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  • Examining Facebook’s 10 year roadmap in an industry that changes daily

    F8 is Facebook’s annual developer conference, which was held last week in San Francisco. Mark Zuckerberg gave developers insight into the focus points for the social giant, and revealed a 10 year road map – something perhaps at odds within an industry that shifts and grows and changes direction on an almost daily basis. By his own admission, it’s a lofty plan: “I think we can all underestimate just how much the world can change in 10 years.” To think that 10 years ago, Facebook was still in its infancy, to predict the future a decade down the line...

  • Facebook announces new systems to improve the quality of internet connectivity around the world

    Cost effective and fast internet access is still a dream for many even as it becomes increasingly ubiquitous for many living in cities. At its F8 developer conference, the tech company announced two new terrestrial systems that are focused on improving the speed, efficiency, and quality of internet connectivity around the world. The two projects are Terragraph and Project Aries (Antenna Radio Integration for Efficiency in Spectrum). Facebook reckons that WiFi and LTE infrastructure is unable to keep up with the fast increase in the consumption of photos and videos and the high resolutions like 4K and 8K at...

  • Facebook will let users save external web pages to read later

    Facebook's save button is one of the more useful features on the social network, allowing users to effectively bookmark an article for later reading. In fact, the social network revealed that over 250-million people have used the feature since its inception back in 2014. The function has its limits though, as you can only save articles that were shared on Facebook. So if you were browsing the web and came across a great article, you'd need to either bookmark it or use a third-party service like Pocket to save it for later. Save articles on other websites Now, the social network has announced save button support for external websites...

  • Chat bots, drones, AI: Facebook’s grand plan for the next decade

    At Facebook's F8 developer conference on Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the social network's plans for the next decade and, if you're even remotely afraid of where tech's going, they're unlikely to go down that well. Having built an ecosystem containing a number of products, it's fairly clear that Facebook is moving into the technologies section of its life-cycle. Followers of the social network will already be familiar with some of those technologies, including Facebook's efforts at using drones and planes to provide internet to underserved areas of the world. They'll also be aware that the big blue social network...

  • Facebook Live Video gets an update, support for groups, events, filters

    Facebook has updated Live video, its attempt at live video streaming, and the new updates overhauls the feature in a big way. The new updates include support for Groups, events, live reactions on Android, replaying comments, creative tools like live filters, ability to invite friends, video destination on mobile, and live Map. Read more: Facebook News feed will now show you Live Video first, then everything else Fidji Simo, Product Management Director at Facebook, highlighted how users have been using Live Video since it launched in 2015, stating that users are talking to family members and athletes are sharing their training...

  • Facebook now lets the visually impaired consume images using audio descriptions

    Today Facebook launched a product that aims to make the Facebook experience better for the visually impaired. It's called automatic alternative text, and is now available on iOS. Engineered by the Facebook Accessibility Team, a division that works on new products specifically for people with disabilities, automatic alt text generates a description of a photo using advancements in object recognition technology. Worldwide, more than 39-million people are blind, and over 246-million have a severe visual impairment, claims Facebook. Facebook notes that the blind and visually impaired may feel frustrated that they cannot appreciate and consume the visual content on Facebook, and...

  • Facebook Messenger becomes airline booking, notification service with KLM

    Facebook Messenger is no longer just an instant chat client after the company announced that its users will be able to book flights directly from the platform from today. The first airline supported is Netherlands-based KLM Dutch Royal Airlines, and will allow its customers to receive flight updates, notifications regarding check-in status, boarding passes and even rebook flights all through Messenger. All this information will be made available through a KLM chat thread when consumers book a ticket, and information will arrive in a messaging-like format. This move is in tune with Facebook's bid to turn Messenger into more than just...

