#43 Fortnite Cross-Play Announced For PS4

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Facebook is burying Snap, as Facebook and Messenger Stories hit 300 million daily active users

It’s not just Instagram Stories that Snapchat has to worry about. Facebook and Messenger Stories now have 300 million daily active users, the company announced Wednesday. A user counts as one person, meaning they would not be counted twice across both apps. Facebook did not share the breakdown between each app. By comparison, Snap-owned Snapchat reported 188 million daily active users in its second quarter earnings report in August.

OCULUS’ $399 QUEST TO TAKE VR MAINSTREAM

TWO YEARS AGO, Facebook-owned Oculus quietly began demoing a prototype of a stand-alone VR headset codenamed Santa Cruz. Unlike the Oculus Rift, this prototype didn’t need to be wired to a PC to work. Like the Oculus Rift, it promised an immersive quality that might help people actually understand why they’d want to hang out in a virtual environment, wearing a device on their face. Now that prototype is coming out. At its annual developer conference today in San Jose, Oculus unveiled the Quest, the official name for the Santa Cruz headset. Oculus plans to ship it next spring for $399.

Rematch: iPhone XS versus Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for ‘Fortnite’ gaming

About two weeks ago, AppleInsider compared the iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 while playing Fortnite, but some complained putting a just-released phone against last year’s model. With the release of the iPhone XS and XS Max, is there as much of a difference between the flagship models of both companies as last time?

PlayStation 4 gets cross-play with Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss John Kodera announced the news in a blog post today. “The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective. ”

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Instagram Now Lets You Share Posts Directly To Stories

Instagram posts are now shareable in Stories, showing up as stickers.

After rolling out changes for Instagram meant for business such as action buttons, the company is now unveiling a new feature for all users.

Instagram now lets you share public posts to your Stories, eliminating the need to screenshot posts for sharing. This feature is now available to Android users and is coming to iOS users soon.

Android users can find this feature under the share option in posts. To use it, click the share button (that paperplane looking thing) below the post. You will see the new Create a story with this post option. Clicking that will bring you to your Stories section, where the post will appear as a sticker. It works the same way with other stickers, allowing users to scale, rotate and move them around.

This new feature also gives due credit to the original poster of an image. When you share a post, the original user’s handle will appear below the sticker. Users can click it to go that user’s profile and see the original post.

Do take note that you can only share posts from public accounts. If you don’t like users sharing your own posts, you can also choose not to disable this in the settings.

 

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Facebook Adds Save Videos and Photos, Audio Posts Feature to Stories

Facebook has upgraded its Stories experience by adding a dedicated Save Photos and Videos feature as well as audio posts.

Facebook just announced three new features to its Facebook Stories. All three will be initially available in India before rolling out globally shortly thereafter.

Photos and videos captured through Facebook Camera can soon be saved privately to users’ account. According to the company, it helps address the issue of having limited space on their devices.

In a select video conference in New Delhi, Director of Product Management Connor Hayes explains the feature further. “The feature will allow you to save the photos and videos that you’ve captured through your Facebook Camera to a separate space from the rest of your shared photos so that other people can’t see them.”

“This is going to be an option for people to save the photos that they might want to share later as well.”

The second feature that Facebook added is the ability to share voice posts to their Stories.  It can be posted as a combined audio with a coloured background or photo. Recording the audio works similarly to sending voice messages in the Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp.

“The important thing that we’ve learnt from WhatsApp is that voice messaging is an increasingly popular way for people to communicate when they don’t want to type up messages.”

According to the company, this will also be useful for people who has difficulty in typing out messages. Some people have keyboards that aren’t in their native languages so this can be a helpful tool.

Finally, users will soon be able to archive their posted Stories. Currently, Stories disappear after 24 hours from posting. After the 24-hour window, users can now choose to re-share or re-post them on the social network as long as they are archived.

 

Instagram Now Lets You Share Multiple Photos And Videos on Stories

The popular social networking app now lets you share multiple photos and videos on your stories.

This week, Instagram announced the latest feature added to their Stories: the ability to upload multiple photos and videos.

Although the Stories feature of Instagram initially started as a way for people to post random and unfiltered stuff, it’s not the case now. A lot of users now edit their videos and photos using third-party apps before adding them to their stories. Of course, there would also be times when there’s no data signal so posting the pictures and videos would be next to impossible. It can be time-consuming (and annoying) to have to upload them one by one.

The latest update solves that by letting you choose a bunch of photos and videos and uploading all the media at once. Currently the update is only for Android phones but according to the company, it will be coming to iOS “in the coming weeks.”

To do this, simply click the new icon in the top right corner of the screen. Once tapped, your photo gallery will be displayed and up 10 photos can be selected. After choosing the photos, you can see a preview of how they all look before posting them. You can also add the usual text, stickers, hashtags, GIFS to each individual photo before uploading them.

One other update that came to the Stories is the location tagging. When you share an image or a video, Instagram will automatically suggest places around where it was captured. This makes it easier to add locations to your uploads.

Netflix Just Launched 30-Second Video Previews For Mobile

Netflix has added a slew of 30-second video trailers to its app, a feature very similar to Stories.

After limited testing of the feature last month, Netflix finally added the 30-second video trailers to its app yesterday. Currently, it is available for iOS users and will be coming to Android soon.

The company announced the feature through their blog. “Mobile previews present members with a fun, simple, and easy way to learn about all the new content on Netflix — and find something great to watch even faster.”

The previews look very similar to Instagram and Snapchat Stories, being optimised for a mobile screen and having circular thumbnails. The trailers also play like a slideshow, allowing users to tap or swipe to skip to the next video. A button can be clicked to add a show to a Watch Later list.

Netflix has been offering previews of their shows on the web and through its TV app since last year. However, according to their data, a fifth of all viewing occurs on mobile devices. That’s why the mobile previews are staying for good.

“Years of testing has made it clear that video previews help our members browse less and discover new content more quickly. With the launch of mobile previews, we are bringing a video browse experience to your mobile phone in a fun and mobile-optimized way,”

The company also made headlines earlier this week by reaching a total of 125 million paying subscribers worldwide, taking over Amazon and Hulu. Despite increasing its fees, Netflix was able to get 7.4 million new subscribers in just the first quarter of 2018.

Instagram Is Reportedly Testing Screenshot Alerts For Stories

Instagram users will soon experience a new feature that would protect their privacy. This comes after a report that Instagram is testing a new feature that would reveal if a user has taken a screenshot of their stories.

 

Other reports claim that this new feature was borrowed from Snapchat. What is certain though is that this borrowed feature would surely improve the app’s privacy feature.

 

To date, some Instagram users who were lucky to receive the feature were getting a warning that the app would warn them if they take a screenshot of other user’s story.

How the new Instagram feature works?

 

Also, the app’s new feature allows Instagram users to show who are the users who took a screenshot of their stories. This means that this feature has a list of story viewers. A
new camera shutter logo would appear next to anyone who took a screenshot of their photo.

 

But the company said that creators wouldn’t be informed when someone takes a screenshot of their story as it would only reveal in their list of story viewers.

 

In a statement, Instagram has confirmed to Techcrunch about this feature, saying: “We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”

 

Meanwhile, the company said the new feature was being tested to check whether it has an impact on users regarding engagement. This means that the app’s new feature won’t be rolling out to general users unless Instagram has noticed its desirable impact.