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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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Google is working on a snoring, coughing detector

Might show up for the Pixel first

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Snoring can be a curse for you and the people you sleep with. Unfortunately, outside of anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to pinpoint how bad snoring can get. Some devices have developed features to detect and measure snoring. Google, joining other companies with the feature, is reportedly developing snore and cough detection for the Pixel.

First reported by 9to5Google, Google Health Studies added a new study exclusive for Google employees. The study specifically revolves around collecting audio during sleep. Google also explains that the study will eventually help Android build features that can help users fix their sleep quality.

According to the source, the upcoming detector will be a “bedside feature” that will measure nocturnal snoring and coughing. However, despite recording audio, it still promises to have the user’s privacy in mind. It’s expected that the feature will drop for the Pixel first before moving on to other Android devices.

Snoring detection isn’t new, of course. In fact, Google is already familiar with the feature, since Fitbit, a company that Google owns, offers the feature for some of its smartwatches. In Fitbit’s case, the feature contributes to the wearable’s entire suite of wellness tracking.

However, it’s a double-edged sword. While the feature can be helpful, it’s also a massive battery drain, since it requires the device’s power the entire night. Hopefully, battery efficiency is a focus in Google’s eventual take on the feature.

SEE ALSO: Google’s AI created these photos, and they look so real

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Waze now supports Apple Music

Link those accounts

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Music always goes well with driving. However, because driving demands both hands on the wheel, controlling music playback isn’t always the most seamless experiences. Thankfully, a lot of navigation apps are expanding their support towards the most popular music streaming platforms right now. Today, Waze has announced that the app now supports dual functionality with Apple Music.

Of course, Apple Music isn’t the most popular platform today. Still, expanding support is always a win. With the new update, Waze users can now control their Apple Music content straight from the navigation app.

It does need a bit of setup, of course. Users will have to link their Waze account to their Apple Music account through the Audio Player setting on the app. Besides Apple Music, Waze also supports Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

Though the streaming platform is already a staple especially for Apple users, Apple Music is doing more to create a viable plan against other streaming giants today, including a cheaper Siri-only plan that rids the need for an app interface. The service also increased the price of its student plan in several countries recently.

Both Apple Music and Waze are available for download on the App Store and on the Play Store.

SEE ALSO: Apple Music increases subscription price for students

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Apple Music increases subscription price for students

In the Philippines and Singapore

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In the Philippines, Spotify is still king. However, the platform’s dominance isn’t enough to deter other music streaming services from setting up shop in the country. Much like Spotify, these other platforms are ever-changing and prone to price changes. If, for example, you use Apple Music as a student, you’re likely affected by a recent increase in the country.

In South Africa, Twitter user @LVDNoff took to the platform to reveal an email from Apple detailing a price increase for Apple Music’s student plan. “Apple is raising the price of this subscription from US$ 1.49 per month to US$ 1.99 per month,” the email read. Though it’s not a huge increase, a few extra cents can put a larger dent in a student’s allowance. Unfortunately, the email didn’t reveal why an increase was tacked on. It also doesn’t reveal if regular subscriptions might see similar increases.

MacRumors, who first reported about the tweet, uncovered something else about the price hike, too. South Africa isn’t the only country getting an increase. According to the publication’s findings, the following countries are also seeing higher student prices: Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Africa.

The report doesn’t indicate specific increases for each country. However, Apple Music’s website currently shows a subscription worth PhP 75 per month. When the service first launched in 2018, students paid only PhP 69 per month.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches the Apple Music Voice Plan

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