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Can AI make photos of you look better than you do in real life?

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Can AI make photos of you look better than you do in real life?

We all have photos that capture our precious moments in life. Whether it’s a family vacation, a graduation ceremony or a birthday party, we want to preserve these memories and share them with others.

But sometimes our photos are not perfect. They might be blurry, overexposed or have unwanted objects in the background. That’s where photo editing tools come in handy. 

With a few clicks, we can crop, rotate, adjust and enhance our photos to make them look more appealing. But what if we could do more than that? What if we could use artificial intelligence (AI) to change the content of our photos and make them look even better?

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How AI-powered photo editing tools make photos look better

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AI-powered photo editing tools are becoming more advanced and accessible. These tools use generative AI, a branch of AI that can create new content from scratch or modify existing content based on some input. Here are some mobile apps where you can use generative AI to enhance your photos.

Adobe Firefly

Adobe Firefly photo editing tool. (Adobe Firefly)

Adobe, renowned for Photoshop, introduces Adobe Firefly, a generative AI engine that revolutionizes photo editing. With Firefly, you can edit photos and insert new content through simple text-based prompts.

For instance, you can type commands like “add some clouds” or “change the season to winter,” and Firefly will generate realistic images that match your request. Firefly’s Generative Fill can also miraculously repair old and or heavily damaged photos while removing unwanted elements. You can use Adobe Firefly to make those photos look like new again.

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Canva

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Canva photo editing tool. (Canva)

Canva is an AI-powered design app that lets you create stunning graphics, logos, flyers, posters and more. You can use its auto-enhancement features and Magic Edit tool to improve your photos with one click. You can also choose from millions of templates, fonts, icons and images to customize your designs.

Try Canva

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Facetune

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Facetune photo editing tool. (Facetune)

Facetune is the world’s most popular selfie editor, powered by AI. You can edit, enhance and retouch your photos and videos with just a few taps. You can also try on different makeup, hair colors and clothes and even transform your selfies into stunning versions of yourself.

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Lensa

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Lensa photo editing tool. (Lensa)

Lensa is a mobile AI photo editor that specializes in portrait editing. You can use it to smooth your skin, whiten your teeth, change your eye color and apply makeup effects. You can also adjust the lighting, contrast and saturation of your photos to make them more flattering.

Try Lensa

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Autoenhance.ai

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Autoenhance.ai photo editing tool. (Autoenhance.ai)

Autoenhance.ai is an AI photo editor that automatically optimizes your photos for different purposes. You can use it to enhance your photos for social media, e-commerce, real estate and more. It also provides sky replacement, perspective correction and image relighting features to make your photos look more professional.

Try Autoenhance.ai

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Google’s Magic Editor

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Google’s Magic Editor tool. (Google)

Google’s Magic Editor is an AI-powered photo editing tool that lets users make professional-level edits on their smartphone. Users can remove unwanted parts of photos, such as backgrounds, objects, or people, to create stunning images. Magic Editor also allows users to edit videos and audio with just a few taps, using AI to adjust the quality and effects.

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Photo Scan by Photomyne

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Photomyne photo editing tool. (Photomyne)

This unique technology not only fixes discolored or unfocused images but also performs something exceptional. It uses AI to bring together individuals from different images and seamlessly merge them into a single picture. Imagine reuniting grandparents with grandchildren they’ve never met or rectifying a family photo when a family member couldn’t be present.

You can also use Photomyne to scan and digitize your old photos and slides and create beautiful albums and slideshows to share with your loved ones. Photomyne preserves your precious memories and makes them easy to access and enjoy anytime, anywhere.

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MORE: HOW TO DIGITIZE OLD PHOTOS AND SLIDES

The impact of AI photo editing on our memories

While AI-powered photo editing tools can offer us many benefits, they also raise some ethical and psychological questions. How do these tools affect our perception of reality and our sense of self? How do they influence our memory and our emotions? And how do they affect our relationships and our trust in others?

One of the main concerns is that AI can photoshop our memories and make them look different from what they really were. When we edit our photos with AI, we might alter our memories as well. We might remember things that did not happen, forget things that did happen or mix up things that happened at different times or places. We might also change our emotional attachment to our memories, making them more positive or negative than they actually were.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

AI-powered photo editing tools are here to stay, and they will likely become more sophisticated and widespread in the future. While they have the potential to enhance our photos and our memories, they also pose some risks and challenges.

We need to be aware of the impact of these tools on our psychology and our society, and we need to use them responsibly and ethically. We also need to balance our desire for perfection and creativity with our respect for reality and authenticity. Remember, our photos are not just images, but representations of our lives and ourselves.

How do you feel about using AI to edit your photos? Do you think it enhances or diminishes your memories? Should people tell you when they doctor their photos? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact

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Microsoft is working with Nvidia, AMD, and Intel to improve upscaling support in PC games

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Microsoft has outlined a new Windows API designed to offer a seamless way for game developers to integrate super resolution AI-upscaling features from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel. In a new blog post, program manager Joshua Tucker describes Microsoft’s new DirectSR API as the “missing link” between games and super resolution technologies, and says it should provide “a smoother, more efficient experience that scales across hardware.”

“This API enables multi-vendor SR [super resolution] through a common set of inputs and outputs, allowing a single code path to activate a variety of solutions including Nvidia DLSS Super Resolution, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution, and Intel XeSS,” the post reads. The pitch seems to be that developers will be able to support this DirectSR API, rather than having to write code for each and every upscaling technology.

