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YouTube VR Is Now On Samsung Gear VR — And With A New Shared Viewing Feature
July 31, 2018 12:00 pm|Comments (0)

KRAKOW, POLAND – 2018/07/25: Youtube logo is seen in an Android mobile device. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Now you can watch YouTube with friends, no matter which reality you’re in.

Streaming giant YouTube has recently announced VR compatibility with Samsung — making YouTube VR available for all Gear VR users. The app has traditionally only been available via Daydream View, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.

In an official blog post from the company, YouTube VR Product Lead Erin Teague explained the company’s intention to make VR experiences available and accessible to the millions of users not already on a compatible headset.

We want everyone with a VR headset to be able to experience YouTube VR…. Starting today, we’re expanding access to millions of people with Gear VR headsets. You’ll be able to download the app from the Oculus Store for free starting this week.

There is no mention of YouTube VR on Oculus — and most notably not for Oculus Go, the company’s standalone headset launched earlier this summer.

This move will certainly curb the frustration felt by Gear VR users left to navigate YouTube via a web browser, but maybe more notable: YouTube has also included Gear VR in its rollout of the “Watch Together” feature.

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“[T]oday we’re introducing a new feature in the YouTube VR app that lets you watch and discuss videos with others in a communal, virtual space,” Teague said.

First announced during Google I/O 2017, this co-watching feature allows multiple people to join the same 360-degree video by joining “parties.”

“We believe that one of the best ways to experience VR is with other people,” Teague said.

For more emerging technology coverage, including cryptocurrency, blockchain, VR/AR, AI, and more, follow Jesse Damiani on Forbes and on Twitter.

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Facebook to pull plug on 'Trending' topics feature
June 1, 2018 6:05 pm|Comments (0)

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Friday it will remove the ‘Trending’ topics feature that compiles popular news from its social network, as it seeks to ensure users see news from trustworthy and quality sources.

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook like button is seen in front of the Facebook logo, in this illustration taken October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The move, effective next week, comes at a time when the world’s largest social network is combating the spread of fake news on its platform, which has in some places become central to the distribution of news.

Trending accounted for less than 1.5 percent of clicks to news publishers on average, Facebook said here in a blog post, adding the company was testing ways to display news including a ‘breaking news label’ and ‘today in’, a dedicated section for local news.

The quality of news on Facebook has been called into question after alleged Russian operatives, for-profit spammers and others spread false reports on the site, including during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

Facebook had in the past few years made changes to the Trending topics feature to avoid ideological or political bias.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil and Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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Facebook to allow users to clear browsing history with new feature
May 1, 2018 6:05 pm|Comments (0)

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday the social network is building a new privacy control called “clear history” to allow users to delete browsing history.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S. May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Zuckerberg, in a post on his Facebook account, said he will discuss the feature at Facebook’s annual F8 conference which begins today.

“This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send us information when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward,” the company said in a separate blog post.( here )

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S. May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Zuckerberg compared the new tool to the option of clearing cookies in a browser, which he said can make parts of the user experience worse as users may have to reconfigure things.

Facebook said it will take a few months to build the update, adding the company will work with privacy advocates, academics, policymakers and regulators to get their input on the new approach.

Tech companies are under intense scrutiny about how they protect customer data after Facebook was embroiled in a huge scandal where millions of users’ data were improperly accessed by a political consultancy.

“One thing I learned from my experience testifying in Congress is that I didn’t have clear enough answers to some of the questions about data,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr

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Latest iPhone 8 Leak Confirms ‘Essential’ Feature Upgrade
January 15, 2017 1:05 am|Comments (0)

Apple’s new iPhone has a feature upgrade that’s likely to fly below the radar…


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Rigaku to Feature Latest Analytical Instruments at Pittcon 2017
January 13, 2017 9:25 am|Comments (0)

Rigaku will be in attendance at Pittcon 2017, exhibiting its benchtop XRD and XRF spectrometers at Booth #3512

(PRWeb January 13, 2017)

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Google Calendar celebrates 10th birthday with new goals feature
April 13, 2016 4:45 am|Comments (0)

Reminders on Google Calendar.

Google Calendar turns 10 years old today. To celebrate, Google has added a new goals feature to the service.

As its name implies, the new feature lets you set a personal goal in Google Calendar, which then does the dirty work of finding time in your schedule so that you can hit your objective. While Goals is available in all countries and languages where Google Calendar works, it is mobile-only, a Google spokesperson tells me, so you’ll need to update your Android or iOS app accordingly from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

To set a goal (it can be anything that occurs regularly), you’ll have to answer two important questions: “how often?” and “best time?”. Google Calendar does the rest: It will find the best windows to pencil in time for your new goal.

The best part is that your goals will automatically adjust their timing throughout the week. Google Calendar will automatically reschedule if you add another event that’s a direct conflict with a goal:

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Google Calendar also lets you defer a goal at any time. But, that doesn’t mean you get to slack. Google Calendar will make time for it later.

In fact, Google says that Calendar gets better at scheduling the more you use it. The new feature uses machine learning to improve — every time you defer, edit, or complete your goals, Google Calendar gets a little better at choosing times for your goals.

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