Engadget: Facebook patent reveals more details about its AR glasses . “Mark Zuckerberg showed off a render of the AR glasses Facebook is working on last year, but he didn’t reveal a lot of details about the device. Now, we finally know a bit more about it, thanks to a new patent application filed by members of Oculus’ advanced research division. The application, obtained by Business Insider, is for ‘waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner’ that ‘may augment views of a physical, real-world environment with computer-generated elements.'”
TechCrunch: Google to livestream Android O launch event timed for total solar eclipse. “Google is using a astronomical event to debut its newest Android operating system update: Android O is set to arrive on August 21, with a livestreamed unveiling event timed for 2:40 PM ET in NYC – which is roughly when the maximum solar eclipse is set to occur for New York.” I personally will be paying attention to the eclipse, and not Google’s livestream!
BuzzFeed: Now You Can View Tweets By Topic, Without Having To Make A List. “Now you can view tweets sorted by topic, without having to follow anyone, right in Twitter’s Explore tab. The social platform released the new feature globally on iOS and Android Tuesday, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News. Twitter’s algorithms will show you these topics based on what they know about your interests. Eventually, the platform will give users more control over what they see, the spokesperson said.”
The Next Web: WordPress.com’s new Paypal integration makes it easier for bloggers to sell stuff online. “Selling goods and services on WordPress.com just got a lot easier. Yesterday, Automattic announced the launch of a Simple Payment button that allows users of the hosted blog/site/CMS service to accept Paypal payments in just a few clicks.”
Ars Technica: Now you can post videos directly to Reddit, no third-party service required. “Reddit announced a big, and likely welcome, change coming to its site: native video uploads. After testing the feature out in about 200 communities, native video hosting will now roll out for all Reddit communities, giving every user the ability to upload and share videos on Reddit without the use of a third-party service. Until now, users had to upload videos to another site and then post the video’s link to Reddit in order to share.”
Engadget: Google tests tools that encourage you to pay for news. “It’s no secret that Google and conventional news outlets have a fraught relationship, and that’s in no small part due to the problems publishers have turning Google searchers into paying customers. Why subscribe when you just read an article for free? It might soon give you more incentives to sign up, though. The company is conducting tests with the New York Times and Financial Times that would encourage and streamline subscriptions. They’re not necessarily good if you prefer free news, but they might influence your decision if you’re sitting on the fence.”
Consumerist: Facebook Cracking Down On Video Clickbait In The Newsfeed. “There are two kinds of video clickbait Facebook is going after: Stories that feature either fake video play buttons embedded in their imagery, or videos that only play a static image.”