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  • Facebook Messenger beta arrives with data saver

    Future versions of Facebook Messenger will boast a data saving feature, this according to new beta builds of the app. In the same vein as Opera Max or Google Chrome's built-in browser data saver, Facebook Messenger's addition will attempt to lessen the impact data-heavy messages will have on your phone bill. Facebook Messenger will likely receive a data saving feature in its very near future Details are scant on just how the service works, but we speculate it works much the same as Opera Max. Opera uses its own servers to filter and compress traffic, resulting in some pretty impressive savings in...

  • Facebook Workplace now available worldwide

    Facebook has taken a break from algorithms and bots this week, and announced that Facebook Workplace is now open to all teams and organisations across the world. What was once Facebook for Work, Workplace will be separated from users' primary and embarrassing personal accounts. It will also look and function a lot like traditional Facebook, while compatible with the web and mobile devices. Facebook begins testing ‘At Work’ enterprise product Facebook today confirmed that it has begun testing on Facebook at Work. The app, which blends elements of the Facebook experience into an enterprise level product, will be visible in iOS and...

  • 9 Facebook Messenger bots you should try

    Chat bots have seen a resurgence of note this year, being powered by machine learning and natural language processing. And Facebook Messenger has been the main driver of these smart assistants. So then, which bots are worth checking out? We look at a few picks that stand out from the pack right now. Some of these might not be innovative or game-changing, but they're interesting examples of what you can do with the technology. EPLBot One for the football fans, EPLBot focuses on all things English Premier League. Who knew? Anyway, the bot delivers standings, results, upcoming fixtures and live scores, making for...

  • Messenger Lite for Android hits Kenya, Tunisia

    In its valiant attempt to connect the entire world using its software and infrastructure, Facebook has today announced a new lite version of one of its most popular apps -- Messenger Lite. As the name would suggest, Lite is a "slimmed down" version of the Messenger instant messaging app, and will be available for Android devices. It's primarily focused at budget Android devices running on slower, bandwidth-stricken networks. "Messenger Lite is a slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones," explains Tom Mulcahy, the app's...

  • SuperSport to trial Facebook for live broadcast

    Popular South African sports channel family SuperSport has announced that it will Thursday broadcast its first live TV event on Facebook. This will be the broadcast of the Varsity Football final between TUT and UJ taking place in Pretoria. This move aims to encourage more people to discover the tournament, and perhaps appeal to younger audiences who don't have access to DStv. The move also depicts SuperSport's renewed interest in social media as an alternative broadcast scheme. The channel also recently began broadcasting eSports tournaments on its bouquet as well. According to the press release, "this is a first for SuperSport, making...

  • Facebook News Feed turns 10 today

    In one way or another, Facebook users had to deal with News Feed. Be it a scorned or a pleasant interaction, one doesn't have much choice in the matter. It seems like yesterday that the News Feed was a contentious issue amongst Facebook users but time flies and the feature is now 10 years old. One cannot, at least now, think of the social network and not think of News Feed but the feature hasn't always been there. For more than two years in fact, Facebook had no News Feed, just friends' profiles. Zuckerberg admitted on his Facebook profile that the feature wasn't...

  • Mark Zuckerberg ‘disappointed’ by SpaceX explosion, loss of Africa satellite

    In the wake of the SpaceX Falcon 9 explosion that rocked Cape Canaveral yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a response on Facebook. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral Here’s something you don’t hear everyday. A Falcon 9 rocket developed and owned by private company SpaceX has reportedly exploded at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The incident occurred Wednesday around 3pm South African time. The rocket was reportedly resting on the launch pad prior to a test before bursting into flames. Read more... The social networking giant had special interest in the Falcon 9, as it was carrying an Israeli-made satellite...

  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria in African knowledge quest

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is currently on a business trip to Africa, according to his Facebook page. Zuckerberg stopped over in Nigeria, Facebook's largest African market, to learn more about the country's development and startup scene. Zuckerberg was in Rome, Italy with his wife Priscilla Chan earlier this week. "This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa," he reveals on a Facebook post. "I'll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can. Our first stop is the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB)...

