Google's new Data GIF Maker offers easy paths to the classic yet popular animation tool for journalists and other storytellers. The feature focuses on making comparisons, asking users to enter the information before downloading the GIF.
In the near future, consumers may have the option of paying for a purchase using a bank card in virtual reality. Worldpay is experimenting with the concept and recently demonstrated a Host Card Emulation to simulate a real-world payment experience in a VR app.
UK beer brand BrewDog has launched what it hopes will be the country's largest guerilla marketing push that relies on user content, and other buzz-building techniques, instead of traditional advertising. The "I Am Punk" campaign sent thousands of investors vinyl posters encouraging them to create their own content to share with the world.
To succeed in marketing, brands must build a strong content marketing strategy, columnist Abbey Jordan writes. Use tools like Google Analytics to determine what areas need focus in your site, then work to identify trends and changes in your industry that will allow you to create the right content at the right time.
Microsoft's Beam live-streaming platform is now dubbed Mixer as the product pursues success on a global scale. The renaming also comes with a few new features, including "co-streaming," which allows as many as four people to broadcast streams simultaneously via split screens.
Developers have a new way to speed the creation of their event-driven apps with the beta introduction of Twilio Functions. The new platform handles all the routine tasks associated with managing servers and other infrastructure.
A Texas law overriding local ride-hailing regulations will allow Uber and Lyft to return to service in Austin beginning Monday. The new law establishes statewide rules for such services, canceling out Austin's rules, which the two services had deemed too restrictive.
Facebook has signed deals with BuzzFeed, Group Nine Media, Vox Media and ATTN, among others, to create original short- and long-form video that will contain ad breaks, Reuters reports. Facebook intends to run scripted shows that it will own, lasting between 20 and 30 minutes, and shorter unscripted and scripted content that it will not own, lasting between 5 and 10 minutes.
US consumer spending in Apple's App Store is creating nearly twice as many millionaire publishers as the corresponding number in Google Play, according to Sensor Tower. However, the 2016 figures also reveal that the number of equivalent publishers in Google Play's US store grew considerably faster than the number in the App Store.