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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

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Is Now Third Richest Man In The World

Mark Zuckerberg jumped ahead of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett in the ranklings of the world's richest persons. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Facebook co-founder now has a net worth of $81.6 billion.

Business Tech July 8, 2018

Facebook Is Shutting Down A Bunch Of Apps, Including One It Bought Just Months Ago

Facebook announced that three of its apps will cease to operate soon. The company cited that the lack of users is the ultimate reason for the shutdown.

Business Tech July 5, 2018

Facebook Bug Temporarily Unblocked People On The Social Network: 800,000 Users Affected

A Facebook bug temporarily unblocked people that users have previously blocked on the social network. Facebook has apologized for the error, which is the latest in a string of privacy issues that include the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Facebook Owns 4 Of Top 5 Most Downloaded iOS Apps Of All Time

Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.

Apps/Software July 3, 2018

Instagram Lite Quietly Launches On Android Phones, Just Barely 1 MB: Here’s What You Can Do With It

There’s finally a lightweight version of Instagram called Instagram Lite, following similar versions for Facebook and Messenger. It does most of the functions available in the main app, including posting photos, stories, and adding filters.

Apps/Software June 30, 2018

How A Quiz App Exposed The Data Of 120 Million Users Without Facebook Knowing About It

A security researcher discovered that a quiz app likely exposed the data of 120 million Facebook users. It was part of Facebook's Data Abuse Program, and there was an $8,000 bounty.

Apps/Software June 29, 2018

That Facebook Patent About Microphones Secretly Listening To You Isn’t What You Think It Is

Facebook just filed a patent that’ll allow it to secretly turn on your mobile phones and listen to you as you’re watching ads. Except that’s not really the case.

Security June 29, 2018

Facebook Shuts Down Solar-Powered Internet Drone Project: So What Happens Now?

An official blog post made by Facebook confirmed the end of its solar-powered drone development. The company revealed that it will continue all research alongside experienced aerospace companies such as Airbus instead.

Internet June 28, 2018

Instagram Is Estimated To Be Worth More Than $100 Billion, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg recently revealed Instagram’s total value as a standalone company. The financial news organization believed that Instagram is worth over $100 billion since Facebook acquired it back in 2012.

Apps/Software June 27, 2018

California Teen Helps Blind And Deaf Man Using Sign Language During Flight

Passengers on a flight from Boston to California witnessed how a 15-year-old girl assisted a blind and deaf passenger. The teen from California, who knew American Sign language, helped the passenger communicate with the flight attendants and more.

Viral June 27, 2018

'Your Time On Facebook Feature' Found Hidden On Android App Code: Will It Roll Out Soon?

A new time-management feature called “Your Time on Facebook” is in development at Facebook. The feature allows users to see how much time they’re spending on the social media platform.

Internet June 27, 2018

Facebook Brings Kid-Friendly App Messenger Kids To Peru And Canada

Facebook is expanding its Messenger Kids app to Canada and Peru. The Messenger Kids app will come in two different languages and give kids a chance to connect with family members on social media.

Apps/Software June 22, 2018

Facebook Messenger Can Now Translate Messages Between English And Spanish

Facebook Messenger now automatically translates Spanish and English messages, and more languages will be added soon. It’s powered by M suggestions, the company’s artificial intelligence-powered assistant platform.

Apps/Software June 22, 2018

Facebook Groups Could Soon Start Charging Users For Exclusive Membership Access

Facebook has announced that it’s getting ready to monetize groups. Soon, paid memberships will be available as an option, letting users access exclusive content for a fee.

Apps/Software June 21, 2018

Facebook Broadcasts Game Shows Now Too: Here’s How It Works

Live videos on Facebook are about to get more interactive. The company just unveiled a bunch of new features such as polls, challenges, and other gamification elements as a way to let creators connect with audiences more meaningfully.

Internet June 20, 2018

Facebook Messenger Getting Autoplay Video Ads In Private Conversations

Facebook has reportedly started rolling out autoplay video ads in Messenger on Monday, June 18. The company will monitor user reactions to see whether the change is a turn-off.

Apps/Software June 20, 2018

Facebook Develops AI That Opens Your Eyes When You Blink In Selfies

Facebook engineers developed artificial intelligence with General Adversarial Networks that opens closed eyes in photos. It did not announce when it will be released to the public.

Apps/Software June 19, 2018

Gun Accessories Will No Longer Be Advertised To Minors, Says Facebook

Those 18 years of age will no longer see ads for gun accessories on Facebook, the company has confirmed. The new policy comes amid a more intense discussion on gun control following several recent school shootings in the country.

Internet June 18, 2018

Facebook's Android App Is Crashing And Users Are Complaining About It

On June 16, Android users were experiencing outages on the Facebook app. The previous day, the Facebook Messenger app crashed on iOS platforms due to a new update.

Apps/Software June 16, 2018

National Health Service Leader Blasts Social Media Companies For Not Helping Kids

National Institute of Health’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, revealed his frustrations with technology companies including Facebook and Google at the organization’s conference. He blamed them for not helping the NIH deal with UK children’s mental health.

Public Health June 14, 2018

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