As is tradition around this time of year, and for many other holidays, Twitter is offering new hashtag-based emojis and stickers for use on its service. Using #HappyNewYear is the most obvious use, and it will add a fireworks emoji to the end of the tag. Periscope at this time is offering the same feature set, and when someone adds a #newyear hashtag, a 2017 graphic is added to their broadcast.
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Periscope has just launched 360 video broadcasting for its platform, with videos being broadcast in 360 featuring a badge so users are able to choose what kind of viewing experience they want. Periscope has positioned the new feature as giving users a more immersive way to experience live content. Right now the feature is only available to broadcast to a few select partners but Periscope has created a wait list for users to sign up to as they start giving access to more people.
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In an acquisition aimed at improving its chops with augmented reality, Snap Inc., the parent company behind Snapchat, has purchased Isreal-based Cimagine Media. Cimagine’s specialty is showing how products appear in a customer’s existing environment through AR. The deal is reported to be worth between $30 – $40 million USD. The founding staff will also be transitioning to the Snap Inc. team. This is likely the last in approximately half a dozen acquisitions that the company has made throughout the year.
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