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Microsoft Makes a Selfie App For the iPhone (theverge.com) 50

New submitter Nanmillerp sends word about Microsoft Garage's newest app which aims to take the best selfies possible. The Verge reports: "Microsoft's newest app for iOS isn't a piece of productivity software. No, it's a selfie app. Unambiguously called Microsoft Selfie, the product is designed to improve photo qualities like color balance, skin tone, and lighting for the most shareable shot possible. It's a more subtle version of Lumia Selfie, Microsoft's previous self-portrait app designed for Windows phones. On a deeper level, Microsoft Selfie appears to be just one of the many ways the company is using machine learning in everyday situations, similar to the software Microsoft released back April that would guess your age based on a photo. Microsoft Selfie's app description says it takes 'age, gender, skin tone, lighting, and many other variables into account' to help alter your self-portraits with 'intelligent enhancements.'"
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Microsoft Makes a Selfie App For the iPhone

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  • You may as well be taking a picture at the DMV or getting a mugshot.
  • Happy new year? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by BarbaraHudson ( 3785311 ) <barbarahudson@NOSPaM.gmail.com> on Thursday December 31, 2015 @12:18PM (#51216219) Journal

    Just what the world needs - MOAR SELFSLEEZE Hopefully this will be the last of the stupid ideas we'll hear about this year. Maybe their first innovation of next year will also be something else they think the world needs - better cat pictures! In 3D! And MICROSOFT EDGE browser integration. That reports everything back to the mother ship because CLOUD!

  • Man, talk about a killer app.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Thursday December 31, 2015 @12:25PM (#51216283) Homepage
    1991 microsoft: we dominate every PC on the planet. weve crushed countless office competitors and even have a hand in CPUs. Java is a bloodbath. we crush all comers with embrace, extend, extinguish.
    2015 microsoft: we layed off 26,000 employees and strike out hard, yearly, on phones and tablets. Apples profits, once laughable, now are five times ours. we lost 2.5 billion dollars in 2010. next year we lost another 700 million. The best we managed to do is put a voice assistant in windows and buy everyone even close to a television camera in the NFL a surface tablet, which is still constantly referred to as an ipad. That thing we used to not care about at all, Linux, is now the number 1 operating system and thats only taking into account cellphones. We sat idly by as one of the largest game distributors in the world rolled out almost ubiquitous support for this OS. no one uses our cloud or our appstore but make selfie apps now.
    • no one uses our cloud

      Azure is the #2 cloud platform after AWS. Just sayin'.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      In what universe did Microsoft lose money? They've earned money hand over fist. Did you mean just on tablets? If so, it is the cost of getting into the market.

      Apple's profits 5 times as high as Microsoft? No, not even close Microsoft floats around 22 Billion in profit annually vs 39 Billion for Apple. So not even 2:1. Apple has done a tremendous job and that is no knock on Microsoft. But you are again factually challenged.

      Folks do use Microsoft's cloud. Another factual challenge.

      You can laugh at Microsoft

  • "Microsoft Selfish" - Finally an MS product accurately named

  • by pla ( 258480 ) on Thursday December 31, 2015 @12:31PM (#51216341) Journal
    We need this because... People needed more encouragement to take the single most despised style of picture in all of human history?

    And in other news, Microsoft has released a new app called "Fingernails On A Chalkboard" - Just swipe across the screen to play along with your favorite songs! And for the real connoisseurs, it comes with "styrofoam in a box" and "autotune" modes.
  • It must have tried to calculate my age
  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Thursday December 31, 2015 @12:48PM (#51216451)

    ... a slider to control the size of your duck lips.

  • by DesertNomad ( 885798 ) on Thursday December 31, 2015 @12:53PM (#51216479)
    Clippy sez "Hey there, that is a 50' cliff you're backing over, and due to your signal strength, I won't be able to upload this great selfie in time"
  • You mean....the phone's camera?
  • So how is this better than the Camera app already on iOS? Or Instagram. It says it "takes into account" yada, yada, yada and makes enhancements. The strategy of this app to me seems like MS copying what Apple does but badly. For a long time, Apple has controlled what users can do and removes a lot of choice and customization in the OS and apps. Apple's philosophy has always been to simplify things for the average consumer. Some would disagree with this approach and want more options and control. The main
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Instagram and the Camera app on iOS do not upload your selfies to the Cloud to feed MS' facial recognition database (shared with the federal government). Well, Instagram might, but there's so much non-selfie noise in the data that it can be easy to screw up attaching names to faces. This is unambiguously for selfies, to enhance your experience in submitting your mugshot to the authorities.

    • So how is this better than the Camera app already on iOS? Or Instagram. It says it "takes into account" yada, yada, yada and makes enhancements. The strategy of this app to me seems like MS copying what Apple does but badly. For a long time, Apple has controlled what users can do and removes a lot of choice and customization in the OS and apps. Apple's philosophy has always been to simplify things for the average consumer. Some would disagree with this approach and want more options and control. The main difference was that the people who wanted more control used MS products as an alternative. If MS is mimicking Apple, they are only alienating their fans.

      That was my thought as well. What are the apps one would download? Obvious answer would be the ones not already on the phone/tablet. In some cases, if there is a much better app, one might download that, but preferably if the original app was removable.

      In my case, the camera app on iOS is perfect. Right now, I use my iPhone ONLY for personal use i.e. talking to my relatives, and also, using Whatsapp. So we exchange pictures via Whatsapp, and it's perfect. I have the locations enabled, and so have th

  • What is a selfie app?

  • It's an app that lets you app apps on App apps! Not like your LUDDITE software that only lets you take LUDDITE photos!

    Apps!

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