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Turn yourself into a cartoon like everyone else on Instagram with the Voila AI Artist app – CNET

Voila AI Artist is the latest cartoon craze going around Facebook, Instagram and more. It’s free on iPhone and Android. Jessica Dolcourt/CNET When I first saw the cartoon avatar appear on my Facebook feed, my eyes went as wide as the cherubic rendering before me. It was my cousin’s daughters, but Disney-fied, with lighting that…

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Voila AI Artist is the latest cartoon craze going around Facebook, Instagram and more. It’s free on iPhone and Android.
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When I first saw the cartoon avatar appear on my Facebook feed, my eyes went as wide as the cherubic rendering before me. It was my cousin’s daughters, but Disney-fied, with lighting that glowed, and supersize eyes quivering with emotion. “Which app is this?” I asked her, instantly needing to know. She told me: Voila AI Artist.Since then, creations from Voila AI Artist — an app that seemingly popped up out of nowhere — have mushroomed across my Facebook feed, and proliferate on Instagram and WhatsApp as well. (Both are owned by Facebook.) Drawn to the sophisticated cartoon art and how it managed to capture the character of my friends of all ages, I downloaded the app and tried it out for myself. It’s free for iPhone and Android, with a premium ad-free option as well (more on that, and on the app’s privacy policy, below).

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There’s something about avatars I find irresistibly compelling, from the very first Yahoo Messenger avatar I ever used, to Bitmoji stickers and beyond, as if our cartoon selves have the power to capture a core essence while outstretching a more playful version of ourselves. At any rate, it took less than five minutes to download Voila AI Artist and make my first cartoon grid. I also learned a few things along the way. Here’s how to do it and what to know.My cousin and her family, shared with permission.
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How to make your cartoon avatar using Voila AI ArtistStep 1: Download Voila AI Artist for iPhone or Android, and launch the app. It will ask for permission to use your phone’s camera roll.Step 2: Select from among the four styles: 3D Cartoon (what I used here), Renaissance, 2D Cartoon and Caricature. Tap the arrow to begin.Step 3: Your camera roll is now open. Select the photo you want to use, or tap Camera or Celebrities at the bottom of the screen to take a new picture or to search for celebrities. This generates a grid of four options. On the free version, expect to see an ad or two interrupt your view. After a few beats, you can X out the ad and return to your images.Step 4: You’ll see four options — the composite grid of your original photo plus your three cartoon renderings, and all three renderings (Royalty 3D, Baby 3D and Cartoon 3D). You can either take a screenshot from here and crop it down, or select any of the four options and click the edit button — an up arrow on Android — to immediately share on Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, or to email, save or share through other options (when you press More).To remove the watermark, speed up the rendering process and remove the ads you see each time you render, you could update to the Voila Pro version for $2 per week, $4 per month or $21 a year — the price at the time of writing. There’s a free, three-day trial with that option.What doesn’t work well with Voila AI ArtistNonhumans, such as dogs or catsImages where the app says faces can’t be detectedImages of cut-off heads often work, but with an odd halo the app fills inA note on Viola AI Artist privacyFrom what we can tell, although the app’s parent company says it will delete your photos 24-48 hours after the photo was last used by the app, it does collect personally identifying information about you, your phone and your activity online. It then shares that personal data with third-party partners and advertisers in countries outside your own, including advertisers that may track your activity across the web. The app also discloses your personal information to any of its sibling companies, affiliates or subcontractors. According to the privacy policy from app owner WeImagine.AI:”When you use the free version of the App, we work with advertising partners to display advertisements within the App. These advertisements are delivered by our advertising partners and may be targeted based on your use of the App or your activity elsewhere online.”CNET has reached out to WeImagine.Ai for comment and clarification.CNET privacy writer Rae Hodge contributed to this story.

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Huawei’s new flagship P50 series has Snapdragon 888 and two camera bumps – CNET

Huawei/Screenshot by Sareena Dayaram/CNET Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in an online event Thursday, each of which are getting a China-only release for now. The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras — and the P50 is no exception. In fact, you…