  • Facebook to drop BlackBerry OS app support by end of 2016

    If you're using a BlackBerry that's running any version of BlackBerry OS -- this means all devices up to but not including the PRIV -- you'll likely have to fling it through a window if you're still interested in using WhatsApp or Facebook beyond this year. The social media overlord has announced that it's dropping native BlackBerry app support for Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps on the platform by the end of 2016. Although BlackBerry 10 OS runs Android apps, the system is clunky, and involves a ridiculous sideloading process, which is more of a headache than a solution to the...

  • State trooper lifts Wonder Woman, Captain America to kid’s birthday party

    Who says that the police is a useless force in the face of superheroes and their awesome power? What if said superheroes' their car breaks down and they have no conceivable clue about the workings of an internal combustion engine? That's what happened to Wonder Woman and Captain America this weekend on an interstate in New Hampshire. On their way to a kid's birthday party (naturally), the duo were met with car trouble, an evil force that no amount of good will, vibranium, or lassos could defeat. So, what did a passing local state trooper do? Pull over, to help the couple out....

  • Facebook acquires MSQRD, a live filter app for video and selfies

    In perhaps what is the most spooky way of announcing an acquisition, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, announced that the company has acquired Masquerade, known as MSQRD, an app that adds live filters to smartphone images and video. Zuckerberg made the announcement whilst using the app and looking like Iron Man and coding his own AI, which he had promised to build earlier this year. The financials around the deal are not known, with both companies keeping mum on the issue. MSQRD, an app built by Belarusian startup Masquerade, is a live filter for video and selfies. The...

  • Facebook brings its F8 developer conference to the world

    Facebook's F8 Developer Conference has become one of the highlights of the tech calendar. But of all the millions of developers around the globe, only a few thousand actually get to go to the conference. In a bid to change that, Facebook is set to host a series of community meetups around the globe to showcase the day one keynote of the conference. "With more than 70 percent of developers building for our platform outside of the United States, Facebook's developer ecosystem truly has a global reach," says Facebook's Deborah Liu in an official blog post. "In an effort to...

  • Facebook News feed will now show you Live Video first, then everything else

    Last week at the Facebook Q&A in Berlin, Mark Zuckerberg, spoke about how Facebook Live, the company's attempt at live streaming feed, is going to be a big part of Facebook News feed going forward. The Q&A, live streamed on Facebook, was the first time that Facebook had live streamed it since it launched Facebook Live Video in August 2015. Today, the social network has announced that it is changing its algorithm to favour Live Videos, putting them at the top of News Feed. This is only for currently live videos and not saved videos. "Over the last three months...

  • Mark Zuckerberg is currently doing a Townhall Q&A in Berlin, livestreaming it on Facebook

    Late last year, in August, Facebook launched Live, its own live video streaming feature. At the time, the feature was meant for celebrities to broadcast live videos to their fans. The company announced then that public figures can take their fans behind the scenes, host Q&As, share announcements and more. "Whether you have an established fan base or want to build up your audience, Live is a new way for you to connect authentically with your fans in the moment. When you start a Live video, it will appear in News Feed for your fans to comment, like and share...

  • Facebook launches Canvas, a DIY full-screen ad product

    Facebook on Thursday announced the launch of Canvas, a new mobile product that allows video ads to play in full-screen whenever someone taps on one in their News Feed. According to a press release sent to Memeburn, the product was built in collaboration with agencies and brands and is aimed at allowing them to create immersive mobile ad experiences that load nearly instantaneously. Facebook says that Canvas gives brands agencies, "a fully customizable space on which to build multimedia stories". Advertisers, the social network says, can use a mix of video, still images, text and call-to-action buttons to "build...

  • Meet Reactions, Facebook’s solution to the ‘like’ conundrum

    This has been a long time coming. Facebook on Wednesday announced a new product aimed at resolving the strange phenomenon whereby people end up liking a sad status. Called Reactions, the new solution allows you to respond to a status with a variety of, well, reactions. To add a reaction, hold down the like button on mobile or hover over the like button on desktop to see the reaction image options, and then tap either Like, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, or Angry. It's an interesting move, but unlike some of Facebook's previous updates, is likely to be welcomed by...