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 […]

The Ultimate Social Media Image and Video Size Guide for 2020 [Infographic]

The Ultimate Social Media Image and Video Size Guide for 2020 [Infographic]

With our social feeds becoming more and more busy, standing out from the crowd is getting harder than ever – but one of the key ways to boost the performance of your social posts is to ensure that your images look clear, crisp and attractive to users as they scroll through. But in order to maximize your visual assets, you have to post them in the right sizes and formats to align with each network – which, given there are so many platforms, can be difficult. That’s where this listing comes in – the team from Make a Website Hub have put together an updated overview of all the image and […]

Twitter Shares the Top Tweet Trends of 2019

Twitter Shares the Top Tweet Trends of 2019

What were the biggest trends on Twitter in 2019? This week, Twitter has published its latest listings of the key events, celebrities, sports teams, and more which drove conversation on the platform in 2019. Twitter has published its full insights in this tweet thread, but here’s a look at some of the topic-based listings and notes. First off, the most tweeted about TV shows for 2019 were (no surprise) ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Stranger Things’. The final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ generated a heap of hype leading in, then sparked a lot of subsequent debate afterwards. The popularity of ‘Stranger Things’ is also a big win for Netflix and its original content. […]

TikTok Publishes Top 10 Content Lists for 2019

TikTok Publishes Top 10 Content Lists for 2019

Are you considering TikTok for your 2020 digital marketing campaigns? If you are, then these listings are worth checking out – TikTok has this week published listings of the top content on its platform in 2019, covering ten different categories, and providing an interesting overview of what’s gaining the most traction in the app. The listings, as noted, focus on specific elements – for example, the Top Ten Viral Videos on the app. TikTok also lists the top ten ‘Memes’, ‘Artists’, ‘Celebrities’, ‘Breakout Creators’ and ‘Dance Trends’. Another interesting category is ‘Creative Effects’, which provides some good insight into how people are using the different tools on the app. That could […]

New App Lists TikTok Influencers by Engagement, Topic and Audience

New App Lists TikTok Influencers by Engagement, Topic and Audience

With more businesses looking to tap into TikTok in 2020, this new app could be particularly helpful. Called simply ‘Influence Grid‘, the app uses publicly available TikTok data to provide listings of TikTok influencers based on a range of customizable parameters, including country, topic, account size, average video views and engagement rate. The app’s data is updated every 20 days, ensuring that the information and tags stay fresh, and remain relevant to each users’ content, and additional options, like the capacity to download lists to .CSV, are also reportedly on the way. There are various influencer discovery tools like this available, but this is one of the most comprehensive and easy […]

Snapchat Begins Testing ‘Cameo’ Mode, Which Inserts Your Image into GIFs

Snapchat Begins Testing ‘Cameo’ Mode, Which Inserts Your Image into GIFs

Snapchat has begun live testing of a new mode called ‘Cameo’, which will enable users to insert their faces into GIFs, adding their own, unique spin to a range of short video clips. As first reported by TechCrunch, the new feature is currently being tested among selected users in France, with a view to a full rollout later this month, ahead of the holiday period. With users likely looking for something to do during long commutes to see family – or, indeed, when seeking an escape from actually seeing family – the new feature could gain traction quickly, and become another key trend among Snapchat users. The process for creating your […]