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Become a C# coding wizard for only $41

Last week at AAPicks we pointed you in the direction of a great discount on a C++ bundle. If you liked the idea but were a bit nervous about it as a first step, then check this out. We’ve just got wind of a similar discount on the ultimate C# bundle.

C# is very similar to C++ but it’s easier to learn. That’s pretty much why Microsoft developed it.

Take C++, stick on a few bells and whistles, make it as easy to learn as Visual Basic, and hey presto… You’ve got C#. If it wasn’t such a branding nightmare we imagine they would have called it ‘C++ plus’.

C# is very similar to C++ but it’s easier to learn.

Like C++ and Java, this is a great foundation code to learn. It’s highly valued by employers, and gives you a good basis if you want to go on to learn the likes of Java or PHP. It’s used to build web apps, mobile apps, games, and all the other things you would expect.

The package on sale at the moment is The Complete C# Coding Bootcamp – a bundle of 11 C# courses produced by a variety of experts in the industry. With that many courses and over 89 hours of eLearning, every teaching method is employed and no stone is left unturned.

Taking these courses also gives you a host of other skills for your tool box: Microsoft Visual Studio programming, HTML, and CSS to name a few. You’ll also come to terms with Eclipse, Unreal Engine, Unity, and other programming environments.

Here’s what you get:

The 11 courses sell separately for a combined $765. But until this deal expires, you can purchase the lot for $41. That means you make a cool 94% saving.

Each of the 11 courses offers you lifetime access once purchased, so there’s absolutely no hurry if you don’t happen to have all 89 hours to spare right now.

Over 1,000 keen minds have already signed up. If you’d like to join them, hit the button below to go to the deal!

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Moto G5S and G5S Plus: all the rumors in one place

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus.

At MWC 2017, Lenovo took the wraps off its latest mid-tier smartphones, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. Falling squarely in the budget-friendly lineup of smartphones, the G5 and G5 Plus feature premium aluminum designs, fingerprint sensors, an improved software experience, and, perhaps above all else, low price tags.

But these aren’t the only mid-tier phones Lenovo has in store for us in 2017. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about two slightly higher-end models in the Moto G lineup, which will likely be dubbed the Moto G5S and Moto G5S Plus. So what exactly will these smartphones bring to the table? In this post, we’re going to round up everything we know so far about Lenovo’s upcoming Moto G5S and G5S Plus.

As always, do keep in mind that these are just rumors for now. The company has been keeping details under wraps so far, and most of the specs and features haven’t been confirmed just yet.

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Moto G5S and G5S Plus design

While we don’t have a ton of details on the G5S line’s specifications, we thankfully have a pretty good idea as to what these phones will look like. We’ve recently uncovered a handful of Moto G5S images, showing off the new device in grey, gold, and blue color options.

As you can see in the images attached above and below, the front of the G5S doesn’t stray too far away from the design of the standard G5 or G5 Plus. There’s still a front-facing fingerprint sensor below the display, along with a small moto logo sandwiched between the earpiece and screen on the top. Moving around to the back, you’ll notice the G5S also looks to have the same round, hockey puck-style camera as the standard Moto G5 lineup. Below that you’ll find the classic Motorola dimple near the center of the device.

As far as the Moto G5S Plus is concerned, that device will, unsurprisingly, look a lot like the regular G5S. Gear India has provided a handful of images of the G5S Plus, which you can find below. The only differences we’ve been able to spot between the two models are the color options and camera sensors. Gear India says the Plus is expected to come in full gold and gray color variants, as well as white face/silver back and white face/gold back versions.

Additionally, the G5S Plus looks to sport a dual camera setup on the back, making this the first Moto device to house such a feature. The report also claims this device will include 1080p video recording and a dual-LED flash.

Both the G5S and G5S Plus will feature a full-metal design, as opposed to the aluminum back plate and plastic sides found on the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. This should make these upcoming Moto phones feel a bit more high end. Due to the switch to an all-metal construction, you’ll notice there are now thin antenna cutouts on the top and bottom of each of the devices, too.

Oh and one more thing – if you look closely, you can also spot a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the top of each of the devices. Thankfully Lenovo doesn’t plan on removing the headphone jack on these devices like it did with the Moto Z line.

