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  • Facebook Messenger now has one billion monthly users worldwide

    Facebook Messenger has hit the one-billion monthly active user milestone, just two months after reaching 900-million monthly active users. The announcement sees two Facebook-owned apps (the other being WhatsApp) achieve this user milestone. Facebook has revealed that more than 17-billion photos are shared every month via Messenger, more than 22-million animated GIFs are sent a day, and during Mother's Day, users sent about 300-million flower stickers. Facebook has been investing heavily on Messenger not only as a messaging platform between friends, but between users and businesses. The company claims that over one-billion messages are now shared between users and companies every...

  • Neymar vs Mark Zuckerberg: it’s the Facebook Messenger keepy-uppy challenge

    Don't look now folks, but celebrities are now challenging one other to something that doesn't involve ice water -- the Keepy Uppy Challenge. Based on a game on Facebook Messenger (inspired by the recent Euro 2016 Championships), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently challenged actual Brazilian and Barcelona footballer Neymar to a game of digital keepy-uppy. Neymar, this week, accepted. In real life, the winner would be a foregone conclusion, but on Facebook Messenger, Mark Zuckerberg is a bit of a Keepy Uppy master. Neymar posted his attempt to Instagram this week, and the video has since garnered over 1.2-million views. Aceitei o desafio...

  • Facebook’s latest diversity report shows intent, little transformation

    Facebook has released its latest batch of diversity data to shed light on the race and gender demographic of its workforce. Facebook has been avidly driving diversity in the tech space with the likes of its TechPrep programme launched in 2015. Diversity in the technology space has seen a more acute focus of late, especially since Pinterest hired a head of diversity in January 2016. The move signalled a new era for diversity in tech where companies were taking diversity seriously and initiating programs to address it. Even with these programmes in place and the notable focus of inclusivity in the tech...

  • More than a fad: the numbers behind Snapchat’s remarkable growth

    Snapchat is a social media monster. From its relatively humble beginnings in 2012, to its current almost-super massive status among millennials, the app is fast becoming a must-have for both casual consumers and determined marketing minds. But what can be said of Snapchat that hasn't been said already? Well, quite a lot actually, according to new numbers released by analytics company Go Fish Digital. Initially spotted by Inverse, the report sheds some light on Snapchat's rip-roaring journey past Twitter and its contemporaries to become one of the most important apps on a smartphone today. Snapchat is pretty damn big According to the numbers,...

  • Facebook Messenger gains WhatsApp-like encrypted chat

    Online privacy and protection of sensitive content is in the fore this week on social media, especially in the wake of the livestreamed shooting of Philando Castile last week. Using Facebook Live video streaming service, Castile's girlfriend broadcast his ordeal after he was shot by police. Facebook has since published a statement, suggesting that if an incident like the above was streamed using its service "to raise awareness or find the shooter," it would "allow it". The video also raised issues about communicating to others over social media with sensitive information. On that note, Facebook just a few hours after its...

  • Facebook reveals OpenCellular platform: cheaper connectivity soon?

    It's easy to forget that there are loads of people that don't have access to the internet, owing to their remote locations and the price of connectivity and infrastructure. In fact, Facebook claims that over four billion people are unconnected and that 10 percent of the global population lives outside cellular range. It added that the cost of traditional cellular infrastructure was prohibitively expensive in many areas. "In many cellular network deployments, the cost of the civil and supporting infrastructure (land, tower, security, power, and backhaul) is often much greater than the cost of the cellular access point itself," it explained. The social network hopes...

  • WhatsApp ‘back up’ in Zimbabwe, regulator issues state warning [update]

    Update #1, Wed 7 July, 8.20pm: According to a report citing the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabweans who share and spread information about the country's protests will be disconnected from the country's mobile networks. "All SIM cards in Zimbabwe are registered in the name of the user. Perpetrators can easily be identified," the body announced late Wednesday following WhatsApp's four-hour outage. "Any person caught in possession of, generating, sharing or passing on abusive, threatening, subversive or offensive telecommunication messages, including WhatsApp or any other social media messages." Read the full report over on Fin24. Original article: Social networking services WhatsApp...

