The Morning After: Social App BeReal wins Apple’s 2022 App Store Awards

It has already started. Time to look back to 2022. Apple announced that social media newcomer BeReal was one of the biggest winners in its annual App Store Awards. It won iPhone App of the Year for giving people what Apple called “an authentic look into the everyday lives of their friends and family.” In case you don’t know, BeReal users can share a selfie of themselves with a photo of their surroundings during a two-minute window that the app randomly selects for them each day, eliminating the production scores, scheduling, and filters that are often part of Instagram. be bypassed. TikTok and other apps. And in the case of BeReal, the fact that competing social media apps have launched or are testing similar features is clear evidence of the “impact” they’ve had. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, isn’t it?

While playing, Apex Legends Mobile was the top title for iphone while puzzle game Monday and card fighters encryption won the best games for the iPad and the Mac. The fantastic El Hijo also received an award for Best Game for Apple TV.

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A record-breaking distance from home.

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NASA shared a photo taken Monday from the Artemis I vehicle showing both Earth and the moon in the background. Orion took the snapshot at its maximum distance from Earth of 268,563 miles. This is the furthest distance ever traveled by a human-oriented spacecraft, beating even the 1970 Apollo 13 record of 248,655 miles. What a great photo.

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It translates your body’s movements into a Metaverse avatar.

Sony has a new project called Mocopi, consisting of six motion-tracking straps that you can wear on your hands, feet, back and head, priced at 49,500 yen (about $358). The goal is to track your body to create videos or serve avatars in real-time with metaverse apps like VRChat. It’s an ambitious product for people with a general interest in the metaverse, as well as animation professionals and filmmakers – although it does require a certain level of technical knowledge. According to Sony, you can use existing VRM avatars and export recorded videos in MP4 format as long as you have an up-to-date smartphone.

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The social network may have also gutted the anti-child exploitation team.

Twitter quietly updated its transparency website to reveal that it stopped enforcing its COVID-19 misinformation policy on November 23. The company will not ban any more users or delete any content, including falsehoods about the coronavirus or vaccines, but it’s not clear if the company will restore any accounts suspended for sharing misinformation as part of Elon Musk’s planned amnesty.

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Google’s cheaper smartphone series is ready for an update.

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Google is unlikely to announce the next entry in its Pixel A series until I/O 2023. It’s still half a year until then, but the rumor mill is already spinning. Steve Hemmerstoffer from OnLeaks fame has shared early renders of the upcoming Pixel 7a. Unsurprisingly, the images suggest the Pixel 7a will be very similar to its predecessor and Google’s other Pixel 7 devices. There aren’t many tech surprises, but it seems the next phone will get the same metallic camera spec as the pricier models.

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Probably older than you.

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Atari was released exactly 50 years ago yesterday pong, and the early video game industry was born. Released in 1972, Atari sold more than 8,000 copies pong arcade cabinets. A few years later, the home version became an instant hit when Sears sold around 150,000 units of the console you needed to play the game. If not for pongNintendo wouldn’t exist, and a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak might not have created Apple.

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