, coupled with the recent “selfie” craze, has spiced up the whole video thing. Now more and more iPhone owners are utilizing the front-facing camera to record each and every special moment of their life, and then sharing it with their friends and family.

However this additional spice might often add complexity to the situation. Meaning, what if you’re capturing a live real-time action but your inner selfie addict urges you to record your own reaction to that certain event as well? Since iPhone currently doesn’t give the option to capture both sides of the story, you’ll have to sacrifice one of your wishes.

Being aware of the fact that it could be a life altering decision for many users, the developers at Kwarter Inc., have come up with a solution in the form of an app known as Twicer. The app essentially lets iPhone owners “add commentary to videos” by utilizing both the front and the rear-mounted camera in the same movie setup, with just a swap.

So the users are able to record their own reaction alongside the main action in a matter of seconds.

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You also have the option to share the commented videos – dubbed Twices – across various social networks as well as follow and interact with other people’s created videos all over the world.

Getting Started with Twicer

The app is pretty easy to use; just follow the steps below and you’ll have no hard time creating your first Twice.

1. First things first, download the Twicer for iPhone from the App Store and install it on your device.

2. After the installation is complete, you’ll be asked to provide access to the camera function of the device. Agree to proceed.

3. Then tap on the Twicer icon and you will instantly land on the video recording screen.

4. Once there, hit the familiar record button to begin the recording function of the app.

5. You’ll have the choice to select either the rear camera to capture the main video or the front shooter to record commentary that appears in the upper right corner of the screen. To swap between the two, click the switch option in the bottom left-hand corner.

6. The app lets you record a maximum of 60 seconds-per-video, out of which how much have you captured is being updated in a simple UI below the video.

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When you’re done recording the video, it can then be shared to the Twicer network timeline or a plethora of other social networks.

You can also explore Twicer Channels and Editor’s Picks to discover unique video content, and even send private video messages directly to your friends. But the one feature that I really liked about Twicer is the option to import existing videos into the application before adding separative narrative.

The app is available for free on the App Store. Download it for yourself and let us know what you think.

How To Add a Context Menu Dictionary Search to Any Android App Without Root Access

Whether it’s be reading a book, or browsing the web, you occasionally come across a word that you are not intimately familiar with, or sometimes haven’t even seen it before. Even being a writer by trade, I’ve at times felt that sudden urge to pounce on a dictionary and know what that specific word or phrase meant.

If you have been through the same situation then you might have thought about having some sort of pop-up dictionary in your Android device for quick and easy word definitions. But unfortunately, most Android apps lack this functionality. While you can find a few mods that let you add a built-in dictionary search to all apps on Android, they require your device to be rooted.

Well, it’s no more the case as the development team at Word Snitch has brought you a new app that integrates this search feature to non-rooted devices.

Word Snitch is compatible with Android 3.0 or higher and works with all the reading and news apps that allow you to copy the text. So if you want to add a nifty context menu dictionary search to all Android apps on your device, follow the simple guide given below.

Add a Context Menu Dictionary Search to Any Android App

Step 1: Setting up the App
Install the Power Reading: Word Snitch from Google Play. To enable the dictionary lookup service, simply launch the app. Once you see an ongoing notification that says “Snitching On,” you’re ready to use the feature.

Step 2: Automating the Service
You can automate Word Snitch to trigger it only when you’re using certain apps. To enable this service, tap the settings icon in the main menu of the app. Then check the box next to “Enable Smart Snitching,” and select any apps that you would want to trigger the pop-up dictionary feature for.

Step 3: Using the Dictionary Search Feature
When the Word Snitch service is all set and running, simply open any app that supports copy and paste functionality and long-press the word you want to look up in the dictionary. Then tap the “Copy” button at the top of the screen. This will immediately prompt a pop-up at the bottom of the screen that displays the definition of your highlighted word.

If you feel the need to find even more info about the word, tap the globe icon at the top right corner of the pop-up, and you’ll be taken directly to a Google search of this term.

You also have the option to edit the dictionary and add example sentences where it needs to be. Further, Word Snitch will save your search history within its app for use at later time.

If you’ve used the new context menu dictionary search feature, don’t forget to share your experience with us in the comments section below.

How To Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite, Step-By-Step Tutorial

Apple has finally released the long awaited photo management software, simply called Photos for OS X, that replaces both iPhoto and Aperture. Featuring a more streamlined UI along with a plethora of editing tools and auto enhancements, the new Photos app also offers easy-to-use features to better organize your media.

In addition to using basic metadata of time and location, it debuts new built-in sidebar categories for automated organization.

So if you’ve migrated your image library from iPhotos or Aperture (or both) and suffering from digital photo overload, this tutorial will walk you through all the necessary steps to import images from your iPhone or iPad and organize your collection.

Photos for OS X Yosemite: Getting Organized

1. Import Your Photos

Before getting organized, the first thing you need to do is to get your images into Photos for Mac.

