Oculus Rolls Out Hand Tracking in VR, Eliminating the Need for Gloves or Controllers

Oculus Rolls Out Hand Tracking in VR, Eliminating the Need for Gloves or Controllers

After first announcing the coming option at its ‘Oculus Connect‘ conference back in September, Facebook’s virtual reality arm has now launched the first consumer release of hand-tracking, a major advance in VR connectivity. [embedded content] As explained by Oculus: “From gesturing and communicating with others to picking up and manipulating objects, our hands play an important role in how we interact with the world – and they’re key to unlocking the feeling of true presence in a virtual space. We first brought your hands into VR with Oculus Touch controllers, so you could engage in VR in a more natural way. Now, we’re taking the next step with hand tracking on Oculus […]

Facebook Adds New, Interactive Features for Portal Smart Speaker

Facebook Adds New, Interactive Features for Portal Smart Speaker

Given the various questions around how Facebook has tracked and utilized the personal information of its users in the past, the company’s Portal smart speaker device was always going to be a hard sell in the current market. “Add a Facebook camera into my home, where it has the capacity to record my private life and conversations? Sure, sounds great.” Likely reflective of this, Portal sales, thus far, haven’t been great, but the device could still end up playing a significant role in Facebook’s growth plans, if it’s able to provide more functionality. Essentially, to make Portal a success, Facebook needs to make Portal’s features so compelling that people are willing […]

Pinterest Launches ‘Pinterest Trends’ Beta to Showcase Rising Interests

Pinterest Launches ‘Pinterest Trends’ Beta to Showcase Rising Interests

Pinterest has announced the launch of a new tool called ‘Pinterest Trends‘ which will provide insight into the most popular search terms on the platform over the preceding 12 months, as well data on when the top searches peak throughout the year, in order to help marketers with their campaign planning. As explained by Pinterest: “Over 320 million people around the world use Pinterest to get inspired – from finding meals they’re going to cook, to figuring out what to wear or how to style their homes. More than 200 billion ideas have been saved to over 4 billion boards to-date on the platform, providing insights into emerging trends and early signals […]

Facebook Faces Ongoing Challenges Around Message Encryption and Election Security

Facebook Faces Ongoing Challenges Around Message Encryption and Election Security

With the 2020 US Presidential election looming, Facebook is going to be a key focus, with government and regulatory bodies of various kinds scrutinizing the ways in which the company is enacting its security features, and the plans its putting in place as part of its broader shift towards enhanced privacy. This week, we’ve seen updates on a few of these areas of concern, potentially putting Facebook on the back foot, and setting the stage for the next wave of criticism against the social media giant. Here are some of the areas where Facebook is facing tough questions. Facebook Responds on Encryption Plans First off, Facebook has this week responded to […]

Pinterest Publishes Listing of Top 100 Trends for 2020, Based on User Behavior

Pinterest Publishes Listing of Top 100 Trends for 2020, Based on User Behavior

Pinterest has this week published a new listing of rising trends which are likely to gain even more traction in the year ahead. Called the ‘Pinterest 100‘, the list, which has its own, dedicated mini-site, covers ten key categories, which Pinterest has identified based on search and general usage trends throughout the year. As explained by Pinterest: “When Pinners are looking for new ideas, they come to Pinterest first. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. And every time someone searches on Pinterest, they’re thinking about what they want to try next. Multiply that behavior by the more than 320 million people using Pinterest […]

Google Brings New Features to ‘App + Web’ Properties in Google Analytics via @MattGSouthern

Google Brings New Features to ‘App + Web’ Properties in Google Analytics via @MattGSouthern

Google is upgrading the new App + Web property in Google Analytics, which allows users to measure multiple websites and apps. App + Web properties were introduced this past July, and allow people to measure data across their app and website all in one place. It’s designed to help site owners better understand users’ journeys across the two platforms. In addition to measuring multiple websites, other enhancements to App + Web properties include more custom analysis options and faster access to data. Here’s more on each of the new features. Multiple Web Streams App + Web properties now support up to 50 data streams across apps, websites, and web apps […]

Google Launches Tool to Help Publishers Manage Content in Google News via @MattGSouthern

Google Launches Tool to Help Publishers Manage Content in Google News via @MattGSouthern

Google has launched a new tool designed to help publishers manage how their content appears across Google products. Google’s new Publisher Center merges two old tools – Google News Producer and Google News Publisher Center. In addition to merging the features of these tools, Google says the user experience and functionality is also improved. In the same vein as the existing tools, Publisher Center is an interface that helps publishers submit, manage, and monetize their content in Google News. The new Publisher Center has unique features that didn’t exist in the old tools. Publishers now have an easier way to manage their identity, such as adding different logos depending on […]

Say hello to Google’s new Publisher Center

Say hello to Google’s new Publisher Center

Google has launched Publisher Center, an interface that allows publishers to submit, manage and monetize their content in Google News and other Google properties, the company announced on Tuesday. The new Publisher Center merges two existing tools, Google News Publisher Center and Google News Producer. Why we care The new Publisher Center improves on user experience and functionality, Google said, decreasing the friction involved with managing your publication’s branding, content, ads and more on Google News. For companies with multiple publications, the new interface also makes it easier to organize and switch between each property. Improved permission settings should also make collaboration more fluid. More on the announcement Publishers can […]

Pinterest Trends gives marketers a view of the top U.S. searches on the platform

Pinterest Trends gives marketers a view of the top U.S. searches on the platform

Pinterest Trends, a new tool that will provide an overview of the top U.S. search terms over the past 12 months along with data on when those search terms peaked, has begun rolling out, the company announced on Tuesday. Source: Pinterest. Why we care Google Trends has long been a resource marketers have relied on to gauge trends and seasonal interest in topics. Pinterest Trends will offer another set of keyword trend data, specifically around the categories it caters to such as food, home and fashion. More insight into search queries and trends can give brands a better understanding of the content and campaigns that may perform well on (and […]

10 Important 2020 SEO Trends You Need to Know via @MrDannyGoodwin

10 Important 2020 SEO Trends You Need to Know via @MrDannyGoodwin

It’s time to take our annual look at what’s ahead for SEO professionals in 2020. What SEO strategies and tactics will work and help you dominate in the SERPs and earn more revenue in 2020? This is the question we ask every year here at Search Engine Journal. This year, I asked 58 of today’s top SEO professionals for their thoughts. Here are the top 10 trends you need to know in 2020, according to the experts. Want all the SEO trends now? Download our new ebook: The Biggest SEO Trends of 2020, According to 58 Experts Trend #1: BERT & User-Focused Optimization In 2019, the launch of Google’s new […]