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There’s an app that will drop Bernie Sanders anywhere in the world

Bernie and his mittens

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As the Biden administration begins, a new era of lighthearted, political memes has surfaced along with it. Compared to the heady Trump administration, the next four years of memes will certainly take on a lighter flare, much like those in the Obama administration. True enough, we’re off to a great start. Biden’s inauguration yesterday spawned the first meme: Bernie Sanders and his adorable mittens. Quick to the draw, there’s already an app which will allow you to drop Bernie Sanders anywhere on Google Maps.

The website-slash-app, created by NYU student Nick Sawhney, taps into Google Street View and superimposes Bernie Sanders’ now-iconic pose on a foldable chair anywhere you want. Naturally, since it was hastily made for the occasion, the site runs a bit slowly.

Working the site is simple: There’s a search bar where you can input addresses and locations. After searching for a location, the site automatically places Bernie somewhere in the location. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t allow users to manually place Bernie, which can end up in less-than-ideal locations.

Regardless, the new app is a quick way to generate your own Bernie memes if you don’t have Photoshop with you. Try and experiment with various locations around the country or around the world.

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Facebook unveils BARS, a TikTok-like app for rappers

Builiding a community dedicated for rappers

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Facebook has launched a new platform called BARS and it’s specially made for rappers. What’s its unique selling point? Unlike TikTok, BARS does not focus on transitions and lip-syncing to make content.

The app will allow budding rappers to focus on the lyrics rather than investing their time on expensive equipment and studios. You can choose from a wide array of premade beats, which can be leveraged by the rapper with their own lyrics and effects.

It also has a Challenge mode, wherein users can perform freestyle rap while incorporating auto-suggested lyrics. Aspiring rappers can just focus on the lyrics and record themselves to these beats. In addition, the app helps rappers finetune their craft as well with the help of auto-suggested rhymes while the user is writing.

BARS will let you select your rap experience level upon sign-up: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. The Beginner selection will provide a handy auto-rhyme dictionary to help kickstart your experience. Advanced rappers get the Freestyle mode with several words to create an instantaneous rap.

Once users finish recording their videos in the app, they can share them across various social media outlets. The app has a TikTok-like feed where the discoverability is maximum. The app also promises “studio quality vocal effects,” including actual AutoTune.

After creating the videos, you can save them to your camera roll and share them on other social media platforms. For now, only a small number of iOS users can download the app in the US. Interested users can also sign up for the waitlist in the app.

BARS Community Manager DJ Iyer revealed in a blogpost that the Coronavirus pandemic has been one of the major reasons behind the creation of the app. “I know access to high-priced recording studios and production equipment can be limited for aspiring rappers. On top of that, the global pandemic shut down live performances where we often create and share our work,” he Iyer added.

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Twitter teases a premium Super Followers system

Plus, a Facebook Groups-like feature

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Compared to other social media networks, Twitter has a simpler system: character-limited tweets amplified by a hashtag system. However, as we know now, several networks have already dipped their fingers into other cookie jars, adopting features from one another. For example, practically every network now has a disappearing TikTok feature. Trying to catch up with its rivals, Twitter is working on more features including its own Facebook Groups and a Super Followers system.

First of all, Twitter teased its upcoming Communities feature. As the name says, the feature will function similar to Facebook Groups. Users can discover other users with the same interests and demographics. According to some examples shared by Twitter, Communities can revolve around a simple hashtag (like #SocialJustice) or more robust topics (like Crazy for Cats). Additionally, Twitter says that communities can implement more rules besides its own terms of service.

Currently, Twitter users can do the same thing by following topics. However, the Communities feature will emphasize Twitter’s user aspect.

On the other hand, Twitter’s upcoming Super Followers system takes a page from the freemium models popularized by Patreon and OnlyFans. Much like the mentioned platforms, Twitter personalities can offer their premium content for a monthly subscription price. On the flip side of things, Super Followers will get their own badge and exclusive access to premium tweets and content.

Right now, Twitter is still planning different business models for both Communities and Super Followers. The company has not announced when testing for the features will commence.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is launching its Stories-like feature worldwide

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Facebook is developing its own smartwatch

Slated for a 2021 launch

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After purchasing the Oculus, Facebook subtly presented its plan to go beyond its massive social media network. Currently, Facebook’s Oculus is already one of the more recognizable devices in the virtual reality industry. Apparently, the company isn’t done expanding. According to a rumor, Facebook is developing its own smartwatch slated for a release later this year.

According to The Information, sources within Facebook have confirmed development of an upcoming smartwatch from the company. Obviously, the watch’s software will work heavily with Facebook’s services. However, it will run on Google’s Wear OS. For future iterations, Facebook is still trying to develop its own software.

Unfortunately, the report does not reveal what type of smartwatch it is. Since the company already has Oculus in its repertoire, Facebook can definitely build its own wearable.

Besides the rumored smartwatch, Facebook is also working on its own smart glasses. The company is truly expanding its device ecosystem. However, amid Facebook’s ongoing privacy and information issues, users might find it difficult to adopt Facebook’s ecosystem. Currently, Facebook is in a subtle war against Apple over user privacy. Lately, the latter promised more transparency for users as to how apps use their user’s data.

SEE ALSO: Facebook blasts Apple’s policy, uses misleading info

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