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In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
It has been more than four years since the introduction of the HTC First, otherwise known as the Facebook Phone. It ultimately flopped and since then we have not heard from Facebook about taking another stab at the hardware market, but never say never. A patent application filed by Facebook with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) outlines a "modular electromechanical device" with a processor module and other interchangeable parts. "The modular electromechanical device includes a chassis and a plurality of functional modules that can be connected to the chassis," Facebook explains... Read more...
Between your relative’s political rants and your friend’s Instagram reposts, it can be difficult to find new and engaging content on Facebook. The social media site recently launched its “Explore Feed” feature and the goal is to connect users with information and content they have yet to discover but that is curated with their interests in mind. According to a Facebook spokesperson, “We are testing a complementary feed of popular articles, videos, and photos, customized for each person based on content that might be interesting to them. We’ve heard from people that they want an easy way to explore... Read more...
It is time to take your Facebook stories to the next level. The social media giant just introduced the ability to make animated GIFs with their built-in camera. It is incredibly easy to make GIFs on Facebook. Users need to simply go to their Facebook camera and select the GIF option on the top of their screen. They will then be able to customize their GIF with various effects and frames. The GIFs are a few seconds long and can be added to Facebook stories, posted on a person’s profile, or saved to their device. Credit: TheNextWebFacebook recently added a GIF comment button in honor of the format’s... Read more...
Earlier this week, Facebook made a huge step forward in making virtual reality headsets more adorable for the enthusiast community. For the rest of the summer, the Oculus Rift and Touch bundle will cost just $399, which is a $200 discount from the usual price. However, according to a new report, Oculus is looking to drive the price down even further in the future and provide a “cord-free” VR experience. Oculus is looking to bridge the gap between cord-free headsets that rely on your smartphone to power the VR experience (a la Samsung Gear VR) and more powerful corded systems like the Rift and HTC... Read more...
Feel left out not seeing advertisements in Facebook's Messenger? Don't fret: that's going to be changing real soon. Following what Facebook touts as being a successful test in Australia and Thailand, the social media giant is planning to expand advertising in its Messenger service to the rest of the world. For advertisers, this is a great move, although the verdict remains out as to whether or not it will cause Messenger fans to revolt. In an example provided, it appears that the advertising never appears inside of chats, but will instead be nestled in the contact list screen. Located here, the... Read more...
You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want... Read more...
Some of the biggest tech giants in the world have a not-so-stellar reputation when it comes to user privacy. Facebook, the largest social networking site on this or presumably any other planet, is one of them. Facebook is known to track its users' online habits, even when logged out of the social networking site, and then delivering targeted ads when they're signed in. This was the focal point of a five-year lawsuit against Facebook, one in which the company emerged victorious. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit accused Facebook of using the "Like" buttons integrated into third-party websites to track their... Read more...
Picture this: You are wandering through a city, searching for a quiet café to get some work done. You see the perfect indie coffee shop across the street, but have no idea if the place has Wi-Fi. Facebook’s new “Find Wi-Fi” features means that you will never need to bother the harried barista with anything more than your coffee order. The “Find Wi-Fi” feature helps users pinpoint Wi-Fi hotspots near businesses that have shared their information on their Facebook pages. Users will need to simply click and turn-on the “Find Wi-Fi” tab in their Facebook app. This page can be found under the “More”... Read more...
Facebook is a social network behemoth, and the company today announced that its global reach has hit the 2 billion active monthly user threshold. The company’s user base has been growing at a torrid pace since its inception in 2004 — it reached 1 billion active users in 2012 and crossed the 1.5 billion mark in 2015. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone today via, of course, Facebook, writing, “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people! We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together. It's an honor to... Read more...
Streaming providers such as Netflix and Hulu have both done pretty well with original programming. Each one has their gems—Strangers and Narcos are two that come immediately to mind for the former, while Quick Draw and Difficult People are hits for the latter. Seeing the success that others are having, it now appears that Facebook is interested in getting in on the action.According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the social networking site is currently in talks with Hollywood studios and agencies about the possibility of producing original television shows that would launch by the end of... Read more...
For the first time in its history, Facebook has overhauled its mission statement, reflecting the social network's major focus on building communities. Originally, Facebook's mission was "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected", whereas now, it's "to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together". The differences might be subtle, but Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is focused on making sure his social network is the best it can be for communities. It needs to be a place that people can gather with others of similar interests,... Read more...
There have been almost six hundred terrorist attacks in 2017 alone. Facebook just released an outline of its latest methods to combat this threat by increasingly employing artificial intelligence and other high-tech techniques. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager, remarked in their latest blog post, “We agree with those who say that social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice. We want to be very clear how seriously we take this — keeping our community safe on Facebook is critical to our mission.”... Read more...
Every job has its risk, however, very few of us expect to be on a terrorist’s hit list. It was recently revealed that the information of over 1,000 content moderators was leaked thanks to a security flaw. The profiles of six Facebook content moderators in particular were considered “high priority” risks.  Although Facebook uses algorithms to monitor most of its content, the company still employs people to comb over content related to terrorist propaganda, extreme violence, and/or child pornography. Last year, Facebook discovered that “the names of certain people who work for Facebook to enforce... Read more...
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