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  • Following criticism, Facebook is going to enable Safety Check during more human disasters

    Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, has been forced into an explanation after Facebook deployed its Safety Check tool during the Paris, France attacks on Friday and yet had not done so during other disasters elsewhere. Facebook users were not too happy and pointed out that there has been many losses of lives elsewhere in the world and Facebook’s Safety Check shows the social network's disregard of other lives. Following this criticism, Zuckerberg has made a commitment to deploy the Safety Check tool in more human disasters in the future. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions and...

  • Facebook introduces Notify, an iOS app that pushes notifications to locked screens from publishers

    Facebook has released yet another app, this time aimed at pushing notifications from a user's preferred content sources to their mobile screen. Notify is an iPhone app and is currently only available in the US. Facebook has not said anything about a release in other markets and when the app will come to Android. "Notifications are becoming one of the primary ways people first learn about things wherever they are" Julian Gutman, Facebook Product Manager, said on a blog post. Facebook has partnered with more than 70 partners, including Bleacher Report, Bloomberg Business, CNN, GQ magazine, The New York Times,...

  • Facebook Results: social network crushes Q3 as WhatsApp nears a billion users

    Facebook on Wednesday announced its Q3 results and while they were financially impressive -- revenue for the quarter was up 45% on the same quarter a year ago -- they were important for a whole host of other reasons. For starters, the social network now has more than 1.5-billion monthly and 1-billion daily users. According to at least one source, that means that Facebook has more daily "customers" than any company has ever had. Now you could argue that Facebook's real customers are the companies it sells advertising to, but still how many other products can offer advertisers the...

  • Facebook thinks its AI could do amazing things for blind people

    There are plenty of very clever people out there, Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking among them, who think that artificial intelligence could be a threat to the future of humanity. Others, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, think it could do amazing things for a lot of people, including the blind. The Facebook founder posted a status sharing some of the work done by the social network's AI team on identifying and describing features in photos. Read more: Facebook hopes to implement AI services ‘within next 10 years’ "Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what's in it and...

  • Facebook revamps notification tab, makes it more Google Now card-ish

    Facebook has announced that starting today, Android and iOS users in the US will see an updated Notifications tab. The new notification tab has been expanded and made more personal, giving users notifications about information about friends, sports, interests and location based content like local news and weather. The notification tab looks very much like Google's Google Now cards, spotting the same functionality and design. Like with Google Now cards, users will be able to customise the content on their notification tab. The new notification tab will include friends' birthdays and life events. It will also show sports scores...

  • Facebook introduces improvements to its search engine

    Looking for a status update on Facebook is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Change is however coming as the company has introduced new search capabilities to the platform. Search FYI, the new improved search engine, will allow users to find information about any topic that is being discussed and shared on Facebook. “With over 1.5 billion searches per day and over 2 trillion posts in our index, search is an important, long-term effort at Facebook,” the company said in a statement. The plan according to Facebook is for its users to find the information that people are talking...

  • Facebook announces TechPrep, an initiative to address diversity in tech

    Facebook has announced an initiative called TechPrep, an online computer science and programming resource hub. TechPrep is aimed at underrepresented people and their parents and guardians so that they can learn more about computer science and programming and find resources. There is no doubt the tech industry is not transformed, there is still a race, class and gender in the work force in most companies. Facebook has been doing its bit to turn the situation around, both inside and in the industry as a whole. Though its employer numbers, in terms of race, class and gender, are still dismally unequal,...

  • Facebook launches Instant Articles to everyone on iPhone, coming to Android later in the year

    Earlier this year Facebook announced Instant Articles, it's publishing play, but things have been fairly quiet since. On Tuesday however the company has announced that Instant Articles is now live on iPhone starting today. Users can spot an Instant Article by a lightning bolt on the top of right corner of some of the articles. When the feature was announced earlier this year, Facebook had promised that it would solve the issue that some articles take long to load on mobile. According to Facebook, Instant Articles loads 10x faster than a standard mobile web article. In the beginning Facebook...

  • Facebook tests a dedicated Shopping feed in a bid to revolutionise shopping

    Facebook has introduced a feature called Shopping feed in the favourites navigation menu on the company's mobile app. Shopping feed will make the way in which people connect to brands and products on mobile a lot easier and quicker. The company says that a lot of users are spending a lot of time on their mobile, connecting, discovering, and sharing and this presents businesses with the unique opportunity to reach consumers on mobile. The Shopping feed aggregates posts and photos about products that are on sale from retailers onto the users’ mobile app feeds. The feature is accessible from the...

  • Facebook to test Like-replacement Reaction emoji feature

    Facebook has always been that one space where people can tune in and stroke each other's egos. Whether that be photos from your trip to Thailand, drooling over each other's Sunday brunches or congratulating baby photos and engagements, we've become geared to share all those special moments with our friends. This might just start to change. On the back of the news that the world's largest social networking site is introducing a "Dislike" button, it's now been revealed that its CEO Mark Zuckerberg will rather be testing out Reaction buttons -- a replacement of the existing Like button. The new feature...

  • Facebook adds doodle photo editing tool to mobile app

    Apart from living in a world obsessed with emojis, we also live in a world where people like to doodle. And now we can doodle on Facebook. Facebook has brought doodle, its popular Messenger feature, to the main Facebook app. The new feature forms part of Facebook’s image editing tools and will allow users to draw on photos and images before publishing them to the social network. Doodle is not by any means a new feature. Snapchat has enables users to scribble on images for a long time. Using doodle on Facebook is simple: you upload an image, press edit, a...

  • Facebook, Eutelsat to provide satellite internet to Africa

    Facebook has inked a deal with French satellite giant Eutelsat which will see the two partnering to provide internet services to under-served areas across Africa, including South Africa. According to a press release issued by Eutelsat, the multi-year deal the two companies will utilise the entire broadband payload on the AMOS-6 satellite, slated for launch later this year, and will build a dedicated system comprising satellite capacity, gateways and terminals. "Using state of the art satellite technology," Eutelsat says in the press release, it and Facebook "will each deploy Internet services designed to relieve pent-up demand for connectivity from the...

  • Facebook revamps mobile profiles with video profiles, temporary picture profiles, control settings

    Facebook has announced three new features that will improve mobile profiles. The company says that the new changes are to enhance the way users express who they are and to give them more control of the content showcased on their profile. "We believe these improvements to profile will give people more ways to connect and share with each other, and express themselves in meaningful ways," the company states in a blog post. Profile video feature Facebook videos have become important to the company, both in offering content to users and as advertising revenue for businesses. Now the company is pushing its video...

  • A ‘dislike’ button could spell disaster for brands on Facebook

    It was announced earlier this week, by Mark Zuckerburg himself that Facebook is in the throws of testing a dislike button -- or something like it. With the proposed launch of this dislike button inside Facebook, on top of the already heavy algorithmic change intended to target brands, this could spell utter disaster for brands if they don’t change their "spam/advertising" Whilst there are “best practice” policies for each of the respective social environments, we are entering an era of authenticity and likes just don’t cut it anymore. The like button now has split variants, I can like your page...

  • Majority of Facebook users in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria connect to small businesses

    The majority of Facebook users in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria use the platform to connect with small businesses. This is according to new statistics released by the social networking giant, which revealed that 63% of Kenya's Facebook users connect to SMEs, 61% in South Africa and 54% in Nigeria. By introducing new features to Facebook Pages over the last few months, the California-based company is hoping to further drive customer-to-business engagement on its platform. "With more than a billion people visiting Pages on Facebook every month, Pages are the best place for businesses, and in particular small businesses, to...