This week's lowdown: Harry Potter on the go

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This week's lowdown: Harry Potter on the go

New Harry Potter augmented reality game

The creators of Pokémon Go, Niantic Labs have a treat in store for fans of the Harry Potter universe. The latest augmented reality game, now available on both Android and iOS, is called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and is similar to Pokémon Go in that players have to travel around a virtual map to collect magical artefacts.

The UK and the US are the first countries to get the release as part of a global rollout, so British and American fans can get their hands on it now from the App or Play Store.

In the games, players have to use their phones to take on something called the Calamity, which has made all sorts of dangerous magic get mixed up into the muggle world.

You’ll get to explore the world around you and meet familiar faces, while casting spells to send items back where they belong. Each time you do, the item is added to your collection.

We certainly can’t wait to pick our house and get going with the magical fun, but remember to always make sure you’re aware of your surroundings!

Netflix experimenting with haptic feedback for mobile users

Netflix phone vibrate

If you’ve played a game on a modern console, you’ve probably experienced the classic effect of the controller vibrating during intense shoot outs or explosions.

It’s a great way to really make you feel like you’re a part of the experience, and now Netflix engineers want to try to incorporate this idea into their mobile platform.

"You're watching your favourite episode of Voltron when, after a suspenseful pause, there's a huge explosion — and your phone starts to vibrate in your hands."

It’s called the ‘Project Rumble Pack’, and it’s meant to make users feel more engaged while watching on a mobile device, because it will vibrate during those epic on-screen moments.

This could be a great feature for some viewers, like commuters or people who regularly watch on-the-go, but when you just want to watch a quick episode in bed you’ll probably want to turn it off.

It’s just an experiment at the moment though, so we’ll have to wait and see if Netflix even decides to roll out this feature to all of its users.

Another new game for Android and iOS – Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight is a popular asymmetrical horror game from Behaviour Interactive, and if you’ve played it on a console before, you’ll know just how tense things can become.

It’s a 4vs1 setup, where you can choose to be the killer or one of four survivors. There’s a generator that needs to be repaired, but the killer is on the loose.

Fans of the game will soon be able to take it on the go with them, with the title coming out on the Nintendo Switch, but for those who don’t have one, it’s also coming out on mobile devices later this year.

Though it’s been officially announced, no release date has been confirmed yet, but you can get updates and pre-register for it on the official website.

Anamorphic lens for iPhone released by Sandmarc

The iPhone already has some great film-making tools built into its devices, and they’re great for making your own short movies. Last year, Moment released an anamorphic lens that works with phone cameras, and now rivals Sandmarc have matched it for iPhone.

The lens has got a multi-element design, with multiple coatings and glass that’s anti-reflective, and has an aluminium body which can be attached to most recent iPhones.

Sandmarc says the lens has been designed to give you the kind of image flare you get in professional films, and like with other anamorphic lenses, you can capture more detail in horizontal pictures by ‘squeezing’ the image.

In the end, you get a pro-looking cinematic result that’s got an ultra-wide aspect ratio, with black bars at the top and bottom. It’s available for the iPhone 7/7 Plus and later.

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