Verizon Announces FreeBee Sponsored Data Program
Verizon Wireless today revealed FreeBee Data, a program that will allow consumers to access select data without it counting against their monthly data bucket. The program has two business models, according to Verizon, and both target content providers more so than end users. FreeBee Data 360 allows content providers to let consumers access some of all of their app/web content at no cost to the consumer. The content providers will be charged on a per gigabyte basis for what consumers use. The second tier, called FreeBee Data, is less intensive and lets content providers sponsor specific consumer actions per click, such as streaming music or watching mobile videos. Verizon is launching FreeBee Data 360 on a trial basis beginning today, which allows content providers to target Verizon's entire post-paid customer base. The FreeBee Data program kicks of January 25. Verizon says a few brands have already signed up for this pay-per-click service, including Hearst, AOL, and Gameday. Verizon is limiting tests of this to just 1,000 customers initially, with a commercial launch expected later in the year. Sponsored content will be signified by the presence of the FreeBee icon (a bee), which will appear next to content links. AT&T has a more limited of sponsored data available to its customers, and T-Mobile offers zero-rated access to select streaming music and video services though its Music Freedom and Binge On programs.
Review: Xiaomi Mi Sphere 360 Camera
Cameras that capture 360-degree photos and videos are fun and creative smartphone companions. Xiaomi's Mi Sphere 360 Camera is an affordable entry in the space that lets you capture your 360-degree experiences, edit them, and easily share them with others.
Facebook Trots Out Virtual Reality App for Samsung Gear VR
Mar 8, 2017
Facebook today announced Facebook 360 for Gear VR, a dedicated app to help Samsung device owners find and consume 360-degree Facebook content. The app is available to compatible Galaxy devices, such as the Note 5, S7, and S7 edge.
Facebook Turns On Support for 360-Degree Photos
Jun 9, 2016
Facebook today made it possible for people to upload and view 360-degree imagery. The tool includes support for panorama-style photos, as well as full 360-degree photos or photo spheres.
Twitter Debuts Live 360-Degree Videos
Dec 29, 2016
Twitter and Periscope plan to let broadcasters push live 360-degree video to followers on the two social networks. Twitter sees the real-time, 360-degree video as yet another way for people to interact with personalities and publishers.