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Dec 03, 2014


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Ello

Have you ever wondered where all those people who are supposedly fleeing Facebook are going? Well, if they were lucky enough to get an invite, it's a good bet they are on Ello. Originally created as a private social network by a group of designers and artists, Ello quickly expanded into a private, invite-only beta. But what really sets Ello apart from its social network competitors is its commitment to an ad-free environment.

"Ello doesn't sell ads. Nor do we sell data about you to third parties," the website states. Of course, that raises questions about the long-term survival of Ello. Sooner or later, the company is going to need to make money, and that will either come from advertisers or from users. In fact, it's already trying to figure that out: "You never have to pay anything, and you can keep using Ello forever, for free. By choosing to buy a feature now and then for a very small amount of money you support our work and help us make Ello better and better."

The Astronauts Guild

The Astronauts Guild is a company that tests the limits of what you think you know about content. Here is what it has to say about its current project: "The Astronauts Guild is now in development on stereoscopic 180 and 360 degree camera systems to capture, first person, VR experiences for the Oculus Rift and Sony Morpheus." Translated for the layman, that means The Astronauts Guild is creating the cameras that capture video in 360 degrees to create totally immersive virtual-reality experiences.

Cool, right? With many content creators still thinking about mobile devices and just starting to consider the implications of the Internet of Things, The Astronauts Guild is looking to the future, creating content so immersive that it's far beyond anything most companies can even imagine.


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