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How to find hidden filters on Instagram Stories

Four filters you didn’t know about

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Instagram initially announced the first batch of camera effects on Instagram Stories in June, with filters designed by Ariana Grande, BuzzFeed, and the NBA. You won’t really see any follow-up from the company, unless you’ve been following certain brands and celebrities.

Here we’ve collated the branded filters on Instagram Stories you might want to try. Apologies for the barrage of selfies you’re about to see!

1) Gucci Beauty

Gucci Beauty recently launched its Instagram account and unlike most makeup and cosmetic brands wherein you see flatlays, selfies, or product shots, its initial posts are art pieces featuring women of different ethnicities from different time periods. A full week after, Gucci Beauty rolled out its filters where you can choose from three portrait looks that take after the renaissance and baroque era.

Activate the filter on your Instagram Stories by following @guccibeauty.

2) adidas Originals

This filter will instantly take you back to the 90s the same way adidas Originals has been bringing back iconic silhouettes from the past like the Continental 80 and Falcon. It adds a vaporwave feel to your videos, and raising your eyebrows triggers an old TV-like glitch that also briefly shows a pattern of the adidas Originals logo. It’s perfect for when you want your stories to have that amateur camcorder feel, sans the timestamp.

Activate the filter on your Instagram Stories by following @adidasoriginals.

3) Off-White

Streetwear label Off-White is now a step closer to bringing its runway shows to more people. Designer Virgil Abloh says that it’s always been his challenge to think of more ways to make fashion shows less exclusive. Rolling out the filter before its show at Paris Fashion Week allows users to virtually try on the new sunglasses from its SS19 collection. And yes, the filter also includes Abloh’s signature quotes in Helvetica.

Activate the filter on your Instagram Stories by following @off____white (that’s four underscores).

4) Kylie Cosmetics

Another brand taking advantage of camera effects on Instagram Stories is Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner’s beauty empire. You can now try seven of her famous lip kits and glosses to see which shade suits your skin tone before buying them — something we wish we could do with any lipstick, really. The filter also adds eyelash extensions, applies concealer and foundation to hide your pores, as well as a bit of blush for a fully made-up look.

Activate the filter on your Instagram Stories by following @kyliejenner (NOT @kyliecosmetics).

TIP: If you don’t feel like following these accounts but want to keep using the filters, you can also permanently add them — until Instagram takes them down completely — by tapping “Try it” whenever they appear on your friends’ Stories.

Do you know of any hidden filter we didn’t include here? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Twitter is probing its AI’s racial bias in picture previews

They’re working on improving it

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Twitter uses a neural network to show you relevant previews of all the pictures that are posted on the microblogging platform. If the image contains text, the area is prioritized for a preview. Similarly, human faces are also given preference.

The preview makes it easier for the viewer to get a gist of the tweet without the compulsion of opening the entire picture. Although, the feature isn’t up-to mark since a lot of users have complained about the AI’s racial bias.

Several users posted a picture that has both, a white man and a black man’s face. But the preview often shows the white man’s face only. Users noticed the difference after a similar anomaly was observed on Zoom, where the facial recognition technology failed to identify a black man’s face, but had no trouble when the skin tone was changed.

 

Liz Kelley from Twitter’s communication team said they had tested the neural system for bias, but didn’t come across gender or racial bias during testing. She also confirmed that they’ve got more analysis to do and shall be open-sourcing all the work for others to review and replicate.

Twitter’s Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis and Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal were quick to acknowledge the shortcoming and said they’re “investigating” the neural network.

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TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the US

So, did the Oracle deal go through?

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After months of escalating, the US Commerce Department has announced it’ll ban business transactions with TikTok and WeChat. The two apps are owned by Chinese giants ByteDance and Tencent, respectively.

Practically, you won’t be able to directly download the app via stores like Play Store and App Store. Furthermore, companies are also barred from hosting these apps in the US. Essentially, the user won’t be able to download the app from third-party websites that are hosted in the US.

It also blocks US companies from providing services through WeChat “for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.”

However, it remains unclear whether the announcement means the Oracle-TikTok deal won’t be going through. The Trump administration wanted ByteDance to sell its local TikTok operations to an American company.

In the last few months, multiple American giants like Walmart, Twitter, and Microsoft were interested in getting their piece of TikTok. But things haven’t moved smoothly and the Chinese government isn’t keen on handing over TikTok’s algorithm to an American company.

While Oracle has been chosen for a deal with ByteDance, the latter continues to maintain that the ongoing process isn’t an acquisition and Oracle shall be a technology partner. This is in stark contrast to what President Trump envisions as a business takeover.

The app ban could be a tactic to pressure the Chinese, but we can’t be certain of that right now. Going by the latest statements, it’s clear that the administration wants to completely block user’s access to these apps and is willing to go the extra mile.

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