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6 awesome things that happened at Google I/O 2018

We’re living in the future!

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Google I/O happened yesterday, and if you’re not familiar with the event, all you need to know is that this is where a lot of Google announcements are made. Of course, there are run-of-the-mill stuff like Android P features or Google News improvements which are all great tech innovations. But, what really got me excited were the following things:

Google fixed the beer emoji

Hallelujah! After years of sending beer with floating foam on Friday nights and congratulatory situations, Google has finally found their way and fixed the emoji.


This move was done following the great cheeseburger controversy which Google CEO Sundar Pichai himself vowed to fix. Finally, we can live in a world where beer and cheeseburgers are properly represented by our emoji. 🍻

Tania and Ken just made everyone believe in true love

Okay, I have to be completely honest: I cried a little bit (again) as I was writing this article because I watched the video a second time. Take a look for yourself:

I’m sure the bottom line here is that technology improves lives… but can we please take a second to appreciate how grand, sweet, and amazing this love story is? They met through skydiving! Ken is also helping her develop tech that will help them (and others similarly situated) communicate! Not to mention, Tania just called Ken “the love of her life and partner in crime.” 😍

John Legend becomes a Google Assistant

A few days ago, this ad for Google Assistant featuring Chrissy Teigen and John Legend came out. It’s adorable!

Little did we know that it was a sign of things to come.

In the biggest plot twist ever, it was revealed that John Legend will be lending his voice to Google as an Assistant! Soon, we’ll all have the pleasure of hearing the award-winning singer’s voice every day.

I can totally see Chrissy celebrating the victory of being able to order John around anytime.

There will be six new voices in total and they will be available later this year.

Gmail will be able to read your mind

Well, not really, but it sort of seems like it.

Gmail’s new Smart Compose feature basically predicts what you’re about to say when typing out an email. It uses machine learning based on the stuff you’ve already typed previously and suggests possible phrases as you go. This is, in equal parts, amazing and creepy.

Now, if only your boyfriend can use machine learning to read your mind, life would be simpler. 🙄 This feature is rolling out to users this month.

Making people more polite, or at least they’ll be trained to be

Google announced a feature called Pretty Please where Google Assistant will actually reward polite user behavior with affirmations. This was designed so that children are trained to be more polite, but let’s be honest: A lot of adults need this, too.

Google Assistant just made an actual call and it was glorious

This was the most exciting scheduling call I had ever heard in my life.

Google Assistant calls up a salon and books a haircut appointment — and it sounded so human! There were no robotic pauses, no weird intonations, and no misunderstandings. Listen for yourself:

This is what the future sounds like: You could actually be talking to Google Assistant without realizing that you are!

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5 accessories to protect yourself and your gadgets from the elements

Don’t just get an umbrella, duh!

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I hate changes in weather. One minute it’s hot and sunny like a perfect summer day, next minute, it’s raining as if Zeus and Poseidon are having the war of their lives. Monsoons got worse thanks to climate change, especially in tropical countries. It’s now even more impossible to predict the weather so you need to stay ready for all kinds of elements.

So we scoured the internet to help you prepare. Here are the accessories you need to protect you and your gadgets, of course, without getting out of style.


Dress your phone with a pouch and a case

Ready to brave the storm? Make sure you put your phone on a waterproof pouch. I know, I know. The thought of using a waterproof pouch sounds cringey. But of course, you don’t have to sacrifice style with this one. Most waterproof pouches let you change their straps to something fancier.

In particular, Travelon’s Clear View Waterproof Pouch comes in five colors and you can still tailor the strap to your preference. For something clearer and more transparent, Anker has a pouch but it looks a little bit tacky.

For those who’d want a case instead, LifeProof offers one of the best waterproof cases in the market. Most cases look bulky and sturdy, but LifeProof made it more fashionable with its bright and popping colors.

Stay fashionable while you protect yourself from the elements

Of course, nothing beats a good old umbrella when it comes to protection against the rain but you can up your style by picking one that’s clear and transparent. Even better if it’s a bubble or a dome-shaped one.

