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Pixel 6 will reportedly have a Magic Eraser feature

It can erase strangers from photos

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Taking photos at a crowded location is usually a problem for most tourists. Most of the time, you’ll end up taking photos with unwanted strangers in the background. In worse situations, someone might even bomb your photos on purpose. Luckily, with artificial intelligence now, getting perfect photos is easier. To show its power in AI technology, the upcoming Pixel 6 series will reportedly have a Magic Eraser feature.

Accidentally shared by retailer website Carphone Warehouse (and preserved through Wayback Machine), the upcoming flagship series will sport a flurry of camera features. Though the series will have the standard array of photography improvements, the most notable feature is an upcoming Magic Eraser which will “remove strangers and unwanted objects in Google Photos.”

To anyone familiar with photography software, this is already possible especially through Adobe Photoshop’s healing tool. However, getting the feature natively in a smartphone is a big step especially for tourists who might not have access to Photoshop.

Besides the feature, the accidental webpage reveals a lot of details about the upcoming flagship series. Of course, it’s not a big reveal anymore. Google itself has already shared more about the Pixel 6 series more than the leaks. The series will officially launch on October 19 in a launch event.

SEE ALSO: Pixel Pass bundles a Pixel 6 with a subscription service

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Apple launches the Apple Music Voice Plan

Cheaper and exclusive to Siri

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With voice technology today, using an interface feels less of a necessity now. The tech world can now control their favorite apps completely hands-free with only the power of their voices. Is it finally time to ditch the user interface? Apple seems to think so. Apple Music has launched a new plan, allowing users to control the app using only their voice.

Subscribed to the new Apple Music Voice Plan, users will have access to the streaming platform’s gallery of over 90 million songs and Apple Music Radio.

To complement the introduction of voice-centric features, Apple Music is also getting a boost of new playlist and mood functions. Subscribers can use Siri to play music customized to specific activities and moods. Apple specifically mentioned examples like “Play something chill” or “Play a playlist for hiking.” Though obviously optimized for voice, the new feature is available for every Apple Music subscriber.

 

Currently, the new plan will launch for only a selected slate of launch countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Apple Music Voice Plan will cost US$ 4.99 per month. The regular individual plan costs US$ 9.99. Finally, the family plan (available for up to six accounts) sells for US$ 14.99.

SEE ALSO: Apple Music could soon support HiFi audio streaming

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iShop: One-stop solution for Brother’s products

Get those printers, sewing machines, and cartridges!

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Fans of Brother, assemble!

Brother Philippines has just introduced iShop — a new feature on the brand’s Customer Plus App serving as a one-stop solution for all Brother products.

The new feature puts together Brother’s available products. From inkjet and mono laser printers, label makers, sewing machines, to consumables like an ink cartridge. You can access iShop by tapping the shopping cart icon on the Customer Plus homepage, which will allow you to purchase products through Brother’s authorized dealers and partners.

Moreover, you can shop for Brother products on other e-commerce channels, which is also accessible from the feature. Furthermore, you can opt to reserve or purchase products from physical stores. So you can pick it up on your preferred schedule.

The iShop feature is now available on Brother’s Customer Plus App. The app can be downloaded on Google’s Play Store and the App Store.

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Apple’s iWork suite gets easier for mobile

Perfect for on-the-go work

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Apple continues its work at bringing better productivity to its iWork suite. In a new update, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers are all getting new features and more optimization between desktop and on-the-go use.

Presenting yourself in Keynote

Keynote adds a new layer of interactivity to online presentations. With working from home still a staple today, face-to-face presentations are still difficult. Users can now add their live video (through the front-facing camera) to their presentations. Further, the new feature has support for multiple cameras outside of the main camera.

Users can now also pass control over a presentation to others. It comes especially useful for group presentations online.

Taking Pages on the go

While Keynote adds new features to ease its use for distant working or learning, Pages is getting a convenience feature for on-the-go use. The new Screen View feature makes text and images more readable on your phone. Both are enlarged and optimized for a phone screen. Though the interface is enlarged, users still have access to the standard array of editing tools. And if you’re more used to the original way of doing things, users can toggle the feature off.

Finally, some pivot tables

After all these years, Numbers gets a feature that has set it far behind its competitors, Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Users can now make pivot tables in Numbers to arrange their tables in more meaningful ways. They can even import and export their data to and from Microsoft Excel. Also, to catch up with lost time, Numbers is the first one among its rivals to get pivot tables for mobile.

All three updated iWork apps are now available for download through the App Store.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

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