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Gucci lets you virtually try their products through your smartphone

A game-changer for the high fashion industry

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Gucci is changing the game for the high fashion industry! Recently, the Italian fashion house announced a new feature on its mobile app. Fans can now virtually try Gucci’s products just by using their mobile smartphone.

The brand was able to pull this off by partnering with Wannaby, an augmented reality technology company which is also the one behind Wanna Kicks, an AR app that lets you virtually try any sneakers.

To try it, download the app first. If you love Gucci, I’m pretty sure you already have the app so skip this step. Once in, you’ll be greeted with a plethora of stuff to try but don’t be distracted! The very first thing you’ll see is the page that allows you to try the sneakers of your dreams.

You’ll then get a prompt to frame your shoes so point your camera downwards and try those Ace sneakers!

Of course, you can take a snap to post it on social media and brag how these Gucci sneakers look good on you. Pretty dope app, right? On the bright side, Gucci’s integration of AR technology on their app decreases the time spent trying on shoes while shopping.

Can fashion and technology coexist?

This isn’t the first time that a fashion house incorporated technology to amp up their brands. Louis Vuitton recently put tacky screens on their handbags, while streetwear Off-white used Instagram Story filters to bring in new glasses launched during Paris Fashion Week SS19.

Other examples are seen on events such as when celebrities graced the Met Gala in 3D printed pieces and Dolce & Gabbana used drones instead of models on their runways. Even Maison Margiela’s couture fashion show is iPhone inspired!

Some tech brands even collaborate with designer labels to produce a more premium product. For example, Apple has partnered with Hermès for a designer smartwatch, and Moschino collaborated with Honor to design a limited edition version with a matching case and accessory. However, not every partnership goes well as seen when Swarovski partnered with Huawei and it caused an uproar in social media.

More and more fashion houses are utilizing technology, but Gucci is already one step ahead. After all, putting on a show doesn’t actually bring in sales, unique customer experience does.

Gucci’s app is available on both iOS and Android, however, its AR technology can only be accessed through iPhones.

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Twitter expands character limit to 4,000 characters

But not for everyone

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Despite the traditional limitations, the platform’s users have always found a way to express themselves beyond Twitter’s character limits. Whether broken through extensive threads or third-party sites, strict limitations don’t exist anymore. Now, Twitter is essentially getting rid of the character limit by introducing its biggest expansion to date.

Announced today, Twitter will allow users to post tweets with up to 4,000 characters. That’s a gigantic leap from the original 140-character limit and the expanded 280-character limit in 2017. But, of course, some good things come with a price.

Not everyone will have access to the new feature. Currently, only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can create tweets of up to 4,000 characters. Besides original tweets, subscribers can also quote tweet with the same expanded limit.

Thankfully, the new feature will not inundate everyone’s feeds with an ocean of text. Any tweets going beyond 280 characters will be cut off with a “show more” prompt.

Through the past few months, the platform has changed a few fundamental elements before Musk took over. Most importantly, Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service is now much more expansive. Among other things, subscribers now get the coveted blue checkmark attached to their profiles. Now, they also get a massive boost in capabilities when it comes to tweeting.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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Alibaba is working on its own ChatGPT alternative

Joins Microsoft and Google

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The United States isn’t the only country interested in language learning software. After the widespread success of ChatGPT, a few other companies — including Microsoft and Google — are developing their own versions of the popular software. Today, a new contender is joining the fray. Alibaba has officially announced the development of its own chatbot.

Reported by CNBC, the Chinese giant is currently testing its alternative to ChatGPT. Unfortunately, the announcement did not come with any more details or a timeframe for its release. However, the company does assure enthusiasts that it has been working on generative AI since 2017.

Within only a few months, ChatGPT created a maelstrom of hype for language learning models. The software can generate lengthy but comprehensible essays about any topic. Though there is some debate as to how ethical it is, remarkably intelligent software is slowly finding its niche in today’s world.

To compete with ChatGPT, Microsoft and Google have announced their own software this week. Microsoft is infusing the technology into Bing and Edge. Meanwhile, Google has its own software called Bard.

Also, besides Alibaba, Chinese search engine Baidu is also testing a chatbot called “Ernie bot.” With several companies working on generative AI, the technology is undoubtedly here to stay.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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Google will blur NSFW photos soon

Turned on by default

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When I search for “food porn” in Google, I’m looking for enticing photos of food to whet my appetite for dinner. Sometimes, Google has other plans and shows me more than what I bargained for. Finally, the search engine is implementing a way to save us from those awkward moments. Google will soon blur explicit images from search results.

For Safer Internet Day, Google has announced the feature to help protect users from accidentally seeing graphic images — including both gore and pornography — from a search. The feature, which will start rolling out in the coming months, will turn on by default. Instead of showing the images directly, users will face the blurred version and a prompt to view the image despite the warning.

If you don’t mind an accidental shower of NSFW imagery, you can turn the feature off at any time. Alternatively, as always, users can also choose to filter out all explicit search results, blurred or otherwise.

Though the feature is easily adjustable, Google will not offer the same flexibility to supervised accounts. Any accounts supervised by a parent or a school will not be able to change how they view explicit content. Parents can add supervision to the accounts of their children.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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