Google says it talked to wedding photographers to figure out how to build its face retouching feature

While building the Pixel 4’s face retouching feature, Google says it talked to the professionals who are most familiar with making people look good: wedding photographers. In an interview with The Vergecast this week, Isaac Reynolds, the lead product manager of the Pixel camera, elaborated on the team’s decisions around face retouching. “There are certain lines we won’t cross,” he says, like making faces thinner, lips larger, and noses smaller. To avoid all of that but still find a way to make people look like their best selves, he says they brought in wedding photographers.

“That’s your most important moment on your most important day where you have to look good because you’re going to be looking at it for the rest of your life,” he…

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HomeKit might be fading, but Apple’s not giving up yet

Apple HomeKit photos

Apple is focusing on its HomeKit initiative with a series of new hires, despite the fact that it’s falling behind Amazon and Google in the smart home space. Bloomberg reports that the company has posted 15 job listings for engineers to work on HomeKit since last month, and it has also been privately seeking out potential new hires in the internet-connected devices industry. The publicly available listings note that prospective employees should have supply chain expertise as well as experience building battery-powered wireless devices that include camera modules.

The recruiting efforts come as Apple is struggling to compete with both Amazon and Google in the smart home market. Part of the problem is that Apple currently has a much smaller…

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17 Things Our Editors Really Want to Buy Right Now

Did you catch this post last time? If so, feel free to skip below for this month’s batch of Instagram-induced shopping inspiration. If not, you can still do that, but here’s the rundown: I love utilizing the “save to collections” feature on Instagram to flag anything from interior design inspo to funny memes I’d like to look back on again to fashion pieces I love and, naturally, want to buy. So much so, in fact, that I decided to start reaching out to my fellow Who What Wear editors every month to find out what they’ve been eyeing too. Of course, we’re skipping the memes and sticking to clothing and accessories, but needless to say, they deliver every time.

From Ally and Anna’s boot and bag finds to the loungewear set Judith has now made me want to buy to my own blazer picks, just keep scrolling to see the fashion items we currently have saved to our Instagram collections and shop them along the way.

“All I can think about lately are leather blazers, and this one from Song of Style is particularly perfect.”

“Okay, I lied. I also think about regular blazers quite a lot and this Rosie HW–approved style from Bottega Veneta is at the top of my list for so many reasons, incuding the color, the belt, and the buttons, which are worth zooming in to see.”

“A splurge indeed but it’s timeless, right? I don’t typically love clutches, but I’d definitely make an exception for this beauty.”

“Well, it looks like I just found my next boot purchase. That was easy.”

“I literally cannot stop buying croc-embossed items lately, so of course this Loeffler Randall bag made its way right into my saved folder. Plus, it looks way more than $350—just saying.”

“It’s time to invest in a coat for the season, and Jocelyn never fails to entice me with its luxe styles. I can easily picture myself bundled in this puffer all winter long.”

“I’m all about reworked trench coats this season—and I’m particularly into this sleek checked iteration for a polished vibe.”

“This on-trend braided leather crossbody bag is $150, but seriously looks like it could pass for well over $500. All about it.”

“I first discovered this new bag brand on my friend Eliza’s Instagram, and now that Shopbop picked it up, there’s no question that it’s one to watch.”

“These nail so many boot trends in one go, and the fact that they’re $100 is just the icing on the cake. Sign me up.”

“That exact look is a curation of perfect vintage finds from Lucia Zolea, but I am taking inspiration from the business-meets-bedroom aesthetic and think this Free People bustier will help me get the look.”

“Last season I wore my leopard-print mesh Ganni turtleneck maybe three times a week. In other words, it is time for an update. This snake-print version should do the trick.”

“I’m a homebody, so I’m always drawn to cozy and luxe loungewear. This sweatsuit is high up on my wish list—it’s super comfortable for chilling at home but would also make for a great airport outfit.”

“My fall/winter wardrobe could really do with these black knee-high mock-croc boots that could seriously pass for designer.”

“Shout-out to our editor Judith on this one: She found the perfect work-ready dress from French brand Ba&sh, which is available at Nordstrom. I love the sheer sleeves and midi length.”

“I’m obsessed with Danish brand Stine Goya, which is known for its cheerful prints and vivid colors. Instead of investing in a boring black coat, I really want this beautiful green houndstooth version, which—dare I say—is just as versatile!”

“Shifting to the home dĂ©cor space for a moment, I desperately need a good full-length mirror (yes, partly for outfit selfies). I’m into sleek and simple mirrors like this Scandi-inspired one from Rove Concepts.”

Up next: Six colors that are as easy to wear as black.

Fresh Air Weekend: Elton John; Novelist Attica Locke

In his memoir, Me, British singer-songwriter Elton John, shown in 1974, shares revelations about his sexual orientation and his struggle with cocaine.

John discusses music, addiction and his new memoir, Me. Justin Chang reviews the satirical Nazi film, Jojo Rabbit. Locke shows a part of Texas we don’t usually see in Heaven, My Home.

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