Newsletter: Watch Videos together on Facebook & Google Promises Wi-Fi Fix in Chromecast & Home

Newsletter: Watch Videos together on Facebook & Google Promises Wi-Fi Fix in Chromecast & Home

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of ‘do it yourself’.” ~ Marshall McLuhan

FACEBOOK INVITES PEOPLE TO WATCH VIDEOS TOGETHER

THE STORY

Facebook is working on a feature that will help people watch videos together at the same time.

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER?

As Mark Zuckerberg said, 2018 will be a benchmark year for Facebook. Lately, Facebook has been working on making its a platform where people interact more than ever.

With the new feature Watch Party, Facebook aims to make a group of Facebook users watch the same video in the same space at the same time, even when the video is not live. The videos will be chosen by group admins and moderators. The video can be any public videos on Facebook, no matter live or recorded.

facebook videos with friends

Image Credit: Facebook

 Facebook’s Fidji Simo, the product executive in charge of the company’s video efforts said in an FB post, “The Watch Party viewing experience is special because of the people you are watching with. We’re starting with Groups because one billion people use Facebook Groups every month to connect around their passions and hobbies – from foodies, to dog lovers, to sports enthusiasts, to fans of video creators – and video is a huge part of this interaction. While this is just a small test at the moment, we’ll be learning, and hope to expand Watch Party in the future.”

WHO WATCHES THE WATCH PARTY?

Watch Party is a feature fabricated to connect more and more people. We watch videos, comments and react on Facebook as and when we get time. However, Watch Party would enable several people to watch videos concurrently and react in real time.

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Facebook came up with the plan when it noticed that live videos attract more users and have more interactions than the recorded ones. Watch Party will necessarily convert recorded videos into live events, wherein everyone will watch the same video of their choice at the same time in a group.

As Facebook wants to bring people together and make them interact, react, comment more than ever. It’s all about inspiring human connection more and more.

Currently, this feature is live for a small number of groups. To start the watch party, group admin will select one or more videos and there it would begin. Group Members will join the watch party and react and comment in real time.

Well, this is not a new idea. Many other apps and people have tried to implement it but it didn’t take off. Now Facebook is working on it. Let’s see what will be the outcome!


GOOGLE WILL ADDRESS WI-FI CONNECTIVITY ISSUES OF CHROMECAST & HOME

THE STORY

Google releases fixes for Home and Chromecast Wifi connectivity issues.

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?

Google’s loved Home and Chromecast has been plagued with bugs, as users have complained issues with Wifi connectivity.

Google conceded the issues and said, “ In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks. The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router.”

Soon, Google will be releasing a fix to address the issue, it is set to roll out to its devices through a Play Services update from tomorrow.

WHAT IS THE IMMEDIATE SOLUTION TO THE ISSUE?

Mostly the TP-Link’s popular line of routers has seemed to be affected. The company then issued a firmware fix along with a stop gap and also asked to reboot their router or “try disabling the ‘Cast’ feature on your Android device to help mitigate the issue until an update is released to permanently fix this issue on the device itself.”

The issue seems to appear with other wireless networking companies like Netgear and Linksys.

For now, Google has also asked users to reboot their devices and check an upgrade for a router firmware.

The bug is minor but it can be surely counted as another one of the glitches which surfaced in Google devices including Pixel 2, Pixel Buds and Home Mini

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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