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Spotify’s Only You gives us a reason to showcase our weird listening activities

And here’s how you can find it

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Spotify’s year-ender Wrapped has just got a mid-year version called Only You.

It’s a global campaign that gives people a reason to share their weird listening activities and show off their bizarre personalities through social media.

By now, you might be seeing your friends sharing their personalized experiences through their social media accounts.

So how do we access the feature? (In case you have FOMO.)

First, you can go to Spotify.com/OnlyYou to enjoy a Wrapped-like experience that you can share with your friends. That, or you can visit your Spotify app on iOS or Android. For first-time viewers, you can see the Only You tab automatically on the homepage.

If you want to revisit it again, just search Only You on the search tab and it will appear as a genre meant only for you.

But what’s the content?

Assuming you know how to preview your Only You feature, it’s time to get ready for several pages that will show you what kind of listener you are.

Your unique artist pairs

This page highlights the unique pairings you’ve listened to, demonstrating your range of listening interests. In my case, I listened to Rihanna particularly “S&M” and “What’s My Name?” after playing American alternative rock band The Score’s top hits.

Your Song Year

If time travel via music is real, then this is a glimpse of how your music interests will transport you through time. This page shows the different time periods you listened to, based on your favorite songs’ debut.

And yes, I’m obsessed with Taylor Swift’s reputation album, particularly “Dress”, “Call It What You Want”, and “New Year’s Day”. Also, Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” has been on my repeat every month.

Olivia Rodrigo has been my 2021 music travel, just because my dear friend Martynne suggested listening to her so I can cry my heart out.

Your Genres/Topics

The weirdest of the bunch — this page combines the music and podcast genres you’ve listened to. Don’t ask why I listen to Business podcasts and Otacore (also known as Otaku Core). I’m a complex human being.

Your Time Of Day

Oh for heaven’s sake, I can’t believe Spotify is reminding me how I wheeze-cried myself to sleep listening to “The Days We Loved” by Baek Ji Young, which was featured on the K-drama The World of the Married. I can’t help but remember the days I was with my ex-lover and Spotify is a witness to that!

Your Dinner Party

Okay, Spotify lets you plan your dream dinner party by letting you cheese three artists you’d love to invite.

For my first guest, I chose Taylor Swift — three-time Album of the Year Grammy award winner.

My second guest is Yuki Hayashi — Japanese composer and arranger behind the heavenly official soundtracks from Haikyū!!

My last guest is Dua Lipa — the embodiment of strength and independence.

Of course, I would want LANY as well but Dua Lipa has more songs that I enjoy singing in the shower, so she gets that spot.

Once you select your dream dinner party guests, Spotify will create an option for you to personalize Spotify Mix for each artist.

Your Audio Birth Chart

For some reason, Spotify Philippines didn’t have an Audio Birth Chart on the Only You feature. It would have been fantastic for avid fans of astrology (and an astrologer like me).

But in case you want to know, the Sun Sign picks the artist you kept listening to for the last six months. Your Moon sign will showcase an artist you listen to that best shows your emotional side.

Meanwhile, your Rising sign puts the spotlight on an artist you’ve recently connected with. It’s like the stars aligned based on your music tastes!

Blend

Aside from the Only You feature, Spotify rolls out a new personalized feature called Blend. While it’s still in beta, Blend lets you and a friend merge your musical tastes into one curated playlist. What a fun way to connect and share music they love, right? After all, music brings people together and Spotify came up with a better way to appreciate that.

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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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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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