WhatsApp just fixed a huge problem with its Android app

WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messenger owned by Facebook, will finally allow Android users to choose how different types of notification appear.

This update is great news for many Android users, Android Police reports. The lack of notification channels was impeding the app’s everyday functionality. ;

Here’s what the problem was: Android 8.0 Oreo, released in August 2017, introduced “notification channels” to Android phones. ;

This feature is pretty convenient, in theory. It allows users to assign priority to different types of notification. For example, I could set a Facebook notification to “Urgent” importance, meaning it would make a noise and show a message on my screen, and a Facebook friend request to “Medium” importance, meaning I’d see a message, but hear no sound. ; Read more…

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Facebook: It’s ‘not true’ that we withheld News Feed update to battle fake news

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Facebook developed a tool that would battle against fake news and hoaxes in the News Feed but never released it, a bombshell report from Gizmodo alleged Monday. ;

That tool, which would been an update to News Feed that “down-ranked” misinformation, reportedly went unreleased over fears that Facebook would appear partisan. At the time, the social network was reeling from a report that human editors could act on their political biases when selecting stories for Facebook’s “Trending” feature.

Scrambling to address the report, a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable that the claim is completely false. Read more…

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How to Facebook Live like a pro

Facebook Live is definitely the hottest live streaming platform out there for bloggers, brands and moms who love Chewbacca. Though live streaming your life may seem like an easy task, we’ve come up with a few tricks to help you step it up a notchMashable‘s Sam Sheffer shares three tips to help you Facebook Live like a pro. Read more…

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Sketchfab wants to do for VR what YouTube did for video

The company boasting the largest online collection of 3D models, Sketchfab, is taking a dive into virtual reality

And to show off exactly what’s possible with the new VR dynamic, the company has launched a showcase app called Sketchfab VR, which introduces users to a number of different 3D environments that can be explored in-depth using a VR headset

See also: Virtual reality record set as man spends 25 hours in an HTC Vive

Beginning Tuesday, the app is available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard.

But rather than act as a tool, the app is meant as a gateway into Sketchfab’s bigger promise: to create a kind of YouTube of VR content created by users and embeddable on nearly any kind of site Read more…

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Facebook is working on automatically tagging people in videos

By Wednesday, April 13, 2016 0 Permalink 0

On the second day of Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, the company unveiled it’s messing with artificial intelligence to automatically tag people in videos.

Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Facebook’s director of applied machine learning, said video tagging would let users search for people within videos. The tags would also only be applied to specific frames in a video where the person is present. So not only would you be able to easily find videos with specific individuals, but you could also fast-forward to the exact moment they appear.

See also: Here’s how bots work on Facebook Messenger Read more…

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Facebook just made VR selfie sticks a thing

By Wednesday, April 13, 2016 0 Permalink 0

During the second day of Facebook’s F8 conference, the company showed off the latest prototype demo of its ToyBox virtual reality software. But this one offered a huge twist: VR selfies

See also: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s 10-year plan

In the middle of his keynote, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer donned an Oculus Rift headset and met another person in VR at a remote location. In the early version of this ToyBox demo, which we saw in October, it was a real-time virtual ping-pong match. But this time, after a bit of chit-chat, Schroepfer traveled with his friend to an immersive, 360-degree environment: London Read more…

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Everything you need to know about Facebook’s 10-year plan

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage on Tuesday at the company’s F8 developers conference to kick off the event with a major look into the future and a very cool surprise for attendees.

See also: Facebook’s Surround camera captures 360-degree video in 8K

But before he dived into tech, Zuck doubled down on comments he made in recent weeks, lightly touching on issue of immigration and even taking a very veiled swipe at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump

But even that moment was fairly harmless, as his message mostly focused on a message of bringing the planet together and connecting all the people in it, one at a time. Read more…

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Facebook’s Surround camera captures 360-degree video in 8K

Facebook is getting into the 360-degree camera business.

At its annual F8 developer conference, the company unveiled the Surround 360, its own custom-built camera for shooting 360-degree video. The Surround 360 has 17 “globally synced” camera lenses (14 wide-angle lenses around the horizontal ring and three fisheye lenses on the top and bottom) that capture 360-degree video in up to 8K resolution.

See also: Facebook plans to build augmented reality glasses

“The 8K output utilizes our dynamic streaming code, doubling the industry standard,” explains a narrator in a demo video (below).

The footage can, of course, be viewed in VR headsets like the Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Read more…

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