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Memoji makeup tutorial: Patrick Starrr and Desi Perkins show us how to be on fleek

There are also more accessories to suit your personal style

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If Facebook’s newly launched Avatars, Bitmoji’s integration to wearables, and Zepeto’s rise in popularity late last year are any indication, Apple’s Memoji was never a gimmick as haters claimed when it was first announced in 2018.

Fast forward to 2019, Memoji is getting the makeup transformation it deserves. What better way to introduce upcoming features that will roll out with iOS 13 than to have beauty influencers (from the internet) Desi Perkins and Patrick Starrr break all of it down in a tutorial.


Eyeshadow: Your barely used palettes could never

Choose from several colors and different levels of pigmentation with the new eyeshadow feature. Apple Fusion No. 6 is Desi’s current favorite eyeshadow and it comes in this little toolbar.

Lipstick: Pink! Red! Dark Mode?

We’ve always been able to change a Memoji’s lip color under Nose & Lips, but we all know lipstick deserves its own section as it can change one’s look dramatically with just one swipe.

Piercings: Express yourself

Nose ring, brow ring, earring, lip ring, tongue ring: whatever piercing you have on your actual face, your Memoji can have it, too!

Teeth: A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear

Accurately depict your current look by picking the set of teeth that resembles yours. Are you wearing braces? Do you have a gap tooth or a missing tooth? Or maybe you’re also wearing a shiny, mini grill?

Earrings: Every piece of jewelry tells a story

Desi and Patrick Starr picked a few pairs that don’t look new, but here’s to hoping they add more designs because statement earrings and earcuffs are all the rage right now.

Hair: Your crowning glory

There has not been a shortage of hair color on the current version of iOS — you can even add highlights. In the tutorial, Patrick Starr showed off an indigo-cyan ombre, something you can’t achieve right now, both in Memoji and probably in real life.

Hats: A woman is not really dressed unless she is wearing a hat

There’s already a good selection of headwear right now but it looks like iOS 13 is bringing in new arrivals from a new collection!

Glasses: Cute. Cute. Cute!

One can never have too many pairs of glasses, especially if they don’t cost a thing. We don’t know for sure if we’re getting more styles, but Desi and Patrick just reminded me to play around with the wide array of customization options and update my summer Memoji look with a bolder pair that my real self is always too lazy to wear!

Watch the full cute, flirty Memoji look tutorial here:

iOS 13 can’t come soon enough! What feature do you want to add to your current Memoji? I personally feel that the hairstyle options right now are lacking. One of my Memoji (I have four, don’t ask) looks like every other girl whose hair is cut mid-length and isn’t flat and straight. It also wouldn’t hurt to see barrettes, headbands, and scarves.

P.S.

Your Memoji will soon be able to sport AirPods, too. Weird flex but OK.

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New Huawei phones are suspended from having Facebook out of the box

Another blow to Huawei, but this is minimal

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Here’s more news about the US trade ban against Huawei. The latest American company to take action is Facebook. The popular social networking company is no longer allowing pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones.

The latest blow to the Chinese tech giant doesn’t necessarily mean users won’t be able to access Facebook. According to a report by Reuters, customers who already bought Huawei phones will still be able to use Facebook apps and receive updates. Although, new Huawei phones will no longer have Facebook pre-installed. Other Facebook-owned apps are also affected including WhatsApp and Instagram.


If you purchased a Huawei phone lately, you might have noticed that your phone came with a few apps pre-installed — aside from the native apps, of course. Usually, smartphone vendors have deals with developers like Facebook to make their app widely available. Aside from Facebook, Huawei phones also come pre-installed with Twitter and Booking.com in many markets.

While Facebook’s move to stay away won’t badly hurt Huawei, it could affect the partnership sales outlook. Again, the Facebook ban only affects Huawei phones that have yet to come out of the factory. Also, Facebook can still be downloaded from the Google Play Store assuming Huawei will not lose access to it soon.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

Could lead to less secure apps

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For three weeks, Huawei’s biggest concerns were the loss of Android and ARM architecture support. The recent Trump ban created pandemonium for the Chinese company. Since the ban’s announcement, Huawei has struggled with solutions and appeals. Unfortunately, the company’s troubles are not stopping.

In a Financial Times report, Google argues that Trump’s ban will ironically open Huawei to more cybersecurity issues. Likewise, an Android ban will cascade down to the operating system’s supported apps. Users will likely resort to less secure installation methods for their lost apps.


Google further explains that using an Android hybrid (since the platform is open-source by nature) could result in more holes in the system’s security. Huawei’s alternative — either their own custom OS or a forked Android variant — will not offer the same amount of protection.

In related news, Facebook has banned their app’s pre-installs on their future smartphones. Currently, Huawei’s phones come installed with Facebook’s slew of apps — Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Arguably, all three apps are essential pieces of a smartphone’s ecosystem. As such, smartphone makers often strike pre-installation deals with app developers, allowing devices to come with these essential apps.

Of course, Huawei users can still install them manually through the Google Play Store. However, this method is also in jeopardy. By August 19, Google is forced to sever support for Huawei, pending a permanent resolution. The ban can feasibly take the Play Store with it. If that happens, Huawei users can no longer install Facebook through the usual means. Users will start resorting to Huawei’s own store or APK installs.

Huawei’s continued dealing with bans rings an ominous death knell for the Chinese company. Without a conclusive resolution, the world’s number-two smartphone manufacturer is facing an uncertain, dangerous future for its phones, inside and out.

SEE ALSO: Huawei inks a 5G developmental deal with Russia

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Final Fantasy’s music officially comes to Spotify

From every game in the series!

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Square Enix has done something we’ve all been wishing for: Uploading a collection of official Final Fantasy soundtracks to Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

News began spreading around the web as Spotify users noticed that there are heaps more FF songs available. It’s also been reported that Apple Music and Amazon Music have them, as well.


The uploaded tracks span all main FF entries plus direct sequels and spin-offs. If you’ve ever been in the mood for a gaming nostalgia trip at home or on the road, this may be the best time.

While there has been FF-related music on Spotify in the past, this is the first time it’s been made official. And yes, it includes songs from Final Fantasy VIII.

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