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Google might bring Face ID-style logins and purchases to Android Q

Google might bring Face ID-style logins and purchases to Android Q

Details are still pretty scarce on what Android Q will bring to phones running Google’s mobile OS, but it might finally get something iOS users have been bragging about for years: Face ID. There’s evidence that the next Android build could natively support phones with the hardware for facial authentication.XDA Developers allegedly got a hold of an early build of Android Q earlier this month and started sharing new features as they uncovered them. The latest reveal includes code strongly suggesting that Google is baking in support for phones with the hardware to run facial recognition, in the way that Apple’s top phones use multiple sensors to authenticate people via Face ID.Specifically, XDA Developers dug up lines of code in multiple parts of the Android Q build, all referencing facial recognition. Error codes in Android Q’s framework-res APK tell users to move the phone closer or look directly at sensors while the phone is assumedly trying to authenticate or alert the user that their device doesn’t have the right hardware.The site found another code string in the Android Q build’s settings that’s particularly interesting: Use your face to unlock your phone, authorize purchases, or sign in to apps.In other words, this assumed facial authentication would be used to sign into apps and authorize purchases, much like Apple’s Face ID.There’s also code allowing the device administrator to disable this supposed face authentication feature.
Which phones would it come to?
Unfortunately, XDA Developers wasn’t able to get said face unlock activities running on a Google Pixel 3 XL loaded up with their Android Q build; according to them, they’re missing a necessary hardware abstraction layer (HAL) and the phone lacks the hardware to properly use facial recognition (some undisclosed combination of sensors, like what the iPhone X and XS use for Face ID) anyway.This doesn’t automatically mean the Google Pixel 4 will have that hardware either, XDA Developers pointed out. Only phones with the right equipment and software will be able to harness the native Android facial recognition-and-authentication: the Huawei Mate 20 Pro may be able to, especially since updates have been released to improve its existing facial recognition.Not to mention all the other new Android-powered phones coming out this year like, say, the Samsung Galaxy S10. 
Here’s what we want to see from iOS 13

iOS 12.2 release date and all iOS 12 features explained

iOS 12.2 release date and all iOS 12 features explained

We’re still focused on iOS 12 in 2019, as the iOS 13 release date is likely to be five months away still. Apple will dole out smaller changes in the meantime.iOS 12.2 is on the way, as evidenced by the newly launched developer beta, and the latest stable version is iOS 12.1.3, which contains some bug fixes (but also creates a few more iOS 12 problems for a few people). The iOS updates are generally positive. We’ve seen 70 new emojis, eSIM support and Group FaceTime launch as part of iOS 12.1 around the same time the iPad Pro 11 got here, and that’s in addition to all of the iOS 12 features launched in September.Apple has made its mobile operating system stable competitive in the wake of Google’s Android Pie update and last year’s Google Pixel 3 launch. Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 12.2 update that’s coming soon and iOS 12 in general, whether you’re upgrading an older iPhone (which will be faster), or getting it out of the box with the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR.
What’s the difference between the latest phones showcasing iOS? Watch our handy explainer to find out:
All about iOS 12.1 and iOS 12.1.3
70+ new emoji – good news for redheads, curly-haired and bald folksGroup FaceTime for up to 32 users is part of the iOS 12.1 betaAdjust photo background blur (bokeh) in real time (not just afterward)eSIM support menus are live in the beta – but carrier support is needediOS 12.1.3 is mostly focused on bug fixesWhile the newest iOS 12.1.3 update is the stable version you should download, the last time we got front-facing features was with iOS 12.1. It launched on October 30, the same day the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 were unveiled.There are four important iOS 12.1 changes:

70+ new emojiOn October 2, Apple announced that more than 70 new emoji were launching with the iOS 12.1 developer beta 2. Get ready for red, gray and curly hair options, as well as bald people, according to Apple’s official press release. Softballs, skateboards, and frisbees are here for alternative sports, while new animal and food emojis include kangaroos, lobsters (sometimes a food, always an animal) bagels, and cupcakes.Group FaceTime
First, Group FaceTime for up to 32 users is here. To test it out, however, you’re going to have to pair up with people who have iOS 12.1, so tell them to upgrade.Portrait Mode bokeh effects
Second, Apple has improved the bokeh (background blur) feature in portrait mode on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Before you could only adjust the blur after a picture was taken. Now, with iOS 12.1, you can also adjust the blur in real time, as you’re snapping a photo. This helps you better frame your portrait photos.eSIM support – kind of
Third, eSIM iPhone support is live with the proper setup menus. But there’s a catch for setting up the simulated dual-SIM – you’ll have to wait for your carrier to start supporting the feature, which may happen on the official iOS 12.1 release date.iOS 12.1 fixes bugs
Fourth, the iOS 12.1 release notes indicate that you’re in for some bug fixes. That’s very good news if you’re experiencing problems. Apple’s updates usually remedy the issue, however, you may have to wait until iOS 12.2 in order to fix the iPhone XS and XS Max charging issues.
The top iOS 12 features
1. iOS 12 makes your old iPhone and iPad faster
Older iPhones are 40% to 70% faster at certain tasksApple’s looking to put the problematic iOS 11 behind itiOS 12 focuses on reliability and performance with this update, and it supports all of the same iPhones and iPads that iOS 11 worked with.
Apple highlights the iPhone 6 Plus, specifically, saying iOS 12 makes this phone 40% faster at launching apps, 70% faster at launching the camera app, and 50% faster at displaying the keyboard. Keyboard typing and other routine features on older iPhones can slow down with every new iOS update, and Apple is looking to change these pain points with iOS 12.This makes your existing iPhone and iPad more reliable, and your older devices can be used by family members, or will be more sellable – they don’t have to sit in a drawer because they’re too slow.

