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Apple Music now has a web player

Access Apple Music anywhere, anytime

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Apple Music gains a new web interface so users can stream anytime, anywhere. This web player comes after a lengthy beta by the company. Now, anyone can access this player just by heading to Apple Music’s website.

At first glance, Apple Music’s web player sports a simple interface with three tabs on the left: For You, Browse, and Radio. These tabs are carried over from their iOS and macOS app counterparts. There’s also an “Open in iTunes” link that appears when a user is playing some music in the background.

Apple Music’s web interface

What makes Apple Music’s web player unique when compared to Spotify’s web player is the ability to preview tracks on demand. Non-subscribers can preview tracks up to 30 seconds inside the web player. This works exactly like the iTunes Preview. It is likely a feature included by Apple to entice users to sign-up for its music streaming service.

Apple Music subscribers who need to listen to their favorite tunes while away from an Apple device might find the web player as a viable alternative. However, they are still better off with the app on iOS, macOS or Android.

The features of the web player are pretty barebones. Aside from previewing tracks, users can listen to playlists and radio stations as well. They can also view music videos in the browser. One missing feature though is support for song lyrics.

Overall, Apple Music’s web player is a welcome feature for subscribers who need to stream instantly on a device. While it may lack some features, it still has the basics covered. It also signals Apple’s commitment towards making their music streaming service much more competitive with Spotify and others.

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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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