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Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest superphone series. It unveiled the P50 and P50 Pro in an online event Thursday, each of which are getting a China-only release for now. The main superpower of Huawei’s phones has long been their cameras — and the P50 is no exception. In fact, you can see the emphasis Huawei put on the cameras as soon as you look at the phones: Both the P50 and P50 Pro have not one but two camera bumps, which together take up more than a third of the phone’s rear width. This wasn’t entirely a surprise, since Huawei had teased images and videos of the lineup ahead of the event, but it does make for an eye-catching new design, which does away with the dual hole-punch design of the P40 series.The P50 Pro has four cameras on its rear: a 50-megapixel main, a 64-megapixel telephoto, a 40-megapixel monochrome and a 13-megapixel ultrawide lens. The P50 has a similar camera bump, but it has one less lens. There’s a 50-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto and a 13-megapixel ultrawide. Surprisingly, the base version has better optical zoom than the Pro version (5x versus 3.5x optical zoom). Each has 13-megapixel selfie cameras.Huawei’s P50 lineup was launched in China on Thursday.
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Beyond the camera, the P50 series stacks a range of enviable features, as expected (see the specs list below for more details). A crisp and smooth OLED display, a large battery, fast charging (66 watts) and powerful processors. The P50 series comes in two variants — one powered by the company’s own Kirin 9000 chipset and the other by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G CPU. Qualcomm was granted permission to sell chips to Huawei last year. These chipsets are backed up by 8GB of RAM and 256 or 512GB of flash storage. You may recall Huawei phones no longer feature Google apps — a consequence of crippling US sanctions. But the P50 series is one of Huawei’s first new lineups to debut the company’s own operating system, Harmony OS, which the Chinese telecom had developed in-house to replace Google Mobile Services in its smartphones. When the P50 launches internationally, it should provide Huawei with the opportunity to gauge consumer response to the company’s in-house software and whether it’ll gain wider adoption among international shoppers amid the backdrop of Huawei’s eroding smartphone market share.  Huawei’s Richard Yu unveiled the company’s P50 series in a virtual launch event.
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Huawei is starting out with a China release before the series gets an international rollout (if it ever does), though specs may vary slightly based on your country. The P50 Pro starts at 5,988 yuan (roughly $930, £665 or AU$1,256), while the P50 starts at 4,488 yuan (roughly $695, £500 or AU$940).Key specsHuawei P50 Pro 4GDisplay: 6.6-inch OLED, 120Hz, 2,700×1,228 pixels, 450ppiDimensions: 158.8×72.8×8.5mmCamera: 50-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto, 40-megapixel monochrome, 13-megapixel ultrawideProcessor: Snapdragon 888 4GBattery and charging: 4,360 mAH, 66-watt charging, 50-watt wirelessWater and dust resistance: IP68 ratingHuawei P50 4GDisplay: 6.5-inch OLED, 90Hz, 2,700×1,224 pixelsDimensions: 156.5×73.8×7.9mm Camera: 50-megapixel main, 13-megapixel ultrawide, 12-megapixel telephotoProcessor: Snapdragon 888 4GBattery and charging: 4,100 mAh, 66-watt chargingWater and dust resistance: IP68 rating

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Grab a Ring Doorbell and an Echo Show 5 bundle for $65 today – CNET

ring Having a Ring Doorbell is one of the best ways to know what’s happening at your front door when you’re not home, because it lets you see what’s happening right from your phone. When you are at home, however, you may not always have your phone om hand. This is one of the best…

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Having a Ring Doorbell is one of the best ways to know what’s happening at your front door when you’re not home, because it lets you see what’s happening right from your phone. When you are at home, however, you may not always have your phone om hand. This is one of the best reasons to pair your Ring doorbell up with an Echo Show, as it lets you immediately see what’s happening from that camera. It’s why you frequently see Ring products and Echo Show products bundled, but it’s rare to see those bundles as heavily discounted as the one available today. The wired version of the Ring Doorbell is perfect for anyone who already has a doorbell system in their home and wants to make it a little smarter. And when you pair an Echo Show 5 with it, you have a screen that lets you peek outside from wherever in the house you set it up. This setup is incredibly handy for people who work in a room that isn’t near the front door of their house, or if you’re elbows deep in meal prep in the kitchen and can’t clean your hands off fast enough to reach for your phone. This huge discount is a great way to make your front door safer, and if you have an Amazon login you can purchase from the Ring website as though you were purchasing from Amazon itself. 

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How to use the automatic responses on Ring Doorbells – CNET

Chris Monroe/CNET Ring’s video doorbells can talk to the delivery person at your door when you don’t feel like it. They can even tell your annoying neighbor to go away. Ring’s Quick Replies feature debuted recently and is rolling out on newer models like the Ring 4. It’s even available via an update on older models…

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Ring’s video doorbells can talk to the delivery person at your door when you don’t feel like it. They can even tell your annoying neighbor to go away. Ring’s Quick Replies feature debuted recently and is rolling out on newer models like the Ring 4. It’s even available via an update on older models dating back to the Ring 2. From the app, you can pick from a variety of automatic responses and then, when your doorbell rings, your smart gadget will do the talking on your behalf. 

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Check out the video to see it in action. Here are the steps to enable the feature and customize it to your liking. From the main page of the app, click on the settings icon on your device. You can also tap the image from your doorbell cam to pull up a menu specific to your device, then tap the settings icon. The icon itself will in the top right corner in both cases and looks like a gear wheel.Once in the settings menu, look for a button labeled “Smart Responses” and tap it. Everything else is pretty intuitive.You can turn the feature on and off with the toggle at the top. Turn it on and you’ll see options for response time and what message to relay. You can set the response time to “immediate” to have the doorbell talk right away or you can give yourself a few seconds delay if you want to respond most of the time. If you answer the door, the quick reply won’t also join in.  Ring has a variety of generic messages to pick from. You can have it say things like “leave the package” or “we’re not interested.” You can also prompt the person to leave a message, but you’ll need to subscribe to Ring’s premium service to be able to watch the clip later on and see what they said.

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That’s all you need to know to use this simple but helpful feature. I do wish Ring offered a little more customization or conditional responses so it only gave an automated answer at night, for instance. As it stands, the feature is easy to flip on or off, so when you’re expecting a delivery, you can quickly prep an automatic response from the friendly robotic helper inside your Ring Video Doorbell. 

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