The Photos app is closely integrated with iCloud, in particular Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library — the service which stores all the photos and movies taken on all your iOS devices. This means you can effortless sync the media to your Mac, and eventually import any image you want. Just make sure to enable iCloud Photo library, which you can find it under Settings > iCloud Photos.

To manually import from a traditional camera:

  • Plug in the device to your computer via the USB connector and open the Photos for OS X app.
  • Select “Import” from the list of tabs at the top of the screen in the app.
  • Select the images you wish to add to the Photos app, or click on “Import All New Items” to add everything from your iOS device.

2. Mac viewing options

After you have imported your images into Photos, they will automatically be added to the “Last Import” album. You can see your imported photos and videos using a number of different views, including Photos, Shared, Albums, and Projects. Just like iOS, the media will be organized by Years, Collections and Moments.

The Years view will show tiny images of all the photos you took that year; the Moments will show all your images taken at a particular event; while clicking the Collections view will take you to a map with thumbnails of the images you have taken at a particular location over the years.

To navigate between these timelines, click on the arrow buttons in the upper left corner of the app while in any of the viewing options.

3. Create an Album

Under the Albums tab, you will see a list of preconfigured albums, which may include All Photos, Faces, Last Import, Favorites, Panoramas, Time-lapse, and Bursts. You can also create your own album as follows:

  • With the Photos for OS X Yosemite open, navigate to File > New Album.
  • A blank album in your sidebar will appear. Give it a name.
  • Click on the “All Photos” option and start dragging photos into the new album.
  • To select multiple pictures, hold the Command/Shift + left-click. This will automatically organize all selected items into that new album.
  • Click “OK.”

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4. Create a Smart Album

If Albums are too mainstream, you can create a variety of Smart Albums to organize photos based on specific conditions. When created, you will be able to automatically filter your library by criteria such as the date, a specific description, file names, keywords, and even the camera models. To create a Smart Album:

  • With the Photos for OS X Yosemite open, navigate to File > New Smart Album.
  • Name the new Smart Album.
  • Select the criterion based on which you wish your photos to be organized. You can also include combination of criteria; for example, “Date” combined with “Camera Model is iPhone 6″ will aggregate all photos taken with an iPhone 6 during a specific time period in your life.
  • Once you’re done with the criteria, click “OK.”

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5. Shared Album

The Shared Album shows you all the photos and albums you’ve shared with other people and those that have been shared with you. The new feature also gives you an option to let others upload images, thus ameliorating your photo-sharing experience. You can even collaborate on an album with friends and family through Comments and Likes.

To share media with other iOS users, click File > Share > iCloud Photo Sharing.

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6. Projects Tab
The Projects tab essentially houses books, cards, calendars, and slideshows that you have created using Photos on your Mac. Compared to iPhoto, the new photo management software offers more steamlined book creation tool, with the debut of a new option for printing panorama images and ordering square prints.

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7. Adding Tags and and Keywords

You can organize further by adding titles, descriptions, and keywords to photos, which will make them easily searchable within the Photos app. So you can find the desired picture by simply typing the keyword you wish to filter into the search bar in the upper right corner.

Since a properly organized photo library makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, you are more likely to recollect your memories in the future. We hope this tutorial will help you better organize your images in Photos for OS X Yosemite, bringing a refreshing touch your entire photo collection.

If you have queries regarding the organizational features of Photos, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. We’ll try our best to answer them.

How to Revert OnePlus One to CyanogenMod 11S from Cyanogen OS 12

The Cyanogen team has begun rolling out Cyanogen OS 12 again, which was recently paused to add a new “OK OnePlus” feature. The latest OTA update YNG1TAS17L, in addition to baking in the voice command functionality, also fixes a couple of bugs, according to Cyanogen’s co-founder Steve Kondik.

However, some OnePlus One owners who updated to the latest firware have reported facing different issues, most of which being associated to Google Play Services and Voice Wakeup where users are experiencing regular crashes.

If for some reason you’re also not satisfied with the performance of the recent OTA release and wish to restore your device to the stock CyanogeMod 11S (CM11S) firmware, here’s a simple guide to help you out.

Note: Before you start restoring the older firmware, make sure you’ve created the backup as the method will wipe your device.

DISCLAIMER: Intersected is not to be held responsible for any loss of data or potential damage to your device incurred as a result of following this guide.

Revert to CyanogenMod 11S from Cyanogen OS 12 on OnePlus One

Step 1: Download the appropriate stock fastboot ROM file for OnePlus One from here.

Step 2: After the download is complete, unzip the file and keep it on your desktop.

Step 3: Boot your OnePlus One into fastboot mode. For this, first disconnect the phone from the computer if it is connected to it and switch it off. Then hold Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously until the fastboot menu appears on your phone’s screen.

Step 4: Install ADB drivers if you don’t have them already.

