Google Lens: real-time answers to questions about the world around you

There’s so much information available online, but many of the questions we have are about the world right in front of us.That’s why we started working on Google Lens, to put the answers right where the questions are, and let you do more with what you see.Last year, we introduced Lens in Google Photos and the Assistant. People are already using it to answer all kinds of questions especially when they’re difficult to describe in a search box, like “what type of dog is that?” or “what’s that building called?”Today at Google I/O, we announced that Lens will now be available directly in the camera app on supported devices from LGE, Motorola, Xiaomi, Sony Mobile, HMD/Nokia, Transsion, TCL, OnePlus, BQ, Asus, and of course the Google Pixel. We also announced three updates that enable Lens to answer more questions, about more things, more quickly:

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Group Nine Media

Group Nine Media is one of the world's largest digital-first media companies, boasting over 5 billion monthly video views and reaching 80% of U.S. adults in their 20's. As the no. 1 most engaging publisher on the social web, Group Nine's brands are built for consumption on the platforms where their millennial-focused audience spends the majority of their time. Group Nine is home to NowThis (the no. 1 most watched video news creator on social), The Dodo (the no. 1 animal brand on social), Thrillist (the most trusted brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment) and Seeker (the digital leader in science and innovation).

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Why Shares of AMC Entertainment Are Surging Today

Article | July 20, 2022

It was just two weeks ago that it looked as if the COVID-19 pandemic would push AMC into bankruptcy, as forced theater closures shut off revenue to the world's biggest cinema operator. The company also slashed its dividend, and executives all took pay cuts to help conserve cash. Investors should still be wary, even if AMC is able to open many of its theaters sooner than the mid-June date it had been eyeing.

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Technologies, Virtualization

The Big Fashion Industry Trends for 2021

Article | July 27, 2022

Last year the luxury fashion sector saw a lot of online chatter around men’s fashion, and some of the biggest conversation triggers were the same social movement – breaking gender stereotypes and fighting against toxic masculinity. Many brands and celebrities joined this cause last year and spread their influence through fashion and pop culture.

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Discord: A Novel Medium for B2B Marketing

Article | July 13, 2022

Discord is a real-time chat platform where anyone with a community can interact. Users can talk to others in the community on special channels and get invites to join different servers. Many people prefer to reach out to online customers through social media, but messaging apps like Discord have 20% more monthly active users than traditional social media platforms. (Business Insider) Discord generates revenue through premium subscriptions and game distribution. It does not use advertisements. However, it can help marketers through its community that grows with video, voice, text communication and more. Let us look at how: Helps Build a Moderated Community You can set up a Discord server as a moderated social discussion platform. Create different channels based on your audience’s preference and allow them to bond. And as your community grows, so will the popularity of your business. Word-of-mouth marketing is still very effective. Connects Your Brand with Like-minded Audience You can also meet others who share your interests on various Discord servers. When you know what you're looking for, finding relevant servers is simple. Check with your team members, and your community, and join those groups. There, you'll meet other business owners and pursue collaboration opportunities. Allows Sharing Relevant Industry Content Share your website articles and other industry updates on Discord. You can take the advantage of your employees’ social media presence because they are linked to a single server. They'll spread the word about the articles through other Discord servers and their personal social media accounts. It will assist you in gaining authority among your target audience. Another way to market your company is to post branded memes, GIFs, and funny screenshots. Helps Offer Great Customer Service People expect prompt service, and because Discord delivers messages in real-time, you can address issues as they arise. You can easily send direct messages to members and have private conversations with them. Parting Words Although Discord is primarily a messaging app for individuals, it also has many advantages for B2B marketing. Discord is ideal for community management and true engagement.

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What are the most popular types of YouTube videos in 2021?

Article | May 19, 2021

Withover two billion userslogging onto YouTube every month, brands would be remiss to ignore the platform in their marketing strategy. However, like any marketing initiative, simply uploading a video to YouTube isn’t going to guarantee views, shares, likes, or success. Success comes down to creating therightcontent. A big part of this is understanding the type of content that historically does really well on the platform; in this case, the different kinds of YouTube videos get viewed most, especially by your audience. Mediakix, an influencer marketing agency, broke down the top 16 most popular types of videos on YouTube in a handy infographic below, but is this the right content for marketing your business?

