There’s a new beta update to the Google app making the rounds. Like so many others, this one doesn’t bring a lot of changes when it is first installed, but there are plenty of bigger things under the surface waiting to break out. While you can begin donating images to Google Lens today, the future also promises to have smart displays with shopping and YouTube suggestions, more places to set your default output devices for Assistant, and more.
Chances are that you have a lot of belongings around the house that you don’t need. Why not offer them as donations to your local community? Whether your kids’ old toys are in dusty boxes upstairs or you just have too many clothes, most of us could get by with less than we have. And if you can help someone in need by donating your unneeded goods, that’s a win-win. This is the idea behind a new app we’ve developed, NeedHave. Let’s take a look at this app’s mission and how you can use it to better your community. What…
Facebook is giving users the chance to pay gamers.
Facebook is trying to attract a new type of content creator: Professional gamers — the people who stream video of themselves playing video games online so others can watch.
Facebook is launching an official partner program for some gamers; those who sign on will get deals in which the company will pay them to use Facebook’s livestreaming technology to broadcast to other Facebook users. Paying people to use Facebook Live is a strategy the company has used with more traditional publishers and celebrities — like the New York Times or comedian Kevin Hart — in an effort to push livestreaming into the mainstream. (Facebook has in the past paid Vox Media, Recode’s parent company, to create live videos.)
But Facebook isn’t just paying these gamers. It will also give them another way to make money: Via donations from people who watch their livestream, often referred to in the industry as “tipping.” That means that if you’re watching a gamer you really enjoy, you’ll now be able to send them actual money through Facebook as a token of your appreciation. (Twitter’s Periscope, for example, also offers tipping.)
The idea is to build up Facebook’s reputation as a place for both gamers and game enthusiasts. The world of online gaming is bigger than most people realize. Estimates put the total number of people who watch others play video games at 500 million worldwide. YouTube has a massive collection of online gaming videos, and Twitch, which is almost exclusively video game streams, sold to Amazon in 2014 for more than $ 1 billion.
Facebook wants a slice of that action, and getting the gamers — a.k.a. the content — onto Facebook is the first step.
“We want creators to be able to be successful on Facebook, and a big part of being successful means being able to make a living,” said Leo Olebe, Facebook’s global director of gaming partnerships, in an interview.
This is not Facebook’s first foray into gaming. People have been streaming games to Facebook for the past 18 months, and the company recently announced a deal with the Electronic Sports League to stream some of ESL’s professional competitions inside Facebook’s video tab, Watch.
Some of the logistics of the company’s new gamer program are still being worked out. Facebook plans to take a share of donations that fans send gamers, for example, but claims it hasn’t settled on a formal split yet. Facebook plans to launch the program over the weekend with dozens of gamers, and hopes to expand it quickly.
Facebook doesn’t want to pay gamers forever, though. It’s using these paid deals to get things rolling, but eventually it wants to move toward a business model in which someone besides Facebook — likely advertisers — is paying the bills.
Developers are freshly back from a long holiday break and the first of Google’s updates are starting to trickle out of Mountain View. The first to make an appearance is a new beta release of the Google app itself. Unsurprisingly, this doesn’t appear to be a particularly feature-laden build, at least not from a user’s point of view. However, there are a couple of topics to discuss through the lens <cough> of a teardown.
#GivingTuesday may be over, but T-Mobile isn’t done with its #GivingTWOgether initiative. T-Mo announced today that from December 1st through December 31st, you can donate an old phone or tablet at a T-Mobile store and the company will match the recycled value of your devices (after cost) and donate it to Feeding America and Team Rubicon. T-Mo is pleading to donate at least $ 1 million to these charities. This December, recycle your old … [read full article]