  • Facebook Trending: your news is now gathered by robots

    The big blue social media giant is changing the way its Facebook Trending feature works. Again. And while that doesn't mean much to those who don't get their news from Facebook, it does signal the resurgence of the algorithm. What am I talking about? Well, Facebook is now using number-crunching computers to "scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time". Previously, Facebook relied on human hand-pick trending articles and write descriptions for each. Speaking of those human hands, Facebook has fired between 15 to 18 staff members working on its Trending platform, according...

  • Facebook’s Lifestage is a teen-centric sharing app developed by a teen

    Social networking giant Facebook this past weekend announced an all new social networking app for teenagers. Dubbed Lifestage, the app is made for 21-year-olds and younger, and allows teens to share and view bio videos. "Lifestage makes it easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with your school network. Simply capture into a field on your profile, then post it on your profile," reads the app description page. The app also aims to make use of secondary and tertiary education networks, a lot like Facebook in its early years. "Once your school is unlocked, you can access...

  • Facebook Messenger’s bots can now send you advertisements

    A lot has been said about Facebook and its advertising mentality this month, but this week the company announced that's change its advertising policies to help Facebook Messenger bots sell you things. While bots are still allowed to give recommendations (not advertisements) based on user input though a subscription system, Facebook has slightly tweaked the rules. If you happen to be subscribed to a Messenger bot and reply to recommendation sent on said channel within 24 hours, the bot can then send users advertisements and promotional material. Replies need to take the form of an "eligible action" as well (Facebook gives...

  • That was fast! Adblock Plus gets one over Facebook again

    Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it would sidestep ad-blocking software in order to serve ads to users. The social network justified the move by claiming it now offered better ad designs and more advanced ad controls. "We've designed our ad formats, ad performance and controls to address the underlying reasons people have turned to ad blocking software. When we asked people about why they used ad blocking software, the primary reason we heard was to stop annoying, disruptive ads. As we offer people more powerful controls, we’ll also begin showing ads on Facebook desktop for people who currently use ad blocking software,"...

  • AdBlock Plus: Facebook’s ad-block sidestep is ‘anti-user’

    Popular advertising filtering service AdBlock Plus has criticised Facebook after the social media firm announced plans to sidestep ad-blocking software. In a blog post earlier this week, Facebook said that its new ad controls and designs "address the underlying reasons" for people turning to ad-blockers. "As we offer people more powerful controls, we’ll also begin showing ads on Facebook desktop for people who currently use ad blocking software," Facebook elaborated. Now, AdBlock Plus has reacted, calling it an "unfortunate move, because it takes a dark path against user choice". The ad-blocker said there was no reason to overreact however, as "cat-and-mouse" games have existed in...

  • Facebook to circumvent ad-blocking software on desktop, because ‘choice’

    Whether it's due to aesthetics, data usage or horrible ads in general, ad-blocking software is only gaining steam these days. The trend has however seen loads of websites ask their users to disable ad-blockers. Now, Facebook is taking a somewhat drastic approach to the software. In a blog post, the social media juggernaut said that ads can be useful if they're relevant and well-made. "But because ads don't always work this way, many people have started avoiding certain websites or apps, or using ad blocking software, to stop seeing bad ads. These have been the best options to date," the blog post read. "We've...

  • 3 quick tips for brands to get the most out of Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger allows consumers to easily open a dialogue with the companies. Both Messenger and Facebook -- as the social network -- are becoming more integrally linked, and it is great news for brands.  The social networking platform recently announced a new set of tools that allow a more personalised experience between consumers and businesses. With around one billion users chatting on Facebook Messenger each month, Facebook is taking the reach of its social platform and integrating customer service and engagement opportunities inherent to Messenger. Related: Facebook Messenger now boasts 11 000 bots, announces incoming updates There are three important aspects to...