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Facebook, the social media company has now been renamed to ‘Meta’, as a part of reflecting its focus towards building the ‘Metaverse’. At Connect 2021 annual event, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the same and also posted other updates via its Founder’s Letter that portrays how the company will be moving forward.

“We are at the beginning of the next chapter for the internet, and it’s the next chapter for our company too”, said Zuckerberg. He says that Metaverse will be an embodied internet where you’re in the experience, not just looking at it. Further, he says it will touch every product the company builds.

The defining quality of the metaverse will be a feeling of presence, like you are right there with another person or in another place. Mark says that in the Metaverse, one can get together with friends and family, work, learn, play, shop, create — as well as completely new experiences that don’t really fit how we think about computers or phones today.

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Mark also defines as to what the aim actually is. In this future, you will be able to teleport instantly as a hologram to be at the office without a commute, at a concert with friends, or in your parents’ living room to catch up. This well reduce your carbon footprint as well as help in cutting down time spent in traffic.

Different devices will be used for different purposes. This means you will be able to use augmented reality glasses to stay present in the physical world, virtual reality to be fully immersed, and phones and computers to jump in from existing platforms.

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Role of Meta (earlier Facebook) in all of this will be to give a boost to the process of evolving into Metaverse. Meta plans to sell its devices at cost or subsidized to make them available to more people. It will continue supporting side-loading and streaming from PCs so people have choice, rather than forcing them to use the Quest Store to find apps or reach customers.

Furthermore, it will also be focused towards the developers in charging a low fees in as many cases as possible so it can “maximize the overall creative economy”. “The metaverse is the next frontier in connecting people, just like social networking was when we got started”, Zuckerberg said.

Metaverse encompasses both the social experiences and future technology. Zuckerberg clarifies that none of its other apps including WhatsApp, Instagram, etc will be changing their identities. However, all of its apps now share a new vision: to help bring the metaverse to life. As the company will now be Metaverse-first, you won’t need a Facebook account to use the company’s other services.

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Moreover, it has been stated that starting with the company’s results for the fourth quarter of 2021, it plans to report on two operating segments: Family of Apps and Reality Labs. Meta also intends to start trading under the new stock ticker it has reserved, MVRS, on December 1.

Source: www.themobileindian.com

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Mercedes-Benz unveils a Virgil Abloh-designed Maybach Electric car

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Just a day after Virgil Abloh’s final Louis Vuitton show was held in Miami on Tuesday night, new work from the prolific designer continues to roll out as Mercedes-Benz has just unveiled Project Maybach, a collaborative endeavor between Off-White and the luxury car company.

Project Maybach was initially slated to be revealed privately to the press, but at the request from Abloh’s family, the electric car exhibit will now be open to view on Dec. 1 and 2 in Miami. Project Maybach an Abloh-designed a two-seater Maybach that reflects a fusion of the designer’s reconstruction aesthetics with the other luxury qualities.

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Fellow designer Heron Preston snagged pictures from the exhibit and posted them to his Instagram, showing the unique piece of art on display. Mercedes-Benz also shared official images of the vehicle and a message to the late designer.

A press release from the company explained that the company opened Project Maybach to the public in order to honor Virgil’s wishes and memory.

“Our thoughts are with Virgil’s family and teams,” the official statement reads. “In order to respectfully honor the work of a unique talented designer who, through his unbridled imagination, has created endless opportunities for collaboration and inspired everyone who knew his work, Mercedes-Benz is opening up Project MAYBACH, and with it Virgil’s unique vision, to the public.”

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You can view the car at Miami’s Rubell Museum from December 1–2. It was announced that Virgil Abloh passed away on Sunday afternoon after undergoing a private battle with rare form of cancer.

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HUSTLE SASA: Sauti Sol launch mobile app to empower creatives across Africa

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Kenyan pop group Sauti Sol have launched a new mobile app called “Hustle Sasa”.

The app, launched in partnership with Hustle, was co-founded by the pop group, and aims to benefit and empower Kenyan creatives and 100 000 creatives across Africa by 2025. Hustle Sasa comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions on live performances, which have negatively impacted the livelihoods of musicians who rely on the sector.

The software was created to be a single center for creatives to run their businesses, including opening shops, adding real and digital items, tracking orders, and collecting payments, according to the creators. It allows musicians to sell directly to their fans, control their sales on demand, and receive immediate payment. Users may immediately start earning from their followers by sharing their unique store link with their audiences on social and messaging channels.

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The platform is currently being used by musicians such as Sauti Sol, H_art The Band, Harry Kimani, Yaba and Sylvia Ssaru, among others, Music In Africa reports. It is also being employed by several digital artists, chefs, fashion designers and beauty brands.

“We’re building mobile-first tools to empower creators to grow their business, build relationships with their fans, and manage their finances,” Hustle Sasa co-founder and chief marketing officer Rizz Jiwani said. “We’re excited that Sauti Sol has joined our team. Their success as artists and passion for the creative industry aligns perfectly with our mission. We want it to be a creative’s best friend that can cater to all of their business needs,” Sauti Sol member Bien said. “This is the future and we’re excited to take this journey together.”

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Sauti Sol member Savara said: “Hustle enables every creative to build an independent business with no setup costs and no monthly fees. We want to make it easy for creators to build a business around their passions.”

According to Music In Africa, the creative economy in Kenya is a key contributor to economic growth and employment, accounting for more than 5% of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP). This sector includes music, books, performing arts, film, fashion and software industries, among others.

Sauti Sol is among the most successful acts in Africa. Having toured across Africa, the US, Europe and Australia, the chart-topping band has received the recognition and respect of both their fans and the industry, winning international awards including the MTV EMA for Best African Act and the MTV Africa Award for Best African Group.

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