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Ray-Ban Meta sunglasses designed for influencers Ray-Ban Meta sunglasses designed for influencers, with integrated Facebook and Instagram live streaming capabilities.
Spotify Launching Personalized In-App Merch Hub: Spotify is introducing a unique in-app Merch Hub, offering personalized merchandise recommendations based on users' listening preferences. This centralized marketplace enhances the existing merch features on artist profiles and other sections within the app. The hub, developed in collaboration with Shopify, emphasizes Spotify's commitment to supporting artists financially.
India-Pakistan Cricket Match Helps Disney's Hotstar Set Global Streaming Record The high-stakes India-Pakistan cricket match set a new global record for on-demand video streaming, with Disney's Hotstar attracting 35 million concurrent viewers. This achievement comes as a significant boost for Hotstar, which had been experiencing a subscriber decline. The event surpassed the previous record held by Viacom18’s JioCinema.
TikTok Scores Sizable Disney Deal Including a Content Hub and Publisher Partnership TikTok has secured a significant partnership with Disney, involving a premium ad product, Pulse Premiere, and a dedicated content hub within the TikTok app for Disney fans. This hub will feature videos from Disney’s brands, allow users to create their own content with Disney’s music and special effects, play Disney-themed trivia, and collect “Character Cards” of their favorite characters.
Atlassian to acquire Loom for $975M Atlassian has announced it will acquire former tech unicorn Loom for $975 million — the video messaging service is the software giant's largest acquisition to date.
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Beams' Calendar Health Page: Beams offers a 'Calendar Health' feature aimed at optimizing users' time management by tracking meetings, focus periods, and breaks. The tool provides daily scores based on various productivity metrics, comparing them against recommended levels. Beams emphasizes personalized improvement suggestions and insights, helping users understand their work patterns through visual data representations.
Pill Extension on Chrome Web Store: Pill is a Chrome extension designed to enhance users' browsing experience by providing chill music at the click of a button. It aims to create a relaxing atmosphere to help users focus, whether they are working, studying, or just browsing. The extension does not require a login, works offline, and is designed to be non-intrusive, with a minimalist interface. It does not consume significant resources, ensuring a smooth browsing experience.
Cal's AI: Cal.ai introduces a revolutionary AI scheduling assistant integrated with a personal cal.ai email address. Users can claim a unique username, which doubles as their AI assistant. This system simplifies scheduling by handling meeting arrangements, rescheduling, and even checking other people's availability.
Cursor - The AI-first Code Editor Cursor is an AI-first code editor designed to enhance software development by facilitating pair-programming with AI. It provides a unique platform that allows developers to build software faster by integrating AI into their workflows and offering a chat feature to interact with projects. Cursor enables developers to ask about their codebase, browse documentation, make code changes, edit existing code, generate code from scratch, spot and fix bugs, and debug errors with the assistance of AI.
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