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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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Facebook wants to acquire Dubsmash to fight TikTok

Snapchat also wanted to get in on it

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Do you remember Dubsmash? Before TikTok’s meteoric rise, Dubsmash dominated the short-form video format. The platform’s lip-syncing format prototyped TikTok’s current mashup trends. It even facilitated the rise of some celebrities like Maine Mendoza. However, TikTok eventually snatched Dubsmash’s seat atop app rankings. However, despite Dubsmash’s decline, the platform has not disappeared just yet. In particular, Facebook wants to acquire Dubsmash to fight TikTok.

According to The Information’s sources, Facebook and Snap recently expressed interest in buying Dubsmash. Apparently, discussions have already progressed far enough to reach a potential price reaching hundreds of millions of dollars.

Going against The Information’s report, Reuters has reported that Snap had already exited the acquisition talks and dropped all interest. Facebook, however, did not comment.

With TikTok facing tremendous pressure from the American government, the stage is set for a potential upheaval of the short-form video format. On one hand, Microsoft and Twitter are already considering buying out TikTok’s American operations, facilitating TikTok’s continued dominance albeit under new management. In another possibility, Facebook’s Instagram recently launched Instagram Reels, a homegrown alternative to TikTok. Now, Facebook’s interest in Dubsmash expresses a new possibility of reviving a former player to upend TikTok.

Of note, Facebook’s interest coincides with Mark Zuckerberg’s current battle against the government over alleged and proven antitrust practices, including acquiring rival companies to stifle competition.

Regardless, TikTok’s woes has busted the app industry wide open. Who will take over TikTok’s dominance on the boards? Will TikTok even survive?

SEE ALSO: TikTok has collected user information illegally

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Google turns Android into world’s largest earthquake detection system

Using technology to make a difference

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2020 is the epitome of chaos with a pandemic, fear of cyber warfare, and government incapability. Amid all the negativity, Google has some refreshing news. Android, the world’s most widely used mobile operating system, will now leverage its reach to help detect an earthquake.

Pretty much every Android phone today sports an accelerometer, a sensor that can help detect seismographic movement. When this sensor is clubbed along with the user’s GPS data, researchers can use the phone as a live seismometer.

The University of California-Berkeley, along with funding from the state of California has launched a new app called MyShake. The app can use the phone’s onboard sensors to feed data in a massive network of devices that are constantly monitoring seismographic movement across the globe.

Using this same technology, Google is taking a step forward. Instead of relying on an app, it’s incorporating Android Earthquake Alerts System on every phone running on Google Play Services. The system is being touted as “the world’s largest earthquake detection network.”

The company studied historical accelerometer readings during earthquakes and found they could give some users up to a minute of notice. Since the feature is being rolled out via Play Services, the alerting system will be available on all active phones within a few weeks. The user won’t have to depend on the software update roll-out.

“We are on a path to delivering earthquake alerts wherever there are smartphones,” said Richard Allen, director of the University of California-Berkeley’s seismological lab and visiting faculty at Google over the last year.

Proactive alerts shall be limited to California for now. Google added that “over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.”

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Google launches virtual visiting profile called People Cards

Time to google yourself!

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Have you ever googled yourself? If not, this new feature on Google search will surely prompt you to give it a shot. The search engine wants to make it easier to find new people and has unveiled a new feature in India called People Cards.

People Cards act like your virtual visiting card. If someone’s looking for you on Google, they’ll usually come across a few social media profile links or any other online content you’re associated with. Thanks to the new card, you can directly control how much information you want to keep up front.

The feature is limited to the mobile app for now. To set up your own card, all you need is an active mobile number and a Google account. It’s also limited to India for the time being and only supports English.

To create your own card, just:

  • Open the Google app on your phone.
  • Search for “add me to Search.”
  • You’ll immediately see a prompt to set up your card and after mobile number authentication, you’re all set.

You can enter brief details about yourself, add a bio, link social media profiles, and even make it easier to connect with you by publishing your email, website, or mobile number.

While the feature makes discovering people easy, it also opens a floodgate of privacy concerns. Spammers can easily collect information from the partially open system. We advise our readers to proceed with caution and ensure they’re not divulging any personal details.

Individuals who have already created their cards can opt-out of the experience anytime. In the case of people who share the same name, Google Search will show multiple modules.

The search giant says it has a number of mechanisms to fight spam and abuse. Only one card can be created by an account and you can flag a card in case of false information or an imposter.

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