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Group Nine Media

Group Nine Media is one of the world's largest digital-first media companies, boasting over 5 billion monthly video views and reaching 80% of U.S. adults in their 20's. As the no. 1 most engaging publisher on the social web, Group Nine's brands are built for consumption on the platforms where their millennial-focused audience spends the majority of their time. Group Nine is home to NowThis (the no. 1 most watched video news creator on social), The Dodo (the no. 1 animal brand on social), Thrillist (the most trusted brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment) and Seeker (the digital leader in science and innovation).

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Good Gaming Inc. Announces Latest Updates For Its NFT Game MicroBuddies™ And The Release Of Its New Beta 2.0

Good Gaming Inc. | November 24, 2021

Good Gaming, Inc. (OTCQB: GMER) (the "Company") is pleased to announce new updates for its first to market blockchain NFT game MicroBuddies™ and the release date for its latest beta testing format, Beta 2.0. The Beta 2.0 version is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST. Pertinent game updates in their respective categories are highlighted below: Global The Company performed a massive trait rework/overhaul to the game. Over 200 traits have now been updated with over a dozen entirely new traits. Mutations that were too common have been reworked, making mutated mutations more exclusive. Divine buddies are now themed. The max Peg value will now be 5. The supply peg is now 5 billion. A Buddy "Lock" has now been added, which will prevent Buddies from interacting with the game in any way. This is a must-have feature for avoiding replication/GOO transfer scams when buying/selling MicroBuddies™ on OpenSea. MAJOR performance improvements have been made to all underlying functions. This update aims to greatly help MetaMask estimate gas fees and make gas limit issues a relic of the past. 3rd Party Support We have added listenable events for all replications, synthesis, extractions, and Apoptosis. Anyone can now call the burn function on their Buddy's GOO. Apoptosis Fixed Apoptosis subtracting 1 GOO instead of granting GOO. Any GOO an Apop'd buddy is holding will be burnt instead of continuing to exist and weigh down the peg value in the dead wallet. There will now be an option to mass Apoptosis all of your Barren buddies with a confirmation screen. Exchange There is now a function to "max out" a Buddy using GOO from all of your MicroBuddies™, which will be extremely useful for fast transfers and GOO consolidation at the replicator & GRC. Using max out will send GOO from MicroBuddies™ in the order you have them sorted. e.g., If you sort by encumbered, you can easily move the GOO from all of your (extraction) encumbered buddies. Extraction Improved overall efficiency of GOO extraction. GOO minted over a MicroBuddies™ max will now be burnt. This will come with a warning in-game. Notifications about extraction encumberment are now consolidated into a single message, rather than spamming your screen. GRC & Replicator "Use All Buddies" now pays for replications as efficiently as possible, starting with the Buddy with the highest GOO balance and ceasing checks once the MicroBuddies™ replication can be afford Our updated documentation with all updates in detail can be found at. MicroBuddies™ fans have an opportunity to participate as a beta tester in Beta 2.0 as long as they purchase a Nano Factory Token prior to the "snapshot" that will take place on November 24 at 9:00 am. Interested gamers are encouraged to join our discord, where additional instructions and information will be provided to beta testers. The Company is also pleased to announce they will be attaching a 0.01 MATIC fee (less than .02 cents USD at the time of posting) to every transaction that creates a new MicroBuddy. Not only will this create another revenue stream for the Company, but it also gives us the ability to automate paying the storage fees associated with images and ensures data permanence in the future. This solves one of the most significant issues affecting the NFT space today. Douglas Adam "Fluxty" Wathen, Crypto and Gaming Director, stated, "Beta 2.0 is the result of taking full advantage of all the amazing gameplay data and feedback we've received from our Nano Factory Token holders since the beta began. The update will greatly improve game balance, useability, security, GOO tokenomics, 3rd party apps support, and more. With the help of our testers, we expect to determine an exact Q4 2021 launch date for MicroBuddies™ as soon as we've verified the update is stable, and I am extremely excited to finally put MicroBuddies' best foot forward for the world to enjoy." About MicroBuddies™ Good Gaming, Inc. is in the final stages of preparation for the mainnet launch of its first-to-market collectible NFT game, MicroBuddies™, where players will be able to collect lovable, self-replicating microbes that passively produce their own in-game currency GOO™. GOO™ can be used to replicate new MicroBuddies™ from existing ones and customize their genome using a strategic artificial selection process. Well-bred MicroBuddies™ will have a high rate of GOO™ production, so players who develop their skills will be able to create greater opportunities for themselves. At the Polygon Mainnet launch of MicroBuddies™, a player will use their special Nano Factory Tokens to synthesize Generation 0 MicroBuddies™ and begin the game. The first 2,500 MicroBuddies™, collectively known as Generation 0, are expected to be the rarest and most scarce set of MicroBuddies™ and what the rest of the game will propagate from. If the Nano Factory Tokens sell out, or a player fails to purchase a Nano Factory Token prior to the launch of the game, the only way to acquire a MicroBuddy and play will be to first purchase one from another player on the secondary market at the fair market value.