2. Grouped notifications
Grouped notification on iOS 12 clean up individual notifications messSmartly grouped by app, topic, threadYou can clear a whole group of notifications with a single swipeGrouped notifications are a part of iOS 12. This is a small, but very important tweak (maybe the most important in the iOS 12 update) because it changes the lock screen alerts you see each and every day. It binds together notifications by message threads and topics, making it easier to see everything at a glance. Right now, individual notifications in the morning are a big pain to check as they pile up.
3. Memoji and changes to Animoji
Personalized ‘Memoji’ to look like you or ‘the real you’Four new Animoji masks: Ghost, Koala, Tiger and T-RexAnimoji and Memoji clips last 30 seconds (up to 10 seconds)Tongue and wink detection for iOS 12 masksMemoji is a customizable mask that can look like you – or the real you, according to Apple. It still resides in Messages. You can select hairstyles, eye color and accessories like earrings and sunglasses.Like Animoji, this is a feature for newer iPhones in the X lineup as it requires Apple’s TrueDepth front-facing camera.Animoji is expanded, not just with new masks, but with tongue detection and wink detection. Ghost, Koala, Tiger, and T-Rex will be joining the cast of Animoji masks.

4. Automatically enter those pesky security codes
Two-factor authentication is great, except the annoying task of entering six-digital security codes sent to you via text feels like a chore. iOS 12 fixes this issue.As soon as a security code is sent to your device as a text, it’ll automatically pop up within the suggested words in the keyboard interface. All you have to do is tap it. It makes life just a little easier when you’re locked out of Dropbox.
5. iOS 12 allows for more than one Face ID face
Face ID on iOS 12 supports more than one face within the Setting menu labeled ‘Face ID & Passcode.’ Look for the ‘Set up an Alternative Appearance’ sub-menu to add a second look.This is helpful for two reasons: You can either allow a partner to have access to your iPhone or iPad with Face ID, or you can add your alter ego to make sure Face ID unlocks your phone no matter what you look like today, tomorrow or the next day.

6. Siri Shortcuts can find your lost keys, more
Siri Shortcuts allows you to assign phrases to tasks’I lost my keys’ can ring your Tile tracker to find keys’Heading home’ sends ETA notification to roommate, sets thermostat and fan, and brings up the fastest route via Apple MapsGallery and library full of pre-configured Siri ShortcutsSiri is smarter. If you set up Siri Shortcuts, a brand new app, It‘ll know that “I lost my keys” means to ring your Tile tracker. Sure, Tile is a handy gadget, but getting to the slow app is a pain when you’ve lost your keys. An integrated Siri is a game-changer for both Tile and our peace of mind.Siri Shortcuts go far beyond this example. Apple allows for all sorts of formulas. The app can suggests coffee orders from the place you always order from, and nudge you to message contacts to tell them you’re running late. There’s also Kayak-based flight information you can call up via voice. By pressing the add to Siri button, you can then say “Travel plans” and Siri will read back information such as your hotel address.Apple’s IFTTT-like Siri Shortcuts app launched alongside the final iOS 12 software. However, not all shortcuts will be found in the new app. Some companies, like the aforementioned Tile, will host shortcuts within their own app, so look out for that.
7. Group FaceTime (now launching later)
Group FaceTime for up to 32 people with dynamic UICan use Animoji and Memoji in FaceTimeWon’t launch with the final software on day oneGroup FaceTime is coming to iOS 12 with up to 32 participants, and you go directly from a group chat to a group FaceTime in the Messages app.Update: Apple has delayed the launch of iOS 12 Group Notifications, according to release notes indicating that it’ll come out this ‘fall’. To us, that sounds like an iOS 12.1 launch – like Apple Pay, Apple Cash, AirPlay 2 and other features didn’t make it live on day one in previous operating system updates.
People can drop in and drop out at any time. The interface is filled with tiles that can expand, and ‘the roster’ along the bottom for everyone else in the Group FaceTime chat. When people start to speak, their window gets bigger, even if they’re in the bottom roster of participants. It works on iPhone, iPad and Mac, and you can even answer on the Apple Watch and HomePod with just audio.Animoji is coming to FaceTime and Group FaceTime. You’ll of course need to update to iOS 12 and an iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max or an iPhone XR to make that magic happen.

8. Screen time – using your iPhone less
Reports give a weekly activity summary on how you use iOS 12Breakdown: ranks app usage, highest phone pick up times (and what app draws you in first), and apps that send you the most notificationsSet self-imposed time limits via reminders and temporary app blockingLimit kids time in apps by category or individual apps via Family SharingScreen time is Apple’s way of limiting your iPhone usage – calculating how much time you’re spending on apps, which apps you use the most, and which apps are sending you the most notifications. Screen time doesn’t lie.For those without self-control, Apple has created app limits. You can set your own limit, with a notification letting you know when time is almost up. A ‘Time is up’ message will display when you’ve reached your self-imposed-Siri-assisted limit.Parents can create limits for kids with Allowances, time-of-day-based downtime controls, and category controls. Education and essential message apps can also be greenlit thanks to an always-allowed settings. The best part? Setting limits for your kids uses Family Sharing, so you can manage it all remotely from your parental device – no need to get hold of your 12-year-old kid’s phone to execute on these new iOS 12 controls.

9. Do Not Disturb goes visual in iOS 12
Do Not Disturb during bedtime to hide visual display of notificationsIt offers a clean lock screen with only a reminder than DND mode is onApple has expanding its Do Not Disturb capabilities with a cleaner ‘Do Not Disturb During Bedtime’ mode. It’ll silence not just the notification delivery sounds, but also the visual notifications clutter that can distract you when you’re trying to sleep.The lock screen remains clear until you unlock your iPhone in the morning. You can allow certain apps to break through, just like with DND mode right now. Apple refers to these as critical alerts, and they’re opt-in.We really like the solo DND notification hanging out on the lock screen. It’s peaceful without distracting visual clutter at night and it reminds us that DND mode is on. All notched iPhones don’t have the DND icon at the top, so it was always hard to tell before iOS 12.

10. Instant Tuning for axing notifications
Instant Tuning to send future notifications silently or turn them offSiri can suggest which notifications to silence based on usageInstant Tuning is an iOS 12 feature you’ll love if you’ve ever gotten a notification from an app you always seem to dismiss (HQ trivia, breaking news alerts, etc), but don’t have time to turn off future notifications in the many submenus of Settings. Apple is allowing you to control individual app notification profiles right from the lockscreen, without making you leave what you’re doing.Deliver Quietly is an option within Instant Tuning, and it’ll allow you to choose to have notifications delivered silently Notification Center by default so you’re not interrupted by alerts on the lockscreen. It’s a nice in between option.Siri helps clean up your messy lock screen with notification delivery suggestions based on how you interact with notifications. Siri will understand which notifications it should deliver prominently and which ones to send to Notification Center. It’s like iOS 12’s version of ‘clean up your desktop’ system nudges.

