This was not your ordinary smartphone photo session.
In the wake of the Chinese New Year and with the start of the year of the dog, a special project was born. Famed animal photographer Ernest Goh took portraits of dogs with his iPhone X. But, these are not just any dogs.
These photographs show the everyday lives of dogs in shelters. Ernest explains the story behind these pictures:
“The images give a glimpse of the life of a sheltered dog. From morning runs to stretch their paws to lazy naps in the afternoons to moments of joy when a visitor comes to the shelter. Chinese New Year is about celebration, but what is a celebration without the company of loved ones. Ask any dog owner and he or she will tell you their dog is very much part of the family. Sheltered dogs are not so lucky to have a family so more importantly, this photo-story goes to anyone who would like to get a pet dog this year — do consider adopting sheltered dogs!”
Mutts and Mittens, an animal shelter, explains that there are hundreds of cats and dogs living in shelters in Singapore. It’s their hope that this series of photos will be able to show the world the plight of these lovable creatures and hopefully inspire people to adopt these pets.
See the rest of the photos below:
In an effort to find these gentle creatures homes, Mutts and Mittens will also be having an adoption drive. (Details on their Facebook Page)
It seems that the iPhone X’s Portrait Mode worked wonders even on non-person subjects. What’s more wonderful, however, is how this whole project came together because of well-meaning people and simple technology.
Samsung Galaxy S9 tutorial: How to make AR Emoji
A step-by-step guide, with GIFs!
When the technological advances of 2017 brought Animoji to this world, people lapped it up. (For those uninformed in the ways of millennial technology, that name is short for animated emoji — and it’s exactly that.) All of a sudden, Animoji Karaoke was a thing — never mind how silly you look on your phone, the emoji is singing as you!
Since then, no other useless phone feature has rivaled the cute talking heads that are available exclusively on iPhones and iMessage. Until now.
Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S9, brought with it the gift of AR Emoji. Basically, you yourself are the emoji. 😱
If you’re wondering how in tech heavens this is possible, fret not. This is a step-by-step guide on how to make your own AR Emoji.
Step 1: Get to the Samsung Galaxy S9’s built-in camera app and tap “AR EMOJI” on the top of the screen.
Tap “Create my Emoji” and that will bring you to this screen. You will have to choose the gender of your emoji and the scanning begins from there. The phone will specifically request that you smile, but with your lips closed. Also, take hair and glasses away from your face because that will ruin the scan. Hold still and wait until the blue circle fills up.
Voila! You are an emoji!
Well, it isn’t really you just yet, so time to add some finishing touches…
Step 2: You can choose what face type your emoji will get and there’s a toggle bar for your skin tone.
You also have a myriad of hairstyles to choose from, pick the one that looks the best because even your emoji has to look amazing at all times. 💁🏽💁🏽💁🏽
To my delight and relief, there are different hair color choices, too!
And now, on to the outfits! There are preset looks you can choose from and certain accessories you can add. Unfortunately, you can’t mix and match the attires.
Step 3: Be the emoji!
Now that you have your own AR Emoji, just head on over to the camera, tap “AR EMOJI” and tap the emoji you created.
The phone will track your facial movements and translate them to the emoji — this just means the emoji will do everything you do! Make sure you take photos and videos of mini-you; you can do that by tapping on the shutter buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Of course, you’ll still be looking pretty silly IRL, but that is a chance you have to take. Do it for the AR Emoji!
Step 4: As if personalized emoji weren’t enough, creating your AR Emoji automatically produces a set of GIFs ready for sending. Upon creation, you will be prompted to “Save [my] emoji stickers in gallery” — the answer to that should be a resounding yes. From there, you can access your GIFs from your phone’s gallery.
And yes, you can send your cute face to anyone, no matter what smartphone they’re using. What better way to share the AR Emoji love around!
Ending this article, as I started it: With my AR Emoji GIF. Happy sending!
Tinder Feed rolls out to users worldwide
Times are changing, and so is Tinder
“Welcome to the world beyond the swipe.”
Tinder, as you know it, is about to change.
Last December, the world-famous dating app was testing out a chronological timeline feature. This allows users to swipe around for potential mates with more than just a bunch of photos as basis. On a post, Tinder said: “It’s an exciting new way to see more of what someone is all about by giving you a true glimpse into their world — their passions, their personality, their latest adventure — all leading to better conversations and deeper connections.”
Today, Tinder announced that they’re rolling out the Feed to users worldwide.
For all swipers, expect a different type of soulmate-search experience. More and more, the dating app is moving towards a more social experience through a chronological feed structure similar to what most social media apps used to have. The scrolling list will include user activity and the ability to comment on each of these activities.
Think of it as a Facebook feed solely dedicated to dating. More talk points? Definitely. Will this mean more matches for you? Not necessarily, but you can try!
Google introduces ‘Pup View’
Like Street View, but…
It’s Google’s Street View like you’ve never seen before.
Heavily rooted in the culture and reality of Ōdate City, Japan are Akita dogs. The snowy, mountainous area, home to the famous Akita dog Hachiko, has many things to offer. What better way to show this place off than through the point of view of this place’s famous furry friends!
With the help of three cute fur-balls, Google brings you 360-degree views of the picturesque Japanese destination. Adorable Akitas Ako, Asuka, and Puuko bring you: Pup View!
The dogs, with cameras mounted on their backs with doggie-approved harnesses, show us their point of view, all the while showcasing the beauty of Ōdate City. You can check it out HERE.
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