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Apple's Siri has long been fodder for tales of the miscommunications variety, most of them laced with humor of one ilk or another. The latest reported Siri easter egg, though, fails to bring the funny, and instead results in an immediate and very serious call to the cops. Recent posts on Facebook, Twitter, and in other social media hubs have suggested that iPhone users looking for a spark of entertainment should ask Siri about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Instead of hilarity and smiles all around, however (as if someone could find any kind of glee in the subject, anyway), those opting to engage... Read more...
Usually people who enjoy such things put ketchup on eggs, but it was Heinz that had egg on its face after a QR code on one of its bottles directed a German man to a hardcore pornography website. That wasn't the company's intention, of course -- the QR code was supposed to direct visitors to a promotional website where they could design their own label.The promotional page was part of a contest that ran from 2012 to 2014. Now expired, Heinz made the embarrassing mistake of not registering the URL for a couple of extra years, leaving it up for grabs instead. A German porn site picked it up, likely... Read more...
Ever wonder why some stories show up on your Facebook News Feed while others get buried beneath the pile? It largely has to do with user engagement. When you like, comment on, or share a post, Facebook's algorithm takes note and posts more of that type of content on top of your News Feed. The downside to that approach is that it doesn't into consideration stories of interest that you didn't interact with, and to address that, Facebook is making a change. Going forward, the algorithm will also take note of how much time you spent on a story. It stands to reason that if you consistently spend more... Read more...
The Oculus Rift isn’t expected to ship to consumers until Q1 2016, but the Facebook-backed company made a number of key announcements today that is sure to exit gamers. For starters, we’re finally getting a firmer understanding on why Linux and OS X development for the Rift was suspended last month. Oculus has teamed up with Microsoft to deliver a killer experience on Windows 10 and also will also work alongside the Xbox One gaming console. Speaking of the Xbox One, the Rift will ship with an Xbox One wireless controller and the Microsoft wireless controller adapter that allows you to forgot dispense... Read more...
After completing a limited and apparently successful test run of its Place Tips feature, Facebook is making available to businesses free Bluetooth beacons in an effort to expand the program. The beacons are small devices that beam one-way signals to the Facebook app of visitors' phones or other mobile device when they're in close proximity. This is a way for businesses and retailers to further engage their customers. Through Place Tips, a business can send out a welcome note and photo, prompt visitors to Like their Facebook page and/or check in, see their friends' recommendations about the establishment,... Read more...
Researchers in Poland have discovered something that may not even strike many of us as a surprise: becoming dependent on social media, like Facebook, doesn't bode well for someone's depression level. The problem has been coined "Facebook intrusion", and is described as having excessive involvement in the service to the point where it affects day-to-day activities and relationships. After studying a group of 672 people -- two-thirds women -- aged between 15 and 75, it was found that the amount of time spent on Facebook directly correlated with a person's depression level. What's important to note... Read more...
Is Facebook just finally getting with the times given the immense popularity of animated GIFs (and the fact that folks that are lumbering around on ancient 56k connections are few and far between), or is it a sign that Facebook is about to travel down the same rat hole that sucked up Myspace? However you feel about GIFs, Facebook today is opening up the floodgates by allow users to go crazy by posting them to their walls. Posting a GIF to your wall is a simple affair; all you have to do is post a direct link to the image in the “Update Status” box. You can use any of the popular image hosting sites... Read more...
News on the Oculus front has been coming in at a rapid pace in recent weeks. We’ve learned that the Oculus Rift will ship to consumers in early 2016, we’ve seen a look at the device in its final form, and we’ve learned about minimum system requirements (OS X and Linux users are SOL at this point). Today, we’re learning that Oculus’ deep-pocketed parent company Facebook has purchased British firm Surreal Vision, whose software can map our real world and turn it into a “living” virtual environment. “We are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date... Read more...
Russia has sent warnings to the world's largest social platforms for disobeying a law put into place last year. As per this new law, Russia requires companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, to automatically disclose certain information on bloggers who have more than 3,000 readers per day, and thus far, the Kremlin is displeased with the results. The reason behind this recent law is to shut down websites or specific blogs that are critical of Russia's government, Vladimir Putin in particular, and anything that could incite a riot or protest. Clearly, the goal here is to control what information... Read more...
Facebook Messenger users no longer need to keep fingers primed to tap out "Do I know you?". The social media giant's chat service is maturing rapidly and is now offering publicly shared information at the top of message threads — place of residence, job title, etc. — that will allow users to screen incoming messages from non-Friend users. Messenger's new feature — Facebook's Vice President of Messaging, David Marcus, calls it "enhanced caller ID for messaging." — will also display information for Facebook Friends with whom you have not previously chatted with via the service. Thus users can avoid... Read more...
Facebook picked up a new team member this week in its quest to bring Internet access to developing countries. Kevin Martin, who has been consulting for Facebook for the past two years, is better known as the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2005 to 2009. Martin joins as a vice president and will be responsible for policies that affect Facebook’s Internet.org project, among others. Facebook is in the process of launching a fleet of massive drones that will fly over developing countries, providing Internet access to as many as 2.8 billion people who are believed... Read more...
Facebook gave the world a heads up earlier this month that it was planning to host full-length news articles as part of a new initiative called Instant Articles, and now just over a week later, the social network is ready to make good on that promise. What that means for you (assuming you use Facebook) is a better reading experience, versus clicking through to an external site that sometimes takes up to 8 seconds to load. In addition to speed, Instant Articles boasts a few interactive features that publishers can take advantage of. For example, you can zoom in and get a closer look at parts of... Read more...
Social networks are no longer solely about communicating with friends and family, they're also platforms for digesting news. You can even subscribe to daily news feeds from Facebook to help stay current on what's happening around the world. However, as we increasingly turn to social networks for news and civic discussions, are we also creating so-called "echo chambers" in which we're only seeing information from people who share the same views as us? Facebook says no. The world's largest social playground conducted research in hopes of answering that very question, and one of the things it found,... Read more...
It’s been a long time coming, but we are now getting a firm release date for the Oculus Rift. Oculus confirmed today that it will open up preorders for the consumer version of its VR headset later this year, and that it will actually ship in Q1 of 2016. Since the original Kickstarter campaign took off in mid-2012, we’ve seen a number prototype configurations for the Oculus Rift. Today’s announcement, however, gives us the first look at the final production design for the Rift, and we must say that it looks quite spiffy. Oculus has built upon the sound fundamentals of the Crescent Bay prototypes... Read more...
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