Day: July 2, 2020

Facebook is shutting down Lasso, its TikTok clone – TechCrunch

Facebook is no longer betting on Lasso, an app it launched a year and a half ago, to take on TikTok . The social juggernaut’s TikTok clone is shutting down on July 10, Lasso alerted users on Wednesday.

Launched in late 2018, Lasso was seen as Facebook’s answer to TikTok that’s gained ground with young users, both in China and in the West. Lasso allowed users shoot up to 15-second long videos and overlay popular songs. The app centered around an algorithmic feed of recommended videos, but also allowed users to tap through hashtags or a Browse page of themed collections.

As of February, Lasso was available in Colombia, Mexico, the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Uruguay, research firm Sensor Tower told TechCrunch. Earlier this year, Facebook added support for Hindi language in Lasso, suggesting that it may have had plans to

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On the road again—or not—this holiday weekend

87% of Americans are planning to stay home or local for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a new survey finds.

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July Fourth will have a decidedly different feel this year as 87% of Americans are planning to stay local, according to a new survey by FinanceBuzz.

Because July Fourth is traditionally a big travel holiday, respondents were asked how likely they were to go on road trips and RV and camping trips compared to last year.

The survey also found that 69% of Americans plan to take fewer road trips than last summer or none at all. When they do hit the road, they’ll stay local—25% won’t venture more than two hours away from home, FinanceBuzz said.

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Travel is making a comeback–just not by plane

 (TechRepublic)

While many people are choosing not to travel due to health concerns, it’s likely that many families are also

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Survey: Robotics usage on the rise

Robots don’t play a significant role in industries — yet — but respondents expect that to change soon.

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The image of robots working on a factory floor is being replaced with the reality of robots working in a myriad of industries ranging from healthcare and logistics to retail and telecommunications. 

How are these robotic systems affecting these industries? This past June TechRepublic Premium surveyed 234 professionals to find out. 

SEE: More robot and robotic system deployments expected across industries (TechRepublic Premium)

The robots are coming

According to the majority of survey respondents (65%), robots and robotic systems do not play a significant role in their industry right now. However, during the next two-to-three years, 66% believe this will increase significantly or slightly. About a quarter of respondents report that their robotic system usage will not change, 9% are unsure, and only 1% report their robotic systems usage

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