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The Whitney’s Snapchat lens makes you the new “American Gothic” – 24.04.18

The Whitney’s Snapchat lens makes you the new “American Gothic” 

New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art have created a special snapchat lens for visitors to amuse themselves with. Viewers of the “Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables” exhibit can use the lens to impose their own faces onto those of the original subjects of Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting.

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*It appears that museums are slowly beginning to incorporate more digital elements into their customer offering, whether introducing a themed Snapchat lens is the right approach, however, remains to be seen. Will this result in increased footfall into the exhibition or is it just a gimmick? *

 

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 YouTube removed 8M videos in 3 months, with machines doing most of the work

  YouTube says it removed 8.3m videos for breaching its community guidelines between October and December last year as it tries to address criticism of violent and offensive content on its site.

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* YouTube clearly still faces many challenges in cleaning up its service, but figures such as the above suggest that the platform is committed to ensuring it tackles the issue of offensive content on the platform.*

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Samsung could offer AR Emoji chatting as an alternative to video

Samsung was recently awarded a patent that combines Samsung’s somewhat strange AR Emoji with video chatting. This AR virtual version of the individual would stand-in during video chats when your connection is flaky, allowing you to hold a call without the stops and stutters that come with low bandwidth. 

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*It is important to remember that this in the early stages of development. Even if nothing happens, the patent at least shows that Samsung has been exploring augmented reality avatar uses for a while.*

 

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