Instagram expands live-video feature to two people at once

Instagram is adding something to its live-video broadcasting feature: an extra person. The app is testing allowing people to add another Instagram user to their broadcast in split-screen, which could be used for one-to-one video-chats (think FaceTime) or for collaborative broadcasts. “After we launched the first version of Live [last November], we noticed that a […]

Sandbox 185: Simply the worst

Lead: History tends to be written by the winners and that is why we almost exclusively hear about campaigns that worked brilliantly and left everyone involved covered in glory – where the marketing team and artist were all on the same creative wavelength. But what about the ones that go badly and where it was […]

Facebook Messenger gets natural-language and payments features

Facebook has launched the latest update to its Messenger Platform for developers creating apps and bots for its messaging app. Version 2.1’s new features include built-in natural language processing (NLP) to automatically detect certain phrases and information in messages from users: hello, bye, thanks, date & time, location, amount of money, phone number, email and […]

Esperanza Spalding to record new album on Facebook Live

From in-studio snaps to live performances and webchats, artists have been digitally giving fans insights into their recording process for some time. Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding is going a few steps further though: she’s planning to write and record her next album in the studio over a 77-hour period, while broadcasting the entire experience on […]

Jay-Z to release a cassette version of ‘4.44’ album

Get your spooling-pencils ready! Jay-Z’s latest album ‘4.44’ may still be missing from Spotify, but it’s getting a new physical release as a cassette. Virgin EMI Records promoted the format in a tweet yesterday, with fans who pre-order the £7 version before 4 August to be entered into a draw to win tickets to watch […]

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