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How to use the Green Screen effect on TikTok 

The TikTok music note logo against a dark background.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Green screens used to be reserved for those with access to, well, a green screen. This method has been around for a long time: allowing creators to superimpose a photo or video onto a background in a film or video. Traditionally, that means using a setup that has a large sheet of (usually) green material behind the subject. The solid color makes it easy to digitally remove that color in post-production and add whatever image or video should be there.

Now the idea of green screens has gone digital as a way to hide backgrounds in meetings or to create fun videos on social media. TikTok has taken this idea and run with it by creating an effect within the app that does basically the same thing. While not as polished as a traditional green…

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Communication around masks is still terrible

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced long-awaited guidelines in May for when vaccinated people could stop wearing masks, some experts cautioned that the changes were coming too soon. We were still learning more about the vaccine’s protection, and epidemiologists were worried about coronavirus variants. If mask rules were lifted and cases spiked again, reinstating them would be difficult.

Well, cases are now rising again across the country in a Delta variant-fueled surge, and that’s making mask recommendations just as difficult to handle as people feared. The surge is most devastating in places with low vaccination rates, but it’s also hitting states and counties where most adults are vaccinated. So not long…

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Today’s Google doodle is an anime-infused sports game

Google has gone all-out on today’s doodle to mark the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Select the modified logo and you can play ‘Doodle Champion Island Games,’ an anime-infused title featuring sports mini-games. Google says it’s the largest interactive doodle it’s ever made.

You control Lucky the cat in a pixel-art landscape dotted with Japanese landmarks. Once you join one of several color-coded teams, you can take part in mini-games including table tennis and skateboarding. The controls are relatively straightforward, relying on various combinations of the arrow keys and spacebar. We won gold in the table tennis and pulled off kick-flips and fakies while skateboarding with ease. The doodle will stick around for the coming weeks, adding new games along the way.

The cut scenes are pretty lush, too. According to Google, the interactive doodle was made in collaboration with STUDIO4°C, the Tokyo-based animation house behind feature films like Tekkonkinkreet. It also worked on action-adventure puzzle game Catherine. You can find out more about Doodle Champion Island Games in the behind-the-scenes video below.

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Sony’s WH-1000XM3 ANC headphones fall to a new low of $170

You no longer have to spend upwards of $200 on a quality pair of active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones. If you don’t mind settling for a slightly older model, we highly recommend the Sony WH-1000XM3. Weeks after they dropped to $190, the wireless headphones are down another $20 at Best Buy to a new low of $170.

Buy Sony WH-1000XM3 at Best Buy – $170

We gave the XM3 a review score of 94 in September 2018 due to their excellent sound and comfort. Inside is a dedicated noise-canceling chip, the QN1, which does the heavy-lifting in terms of blocking background noise and boosting audio. For those unaccustomed to ANC, you may even notice new sounds on the tracks you love. Audiophiles will also take to the customization offered through Sony’s app that lets you fine-tune audio.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the XM3’s successors, the XM4. The newer headphones feature two major additions: Auto-pause and seamless multi-device listening. Hardly a deal-breaker when you consider they currently cost $348.

The XM3’s design is also a crowdpleaser. The over-ear headphones come in black with …read more