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Facebook Releases Open Sourced Image Compression Tool Called Spectrum

Spectrum 1.0.0 was officially launched on Github as Facebook opens it to the developers for Android and iOS on Thursday, The new feature is available to download from the GitHub page.

Apps/Software

Facebook's Employees Leave 5-Star Amazon Ratings For Its Portal Smart Display

Busted: Facebook employees are leaving five-star ratings for the company's own product Portal. The social media brand has responded and asked them to take down the reviews.

Gadgets January 17, 2019

Getting Hooked On Social Media Very Similar To Gambling And Drug Addiction, Says Study

New research wants professionals to treat excessive social media use seriously. In a study, they found that those who spend more time logged into Facebook or Instagram performed badly in an exercise that tests decision-making skills.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2019

Oculus Rift Update To Bring Live VR Streaming To Facebook

The new Oculus Rift update will bring more people into their virtual world where anyone can ask to join one's VR social space. Oculus Home is a fun social hub to enjoy with friends and also to make a few new online friends.

Apps/Software January 9, 2019

Facebook Canceled A Feature That Finds ‘Common Ground’ Between Users With Opposing Political Views

Common Ground was a feature-in-development supposed to curb the growing political divide between Facebook users. However, Facebook eventually canceled the project, and here’s the reason why.

Internet December 24, 2018

Facebook Rumored To Be Creating Its Own Cryptocurrency

Facebook might be exploring opportunities involving stablecoin. If so, it would be the first major company to pursue blockchain, and it stands to succeed given its massive user base.

Business Tech December 21, 2018

Facebook Secretly Gave Spotify, Netflix, Bing, And Many Other Services User Information

Facebook gave major companies access to user data. It was part of partnerships on data collection the company entered into with a number of services, both big and small.

Security December 19, 2018

France To Tax Tech Giants Facebook, Google, Apple, And Amazon Starting Jan. 1

France is going to implement its own tax on Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, which are collectively known in the EU region as GAFA starting Jan. 1. Other countries in the EU including the UK are also pushing to impose their own taxes to tech giants

Business Tech December 18, 2018

Facebook Messenger Now Supports Boomerang, Selfie Mode, And AR Stickers

Boomerang finally arrives on Messenger. That and Selfie Mode, which adds a bokeh mode to photos, plus new AR stickers to spice up the holidays.

Apps/Software December 18, 2018

Why Facebook Hasn’t Released The ‘Clear History’ Feature It Promised Months Ago

Over seven months ago, Facebook said it would release a Clear History feature as an added privacy measure. It’s still not here, and here’s why.

Security December 18, 2018

Facebook Bug Exposed Photos Of 6.8 Million Users: How To Find Out If You Were Affected

Facebook recently disclosed that a bug may have affected 6.8 million users, exposing their photos to third-party apps. The social networking site said the bug lived for 12 days in September.

Apps/Software December 15, 2018

Facebook Putting Ads In Search Results, Marketplace

Facebook needs another revenue stream to maintain its growth as much as possible. As such, ads on search results and Marketplace might be standard going forward.

Internet December 12, 2018

Instagram Testing Special Creator Accounts For Influencers And High-Profile Users

Instagram is reportedly testing specialized features for influencers, celebrities, and other high-profile accounts. The tools include quality filters for direct messages, and improved access to follower analytics, among others.

Apps/Software December 12, 2018

Facebook Could Soon Let You Shop While Livestreaming

In Thailand, Facebook is currently testing a new feature that lets merchants demo their products, and for customers to buy them instantly. It’s not clear whether this functionality will ever go beyond the testing phase.

Apps/Software December 7, 2018

Internal Facebook E-mails Unveil Social Network's Controversial Practices

Facebook internal emails sent between 2012 and 2015 revealed that the social media giant engaged in controversial practices. The UK parliament released the correspondence, which was disclosed by Facebook as part of a lawsuit.

