YouTube and Video
Now all eligible monetizing YouTube creators have access to Membership Gifting
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Link shortening service smartURL
was purchased and there is a suggestion they may start modifying links to insert advertising
. It seems to me that a redirected link using your own domain, rather than third part service, is likely more reliable in the long run.
Meta launched their 3D avatars store
, where you can purchase “designer” outfits for your virtual image. It’s not something I’m interested in, and it will be interesting to see if it turns out to be a moneymaker.
Privacy and Security
Google has improved their password manager,
with a new, more consistent design, the ability to manually add passwords, a new Password Checkup to look for compromised, weak or reused passwords, and better integration on iOS devices.
is also launching cloud-based effects processing
for devices “not best designed for running real-time video effects” that will be available to some Google Workspace customers. Meet has also improved the background and foreground separation for video effects for all users with eligible devices.
Some users will be switched to the new Gmail layou
t (with Chat and Meet integration) as their default, with the option to opt out. Currently, the new layout is opt in only.
Google is adding native integration of eSignature into Google Docs
. It will launch as a beta for Google Workspace Individua
l accounts. Other Google Workspace Individual features include premium Meet meeting features, customized appointment scheduling, and the ability to run simple email marketing campaigns from Gmail. It is currently available as an upgrade to personal Google accounts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States.
The Pew Research Center asked more than 600 technology experts
how they expect the metaverse
to develop by 2040. They seem pretty evenly split on whether they think the metaverse will become important in our daily lives. But most think that augmented- and mixed-reality applications will dominate, rather than fully immersive platforms.