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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...
In what Mark Zuckerberg described as a "good quarter," Facebook reported $4.5 billion in revenue during the three month period leading up to September 30, 2015, up from $3.2 billion in the same quarter a year prior. That's a hefty jump and it led to the world's largest social playground posting a profit of $896 million, up from $806 million a year ago. "We had a good quarter and got a lot done," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. Some would call that an excellent quarter, one that was propped up by advertising dollars. Almost all of the revenue Facebook generated came from ads -- just... Read more...
Sometimes, it's a little too easy to take things for granted, and where tech is concerned, that can be with regards to Internet connection speeds. Sometimes, I find myself a little annoyed that I can't upload a video to YouTube fast enough, but for some in this world, merely getting a webpage to load in under a minute would be a dream. Companies like Facebook take into account these kinds of experiences, because it can't simply optimize for markets that are blessed with good connection speeds and ignore those that are not. Take India, for example, where many folks are stuck with meager 2G connections... Read more...
To some, Facebook might just be another app on their smartphone or tablet, but Facebook itself doesn't believe that's all it should be. In fact, the company has long believed that our lives should be as integrated with the service as possible. We saw proof of this with the Facebook Home launcher, and it's hard to count the number of times a Facebook phone has been rumored. Ultimately, the company has decided that its app is enough (for now), and in addition to Facebook Messenger, most user needs are covered. However, the company is beginning to roll out a rather significant update that will help... Read more...
Facebook's software developers have identified a couple of issues that could negatively affect the battery life on iOS devices when installing and using the official Facebook app. The latest update to the Facebook iOS app addresses those issues, though the social network is continuing to investigate why some users have experienced noticeably degraded battery life. More than a minor nuisance, there have been several reports of Facebook's iOS app draining battery life on iPhone and iPad devices at an unusually fast clip. Many of those experiencing the issue note that it occurs even when disabling... Read more...
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