The blog post comes a couple of weeks after an “Automatic Super Resolution” feature was spotted in a test version of Windows 11, which promised to “use AI to make supported games play more smoothly with enhanced details.” Now, it seems the feature will plug into existing super resolution technologies like DLSS, FSR, and XeSS rather than offering a Windows-level alternative. 

Microsoft says that the new API will be available soon via a preview version of its Agility SDK. It plans to offer a “sneak peek” of how DirectSR can be used during a developer session at the forthcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC). The session will take place on March 21st, and will include representatives from both Microsoft as well as Nvidia and AMD.

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Apple warns against using rice to dry out your wet iPhone; here’s what to do instead

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Cellphones getting water damage is nothing new. Before the iPhone, I had a flip phone that fell into a swimming pool. The first thing everyone told me to do was to dry the phone out with rice.

The idea is that the rice will draw out any excess water, saving your phone from being destroyed by water damage.

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This method remains many people’s tried-and-true method for saving a waterlogged phone, and I’ve seen it work firsthand. 

However, a new support document by Apple has just come out, and the company is asking people to please not place their iPhones in a bowl or bag of rice.

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An iPhone in a bowl of rice (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

Why shouldn’t you put your wet iPhone in rice?

Apple is now warning customers that placing their iPhones into a bowl or bag of rice might actually slow down the drying process and damage their phone’s internal components. In particular, the company warns that small particles of wet rice may end up in your iPhone, damaging the phone’s logic board.

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Wet iPhone (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

What Apple recommends you do instead

Next time your iPhone takes a dip in the swimming pool or the toilet, instead of running for the rice in the cabinet, Apple suggests doing this instead.

Step 1 – Tap the water out

Apple suggests that your first immediate step should be lightly tapping the iPhone against your hand with the charging connector pointed down. This should pull some of the water inside your iPhone out. Don’t be alarmed if only a few drops of water come from the connector port. Leave your iPhone somewhere dry, with some airflow.

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Image of an iPhone and power cord (Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson)

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Step 2 – Wait 30 minutes, then try to charge your iPhone

You should leave your iPhone alone for a period of 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes have gone by, you can attempt to charge your iPhone again. If your iPhone charges, congratulations. There’s no water damage to your iPhone and you can resume using it. If you receive an alert saying “liquid detected in USB-C (or lightning) port,” you unfortunately still have water in your iPhone. However, luckily, hope isn’t lost.

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Liquid Detected alert on iPhone (Apple)

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Step 3 – Leave your iPhone in a dry area for 24 hours

If you receive an alert saying “liquid detected in USB-C (or lightning) port,” you unfortunately still have water in your iPhone. Apple warns against using a blow-dryer or any other heat gun device to dry your iPhone after it takes a splash. You should instead leave your phone in a dry area with some airflow and allow for 24 hours to pass. A room with a ceiling fan is a great place to leave your iPhone while it dries.

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Charging Not Available alert on iPhone (Apple)

Step 4 – Retest the connector

After 24 hours have passed, you should try to charge your iPhone again. If your iPhone charges, you are all good. If it doesn’t charge, Apple recommends removing the charging cable from the wall outlet and changing electrical sources for a moment. Apple recommends against trying to insert a cotton swab or any other foreign object into your charging port.

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If your iPhone’s charging port is damaged or not working properly, you may want to consider alternative charging methods that do not rely on the port. For example, some iPhones support wireless charging, which uses a magnetic pad or stand to charge your phone without plugging in a cable. This way, you can avoid inserting anything into the port and prevent further damage. 

Now, if all that doesn’t work and your iPhone still does not charge or shows signs of water damage, such as a wet screen, distorted audio or malfunctioning buttons, you may need to contact Apple for repair or replacement. You can check your warranty status and common issues not covered under warranty by clicking here.

Remember to back up your data before sending your iPhone for repair, as you may lose some or all of your information.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

It’s important to remember that all iPhones since the iPhone 12 are able to safely withstand submersion in water of up to 20 feet for 30 minutes. If you do end up dropping your iPhone in the water, just don’t run for the rice.

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X adds live video to Spaces instead of bringing back Periscope

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Spaces, the live audio feature for X, is now letting hosts turn on their video during chat sessions. The platform formerly known as Twitter announced the news on Wednesday as owner / CTO Elon Musk reposted a walkthrough from a user named “Dogedesigner.”

Spaces users will notice a new option to “enable video” when they first create a new Spaces session. Hosts can opt for either their phone’s front or back-facing cameras as well as either a landscape or vertical view of their video feed. 

The Video Spaces are available on the iOS version of the X app, but we haven’t seen them available on Android or the web yet. Multiple users reported significant lag while trying out the feature so far.

Right now, only hosts have the ability to turn on video. The end result is a prominent display of the host’s video feed, which is then surrounded by icons of co-hosts, speakers, and any listeners. At first glance, it’s an environment that resembles Twitch — expect for the fact that any selected audience members can chime in at any minute. A host’s video feed also only lives inside a Spaces session, so users will have to join the session in order to tune in.

When Elon Musk announced that Spaces would get video late last year, his description of it sounded closer to a videoconferencing app or video call app like FaceTime, where the video feed switches to whoever is currently speaking. 

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But for now, a typical Spaces with video session prominently features the host’s video feed, which is surrounded by the smaller icons of any other speakers, co-hosts, or listeners in the room. It’s not exactly like Twitch since anyone you give permission to can speak back to you, but it does turn the host into the main event in a similar fashion. 

The new video integration of X Spaces is separate from the platform’s existing live broadcast feature, which lets users directly livestream video. Spaces functions as a live chatroom, where multiple users can tune in and speak. In contrast, the audience in a typical live broadcast can only comment or send hearts

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