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DAILY DIGITAL EDIT – 01.02.2018

The Daily Digital News Edit, bringing you the top 3 digital news stories of the day.

Lenovo to bring Mirage Solo standalone VR to the classroom

The company has introduced the Lenovo Virtual Reality Classroom, offering VR field trips across the world to students without having to leave the room.  More than 700 VR field trips are already available on the platform.

Read more here. 

*This is an example of how VR is being brought into the classrooms, bringing opportunities to students that might not have previously been available without the technology.*

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 Forget 999 or 111, you can now report your crimes on Twitter, says police force

 Victims of crime are now being encouraged to report incidents via Facebook and Twitter rather than telephone, after one of the country’s major forces launched a dedicated social media desk. Merseyside Police has introduced the initiative in a bid to cut down on the number of trivial calls made to its emergency 999 line and to ease the burden on its other services. 

Read more here.  

*Whilst testing of this has been successful, there have been concerns that those without access to or are unfamiliar with social media will be unable to report incidents – is this designed to complement or replace the current mechanisms for reporting crime?*

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Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed 

After months of tweaking the News Feed to, Facebook says that overall usage has dropped by “roughly 50 million hours every day.” Declined usage is showing elsewhere, too. Though Facebook saw a 14 percent quarter-over-quarter increase in daily and monthly active users, it actually dropped from 185 million to 184 million daily users in the US and Canada and stayed at a flat 239 million for monthly users.

Read more here. 

*Facebook had predicted a drop in useage following the changes to its News Feed – it’ll be interesting to see what the long term effect of these changes will be to the platform*

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