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Pokémon Go goes live in PH, 14 other countries in Asia, Oceania

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Put on your walking shoes, and head to the gym — the pokémon gym that is.

After a long wait, Pokémon Go is now officially available in the Philippines. The hit smartphone game is already available on iOS and Android. Those who own an iPhone can get it from the App Store. If the app doesn’t show up on your Android phone, you can hit this Play Store link.

But, regardless, the game is already playable locally, with pokéstops and pokémon gyms and pokémon populating the vacinity of this author’s address.

Besides the Philippines, Pokémon Go is now also live in 14 other countries in Asia and Oceania. Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Papau New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau are all included in the rollout.

The news comes after Niantic Labs, the developer of Pokémon Go, announced the game has expanded to countries in Central and South America, including Brazil where the 2016 Rio Olympics is being held.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and catch some pokémon. Oh, and if you need tips and tricks to get you started on the path to catching them all, swing by this page. New to Pokémon? Here are 20 things you should know about the franchise.

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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