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You’re going to lose Twitter followers, here’s why

Another Twitter purge?

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Today’s Twitter change may make a dent on your follower count. The social media platform has just announced that it’s removing locked accounts from users’ follower count.

What does this mean? You see, in an effort to combat trolls and fake accounts, Twitter has cracked down on certain accounts following suspicious activity like spamming or posting questionable links. Twitter then prompts the account owner to verify their account and if not done, they lock said accounts. Locked accounts can’t tweet or even see advertisements. Starting today, they also won’t be part of your follower count.

According to Twitter, this will result in a drop of around four or fewer in follower count for normal users. Of course, those with a bigger following might have more significant drops. Donald Trump, for example, reportedly lost 100,000 followers due to this Twitter purge.

This move follows a series of changes on the platform that aim to “build trust and encourage healthy conversation.” According to Twitter, “Follower counts are a visible feature, and we want everyone to have confidence that the numbers are meaningful and accurate.”

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Meitu will launch a triple selfie camera phone

Showing the selfie some love!

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This year signaled the renaissance of smartphone photography. Starting with Huawei, the triple camera system revolutionized the Instagram game. Suddenly, everyone can take extraordinarily impressive photos from a phone. Of course, the revolution remains exclusive to the coveted rear camera.

Sadly, the front-facing selfie camera has gotten no love. Instead of working on the camera’s hardware, companies have resorted to cheaper smoothing software. The so-called beautification feature paled in comparison to the sharpness of advanced rear cameras.

Thankfully, a handful of companies are working on improving selfie cameras as a whole. Fresh off a Xiaomi acquisition, Chinese company Meitu has revealed its plans for a more capable selfie shooter.

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Spotted on TENAA, the Meitu MP1801 sports an astonishing three selfie cameras. According to the posting, the future smartphone will have a 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel + 8-megapixel front-facing camera combination. Sadly, it doesn’t specify what these cameras are for. Based on speculation, its main driver will likely be the 12-megapixel sensor. Meanwhile, the 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel sensors could be wide angle and depth sensors, respectively.

On the flip side, the phone will have a standard 12- and 8-megapixel rear camera combination. Under the hood, it will sport a 6.21-inch OLED screen, an unidentified hexa-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage.

Design-wise, the Meitu phone looks similar to the company’s previous selfie beast — the Meitu V6. At the time, the Meitu V6 delivered amazing selfies. Given the company’s reputation, the upcoming triple selfie camera phone will likely follow in the V6’s success.

With Xiaomi taking the reins, Meitu will likely launch this amazing selfie shooter sometime soon. Regardless, this answers the uncertainty that initially surrounded Xiaomi’s acquisition of the company.

SEE ALSO: Meitu V6 Review: A luxury selfie smartphone

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Xiaomi takes over selfie smartphone brand Meitu

What could this mean for the future of Meitu’s selfie phones?

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Meitu and Xiaomi have just inked a deal.

If you like taking selfies, you’ve probably heard of Meitu. Worldwide, the brand is synonymous with selfie-enhancing beauty apps. In China, where selfie culture is big, it’s a smartphone brand that markets luxury selfie phones.

The Meiti V6: A luxury selfie phone with four cameras, calfskin leather, and gold rivets

Today, Meitu announced a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Xiaomi which gives the latter control over the brand’s hardware. This effectively gives Xiaomi control over the design, research, development, production, business operation, sales, and marketing. Meitu, on the other hand, remains in control of image-related algorithms and camera technologies. The agreement entails Xiaomi pay Meitu 10 percent of the gross profit from each phone sold in the next five years.

This comes as no surprise as despite the selfie craze, Meitu smartphones have catered to a very small niche audience — they’ve only sold 3.5 million smartphones since their launch in 2013. Even getting hold of a device outside of China can be pretty hard as they’re only available there. The same cannot be said for Xiaomi as the smartphone brand steadily conquers Asia.

According to Meitu, it has always been the group’s mission to “to inspire more people to express their beauty.” The statement continues with the group saying that they “realize that working with a partner who has a scalable smartphone business can significantly accelerate [our] pace in realizing the vision of putting [our] smartphones in the hands of tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions of users.” With this partnership in place, they explained they can instead focus on the next image processing tech.

What could this mean for the coming Meitu phones? I guess we’re going to find out. I, for one, am deathly excited. At the very least, we can expect to see more Meitu phones in the market.

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Google Pixel 3 Top Shot: The Instagram boyfriend you never had

How to get those perfect IG photos

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We’ve all been there. You’re at a beautiful place wearing beautiful clothes, the lighting is just right and you wish you could capture it in a photo — the makings of a perfect travel #OOTD photo!

Except, the photo came out bad and you totally looked awkward. Whether it be because of your lack of an IG boyfriend, or just a boyfriend, a friend, or a stranger tasked to take the pic with a lack of IG skills, it happens. And as you sulk in regret at that wasted photo opportunity and the knowledge that that picture you had in your head will never grace your IG feed, know that there is a feature that can remedy this.

Remember the Google Pixel 3? Yes, the smartphone that came in Not Pink.

In the process of reviewing the phone, I came upon a glorious realization: The Top Shot feature is exactly what I never knew I needed for my travel #OOTDS.

Let’s backtrack. Google’s Top Shot is a feature that automatically takes a number of photos to ensure you don’t miss the actual moment.

But, what it’s also good for is making sure you get that perfect Instagram shot. You’ll never have to ask someone to take your photo and insist they just keep tapping the shutter hoping one photo comes out good enough. Top Shot goes as far as recommending you the good takes. It’s the Instagram boyfriend you always wished you had!

This feature also works wonders for awkward posers like myself. I just have someone take a photo, make sure I move around during the shoot, and pick out the best candid-looking one.

The results? Photos that are good enough for your feed! Here are some samples from my recent trip to Paris.

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I assure you, none of those looked that good in the initial photos but Top Shot came to my rescue.

Ladies, you’re welcome. Enjoy your prettier Instagram feed!

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