These days, selfie-taking is a skill. Like all skills, it takes practice to get to the level of mastery that will do justice to the artwork that is your face. Each great photo takes time and thought to produce — the same effort should be put in when it comes to selfies. After all, this photo will represent you.
Great selfies don’t happen just like that. Of course, like any masterpiece, it’s a learning process. But, don’t fret! We played around with Vivo’s V9 and rounded up our top tips to get you on the road to amazing selfies.
It’s all about lighting
The secret to any good photo is great lighting — and that applies even to selfies. When photographers say “find your light,” that’s no joke. Find the most flattering light source and shine it on that pretty face!
There’s no being modest about it: This is a selfie so you should be the center of attention! Make sure your background looks as great as you do or you run the risk of distracting people with whatever’s behind you. The easiest hack for this? Turn Portrait Mode on and it will instantly blur out any distractions.
Know the right settings
You may not know it but your smartphone camera can do a lot. There’s value in exploring these settings and knowing what different modes to use in multiple scenarios for the best possible shot.
Just a few quick pointers: Remember to use HDR in really bright areas to make sure you capture all the details. On the other hand, when it’s too dark to shoot, Vivo’s V9 is equipped with a soft light flash (shown above) that will produce better photos. In case you have a hard time clicking that shutter button, turning on Palm Gesture means you take photos every time you raise up your hand for easier and more natural selfies.
Don’t be afraid to get help
No one is perfect, not even those flawless Instagram celebs. We all need a little help every now and then and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Let’s admit it: Beauty modes are such a great quick fix for days when you’re just not feeling 100 percent. Gone are the days when these filters lead to a fake plastic look — the Vivo V9’s AI Beauty Mode, for example, instantly gives you a fresh, flawless look.
Add personality to your photos
There are a lot of things that you can do to improve your selfie game but I think this is the most important point: Let the real you shine through in all your photos. Add something a little personal to you in the photo to give it that genuine touch. A great big smile, a hearty laugh, or a signature look caught on camera is the most natural thing to see on a selfie — none of those duck faces and weird pouts because who really does those faces in real life?
We had our friend Arianne take a few selfies with these tips in mind and here are the stunning results:
What are you waiting for? Ready, set, selfie!
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Vivo.
There’s a Neko Atsume VR game coming to the PS4!
Cat lady dreams come true
Remember Neko Atsume? The adorable, noncommittal mobile game that lets you collect cute cats and watch them do the silliest of things? Well, if you were one of the people who squealed over virtual pet cats and wanted to hop into the game, you might want to warn your friend for some intense screams. Neko Atsume VR is an actual game that’s coming to PlayStation 4.
The game was first announced in September last year but had no details on when it was going to launch. Well, all the cricket noises have cleared out and the developers, Hit-Point, just announced that Neko Atsume VR will be launching for the PlayStation 4 on May 31. Before you get too excited though, the game will, unfortunately, be available only in Japan — for now.
But this doesn’t stop us from checking out the features before Hit-Point releases it worldwide. In Neko Atsume VR, you can place snacks, toys, and items in your yard. Players will have to buy these items from the shop. You can take photos and watch your cats grow in numbers. Admittedly, the game is not too different from your typical Neko Atsume but it’s still a cat lover’s dream come true.
The selling point is undeniably clear: to immerse yourself in the cute cat world and to interact with them in ways you couldn’t have before. Neko Atsume is still in the works seeing as Hit-Point has only integrated 20 types of cats you can collect. That’s not even half as many as the ones you could collect on the original version.
As of now, the rest of the world will have to wait it out since it’s, again, only available in Japan on May 31.
Pink Gold Huawei P20 hands-on: A beautifully subtle gradient
The prettiest of them all!
When Huawei’s newest flagships were announced, we heard collective gasps of anticipation from color-loving smartphone users the world over as a blue-purple gradient phone was unveiled. Dubbed as the “Twilight” color variant, it has quickly become the “it” phone of this season’s handset color palette — and with good reason: It’s one beautiful phone.
But, it’s not the only pretty phone of the bunch.
This is the Huawei P20 in Pink Gold.
It comes in a beautiful muted rose hue — it doesn’t scream pink but the delicate color is just enough to get you to do a double take when you see this eye-catching shade.
You’ll soon notice that this device is not only pink; it has a subtle gold and pearl gradient. Holding it up to the light makes this effect most apparent. But, even in this photo set, I felt like we didn’t do justice to the glory of this new color. So, we shot you a video, too:
And another one…
This beautiful gradient phone has me 😍😍😍
— Isa Rodriguez (@sisasaid) April 17, 2018
Aside from the beautiful glass back, this phone has aluminum sides and gracefully curved corners. There’s a USB-C port and speakers at the bottom, but no audio jack (sorry, folks!).
It feels as premium as it looks in my hands and this 5.8-inch phone fits perfectly in my dainty girly hands.
The rear is equipped with two cameras: A 12-megapixel standard camera and a 20-megapixel monochrome shooter make up the Leica combo. These cameras are famed for their AI stabilization — blurry low-light shots are a thing of the past with this phone’s four-second handheld photo capabilities. (More on that in my coming review.)
This device has a notch, but only if you want it to have one! The P20 has a setting that allows you to hide it if it’s not your thing. Said notch houses a 24-megapixel front-facing camera for all your selfie needs.
Bezels on this thing are almost non-existent, which means more screen! The narrow chin still houses that fingerprint sensor in front.
Powered by Huawei’s top-tier processor with 4GB of memory and ample storage at 128GB, the handset runs on Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.1. All that means is you get some pretty good specs wrapped in this very pretty package.
Of course, I’d have to do a full review to see what this device can truly offer but as of now, it’s looking pretty good.
Fribo smart speaker wants you to connect with your friends
Less lonely people in the world…
The age of social media and technology can be lonely and isolating. One device tries to solve this problem by encouraging people to meet to interact with friends.
This tiny robot speaker is solely designed to foster connections between people. The cute device is hooked up to a group of houses and between these houses, Fribo detects movement or activity and encourages interactions. Equipped with an LCD screen that shows this robo-critter’s curious eyes, Fribo listens in on what each person is doing. For example, when Friend 1 walks into his apartment, Fribo prompts Friend 2 and Friend 3 with a casual, “Oho, your friend opened the front door. Did someone just come home?” Knocking twice near Fribo will prompt it to send a message directly to Friend 1 asking what he’s up to.
Of course, Fribo never reports which friend is doing which directly, as that can be a little too intrusive. Instead, it gives general statements on your friend’s activities and then gives you the choice to respond, or just message them yourself.
Fribo can detect activities that range from opening the fridge, doing the laundry, opening a closet — even going as far as checking which friends have been home and which friends stay out late. It literally prompts you to check up on your friends with random suggestions based on what they’ve listened in on. Basically, it learns your activities and creates possible conversations based on that.
With this unique robot, researchers hope to create a “virtual living space” that fosters conversation and interconnection — a possible solution to millions of lonely millennials living alone. If you’re worried about privacy, researchers assure us that though this robot operates by listening in on your “living noise,” voice recognition on this thing is minimal and it doesn’t record sounds.
At a time when technology has seemingly divided and segregated people, this robot attempts to foster human interconnectedness and relationships. And, it does so without any big gimmicks; just sheer making conversation between friends.
I’m personally curious as to how this will all pan out. Studies conducted in South Korea have been highly successful with researchers noting that Fribo brought about “a commonality with the state of living together… in the presence of a robot middleman.”
I mean, if we’re willing to open our homes to virtual assistants like Google Home and Alexa, why can’t we do the same to a cute robot that fosters friendship?
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