11. New ‘Measure’ app and USDZ file format
New USDZ file type dedicated at augmented realityMeasure app replaces your old-fashioned measuring tape’Measure’ is getting its own AR app. It uses the iPhone’s and iPad’s sensors to measure objects in front of you, including suitcases, as shown in the first iOS 12 demo. All it takes it just tap-and-drag along the edges of the object on the screen. It also automatically detects the approximate dimensions of a photo – we’ve used it to buy a photo frame when we couldn’t find the old-fashioned tape measure. iOS 12 to the rescue.For AR developers, Apple has created a new file type called ‘USDZ.’ The company worked on USDZ with Pixar, and Adobe is supporting it, too. The file format can be shared across FIles, Mail, Messages and Safari. This is an important step forward for developers working on AR apps.
12. Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos and CarPlay
Apple News: new Browse tab and sidebar navigationStocks: robust chart design and stock news integrationVoice memos: easier menus, iCloud support, on iPad (finally)CarPlay: third-party app support, like Google News and WazeApps are indeed getting updates with iOS 12, starting with Apple News. There’s a new Browse tab and a sidebar for better navigation. Stocks is finally being rebuilt with a helpful news design, complete with charts and Apple news headline integrated into into stocks. The top stories will be business news curated by Apple News editors.

Voice Memos has come to iPad (as well as macOS), and it’ll get iCloud support, long overdue changes. Now you won’t have to AirDrop conversations between devices in order to listen back. It’ll also be easier to assign names to voice clips thanks to an overhauled Voice Memos redesign.Apple Books is the new name for iBooks, allowing you to pick up reading where you left off and a new store interface to browse buy ebooks and audio books.CarPlay now support third-party applications, with Waze and Google Maps appearing on-screen. Apple didn’t call out the Google-owned apps by name, but they were there on the screen. This was a major highlight of iOS 12.
13. Some NFC features work even with a dead battery
Apple delivers a clever trick with NFC, allowing you to use a metro pass or student ID in the Wallet app, even if your iPhone has a depleted battery.Express Cards with power reserve ensures you’re not stranded outside of a train station or a dorm room because there’s still some low-level power in your phone. This is one of our biggest fears for users who routinely rly on NFC. Apple solves this, and though there’s not enough power to give you visual feedback, when you touch your dead iPhone to an NFC-equipped terminal and you’ll get a haptic response. And like magic, it works.Just don’t expect this new feature to work with Apple Pay. That requires Face ID, so you’re going to have to possess a powered-on smartphone for that to work. 

14. Closing apps in multitasking mode is easier
For 12 and 13, iOS 12 fixes some irksome features we hated about iOS 11. They’re the kind of problems only first-year iPhone X users will know about.Closing open app windows in iOS 12 is easier. All you have to do is slide up on an open app to dismiss it from the multitasking menu. iOS 11 had us press down on the app until a bunch of red close icons appeared over top of each app, and then to tap those little red icons to dismiss the app. That was unpleasant.
15. Accidental screenshots are less common
Whenever we picked up our iPhone X, we’d always press the volume up and power button accidentally, which is the new ‘take a screenshot’ button combination on iPhone X. Apple has disabled this action whenever the phone screen is off. Our iOS 12 Photos app is no longer going to be filled with errant screenshots on the daily.
16. ARKit 2 and multiplayer gaming
ARKit 2 allows for ‘shared experiences’ for AR multiplayerLego, Fender, Adobe and Pixar are all working on AR with AppleiOS 12 cements Apple as a leader in augmented reality (AR) with the arrival of groundbreaking multiplayer capabilities it calls Shared Experiences in ARKit 2.These multi-user virtual environments allow for multiplayer gaming and experiences through iPhones and iPads. iOS 12 creates a more collaborative (and competitive) way of experiencing AR. Lego demoed a four-player game at WWDC in June, pledging that it was in when it came to Apple’s “creative play possibilities.” Players were involved in building up an AR town. It was like The Sims was reimagined for the future.ARKit 2 opens up AR to hundreds of millions of users, according to Apple, and that makes iOS 12 the broadest AR platform in the world. We got a taste of AR last year, but multi-user virtual environments bring more advanced tools and gameplay.

17. Camera app changes
Smart DHR is reserved for the A12 chip-equipped iPhone XS and iPhone XR phones, but iOS 12 also tweaks the default camera app on older devices with new tricks.First, the Portrait Lighting mode (on newer iPhones with dual-lens cameras) looks more natural. The software will be able to define crisper edges by more effectively separating a person from a background scene. Apple is also allowing third-party apps to use the software to separate the foreground and background.Second, it’s the end of an era for our how to scan a QR code from your iPhone and iPad guide. The default camera in iOS 12 makes QR code reading automatic.Third, while not part of the camera app, RAW photos can be imported and managed on an iPhone and iPad, with the bonus ability of editing RAW photos on an iPad Pro.

18. Photos app is now smarter with iOS 12
Betters search and a new ‘For you’ tabSuggestions on who to share photo collections withShare back suggestions nudge friends to send their photosThe Photos app expands its search capabilities in an effort to compete with Google Photos. It recognizes photos by event now and indexes them accordingly. Apple says it takes into account over four million events, citing the Aspen Ideas Festival as a very niche example. This lets you search by event without any thankless manual tagging. Searching by event joins other smart suggestions, including filtering by people, places, and relative dates (searching via Siri works with all of these and is quite handy in our experience). The iOS 12 Photos search capabilities have also been broadened to let you use multiple search terms at once. Seeking “dog, animal” should weed out all of your gourmet hotdog results (this is a real problem we just tested at TechRadar).A new tab ‘For you’ is a part of the iOS 12 Photos app, and it’s filled with personalized suggestions on how to improve and share your pictures. Sharing has gotten smarter, letting you share at full-resolution and suggesting who to share these photos with.Share back suggestions is a neat feature that lets you send photos to a friend, and it uses machine learning to poke them to send photos they took to you. Bonus: iOS 12’s photo sharing features uses iMessage’s end-to-end encryption.
19. iPad switches to iPhone-like gestures
It’s confusing owning both an iPad and a new iPhone X right now because returning to the home screen and opening Control Center are executed by different gestures.The iPad takes cues from the iPhone X with the iOS 12 update: swipe up from the bottom to return home and check Control Center by pulling down from the top right-hand corner.This may be a prelude to the iPad Pro 2018 that’s rumored to include Apple’s TrueDepth camera for Face ID, Animoji, and Memoji.