  • Viral Facebook video captures elephant wrecking bakkie in Maputo

    Human beings might be most frequently at the top of the food chain, but we're by no means a match for animals in the wild. Take elephants for instance. These gentle giants often grow to be four-metres tall, and weight nearly 6000kg. That's heftier than five family hatchbacks. With that in mind, a new video of an elephant wrecking a tourist's vehicle in Mozambique's Maputo Game Reserve shows just how puny human machinery really is. Related: Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo The video surfaced on Facebook on 4 July and captures the bakkie driver's perspective of a...

  • Facebook Messenger’s bots are mostly shit, but they’ll get better

    Bots are the new cloud, it has to be said. They're the latest trendy thing in the world of tech, as the likes of Google and Microsoft get in on the action over the past few months. Another name to add to the list is Facebook, actually beating its rivals to the punch by launching an army of bots worldwide (for the most part). In fact, Facebook claims that there are 11 000 bots available for its Messenger platform at present. Unfortunately, its bot efforts, while still in the early stages, are rather poor right now. It's like a robot phone call (and not in...

  • Facebook Messenger now boasts 11 000 bots, announces incoming updates

    Facebook's Messenger is a bit of a misleading name -- it's no longer just a messenger. Facebook would like to think of it as a fully-fledged bot-station that allows users to book flights and even order pizza. On that note, the company's adding a few more tweaks to the system. Users can now rate bots as they would for apps on any app store. This will bring a degree of quality control to its now 11 000-strong bot store. Other additions include persistent menus for bots, which "eliminates the need for people to remember text commands and provides a great way...

  • Facebook debuts Google Chrome ‘Save to Facebook’ extension

    Facebook wants to be your first, your last and your everything, and with its two new Google Chrome extensions it's taking its first step to be your content hub too. The first extension dubbed "Save To Facebook" has a fairly self-explanatory name. It allows users to save snippets of the web to Facebook to read-later. It's similar to web service Pocket in many ways, but developing its own system has certainly been well worth the effort for Facebook. "Today, over 300 million people use the Save on Facebook feature every month," it claims in a blog post. Back in August 2015 speaking...

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s new Hawaiian wall is pissing off locals, probably Trump too

    Step aside Trump, because Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a bigger, taller and more annoying wall than you. According to an Hawaiian newspaper report, Zuck has erected a six-foot wall along his 700-acre US$100-million property on Kauai, and it hasn't been taken kindly by the residents. "It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years," long-time local resident Gy Hall tells The Garden Island. "The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense." Related: Spotted:...

  • Instagram debuts algorithmic video suggestion feature ‘Picked For You’

    Instagram will soon display video content based on the topics that its users most like. Like its image feeds, the new video channels will be algorithmically generated and curated by Instagram. The news come shortly after Instagram reached 500-million monthly users and its in-app language translation announcement. "As video continues to grow, we’re adding new channels to Explore to make it easier for you to discover videos you’ll enjoy," the company said. The feature dubbed...

  • How do tech giants contribute to the clean, green energy economy?

    Most of us consider the internet to be a virtual world in which we can learn, communicate, store data and perform a host of other useful activities without actually having much of an effect on the physical world. It's important to note, however, that the energy required to run the internet must come from actual, brick-and-mortar electricity suppliers. As the popularity of computing devices increases, particularly in the mobile and home automation spaces, we can expect there to be more Internet traffic and therefore a corresponding increase the the amount of energy expended. While the ink's still wet on December’s...

  • Spotted: Mark Zuckerberg covers up MacBook webcam with tape?

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the US government has sophisticated ways of spying on people through their gadgets. We also know that Facebook is no stranger to veering on the wrong side of the privacy line. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo to celebrate Instagram's 500 million user milestone, people were rather surprised to see what was done to a nearby MacBook... In case you can't make it out, the MacBook's web camera is taped up, as Twitter user Chris Olson first pointed out. 3 things about this photo of Zuck: Camera covered with tape Mic jack covered with tape Email client is...