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  • 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...

  • Facebook will turn your neglected panoramas into 360 photos for VR

    Let's be brutally honest for a second. Panorama shots don't get as much love as they should. It could be argued that social media platforms and websites deserve some of the blame, often delivering a clunky way to view them. But they do make for inherently awkward viewing on most platforms anyway. Fortunately, Facebook and Oculus are doing something about this, as the two announced that your panoramas can now be viewed with virtual reality headsets. The duo revealed that this functionality should hit news feeds and Gear VR headsets "in the coming weeks". Got a Gear VR? Then you should visit the Oculus 360 Photos app to...

  • WhatsApp finally releases proper desktop app

    Whatsapp has dabbled in desktop waters before, but now, the world's most popular mobile instant messenger seems to be going all-in. Yes, after years of user requests, the Facebook-owned company has finally launched a proper desktop app for Windows and Mac computers. It's not the first time that WhatsApp has brought the platform to desktop, launching the WhatsApp Web service last year. This earlier browser-based service used a QR code system to mirror your phone's WhatsApp data. The desktop app works in a similar way, effectively mirroring your phone's WhatsApp messages, chats and contacts. In other words, it's not a standalone offering as...

  • Facebook partners with Airtel to launch Free Basics in Nigeria

    Bharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider, has announced that it has partnered with Facebook and to launch Free Basics in Nigeria. In 2015, Facebook promised to bring Free Basics to 17 African countries. Free Basics is a service that gives users free access to a number of platforms where users can access information about health, education, jobs, communications and local content services at no cost. Facebook estimates that it has, through the project, brought more than 25 million people online. Chris Daniels, Vice President of Internet.org at Facebook, said: “Bharti Airtel Africa has been an important partner in...

  • Banned WhatsApp unblocked early in Brazil, Zuckerberg is thrilled

    For 24 hours, WhatsApp was banned in Brazil after Judge Marcel Maia Montalvão seeking user data from the service for a criminal investigation issued a court order to telecom providers to ban WhatsApp for 72 hours. The outcry against the ban was immediate and spread from Brazil to the rest of the world. Today Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, announced that the service has been unbanned in Brazil. The ban came after Diego Dzodan, a Facebook executive, was taken into custody in March for not complying with orders to turn over WhatsApp data. It...

  • 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...

  • Oculus can freely use your content, tracks you while using Rift

    Oculus is slowly but steadily sending Rift headsets out to early adopters, but they might want to read the terms of service before jumping in. Most concerning perhaps, is that the Facebook-owned company is free to utilise your user-generated content in any way it sees fit. "By submitting User Content through the Services, you grant Oculus a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual (i.e. lasting forever), non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free and fully sublicensable (i.e. we can grant this right to others) right to use, copy, display, store, adapt, publicly perform and distribute such User Content in connection with the Services," reads the relevant excerpt. "You irrevocably...

  • 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...

  • ‘Turn On Notifications’ posts flood Instagram ahead of timeline revamp

    Instagram users weren't all too happy with the company this weekend, as countless users took to the image sharing platform to voice their concerns over the implementation of the algorithmic feed, and to beg users to switch on notifications for their posts. Earlier this month, Instagram announced that its dropping the logical chronological layout for a system that displays posts that the user will likely find important. This is effectively the method used by Facebook to display posts. As a result, a swathe of users have asked followers to "turn on notifications" fearing that their posts will be dropped from...

  • 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...