Google’s new holiday gift guide is built to send users to Google Shopping results

Google’s new holiday gift guide is built to send users to Google Shopping results






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Apple Wins Patent for Finger Accessories that will assist users in touching & controlling Objects while wearing AR/VR Smartglasses or HMD

In June of this year Patently Apple posted a patent application report titled “Apple Reveals Finger Sensor Devices for Future HMDs & Glasses to assist users touch & control Objects in AR/VR Environments & Beyond.” Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple this patent.

 

Apple’s granted patent relates to systems with electronic devices such as finger-mounted electronic devices that are to be used with Apple’s future HMD and smartglasses. Apple has been working on this for some time and Patently Apple has covered a series of future finger devices for use with AR/VR headsets and/or glasses that you could review here:  01, 02, 03, 04 and 05.  

 

Apple’s invention published today covers a system that may include electronic devices that are finger devices configured to be worn on fingers of users in conjunction with Augmented Reality (AR) and Augmented Virtuality (VR) head mounted devices and glasses.

 

The finger devices may include sensors. As a user interacts with a real-world object in the environment surrounding the user, one or more sensors may be used to measure information on real-world-object physical attributes associated with the real-world object.  

 

The physical attributes that are measured may include attributes such as a surface contour, a texture, an object color or other visual attribute, a temperature, acoustic attributes, force-versus-distance characteristics, weight, and/or other physical attributes.

 

Apple’s patent FIG. 2 below is a top view of an illustrative finger of a user on which a finger device has been placed; FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative finger device on the finger of a user; FIG. 4 is a top view of an illustrative head-mounted device having support structures configured to support a display and sensors such as a forward facing camera and gaze tracker.

 

2 X Finger devices patent

 

Apple’s patent FIG. 5 above is a perspective view of an illustrative real-world object with which a user is interacting while gathering measurements and/or receiving output using a finger device; FIG. 16 is a flow chart of illustrative operations associated with operating a system with electronic devices.

 

Apple’s granted patent 10,845,894 was published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. You could review our full patent application report on this invention here for more information and patent figures.

 

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Facebook ‘Drives’ lets users collect clothing, food, and other essentials for those in need

  • The feature creates a goal tracker others can see and contribute to
  • Drive appears in your Timeline and Newsfeed, as well as on Facebook’s Community Help hub 
  • On Giving Tuesday, Facebook will match eligible donations made on the platform, up to $7 million
  • The platform is also hosting a  Peace Through Music Facebook Live fundraiser

Facebook has launched a new feature to help users find the giving spirit during the holiday season.

Available in the US through Facebook’s Community Help hub, ‘Drives’ allows you to collect clothing, food and other necessities for those in need around your location. 

After you set a goal for how many items you’re collecting, a goal tracker indicates how far you still need to go.

Your Drive appears in your News Feed and Timeline, as well as in the main Community Help section. 

The feature debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said. 

All Drives are also set to be reviewed to make sure they don’t violate company policies.

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Available in the US through Facebook’s Community Help hub, ‘Drives’ allows users to start collecting clothing, food and other necessities for those in need

To start a Drive, type ‘Community Help’ in the Facebook Search tab and go to the main Community Help page. From there Click ‘Offer Help’ and then ‘Create Drive.’  

In a blog post on Monday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said users have already raised more than $100 million for COVID-19 causes on Facebook and Instagram and $65 million for racial justice causes.

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‘One hundred percent of what’s raised for nonprofits on Facebook and Instagram goes directly to the organizations,’ she wrote, ‘and all donations are securely processed by Facebook Pay, making it seamless to donate in just a few taps.’

Sandberg also promoted Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice, a star-studded Facebook Live fundraiser at noon ET on Giving Tuesday, December 1, featuring Aloe Blacc, Billie Eilish, Becky G, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Skip Marley, and others.

Drives debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said. All Drives will be reviewed to make sure they don’t violate company policies
On Giving Tuesday, December 1, Facebook will match eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits made on the platform, up to $7 million

Proceeds will benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, Sankofa, Silkroad and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

All day, Facebook will match eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits made on the platform, up to $7 million.

Earlier this month the social media giant announced several new tools intended to promote giving, including fundraiser stickers in Facebook Stories and a ‘Donate’ button on Instagram that enables nonprofits with business accounts to raise money directly.

Starting today, Instagram users can fundraise with stickers on Stories and on Instagram Live.

A new ‘Donate’ button on Instagram enables nonprofits with business accounts to raise money directly

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