All Google One subscribers are getting Magic Eraser

Even to iOS devices



When the Pixel 6 series revamped the lineup a few years ago, Google heavily marketed a feature for those who love smartphone photography. Magic Eraser, bolstered by an impressive set of hardware, was enough to sell the Pixel 6. Now, the feature ends its Pixel exclusivity and is now shipping to Google One subscribers.

Making use of the smartphone’s AI technology, Magic Eraser gets rid of distracting photobombers and unwanted elements from a photo. With a fully capable camera, the Pixel 6 quickly became a highlight of smartphones back in 2021.

Today, Google has announced the feature will be available for any Google One subscriber even outside of the Pixel 6 series. Any subscriber who uses the Google Photos app will gain access to the feature. This will also apply to iOS users. For the first time, the convenient photo-editing feature is now available on iPhones.

Besides the Magic Eraser, Google One subscribers will also have access to the Camouflage feature, a lighter version of the Eraser. They will also get additional HDR editing features for videos.

Google One is the brand’s premium service priced at a monthly fee. The service started off as a way to expand a user’s cloud storage. Now, Google has also packed in more features to make the price much more worth it.

The additional features will roll out over the coming weeks.

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ShopeePay now available for Apple services

Additional payment method



ShopeePay, the integrated mobile wallet of the e-commerce giant, is now available as a payment method for Apple services.

That means in the Philippines, one’s ShopeePay account may be used to pay for App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV app, and iTunes Store purchases, iCloud storage and more.

Using ShopeePay as an Apple ID payment method eliminates the need for a credit card while still having a secure and easy way for one-tap purchases from iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more.

Customers can manage their Apple ID payment information in Settings on iPhone and iPad, or on their Mac or PC.

On the Shopee app itself, ShopeePay has been a convenient payment option for users to buy products, as well as to pay bills, top-up load, and more.

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Google is working on a Video Unblur tool

Possibly for the Pixel 8 series



The Pixel 6 series introduced one of the most useful tools for smartphone cameras: Magic Eraser. With a simple swipe of a finger, users can erase distracting elements from a photo. Additionally, the Eraser came with other features which improved editing for photographers. Now, Google might be adding some tools for videographers.

As spotted by 9to5Google, Google is reportedly working on a new feature called Video Unblur. The feature already has code in a recently released APK. Unfortunately, though the feature can be forcibly enabled, doing so doesn’t do anything yet. The developers are still clearly working on the new feature.

However, it’s a clear indication that Google is confident about its software enough to work on videos. Presumably, Video Unblur will sharpen the detail of any videos that come out blurry.

Since the Pixel 7 series, Google already introduced Photo Unblur, a feature that does the same but for photos. If Google’s release history is any indication, the company might launch the Video Unblur tool for the Pixel 8 series. We might even get some hint of the feature during the I/O event this May.

In the meantime, Google’s newest suite of photo-editing tools is already available to both Pixel users and Google One subscribers on any platform.

SEE ALSO: Google confirms date of I/O 2023

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Microsoft Copilot will infuse Word, PowerPoint with AI

AI meets business



As one of the primary moving forces of AI today, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is quickly infusing its services with a healthy dose of the technology. Today, Microsoft has announced Copilot, a new way to integrate AI with how the world works.

During an event today, the company introduced Microsoft 365 Copilot, based on large language models. It isn’t an entirely new product. Instead, the new technology will improve the Microsoft 365 suite of productivity apps.

For one, Copilot in Microsoft Word can automatically write and edit content while a user works. It will do the same in PowerPoint, streamlining the creation process with workers.

On the other hand, Copilot will ease how users engage with Excel, Outlook, and Teams. In Excel, the technology can easily understand and create insights for users, rather than the latter spending chunks of time poring over spreadsheets. In Outlook, the feature can manage a user’s inbox, allowing users to see what’s most important. Finally, in Teams, it can create real-time summaries as a meeting is going on.

Amid all of these integrations, Microsoft is also introducing Business Chat, a way for Copilot to collate everything it learns from the suite to create results for a team. The company even claims that the technology can create action plans for a team based solely on what it creates with users.

Right now, Copilot is still in testing with a few partners. It might take a while for the technology to reach other consumers.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft reportedly cancels Surface Duo 3

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