Meta unveiled its next-generation VR headset, the Quest Pro, at the company's annual Connect conference yesterday. The new technology is a game-changer, with a price tag to match, but the layered future of VR, AR, holograms and the metaverse – presented by Mark Zuckerberg and partners – has evolved. It now looks more Minority Report than Ready Player One.
Earlier this year, Instagram revealed plans to lean more into video – moving away from its photo-sharing roots to capitalise on the type of content that has made TikTok and YouTube so successful. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Instagram Reels is now heavily influenced by the format and layout of TikTok, sporting a very similar look and feel.
Four months on from the remote working revolution, and companies are finally starting to return to the office. But with physical distancing guidelines still in place, it’s likely to be some time yet before the office gets back to any semblance of ‘normality’.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has launched a plan to save the internet. His initiative, which he is calling the Contract for the Web, is backed by multiple organisations such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, and is both timely and critical, as pressure mounts for governments and organisations to protect people online.
The UK is fast becoming a nation of streamers, according to research released this morning by communications services regulator Ofcom. In its latest Media Nations report looking at UK TV viewing habits, it finds that half of UK homes now subscribe to streaming services, highlighting a major shift in the nation's TV viewing behaviour in the last 12 months.