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FACEBOOK EXPANDING WATCH, A THREAT FOR YOUTUBE
Facebook is working on expanding Watch, a TV like service.
WHAT IS THE MOTIVE BEHIND THIS MOVE?
Facebook will be expanding Watch for more individual creators, influencers, and brands, by giving them a platform. The step will intensify the number of long-form video content that Facebook can sell ads against to fight the decreasing time users spend on the site.
Facebook wants more people to create their own original shows on Watch. Facebook will not be buying the rights to the shows and creators will be allowed to upload the shows for free.Facebook will earn by ads placed on the content. This is quite similar to YouTube conglomeration with its creators.
Well, this move will motivate and encourage people to make originals and invest in their creativity. According to various sources, Facebook’s long-term goal is to make a feasible ad-supported video platform, where it won’t have to pay for most of its content on the contrary of the present situation.
Ever since YouTube has laid down stringent policies, creators are looking for other platforms to earn advertising money. Amazon also showed interest in ad-supported video initiatives, that’s why it had a conversation with advertising agencies.
WHY IT MATTERS?
The change matters, as Watch was more about episodic, vetted content but now it is planning to add more original and accessible content like YouTube. Making Watch accessible to more will help Facebook in expanding video ad catalog. This move is inspired by the given trend in the market and it is forecasted that digital video ad will increase up to 35% approx and TV ad revenue will get escalate up to 5% approx.
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PIXEL 2’S VISUAL CORE PHOTO PROCESSOR NOW COMPATIBLE WITH THIRD-PARTY APPS
Google now opens the HDR+ technology on Pixel 2 for third-party apps.
WHAT IS NEW?
Google Pixel 2 has a hidden image processing chip, Visual Core. The main aim of the image processing processor is to improve the photos taken through Google applications. The technology works on machine learning and Google’s computational photography to do that. However, with today’s update, now the HDR+ technology is open for third-party apps as well. This is a good news as people take photos from other mediums as well.”
The feature was in testing since December, but now it is available for all the Pixel 2 users through some of the most popular social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. From now on, the app will also make available to third-party developers.
Well, this was an expected update but it took longer than the usual time given the sound partnerships with app developers
Visual Core access will be available for Pixel 2 users through the phone’s monthly software update in the next few days.
WHAT GOOGLE HAS TO SAY?
Google’s Senior Staff Hardware Engineer Ofer Shacham stated, “This is a first for us. We wanted to make sure it rolls out cleanly and nicely. We wanted to work with our partners and not surprise them. We wanted to make sure we improved on all aspects — not only image quality but performance and power. That’s why we only launched Pixel Visual Core in developer options back in November, and now we’re continually improving. We want to make sure that our phone keeps on improving with time.”