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Facebook rolls out new interface with dark mode

But only to a select few

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In 2019, Facebook promised a redesigned interface for its desktop website as part of its effort to remove clutter and simplify navigation. The redesigned interface also comes with a dark mode option. Facebook is now ready to roll out its redesigned interface.

The company is reportedly testing out the new interface named “The New Facebook” to select individuals. These select few will receive a popup that lets them opt-in and use the interface. The company is actively tweaking elements of the interface and encourages these lucky individuals to submit feedback whenever possible.


The interface prominently features a white background with brightly-colored icons. Toggling the dark mode turns the whole background gray, which is helpful for those who love it dark. An option to go back to the old interface is also present.

Facebook expects a general rollout of its new interface by Spring 2020. By then, people would have to adjust to the new Facebook interface. Admittedly, the iconic blue header that defined Facebook’s website for years would be missed.

The new interface design comes as Facebook tries to move ahead from the controversies that the company got into in recent years. Last year, it introduced a new company logo to separate the social network platform from the company itself. Plus, with another major election taking place in the US, the company is now taking precautions.

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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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