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Instagram may let you ask questions in Stories – 02.07.2018

Instagram may let you ask questions in Stories

 Instagram appears to be testing a new feature which will allow you to post a question in Stories and seek responses from your friends, Engadget reported.

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*It wouldn’t be surprising if the feature rolls out soon. Instagram has been on somewhat of a feature spree recently, introducing everything from IGTV to group video chat and Story soundtracks. The company seems to have recognised the popularity of Stories and are turning their efforts towards making the platform more interactive than ever.*

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 Airbnb hosts can now grant access to their homes with an app

Lock company August Home has updated its Airbnb integration so that guests will now be emailed a code, which is valid only during the time of their stay, that they can punch into the keypad to grant access.

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 *This procedure eliminates the possibility of a lost key as well as prevents renters from unofficially extending their stay, since the code can be set to expire. Overall, offering app-based entry provides not only convenience to the renter, but also added safety for both parties, helping optimize the Airbnb experience.*

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VR documentary tells the story of Grenfell Tower before the fire

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original film named Grenfell: Our Home. The 15-minute film will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire.

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*The ongoing enquiry into the Grenfell fire continues to dominate the media. Whilst projects like this inevitably keep the incident and issues surrounding it in the spotlight, is an ‘immersive’ experience appropriate given that the events are still quite recent? There is a fine line between highlighting the lasting impact of the disaster and exploring new, more innovative formats of media.*

 

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