Twitter Debuts Live 360-Degree Videos
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. Such videos will be marked with a "live 360" badge so people will know what type of video it is. The live video will be available to anyone to watch, and people will be able to view the video without dedicated 360-degree or VR headsets; instead, a tool allows people to pan around with their phone or drag the content around on the the screen. Twitter is limiting the number of broadcasters that are allowed to push live 360-degree video for now. A registration page for interested broadcasters is available on Periscope's web site.
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Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
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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.
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Google today added a new tool to image search that should help clarify what type of content is available within the individual search results. Moving forward, people will begin to see small badges in the bottom left corner of image results that indicate what's behind the image.