Today Facebook launches its full assault on YouTube with a dedicated hub for watching Live and recorded videos in its mobile app. A Video tab is taking over Messenger’s prime, center spot in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, turning Facebook into a destination for discovering videos categorized by topic beyond stumbling across them in the feed. The Video hub heavily features Facebook’s Live broadcasts, and will roll out on iOS and Android in the coming weeks alongside a slew of Live upgrades including: Payments to select news publisher partners in exchange for broadcasting on Live instead of their own sites Live videos in Groups like your family or people with a specific interest Live videos in Events so you can schedule a Q&A or show off a party to invitees who couldn’t come Comment Replays that simulate how feedback popped up during Live viewing Topic tagging to place your Live video in the right discovery category in the video hub … [Read more...] about Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab
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Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it’s sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android in the US in the coming weeks. Below is a deep analysis of how Nearby Friends works, how it was built, its privacy implications, how it impacts the competitive landscape, and its long-term opportunities for Facebook. But here’s the tl;dr version: Nearby Friends was built by the Glancee location sharing app team led by Andrea Vaccari that Facebook acquired in 2012. It adds a list of nearby friends to Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. It will also send notifications if you come within a short distance of a friend, and if someone shares their precise location with you … [Read more...] about Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up
One of Apple's big pitches for Apple Arcade is the ability to let you play games wherever you are. One $4.99 (£4.99, AU$7.99)-a-month subscription opens up a library of games you can play on your iPhone on the train, on your iPad in bed, your MacBook at the coffee shop or on your couch at home with the Apple TV.The pitch is reminiscent of the original (non-Lite) Nintendo Switch, which also lets you play the same games at home or on the go. While the Switch uses the same hardware for both, Arcade games play on mobile (iPhone and iPad) and home (Apple TV) devices, with the ability to start on one screen and continue on another.Read: All the hardware you need to play Apple Arcade games After messing around with the mobile versions of the games, I was curious to see how they translated to the big screen. I recently spent a few days trying a variety of Arcade titles on an Apple TV 4K and a 55-inch 4K TV, primarily using the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers. … [Read more...] about Apple Arcade plays on big screens with Apple TV, but it’s no Nintendo Switch
This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. If there's one cultural phenomenon that's defined the last decade, there's a strong argument to be made for memes. They've undoubtedly shaped online humor and interactions, spurring countless pages and groups on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Reddit. Memes have become somewhat of a unifying force, bringing people from all walks of life together to show how much we have in common. We relate to friends and reminisce about shared experiences by tagging them in various posts. Memes have also become a way to communicate and react to things on social media, from political news to pop culture events to internet phenomena. The popularity of memes has skyrocketed in recent years with the rise of social media. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have made it easier to share and find content, bringing much joy to our … [Read more...] about From Distracted Boyfriend to Grumpy Cat, here are the top 15 memes of the decade
Dial Up! How the Hmong diaspora uses the world’s most boring technology to make something weird and wonderful By Mia SatoPhotography byAnnabelle Marcovici & Phyllis B. DooneyIllustration by David Huang Even on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, the radio lines were busy. Other people might send a card or go out for a family breakfast, but on Hmong radio shows, you waited your turn to speak into the ether, to tell strangers across the world about your parents. Some were living, some already dead, and others were still missing years after the war. No matter the specifics, almost every speaker cried, whether in longing, regret, or simply for the foreign feeling of saying out loud what a mother or father meant to them. But what could these strangers listening know about this grief, contained for so long and finally given a place to expand and breathe? Callers joined in from across the US, France, Canada, and Australia, some using fake names to conceal themselves … [Read more...] about Dial up!