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Is Facebook just finally getting with the times given the immense popularity of animated GIFs (and the fact that folks that are lumbering around on ancient 56k connections are few and far between), or is it a sign that Facebook is about to travel down the same rat hole that sucked up Myspace? However you feel about GIFs, Facebook today is opening up the floodgates by allow users to go crazy by posting them to their walls. Posting a GIF to your wall is a simple affair; all you have to do is post a direct link to the image in the “Update Status” box. You can use any of the popular image hosting sites... Read more...
News on the Oculus front has been coming in at a rapid pace in recent weeks. We’ve learned that the Oculus Rift will ship to consumers in early 2016, we’ve seen a look at the device in its final form, and we’ve learned about minimum system requirements (OS X and Linux users are SOL at this point). Today, we’re learning that Oculus’ deep-pocketed parent company Facebook has purchased British firm Surreal Vision, whose software can map our real world and turn it into a “living” virtual environment. “We are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date... Read more...
Russia has sent warnings to the world's largest social platforms for disobeying a law put into place last year. As per this new law, Russia requires companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, to automatically disclose certain information on bloggers who have more than 3,000 readers per day, and thus far, the Kremlin is displeased with the results. The reason behind this recent law is to shut down websites or specific blogs that are critical of Russia's government, Vladimir Putin in particular, and anything that could incite a riot or protest. Clearly, the goal here is to control what information... Read more...
Facebook Messenger users no longer need to keep fingers primed to tap out "Do I know you?". The social media giant's chat service is maturing rapidly and is now offering publicly shared information at the top of message threads — place of residence, job title, etc. — that will allow users to screen incoming messages from non-Friend users. Messenger's new feature — Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced caller ID for messaging." — will also display information for Facebook Friends with whom you have not previously chatted with via the service. Thus users can avoid... Read more...
Facebook picked up a new team member this week in its quest to bring Internet access to developing countries. Kevin Martin, who has been consulting for Facebook for the past two years, is better known as the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2005 to 2009. Martin joins as a vice president and will be responsible for policies that affect Facebook’s Internet.org project, among others. Facebook is in the process of launching a fleet of massive drones that will fly over developing countries, providing Internet access to as many as 2.8 billion people who are believed... Read more...
Facebook gave the world a heads up earlier this month that it was planning to host full-length news articles as part of a new initiative called Instant Articles, and now just over a week later, the social network is ready to make good on that promise. What that means for you (assuming you use Facebook) is a better reading experience, versus clicking through to an external site that sometimes takes up to 8 seconds to load. In addition to speed, Instant Articles boasts a few interactive features that publishers can take advantage of. For example, you can zoom in and get a closer look at parts of... Read more...
Social networks are no longer solely about communicating with friends and family, they're also platforms for digesting news. You can even subscribe to daily news feeds from Facebook to help stay current on what's happening around the world. However, as we increasingly turn to social networks for news and civic discussions, are we also creating so-called "echo chambers" in which we're only seeing information from people who share the same views as us? Facebook says no. The world's largest social playground conducted research in hopes of answering that very question, and one of the things it found,... Read more...
It’s been a long time coming, but we are now getting a firm release date for the Oculus Rift. Oculus confirmed today that it will open up preorders for the consumer version of its VR headset later this year, and that it will actually ship in Q1 of 2016. Since the original Kickstarter campaign took off in mid-2012, we’ve seen a number prototype configurations for the Oculus Rift. Today’s announcement, however, gives us the first look at the final production design for the Rift, and we must say that it looks quite spiffy. Oculus has built upon the sound fundamentals of the Crescent Bay prototypes... Read more...
Starting sometime later this month, you may begin seeing entire news articles posted directly to Facebook. It's part of a new initiative called Instant Articles, which is intended to both keep Facebook users on the social network for longer periods of time, and eliminate the sometimes long loading times that accompany external links when clicking through on mobile devices.Many publishers take advantage of the large number of eyeballs on Facebook by posting links to their online content. And for some, this has become a major source of traffic, which in turn leads to more advertising revenue. However,... Read more...
Different strokes for different folks, right? Unlike Google, which tapped Lionel Richie to sing "Hello" when you call the number on Project Fi's "Experience" page, Facebook just rolled out a new app called Hello, but opted against any kind of celebrity endorsement. Of course, these are two entirely different things we're talking about here. Project Fi is an innovative wireless service that could potentially shake up the telecom industry, whereas Facebook's Hello app simply tries to provide more information about who's calling you. It does that by tapping into Facebook and displaying expanded caller... Read more...
In an effort to ensure that the content that matters to you most reaches your eyeballs before all else, Facebook is tweaking things on the backend with three updates, all of which are focused delivering a better News Feed and social networking experience. As such, one of the updates will give priority to the things posted directly by your friends and family.When your best friend Phil or Aunt Mabel post a photo, video, status update, or link, it'll appear higher up in your News Feed so that you're less likely to miss it. This means that pages you follow, whether they're businesses that you 'Liked'... Read more...
Facing accusations from the Belgian Privacy Commission dating back to February that it is violating the privacy rights of its users, Facebook yesterday confirmed that the watchdog group had uncovered a "bug" that mistakenly tracked people even when they were not on the social media giant's website, but denied the body's assertion that the company gave users a "false sense of control" over their personal information. Facebook said that it has begun to fix the problem at hand, which leveraged cookies to track people who had not signed up for the service when they visited websites that employ certain... Read more...
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where Facebook Messenger is somehow not available? It's hard to believe, given the fact that an app is available for the three big mobile operating systems, and anyone logged into Facebook can access it from within the UI. Well, if you do happen to want another option, you might be pleased to learn that Facebook now allows you to dedicate an entire browser page to only Messenger, simply by hitting up Messenger.com and clicking the big blue button to log in. As the shot above highlights, this website is optimized... Read more...
One of the best reasons to use Facebook is to keep up to date with family and friends that live in different time zones. Sure, we've all posted goofy status updates and pictures of our lunch, but at its best, Facebook is a vehicle for virtually taking part in the lives of loves ones, especially when photos are involved. Building on that theme, Facebook is rolling out a customizable scrapbook feature that will make it easier to organize and share photos. "Our team ran a small survey for parents who share pictures of their children on Facebook and found that 65 percent of them tag their partner in... Read more...
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