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WhatsApp’s dark mode is out now!

Rolling out on both Android and iOS

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By now, dark mode is a requirement for app development. If you want an app on your phone, it should have the battery-saving graphics mode available. For the past few months, the world’s most popular apps — Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram —  have all implemented the feature. It is now on the entire app world to follow suit.

Today, another heavy hitter is making their dark mode official. Popular messaging platform WhatsApp has released the much-awaited feature for both Android and iOS.

In January, WhatsApp introduced the feature for an exclusive beta program for Android. During testing, the app experimented with different lighting combinations, mixing white, dark gray, and black together.

For the official release, WhatsApp’s dark mode will rely mostly on dark gray. According to the company, “combining pure black and white creates high contrast that can lead to eye fatigue.” To combat this, the current release mixes dark gray and off-white.

The update is now rolling out to devices worldwide. For Android 10 and iOS 13 users, the dark mode will automatically configure to the device’s global setting. For those with older versions, it will be available in the app’s settings.

To promote the new feature, WhatsApp released a promotional video highlighting the need for a dark mode at night time.

SEE ALSO: Explaining OLED screens and Dark Mode

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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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