Thursday, March 7

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⚡️Today’s Headlines⚡️

📱 iOS 17.4 is now available with new emoji and EU security updates

📷 TikTok is copying Instagram with a Story home screen widget

🇬🇧 U.K. might be next to lose news features on Facebook

🎉 Microsoft Advertising’s Performance Max campaigns are available

🛌 Meta wants people to use VR while lying down?

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Today’s Insight

📰 TL;DR - Meta was on the cusp of innovation when they launched the Metaverse, and now they’re betting on even more of the future of digital connection. In a new blog post on the Meta Quest blog, Meta outlined its three predictions for technical transformation in 2024 and beyond.

💡 Insight - The Metaverse isn’t getting left behind. There’s still consumer interest in virtual and mixed reality, especially with the launch of Apple’s Vision Pro. Meta’s leaning into this shift, refocusing Metaverse and Quest use cases towards fitness, wellness, and workplace trainings. Just because the technology lost the hype of its initial gaming and alternate universe use case doesn’t mean that it’s useless.

Smart glasses are coming back. We all remember the downfall of Snap Glasses and Google Glass. But Meta’s trying again with AI functionality in its Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses as part of its commitment to on-device LLMs. Honestly, the use cases sound pretty cool – imagine having customers being able to translate your signage and messaging into another language through AI-enabled smart glasses.

Consumers expect to interact with brands and businesses through messaging tools. Meta’s creating AI tools to help expedite and optimize these processes for businesses. But brands have to prioritize connection throughout their strategy to ensure a seamless, ideal customer experience.

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