Facebook ‘to launch ads within videos’

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Facebook is to test “mid-roll” video advertising – in which ads are played after a video has already started.  The ads would probably first appear in Facebook videos by professional publishers, said one analyst.  To date, the social network has resisted allowing “pre-roll” ads that play before a video starts.  Publishers would receive 55% of… Read more »

Changing Minds Where It Mattered

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MARK ZUCKERBERG, CEO and founder of Facebook is trying hard to convince everyone that Facebook had no nefarious role in the 2016 US Presidential election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the… Read more »

Snap’s Spectacles Are the First Camera We Actually Want to Wear

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Snap, the company formerly known as Snapchat, just released its sunglasses with built-in cameras. They’re tough to get, but fun to use and they just might be the first face computer you’ll actually want to wear. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 17th, 2016 Link to video (under Gadgets area): https://www.wired.com/ Discussion 1) How might a company you work… Read more »

Should games firms welcome or fear Chinese conquest?

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The Chinese are coming and they’re hungry for games companies.  They need new content to feed their 560 million avid gamers, who contribute to the biggest gaming market in the world – worth an estimated $24.4bn (£19.8bn) in 2016, according to Newzoo.  And this market is growing at around 15% a year. Source: BBC Technology News… Read more »

Is anyone really drilling earphone jacks into their iPhone?

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Got a new iPhone 7 already? Or are you hesitating because Apple lost that headphone jack and everyone’s complaining about it?  Fear not, apparently you can just drill a hole in the phone, plug in your old headphones and you’re good to go.  Of course this won’t work – seriously, don’t do it – but… Read more »

Is this the moment e-sports comes of age?

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It is a deal that could mark the moment e-sports enters the big league. The US owners of a famous basketball franchise and investors in Premier League club Crystal Palace have snapped up two of the leading e-sports teams.  The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Team Dignitas and Apex, and will merge them into what the… Read more »

Researchers play No Man’s Sky like an archaeological dig

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  Reinhard and a team of 18 scientists and researchers dove into No Man’s Sky when it launched on Sony PlayStation 4 and PC, treating it like an archaeological site, only one built with columns of code instead of columns of marble.  ​Reinhard calls this “archaeogaming,” or the study of archaeology inside a video game’s world. Source: CBC News Date: September 27th, 2016 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/no-mans-sky-archaeology-1.3768986… Read more »

Apple is losing the 3.5mm headphone jack

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  After months of rumors and criticism online, Apple confirmed Wednesday that it will eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.  Those who buy the newest iPhone will either have to go wireless with Bluetooth headphones, buy a pair of corded headphones that can connect through the Lightning port… Read more »

Facebook Traffic to News Sites Has Fallen by Double Digits

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A leading web analytics company says in a new report that traffic from Facebook to some of the top news publishers declined at double-digit rates in the second quarter of this year. SimilarWeb found that Facebook visits to some media companies are down by as much as 50% compared with the first quarter. Source: Fortune Date: August… Read more »

How online ‘influencers’ are changing the food industry

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It’s all about your followers on social media.  Thirteen-year-old Californian food blogger Chase Bailey – who has autism – has just written his first cookbook after gaining more than 200,000 views for his YouTube page, Chase ‘N Yur Face.  His weekly posts see him cooking new recipes, working with established chefs and teaching his thousands… Read more »