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Facebook Messenger will get even better with a desktop app on the way

The focus will be on ‘close friends’

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A lot of changes are happening on Facebook, and Messenger is part of it. During the recent F8 2019 keynote, Facebook wants to keep reshaping Messenger to become the go-to place for keeping up with friends.

Last year, Facebook introduced the redesigned Messenger app on mobile. The all-new Messenger 4, which is already available on both Android and iOS platforms, made everything simpler and easier. It also brought useful features in group messaging and the much-awaited dark mode.

As acknowledged by the company, 2019 will be the transition year among users. With that, the social networking giant confessed that messaging is a priority in building today’s social platform. That’s why they’re making Messenger the best it could be.

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First in line, Facebook is launching a lighter and faster mobile app on iOS. The company is working on a new version of Messenger that’s only less than 30MB to download. Facebook is building this from the ground up. Hence, it will take some time before it becomes widely available.

Next, Facebook is creating dedicated spaces for close friends and family. Within this space, they can easily find personalized content like stories or shared videos. Likewise, Messenger will also allow people to watch videos together in real time within the app.

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Most importantly, Messenger will finally have a proper desktop app available on both Windows and macOS. Unlike existing third-party apps, the official Messenger Desktop will have the same features as the phone app. It will be a more seamless revamp of the official web version. The desktop app is already in its testing stage. It will roll out globally later this year.

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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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