Grocery delivery services are becoming commonplace, and now Google’s getting into the game too.
Remember Google Express? There hadn’t been much news on the delivery service recently, but it will now be taking on groceries, including shipping perishable items in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Current partners include Costco, Whole Foods, Vincente Foods and Smart & Final. Deliveries via Express will cost $4.99, or $2.99 if you’re a subscriber, and deliveries are made within 2-hour windows.
It might be something of an uphill battle against Amazon’s Fresh grocery service though; the latter has an established marketplace presence in places like California, Seattle, Philadelphia and New York, and also offers 1-hour delivery in many instances.
Google has some catching up to do; we’ll see how its services expand as more customers turn to shopping online than visiting their local grocery store.
In a Tumblr post today, Martha Nelson, Yahoo’s Global Editor-in-Chief announced the plan to phase out several of the company’s digital magazine verticals, including: food, health, parenting, makers, travel, autos and real estate.
The move is an effort to focus on Yahoo’s four most successful content areas: news, sports, finance and lifestyle.
Not included in the Tumblr post, but reported by Politico, Yahoo Tech is also getting the axe and moving some of its staff, including former New York Times columnist David Pogue, to its news vertical.
While we might not understand the extent of the cuts for days or even weeks, it appears that the aforementioned channels aren’t all that Yahoo is cutting.
Re/code, for example, is reporting that the beauty vertical is also being cut.
A request for comment wasn’t immediately answered by Yahoo. We’ll update as we find out more.
Google’s Physical Web allows phones to connect with devices around them, like bus stops or parking meters, and receive information directly without using another app.
The feature has been in testing with iOS devices since last summer and now Google is rolling it out to its Android users as well. It is being rolled out to Chrome 49 first, which is still in beta, but Google says it will be available more widely soon.
Mars is basically Earth’s hottest club that no one can get to – but that doesn’t stop NASA from consistently releasing new footages of the red planet for everyone back at home to enjoy.
If sand dune close-ups don’t cut it for you, today you can take a virtual tour of Mars with a new 360-degree image that lets you explore around the Namib Dune. NASA says the images were taken on December 18, 2015 by the Curiosity rover, and suggest that dunes in this region “move as much as about 3 feet (1 meter) per Earth year.”
Since the rover cannot take 360-degree images, the video was stitched together from individual photos to create a spherical view. Previously, the image was released on Curiosity rover’s Facebook page with an overly stretched outcome.
Today’s video is as close as you’ll get to exploring Mars until at least 2025, with minor Photoshopping from the NASA team.
“A color adjustment has been made approximating a white balance, so that rocks and sand appear approximately as they would appear under Earth’s sunlit sky. A brightness adjustment accommodates including rover hardware in the scene,” the team writes in a press release.
During its Q4 earnings call today, Facebook revealed some interesting stats for video usage on its platform.
Mark Zuckerberg explained that users now watch 100 million hours of video daily on the platform. In light of this, he said the company is working on creating a dedicated video channel – a shot across the bow to YouTube.
This perhaps comes as no surprise, given the investment the company has made to improve its video experience, including 360-degree videos and a pop-up player, as well as an overall emphasis on improving the mobile video experience.
Of course, rumors have been flying around about a YouTube competitor for ages now, particularly given Facebook has been taking steps like adding dedicated video tabs for Pages.
Though it’s hard to imagine anything replacing or seriously competing against YouTube for overall video watching, Facebook is in the best position to do so.
When it comes to app design, 2015 is the Year of the Card.
Screen-size cards are everywhere, from websites to native apps and are designed to look like their physical counterparts. It’s an easy way for you to shuffle through a series of digital containers with the flick of a thumb.
Regardless of how you feel about the concept, cards are here to stay. Frankly, cards are a style that seems just made for apps. There are so many apps using cards nowadays, that you almost don’t even think about it.
Let’s do a little experiment. Pick up your phone. Open the first 10 apps you see. How many feature cards?
Now that we’ve established how cards dominate mobile design, let’s dive into how you actually use them.
Periscope has got an update on iOS that lets you find streams from the past 24 hours on a map and skip ahead while watching them. The latest version is now on par in features with its Android counterpart.
The app’s global map previously showed only ongoing streams around the world and was limited to showing 250 broadcasts at any given point of time.
When you load the map on the latest version, it’ll display all streams as well as replays from the last 24 hours, from the region you’re looking at. Pan and zoom into any area and the app will rescan Periscope’s network to show you live broadcasts in red and replays in blue.