Nvidia’s Shield TV is the best streaming box you can get right now, thanks to 4K support, a variety of surround sound audio formats & a great execution of Android TV, & it just got a little bit better: The latest update to the YouTube app brings 360-degree video support, as well as an improved UI that should make browsing content easier.
The new app introduces the 360-degree video feature that Nvidia & Google have both demonstrated previously, which provides viewers with a way to enjoy immersive content without having to don a headset. You can use the Shield TV’s included Nvidia controller to navigate your view, & it works with both existing & new content [...]
Instagram has updated its Stories feature with the ability to reply to stories with either photos or video. This means you can use all the creative tools found in the Instagram camera, including filters, Boomerang, rewind & stickers to show the original poster exactly how your really feel about what they’re sharing.
The replies feature also lets you use a new sticker that actually contains the original Story you’re replying to, which can be resized & positioned anywhere in your frame. These photo & video replies will show up in a user’s inbox, & as with other disappearing content shared in Instagram’s Direct messages, the sender will see a notification if you [...]
A mysterious “Sponsored Content” opt-out setting recently appeared in Spotify, & now the streaming giant has confirmed to TechUKTV what it’s about. Spotify is now testing a new “Sponsored Song” ad unit that a company spokesperson tells us is “a product test for labels to promote singles on the free tier.”
Instead of appearing as obvious ad banners like Spotify’s existing ads, labels can pay to have Sponsored Songs appear on playlists you follow or potentially elsewhere on the service. These can be targeted to appear to users with matching listening tastes so they fit alongside their other music. & these Sponsored Songs will be instantly playable & saveable [...]
Instagram Stories is widening its lead over Snapchat & rolling out new features to keep everyone shooting video. Instagram Stories now has 250 million daily active users, up from 200 million in April, 150 million in January, & 100 million in October after launching the Snapchat Stories clone in August. That compares to Snapchat’s total 166 million daily actives for its entire app, & Instagram’s total 700 million monthly users.
“From new creative tools to location stories, we’ve been focused on making it easier to share any moment & uncover stories from the accounts & interests that matter most to you” Instagram tells me. “As a result, we are continuing to [...]