20. Siri translates new languages, learns motorsport scores
Siri can now translate over 40 language pairsMotorsports scores, schedules and stats knowledgeFood and celebrity facts knowledge expanded uponPassword search now part of Siri’s duties in iOS 12Try asking Siri to translate something into Spanish. It works, and with iOS 12 it’ll be even more robust with over 40 language pairs to aid your international travels.So far, Siri will translate English (US) into Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. We really hope Siri will be able to translate foreign words into English. That may have to wait for iOS 13.Siri will also learn the language of motorsports, per se. Asking for Formula One and NASCAR information will have Siri recite live standings, schedule, roster and stat info.Food knowledge and celebrity facts are also part the Siri update. Right now, asking “How healthy is fish” gives a smatter of search results and requires opening up Siri. In the future, a specific answers about food will come from the USDA database, citing calories, vitamins, and how healthy the food is overall.Password hunting is now within Siri’s grasp, letting you search any saved passwords, according to Apple. This applies to both apps and websites.
21. Pinpoints 911 calls in the US
You won’t have to worry about reciting your exact location when calling 911 in the US thanks to iOS 12. It’ll pinpoint your whereabouts during emergency calls.Apple says it’ll “automatically and securely” share your iPhone location with first responders, but only with them and only during such emergencies. It’s an effort to reduce response time, yet maintain your privacy.
22. iOS 12 compatibility
Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPad mini 2 and iPad Air and newer11 iPhones, 10 iPads, 1 iPod touch – the broadest iOS update yet iOS 12 will run on all devices that have its 64-bit chipset. It’ll work on the iPhone 5S and newer, while the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 are the oldest iPads that are compatible with iOS 12. That’s means this update is supporting 11 different iPhones, 10 different iPads, and the sole iPod touch 6th generation, still clinging to life. It’s the broadest support for a software update Apple has ever offered, and this is one of the biggest advantages Apple has over Android phones.

23. Weather app warns unhealthy air quality
Apple’s official weather app contains new messaging that indicates air quality in cities. This is where Sunny, Cloudy, and Partly Cloudy messaging usually sits. iOS 12 puts it in a spot where you’ll see it more regularly, as opposed to a separate air quality app.The forecast New York City as of writing this, for example, tells us that the area has ‘Unhealthy Air Quality for Sensitive Groups’. People with asthma therefore may want to stay indoors.
When did iOS 12 launch?
June 4 – Developer beta launched (to paid Apple Developers)June 25 – iOS 12 public beta launched (it’s free)September 17 – the final iOS 12 software (still free)iOS 12 released on Monday, September 17 following the iPhone XS launch event, where Apple announced the official launch date. You can now download it.There were actually three phases to the iOS 12 launch: one for developers, one for public beta testers, and one final version launching in mid-September.First, the developer beta launched at WWDC and got more frequent refreshes, but it was early software. You have to be a registered Apple developer, which costs $99 for the annual membership. It’s for people who like to tinker with Xcode and make apps.Second, iOS 12 public beta launched on June 25 and was completely free. It was less problematic than the developer beta. The downside? It was always one step behind what the developers have access to.Third, the final software, meant for everyone, launched on September 17. There’s no need to jump through hoops to enroll in a beta. iOS 12 is now here in its final form, right in time for the iPhone XS release date.That’s a wrap for new iOS 12 features. The two biggest highlights were Grouped notifications and Group FaceTime with Memoji. Of course, Group FaceTime is not due to launch just yet, which means an inevitable iOS 12.1 and more updates for us to write about.

Olympus is developing a 150-400mm f/4.5 telephoto with a built-in teleconverter

Olympus is developing a 150-400mm f/4.5 telephoto with a built-in teleconverter

Alongside the OM-D E-M1X, Olympus has announced the development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO telephoto zoom lens. As the name suggests, the lens features a built-in 1.25x teleconverter, which delivers a total coverage equivalent to 300-1000mm, while alongside this Olympus is also developing a M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20. When used in tandem with the 150-400mm lens, it’s possible to achieve a reach of 2000mm (35mm equivalent).Olympus says the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm f/4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens will be designed to offer exceptional optical performance in a compact, lightweight form. To match the OM-D E-M1X, the lens will be dust-proof, splash-proof, and freeze-proof (to 14°F / -10°C), while this is the first Olympus lens to feature a built-in 1.25x teleconverter.The lens also offers in-lens image stabilization (IS), which delivers 5-Axis Sync IS2 support when used with the in-body image stabilization systems of Olympus OM-D cameras.The expected availability date is only given as 2020, so we don’t expect to get pricing details for some time yet.

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What’s new on Netflix Australia for February 2019

What’s new on Netflix Australia for February 2019

As the number of shows and movies available to stream in Australia continues to grow at an impressive rate, it can be tough to keep up with all the new additions to each streaming service each month.We’ve all come to anticipate a new stable of Netflix Originals releases each month, but figuring out which shows they are and when exactly they become available isn’t so easy. And what about the large number licensed shows and films that are made available to stream, if only for a limited time?In an effort to keep you informed of the best shows and movies that are in the process of being added to Netflix, we’ll be bringing you an updated list of what you can expect on the service on a monthly basis. Not only that, we’ll also be singling out the biggest releases, as well as a number of quality TV shows and films which we believe deserve your Netflixing time. So get ready to kick off the month with an epic binge – here’s what’s new on Netflix in February 2019. Check out Netflix’s newest offerings in the video below!

