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(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Waving around motion controllers is cool and all, but for virtual reality to offer an deeper level of immersion, recognizing hand and finger movements would go a long way. That seems to the be the direction Oculus is headed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a handful of pictures taken from the Oculus Research lab... Read more...
In no uncertain terms, Facebook says "discriminatory advertising has no place" on the world's largest social network. To keep it off of there, Facebook last fall started providing better education to advertisers about its prohibition against discrimination. It also beefed up the procedures it uses to enforce prohibition. Now it is taking things a step further by implementing strong enforcement tools and testing machine learning solutions. This is not a new frontier for Facebook, or technology companies in general. Machine learning is one of the hottest areas of computing right now. Just last week,... Read more...
Consumers at large do not seem to be ready to embrace the concept of virtual reality, at least not at today's asking price—a high-end headset costs $599 to $799, plus there is the cost of a PC with sufficient hardware to support VR experiences. Due to low sales of Oculus Rift in Best Buy, Facebook has decided to close 200 of its 500 VR demo stations at Best Buy locations across the United States. Facebook acquired Oculus three years ago for $2 billion, or closer to $3 billion if you factor in the cost to retain employees and bonuses for reaching certain milestones. Either way you slice it, Facebook... Read more...
The battle against fake news is being waged not only in North America, but on the European front as well. Google, Facebook, and a group of French news media outlets recently launched initiative “Cross Check” to squash fake news in France. The program is in response to the upcoming presidential election in France. How will this program work? Readers will be able to upload and report news they believe to be false. The reported links are gathered in a portal that Google and Facebook -- as well as Le Monde, Agence France-Presse (AFP), BFM TV, France Télévisions, France Media Monde , L'Express, Libération,... Read more...
It didn't take long after President Trump's presidential inauguration for decisions to be made that impacted a lot of people in one fell swoop. That couldn't be more true than with the recent executive order to temporarily bar entry into the US for a series of predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria, Iraq, and Iran. It instantly prevented many from returning home and gave pause for extreme caution to those of an affected citizenship who were planning to leave the country for a trip. For some companies, Trump's executive order to ban people from these countries from entering the United States... Read more...
Little did we know it, but Facebook's engineers have been experimenting with a computer vision platform that is able to sort through photographs and search for what's contained in them, even when they're not tagged or captioned. For example, the platform can tell if the photo has a tiger in it or if someone is wearing a black shirt. Facebook initially worked on this to boost the experience for the visually impaired but has now been incorporated into the social network's search function for all users. This started out as a small research project. Engineers needed a general-purpose platform that... Read more...
It was a pretty big deal when Facebook amassed 1 billion active monthly users a little over four years ago. Of the achievement, company co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said it was "humbling and by the far the thing I am most proud of in my life." Now just a few short years later, Facebook is on the cusp of doubling the number of people who connect with others through the world's largest social playground, the company revealed in an earnings report. Facebook capped off 2016 with 1.86 billion monthly active users, an increase of 17 percent year-over-year. Most of the people using Facebook are now connecting... Read more...
Co-Founder Palmer Luckey And CEO Iribe To Pay $50M And $150M Respectively ZeniMax on Wednesday won a $500 million award in its lawsuit against Oculus. Mark Zuckerberg's testimony was not enough to fully sway the jury, which sided with ZeniMax and found that Oculus executives broke a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when the Oculus Rift was in its beginning stages. However, the jury also decided that Oculus did not misappropriate trade secrets as ZeniMax alleged in its lawsuit. Oculus is on the hook for more than half of the $500 million award—it owes ZeniMax $200 million for breaking the NDA, $50... Read more...
Facebook has been on a fake news hunt for the past few months. Its latest algorithm is intended to not only prevent fake news, but improve the overall Trending experience. The improvements are largely based on user feedback. The biggest and most requested change is that Facebook will now display a headline from a publisher’s article about a particular topic. How will the publishers be chosen? The headlines will be selected based on engagement around the actual article or publisher, and whether or not others are linking to the publisher’s article. After clicking on the topic, users will be taken... Read more...
A new dynamic duo is forming in Silicon Valley. Hugo Barra, the former Android executive who left Google and took a position at Chinese firm Xiaomi around three and a half years ago, is returning to U.S. soil to team up with Mark Zuckerberg on his virtual reality efforts. Barra joins Zuckerberg and the rest of Facebook as the new Vice President of Virtual Reality, or VPVR for short, and will lead the Oculus team. It has been an interesting journey for Barra. He surprised many in the tech industry when he traded his job at Google to go overseas to work for a mobile device firm. Barra viewed it as... Read more...
Performing any sort of research can be tedious, but when it's scientific research, that tedium can be brought to a new level. The reason is simple: there's a mind-boggling amount of information out there to comb through, and while much of it can be accessed by those who need it, the real challenge is actually finding it in the first place. Enter "Meta", a scientific AI search engine that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan just scooped up through their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative philanthropic organization. Priscilla Chan Meta isn't designed to just scour through a massive trove... Read more...
Everyone hates a thief — especially when they strike close to home. Our personal devices like smartphones and notebooks are often targets for criminals, and one Canadian man found this out the hard way. Stu Gale, who just so happens to be a computer security expert, had the misfortune of having his laptop stolen from his car overnight. However, Gale did have remote software installed on the device which allowed him to track whenever it came online. So, he was quite delighted to see that a notification popped up on one of his other machines alerting him that his stolen laptop was active.Stu Gale... Read more...
One of the perks of being the billionaire co-founder of Facebook is being able to show up at work in t-shirt. Of course, there are times when Mark Zuckerberg chooses to dress up. Such was the case when he took the stand in a federal courtroom earlier this week to defend against allegations that Oculus stole technical information that went into the creation of the Rift headset. "We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology. The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else’s technology is just wrong," Zuckerberg said according to The New York Times, which noted... Read more...
WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat apps on the planet, for a handful of reasons. For one, WhatsApp makes it extremely easy to keep communications with friends and family open and ongoing even if your mobile data package is paltry (thanks to Wi-Fi), in addition, it's also been deemed one of the most secure chat apps available, a fact that's led those even with the most confidential subject matter to rely on it. But there may be a chink in WhatsApp's armor. A report recently outed a significant security flaw in WhatsApp that "could" let the company regenerate your encryption keys without your... Read more...
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