Tag: Social

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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Alphabet’s Jigsaw expands AI-powered toxic comment detection technology to Spanish

Alphabet’s in-house incubator, Jigsaw, has revealed that it is opening up its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered abuse-detection technology to more languages, starting with Spanish. Anyone who has spent time reading the comments section on websites will know all too well that they can be unpleasant places, with abuse and trolling comments commonplace. That is why Google’s Counter Abuse […]

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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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HQ Trivia and Vine cofounder Colin Kroll dead at 35

Colin Kroll, the cofounder of video looping app Vine and high-flying trivia game HQ Trivia, has died at the age of 35. An official with the NYPD’s public information office confirmed that a female 911 caller asked for a welfare check, and Kroll was pronounced dead at 12:18 eastern time this morning. Kroll’s death is […]

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Niantic games generate significant social impact in 2018

Niantic said that its games Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Ingress Prime generated a lot of social impact in 2018. Since Pokémon Go alone has more than 800 million users, it has become a big platform for charitable and social events, as documented by Niantic. The San Francisco company said that 142 Niantic community events were held around the […]

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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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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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Square Appointments opens to direct bookings through Instagram and Google

Square is perhaps best known for its core payments product that allows any merchant to accept card payments through a mobile device. But the company also offers a number of complementary services, such as food delivery from local restaurants via Caviar, small business financing via Square Capital, and a bookings service called Square Appointments. Square […]

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Facebook’s Watch passes 400 million monthly active users

After dipping its toes into original programming for more than a year, Facebook launched its Netflix and YouTube competitor, Facebook Watch, globally this summer. Now, Facebook is saying for the first time since August how many people are tuning in. In a blog post published today and attributed to Facebook’s head of video Fidji Simo, […]

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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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Coffee Meets Bagel gets a redesign and new commenting feature

Coffee Meets Bagel is getting a redesign and adding a new comment feature as the battle continues among dating apps to prove who makes the best matches. Co-CEO and cofounder Dawoon Kang told VentureBeat in a phone interview that the redesign comes after the company conducted an extensive user study earlier this year, surveying 1,250 […]

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Giphy for iOS gets keyboard integration and sticker maker, reveals TapSlash acquisition from early 2018

Perennially popular GIF search engine Giphy is rolling out a deeper integration with your iPhone keyboard today, along with a new tool for making stickers. The new features, according to Giphy, were enabled in part by its acquisition of TapSlash in January of this year. TapSlash once developed an iOS keyboard called Slash, which was basically […]

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Facebook lets individual developers back into revised app review

Facebook announced today that it is letting individual developers who aren’t associated with a business go through its revised app review process in order to regain access to certain APIs, after shutting them out earlier this year. In May, Facebook revised its app review in response to criticism over how easily the creators of a […]

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Google Maps’ ‘For You’ tab lands on iOS and launches globally on Android

Google is bringing its new “For You” tab to Google Maps on iOS, the company announced today, while the feature is expanding to more countries on Android too. Google announced a design overhaul for Google Maps at its annual I/O developer event back in May. One of the new features was a dedicated section inside […]

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Facebook and Twitter face growing scrutiny for their role in sparking France’s ‘Gilets Jaunes’ protests

The French government announced it is investigating the possibility that Russia manipulated social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter to foment discord that has inspired growing protests across the country. The Gilets Jaunes or “yellow vests,” appeared at first to be largely a spontaneous social movement of protestors angry about an impending tax on diesel that […]

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Netflix’s biggest competition isn’t sleep — it’s YouTube

Each day in India’s capital New Delhi, hundreds of thousands of people take the quiet subway across the widely crowded suburbs to reach their work. The quietness is interrupted every few minutes as the train reaches a station and an ever-growing population jostles to find a seat. Seconds later, everyone returns their attention to their smartphone […]

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ProBeat: I would seriously consider using Chromium Edge

I’ve been thinking a lot about Microsoft’s embrace of Chromium for Edge on desktops. There’s the joke “why do we need a Chromium-powered Edge? To better download Chrome?” but there’s also the reverse point “why even download Chrome if Edge is powered by Chromium?” Yesterday’s news made me think again why I don’t spend more […]

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Facebook will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of 2019 elections

As India inches closer to its general elections, Facebook announced today that it is bringing transparency to political ads on its platform in the country early next year. This would make India the fourth market — after the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K. — where Facebook offers users a disclaimer on political ads. Facebook began […]

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