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Luxy: what a bad dating app teaches people

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Luxy is a dating app that has recently become the target of controversy and uproar with the rollout of a new feature called “Vouch”. If you’re familiar with Luxy, you might now what I’m talking about. Luxy is the Tinder for superficial people who only care about two things: money and looks. Now we’re not sure if the creators of the Luxy app were being ironic or trying to prove a point, but the whole philosophy behind this dating app is rotten at its core. This is going to be an opinion piece and I invite our readers to voice their opinions about the Luxy app and its new Vouch feature.

First let me tell you why the Vouch feature in the Luxy dating app angers me: if you’re not rich and if you’re not hot, you’re not fit for the Luxy community. That level of discrimination is usually frowned upon in many circles, yet Luxy chooses to pride itself with the Vouch feature, for whatever reason. The official name of the Luxy dating ap is the Millionaire dating app, for the successful and attractive people in the world. I get that there’s a market for this and I certainly understand that there are millions of superficial people who in my opinions, don’t get the way in which our world works. But that doesn’t mean we should promote such behavior.

Now let’s see what this app is all about. It’s got about 10 thousand downloads, which means it’s not a very popular dating app, to be fair. But it is the most superficial one I’ve come across. Once you install Luxy, you’re prompted to log in with Facebook, because rich, beautiful people don’t have time to fill out a worthwhile profile that says something about themselves. All that matters is your profile pic and the income you get per year, of course. After logging in with Facebook, you’re prompted to customize your profile. No, you don’t have to write a short bio or introduction, like with most dating apps. Nope, you have to select your income, your luxury brands, tags and your name.

In a dating app, you usually fill out the blanks with information you think that would be relevant for the would-be soul mate or partner you might be looking for. That’s not the case with Luxy. Nope, you get to select your income and the lowest one you can select is 200k per year, or non-disclosure. When it comes to the brands, you get about 30 of those and you can select 5 of them. So, I’m exorbitantly rich and love Bentley, Jaguar, Hermes, Dior, Cadillac, Chanel, Gucci and a ton of other brands, I’m not entitled to share that, I have to share five of them, because why make those with lesser salaries uncomfortable with my preferences?

Then we move on to choosing tags! You can’t put in your own tags, you’re going to have to select from a bunch of them: model, billionaire, actress, golf, doctor, lawyer, entrepreneur, handsome, sexy, fitness, dancer, director, Jewish!, Asian!, gourmet dining and more of the sorts. First off, the amount of stereotypes! I mean, really, Luxy, is it necessary to propagate that Asians and Jewish people are rich because of their ethnicity, provenance, religion or anything like that? Is it really? I don’t know how this app hasn’t been reported yet, honestly. Now for those of you who think that I’m ranting about this dating app because I’m ugly and poor: it doesn’t matter. The fact that Luxy as a dating app is promoting passing judgement based on two very superficial factors like income and looks is an offense to society. If I were the sexiest person alive with the highest salary, I wouldn’t parade that on a dating app, because that’s not why I want somebody to choose me as their date. It’s demeaning to rich people, it’s demeaning to poor people, and it’s just as demeaning to good-looking people (by what standards, though?) as it is ugly people (by whose standards?).

Luxy as a dating app is promoting standards that are non-existent. I made a profile on Luxy, and I’m currently waiting on people to pass judgement on my looks and the minimum income I selected. I’ll update this rant with my results tomorrow. I’m under 50 % right now, which is funny, after only 5 minutes on the dating app. What do you think about Luxy and the values it promotes in the world of romance? Do you think promoting these stereotypes is ok or do you think it’s okay when it’s just for fun? Sound off in the comments below. You can get Luxy, the worst dating app I’ve seen, from the Google Play Store, for free. You’d think being a dating app for millionaires, it would cost at least a tenner.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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TikTok Shop is now introducing its collection of pre-owned high-end fashion items to customers in the United Kingdom

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TikTok Shop, the social commerce marketplace of TikTok, is introducing a new section dedicated to secondhand luxury items in the United Kingdom. This move positions TikTok Shop in direct rivalry with existing platforms such as The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Depop, Poshmark, and Mercari. The offering has been present at TikTok Shop U.S. for a duration exceeding six months.

The addition of this new category enables clients in the United Kingdom to conveniently buy second-hand luxury garments, designer purses, and various accessories from within the TikTok application. Upon its inception, the platform offers a selection of only five British brands, namely Sellier, Luxe Collective, Sign of the Times, HardlyEverWornIt, and Break Archive.

Since its introduction in 2022, TikTok Shop has generated sales of approximately $1 billion or more in merchandise value. Nevertheless, despite its triumph, some contend that TikTok Shop is undermining the short-form video-sharing platform, alleging that counterfeit and substandard merchandise are inundating the market. The purchase of pre-owned luxury goods online carries the greatest danger of encountering counterfeit products, even for major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, eBay, and others, which also struggle with ensuring authenticity.

TikTok Shop, like other resale marketplaces, implements an anti-counterfeit policy that ensures a complete reimbursement in the event that a seller is verified to have sold a counterfeit item. Bloomberg has disclosed that the corporation is engaged in discussions with luxury goods company LVMH to enhance efforts to combat counterfeiting.

Every secondhand brand on TikTok Shop in the U.S. must possess certificates from third-party authenticators. TikTok collaborated with authentication providers Entrupy and Real Authentication to verify the authenticity of designer handbags available on the platform.

Concurrently, a representative from TikTok informed me that the five British brands each possess their own internal verification procedure. They declined to provide the commencement date for accepting secondhand brands other than their own.

