Lenovo launches first-ever phone equipped with space-sensing Google Tango: Today in San Francisco, Lenovo introduced via live video stream its phab2PRO phone, the world’s first Tango-enabled phone. Tango — formerly Project Tango — is Google’s R&D effort to instill smartphones with the ability to immediately sense space, and then lay interactive visuals on top of it.
Chatbots take the pitch for Euro 2016: U.K.-based online football community Copa 90, which has 2 million Facebook followers, is choosing the UEFA European Championship, aka Euro 2016, to roll out its first Facebook Messenger chatbot.
Two years old, The Dodo now does 500 million video views a month: The Dodo is another viral wunderkind. In just two years, thanks to stories like Chimp Hugs Woman Who Saved Her Life 20 Years Ago, the site founded by Izzie Lerer has 5 million uniques in the U.S., per April comScore (the company puts it at 12 million uniques including its global audience, citing Google Analytics). But the bigger growth story has been on the off-platform video side.
What Al Jazeera has learned posting Snapchat stories from 30 countries: Al Jazeera English has been going all in on Snapchat, publishing from 30 countries over the last six months. The organization has been able to draw on its network of 80 global bureaus so now dozens of correspondents within the publisher’s TV teams are recording content for Snapchat.
Taking the Plunge: The School of Visual Arts, New York beat out professional agencies from around the world to take home the prestigious ADC Black Cube for best-in-show at the Art Directors Club ADC 95th Annual Awards Celebration and Exhibition at the ADC Gallery in New York.
Beck’s Created a 360-Degree Camera That Fits Into a Beer Bottle Cap: Beer brand Beck’s and BBDO Germany have come up with a clever way to hide technology into its products that doubles as a bit of free promotion. The team created a tiny camera that fits on top of a beer bottle. The gadget sticks to iPhone cameras and uses a mirror to let consumers shoot footage at a 360-degree angle.
MTV Uses Twitter to Gauge How Well It’s Doing on Snapchat: At a panel organized by Northside Festival this week, MTV execs talked about how the publisher is programming short-form content for the mobile app geared toward millennials. MTV is one of a handful of publishers on Snapchat that produces for Discover—the part of the app where roughly 20 media brands publish daily content—and manages its own account. MTV often asks musicians to take over the account for a day and posts behind-the-scenes looks at awards shows.
Snapchat Is Pushing Marketers to Turn Up the Volume and Ditch Silent Ads: Snapchat is teaming with Moat, a burgeoning ad measurement player, to help marketers better understand their campaigns’ effectiveness. One of the more interesting elements they’ll focus on: audio. Snapchat apparently believes audio is being undervalued in the digital marketplace.
77% of content is being shared via ‘Dark Social’, finds new research: Over three-quarters of content coming from publishers or marketers is being shared via Dark Social, versus just 23 percent on public social networks, research from RadiumOne has found.
Six months in: What the BBC has learned using Facebook Live: BBC World News is putting Facebook Live video front and center of its coverage around both the Euro 2016 football tournament and the EU referendum. The broadcaster has been experimenting with different types of Facebook Live content for the last six months.
Samsung saves worst Instagram account: Samsung recently helped an Icelandic man widely known for having the worst Instagram account ever to take brilliant pictures, thanks to the camera on the Galaxy S7 smartphone. In a campaign created by Cheil Worldwide and launched last month, Samsung helped a fisherman from Iceland take the perfect picture after his attempts to show off his surroundings were hampered by low lighting.
Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump on Twitter: ‘Delete your account’: Minutes after receiving Barack Obama’s presidential endorsement, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton reached deep into the recesses of internet meme culture to sling the following insult at the universally beloved de facto GOP nominee, Donald Trump.
Now you can leave a video as a Facebook comment: Facebook announced on Friday it will now allow users to leave a video in the comments section, as the company continues to emphasize video content as we consume more of it.
More than 32 million Twitter accounts may have been hacked: More than 32 million records of Twitter account usernames, passwords, and email addresses have been obtained by the website LeakedSource, a paid repository for data breaches.