Facebook’s mobile Messenger app is arguably one of the most used messaging apps out there, being available to both registered and unregistered Facebook users. The app offers VoIP and video calls on top of regular instant messaging, and a slew of other features. Facebook, however, is not done pimping out Messenger, and the company has created its own virtual assistant that’s supposed to take on competitors, including Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but with a huge twist.
And no, the fact that it’s called M has nothing to do with James Bond’s boss, who happens to be the head of the MI6. More →
We all know that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is fascinated by virtual reality, which he sees as the next big platform for social networking. But what would a virtual reality version of Facebook really be like? Jimmy Kimmel on Monday pondered how the typical Facebook experience would translate to a VR setting and the results were truly a nightmare that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. More →
Last Friday, Target announced that it would be doing away with gender-based signs in its stores. That means no more displays featuring girls playing with Barbies and boys duking it out with Nerf guns.
It’s a smart, sensitive move on the part of Target, refusing to propagate gender norms and letting kids decide who they want to be, but as you might expect when literally anything happens to help make people feel more comfortable, some customers were outraged. More →
It’s become increasingly common over the past few years for tech companies to reward hackers with cold hard cash whenever they discover and promptly report critical software bugs. Some companies, with Google and Microsoft being two prime examples, even officiate hacker contests to help squash as many bugs as possible.
With that as a backdrop, one would think that Facebook would have been a bit more forgiving when dealing with an intern who discovered a security flaw affecting the company’s Messenger app. Coming straight out of Harvard, Mark Zuckerberg’s alma mater, intern Aran Khanna was on the verge of starting an internship with the social networking giant this summer before having the offer withdrawn.
Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are often used for marketing, and many accounts hold contests to generate buzz around a product or event. Anyone can enter them and win the prizes, but one man took it upon himself to create a Twitter bot that would automatically enter every contest it could find, without raising any flags.
The robot entered 165,000 contests over the course of nine months, and it won prizes 1,000 of them. More →
Some 1.5 billion people use Facebook, yet many of them have no idea how to protect their accounts and make sure that others can’t take advantage of their data. Facebook is constantly trying to ensure its customers that it has their privacy in mind, but that doesn’t mean your data is always safe, as one security researcher has recently proven. More →
A security researcher has found a way to exploit a Facebook feature to harvest personal data belonging to thousands of users. With a simple trick that takes advantage of one of Facebook’s default privacy settings, the researcher was able to link thousands of phone numbers to Facebook accounts. Hackers with malicious intentions could replicate the procedure to collect data belonging to even more users, and then try to sell it on the black market. More →
Keeping Google and Facebook from knowing about your health-related Internet searches is not easy. SciLogs directs our attention to a new study conducted by Tim Libert at the Annenberg School for Communication that found “91% of health-related pages relay the URL to third parties, often unbeknownst to the user, and in 70% of the cases, the URL contains sensitive information such as ‘HIV’ or ‘cancer’ which is sufficient to tip off these third parties that you have been searching for information related to a specific disease.” More →
Windows 10 is the much-needed upgrade that PC users have been waiting for ever since Microsoft promised it would fix its numerous blunders in Windows 8. But that doesn’t mean Windows 10 is perfect. In fact, there are plenty of issues that need correcting, and a Day One patch might fix some of them. On top of that, there are certain privacy issues you need to be aware of, and the fact that Windows 10 is spying on you by default.
On top of that, Windows 10 will also share your Wi-Fi passwords with others by default, but that can also be fixed relatively easily. More →
Some people may describe Facebook as the best places to work in the tech industry, but that’s not always the case, as not everyone who’s been hired by Mark Zuckerberg and Co. has been thrilled with the experience. In fact, many former employees have revealed some of the annoying things they had to put up with to stay at Facebook, which has been voted by others as the No. 1 company to work for. More →
If you’ve started noticing more and more male nipples plastered on all sorts of pictures of naked or partially undressed women, you’re probably wondering why it’s happening. The answer is pretty straightforward: Instagram and other social networks can tell the differences between male and female nipples, and only the former is allowed to appear in images. More →