Additionally, you can keep your gadgets and makeup safe with a waterproof bag. Fjällräven has an array of water-resistant and waterproof backpacks that don’t compromise style. Brands like Doughnut and Pacsafe have a set of stylish yet functional waterproof bags, too.

Lastly, cap off your style with a water-repellent raincoat or parka. This particular blush pink raincoat by Cole Haan should be a part of your ensemble, especially when it’s raining. Avoid using black, neutral, and earthy-tone since most people would prefer using a darker hue when it’s raining, and you won’t stand out if you wear the same colors.

For those who don’t feel like wearing a raincoat, Uniqlo has a Blocktech line of water-repellent parkas that you can use casually or for your outdoor needs. NikeLabs has a longer parka as well if you prefer using one!

If you want the world to see your OOTD, you can opt for a transparent raincoat so people can see what’s underneath.

Bonus: Get a water-resistant watch!

If it’s raining while on your way to an important meeting, chances are you’ll be keeping your gadgets inside your bag to prevent it from getting wet. This might keep you from tracking time. Thus, you need a watch that can handle these kinds of elements. Apple and Samsung both have smartwatches that are water-resistant yet stylish at the same time.

Now, who told you rain can’t be fun?

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#GetWellSoonMina trends, fans show support for TWICE member

The idol is taking a break due to anxiety

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Fans of K-Pop girl group TWICE received sad news on Thursday, July 11 after the company announced that one of its members — Mina Myoui — will miss the rest of the group’s world tour called TWICELIGHTS as the member “is currently struggling with sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage.”

 

Soon after finding out the news, TWICE’s fans officially known as ONCEs poured out support for the idol through encouraging messages on Twitter.


It didn’t take long for the hashtag #GetWellSoonMina to trend on Twitter.

ONCEs showed solidarity by changing their Twitter display photos to that of a Candy Bong Z — TWICE’s official light stick — showing Mina’s official color.

Currently, ONCEs shifted to using a Twibbon on their display photos and continue to show their support especially with the group flying to Singapore today for the next leg of their world tour.

TWICE was formed in 2015 and debuted with the song “Like Ooh-Ahh”. The group started gaining a massive following after the release of their second title track “Cheer Up”. Today, they are considered one of the top K-Pop groups and are actively promoting in Korea and Japan. This year, they launched their first world tour that include concert dates in the US.

SEE ALSO: Watching TWICELIGHTS on a 75″ Samsung 4K QLED TV

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What Ariel’s Instagram feed looks like in 2019

If she weren’t a mermaid

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Have you ever imagined what Ariel of The Little Mermaid fame would be like in the age of social media? No? Well, we have. She would, first and foremost, not be a sea creature with scales because let’s be honest, the internet won’t be a thing under the sea.

Ariel is a full-fledged human at the top of her Instagram game in 2019.

She is after all, the girl who has everything — including a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out, for those who live under a rock).

Like any modern woman of today, she’s also tech-savvy but having gadgets and gizmos aplenty isn’t what makes her happy.

Like most women our age, she longs to be wherever her friends say they are on social media.

Her mantra when traveling is to not leave any side street unexplored.

Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, modern woman Ariel ironically daydreams about the beach when she’s at work…

… even if she has access to a nice swimming pool because let’s be real, there’s nothing more relaxing than being at the beach.

She wants to be surrounded by bright young women like her — ready to stand to fight for their rights and freedom!

She uses her privilege to question things both online and offline.

Ariel is an empowered woman who just wants to feel like she belongs in this world.

She’s neither little nor a mermaid nor is she someone’s princess. She’s her own person fully capable of making her own decisions. Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, she will not give up her voice for a chance to be with a guy she just met. She’ll probably give up a few vacation days at most for a chance to get to know someone she finds promising.


Sure, she’s privileged, but she’s a strong, independent woman who wants the same fundamental rights as any other human — for herself and for other women — in a world that’s systematically oppressive to women. Sure, she has FOMO on Instagram, but her biggest fear is missing out on earning the same set of opportunities that are simply handed over to men.

Modern woman Ariel refuses to be silenced while pursuing her wants and needs, even if the world around her tries to stop her. Even when no man is there to help her.

All photos from Unsplash.com

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