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When you're swimming in money like Mark Zuckerberg, you have to invent ways to entertain yourself -- I imagine it eventually gets old simply buying anything and everything you want. To keep himself grounded and in a constant state of growth, the Facebook co-founder tackles a personal challenge every year. Last year it was to read a new book every other week, and the year before that, he set out to learn Mandarin. What's in store for 2016? Zuckerberg's upping the ante by committing to build an AI assistant to help around the home. You have to give the guy credit -- most people in his situation would... Read more...
You never know what a new year will bring. Sometimes the thought is scary, like the unwarranted Y2K panic that had people preparing for the end of the world. And this year? The turn of the calendar caused Facebook to wig out and send notifications to several users congratulating them on "46 years of friendship" on the social network. Maybe you have been friends with someone since 1969, but it hasn't been that long on Facebook. That's because it didn't exist 46 years ago. It didn't even exist 12 years ago. Heck, the Internet wasn't a ubiquitous thing back then, yet Facebook woke up this morning... Read more...
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is on track for a Q1 2016 release, and from the looks of things, that timetable appears to be holding firm. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the Oculus Touch, which was announced in June of this year. In a blog posting this morning, Oculus explained that Touch will be delayed until the latter half of 2016, with pre-orders commencing a few months ahead of the launch. The delay can be attributed to improvements made to Touch hardware that make ergonomics “more comfortable, reliable, and natural.” “The feedback on Touch has been... Read more...
It's true that Mark Zuckerberg is a new father, with his wife Priscilla Chan having recently given birth to a baby girl. And yes, Mark and Priscilla plan on donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently work in the neighborhood of $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. But no, you don't have a shot at collecting millions of dollars from the giveaway by re-posting a silly message on Facebook. You've probably seen the latest hoax floating around Facebook, the one that claims the site's co-founder is handing out $4.5 million each to 1,000 randomly selected people who post... Read more...
Although many shrugged off Live Photos as a superfluous addition to the iPhone 6s, the small video clips are starting to gain some traction. If you need a refresher, Live Photos capture 1.5 seconds of video footage before you hit the camera shutter button and 1.5 seconds after, giving you a 3-second 960x720 video that is stored with the original 12MP image you captured. “A still photo captures an instant frozen in time,” says Apple when describing the feature. “With Live Photos, you can turn those instants into unforgettable living memories.” Just last week, Tumblr added support for Live Photos,... Read more...
As if Adobe's Flash Player needed another nail in its coffin, it nevertheless received yet another one this weekend from Facebook. The world's largest social playground announced that it recently flipped the switch over to HTML5 to be the default video player for videos on its website, and that includes the ones that appear in its News Feed. "From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs," Facebook stated in a blog post. You could see... Read more...
Facebook wants to democratize artificial intelligence (AI) research, so it’s giving back to the community in a big way. It announced today that it will open source its incredibly powerful Big Sur computing box. Facebook hopes that by making the designs for its server available for free, it will help us further advance AI research to the benefit of all humanity. “We want to make it a lot easier for AI researchers to share techniques and technologies,” wrote Facebook engineers Kevin Lee and Serkan Piantino in a blog posting. “As with all hardware systems that are released into the open, it's our... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan plan to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently worth around $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. The couple unveiled the plan in an open letter to their newborn daughter, Max, with a promise to offer more details after they return from paternity and maternity leave. By committing to donate their massive fortune, the Zuckerbergs join a small but growing list of billionaires who have pledged to leave their assets and wealth to philanthropic causes. That includes Bill Gates, who along with his wife Melinda started The Bill... Read more...
As any parent of a newborn can attest, the overwhelming desire is to be home with your newly minted version 2.0 (or 3.0 or 4.0, etc.), not toiling away at work staring at the clock in hopes of making it speed up. Some companies are keenly aware of this, like Facebook, which just extended its parental leave policy for to cover all full-time employees, daddies included Both moms and dads, including ones in same sex relationships, can take a generous four months of paid time off to be at home with their newborn child, if they're a full-time employee at Facebook. It's a global policy -- it doesn't... Read more...
Facebook is a great place for keeping in contact with long distance family and friends, posting pictures of an awesome meal, staying up to date with current events, and, if we're being totally honest, stalking ex lovers. Breaking up with a person in the social media era comes with an additional set of challenges that didn't exist before sites like Facebook, but thankfully Mark Zuckerberg and his team of engineers are taking steps to ensure that when relationships end, your privacy stays intact. "Starting today, we are testing tools to help people manage how they interact with their former partners... Read more...
As the holiday season approaches and people get into the spirit of giving, Facebook is rolling out a new fundraising tool for nonprofit organizations to more easily raise money for disaster relief, missing children, or whatever their cause might be. The world's largest social playground is also improving its Donate button. Whether you've noticed or not, fundraising on Facebook isn't new. Mark Zuckerberg and company began testing different ways for nonprofits to raise funds through Facebook back in 2013. Since then it's partnered with organizations to create donation campaigns after major natural... Read more...
During what should have been an ordinary Friday night in Paris, Islamic State terrorists ambushed a handful of locations to take the lives of more than 120 unfortunate souls. Instantly, and naturally, news of the attack hit the Web, with information and updates trickling down through a number of different services, including news and social media outlets. The effects of these events are far-reaching. France has tightened up its borders, and for the first time in a decade, declared a state of emergency. This isn't just affecting people in Paris, but the multitude of people who were planning to enter... 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...
Facebook is a social media monster, boasting over 1.5 billion active users per month in its Q3 earnings release. But in order to stay ahead of the pack and continually fuel growth, the company is looking to virtual reality as a new way to keep users engaged. Back in September, Facebook enabled 360-degree video support via its website and the official Facebook Android app. Today, Facebook has announced that it’s extending 360-degree videos to the the iOS platform, which brings in the hundreds of millions of users with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mobile devices. In addition, Facebook is supporting... Read more...
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