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Sorry, Snapchat: Facebook just unleashed its own ‘dancing hot dog’ studio

By Tuesday, December 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Get ready for the next dancing hot dog. ;

Facebook opened up its AR studio on Tuesday to everyone and released its own “world effects,” AKA features that let users augment the world around them through their smartphones and adapt as objects move like we’ve seen in Pokémon Go and in Snapchat. ;

SEE ALSO: Snapchat just completely redesigned its app. Here’s why.

Starting Tuesday, Messenger and Facebook Camera (upper left corner button of the Facebook app) will feature effects such as balloon words, unicorns, and robots. It’s not brand new to the Facebook ecosystem, but the functionality is soon to get far more pervasive as more developers build their own effects for Facebook. Read more…

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Facebook killed the Ticker and that’s a bad sign for News Feed

By Tuesday, December 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

When it comes to your News Feed, Facebook knows best. ;

That’s the message the social network has been broadcasting pretty much since it introduced the first version of its News Feed algorithm in 2011.

SEE ALSO: This was the year we turned on social media

Six years later, and the company has only doubled and tripled down on that message — data rules all and Facebook certainly has more of that than anyone else. So who better to understand your exact preferences — right?

Unfortunately for Facebook, though, many of its 2 billion users would like a little more choice in the matter. (Just look at the number of people who still complain about the News Feed algorithm showing old posts.) Read more…

More about Tech, Facebook, Apps And Software, News Feed, and Tech Column

Facebook doesn’t scan Messenger for fake news. But it definitely should

By Monday, December 11, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook has been cracking down on fake news, but it’s been missing one very important place of conversation.

Messenger, the standalone app for Facebook’s private messaging feature, is not being included in the company’s fact-checking program. ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger just made sharing photos way better

In March, Facebook recruited a team of third-party fact-checkers to flag fake news articles that were being shared on its network. It was part of an increased effort to limit the reach of misinformation on the site in wake of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. ;

Fake news articles now receive a disputed tag when they are posted to the Facebook News Feed. But that’s not the case if a user sends the same article to an individual or group through Messenger. ; Read more…

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Former Facebook exec says network is ‘destroying how society works’

By Monday, December 11, 2017 0 Permalink 0

“You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” ;

That was the tagline for The Social Network, the film about creating Facebook, and it’s only become more relevant as the social network has grown to more than 2 billion people. Those “few enemies” are former Facebook executives, people who helped build the tech giant. ;

“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and served as its vice president for user growth. He was referring to the iconic “like” button and other reactions we have while browsing News Feed. ; Read more…

More about Facebook, Social Media, Psychology, Sean Parker, and Apps And Software

This was the year we turned on social media

By Saturday, December 9, 2017 0 Permalink 0

With each passing day comes yet another reason to question the notion that the long arc of the universe bends toward justice. However, this year, in particular, has made it resoundingly clear that — regardless of the direction of that arc — the process by which it bends manifests with stuttering jolts and fits. Things seem one way to many people, until, for whatever reason, all of the sudden everyone realizes they’re not. ;

It is a similar reckoning that has befallen the do-no-wrong darling of the tech industry: social media. Long heralded by its profits as a digital panacea for our fractured world, services like Facebook and Twitter have instead come to both represent and fuel our darker natures. ; Read more…

More about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Russia, and Election 2016

Virtual reality might save my long-distance relationship

By Saturday, December 9, 2017 0 Permalink 0

The most romantic place I’ve ever been was a grassy hill overlooking a campground. It was late evening; lit-up tents and cabins dotted the valley that sprawled before us. In the distance, stood a black mountain range, the bright edges of the northern lights peering out from behind. I was surrounded by the warm night, a waxing gibbous moon, a canopy of stars.

At least, that’s what it felt like. In reality, I was sitting in the corner of a New York City office, wearing an Oculus Rift headset. ;

This was my first experience with Facebook Spaces, Facebook’s new virtual reality platform, and for long-distance couples, like me and my boyfriend, I think it could change everything. ; Read more…

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Facebook releases free music and sound effects for video creators

By Friday, December 8, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Facebook is making it easier to find the right soundtrack for your original videos with “Sound Collection.”

On Friday, the social network released thousands of exclusive audio tracks and sound effects that can be used for videos uploaded to the network. They’re all free and cleared for sharing only on Facebook and Instagram (read: not YouTube). ;

SEE ALSO: Facebook’s suicide prevention AI just got an important upgrade

Facebook also released new tutorials and resources for creating 360-degree videos. It now offers a camera-loaning program where creators can borrow cameras such as the GoPro Fusion and ZCam S1 from the company for specific projects. Facebook will also begin holding 360-video workshops worldwide next year. Read more…

More about Facebook, Youtube, Online Video, Facebook Video, and Facebook Creators

Genies are like bitmojis that try to make millennials care about the news

By Friday, December 8, 2017 0 Permalink 0

A startup has launched what may be the most adorable news app ever. ;

The company, Genies, Inc., has launched the Genies app, where you can create an adorable clone of yourself that will bring you news throughout the day, and can be shared with friends on iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Message, Snapchat, and SMS. ;

“If you ask Gen Z millennials where they get their news, nine times out of 10 they’ll say they get it on Snapchat or Instagram,” said Genies CEO Akash Nigam. “We’re trying to exemplify that exact same type of use case.” ;

SEE ALSO: Apple’s most downloaded apps of 2017

Here’s how it works. First, you sign into the Genies app and create a Bitmoji-like animated clone of yourself. There are hundreds of skin tones, noses, eye colors, and articles of clothing to choose from, so your character will be more nuanced, and more trendy, than their Bitmoji competitors. ; Read more…

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Facebook now lets you livestream your face as you play Messenger games

By Friday, December 8, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Dreamed of watching the pensive looks of your opponent on Words With Friends?

Facebook’s Messenger games launched a year ago, and on Thursday the company announced it was rolling out new livestreaming and video chat features.

SEE ALSO: 10 things you didn’t know you could do with Facebook Messenger

Once you click a new camera icon on top of a Messenger game, you can livestream the game you’re playing to your Facebook page or profile, with the option to turn on your screen’s front camera. You can also save the recording on your phone.

There will also be the ability to video chat with your partner while you play a game with them, set to be introduced on Words With Friends early next year. Read more…

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