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Maybe you already knew this, or at least had a hunch, but Facebook and other social networks are intentionally designed to trigger an emotional response to keep users coming back, according to Sean Parker, who amassed a fortune helping launch the world's largest social playground with Mark Zuckerberg. Now a philanthropist, Parker is at a point of reflection in his life, and he is not necessarily proud of what he helped create at Facebook. In an interview with Axios, Parker waxed candid on social networks and the psychological element that is at play. The way he describes it, the design behind Facebook... Read more...
Perception can be more powerful than reality, and right now there is a strong perception that Facebook spies on its users, even going so far as to listen in on conversations using a device's microphone. But is that really the case? The answer is no, according to Facebook—Rob Goldman, the social network's vice president of advertising, felt compelled to announce on Twitter that Facebook does not, and never has, leveraged microphones for ads. Goldman's post was in reply to a tweet by PJ Vogt, who hosts a technology podcast called Reply All. Vogt put out a feeler on Twitter asking for people with... Read more...
Facebook and PayPal are strengthening their ties and have announced that users in the U.S. can now send and receive money person-to-person over Facebook Messenger. The integration also brings a PayPal customer service bot that can handle questions and requests for help right from within the Facebook Messenger window. Messenger has always had a payment system integrated that would allow friends to pay each other directly, but that service takes money directly from the payer's bank account via a debit card. That money is then sent directly to the person receiving the funds and places it into their... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of a cheaper, standalone wireless VR headset on the way from Oculus for quite some time. Today, Facebook revealed to the world what it has been working on, and it is called the Oculus Go. As expected, Oculus Go is a self-contained headset that doesn't require a physical connection to a smartphone or PC. And more importantly, it's wireless, so you don't have to worry about tripping over cables when the action starts heating up in your VR games. Given its wireless nature, don't expect the Oculus Go to provide the same type of immersive experiences that you would get with... Read more...
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Facebook is always making tweaks and introducing new features to lure in the handful of people out there who aren't already on the social network, and to keep those who frequently use Facebook happily posting pictures of food, dogs and kids. The social giant recently announced that it was bringing a new streaming video service to the network with a new Watch tab set to debut with some shows that Facebook has paid for itself. Facebook is now back with an announcement that it has made the News Feed easier to navigate. Facebook's Shali Nguyen, Product Design Manager and Ryan Freitas, Design Director,... Read more...
Facebook users often find themselves cruising the news feed looking for videos to check out during downtime. The videos we all watch right now are, for the most part, created by our friends or amateur content producers, but that is changing. Facebook has announced "Watch", which is described as a "new platform for shows on Facebook." Watch will be accessible from mobile, desktop, and laptop platforms as well as via Facebook TV apps. Shows that fans can check out on Watch can be live or recorded, and will follow a theme or storyline according to Facebook. Watch will feature a Watchlist to help you... Read more...
  This is why we can’t have nice things. Did you ever have the feeling that people are talking behind your back, but you can’t quite make out what they’re saying? Imagine for a minute if instead of people, there were artificial intelligence (AI) bots plotting and scheming in the background — and to make matters worse, they’ve been communicating in their own language. That’s exactly the dilemma that Facebook ran into when it found that its AI bots were communicating in a shorthand mutation of English. For example, Facebook provided the passage from two of its bots — Bob and Alice — while communicating... Read more...
Bigger is better, right? When it comes to smartphones, larger screens have definitely won over the majority of consumers (save for the iPhone SE holdouts), but Facebook might be looking to go “big” in a completely different arena. A new report suggests that Facebook is working on a new smart speaker that will incorporate a display that will make the Amazon Echo Show’s 7-inch screen look puny in comparison. Facebook’s device would allegedly feature a massive 15-inch display, which makes us think that the actual “speaker” portion may be more of an afterthought. The device would incorporate touch... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg has big aspirations of expanding Facebook into the professional video space and wants to bring independent content creators into the fold. It is an appealing proposition with Facebook able to reach so many eyeballs, though the threat of piracy could scare content creators off. To address that, Facebook has gone out and acquired Source3, a content rights management startup. "At Source3, we set out to recognize, organize and analyze branded intellectual property in user-generated content, and we are proud to have identified products across a variety of areas including sports, music,... Read more...
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...
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