Soya no Sohi, also known as Azusa Gakuyuki on Twitter, gained thousands of fans on social media platforms as a young motorcycle enthusiast traveling the scenic roadways of northern Japan. This social media influencer traversed through mountains, beaches and the countryside on Yamaha sport bikes. What most did not know is that Soya was actually Yasuo Nakajima, a 50-year-old man who used the AI-powered FaceApp to transform his face in every shot. Read more for a video and additional information.
Rarely are foods so hyped that they need to create their own Instagram account, but that’s exactly what happened with Dunk-a-roos. First launched in 1990, they consisted of a snack-sized package with ten small cookies and a side of frosting. As the name implies, the cookies were meant to be dunked into the frosting before eating. They were discontinued in the US some time during 2012, but just today, General Mills announced that they’ll be making a comeback this summer. Read more for a trailer and additional information.
Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann launched Byte, a new Android / iOS app that lets its users share six-second looping videos. Even though it was just released, its biggest competitor comes from China’s Bytedance, the maker of the popular social app TikTok, which lets you string together 6-15 second clips into a 60-second (maximum) video. Read more for a first look at the Byte beta and additional information.
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When 15-year-old Madelynn Sumpter broke the rules by sneaking in boys at a sleepover party, her parents, Tawnya Ford and Larry Sumpter, gave her a choice of handing over her phone for a month, or giving them access to her social media for two weeks. As you might have already guessed by the title, she chose the latter and unintentionally gained over 10,000 new followers. Read more to see a couple of her Dad’s posts.
TikTok, the an iOS / Android social media video app for creating and sharing short lip-sync, comedy, as well as talent videos, has revealed its first smartphone, the Smartisan Nut Pro 3. Parent company ByteDance acquired various Smartisan patents and helped them develop the Nut Pro 3, complete with branded features. It features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, an in-display fingerprint scanner, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ processor and comes in three storage configurations: 8GB of RAM + 128GB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM + 256GB internal storage, and 12GB of RAM + 256GB of internal storage. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media platforms make it easy to share videos on-the-fly, but sometimes, you record in the wrong format. Thankfully, there’s Auto Reframe, an Adobe Premiere Pro tool that automatically reframes content in different aspect ratios using artificial intelligence. Adobe’s Sensei machine-learning technology analyzes, crops and pans footage for different square, vertical and widescreen versions. Read more for a video and additional information.
Snap officially unveiled Spectacles 3 today, the latest version of their sunglasses, packed with dual HD cameras to empower creativity in 3D. They begin shipping during Fall 2019, and are capable of providing a rich 3D canvas for self-expression as well as a suite of new 3D Effects on Snapchat. This next-generation model comes equipped with two HD cameras to capture Snaps in 3D and also allow you to seamlessly transfer in HD to Memories within Snapchat for new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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If you’re constantly on YouTube, then the term mukbang might sound familiar, and for those who don’t know, it’s dreived from muk-ja for “eating” and bang-song for “broadcast” in Korean. It’s either a live-streamed eating show or a pre-recorded one where the host binge-eats on massive quantities of food. W Hotel in Washington, DC is now offering a $285 Sip and Slurp room service package just for that purpose, complete with a microphone and phone stand. Read more for a video and additional information.
An Estonian man either tried to set a new top speed record for a Lexus LS460, or he just really wanted to crash his vehicle, as he managed to hit 161 mph, all the while recording on his smartphone. He started by stepping on the gas of the Lexus to see how rapidly it accelerates off the line, hits 62 mph in six seconds and then tags 161 mph before losing control. The vehicle then slid for about eight seconds, hits the grass and then promptly rolls onto its roof. Read more for the video and additional information.
Grumpy Cat, the famed internet celebrity for her permanent frown, died this week, aged 7. Despite being cared for by top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection. “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere,” said the family. Read more for another video and additional information.