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I’m finally starting to understand Facebook’s grand plans for virtual reality

By on November 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

I’m finally starting to understand Facebook’s grand plans for virtual reality

Every time I’ve laughed at one of Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions, he’s made me look foolish. I remember being very skeptical of Facebook’s decision to buy up virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift last year but a new report from Variety is making me understand just how cool Facebook’s plans for virtual reality could be. More →

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Facebook deactivates the account of a woman whose first name is ‘Isis’

By on November 18, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

Facebook deactivates the account of a woman whose first name is ‘Isis’

In the wake of the horrifying terror attacks in Paris last week, Facebook de-activated the account of a San Francisco-based engineer whose real name is Isis Anchalee. The removal, which was ultimately reversed, highlights the ongoing battle Facebook has with respect to users with real names that the social networking giant nonetheless deems to be fake. Per Facebook’s official policy, profile names must represent an “authentic identity; as your friends call you in real life” and must be able to be verified with various identification forms.

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A recent study shows that quitting Facebook could make you a happier person

By on November 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

A recent study shows that quitting Facebook could make you a happier person

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to announce that over 1 billion users had visited the social network in a single day. It was both a terrifying and an incredibly impressive statistic, but it raises an important question — is our mounting dependence on scrolling through timelines and news feeds every time we have a free moment actually making us sad? More →

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Facebook orders some employees to switch from iPhone to Android

By on November 2, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

Facebook orders some employees to switch from iPhone to Android

The iPhone is so popular among Facebook employees that Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox is effectively forcing some employees to switch over to Android, Cade Metz of Wired reports. The impetus behind the decree is that the social networking giant doesn’t want its popular software to only be seen and used through the prism of a high-end iPhone.

“I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone,” Cox told reporters late last week. The goal for Facebook developers, Cox added, is “that they can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”

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Facebook iPhone Battery Life Fix

Facebook is sorry bugs in mobile app code stole iPhone battery life, issues some fixes

By on October 23, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook is sorry bugs in mobile app code stole iPhone battery life, issues some fixes

After more and more reports revealed that the Facebook mobile app is consuming plenty of iPhone battery via background activities even when said activities should be off, the company said it will look into matters and issue fixes. Lo and behold, Facebook did release an app update to fix the issues – not a surprising feat per se, considering that Facebook always releases timely updates for its mobile apps – but also addressed the matter in a public post.

As Facebook’s Ari Grant explains, the battery issue is caused by bugs, two of them, which the company is trying to fix. And from the looks of it, they’re not intentional code manipulations that would let Facebook conduct background app activity at all times – at least that’s what Grant says. More →

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Facebook starts to warn users of government-sponsored attacks on their accounts

By on October 19, 2015 at 10:06 AM.

Facebook starts to warn users of government-sponsored attacks on their accounts

Has your Facebook account ever come under attack by a hacker employed by Vladimir Putin or the NSA? Is probably hasn’t but that isn’t stopping Facebook from setting up a new warning system that will send you notifications if it believes your account is being subjected to a state-sponsored attack. More →

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Facebook looking to fix battery-stealing iPhone app

By on October 16, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Facebook looking to fix battery-stealing iPhone app

Several reports over the last few days that were echoed by many tech sites and on social channels revealed that Facebook might employ some shady tactics to perform background activities on iPhone even if a user decides to turn off Background App Refresh. Various theories tried to explain how Facebook is forcing background activity on iPhones, and it looks like Facebook is paying attention to these complaints. The company hasn’t explained what’s causing the issue, but it “hopes” to fix the problem shortly. More →

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Facebook Messenger M Virtual Assistant Pictures

In pictures: Facebook’s new virtual assistant offers tricks Siri and Google Now can’t beat

By on October 15, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

In pictures: Facebook’s new virtual assistant offers tricks Siri and Google Now can’t beat

We’ve known for a while that Facebook is working on a special virtual assistant project that will be integrated into its popular Messenger chat application, and the service was finally launched on Wednesday. Dubbed “M,” the Messenger virtual assistant isn’t exactly a standalone service like Siri or Google Now. The whole thing works inside the Messenger app and the big difference is that the assistant combines both human and AI input to get you what you want.

Here’s what it’ll look like. More →

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Facebook Vs YouTube

Facebook reveals its plan to dethrone YouTube

By on October 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Facebook reveals its plan to dethrone YouTube

Facebook yesterday revealed its new multi-pronged plan for online video domination. While YouTube remains the current and undisputed king of online video, the ubiquitous social network is making a number of important moves that should have folks at Google just a tad bit worried. More →

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How Facebook steals your iPhone’s battery life

By on October 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

How Facebook steals your iPhone’s battery life

Steal is a strong word, but that seems to be the case with the Facebook mobile app on iOS when it comes to battery life. The company is looking to maximize the screen time it gets from each user, so it’s apparently reverting to some shady tactics to deliver new content to you. That means refreshing the app in the background on the iPhone 6s and any other iOS device, even though you may have told it not to. More →

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Facebook Dislike Button Emoji Test

Facebook starts testing out the ‘Dislike’ button – and it has a twist we didn’t see coming

By on October 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM.

Facebook starts testing out the ‘Dislike’ button – and it has a twist we didn’t see coming

You’ll now be able to tell your friends that you dislike something they’ve posted on Facebook, although doing so won’t just be a matter of clicking a simple thumbs-down icon. Instead, as TechCrunch reports, Facebook is unveiling a full bar of emoji next to its iconic Like button that includes faces for laughing, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger, as well as an option to tell someone you “love” their post. This way, you’ll be able to be more nuanced in your less-than-positive reactions than just telling someone you dislike something. More →

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How to make yourself invisible on Facebook

By on October 2, 2015 at 11:04 AM.

How to make yourself invisible on Facebook

Look, you can admit it. You’re a Facebook stalker. You want to see what everyone else is up to, but you don’t want to show people 487 new pictures of your baby every 12 minutes. You don’t want your high school friends you haven’t seen in 20 years knowing that you just checked in at McDonald’s to score a $0.50 coupon on a Big Mac. You don’t want your grandmother to know that you’re out at club at 3:00 a.m. doing tequila shots with a bunch of people you’ve never met.

It’s OK. We’re not here to judge. In fact, we’re here to help. In just a few simple steps, you can make yourself completely invisible on Facebook and stalk people as much as you’d like without having to worry that they might be stalking you back. More →

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Watch John Oliver explain the ultimate way to protect your privacy on Facebook

By on October 1, 2015 at 1:39 PM.

Watch John Oliver explain the ultimate way to protect your privacy on Facebook

Privacy-related hoaxes and scams are a recurring theme on Facebook, and many users probably don’t know what to look for in order to avoid them. One of the most recent privacy hoaxes even asked users to pay a small sum of money so that they could make sure their profile stays private on Facebook.

None of that is true. Paying someone to keep your data private won’t work. What will work is configuring your privacy settings properly. Oh, and yes, John Oliver has figured out the best way to protect your Facebook privacy. More →

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