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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.

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

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Google discontinues Datally, its mobile data saving app

It’s gone from the Play store

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Using the Datally app from Google? It’s time to move one and find another as Google officially discontinues its mobile data saving app.

In the official support page of Datally, Google notes that the app is not available on the Play store. True enough, visiting the link to Datally throws the app not found error.

Users of the mobile data saving app can continue using it, but the app will not receive future updates. To speed up its discontinuation, the app is giving a warning that it is incompatible with Android 10. So, users who upgraded to the latest OS can’t use the app anymore.

Datally launched last 2017 to help users control their mobile data usage. The app shows the data usage of every app as well as overall data usage metrics. It also let users block background data.

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Google Maps will now show you speed traps

You can also report road closures and accidents

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Google Maps is borrowing several features from the company’s other popular navigation app, Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams.

Hazard reporting was introduced on Android earlier this year, but this is the first time that iPhone users can also help crowdsource traffic snarls. Google has also expanded the types of road hazards that can be reported through its incident feature to encompass ‘construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road.

These features have been unique to Waze and many users preferred to use it over Google Maps. It was long-speculated that when Google purchased Waze for US$ 1.1 billion five years ago that the features would be swiftly migrated to Google Maps. The transition has been extremely slow, but it’s finally happening.

To report an incident, open Maps and start navigating to your destination. You’ll see a small location pin with a + sign button on the left side, tap it. Now, you’ll have multiple options that include speed traps, construction, lane closure, and more. Simply select one and you’re done.

Google’s algorithm constantly looks out for these reports and helps in rerouting other riders. These crowdsourced features made Waze a perfect alternative to Google Maps and many users claim they’ve reached faster.

A few months back, Google also added augmented reality support for pedestrian navigation. The feature has been highly appreciated since GPS accuracy may not always be very on-point.

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Hong Kong protests: Apple succumbs to pressure from China

Trying to please both the sides

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Every international company, whether based in China or the US, is now stuck in the middle of the Hong Kong protests. While the people want pro-Democracy ideals to govern their city, China refuses to back down and continues its passive-aggressive push.

Apple has reportedly removed the Quartz app from the App Store at the request of the Chinese government. Quartz’s Investigations editor John Keefe confirmed the app has been removed from the App Store and even the website has been blocked in Mainland China.

The publication has been covering the Hong Kong protests in detail and this hasn’t gone down well with the government in Beijing. China has a long history of suppressing free speech and it’s not surprising to see them block off content that doesn’t suit their narrative.

Though, users are furious at Apple for not taking a stand and bowing down to pressure. A few days back, the Cupertino-based giant removed the Taiwanese flag from its keyboard for some users to please the Chinese officials.

Apple was also in the news this week due to its initial rejection of an app that kept a tab on police movement in Hong Kong. Back in 2017, Apple removed the New York Times app from App Store after the Chinese government requested its removal because it was “in violation of local regulations.”

It is necessary for Apple to stay on good terms with China because of its business interests. Almost every other product designed by Apple will find its roots back in China, where everything is built — components as well as finished iPhones.

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