Step 5: Download one of the following zip files depending on the storage capacity of your device.

Step 6: After you’ve downloaded, unzip the file and copy it to the folder where you have kept the stock ROM. Run the file by double clicking on it.

Step 7: The script will unlock the bootloader of your OnePlus One, before installing the CyanogenMod 11S file. Just follow the on-screen instructions and you will have the CM11S installed on your device without any interruption.

Step 8: If the phone however reboots after unlocking the bootloader then disconnect it from the computer and enter into fastboot mode again. Connect the phone and the script should continue installing the CM11S.

That’s it. Now, you can enjoy the CyanogenMod 11S software on your OnePlus One.

If you have any queries, head over to the OnePlus official thread for help.

How to Disable iPhone’s Message and Call Forwarding Feature in iOS 8

The Continuity, debuted with the arrival of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, is one incredible feature that makes Apple devices work together more smoothly and smartly. Among the various functionalities it offers, Continuity also allows you to reply messages, make or receive iPhone calls directly on your Mac or iPad — whatever Apple device is more convenient at the time.

While the ability to forward iMessages and calls sounds pretty useful, sometimes it may be of huge annoyance.

Say, you have Continuity enabled on all your Apple devices. A call comes in, and all those devices will start ringing at once. Usually iPhone rings first, then iPad and Mac start ringing five seconds later. So if you don’t answer the call quickly and have your devices strewn around your home, you will get overwhelmed by the number of rings.

The experience becomes frustrating, especially when you’re in the middle of an important task on your iPad or Mac and don’t want any distraction, but then iPhone starts pushing calls or notifications on the device.

Fortunately, you can stop iPhone from forwarding those annoying phone calls or iMessages to your Mac or iPad in iOS 8 or later. Here’s how to turn the feature off.

Disable Continuity Call Forwarding

Navigate to Settings > FaceTime on your iPhone. From there, toggle iPhone Cellular Calls to off. This will stop the iPhone from pushing phone calls to other Apple devices that you have set up with the same Apple ID.

Disable iMessage Forwarding to your iPad

To stop iMessages from showing up on your iPad altogether, pick up your iPad and go to Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage.

If you still want messages sent to your iPad, but don’t want to be interrupted by pings and pop-ups, follow this: Settings > Notifications > Messages and switch off Allow Notifications.

Disable iMessage Forwarding to your Mac

Don’t want the iPhone to forward messages to your Mac at all? On a Mac, go to Messages > Preferences > Accounts, and then under Apple ID, uncheck “Enable this account.”

If you don’t want to hear a sound or see a pop-up, silence the incoming message alerts by naviating to System Preferences > Notifications > Messages, then you can adjust the Messages alert style to None.

iOS 8.4 Jailbreak Revealed in a Concept Video

Recently, Apple pushed iOS 8.3 out to the public, which came packed with almost 40 security patches, including one that was used by the TaiG team. The update made jailbreaking impossible on the latest and the most stable version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system.

It seemed engineers at Apple could finally breathe a sigh of relief as they had been in hot water for long – watching every version of iOS being jailbroken up to iOS 8.1.2.

But the jailbreaking community, after keeping the Cupertino on its toes for that long, can’t sit still. A well-known hacker Stefan Esser, who goes by the moniker i0n1c, has apparently managed to achieve iOS 8.4 jailbreak. He has posted a video showing an iOS 8.4 beta 1 jailbreak running on his iPhone 6.

To prove his claim, i0n1c prominently showcases Cydia and the Apple Watch companion app, along with the newly redesigned Music app that debuted with iOS 8.4 beta 1.

According to the jailbreak veteran, he worked for straight 4 days before he could find the vulnerability in the iOS version and release the proof of concept video.

“The major vulnerability used in here was found right after the SyScan 2015 security conference when I was relaxing in Singapore from several weeks of training and conferences,” Esser notes with the video’s release. “The vulnerability itself is however not new to iOS. Instead it is inside the code virtually forever.”

Based on Esser’s track record in jailbreaking arena, there’s no doubt that this demonstration is real. However, it is unknown if he intends to release a public jailbreak for iOS 8.4 or any other firmware. Given his past history of just showcasing exploit tutorials without releasing them to the public, it appears unlikely that he plans to do so anytime soon.

So if you’re looking for a jailbreak for iOS 8.3 or 8.4, then expect it to come from the TaiG or Pangu teams as they have successfully achieved the last few jailbreaks.

After the Cupertino released the most recent iOS update patches, there’s been little to none progress in the jailbreaking scene. In fact, TaiG jailbreak utilities only support iOS 8.1.1/2, and now that Apple has closed the signing window for this firmware, the jailbreaking teams must have turned their attention toward the iOS 8.3 and even iOS 8.4.

Hopefully, they will come up with a working jailbreak for the most current iOS versions in the near future. Whenever we get a word on the state of jailbreak, we’ll update you as soon as possible. Till then, stay tuned!