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Facebook Messenger redesign starts rolling out to select users

It took some time to arrive

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Remember Facebook‘s promise to release a redesigned Messenger? The social networking company previewed major UI changes to their popular messaging app during their F8 2018 conference last May. Finally, the new interface is now available to some users.

Screenshots were sent to Android Police by a tipster. Interestingly, the changes happened without a software update. It was a server-side rollout that magically changed everything. The bottom bar now only has three tabs, while the camera and new chat buttons are moved to the top right.

If you’re wondering where the non-essential features like games and businesses are, they are simply moved to the third Explore tab.

The redesigned Facebook Messenger is promised to be simpler than what it is today. Facebook said they’ll remove some of the unnecessary elements, and focus on features that people actually want. Most importantly, it’ll have a dark mode — ideal for OLED-touting phones.

Since this appeared to be a server-side rollout, we can’t force it to show up through a quick software update, by joining a beta, or downloading an APK installer. All we can do is wait for Facebook to give us the blessing of a simplified Messenger.

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger’s new interface makes it simple again

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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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