The best VPN for Netflix 2019TV shows highlights for February 2019
The Umbrella Academy (15/2/2019) Based on a comic book series, The Umbrella Academy sees estranged siblings with extraordinary powers reunited after the death of their father, only to find out that their family has a dark past, and that the fate of the world has fallen in their hands. Stars Ellen Page.Homeland: Season 7 (15/2/2019) Carrie gets to work uncovering a huge conspiracy after an assassination attempt leaves Saul and hundreds of other intelligence workers behind bars. On top of this, Carrie must also prove that she’s a fit parent. Expect plenty of crying, yelling and facial contortion. 
Movies highlights for February 2019
Velvet Buzzsaw (1/2/2019) From the writer-director of Nightcrawler comes Velvet Buzzsaw, a satirical thriller with its sights set on LA’s contemporary art scene. When a fraud starts selling the paintings of a dead man from her building as if they were her own, the artworks themselves come to life and begin killing people. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Isn’t It Romantic (28/2/2019) Australia’s own Rebel Wilson stars as a cynical woman who wakes up one morning after a bump on the head, only to discover that she’s become trapped in a corny PG-rated romantic comedy. Also stars Liam Hemsworth. The Fate of the Furious (2/2/2019) When a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) enters the picture, Dom (Vin Diesel) betrays ‘the family’, despite having spent the last few movies talking about how nothing is more important. Now, it’s up to the team to discover why Dom is suddenly a bad guy / terrorist.Ghost in the Shell (7/2/2019) Scarlett Johansson plays Major, a cyber-enhanced soldier who works for an elite privatised unit tasked with stopping criminals and terrorists across the globe. Told her consciousness was transferred to a synthetic body in order to save her life, Major  soon finds out that she was lied to all along.Get Out (9/2/2019) An Oscar-winning cultural phenomenon, writer-director Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a fantastic horror film inspired by the racial divide in America. An African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his white girlfriend’s family for the first time and is convinced they’re up to something sinister – especially when it comes to their black live-in servants. Unfortunately for him, the truth is worse than he could’ve ever imagined. 
…and the rest for February 2019
ORIGINAL SERIESSiempre bruja (1/2/2019)Nightflyers (1/2/2019)Russian Doll (1/2/2019)Unauthorized Living (8/2/2019) One Day at a Time: Season 3 (8/2/2019) ¡Nailed It! México (8/2/2019) Flavorful Origins: Chaoshan Cuisine (11/2/2019) Dirty John (14/2/2019) Dating Around (14/2/2019) Rebellion: Season 2 (22/2/2019)Workin’ Moms (22/2/2019) GO! Vive a tu manera (22/2/2019)Suburra: Season 2 (22/2/2019) The Big Family Cooking Showdown: Season 2 (22/2/2019) Van Helsing: Season 3 (25/2/2019) Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments: Season 3B (26/2/2019) NETFLIX WEEKLY SERIESRomance is a Bonus Book (5/2/2019) Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2 (10/2/2019) Star Trek: Discovery: Season 2 (2/2019) NETFLIX FILMDear Ex (1/2/2019) El árbol de la sangre (8/2/2019) High Flying Bird (8/2/2019) Yucatan (15/2/2019) Paddleton (22/2/2019) The Photographer of Mauthausen (22/2/2019) Firebrand (22/2/2019) Paris Is Us (22/2/2019) ORIGINAL COMEDYRay Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (5/2/2019)Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho (14/2/2019)ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (8/2/2019)Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (15/2/2019)Chef’s Table: Volume 6 (22/2/2019)NETFLIX KIDS & FAMILYFree Rein: Valentine’s Day (1/2/2019)True: Happy Hearts Day (1/2/2019) The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Season 2 (8/2/2019)Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History (8/2/2019)The Dragon Prince: Season 2 (15/2/2019)OTHER HIGHLIGHTSIdentity Thief (15/2/2019) Sausage Party (16/2/2019) The Shallows (28/2/2019) The Conjuring (1/2/2019)  The Conjuring 2 (1/2/2019)  Enough (1/2/2019) Takers (1/2/2019) 30 Minutes or Less (1/2/2019) The Hunt for Red October (1/2/2019) It Takes Two (1/2/2019) The Rite (1/2/2019) Jawbreaker (1/2/2019)  Quarantine (1/2/2019) The Roommate (1/2/2019) Gotham: Season 4 (1/2/2019) Chronicle (13/2/2019)  Paddington (14/2/2019)  Liar Liar (15/2/2019) The Island (15/2/2019) Jarhead (15/2/2019) Dawn of the Dead (15/2/2019) Role Models (15/2/2019) Safe House (15/2/2019) Concussion (15/2/2019) The Secret Garden (15/2/2019)The Space Between Us (21/2/2019) Tales by Light: Season 3 (22/2/2019) Jupiter Ascending (24/2/2019) The Other Boleyn Girl (28/2/2019) It’s Kind of a Funny Story (28/2/2019) Power Rangers (28/2/2019) 
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APC magazine tutorial files

APC magazine tutorial files

On this page, you’ll find the essential tutorial support files to help you get the most from your copy of APC. To find the file you need, simply locate the issue it’s in from the list below.

January 2019 – issue #463
Click to download » Machine Learning – Computer Vision (file size: 1KB)

Christmas 2018 – issue #462
Click to download » Machine Learning – Coding with R (Part 3) (file size: 1KB)

December 2018 – issue #461
Click to download » Machine Learning – Coding with R (Part 2) (file size: 1KB)

