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Halloween apps that help you embrace your spooky side

This year, the ghost and goblin-themed application trend is continuing with several fun options.

When you’re looking to get into the spooky spirit at this time of year, Halloween apps can be a great way to do it. Fortunately, developers know that and have created hundreds of options from which to choose. Still, with that number available, selecting the right ones can be a little daunting.

Some spooky apps are better than others, but here are some of the options getting the best reviews.

Whether you like Halloween apps that are truly haunting, or you just want something cutely creepy to keep your kids occupied as you check over their candy, there is something for you. These apps help you to stay in the right mood for the season and have fun while you’re doing it.

Halloween Apps - Jack-o'-lanternThat said, not all Halloween applications are games. Some of them play a useful role in trick-or-treating, too. For instance, they can help you to make sure you’re doing a good job watching over your kids as they go from door to door.

Check out some of the best rated Halloween apps before you head out on the spookiest night of the year.

• Ghost Lens 2 – this app brings you a spectrum of spooky filters so you can turn your Snapchat and Instagram pics into something truly hair-raising. You can also add haunting background music and video illusions.
• Glympse Track & Treat – this Halloween mobile app is back again this year to make it easier for parents to watch their kids. It can help kids to have a touch of independence without ever straying too far or being out of a parent’s reach. It helps parents to let their kids safely have fun without going overboard on holding onto them the entire time.
• Slender Rising – this game all takes players through spooky scenarios to discover various clues. At the same time, the Slender Man is after them and must be avoided. This villain is the original and most notorious urban legend the internet ever experienced.

With these fun and spooky Halloween apps, you’re sure to be in the spirit on Monday night.

Augmented reality headset not unlike Google Glass to be designed by Snapchat

The popular mobile app is reportedly working on its first ever hardware product which will provide AR.

Snapchat is reportedly in the midst of developing its first hardware offering in the form of an augmented reality headset. Reports have stated that it will arrive in the form of AR glasses that will be comparable to the HoloLens from Microsoft or even Google Glass.

As of yet, Snapchat has yet to officially confirm that it is indeed pursuing this type of device.

At the same time, more fuel was added to the fire behind the claim that Snapchat was coming up with an augmented reality headset following a recent move. The disappearing photo app joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. That is a wireless technology industry body. It suggests that, at the very least, Snapchat is working on a device of some kind.

Augmented Reality headset - Snapchat Logo with GlassesMoreover, this would not be Snapchat’s first foray into the world of augmented reality technology. It has already added a spectrum of new filters – called Lenses – within its mobile app.

The augmented reality headset would take the experience beyond accessorizing selfies.

While the Lenses make it possible to add drawings, masks and other kinds of alterations and accessories to photos, the device would take digital enhancements beyond pictures. The company would be able to take a similar concept to Lenses and apply it to wearable technology. It would be possible without needing to look at a smartphone screen.

The company has also reportedly been hiring from augmented reality departments of large tech firms. These include Google, Logitech and even Nokia. While there has been some interest in AR expressed by Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, none of these giants have yet to launch a successful product based on that tech.

Google had a limited launch of its Google Glass wearable technology, having unveiled it in 2012. However, it halted its sales only three years later in part because of the criticism it drew regarding its hefty price and certain usage habits. For instance, drivers were being pulled over for being behind the wheel while wearing it. People were being questioned by police when wearing them into movie theatres. Moreover, the general public disliked the fact that they could be filmed by a wearer without knowing it.

In 2014, Snapchat acquired an augmented reality headset product making company called Vergence Labs. Ahead of the acquisition, the company launched a fashionable glasses range called Epiphany Eyewear which can record up to 32GB of footage and store it.