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Apple adds new Animojis in latest iOS update

More Animojis, more fun!

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This Animoji lion is happy, and it seems iPhone users too have reason to rejoice!

iPhone X users, that is.

Apple has just announced new iOS 11.3 features and that includes four new Animojis. Yep! If you’re a fan of these 3D stickers you can animate with your own facial expressions, then prepare to add a bear, dragon, skull, lion to your repertoire.

More Animoji karaoke, anyone?

In addition, Apple also revealed that there will be a new battery feature on the iOS update and an improved ARKit for developers.

iOS 11.3 will be available this spring for iPhones 5s and later iPhone models.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Animojis are the future of emojis

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Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

For reality shows and comedy specials

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Netflix is in a bit of a rough patch. After losing subscribers for the first time, the platform is trying other strategies to retain its userbase including more stringent ways to police password sharing. This time, Netflix is trying a more additive approach. According to a report, the company is experimenting with livestreaming content.

First reported by Deadline, the company is currently in the early stages of creating such content. More specifically, Netflix will try the format for its catalog of “unscripted shows and stand-up specials.” There is no timetable for the experiment’s launch, but the company hopes to launch it soon.

A move towards livestreaming does make sense with Netflix’s current catalog of titles. Over the years, the platform has slowly curated an expansive lineup of reality shows and stand-up comedy specials. For example, Netflix’s Drive to Survive quickly became one of its biggest titles in reality television, bringing a lot of eyes to Formula One racing. Likewise, the platform has always been a stronghold for comedy specials since the advent of its popularity.

Besides its strong slate of content, the company has also experimented with user input including shows that mimicked Choose Your Own Adventure books. Under a livestreaming format, the audience might be able to provide input for the title as well, such as voting for (or against) contestants in a game show.

That said, it’s still too early to tell how livestreaming might appear on Netflix. For now, at least.

SEE ALSO: Netflix considers cheaper, ad-supported subscription

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The iPod is officially dead

Long live the iPod

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Owning an iPod used to be one of the biggest status symbols in the mid to late 2000’s. However, the rise of the iPhone eventually eclipsed the entirety of Apple and relegated the once-proud MP3 player into the dustbin of history. Reports of the iPod’s prolonged death have long graced headlines. Unfortunately, today marks the last nail on the prestigious lineup’s coffin.

In an official post published today, Apple declared the imminent death of the iPod. The company will stop manufacturing any more units of the device. However, if you still want to snag the last vestiges of the device, Apple will continue selling the current iPod touch while supplies last.

In the first decade of its existence, the iPod propelled Apple as a formidable player in the tech industry. Everyone wanted an iPod. Since audio-capable smartphones weren’t invented at the time, the MP3 player quickly became one of the best ways to carry your favorite music on-the-go, made even peppier by a pleasantly tactile click wheel.

Quite quickly, the iPod (and Apple) grew out of their music roots. Later iterations had video playback capabilities and games. However, it spelled the end of the iPod. The iPhone and the iPod touch were more than just evolutions; they were a reckoning. People swiftly dropped their clunky iPods for the more lavish slab devices of tomorrow.

As the iPhone grew, the iPod continued to shrink. While the iPod touch continued to sell, older version disappeared. Even the vintage Classic edition stopped selling.

The writing was clear. The iPod has to die. If it’s any consolation, Apple assures fans that the spirit of the iPod will live on through its multitude of music services and devices. Of course, it just doesn’t hit the same way.

Sayonara, iPod. It was a wild ride.

SEE ALSO: Here’s an iPhone app that brings back the classic iPod click wheel

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Campaign putting seizure, epilepsy warnings to YouTube gaming content initiated

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Whenever on YouTube, people tend to have the urge to skip annoying or uninteresting ads.

But Digitas Philippines is trying to change that with an all-important online campaign that puts the safety of the gaming community first.

With the Seizure Warning Pre-Rolls project, Digitas Philippines turns YouTube’s 6-second pre-rolls before videos play into dedicated spaces, where instead of ads, PSAs get played.

Digitas will focus on showing warnings that effectively alert viewers of possible adverse of conditions such as seizures and photosensitive epilepsy.

To ensure that such warnings draw the attention of YouTube viewers, Digitas’ team included flashy animations, fast and mind-bending gameplay, and vivid, ultra-colorful visuals.

Such components make gaming content extremely visually stimulating, yet can also seriously affect those who have had seizures or epilepsy in the past, as well as those who have not had them before.

Avoiding risk on YouTube 

With more than 40 million active gaming channels, users definitely have a chance of running into possible seizure risks.

This pushed Digitas to jumpstart the campaign, trying to address the lack of warning signs before the start of videos and more.

Through their campaign, notices will be placed before anyone views gaming-related content to boost safety and lower the risk of getting a seizure or epilepsy.

The initiative will already cover all YouTube videos with gaming content tags in its initial phase. It will feature highly-targeted and specific warning messages for viewers’ protection.

The group is also in the process of partnering with more institutions to follow up and go beyond the first phase.

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