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Instagram Stories takes aim at Snapchat
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Instagram Stories takes aim at Snapchat

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms that remains popular despite the dwindling popularity of other social networks like Twitter. Facebook is looking to inject some new life into Instagram by adding features directly ripped from Snapchat. With Instagram Stories, you don’t have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear after 24 hours and won’t appear on your profile grid or in feed. read more  
Facebook 11,000 army chatbots with buttons as AI need Common Sense
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Facebook 11,000 army chatbots with buttons as AI need Common Sense

Facebook chatbots now number some 11,000 in Messenger, placed on offer for brands and advertisers to suggest products in Messenger conversations. Not to mention bribe us with free pizza and KFC to buy their products while you play Facebook’s addictive basketball, football and yes Chess mini-games as I’d pointed out in How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons! However, these chatbots are yet to master the subtle art of smalltalk, as the odd conversation below demonstrates. To solve this problem, which requires common sense to be taught to AI, Facebook has implemented a very quaint measure familiar to users of chatbots back in the 90's; Buttons. Buttons, you say!? Facebook chatbots get buttons - Army of 11,000 bots need clear directions A...
Why Facebook’s Surround 360 is geared towards Professional Filmmakers
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Why Facebook’s Surround 360 is geared towards Professional Filmmakers

“In most cases, the cameras in these systems would overheat, the rigs weren’t sturdy enough to mount to production gear, and the stitching would take a prohibitively long time because it had to be done by hand” Director of engineering at Facebook, Brian Cabral, in a blog post on why they created the Surround 360 Facebook’s Annual F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday April 12th 2016 dropped a surprise no-one was expecting. Not even me and I have a Crystal ball! No, it wasn't the fact that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to use bots to parlay to your every whim and fancy over Facebook Messenger as I'd predicted in How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons as I like the idea of Facebook bribing me with pizza coupons. Rather it was their launch o...
How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons
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How FB Messenger Ads means Chess playing Chatbots with Fast Food Coupons

This latest developement with regards to Facebook Messenger doesn’t surprise me at all. A leaked document from Facebook has revealed that they plan to insert advertising into your Facebook Messenger feed sometime in the Second Quarter of 2016. According to the leaked document that Techcrunch received from an anonymous source, the plan is to allow businesses to send ads to people already engage in a conversation with them. This as many companies already use Facebook Messenger as a form of Customer support, making this more of a business move than an attempt to use customer private information to inundate them with random ads. The documents is also specific, stating that they'd launched a URL short link fb.com/msg/[Company] for businesses to use to during chats with their client...
WhatsApp now 100% free
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WhatsApp now 100% free

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. It has exploded in popularity with over 1 billion users worldwide. It is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows phones and Nokia phones. Though it has taken some flack for being insecure it has become an affordable alternative to SMS and even phone calls. After the first year of free use many users were prompted to pay US$0.99 to keep using the service but going forward that fee will be removed. WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well. Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or ...
Google voted Best American Employer of 2015
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Google voted Best American Employer of 2015

When it comes to working in America, few places evoke as much awe and admiration as Silicon Valley. Granted, Silicon Valley and their mainly Software Engineers aren't top earners, ranking fourth in NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) listing compiled back in as noted in “Engineering Degrees are among the Top Earning Degrees in the USA for Jamaican College Students”. But employee perks aside from pay such a free Day Care and generous health benefits will sway the minds of many and intern and potential employee to consider a company solely on these sweeteners. Financial Magazine Forbes and analyst Statista suspected this and decide to quiz some 200,000 American workers with the following question: which employer, on a scale of 1 to 10 in America’s technology sector...
Now Facebook has a Messenger website for your Desktop
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Now Facebook has a Messenger website for your Desktop

Facebook fans who fell in love their Messenger App on their smartphone separate from the main Facebook App back in July 2014, I've got great news for y'all. Now Facebook has a launched the Messenger website for your Desktop on Wednesday April 8th 2015. The Facebook Messenger Website works as advertized; Messenger but in a Browser format, marking freedom of Messenger from Facebook both on your smartphone and Tablet and now on the Desktop. It's a lot like the Messenger App you're already familiar with on your smartphone except it has a three (3) column layout. The Left column lists your conversations, a Settings Button and a Compose Button. The Middle column shows your current conversation or one that you've selected out of the many simultaneous chats you're might be having. The...
Filter Your Words, Not Just Your Photos
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Filter Your Words, Not Just Your Photos

#Riverton. Since that fateful day when once again flames engulfed the Riverton Dump the usually robust Jamaican social media space was once again a buzz with over 17,000 tweets going out between March 10th and April 5th 2015 (stats courtesy of Topsy Analytics). Thousands of tweets and posts displaying an array of the emotions of the public spewed forth condemning all and sundry and the Twitter-verse was in a tizzy. Then came the announcement of Obama’s visit and BOOM! the local internet scene exploded. From hilarious videos, to online “polls” and memes the Jamaican social public let loose. But as I scrolled through my timeline and I tittered along to some of the more funny posts about the visit and the preparation activities I could not ignore the darker under belly of some of the posts...