Today Facebook introduced an extension to the like button, giving users the ability to chose from six different emojis that portray their reaction to a post. The new feature is called ‘Reactions’ and will first launch in two test markets, Spain and Ireland, before Facebook decides to roll it out to the rest of the world. Read more
As first world markets have become saturated with smartphones, the market has started to move on to emerging markets. One of the challenges in those places is the lack of high speed connections, like 4G LTE, that many of us may take for granted. In some areas of the world, users may even be limited to 2G speeds. With more users located in regions with challenging communication infrastructures and slower speeds, app developers have to start taking that into account and optimize their apps for these challenges. Facebook has shared some of the steps they are taking to help users access their News Feed even if they are on a slow connection. Read more
Facebook has decided to change the name of Internet.org to Free Basics. The service has been under a lot of criticism as Facebook say it’s basically free internet, but users have reported that is not true, it’s limited internet of what Facebook want to show you.
Facebook is rolling out a new feature to your news feed starting today that will attempt to give you a more immersive look into certain news stories. You’ll soon start seeing 360-degree videos on your news feed that will allow you to pan around a video, kind of like a more detailed, interactive panoramic photo. Read more
Instagram today took to a blog post to unveil that it has 400 million users strong. The company says the last 100 million to join come primarily by way of Europe and Asia, but that’s not the most impressive aspect.
Mark Zuckerberg says at townhall meeting the long awaited “Dislike” button is coming soon. Facebook have been working on this feature for quite some time now, but Zuckerberg didn’t “want to turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts.”
Although many people use the Facebook app to access the social media platform, there are still lots of people who access Facebook through a mobile browser. If they happen to use Chrome on Android, those Facebook users will find that they can now receive Facebook notifications. This new option is partly due to a new API that Google released this past spring for Android enabling notifications to be pushed by web sites to mobile devices through a browser app like Chrome. Read more
Using a new app called ‘Mentions,’ select Facebook users will be able to broadcast live video. Previously the feature was only available for high-profile public figures, but now journalists can enjoy the service.
In this fast-paced world, every second seems to count. Google and Twitter have started working together to trim down the seconds that smartphone users may wait for an article on their smartphone to appear from a few seconds to zero seconds. So-called “instant articles” are part of a push by social media and tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Snapchat to make it easier to connect content publishers with readers. The apparent Google and Twitter partnership adds a couple different wrinkles to the concept of instant articles as the companies plan to open source their publishing tools and they do not plan to host the content themselves, relying instead on cached web pages. Read more
One area of life where technology is starting to make some big inroads is in K-12 education as the tools available are finally reaching a point where they are accessible to students and affordable for schools to deploy. If you have children in a public school system, there are decent odds that your kid is using some Google tool to manage or even complete assignments. Word is now out that Facebook has a small team that has been working on their own education tool that is rolling out on a pilot basis to public schools this year. Read more