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TECHNOBYE for 2 May 2016

The majority of people using Snapchat Inc.’s application are making videos. It's fueling a boom in people watching them, the company is telling its investors.

More than a third of Snapchat’s daily users create “Stories,” broadcasting photos and videos from their lives that last 24 hours, according to people familiar with the matter.

Now users are watching 10 billion videos a day on the application, up from 8 billion in February. Snapchat on Thursday confirmed the number of video views.

Snapchat is sharing the new stories statistic with investors to help explain that its app is focused on serving people who create and broadcast content, not just consume it.

The first screen of the app is a camera, prompting users to share what they’re seeing or doing. Users can decide whether to send their snap directly to friends, where it disappears after it’s watched, or post it to their Snapchat Story, where it can be viewed for 24 hours by a broader audience.

www.bloomberg.com

Activision Blizzard has set a timer for the revelation of its next Call of Duty game, which rumors suggest will be called Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

The timer, released through social media, is set for a revelation at 9 am Pacific time on Monday.

The countdown is one of multiple teasers for Infinity Ward’s new Call of Duty video game coming this fall. The Infinity Ward game will be the newest installment in a series that has sold more than $15 billion worth in the past decade.

The teasers started on Friday with the release of a new logo. It's fllowed by an image of a big spaceship at the end of the Nuk3town multiplayer map in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. venturebeat.com

Google GOOGL -2.36% has a penchant for far-out tech that never reaches the market. The latest is a method of injecting a device into an eyeball, mostly as a means to correct poor vision.

Described in a patent application dated April 28, 2016, the device is injected in fluid. This then solidifies to couple the device with the eye’s lens capsule, the transparent membrane surrounding the lens.

The injection would take place ”following the removal of the natural lens from the lens capsule,” the patent reads.

The planned device injected into the eye contains a number of tiny components: storage, sensors, radio, battery and an electronic lens. The eyeball device gets power wirelessly from an “energy harvesting antenna.”

The patent describes what looks like an external device to interface with the eyeball computer. The two will communicate through a radio. The ”interface device” contains the processor to do the necessary computing.

According to the patent, the electronic lens would assist in the process of focusing light onto the eye’s retina.

www.forbes.com

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