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All posts tagged "Facebook"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • WhatsApp rolls out document sharing on Android, iOS devices

    Soon you'll be able to send and receive more than just images, voicenotes and snarky remarks on WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging service is rolling out updates to iOS and Android that will let users transfer documents. Earlier this month, the now totally free service announced that it tipped the one billion user mark, which many use for more than just social interaction. The move also comes a few days after it announced that it will be culling support for legacy operating systems, from the 2015-era BlackBerry OS 10 down to 2009's Android 2.2. The new documents transfer feature will allow users,...

  • 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...

  • WhatsApp will no longer support BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Windows 7.1, earlier Android versions

    By end of this year, WhatsApp users on BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, will no longer be able to use the instant messaging sevice.In addition to cutting support for the BB OS, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7.1 and earlier versions of Android, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2. The Facebook owned IM announced that these devices and platforms will soon be incompatible with the platform, owing to their inability to offer the kind of capabilities that WhatsApp needs to expand its app's features in the future. The company, which recently turned...

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round #53: Facebook Reactions, Boston Dynamics’ Robot, MWC, Far Cry

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team talks about the Facebook reactions, Boston Dynamics engineering a robot, abusing it and risking a robot takeover, Mobile World Conference developments, smartphones disabling app installs onto the micro SD cards, and Far Cry. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. As for the Tweet of the week, Kanye West takes it and we hope he...

  • Facebook to extend Instant Articles programme to publishers big and small

    Facebook has announced that it will extend its Instant Articles programme to all publishers from 12 April 2016 at its F8 conference. Facebook launched Instant Articles -- its attempt at being a publishing platform -- back in May 2015, with just a few publishers. During the launch, Facebook chief product manager Chris Cox said that “Fundamentally, this is a tool that enables publishers to provide a better experience for their readers on Facebook.” The Instant Articles programme will be available to all publishers, big and small, all around the world, allowing more publishers to create fast and immersive reading experience for...

  • No Facebook, Elon Musk was not an ‘illegal immigrant’

    By now second guessing stuff on the internet should come naturally. A Facebook post -- that's been shared nearly 25 000 times -- claims that US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk was an illegal immigrant. This is false. But it does manage to drive a very important point home. The viral post takes a stab at controversial US presidential candidate and billionaire, Donald Trump, for his hardline immigration policies. It reads as follows: I am Elon Musk. I was an ILLEGAL immigrant. And if Mr. Trump and some of you had it your way, I would've been kicked out of the USA...