TikTok Shop’s introduction of a used luxury category is a calculated maneuver to access the expanding market for previously owned high-end goods. The secondhand luxury market is a prosperous industry valued at around $49.3 billion (€45 billion) in 2023, with global sales of pre-owned designer items.

Moreover, this expansion is in line with the growing inclination of individuals towards adopting preloved fashion, and it creates new opportunities for secondhand brands in the U.K. to access a broader client demographic. The prevalence of secondhand fashion on TikTok is apparent, as seen by more than 144,000 TikTok postings utilizing the hashtag #secondhandfashion, resulting in nearly 1.2 billion views.

Today’s statement follows closely after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill mandating that ByteDance sell TikTok or else risk a ban in the U.S. This bill seems to be gaining favor in the Senate. An embargo would have a significant impact on American merchants who sell their products on the application. As per the company’s statement, the brief video-sharing application produced a total of $14.7 billion in revenue for small- to mid-size enterprises in the year 2023.

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Airchat, developed by Naval Ravikant, is a social application that focuses on conversation rather than written messages

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Airchat is a recently developed social media application that promotes and encourages users to engage in open and spontaneous conversations.

Last year, a previous iteration of Airchat was released. However, yesterday the team, which included Naval Ravikant, the founder of AngelList, and Brian Norgard, a former product executive for Tinder, rebuilt the application and reintroduced it on both iOS and Android platforms. At present, Airchat is exclusively accessible via invitation. However, it has already achieved a ranking of #27 in the social networking category on Apple’s App Store.

Airchat has a user interface that is visually familiar and easy to understand. Users can follow other users, navigate through a feed of posts, and interact with those posts by replying, liking, and sharing them. The distinction comes from the fact that the content consists of audio recordings for both posts and replies, which are subsequently converted into written form by the application.

Airchat automatically starts sending messages, which you can quickly navigate through by vertically swiping up and down. If you have the desire, you have the option to pause the audio and only read the text. Additionally, users have the capability to exchange photographs and videos. However, it appears that audio is the main point of interest for everyone, and Ravikant explains that it has the potential to significantly change the way social apps function, especially when contrasted to text-based platforms.

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Upon my recent enrollment in Airchat, the majority of the messages I encountered pertained to the application itself. Notably, Ravikant and Norgard actively engaged in responding to inquiries and seeking input from users.

“All humans are inherently capable of harmonious interactions with one another; it simply necessitates the use of our innate communication abilities,” Ravikant stated. “The prevalence of online text-only media has created the false belief that people are unable to get along, when in reality, everyone is capable of getting along.”

Past instances have seen digital entrepreneurs placing their bets on speech as the upcoming significant trend in social media. However, Airchat’s utilization of asynchronous, threaded messages provides a distinct experience compared to the transient live chat rooms that briefly gained popularity on Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces. Norgard claimed that this method eliminates the obstacle of stage fright when it comes to participation, as individuals have the freedom to make multiple attempts at producing a message without anybody being aware.

Indeed, he stated that during discussions with the first users, the team discovered that the majority of individuals currently utilizing AirChat exhibit introverted and timid characteristics.

Personally, I have not yet persuaded myself to publish anything. I was primarily intrigued by observing how other individuals were utilizing the application. Additionally, I had a complex emotional connection with the auditory perception of my own speech.

However, there is value in listening to Ravikant and Norgard articulate their perspective instead of solely relying on written transcriptions, as the latter may overlook subtle aspects such as excitement and tone. I am particularly interested in observing how deadpan humor and shitposting are conveyed, or not, in audio format.

I also encountered some difficulty with the velocity. The application automatically sets the audio playing to double the normal speed, which I found to be artificial, especially considering that the main purpose is to promote human interaction. To reset the speed, simply press and hold the pause button. However, when the speed is set to 1x, I observed that I would begin to skim through longer postings while listening, and I would often jump forward before listening to the entire audio. However, perhaps that is acceptable.

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However, Ravikant’s conviction in the efficacy of speech to reduce hostility does not always obviate the requirement for content-filtering functionalities. According to him, the feed operates based on intricate regulations that aim to conceal spam, trolls, and those that either you or they may prefer not to receive messages from. However, at the time of publication, he had not yet replied to a subsequent user inquiry regarding content moderation.

When questioned about monetization, namely the introduction of advertisements, whether in audio format or otherwise, Ravikant stated that the company is currently not under any obligation to generate revenue. (He characterized himself as “not the exclusive investor” but rather as a significant stakeholder in the company.)

“Monetization is of little importance to me,” he stated. “We will operate this project with minimal financial resources if necessary.”

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Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models

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Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, says the Pixel 8 Pro will be the first hardware to run Google’s generative AI models.

At an event today, Osterloh said the Pixel 8 Pro’s custom-built Tensor G3 chip, which accelerates AI workloads, can run “distilled” versions of Google’s text- and image-generating models to power image editing and other apps.

Osterloh said, “We’ve worked closely with our research teams across Google to take advantage of their most advanced foundation models and distill them into a version efficient enough to run on our flagship Pixel.”

Google improved Magic Eraser, its photo-editing tool, to remove larger objects and people smudge-free using on-device models. Osterloh claims that this improved Magic Eraser creates new pixels to fill in shot gaps, producing a higher-quality image.

Osterloh says a new on-device model will “intelligently” sharpen and enhance photo details, improving zoom.

On-device processing benefits audio recording. The Pixel 8 Pro’s recording app will soon summarize meeting highlights.

Gboard will use a large language model on the Pixel 8 Pro to power smart replies. Osterloh claims that the upgraded Gboard will provide “higher-quality” reply suggestions and better conversational awareness.

Osterloh said an update in December will add on-device generative AI features except for Magic Eraser, which appears on the Pixel 8 Pro at launch.

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