Here’s some good news for those who love taking travel photos with their iPhone: Google’s VR picture-taking app, Cardboard Camera, is finally available on iOS. Best of all, it’s still free!
Three-dimensional shots taken with Cardboard Camera are a lot more immersive than the panoramas you’re used to seeing. For one, you may record sound while taking the picture, and secondly, you can experience the photos with audio in a virtual landscape on Google Cardboard or any compatible VR headset.
Shooting the VR photos is as straightforward as can be: simply hold your phone in portrait position, tap on record, and capture as much of the landscape as you can. Sharing is just as easy; select all the photos you want on the app, and then choose the method you’d like for showing off your work. It’s all cross-platform, so users of iOS, Android, and desktop computers can send links seamlessly to one another.
Apple iOS users can download the app on the App Store right now, and Android users can find their Cardboard Camera app in the same place. To get the most out of it, Google suggests building or buying a VR viewer. The simple ones aren’t that expensive, and have a ton of fun apps to partner with to boost your investment.
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Twitch is shutting down in South Korea
By the end of February 2024
Livestreaming has been an entertainment juggernaut since 2020. A lot of users online, especially those stuck at home or who have transitioned to work-from-home lifestyles, have turned to streaming both as viewers and as creators themselves. Unfortunately, in some countries, streaming doesn’t come cheap. If you’re in South Korea or are fans of Korean streamers, the streaming landscape is about to change. Twitch is shutting down in the country.
In a blog post released today, Twitch CEO Dan Clancy announced that the company’s operations in South Korea will stop on February 27. After this date, streamers who made Twitch their community’s home will have to find a new platform.
As a gesture of goodwill, Clancy says that the company will help Korean streamers find a new home — even if it’s not on Twitch — leading up the shutdown date. Currently, YouTube remains a possible destination for streamers.
Operating an online company in South Korea is pricey. Because laws are different in the country, internet service providers can charge companies significantly more for bandwidth usage. Because of the exorbitant costs, “Twitch has been operating in Korea at a significant loss,” Clancy said, leading to the withdrawal.
The death knell has sounded for a while. Last year, the platform downgraded the country’s maximum resolution to only 720p in an attempt to reduce costs. Though a former leader in South Korea’s thriving esports community, Twitch now finds itself on a flight heading out of the country.
Facebook, Instagram will lose cross-platform messaging this month
For an unknown reason
Over the past few years, Meta started integrating its various platforms into one ecosystem. Right now, Facebook and Instagram users can chat with each other on their respective apps. Unfortunately for fans of the cross-communication between the two platforms, Meta is taking the feature away this month.
Through a new support page, Instagram has announced that chatting between the two platforms will no longer be available starting in mid-December. The exact date of the removal is currently unknown, though.
When the undisclosed date arrives, Instagram users cannot start new conversations with Facebook users anymore. Additionally, all existing chats between the two platforms will become read-only, meaning users can’t add new messages to the conversation anymore.
On the flipside, Facebook users will stop seeing the Activity Status of Instagram users from their platform. Cross-platform conversations will not appear on Messenger, either.
Though the support page is conclusive against the feature, Meta has not explicitly explained why Meta changed its current cross-platform plans. It’s still possible that the company will implement a better solution in the future. As it stands, the European Union’s GDPR regulations require large companies to main interoperability between different platforms. Meta is an undeniable example of such a large company.
Strava is getting a much-requested chatting feature
Individual and group chats
What is your fitness app of choice? Though there are a lot of options available now for enthusiasts, it’s undeniable that Strava is making one hell of an impact lately. If you’re a fan of the social fitness app, you’re getting a new feature to boost the social part of Strava.
Today, Strava is getting a substantial messaging feature for users. In the new update, users can start chats with other users in single or group conversations.
It’s a comprehensive feature, too. Chats will include likes and GIF reactions. Additionally, users can configure their options to accept messages only from mutuals or only after they messaged the other person first. Additionally, group chat creators can manage the participants included in the chat.
When compared to other fitness apps today, Strava is arguably leaning more towards the social aspect of the experience. The app allows users to run and hike together as a community. Now, despite how social the core of the app is, it never really allowed users to communicate directly with one another. Users had to rely on external messaging apps just to coordinate with one another.
As of late, Strava continues to pile on more features and integrations with other apps. Earlier this year, the app started allowing users to integrate with Spotify.
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