Facebook is pushing hard on the whole virtual reality thing, as its purchase of Oculus and 360-degree video implementation makes clear. The latest move is putting support for 360-degree photos into the News Feed, so you can now make your friends doubly jealous of whatever vacation you’re on.
The company announced that 360-degree photos would be coming last month, but the change was only just rolled out.
What do you get when you combine the functionality of Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, the e-commerce options of a site like PayPal and the communities like those at Goodreads and allrecipies.com, to name a few?
The answer is Imzy, a Salt Lake City-based startup as well as a new whimsically named platform for communities built by a team that includes a band of Reddit veterans. Its CEO, in fact, is Dan McComas, who previously led product at Reddit and who says he was dismissed not long after the user revolt that plagued the site last year. More →
If there’s one person you’d think would use good security to protect social media accounts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would be a good bet. But apparently, nothing is sacred: Zuckerberg’s Twitter, Pinterest and possibly Instagram accounts have all been hacked.
Zuckerberg’s accounts appear to have been compromised sometime on Sunday. In a series of messages posted to Zuck’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts, the hacker group OurMine took responsibility, and claimed they were just trying to raise awareness.
People are bad, Snapchat is awful, and selfies are the worst. Exhibit A: the federal government has had to issue warnings against taking selfies with baby seals, because it’s causing seal pups to be abandoned and die.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been forced to issue a specific warning against taking selfies with seal pups, an activity painfully known as a “sealfie.” According to the 1,000-word blog post some poor federal employee had to write, there’s a number of dangers of taking selfies with seals.
While you were spending your Memorial Day honoring those who lost their lives fighting for their country, or barbecuing, or shopping online, or doing whatever else you did on Monday, the thousands upon thousands of people elsewhere in the world were obsessing over something. And now it’s time for you to obsess over it, too. More →
The SLAC National Accelerator Lab in Menlo Park, California has a ridiculously powerful X-ray laser. And what would you do if you were one of the members of the team lucky enough to play with said X-ray laser? You would shoot stuff with it, obviously, and you would record all the action to post up later on YouTube. Well, you’re in luck because the researchers at the lab think just like you do and they’re way ahead of you. More →
Twitter has been fighting for relevancy over the last few years: Snapchat took away its tweens, Facebook took away the argumentative uncles, and Twitter is mostly left with political statements and Kanye’s tweetstorms.
But don’t worry, there’s a plan to Make Twitter Great Again, and it involves changes to the very heart of Twitter’s formula, the 140-character limit.
My iPhone looks so much better than yours. Sure the hardware is the same and so is the software, for the most part. But instead of using a photo of a cat or even Apple’s stock images, I put a little time and effort into the wallpapers I use on my handset. As a result, my phone looks far more sleek than most, and I’m reminded of that every time BGR publishes a post with a photo of my iPhone at the top because so many people email me asking for my wallpaper.
So beginning earlier this month, I began posting every once in a while when I come across a solid new set of wallpapers in an effort to help readers keep their phones looking as sharp as possible. More →
A Facebook Live stream made headlines on Monday, as father-in-the-making Kali Kanongata’a livestreamed his baby’s birth on Facebook Live. Only, Kanongata’a didn’t realize he was livestreaming to 120,000 people — he thought it was just going out to friends and family.
As People reports, Kanongata’a just “intended to share the video on Facebook so that his family on the Polynesian island of Tonga could share in his joy.” They did — but they were joined in their joy by 120,000 other random strangers off the internet. But the video at least has a happy ending for him:
“We just see it as a positive. I know some people are mad that it’s not private, but I’m from the island [of Tonga], and years ago, we would have water births in public. I wasn’t too worried about hiding anything because our culture has done this for thousands of years.”
The Fort McMurray wildfire has captured devastation on a scale most of us can’t comprehend. Images from the ground and satellites have helped quantify the destruction, but this shot from the International Space Station somehow ties the scale of the destruction together much more clearly.
The photo was taken by an Expedition 67 crew member on May 14th, from 240 miles away. (Yes, the astronauts have some pretty sweet cameras.) The lower-angle shot shows a huge plume of smoke engulfing Fort McMurray — the town isn’t really visible, the smoke is so dense.
I’m on a lifelong hunt for the perfect smartphone keyboard. Nothing out there is perfect — the right key layout always comes with the wrong prediction engine or the option key in the wrong place.
But as it turns out, Swiftkey has secretly been working on an Android keyboard with emoji support that is, technically speaking, the perfect medium for communication.
After years of deliberation, it appears that Twitter is finally going to stop counting links and photos toward its 140-character limit in tweets. A person familiar with the matter tells Bloomberg that although it hasn’t been made public, the company has reached a decision, and the update could hit within the next two weeks.
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