Google Assistant on Pixel smartphones is being upgraded with the ability to extract and reveal relevant information from real-world objects. The Lens AI feature can also be used to scan barcodes and identify things such as video games and movies.
Car shoppers can now get a showroom-like experience of BMW's X2 model thanks to Snapchat's new "augmented trial" lens. The automaker said it's looking to engage a younger audience with the augmented reality option.
Apple's Swift programming language is catching on quickly with developers, and Google has updated its Fuchsia operating system in response to support Swift. Fuchsia already supports apps composed in Google's Dart and Go languages, as well as in C/C++.
Facebook still leads other social networks in terms of time spent by users each month, but the average has fallen sharply over the past year, Verto Analytics reports. The monthly average of 18 hours and 24 minutes is down from 32 hours and 43 minutes a year ago, with the number of logins declining from 311 in 2016 to 173 this year.
Pinterest users can create personalized gift boards based on what friends and family members are pinning. Amazon, Coca-Cola, Bed Bath & Beyond, CVS and Universal Pictures are providing input for the Pinterest Secret Santa feature.
The Players Tribune debuted its Twitter livestreamed video series Monday night with first guest A.J. Green, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. The series will features athletes live on Twitter via @PlayersTribune, with an interactive timeline portion for fans.
Social network Lego Life has reached 3 million downloads and has added 700,000 users during the past month, but rapid growth has presented a challenge. Internal processes were not agile and rollout of features took too long until developers and creative teams worked more closely together, Senior Global Director Robert Lowe says.
Seventy-eight percent of chief marketing officers say they have become more worried about brand safety in the past 12 months, a Teads study states. Of those surveyed, 98% said they will pick suppliers or agencies that can prove brand safety and offer transparency.
Consumer tech spending over the holidays will reach nearly $97 billion, according to industry predictions. Tablets and smartphones continue to occupy prime spots on wish lists, although newer tech such as drones and fitness trackers are also showing up.
The Marvel Universe is the setting for a new role-playing mobile game launched by a partnership of FoxNext Games and Disney's Marvel Entertainment. "Marvel Strike Force" boasts high-end graphics and can be played singly or against other participants.