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Apple catches TikTok spying on your iPhone keyboard

Patched out after being caught

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Throughout the height of its popularity, TikTok has both enamored and disgusted users all over the world. Culture-savvy users use the short-form video-sharing platform as a fun way to keep up with today’s hottest trends. On the other hand, warier users have cited the app’s potential ties to China. Still, the ongoing cybersecurity concerns have done little to abate the app’s growth over time.

Now, it looks like anti-TikTok consumers have a lot more ammo against the app. Spotted by eagle-eyed developers (and reported by Forbes), the platform is apparently snooping on whatever is on your phone’s clipboard.

The report stems directly from a new feature on iOS 14. Whenever you copy text or data on your iPhone, the device stores it to facilitate easy pasting when you need it. As announced recently, the upcoming operating system now alerts users when an app uses data on your iPhone’s clipboard. In a sense, iOS 14 snitched on TikTok.

Apparently, TikTok logs in your keystrokes and copies the content on your clipboard for an unknown reason. Regardless of where the data ends up, it’s a cybersecurity nightmare.

Naturally, TikTok jumped on the situation right away. According to a statement, the “feature” identifies and combats spam. The company has already submitted an iOS 14 patch to remove the so-called anti-spam feature. Further, they also assure Android users that the feature never made it to the operating system.

If you were worrying about this particular issue, it’s already addressed. Of course, if you were following TikTok’s other allegations in the past, this might just be another drop in the bucket.

SEE ALSO: Trump’s rally disrupted by TikTok teens and K-Pop fans

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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