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WAVE.tv Expands Relationship with FloSports Adding Content from the Popular FloWrestling and FloGrappling Channels to its Sports Media Network

WAVE.tv | November 19, 2021

WAVE.tv, one of the fastest growing sports and entertainment companies on the planet with more than 100 million followers globally, announced today it has expanded its relationship with FloSports, a leading sports streaming and original content platform, further tapping into the company’s popular FloWrestling, FloGrappling and other vertical sports libraries. The agreement enables WAVE.tv to continue delivering FloSports’ ‘best of’ content across all digital platforms, while also creating new programming for its Gen-Z audience utilizing FloSports’ current live programming and historical content archives. FloWrestling is the world's #1 destination for youth, collegiate and senior-level competitive wrestling, and FloGrappling is the leading source for jiu-jitsu fanatics. Content from both platforms consistently ranks among the most-viewed content across WAVE.tv’s sports network, including on HAYMAKERS, WAVE.tv’s home for true fight fans with more than 10 million global followers, up from 2.2 million in January 2021. Since the initial partnership launched, WAVE.tv has created over 30 FloSports specific programming pieces per month on average, achieving over 250 million aggregate views. We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with FloSports to bring the best wrestling and grappling programming in the world to our audience across HAYMAKERS and the broader WAVE.tv network. Our content creation, storytelling, and distribution expertise coupled with FloSports’ desire to leverage their rich library to reach and acquire new customers is the perfect marriage.” Daniel Maas, Senior Vice President, Rights Partnerships, WAVE.tv. “Our relationship with WAVE.tv has been incredibly valuable and wildly exceeded our expectations,” says Sarah Hoffman, Director, Digital Marketing at FloSports. “Utilizing their network has bolstered our brands and our content with an essential audience of sports fans. WAVE.tv is helping us connect and engage with a new generation of sports fanatics and converting them to paying subscribers. We are excited that we are expanding our partnership.” This deal reinforces WAVE.tv’s leadership position as holder of one the largest IP libraries of traditional and nontraditional sports content. WAVE.tv has partnerships in place with more than 115 sports leagues and rights holders for content, including Australian Open, ATP, Bellator MMA, Euroleague, Golden Boy, IMG, ONE Championship, PFL, and Top Rank. The partnership with FloSports specifically includes rights from NCAA Wrestling, USA Wrestling, United World Wrestling, International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, and many other properties. About FloSports Founded in 2006, FloSports is a subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand access to hundreds of thousands of competition events across 25+ vertical sport categories in the US and abroad. FloSports’ vision is to give underserved sports the love they deserve. With a growing library of more than 300,000 hours of premium content including news, expert commentary, films, documentaries and more, FloSports has established itself as an innovator and leader in sports streaming. Finally, your sport has a home. For more information, please visit: flosports.tv. About WAVE.tv Founded in 2017, Wave Sports + Entertainment is a world class sports and entertainment company serving modern day fans via content, products, and experiences. We obsess over sports, from the mainstream to more, bringing you the coverage, culture, commentary, and community you crave. With over 100 million highly-engaged global followers and a reach of over 500M sports fans monthly, we’ve tapped into something incredibly powerful in record time.

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Google making AR/VR more immersive on consumer devices

Google | June 22, 2020

A team of Google researchers has created a new technology to take the immersive augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences to a new level. New research shows the ability to record, reconstruct, compress, and deliver high-quality immersive light field videos, lightweight enough to be streamed over regular Wi-Fi. “We’re making this technology practical, bringing us closer to delivering a truly immersive experience to more consumer devices,” said Michael Broxton, Google research scientist. Photos and videos play a huge role in our day-to-day experience on mobile devices, and “we are hoping that someday immersive light field images and videos will play an equally important role in future AR and VR platforms,” he added. Wide field of view scenes can be recorded and played back with the ability to move around within the video after it has been captured, revealing new perspectives. In recent years, the immersive AR/VR field has captured mainstream attention for its promise to give people a truly authentic experience in a simulated environment.

