Menu×

Instagram Stories now lets you create videos longer than 15-seconds – 09.10.2018

Instagram Stories now lets you create videos longer than 15-seconds

Instagram Stories has been updated with an ability to automatically segment clips. With the latest change, you can create multiple clips from the Instagram app that can be shared as a story longer than the 15-second limit.

Read more here. 

* The new feature certainly expands Instagram Stories as it lets users natively create multiple clips with a single press. Having said that, there is a key shortcoming: when the video is split and segmented, edits such as text and filters added to the first segment don’t carry over to the next. The premise of this update, however, seems to stand in contrast to the platform’s recent introduction of IGTV which has been specifically designed for long-form video content.*

———————

Facebook pushes into smart home space with Portal – a camera-equipped speaker

Facebook is upping the ante against Amazon and Google with the launch of Portal, a smart speaker and display product that’s been designed with video calls in mind. Portal is similar to Amazon’s Echo Show, it comes equipped with a camera and a microphone.

Read more here. 

*As well potentially opening up more display inventory for Facebook, it also gives the platform a chance to get in on the burgeoning voice trend. It has, however, raised a few eyebrows, given that Facebook revealed two weeks ago the data of at least 50 million users had been compromised due to vulnerabilities in its own system.*

———————

Google shuts down Google+ due to an undisclosed data breach

Google announced that a buggy API may have been leaking personal data of hundreds of thousands of users to potential bad actors. According to Google, profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Google’s analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API.

Read more here. 

* This is the final nail in Google+’s coffin, which Google quietly started dismantling back in 2015, first by unlinking it from YouTube, then by making individual features available to other core products, and finally by launching a redesign which was never quite the success. It also serves to further heighten concerns around the protection of personal data online.*

———————