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In early January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans to build his own Jarvis personal AI assistant as an homage to the AI “butler” of the same name in the Iron Man movies. "My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man," said Zuckerberg at the time. "I'm going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I'll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home -- music, lights, temperature and so on." Nearly a year later, Zuckerberg is back... Read more...
Facebook Messenger is no stranger to casual gaming. Over the past year, we’ve seen mini basketball, soccer and even chess games. But now, Facebook is stepping into the [retro] big leagues by adding support for full-fledged games, including classics like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Facebook announced this new gaming platform for Messenger today under the Instant Games initiative. Accessing these games is as simple as opening a conversation and tapping on the game controller icon that shows up in within the Messenger app. From there, you will be able to discover new games and waste time away tapping... Read more...
Are you planning a surprise party for a significant other and do not want them to find out? Or maybe, you want to have a private conversation with a loved one about an addiction or illness. No matter your agenda, we are here today to show you how to have a “secret” conversation on Facebook. First, what is a secret conversation? Secret conversations are encrypted end-to-end, meaning only you and the person you are talking with can see the messages. Both people in a secret conversation have a device key that they can use to verify that the messages are encrypted. If the users have the same device... Read more...
It looks as though Facebook is doing everything in its power to persuade people to move on over to its Messenger platform. The latest trick up Facebook Messenger’s sleeve is a hidden football (soccer) game. The launch of the game neatly coincides with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2016 competition and the centennial anniversary of the Copa America tournament. Unlike the basketball mini-game that was launched in March, which required you to swipe the screen to get the ball in the hoop, the football mini-game requires you to repeatedly tap the football on the screen to keep... Read more...
It used to be that we could get along with a single Facebook app that not only handled our social networking needs, but also private messaging between friends. Over the years, Facebook has split the apps, forcing users to install both Facebook and Messenger. While users balked at the split, Facebook contended that it would allow it to create better experience for both platforms. Playing on that reasoning, Facebook has released a pretty big overhaul for Messenger that introduces a new Home screen, which in effect serves as an inbox for your new messages and recent conversations. “Up until now, most... Read more...
There's a good chance that you or someone you know uses Snapchat. We're not going out on a limb to say that, it's simply a numbers thing -- at last count (May of this year), Snapchat users were sending 2 billion photos and videos to one another per day. That's an amazing amount of activity, and Facebook will try to replicate that success by rolling out a disappearing message option for its Messenger application. The self-destructing message option is being tested in France. However, as presently implemented, it's a bit different from Snapchat. Instead of setting a timer for 1 to 10 seconds (in... Read more...
There has been a lot of backlash since users were forced to download the Facebook Messenger app while removing the same feature from the primary app. In addition, a lot of criticism has been thrown at the social media company due to the Messenger app requiring access to a smartphone’s camera and microphone. The requirement has led many to believe that the app will allow Facebook to see and hear what everyone is doing at any time. Facebook Messenger product manager Peter Martinazzi addressed the issue regarding the camera and microphone requirement explaining, “Like most other... Read more...