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Magazines finally come to Apple News

Apple’s newest subscription service

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You’ll finally be able to get Vogue on your phone monthly. đŸ’ƒđŸœ

Apple’s last event saw no hardware. Instead, the tech giant showcased a number of new services. One such service brings 300 magazines to their platform.

Apple News+ brings reading magazines to a whole new level. With live covers formatted for whatever device you’re using, magazines will now be an even more immersive experience.

Intuitive navigation, dynamic layouts, and interesting titles are all big selling points of Apple’s newest addition to their news subscription service.

Aside from that, though, Apple touts privacy and security — a recurring theme in this year’s event. Apple News+ creates a tailored experience for each user but all this personalization happens on your device. This means the company doesn’t know what you read, and neither will advertisers.

The new service costs US$ 9.99 per month for access to all this content. Plus, you can share your subscription with family. Starting today, you can get Apple News+ in the US and Canada by downloading an update. The service will come to Europe and UK in fall 2019.

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TikTok unveils Jump, third-party mini apps that can be added in videos

Will be interesting to see how Facebook takes inspiration

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Voice assistant Alexa has something called a Skill, a simpler name for a mini-app within the ecosystem. Similarly, TikTok unveiled a new feature called “Jump,” which lets creators add mini-apps within their videos to boost engagement.

The Bytedance-owned app lets creators get onboard and make apps that the platform’s content creators can leverage. Early partners of the program currently include Wikipedia for information, Whisk for recipes, Breathwrk for breathing exercises, and much more.

Developers can create mini-apps that will become available to any TikTok user through the videos shared on the social network. In the back, everything app is powered by HTML 5, making it easy for anyone to start building with basic web development skills.

“From movie reviews to beauty tutorials, we’re excited to be expanding TikTok Jump to new verticals and use cases, and we look forward to seeing how our creators leverage these new mini-programs in their content,” the company said in a blog post.

Instagram has partially achieved this by creating a marketplace for filters, but the mini-app is a little more complicated. With proper integration, entire services can be embedded within a video, creating an ecosystem of its own.

For example, when watching a video with a Jump, users get a button near the bottom of the screen. When tapped, it’ll open the content on a new screen within TikTok.

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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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VoilĂ  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 VoilĂ  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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VoilĂ  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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