Tag: Facebook

Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?

As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes […]

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Facebook Messenger gets an Instagram-like refresh with new camera effects

Messenger is taking a page from other properties in Facebook’s family of apps with the addition of new camera effects. Messenger is adding two new camera modes — Boomerang, the video looping effect popularized on Instagram, and Selfie Mode, which puts the subject of the photo or video in crisper focus. Messenger is also adding […]

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Facebook open-sources its main NLP modeling framework PyText

Facebook AI Research today announced the open-source release of PyText, an NLP modeling framework that currently produces more than a billion predictions a day for users of Facebook and its family of apps. PyText is the technology behind voice commands in Facebook’s new Portal smart displays as well as Facebook Messenger’s intelligent assistant M. M Suggestions listen […]

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Facebook’s Portal adds Instant Games and custom video call camera control

Facebook’s Portal smart display is adding support for custom video call camera control, Instant Games, and several other new features. The updates are part of Facebook’s efforts to convince consumers to buy the Portal over Google’s Home Hub and Amazon’s Echo Show. Unique to Portal are an AI-powered camera and volume for enhanced video calls, […]

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Ironsource: Predictions for 2019 on 5G, hyper casual games, and adtech

IronSource has a broad view of what is happening in mobile user acquisition, brand advertising, games, adtech, and even 5G technology. And that’s why I thought it would be interesting to talk with Tal Shoham, chief operating officer for developer solutions at IronSource. Shoham made some predictions about what will happen across categories as changes […]

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‘They clearly don’t care’: Fact-checkers on the state of misinformation at Facebook

After a deluge of fake news began to overwhelm Facebook, it got proactive. The social media platform tapped bi-partisan organizations, such as Snopes, to fact-check content on the platform and use their expertise to combat the spread of misinformation. Or, that’s what we were led to believe, anyway. “They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” […]

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Facebook: VR will be a daily shopping and socializing tool

When Facebook acquired virtual reality headset developer Oculus back in 2014, there was no shortage of speculation that the social network’s goal was to generate advertising revenue inside VR headsets. Backed by a survey of 11,300 people across 11 countries, a newly posted Facebook report for marketers suggests how those dollars will be made: by enabling […]

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Wisdo launches chat app to discuss illnesses, job losses, and other challenges out of beta

Wisdo, an app that helps connect people facing cancer, the loss of a job, loneliness, and other major life challenges with people who have been through those issues before, announced today that it it is launching out of beta with $11 million in funding. Wisdo currently has 500,000 users after beta testing for about a […]

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Big Tech’s Reckoning May Be Imminent After All

Sundar Pichai and House Republicans probably went to bed on Tuesday feeling satisfied with the result of the Google CEO’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee. House Republicans got to spend several hours bloviating about bogus claims that the large tech companies deliberately suppress conservative viewpoints, while Pichai got to spend several hours listening to House […]

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Instagram is Testing Creator Accounts for More Granular Account Controls, Including DM Filters

Instagram is still a growing platform, a social media network built on showing off photos and videos in a pretty simple method. And influencers, high-profile individuals, and some celebrities have jumped at the chance of showing off their world to people who want to see it through Instagram. But those accounts have been pretty limited, […]

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