Moto G5S and G5S Plus specs

As you may expect, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus will sport specifications that fit between the current Moto G5 line and the Moto Z line. This means we can expect to see higher-end processors, more RAM, and perhaps even higher resolution cameras.

According to a leaked slide that surfaced a few weeks ago, the Moto G5S will sport a 5.2-inch Full HD display (likely of the IPS LCD variety), while the G5S Plus will come with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display.

Gear India’s earlier report also claims the Moto G5S Plus will come with a 64-bit octa-core processor under the hood. This means it’s possible that Moto could include Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 or 630 platforms in these new phones.

As is par for the course for the Moto G lineup, there will likely be a number of different storage and RAM variants of the G5S line. The G5, for example, launched with 2 or 3 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB storage options. The G5 Plus took things even further and launched with 2, 3, or 4 GB of RAM, and 16, 32, or 64 GB storage options. We’d expect the G5S and G5S Plus to launch with these memory variants as well. They’ll likely also feature expandable memory, too.

In terms of battery size, we unfortunately don’t have those details at this time either. However, the G5 and G5 Plus launched with 2,800 mAh and 3,000 mAh cells, respectively, so we might be able to expect a slight bump up in terms of battery capacity with the G5S line.

Moto G5S and G5S Plus software

When it comes to software, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus both shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, so we’re expecting the G5S and Plus to launch with Nougat, too. It’d be a nice treat to see both devices launch with the latest version of Android, 7.1.2 Nougat.

And as is the case with other Moto handsets, the software experience should be pretty bare bones. Moto doesn’t throw in a ton of unnecessary software features that people aren’t going to use, so we can probably expect to see a vanilla Android experience, with only a handful of Moto-specific features on top.

Moto G5S and G5S Plus price and release date

So far, we haven’t heard any rumors about when these devices will be released, or how much they’ll cost. Since these are higher end models, though, we can expect them to cost a tad more than the standard G5 and G5 Plus, which are currently going for £169/€199 and $229, respectively.

It’s also worth noting that Lenovo didn’t launch the Moto G5 in the United States, only the G5 Plus. With that said, there’s no guarantee that these devices will even come to the U.S., though that’s all just speculation for now.


So, we want to hear from you! Are you excited to see what the Moto G5S and G5S Plus have to offer? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Instagram Direct update: support for landscape/portrait orientation and links

Instagram Direct is a nice way to take advantage of the photo-centric social network in a more private manner. It is great to be able to share with specific people, as opposed to all your followers, but the experience can definitely feel half-baked when compared to other messaging services.

Instagram continues to improve this service and today they are bringing a couple new features to their portfolio. The first is support for sharing images in both landscape and portrait orientation. No longer do you have to worry about cropping images shared from your camera roll. Just share away and let your friends enjoy the full glory of the photo.

The second feature makes it possible to share links. You even get a nice preview of what the link directs to, making it easier to access the URL. It seems ridiculous that this wasn’t supported before, but we suppose it’s better to late than never, right?

You can go grab the version 10.22 update straight from the Google Play Store. Instagram promises more updates to comes throughout the year, but for now you can hit the comments and let us know how you feel about today’s improvements. Do you see yourself taking advantage of these? What else do you wish Instagram Direct could do?

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Recent updates

Instagram Stories can now be searched by location, hashtag search coming soon

May 23, 2017Instagram is adding yet another way to search for content on the social network. The latest update to the app allows users to search inside Instagram Stories via location, and soon will also add searching in Stories via hashtags.

Face filters

May 17, 2017: Instagram has added another Snapchat-like feature, as users can now put in a number of animated images over their photos and videos. In addition, users can now put videos in reverse. There’s also a new eraser brush in the drawing tools.

Web uploads

May 8, 2017: Instagram has beefed up its mobile website with the ability to upload photos, and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. Previously, users were only able to like posts, follow users, search, and see notifications from the mobile site. Now users can not only upload media to the social network, they can also access a stripped down version of the Explore tab.

Instagram says the web experience is optimized for phones, and designed to help users on slower data connections access the social network. Think of this as a “lite” version of Instagram. Video uploading via the mobile web still isn’t supported, however, nor is posting photos or videos from the desktop site.