November 2018 – issue #460
Click to download » Machine Learning – Coding with R (file size: 1KB)Click to download » Arduino – Digital audio player goes hi-res (file size: 7.2MB)
October 2018 – issue #459
Click to download » Machine Learning – Kaggle Titanic (file size: 2KB)Click to download » Arduino – Digital audio player (file size: 3.5MB)
May 2018 – issue #454
Click to download » Python – Exceptions (file size: 2KB)Click to download » Arduino – Audio light show (file size: 2KB)
April 2018 – issue #453
Click to download » Arduino – Rocket the autonomous robot (file size: 55KB)
February 2018 – issue #451
Click to download » Python – Boolean logic (file size: 2KB)Click to download » Arduino – Colour picker (file size: 1KB)
January 2018 – issue #450
Click to download » Python – Make some noise (file size: 2KB)
Christmas 2017 – issue #449
Click to download » Python – Inheritance (file size: 1KB)
December 2017 – issue #448
Click to download » Python – Stay classy (file size: 1KB)Click to download » Arduino – Automate your keyboard (file size: 8KB)
November 2017 – issue #447
Click to download » Python – Plot data (file size: 1KB)Click to download » Arduino – Sound level meter (file size: 350KB)
October 2017 – issue #446
Click to download » Python – Android Bluetooth with voice (file size: 1KB)Click to download » Arduino – Voice-controlled LED light (file size: 15KB)
September 2017 – issue #445
Click to download » Arduino – Voice-powered oscilloscope (file size: 300KB)
August 2017 – issue #444
Click to download » Python – Get real time vehicle data (file size: 1KB)Click to download » Arduino – Garage parking assistant (file size: 15KB)
July 2017 – issue #443
Click to download » Python – The secrets of cryptography (file size: 3KB)Click to download » Arduino – Wi-Fi clock (Part 2) (file size: 25KB)
June 2017 – issue #442
Click to download » Python – Doing maths with Python (file size: 1.5KB)
May 2017 – issue #441
Click to download » Arduino – The Tiny-est Arduino (file size: 25KB)
April 2017 – issue #440
Click to download » Python – The power of strings and dictionaries (file size: 3KB)
March 2017 – issue #439
Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 8 (file size: 3KB)Click to download » Arduino – Wireless message board source code (file size: 25KB)
February 2017 – issue #438
Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 7 (file size: 3KB)
January 2017 – issue #437
Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 6 (file size: 190KB)Click to download » Arduino – Nanoscope source code (file size: 25KB, password protected – please see below note)AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM DARREN ABOUT THIS MONTH’S ARDUINO PROJECT:We’ve had to make a minor change to this month’s Nanoscope Zero project, as shortly after we went to press we discovered that a new, nearly-identical OLED panel to the one used in this project had begun arriving on the market, but with reverse polarity on the two power pins – something that, if wired up incorrectly, could fry the whole project.For the full details on how to avoid that, as well as the ZIP PASSWORD required to extract the above source code download, please see the full story on Darren’s own site.
Christmas 2016 – issue #436
Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 5 (file size: 2KB)
December 2016 – issue #435
Click to download » Macro – Naming shapes in PowerPoint (file size: 740KB)Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 4 (file size: 2KB)
November 2016 – issue #434
Click to download » Arduino – Add a backpack to your Arduino (file size: 350KB)Click to download » Macro – Conditional macros formatting in Excel (file size: 33KB) Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 3 (file size: 2KB) 
October 2016 – issue #433
Click to download » Arduino – Make a digital compass (file size: 1KB)Click to download » Macro – Toggle Excel settings (file size: 26KB)Click to download » Raspberry Pi – Build a ‘lifecam’ (file size: 5.7MB) Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 2 (file size: 4KB) 
October 2016 – issue #433
Click to download » Arduino – Build an ultrasonic tape measure (file size: 300KB)Click to download » Macro – Processing a group of objects in Excel (file size: 35KB)Click to download » iOS – Create an iOS workflow to find Pokemon (file size: 1.2MB)Click to download » Python – Learn to code Python, Part 1 (file size: 1KB)
Tutorials from older issues
If you require support files for older issues of APC (prior to issue #433, October 2016) please send an email request to apcmag@futurenet.com and include the following details:* Issue number and month/year* Tutorial topic (such as Arduino, Android, etc)* Full tutorial headline* Page number

Facebook’s new ‘Community Actions’ will bring user-made petitions to your feed

Facebook’s new ‘Community Actions’ will bring user-made petitions to your feed

Mad as Hell about something? Not going to take it anymore? Well, you’re in luck, because Facebook is currently rolling out a new tool in the US that will let users create and support online petitions, as reported by TechCrunch.Dubbed ‘Community Actions’, the petitions will appear directly on the site’s News Feed, both publicly and for friends, allowing users to tag organizations or elected officials in order to bring more attention to the chosen cause.Along with following and clicking ‘Support’ on a Community Action, users will be able to share their own testimonials or media in the petition’s comments section. The idea is that the cause will eventually go viral and reach as many people as possible.Of course, it’s very likely that people will misuse the tool in order to post hateful or inappropriate petitions. With that in mind, Facebook will be monitoring all the Community Actions on its site, employing human moderators along with user flagging and algorithmic detection.
Image courtesy of TechCrunch”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” said a spokesperson for the social network. Facebook has been testing the new tool in select markets over the last several weeks, with requests for a moratorium on new drilling in Colorado,  a new performing arts center in Florida and better crosswalks near a Philadelphia library already gaining traction among locals. While it’s always been possible to share petitions from sites like Change.org across Facebook, building a petition creation tool directly into the site could be a real game-changer in terms of virality and reach. It’s also bound to be an exceptional tool for determining which of your friends is most insufferable. The Community Actions functionality is rolling out now across the US, though no word has been offered yet on when it will reach other territories. 
Facebook is using AI to identify potential drug dealers

Pacquiao vs Broner live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

Pacquiao vs Broner live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

A Manny Pacquiao fight is always a big event – especially as he enters the twilight of his boxing career, and he goes in to tonight’s fight as favorite to beat his opponent in Las Vegas. Adrien Broner thinks differently as he has the WBA regular welterweight title in his sights and a place in the history books as a rare vanquisher of the Filipino legend. It’s fight night, and watching a live stream of the Pacquiao vs Broner action is easy, too – you can even watch for FREE in certain regions.
Pacquiao might be older but he has lots of experience with this being his 70th fight. That gives him a 60-7-2 record with a total of 39 KOs and status as one of the all time legends to setp into the ring. In comparison, his American challenger, at 29 years old, sports a formidable record sheet of 33-3-1-1 and 24 KOs.
As the former WBA welterweight champion and four division world champion, Broner is not to be underestimated. That said, Pacquiao is an eight division world champ as well as being former lineal and three time WBO welterweight champ – and of course there’s he currently has the WBA title, too.There’s talk of Pac-Man agreeing to a Floyd Mayweather rematch, drawing the fighter out of retirement, as a follow-up to this fight. But Broner thinks all the attention should be on him and his chances to cause an upset: “I’m not in awe of any fighter, especially Manny Pacquiao. I hope he’s in awe of me. I’m a one of a kind fighter too. I’ve made history in this sport. This is a defining moment in my career and it’s going to be one of the biggest nights of my life.”To catch everything online, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how to stream the fight live anywhere in the world – and absolutely FREE, thanks to a VPN.
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Watch a Pacquiao vs Broner live stream from anywhere in the world
Keep scrolling to see how to watch the boxing in the US, UK and Australia.But if you live somewhere that isn’t showing coverage of the Pacquiao vs Broner fight, then there’s a way to watch that doesn’t involve trying to find a grainy, illegal feed.