Business Tech December 6, 2018

Old Facebook Messages Resurface, Making Everyone Cringe. Facebook Confirms A Fix Is Coming

It seems a bug is causing old messages to reappear as new ones on Facebook. Facebook has acknowledged the issue and says it’s working to fix it.

Internet November 26, 2018

Facebook, Instagram Are Down And The Internet Goes Crazy

Facebook and Instagram experienced outages Tuesday morning, bringing internet to a grinding halt.

Internet November 20, 2018

Facebook Launches Its Own Version Of TikTok Called Lasso

Facebook just released a new app similar to TikTok. Lasso, available now on iOS and Android, might be Facebook’s latest attempt to win back teenagers.

Apps/Software November 10, 2018

New ‘Unsend’ Feature On Facebook Will Finally Let You Delete Messages — Here’s The Catch

Facebook users might finally be allowed to unsend messages. The company is apparently close to rolling the feature out, per the latest release notes of Messenger for iOS.

Internet November 8, 2018

Facebook Finally Finds A Way To Show Ads On WhatsApp

Facebook is ready to roll out ads on the WhatsApp messaging service. The company plans to put them in Status, which rolled out just last year.

Apps/Software November 2, 2018

Facebook Portal Unveiled: Is This Really The Right Time To Launch A Surveillance Device?

Facebook unveiled the Portal, an AI-powered, Alexa-enabled smart speaker with touchscreen that focuses on video calling. However, the social network may have announced the Amazon Echo Show challenger at a bad time.

Gadgets October 9, 2018

Facebook Unveils Oculus Quest, A Premium Standalone VR Headset For Only $399

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the $399 Oculus Quest at the Oculus Connect conference. The new Oculus VR headset combines the portability of the Oculus Go and some of the power of the Oculus Rift.

Gadgets September 27, 2018

New Facebook AI To Help Crackdown On Offensive Memes

Facebook has developed an artificial intelligence system to identify offensive memes. Dubbed as Rosetta, the system has the ability to extract text from more than a billion images and video frames on Facebook and Instagram daily.

Apps/Software September 13, 2018

Facebook Watch Goes Global: Should YouTube And Netflix Worry?

Facebook Watch has now gone global, allowing it to better challenge rivals YouTube and Netflix. Does the social network's video platform have what it takes to dominate the video streaming space?

Apps/Software August 30, 2018

Here's How You Can Apply For Instagram Verified Status

Instagram has rolled out several new security features to protect its users. One of the new things on the photo-sharing platform is the clearer process for applying for verified status to gain the elusive Instagram blue check mark.

Apps/Software August 29, 2018

Facebook Is Making A Digital Assistant Called Aloha: Here’s What It Looks Like

Facebook is reportedly developing a digital assistant. App investigator Jane Manchun Wong uncovered a new development Facebook is testing, which could be the biggest competitor of Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Smart Home August 23, 2018

Apple Removes Onavo App By Facebook From App Store Over Data Collection: Not Again

By now no one should be surprised that Facebook, fresh off various data scandals, is still collecting user data. Apple isn’t having it, however: the company just asked Facebook to pull its VPN app Onavo from its storefront.

Apple August 23, 2018

Facebook Users Given Trustworthiness Scores In Ongoing Battle Against Fake News

Popular social media platform Facebook has started assigning reputation scores to its users to determine their trustworthiness. The platform is rating user's credibility on a scale of zero to one.

Internet August 22, 2018

Facebook Acqui-Hires Startup Vidpresso, Here’s What That Will Do To Live Broadcasts

Facebook is making an effort to elevate their content. The company has just 'acqui-hired' Vidpresso, a video startup that works with publishers and TV broadcasters to generate interactive online content videos on social media platforms.

Internet August 16, 2018

Controversial Messenger Kids App Now Lets Users Add Friends

Adding friends on Messenger Kids just got easier. Users can now let parents opt into a new feature that generates a unique phrase that can be sent to other potential friends, and parents of both children must approve the request.

