A slow week allows us to appreciate how Snap still innovates
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Voice-responsive filters: Another great Snap feature for Facebook to steal
It’s a well-worn trope, but still proves true. Snap as of this week has lenses that respond to voice commands. Admittedly, they seem pretty simple at present – with those available at launch recognizing fairly basic English words – but this new ability opens up a whole new door for lenses technology.
Certainly, Instagram already has a crack team working on how they can integrate similar technology as soon as possible. The Verge’s coverage of Snap’s announcement even made sure to note Instagram has now introduced branded filters, a significant revenue source for Snap.
Snap has also previously said it hopes to integrate more gaming features to the platform, and now has the capability for playable mini-games as an ad type. That ability launched just under a year ago for Snap, and this week made it on over to Facebook.
Even Facebook’s possible “Talent Show” feature has pretty much been done previously with Snapchat’s version of The Voice. (Though there’s certainly some pilfering from Musically there too – which, RIP.)
At least Snap’s the exclusive outlet for Ketnipz stickers … for now.
Odds + The End
- Apple edged close to a $1 trillion valuation! Then it hit it! Then I, um, think it dropped again or something? Then … I don’t know, maybe it’s there again?
- Um, the Russians are meddling again, this time for the 2018 midterm elections.
- K-What? Twitch will now stream 26 Korean dramas, and if the title shown here is any indication, they’re frickin’ awesome.
- Sonos debuted on the stock market.
- The new content will help U.S. Adults get their average 6 hours of video viewing per day.
- Six hours!?
- Lyft has been going hard this week. It’s offering a locked fare for frequently-taken journeys, keeping pace with Uber, and it pretty much paying Chicagoans to give up driving.
- Time for the WhatsApp bucks to roll in as it readies an expansion into business and customer service.
- MySpace launched 15 years ago, as of August 1st. More shockingly, it still exists. What desperate scene kids are clinging onto it for survival? Can we help them somehow?
- The doctor is in? Twitter commissioned platform health studies from academics from Leiden University, and Oxford University and the University of Amsterdam, this week.
- Instagram and Facebook will now tell you how long you’ve spent on the platform. It’s just, you may have to spend some time finding the feature.
- People are jumping out of cars because of Drake? And not because of the reason I would.
- Just kidding, I actually kind of like Drake.
- Prime Video may be getting a makeover
- You can use Spotify songs as an alarm tone
- Google on YouTube Music: We’re working on it.
- August 3, 2018