How to watch Pacquiao vs Broner for FREE in the UK

How to watch the Pacquiao vs Broner fight in the US

How to watch Pacquiao vs Broner: Australia stream
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Sonos Super Bowl savings: save up to $200 on Sonos home theater speakers

Sonos Super Bowl savings: save up to $200 on Sonos home theater speakers

The Super Bowl is now just a couple weeks away, and that means it’s a great time to find excellent deals on TVs and home theater accessories.Starting today, Sonos is offering huge savings on some of their most popular home theater products. Sonos is known for making high-quality speakers that are reliable and consistent in producing great sound.  Sonos speakers are also rarely discounted, which makes this sale even sweeter.
For a limited time you can save on Sonos’ best-selling soundbars, subwoofers and entertainment systems. The Sonos Super Bowl sale includes savings on the Playbar, Sub, Beam and the 3.1 set that includes the Playbase and Sub.
These deals won’t last for long so make sure you take advantage of these killer discounts before their gone. 
Sonos Super Bowl sale:
Shop more deals on Sonos speakers here

Netflix hits 139 million subs, but fears YouTube and Fortnite

Netflix hits 139 million subs, but fears YouTube and Fortnite

If you get the feeling that everyone you know has a Netflix subscription, there’s a good chance you’re right – Netflix just announced that it has 139 million paying subscribers around the world. That number doesn’t take into consideration all the folks who use Netflix either through a shared account or are on a free trial account – which likely explains why that number isn’t even higher – but that means there are more people paying for Netflix than there are people living in Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Mumbai, combined.Netflix’s latest report to shareholders, which is where that data originates, claims the company has gained nearly 9 million of these paying subscribers in the last three months of 2018 – closing out the year with 29 million more paying subscribers than it started with.If analysts’ predictions are right, that would put Netflix on par with the number of Amazon Prime subscribers worldwide (around 100 million at last count), and vastly ahead of the largest streaming music service, Spotify, which is sitting somewhere around 40 million paying subscribers. 
 Will Disney cause Netflix some dismay? 
In an earnings call that accompanied the report, Netflix’s executive team claimed that the streaming service owns around 10% of the 1 billion hours Americans spend watching TV per day, a number that they say also includes live cable television and video games as well.To that end, it’s not other streaming services like Disney+ or DC Universe that pose a threat to the company – it’s actually Fortnite and YouTube that the company fears the most: “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” Netflix said in its earnings report. “When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time.”So what’s Netflix doing with all this money from the new signups? It’s putting a good chunk of it back into its original programming. In 2019, Netflix will be launching new seasons of The Crown, 13 Reasons Why and the third season of Stranger Things, in addition to other undisclosed projects.Does that mean we’re in for more creative ventures like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch? You can bet your monthly subscription fee on it.Source: Netflix
If you’re in the US, expect a Netflix price hike later this year

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and her: Top tech gear for 2019

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him and her: Top tech gear for 2019