Apps/Software August 14, 2018

Facebook Officially Shuts Down Friend List Feeds: What Were They For, Exactly?

Facebook made its friend list feeds unavailable. The lesser-known feature allowed its users to see posts from a designated friends list, which resulted in a more personalized news feed.

Internet August 10, 2018

Is Facebook Really Asking For Your Banking Information?

Facebook is not asking for your banking data, contrary to what reports claim. Rather, it’s working with banks to bring banking features over to Messenger via a chatbot.

Security August 7, 2018

Facebook Prepares Rollout Of Dating Feature On Main App: Here’s What It Looks Like

New details about dating features on Facebook have now been revealed. Dating will apparently be baked into the main Facebook app, and it’ll prioritize meaningful relationships rather than hookups.

Apps/Software August 5, 2018

Some Facebook Ads For Games Will Now Be ‘Playable’: Here’s How They Work

Expect to see playable ads in your news feed soon. The company is now rolling out its own playable ads platform to advertisers, which will allow users to try out a video game before downloading.

Internet August 2, 2018

Facebook And Instagram Will Now Show How Much Time You've Wasted On Them

Facebook and Instagram started rolling out new tools that will show users how much time they have spent on the apps. The tools, which will include ways to limit usage, will look to address the growing problem of smartphone addiction.

Apps/Software August 2, 2018

New Facebook Feature Will Let Users Compete In Singing Contests

Researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered code in the Facebook app that refers to an upcoming feature named Talent Show. The feature will allow users to sing to certain songs, and then send in their videos to compete with others.

Apps/Software August 1, 2018

WhatsApp Finally Gets Group Video And Voice Calling

Group video and voice calls are now possible in WhatsApp. The company says the feature is rolling out now, and like every interaction in the app, it’s going to have end-to-end encryption.

Apps/Software July 31, 2018

Facebook Now Rolling Out Downvote System To More Users

Facebook has resumed wider testing for its new upvote and downvote system. Instead of disliking a comment, users will be able to cast votes a la Reddit.

Internet July 28, 2018

Facebook Watch Party Lets You Watch Videos With Friends

You can now watch Facebook videos with friends thanks to a new feature called Watch Party. Some caveats, however: you can only watch videos that are already on Facebook, and the feature only works in Groups for now.

Internet July 26, 2018

Facebook Is Developing Its Own Internet Satellite, Reportedly Launching Next Year

Emails between the FCC and a firm reveal that Facebook is developing satellite internet. Project Athena, proposed to launch in 2019, will provide internet to underserved areas in the world.

Internet July 21, 2018

Facebook Will Be More Aggressive About Its Underage Policy

In response to a documentary that revealed Facebook’s lax attitude toward verification of underage users, the company has pledged to be more aggressive about enforcing its policies on underage accounts. Going forward, they will be deleted immediately.

Internet July 20, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Clarifies Statement About Holocaust Deniers Following Backlash: ‘I Personally Find Holocaust Denial Deeply Offensive’

Mark Zuckerberg has now clarified his recent statements on holocaust deniers on Facebook. He said he finds the idea of Holocaust denial deeply offensive and didn’t mean to defend the people who engage in it.

Internet July 19, 2018

You Might Soon Be Able To Remove Your Instagram Followers

Manually removing followers might soon be a possibility on Instagram. The company has confirmed that it’s currently testing a feature that’ll allow public accounts to remove accounts from their followers pool.

Apps/Software July 19, 2018

Messenger Will Soon Be Able To Tell If You’re Talking To Fake Accounts

Facebook is testing a new feature on Messenger that’ll identify fake accounts when they send you messages. The feature tells you in what country the account originates, and whether it was created recently.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Facebook Augmented Reality Ads Will Let You Try On Products From Your News Feed

Facebook is testing augmented reality advertisements on the News Feed, starting with Michael Kors sunglasses. The ads will allow user to try on the products using the smartphone's camera, similar to how filters work.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

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