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You can now FaceTime your non-Apple user friends

Plus other FaceTime improvements

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“FaceTime” already means to video call someone to most people. But up until this latest upcoming update, it was only available to Apple device users. You’d have to have an iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or iMac to enjoy the feature. Not anymore.

Announced at WWDC 2021, iOS 15 is introducing a feature that lets FaceTime users generate a link that can be opened on a web browser to join. This means your friends and family will be able to hop in on your FaceTime call even if they are Android and/or Windows users. Neat!

SharePlay

But that’s not the only thing new with FaceTime. iOS 15 is also bringing in SharePlay which essentially makes hanging out apart more fun. The new feature will let you and your friend head bang to Olivia Rodrigo’s “good for u” together at the same time while on the same call.

SharePlay also works with Apple TV which means you can watch all the TikTok videos made to that same song together. Same is true for every other service available on Apple TV like Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Twitch, and many others.

Spatial Audio, better group calls

The actual calls are actually better too with the introduction of Spatial Audio. This feature creates the impression that voices in a FaceTime call sound like they’re coming from where the person is positioned on the screen. Incredibly useful when you’re on the call with more than one person. It also helps separate the user’s voice from background noise.

Speaking of FaceTiming more than one person, there’s now a new grid view that lets you see more faces at one time. There are also little visual cues to indicate which person is talking.

Portrait mode now also works on FaceTime. This means you can apply blur on your messy background and put the most important thing front and center — you.

iOS 15 is coming this fall to the following devices:

iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st Gen), iPhone SE (2nd Gen), iPod Touch (7th Gen).

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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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