Forget flowers and chocolates; nothin’ says “I love you” like a new piece of tech. Your special someone, once they’ve ripped open the gift wrapping, will be glad your gift is not just another cliché.However, keeping on top of what tech actually deserves the privilege of a place in your better-half’s life can be hard. To save you the trouble of doing all that deep research yourself, TechRadar’s Australian team has scoured the interwebs to find this timely selection of tech gift ideas for any budget, and every one of them will tell your better half how special they are.
Apple Watch
Your Valentine’s wrist deserves the best companion and, if they’re an iPhone user, then the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch you can buy right now. Let your loved one take calls, answer text and maintain a fit lifestyle, among other things, with this smart little gadget that’s easily customisable, has great performance and looks pretty darn neat too. Plus, this premium smartwatch is available in a range colours to suit everyone.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
Is your special someone an Android user? Then try Samsung’s answer to the Apple Watch. It looks very much like a traditional wristwatch, smart and dapper, and is feature packed with an impressive four-day battery life. And there are two colour options to choose from.
TicWatch E
If the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch is out of your monetary reach, then consider the TicWatch E. This smart wearable from Mobvoi is one of our favourites, especially given its affordable price tag for a feature-packed device. Powered by Wear OS, the TicWatch E comes with a built-in GPS, a heart monitor, Google Assistant at your beck and call, and music on the go. And, while most smartwatches come in rose gold and black/grey colour options, the TicWatch E is available in Ice (white) and Shadow (black).
Motiv Ring
If you like it, put a ring on it! Fitness trackers on the wrist are so yesteryear. There are now smart rings you can slip on your better-half’s finger instead. The Motiv ring is a fitness tracker that’s small, waterproof, and does pretty much everything a smart device on your wrist would do – from fitness tracking to sleep monitoring. And it looks good on the finger too, with four colours available in seven different sizes that’ll ensure you get the right finger fit. However, you may need to order a sizing set first to make sure you buy the right size.
Dyson Airwrap Styler
Any style-conscious person will tell you, your crowning glory is your hair. And if your better half loves to get their hair done often, then a one-time investment in the Dyson Airwrap Styler will not only save time and trips to the salon, but also maintain the hair’s health. The Airwrap Styler uses currents of air to create waves or straighten hair, taking heat right out of the equation.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
If that special someone in your life isn’t too keen on keeping their hair styled, then a simple hair dryer will suffice. But there’s nothing ‘simple’ about Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer and the hype behind it is not all hot air. With a powerful air flow, a beautiful and unique design, and a quiet motor, this is the best money can buy. 
Philips Series 7000 BG7025 body grooming kit
For the ultimate body grooming kit, look no further than the Philips Series 7000 BG7025. This is the best your partner can get if they want their hair, from head to toe, to come under control (or be gone, as the case may be). 80 minutes of battery life, a double-ended design and minimal irritation after a shave will keep them happy as can be. And it comes in at an affordable price.
Philips Series 5000 11-in-1 grooming kit
Give your partner more option when it comes to grooming their hair. With 11 different attachments to take care of your better half’s grooming needs from head to toe, you’d think you’ll need to be spending a lot. Think again. This Philips Series 5000 multigrooming kit is less than $100 at most retailers. From the black and chrome colour scheme to the finely ground Chromium steel blades, everything about the Philips Series 5000 11-in-1 feels built to last.
SodaStream Source Element 
A great way to enjoy Valentine’s Day evening is to relax at home with your special someone and enjoy a drink, or two. SodaStream’s Source Element has three levels of fizz to tingle your taste buds. So join your partner in keeping the planet plastic free this Valentine’s Day and gift them a SodaStream.
Toddy Cold Brewing System (for tea and coffee)
While most of the world is snuggled up with low temperatures during Valentine’s Day, you and your special someone need something to keep cool. And if you’d like a hit of caffeine while you’re doing that, then get your partner a cold brewing system that can make either iced tea or iced coffee. And the Toddy makes a smooth-tasting brew you’ll be really happy with. Plus it’s easy to use and affordable.
Breville Barista Express espresso machine
Fancy breakfast in bed with a shot of caffeine to wash it all down? Then you both will want this excellent coffee machine from Breville. The grinder is built in, and it gives you oodles of control over your favourite brew so you can enjoy it how you like it. So go on, encourage your partner to make you that perfect cuppa every morning.
Lenovo Smart Display
Have some fun together with Google Assistant by getting not just a boring ol’ smart speaker but a smart display. These devices add a face to the digital assistant, allowing you to yell at it to get things done or to gently touch the screen to control your smart home setup. Watch YouTube videos or look at at photos of you and your boo on that screen while you get serenaded by your favourite tunes.
Google Home Max
Dance with your partner till the cows come home. And to keep the party rocking, you’ll need a speaker with big sound and plenty of smarts, and the Google Home Max fits the bill to a tee. Not only do you get room-filling rich sound, you’ll also have Google Assistant at your beck and call to be a DJ and control your smart home.
Sonos One
Set up a multiroom speaker system to serenade that special someone while they walk through the house with the twin pack of the Sonos One. Not only do you get excellent sound quality, you also get Amazon’s Alexa to call on for any smarts you need. The Sonos One also supports AirPlay 2, Apple’s Wi-Fi audio streaming technology.
Google Home Mini
Does your partner need a smart device that’s small and demure, yet does everything any of the bigger, bolder and more expensive counterparts can do? The Google Home Mini may not have the hardware for big sound but it sure can do pretty much everything the more powerful speakers can. Here’s a tip though – if you want bigger sound, pop the Google Home Mini in a corner and the sound reverberating off the walls will make it sound richer than it actually is. Plus, it’s tiny enough for any space and yet you can call on Google Assistant to help you control your smart home.
Philips Hue smart lighting system
Set the right mood this Valentine’s Day by gifting your special someone with a smart lighting system that changes hue or colour with the swipe of a finger or a simple voice command. The Philips Hue system is by far the most popular and it’s easy to set up. It works with both Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, and it’s own smartphone app is feature packed.
Nanoleaf Canvas
One gift that’s sure to make your boo’s eyes light up (with colour) is the latest product from Nanoleaf. These square light panels bring life to any old boring wall and make it interactive. Not only will the lights dance to those love songs you’ll be listening to, you and your partner can even play some games on them. And, of course, the coloured lights are perfect for setting the mood too.
TP-Link HS110 smart plug
No smart devices at home? No sweat. All you need is a smart plug and all your normal, mundane, run-of-the-mill home appliances (like your kettle) can then be controlled with just a single app on your phone from pretty much anywhere. The TP-Link HS110 also features an energy monitoring mode and is easy to set up. Remote access to a smart home that doesn’t have smart devices, need we say more?
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable
Your boo have a cache of vinyls hidden away somewhere? Gift them this turntable and watch as they dust off those records with delight. The AT-LP120-USB can play 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 RPM, meaning there isn’t an album that can’t be played. There’s also a built-in phono preamp so you never have to worry about finding one on your own. This deck strikes the perfect balance of ease of use for beginners while still including some more advanced features for your special someone to grow into.
UE Boom 3
Planning to spend Valentine’s Day outdoors? Take your tunes with you on the UE Boom 3. It’s the latest iteration of Ultimate Ears’ excellent Boom Bluetooth speaker range and is the best money can buy. It’s both water- and dust-proof, and has a one-touch mix button that lets you pull up your favourite playlists without ever picking up your phone. And there are several colour options to choose from.
Google Chromecast
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to snuggle up together and watch those cheesy rom-coms on streaming services like Netflix and Stan. The good news is you don’t need a smart TV to stream it all on a large screen, you just need this nifty little gadget plugged into an HDMI port of your not-so-smart screen and you can cast from your phone or laptop. Easy.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6
Does your special someone have an Instagram addiction? Then this instant camera, which has been designed to resemble the photo-sharing site’s logo, will be perfect. The camera runs on a pair of CR2 batteries and spits out 6.2×6.2cm prints, with the selfie mirror integrated into the front of the camera allowing for more effortless self captures. Fujifilm even throws in orange, purple and green flash filters to allow for an instant injection of colour into images.
Anker PowerCore 20,100 power bank
Need to make sure you hear from your boo often? Then gift them a portable charger that will keep their mobile juiced up, taking away any excuses to not call or text. And the Anker PowerCore 20,100 is one of the best options currently available in Australia that allows multiple devices to be charged at the same time. And it supports quick charge too.
Wacom Bamboo Folio 
Love letters and romantic Post-it notes are so yesterday. But the charm of the love note hasn’t disappeared. This smart notebook will let you indulge in romantic hand-written wordplay with your lover and never allow these sweet nothings to get lost by safely storing them in the cloud. It comprises a smart pen and pad (which can take any paper) that with the push of a button lets you convert your handwriting into ‘living’ digital files, perfect for the notorious notemakers. The Wacom Inkspace app can then organise, edit and share those musings and sketches with the world or a significant other.
NixPlay Iris W08E Wi-Fi digital photo frame
The memories you create together are important. Show some of them off on a Wi-Fi connected digital frame that lets you change the photos on a whim via an app. Your beautiful memories are displayed on a 4:3 IPS display that comes with an activity sensor. If nothing is moving around in front of it, the display will automatically switch off.