FACEBOOK FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR VR CAMERA
Just one year ago, Facebook announced the Surround 360, a VR camera costing $30,000. Facebook have now developed their camera to take the VR experience one step further, introducing the ability to move around within a VR scene. Typically, 360 cameras create an experience seen from a fixed position, allowing you to change your view by moving up, down, left and right but you are unable to move your body within the scene. Facebook’s new camera will solve this by using a combination of overlapping camera coverage for depth information, as well as innovative software developments.
INSTAGRAM FOR ANDROID GETS OFFLINE MODE
As 80% of Instagram users are living outside of the US, Instagram have decided it is time for users with limited network connectivity to have a better experience within the platform. Instagram have announced that their offline mode will enable users to access most of its features without Internet connection, such as liking pictures, leaving comments and saving media. This functionality is now available on Android devices, with an iOS development to come within the following months.
APPLE’S GARAGE BAND, iWORK AND iMOVIE ARE NOW COMPLETELY FREE
Since April 18th, Apple is making GarageBand, iMovie and iWork apps completely free for all Mac OS and iOS customers. From September 2013, Apple offered this software for free to anyone who purchased a new Apple device, whereas owners of older hardware had to pay to install the apps. However Apple has now made the decision for these apps to be completely free for all.
SNAPCHAT INTRODUCE ‘WORLD LENSES’
With the success of Snapchat selfie lenses, it is no surprise that the app are taking their Lenses feature one step further with the introduction of ‘World Lenses’. This feature enables users to overlay pictures taken with the rear-facing camera with a series of 3D filters. The lenses can be placed in camera view and will move in three dimensions as you change position.
TUMBLR LAUNCHES VIDEO CHAT APP ‘CABANA’
Tumblr reveals that they have decided to explore a new direction with the launch of their video chat app, ‘Cabana’. The premise of the app is simply to allow six users to chat simultaneously, as well as the ability to stream YouTube videos while they chat. Tumblr have said that the concept has tested really well with those aged between 13 to 18, but has made it clear that this is not just for teens but anyone who wants to share the latest videos they are obsessed with.