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SpaceX may have had plenty of successes sending its Falcon 9 rockets into orbit with expensive payloads and then returning the booster stage to earth intact, but the company’s string of victories came up short this morning. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded while sitting on its launchpad during a static fire test. The test was a routine procedure leading up to the scheduled September 3rd launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to eyewitness accounts, multiple explosions were heard, with the force of the blasts shaking buildings located miles away from the launch pad. Not... Read more...
It looks like our would-be robot overlords aren't quite up to the task of running things all by themselves. In what could be considered a test run, Facebook recently announced less human intervention and more reliance on a computer algorithm to its Trending topics feature, a decision it made following a report alleging that its team of news editors had been suppressing stories that would be of interest to a conservative audience. That's fine and dandy, except the algorithm used its newfound power to promote a fake news store about Well, less than a week after slapping the algorithm on the backside... Read more...
Streaming is big business, and almost every developer and gamer wants in. For gamers, this couldn't be more true than with Blizzard's portfolio of games. Games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch are full of moments well-worth streaming, so in the latest version of Blizzard's own game client the company has built new streaming options right in. Unfortunately for many gamers, Blizzard's streaming platform of choice is Facebook. While Facebook itself would love for its own social network to become the de facto place for streaming, it's a website that tries to cater to everyone and everything and... Read more...
Earlier this week, WhatsApp made the surprising move to begin sharing user information with its parent company, Facebook. WhatsApp's original stated goal was to know “as little about you as possible”, but that mantra seems to have been thrown out the window in an effort to further increases Facebook’s booming mobile ad revenue. WhatsApp didn’t make any qualms about the benefits of such a move, writing on Thursday, “By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you... Read more...
Facebook has been catching heat over allegations that its news team frequently buries conservative news topics, allegations it denies. Nevertheless, the world's top social network is making some changes to its Trending topics feature that promotes certain news stories over others in an effort to make the process more automated and presumably less prone to human bias. It starts with news summaries. Going forward, Trending news articles will no longer require people to write descriptions of the content. Facebook skirts around the issue of bias by pitching the change as a necessary means to bring... Read more...
We can’t say that we didn’t seen this one coming. Facebook for years has been begging users to hand over their phone numbers for account security purposes, but those that value at least some semblance of privacy have refused to do so. So the social media giant has found a new avenue to gain that information — through WhatsApp. The company, which just two years ago said that it “built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible,” will soon be sharing more user information with Facebook. The company claims that this move will allow it to provide better friend suggestions based... Read more...
Are you a diehard Donald Trump fan? Perhaps you lean more towards Hillary Clinton, or perhaps even Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Given the vast amount of time that Americans spend browsing Facebook, linking stories and liking posts, the social network giant thinks that it has a pretty firm grip on your political affiliation. Earlier this month, Facebook launched a new ad preference tool which allows you to tailor how and what ads are directed towards you in your news feed. However, buried within those settings is a tab called US Politics. Here is where you’ll see which category Facebook... Read more...
As the world's most popular social media platform, Facebook is heavily invested in technologies that amp the experience, one of which is video. You've probably noticed an abundance of notifications for live videos, after which point they become pre-recorded posts. Videos are becoming a central part of Facebook, though Facebook must be careful not to make them intrusive, which it's at risk of doing by expanding its autoplay function.As your scroll through your news feed on Facebook, videos automatically play if you linger long enough for them to load. That's a nifty function—it saves you a click—but... Read more...
It looks like Steam is about to get a little bit more competition. Facebook and Unity Technologies have teamed up to create their own PC-gaming platform. The collaboration builds a new functionality in Unity that helps it to easily export and publish games on Facebook.Elliot Solomon, Unity’s Vice President of Business Development, remarked, “Integrating tools that provide effortless access to Facebook’s network is a key part of helping developers find the success they deserve.” Unity Engine - Image from Iwan GabovitchUnity will now be able to reach the 650 million people who play Facebook-connected... Read more...
Facebook set off a firestorm in the ad blocking community earlier this week when it announced that it would introduce new code for its ads that would make them impervious to software blockers. To accomplish this, the social media giant altered the HTML code for its ads to make them indistinguishable from other content on the site. Facebook at the time acknowledged that some ads can be annoying, but that it was doing its best to present ads that are relevant to its users. It also fought back against what it feels is bribery in the ad blocking business. “Rather than paying ad blocking companies to... Read more...
Do you have something that you need to say to Mr. President? Is your preferred method of communications social media? Well, now you can message President Obama via Facebook. Reading letters from the public has been a tradition since the days of Thomas Jefferson. Abraham Lincoln actually held regular office hours in order to meet with people one-on-one. The White House began receiving phone calls in 1880 and emails in 1994. President Obama launched his own Twitter account, while the First Lady is on Snapchat. President Obama still reads ten letters a day, or “LAD's”. He responds with a handwritten... Read more...
It’s on now. The battle between websites and users that block online advertising is about to come to a head, and we’ll have Facebook to thank for it. Browser users that surf with ad blockers enabled often see polite messages on certain websites asking them to turn off the functionality, as it robs content providers of their lifeblood: advertising revenue. However, Facebook is working on a way to mask advertising on its site so that today’s popular ad blockers can’t reliably disable ads. Facebook acknowledges that many of us have been soured by online ads in general due to past experiences.... Read more...
It might seem counterintuitive, but new research hailing from Australia is suggesting that teenagers who play video gamers actually score higher on academic tests than their non-gamer counterparts. The data was compiled from over 12,000 Australian high schoolers that took the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). PISA is an internationally-recognized test that is used in over 70 countries worldwide, and assesses the academic competency of 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science. Alberto Posso, an Associate Professor from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,... Read more...
When Facebook said this about clickbait....I WAS SHOCKED! But for real; Facebook recently announced that is attempting to cut down on the amount of clickbait that appears in user’s News Feeds. Facebook users complained about clickbait….AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! The website states that “our goal with News Feed is to show people the stories most relevant to them- ranking stories so that what’s most important to each person shows up highest in their News Feeds.” Facebook notes that users mentioned that they like seeing authentic posts the most, and are incredibly put-off by clickbait... Read more...
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