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While much of the autonomous buzz right now revolves around vehicles, the ever-evolving world of technology will see many other sectors become automated in the future -- including simple things like customer service. The problem, of course, is that most businesses can't invest in advanced 'chatbots', either through purchasing a solution from another vendor or developing it themselves. That's where Facebook wants to help. The social media giant already offers a number of tools to businesses, but according to a leak, it will unveil chatbot and Live Chat solutions at its upcoming F8 developer conference.... Read more...
Facebook is home to nearly 1.6 billion monthly active users, so if you're a business that sells products online, why not tap into that resource? That's what Newegg is doing. The online vendor of computer parts and assorted other items reckons that many of its customers are already on Facebook, so for the sake of convenience, it's giving them the ability to chat with customer support using Messenger. This seems like a minor thing on the surface, but it's actually a pretty big deal for both companies. For Newegg, it's an expansion of its customer support and mobile shopping experience. Messenger... Read more...
With all the hoopla surrounding encryption and the U.S. Government’s desire to gain access to any and all data by any means necessary, many tech companies are taking notice. When Apple stood up to the government, it had the backing of some of the biggest names in tech. One of those companies was Facebook, and it’s now carrying on Apple’s penchant for defiance by enabling end-to-end encryption for all of its 1+ billion WhatsApp users worldwide. Open Whisper Systems announced that its Signal Protocol has now been fully integrated into WhatsApp, which means encrypted communications via “chats, group... Read more...
Facebook is rolling out a new feature today that will help people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired know what's contained in a photograph. The feature is called automatic alternative text (or automatic alt text), and it's job is to audibly describe various elements contained in a photo, such as the number of people, objects in the background, and so forth. Photos are an integral part of the online experience, particularly social networks. Each day, people share over 2 billion photos across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. While the majority of users are able to view them,... Read more...
The Oculus Rift has finally begun shipping to fans that have been eagerly anticipating their pre-orders.  For many, the Rift is the virtual reality device beat despite the best efforts of HTC, Sony, and others.  According to some, however, the Oculus Rift may come with a greater cost than its $599 pricetag and we aren't talking about the beast of a gaming machine you'll need to adequately power it.  Instead, these concerns stem from Facebook's ownership of Oculus.  These concerns have been heard before, of course, back when Facebook acquired the company two years ago, but now... Read more...
Those who've preordered an Oculus Rift or are planning to get one in the near future are in for quite a treat. To help get people kick-started on the awesome VR journey ahead, Oculus includes two free games, Lucky's Tale and EVE Valkyrie. Two games are a great bonus, but for Ross Martin, his Rift came with a perk beyond that: a personal visit from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey. Ross happened to be the very first person to preorder the Rift, so to give his thanks, Luckey decided to pay him a visit. While Ross at first seems a little unenthusiastic, we'd wager that he was merely... Read more...
Middle Tennessee State's upset win over Michigan State combined with Yale's surprise victory over Baylor pretty much decimated everyone's March Madness bracket this year. Then there was Northern Iowa's half-court buzzer beater to topple lower ranked Texas, just in case your bracket was somehow still intact. It's been an exciting tournament and if you just can't get enough hoops action, Facebook has your back with a hidden basketball game in its Messenger application. The hidden gem isn't quite as exciting as college hoops, but it's addicting. It's also simple—there's a basketball on the bottom... Read more...
The very public (and heated) battle between the FBI and Apple over encryption has spilled out into the public and factions are beginning to take sides. The battle lines are clearly drawn with public opinion largely split and tech giants lining up to support Apple’s decision to not “hand over the [encryption] keys” the FBI. Given this very public spotlight on encryption, a new report claims that Google and Facebook are making efforts to further increase their encryption levels to protect user data and keep it out of the hands of nefarious parties and even law enforcement agencies. For its part,... Read more...
Ah, to be the billionaire co-founder of the world's most popular social networking site. That's the position Mark Zuckerberg finds himself in, and one thing is for sure, he's enjoying life. He's also spreading the fun to Facebook users in unique ways, which would explain why he wore a virtual Iron Man mask to announce the acquisition of Masquerade Technologies, makers of the popular face swapping MSQRD app. That's a thing now, if you weren't aware. Filters have always been popular thanks to apps like Instagram, and if you're a Snapchat user, you've probably seen the frightening result of two people... Read more...
ISIS is apparently pretty peeved with the deletion of social media accounts belonging to members of the terrorist organization. As a result, ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, saying that for account they delete, ISIS will hack 10 others.The threat was part of a 25-minute video created by ISIS and posted to Telegram, a social media messaging app with a claimed 100 million monthly active users. It was discovered and viewed by Vocativ, which reports that the video contained pictures of Zuckerberg and Dorsey strewn with bullet holes.... Read more...
We’ve been talking about Facebook’s revamp of its “Like” system for months, but the social network giant today finally performed a global launch of new “Reactions” which should better allow people to express their feelings about a post. The long-standing thumbs up is now joined by a heart (Love), and emojis signifying laughter, surprise, sadness and anger. The Reactions should go a long way towards cutting down on the awkwardness of Liking a post about a friend’s loved one dying or any number of horrific things that get posted to Facebook that we feel compelled to acknowledge with a Like. “Not... Read more...
Facebook's Messenger app isn't the most-liked on the planet. Why? Well, the company thinks that everyone is a-OK with the fact that two separate apps need to be used for the same service, something that caused quite a stir in the summer of 2014 when the company forced people install the Messenger app in order to keep in touch with friends and family. Well, if you haven't liked Messenger up to this point, just wait until you see what's in store for Q2: advertising. According to a document that was leaked to TechCrunch, Facebook is planning to bring advertising to its Messenger app, which up to this... Read more...
Did you recently buy a fancy new flagship Android smartphone with a capacious battery onboard only to find that you’re still getting relatively poor battery life? Before you start throwing arrows at your smartphone’s manufacturer, perhaps you should look closer to home as to why your battery life is coming up short; specifically, your installed apps. Redditors have done some experimenting and found that one of the biggest battery hogs among Android apps is the official Facebook app. We’ve all known for quite some time that the Facebook app (for both iOS and Android) has grown into a bloated beast... Read more...
The guys and gals at Facebook are looking to disrupt the live streaming scene with a live video option baked into the world's largest social network. It's a feature that's already proven popular with Twitter and Periscope, but what's different about Facebook's implementation is that the video feed doesn't disappear after 24 hours.Facebook also has the advantage of a potentially much wider audience. Periscope last summer said it had more than 10 million users on iOS and Android, while Twitter is sitting pretty with over 332 million users. Both are respectable in their own right, but neither one... Read more...
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