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Good Gaming Inc. Announces Latest Updates For Its NFT Game MicroBuddies™ And The Release Of Its New Beta 2.0

Good Gaming Inc. | November 24, 2021

Good Gaming, Inc. (OTCQB: GMER) (the "Company") is pleased to announce new updates for its first to market blockchain NFT game MicroBuddies™ and the release date for its latest beta testing format, Beta 2.0. The Beta 2.0 version is scheduled to launch on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST. Pertinent game updates in their respective categories are highlighted below: Global The Company performed a massive trait rework/overhaul to the game. Over 200 traits have now been updated with over a dozen entirely new traits. Mutations that were too common have been reworked, making mutated mutations more exclusive. Divine buddies are now themed. The max Peg value will now be 5. The supply peg is now 5 billion. A Buddy "Lock" has now been added, which will prevent Buddies from interacting with the game in any way. This is a must-have feature for avoiding replication/GOO transfer scams when buying/selling MicroBuddies™ on OpenSea. MAJOR performance improvements have been made to all underlying functions. This update aims to greatly help MetaMask estimate gas fees and make gas limit issues a relic of the past. 3rd Party Support We have added listenable events for all replications, synthesis, extractions, and Apoptosis. Anyone can now call the burn function on their Buddy's GOO. Apoptosis Fixed Apoptosis subtracting 1 GOO instead of granting GOO. Any GOO an Apop'd buddy is holding will be burnt instead of continuing to exist and weigh down the peg value in the dead wallet. There will now be an option to mass Apoptosis all of your Barren buddies with a confirmation screen. Exchange There is now a function to "max out" a Buddy using GOO from all of your MicroBuddies™, which will be extremely useful for fast transfers and GOO consolidation at the replicator & GRC. Using max out will send GOO from MicroBuddies™ in the order you have them sorted. e.g., If you sort by encumbered, you can easily move the GOO from all of your (extraction) encumbered buddies. Extraction Improved overall efficiency of GOO extraction. GOO minted over a MicroBuddies™ max will now be burnt. This will come with a warning in-game. Notifications about extraction encumberment are now consolidated into a single message, rather than spamming your screen. GRC & Replicator "Use All Buddies" now pays for replications as efficiently as possible, starting with the Buddy with the highest GOO balance and ceasing checks once the MicroBuddies™ replication can be afford Our updated documentation with all updates in detail can be found at. MicroBuddies™ fans have an opportunity to participate as a beta tester in Beta 2.0 as long as they purchase a Nano Factory Token prior to the "snapshot" that will take place on November 24 at 9:00 am. Interested gamers are encouraged to join our discord, where additional instructions and information will be provided to beta testers. The Company is also pleased to announce they will be attaching a 0.01 MATIC fee (less than .02 cents USD at the time of posting) to every transaction that creates a new MicroBuddy. Not only will this create another revenue stream for the Company, but it also gives us the ability to automate paying the storage fees associated with images and ensures data permanence in the future. This solves one of the most significant issues affecting the NFT space today. Douglas Adam "Fluxty" Wathen, Crypto and Gaming Director, stated, "Beta 2.0 is the result of taking full advantage of all the amazing gameplay data and feedback we've received from our Nano Factory Token holders since the beta began. The update will greatly improve game balance, useability, security, GOO tokenomics, 3rd party apps support, and more. With the help of our testers, we expect to determine an exact Q4 2021 launch date for MicroBuddies™ as soon as we've verified the update is stable, and I am extremely excited to finally put MicroBuddies' best foot forward for the world to enjoy." About MicroBuddies™ Good Gaming, Inc. is in the final stages of preparation for the mainnet launch of its first-to-market collectible NFT game, MicroBuddies™, where players will be able to collect lovable, self-replicating microbes that passively produce their own in-game currency GOO™. GOO™ can be used to replicate new MicroBuddies™ from existing ones and customize their genome using a strategic artificial selection process. Well-bred MicroBuddies™ will have a high rate of GOO™ production, so players who develop their skills will be able to create greater opportunities for themselves. At the Polygon Mainnet launch of MicroBuddies™, a player will use their special Nano Factory Tokens to synthesize Generation 0 MicroBuddies™ and begin the game. The first 2,500 MicroBuddies™, collectively known as Generation 0, are expected to be the rarest and most scarce set of MicroBuddies™ and what the rest of the game will propagate from. If the Nano Factory Tokens sell out, or a player fails to purchase a Nano Factory Token prior to the launch of the game, the only way to acquire a MicroBuddy and play will be to first purchase one from another player on the secondary market at the fair market value.