Offline mode coming soon

April 19: Instagram announced that it is launching an offline mode to help improve the experience for those with limited internet access. Offline users will be able to “Like” posts, leave comments, save media and unfollow people, all of which will be processed once the user reconnects to the internet. They will also be able to view content previously loaded in their Instagram feed, profiles they’ve previously visited, older versions of their own profile and the Explore tab.

Private collections

April 19: Instagram users can now save any posts to a private collection. These private collections, which are only visible to the account owner, can be found on the saved posts tab on your Instagram profile. Any post can be saved simply by tapping and holding the bookmark icon underneath that post.

You can create and name a new collection anytime you save one of those posts, or it can simply be saved and added to a collection that’s already been created. Any existing saved posts can also be grouped into a private collection by tapping the plus icon in the top right corner. You will then be asked to give your collection a name and then select the saved posts you want to add to it.

Selfie stickers

April 13: Instagram added a way to create stickers out of selfie pictures, with the ability to resize them and use different frame styles. It also added new geostickers for residents or travelers in Chicago, London, Madrid and Tokyo. Finally, it added a way to quickly access your recently used stickers just by tapping the smiley face and swiping right.

Introducing disappearing videos and photos

April 11: Instagram is introducing what they call disappearing videos and photos. These videos and photos will show up blue in DMs and can only be played twice. The sender will be notified if the receiver replays the video or takes a screenshot. Those who want to send a disappearing video or photo can swipe left to access Direct, tap the blue camera icon and tap on the arrow to send.

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Hackers can use popular media players like VLC to take control of your device

Popular streaming platforms like VLC, Kodi, PopcornTime, and Stremio are in question here, but most of them have fixed the vulnerability already.

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January 7, 2017

Just a few hours ago, we told you about the new Cloak & Dagger malware affecting all Android devices, and now a separate vulnerability has emerged in the form of malicious subtitles in media players. Researchers from Check Point Software Technologies have discovered a new attack vector that lets hackers take control of your device in full when you add infected subtitle files to popular streaming platforms like VLC, Kodi, PopcornTime, and Stremio. It’s important to note that this vulnerability applies to not just Android smartphones but also PC computers and smart TVs.

As you can see from the video above, these cyberattacks can be carried out relatively simply: because of the poor state of security in the aforementioned media players, hackers can upload malicious subtitles online (i.e. OpenSubtitles.org), and once it’s opened by the user, the attacker can take full control of the user’s device. The problem is that some media players download subtitles from the web automatically, and hackers can even manipulate the online ranking algorithm to ensure that their infected subtitle files are chosen. This means that millions of users worldwide could be at risk. The researchers declined to detail how the vulnerability works in order to protect users.

Kodi has updated its Android app, but unfortunately, VLC’s app for Android might still be vulnerable since its last updated date still shows as August 2016 in the Play Store.

The good news is, however, that most of these media players have already fixed the issue and released an update: if you are a PC user, PopcornTime’s update can be downloaded manually here, Kodi’s update is available here, VLC’s update is available here, and Stremio’s update is available here. Kodi has also updated its Android app, which can be downloaded from the Play Store. Unfortunately, VLC’s app for Android might still be vulnerable since its last updated date still shows as August 2016 in the Play Store.

Do you use any of these media players? Have you updated them to make sure you’re not susceptible to these attacks? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Mordheim: Warband Skirmish RPG now available from the Google Play Store

Those looking to kill some time can now download Mordheim: Warband Skirmish. This RPG title was first released back in 1999 as a tabletop game. The skirmish-style game was fun, but it wasn’t something you could really take with you to play on the go. Well… now it is!

Legendary Games has released Mordheim: Warband Skirmish, and you can expect a similar experience to that of the original board game (except with cool graphics and a mobile element). The city of Mordheim is not at its best. You are dropped in the middle of a civil war in a town that was just hit by a meteor.

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March 12, 2017

You are in control of a warband that competes against others to collect Wyrdstone shards. Your enemies won’t make it easy, so you better upgrade your armor and weapons to stay competitive.

The user can choose between three types of mercenaries: Reiklanders, Middenheimers, and Marienburgers. More are said to be in the works, though. These include the Undead, Witch Hunters, Sisters of Sigmar and Cult of the Possessed.

Interested? Go check out the game. It is free to play, but does offer in-app purchases. Regardless, you can give it a go before you decide to invest money into it.

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