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Google I/O 2019 is set for May 7 to 9

Announced by the head honcho himself

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has officially announced the date and venue for Google I/O 2019: May 7 to 9 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. There we’ll likely see loads of software developments and updates from the search giant.

It was around the same time last year when the 2018 edition of the multi-day event happened. If it’s anything like before, Google I/O 2019 will introduce a bunch of apps and services that fit their ecosystem.

More importantly, it might be the stage wherein we’ll see more of Android Q, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system.

Although it’s unlikely that Google will provide us with a name or final working build for Android Q by then, they might provide a taste of what the beta version has to offer.

From what we’ve gathered so far, Android Q aims to have a system-wide dark interface to save on battery life and reduce eye strain. It’ll also have stricter control over app permissions, plus a desktop mode if leaks hold true.

There are a little over three months to go, but don’t worry, we’ll be busy with the Galaxy S10 launch, Mobile World Congress 2019, and more before that happens.

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TikTok unveils Jump, third-party mini apps that can be added in videos

Will be interesting to see how Facebook takes inspiration

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Voice assistant Alexa has something called a Skill, a simpler name for a mini-app within the ecosystem. Similarly, TikTok unveiled a new feature called “Jump,” which lets creators add mini-apps within their videos to boost engagement.

The Bytedance-owned app lets creators get onboard and make apps that the platform’s content creators can leverage. Early partners of the program currently include Wikipedia for information, Whisk for recipes, Breathwrk for breathing exercises, and much more.

Developers can create mini-apps that will become available to any TikTok user through the videos shared on the social network. In the back, everything app is powered by HTML 5, making it easy for anyone to start building with basic web development skills.

“From movie reviews to beauty tutorials, we’re excited to be expanding TikTok Jump to new verticals and use cases, and we look forward to seeing how our creators leverage these new mini-programs in their content,” the company said in a blog post.

Instagram has partially achieved this by creating a marketplace for filters, but the mini-app is a little more complicated. With proper integration, entire services can be embedded within a video, creating an ecosystem of its own.

For example, when watching a video with a Jump, users get a button near the bottom of the screen. When tapped, it’ll open the content on a new screen within TikTok.

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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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