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Story Spheres, A New Journalism Tool on Google News Lab Launches

Google News Lab Story Spheres

Journalists on Google News can now experiment with 360 content, as Google has implemented a new experiement called “Story Spheres,” which stitches together photos and audio. It allows journalists, documentary makers and educators to tell powerful stories if they don’t have access to video.

The project is an outcome of Google’s Creative Lab Sydney and Australian creative agency Grumpy Sailor’s—now both the team are working on the next iteration of the project, which gains support on Google News Lab, to help individual journalists to large newsrooms—create and brand their immersive audio experiences.

To this end, a new website is launched today, that allow journalists brand their creations with their own logos, help them credit their work and embed it on their own website.

Also, it’s now even simpler to upload a 360 image, edit the imagery, add an audio layer and navigate from one experience to another.

Check out and discover more of the tool yourself, HERE.

The Google app launcher in the Google Bar makes it easier to quickly access Google apps like Drive, Gmail, and Calendar, and can be customized to place the apps often used at the top, while least used apps at the bottom, become more convenient today, with a new default order for apps launched today in the launcher.

The new default will more prominently feature commonly used apps like Gmail, Drive, and Docs.

This new layout will go into effect on Tuesday, August 1st, for new users and those who haven’t already customized their app launcher. However, those who have already reordered apps won’t see any changes to the apps’ order, says Google.

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