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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...
You may have hundreds or even thousands of Facebook friends, but chances are that the vast majority of them would turn their backs on you in a flash if you were truly in need, or at least that's what a recent study suggests. Research from Oxford University’s Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology, found that most people are terrible at maintaining relationships with their Facebook friends. In addition, the actual number of Facebook friends that a person can rely on or have a true "emotional connection" with is similar in number to the friends that you have in the real world face-to-face... Read more...
Move over ESPN and make room for Facebook in the sports world. Or more room, we should say. Facebook is already home to hundreds of millions of sports fans, and you might even follow a team or favorite athlete that posts updates in your news feed. The social network is taking things a step further with the introduction of Facebook Sports Stadium, a meeting ground where you can experience sports in real-time and talk trash with friends and family from around the world. The new stomping ground for sports fans serves up a chronological stream of posts and comments from friends. It also includes posts... Read more...
A little over a week ago, officials from the Obama administration met with some of the biggest names in tech, including senior executives from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo. Administration officials in attendance included Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Although the meeting was primarily focused on “[Cyber] efforts to counter radicalization” and to “Make it harder for terrorists to use the Internet” to coordinate attacks, the controversial topic of device... Read more...
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...
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