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.
Your Memoji will soon be able to sport AirPods, too. Weird flex but OK.
Google will blur NSFW photos soon
Turned on by default
When I search for “food porn” in Google, I’m looking for enticing photos of food to whet my appetite for dinner. Sometimes, Google has other plans and shows me more than what I bargained for. Finally, the search engine is implementing a way to save us from those awkward moments. Google will soon blur explicit images from search results.
For Safer Internet Day, Google has announced the feature to help protect users from accidentally seeing graphic images — including both gore and pornography — from a search. The feature, which will start rolling out in the coming months, will turn on by default. Instead of showing the images directly, users will face the blurred version and a prompt to view the image despite the warning.
If you don’t mind an accidental shower of NSFW imagery, you can turn the feature off at any time. Alternatively, as always, users can also choose to filter out all explicit search results, blurred or otherwise.
Though the feature is easily adjustable, Google will not offer the same flexibility to supervised accounts. Any accounts supervised by a parent or a school will not be able to change how they view explicit content. Parents can add supervision to the accounts of their children.
Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard
Potentially more info on Wednesday
ChatGPT is taking the world by storm. Amid all the controversy of the technology’s capabilities, the language learning software has everyone talking about it. ChatGPT isn’t the only player out in the market, though. After enjoying a few months of unrivaled dominance, the software now has competition. Google is officially working on its own ChatGPT alternative called Bard.
Today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Bard, an “experimental conversation AI service.” Powered by Google’s own Language Model for Dialogue Applications (or LaMDA, for short), Bard aims to leverage a gap in ChatGPT’s framework: the lack of connection to the web.
Unlike ChatGPT, Google’s software will connect to the internet. Besides offering uncannily realistic conversations, Bard will likely use information available on the web to complement output with up-to-date results. Since it’s a Google product, that should come as no surprise.
Now, Google’s history with language learning software is interesting. Even before Bard’s introduction, Google was already a huge proponent in AI and language learning. The company is even instrumental in developing GPT-3.5, the underlying technology behind ChatGPT. Currently, Google’s AI is also at the forefront of the Pixel’s camera, especially through the Magic Eraser tool.
Though the announcement seems definitive already, Google is holding an event on Wednesday, presumably to unveil more information about the software.
Instagram possibly letting users pay for a blue badge
Copied from Twitter’s playbook
Twitter got the internet into an uproar after implementing a way to pay for a coveted blue checkmark. Despite the controversy, other social media platforms are potentially introducing similar systems soon. As spotted in new code, Instagram has started referencing paid badges, hinting at a similar feature in the future.
First noticed by developer Alessandro Paluzzi (who spotted other unannounced developments in the past), Instagram’s coding includes mentions of an “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV,” via TechCrunch. Additionally, Paluzzi found references to a Facebook version of the same code. To cap things off, he also discovered a few references to an upcoming subscription product from the current code.
A word of caution, though: Small references inside code might not mean much for the platform’s future plans. Paluzzi himself says that the feature is essentially unconfirmed for now, especially without a prototype.
Given the controversy surrounding the paid blue checkmark, it’s likely that Facebook and Instagram are waiting if Twitter’s experiment translates to better revenue in the long run. Though the initial Twitter Blue brouhaha simmered down for now, the new feature — along with Musk’s other changes to Twitter — are still experiments to test the new ownership’s vision for the platform.
For their part, both Facebook and Instagram have experimented with additional features to expand their offerings to their users. It’s not unheard of for either platform to draw inspiration from the winning features of other social media platforms.
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