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WAVE.tv Expands Relationship with FloSports Adding Content from the Popular FloWrestling and FloGrappling Channels to its Sports Media Network

WAVE.tv | November 19, 2021

WAVE.tv, one of the fastest growing sports and entertainment companies on the planet with more than 100 million followers globally, announced today it has expanded its relationship with FloSports, a leading sports streaming and original content platform, further tapping into the company’s popular FloWrestling, FloGrappling and other vertical sports libraries. The agreement enables WAVE.tv to continue delivering FloSports’ ‘best of’ content across all digital platforms, while also creating new programming for its Gen-Z audience utilizing FloSports’ current live programming and historical content archives. FloWrestling is the world's #1 destination for youth, collegiate and senior-level competitive wrestling, and FloGrappling is the leading source for jiu-jitsu fanatics. Content from both platforms consistently ranks among the most-viewed content across WAVE.tv’s sports network, including on HAYMAKERS, WAVE.tv’s home for true fight fans with more than 10 million global followers, up from 2.2 million in January 2021. Since the initial partnership launched, WAVE.tv has created over 30 FloSports specific programming pieces per month on average, achieving over 250 million aggregate views. We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with FloSports to bring the best wrestling and grappling programming in the world to our audience across HAYMAKERS and the broader WAVE.tv network. Our content creation, storytelling, and distribution expertise coupled with FloSports’ desire to leverage their rich library to reach and acquire new customers is the perfect marriage.” Daniel Maas, Senior Vice President, Rights Partnerships, WAVE.tv. “Our relationship with WAVE.tv has been incredibly valuable and wildly exceeded our expectations,” says Sarah Hoffman, Director, Digital Marketing at FloSports. “Utilizing their network has bolstered our brands and our content with an essential audience of sports fans. WAVE.tv is helping us connect and engage with a new generation of sports fanatics and converting them to paying subscribers. We are excited that we are expanding our partnership.” This deal reinforces WAVE.tv’s leadership position as holder of one the largest IP libraries of traditional and nontraditional sports content. WAVE.tv has partnerships in place with more than 115 sports leagues and rights holders for content, including Australian Open, ATP, Bellator MMA, Euroleague, Golden Boy, IMG, ONE Championship, PFL, and Top Rank. The partnership with FloSports specifically includes rights from NCAA Wrestling, USA Wrestling, United World Wrestling, International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, and many other properties. About FloSports Founded in 2006, FloSports is a subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand access to hundreds of thousands of competition events across 25+ vertical sport categories in the US and abroad. FloSports’ vision is to give underserved sports the love they deserve. With a growing library of more than 300,000 hours of premium content including news, expert commentary, films, documentaries and more, FloSports has established itself as an innovator and leader in sports streaming. Finally, your sport has a home. For more information, please visit: flosports.tv. About WAVE.tv Founded in 2017, Wave Sports + Entertainment is a world class sports and entertainment company serving modern day fans via content, products, and experiences. We obsess over sports, from the mainstream to more, bringing you the coverage, culture, commentary, and community you crave. With over 100 million highly-engaged global followers and a reach of over 500M sports fans monthly, we’ve tapped into something incredibly powerful in record time.

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Google making AR/VR more immersive on consumer devices

Google | June 22, 2020

A team of Google researchers has created a new technology to take the immersive augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences to a new level. New research shows the ability to record, reconstruct, compress, and deliver high-quality immersive light field videos, lightweight enough to be streamed over regular Wi-Fi. “We’re making this technology practical, bringing us closer to delivering a truly immersive experience to more consumer devices,” said Michael Broxton, Google research scientist. Photos and videos play a huge role in our day-to-day experience on mobile devices, and “we are hoping that someday immersive light field images and videos will play an equally important role in future AR and VR platforms,” he added. Wide field of view scenes can be recorded and played back with the ability to move around within the video after it has been captured, revealing new perspectives. In recent years, the immersive AR/VR field has captured mainstream attention for its promise to give people a truly authentic experience in a simulated environment.

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