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  • 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...

  • Facebook introduces SMS within Messenger on Android

    Facebook is again trying its hand at SMS. Its Messenger platform has introduced SMS support on Android devices. The feature is not available for Apple users because iOS doesn't support app permissions for accessing text messages/SMS, according to Facebook. This is not the first time that Messenger has experimented with SMS but the company claims it has become much easier to support text messages within Messenger on Android. Facebook says that the feature is an attempt to integrate friends sending GIFs on Messenger with parents only using SMS. The SMS feature will support standard text, images, videos, and audio. Facebook promises that it will...

  • Social media: the future of video advertising

    By 2019, Cisco predicts video will account for 80% of global traffic. That’s nearly 1 million minutes of video shared every second. And YouTube captures an estimated 20% of that US video advertising spend. Meanwhile advertisers are turning to social media to drive user engagement and increase brand awareness. Brands like Sephora, Wendy’s, and Toyota know the value in sharing their video ads on social platforms like Facebook. After all, that’s where consumers are: on mobile and social. So, it’s no surprise video ads on social media are on the rise. The future of video advertising is social. Advertisers would be...

  • Make panoramas great again: Facebook 360 photos roll out

    We've covered it last month, but Facebook has finally started a worldwide rollout of its 360 Photos feature. The feature allows users to upload their panoramas or 360 photos to the social network as if it were a normal photo, with users then able to tilt their phone around to view the shot. Of course, those with an Oculus Rift or Gear VR headset can simply look around to view the 360 snaps. "360 photos are easy to identify in News Feed: just look for the compass icon on the right-hand side of the photo. Explore a 360 photo on mobile by...

  • Facebook teams up with Blizzard for streaming on Facebook Live

    Facebook has teamed up with mega-popular gaming studio Blizzard to stream games via the Facebook Live platform, the two announced. The partnership will first see Facebook Login being implemented for Blizzard's titles such as World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Diablo III, StarCraft II, and Overwatch., allowing gamers to register and sign in with their Facebook accounts. "Adding Facebook Login will pave the way for new social functionality in Blizzard games while highlighting Facebook's capabilities as a platform for sharing, viewing, and discussing AAA game content. As an example, Blizzard is in the process of incorporating Facebook's Live API in order to...

  • All-Madrid Champions League final draws 27m interactions on Facebook

    The UEFA Champions league final was arguably the biggest sporting event on earth on Saturday, and definitely on Facebook too. The football match saw Real Madrid emerge as the winner, beating Atlético Madrid as they did in 2014, to win its 11th European Cup in Milan, Italy. According to Facebook, the match saw 27-million interactions across the globe with 1.4-million interactions in Spain alone. Read more: Man United’s Jose Mourinho gains 200k Instagram followers on debut The most number of conversations came from Brazil with 2.9-million users driving 6.8-million interactions, followed by Mexico with 2.7-million users driving 7.5 million interactions, and third...

  • Reddit, Facebook & Twitter leading social media news sites, study suggests

    Social media is a lot more than simple message, image and status sharing, a new study from Pew Research suggests. In said study, the institution discovered that 62% of Americans use social media to read news, and more incredibly, 66% of those users use Facebook to do just that. According to the report, "Pew Research Center analyzed the scope and characteristics of social media news consumers across nine social networking sites." The results were conducted with 4654 "members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel." The results make for interesting reading too. Among the nine networks studied, Reddit, Facebook and Twitter were...

  • Facebook acquires VR company Two Big Ears, introduces 360 Spatial Workstation

    If you think Facebook's VR game was a joke then you were dead wrong. The company has announced the acquisition of Scottish VR company Two Big Ears. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed The company specialises in immersive audio products based on solutions for both cinematic VR and gaming, and Facebook has not wasted any time putting the company's expertise to good use. Alongside the announcement, it also introduced 360 Spatial Workstation, a software suite for designing spatial audio for 360 video and cinematic VR. The Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation has plugins for popular audio workstations, including a time...

  • 5 tips to spot a Facebook hoax

    Hoaxes are all over Facebook and with users often encouraged or forced via hijacks and hacks to share and like content, it will often seem like the hoax has been personally vouched for by your friend. Fortunately, most of the popular Facebook hoaxes are unoriginal and have been seen before in some form.  So before you click that link, here are five tips to spot a Facebook hoax. If it asks you to share first, beware Scammers know that the best way to get you to click their link is to have had another friend like or share it first. So often...

  • Facebook films Grand Central Station in stunning 360-degree video

    Facebook has finally put that 8K-capable camera rig it unveiled at its F8 Conference to good use, and where better to take it for a spin than New York's Grand Central Station? It's the first video captured and published by the company's US$30 000 camera rig, which allows the viewer a total 360-degree experience of one of the busiest train stations on earth. "Explore Grand Central Terminal and the stories that unfold there in the first film shot with the new Facebook Surround 360 camera," reads the Facebook post. "Watch the film in standard monoscopic 360 here, or find it in the...

  • Shocker! Instagram delivers updated Windows 10 app

    In a rather welcome surprise, Instagram has updated the Windows 10 Mobile version of their app. The update brings the same UI and much-maligned logo seen on the Android and iOS versions. "We have a new look! Our updated icon stays true to the camera and rainbow. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app," the Facebook-owned company noted in the app description. The news is rather welcome and points to Windows 10 Mobile actually getting some love from Instagram. After all, the previous Instagram app for Windows Phone often languished for months...