Kind Snacks Wants To Pop Your Social Media Bubble
A new campaign from the brand’s Kind Foundation created a tool to help you see new perspectives in your social feed.
Goodbye to Pretty Little Liars, the show that defined smartphone horror
Pretty Little Liars, the crown jewel of the Freeform network (previously ABC Family), will drop its final ridiculous surprises soon. The show, improbably sustained for 160 episodes on the basic...
Facebook launches augmented reality Camera Effects developer platform
Developers can user three inputs to trigger their augmented reality effects: Face Tracker (but not identity or facial recognition), Sensor data, such as the gyroscope and location, and Scripting APIs to pull in data from other apps and respond to user inputs in real time. Launch partners and experiences include Manchester United pulling in soccer match data and “GOOAALL!” image overlays with crowd noises, while game developer EA has built a Mass Effect-themed helmet mask that pulls in stats from your progress in the game. Nike will overlay a sweatband on your head and pull in your recent running route as an overlaid map.
Facebook F8, day 1: Everything that Facebook just announced
Facebook Spaces, a new VR platform, is launching today on Oculus Rift: Previewed last year at Oculus Connect, Facebook's virtual reality social app can now be downloaded by Oculus Rift owners. The app lets up to four people meet in a 3D virtual space -- complete with a 360-degree video as a backdrop -- with customized avatars and 3D objects you can manipulate with the Oculus Touch controllers. And for all your friends who aren't Oculus-enabled, you can have them join the fun from the "real world" via Facebook Messenger.
Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users
Apple today updated several of its Mac and iOS apps, making them available for all Mac and iOS users for free.
iMovie, Numbers, Keynote, Pages, and GarageBand for both Mac and iOS devices have been updated and are now listed in the App Store for free.
Previously, all of these apps were provided for free to customers who purchased a new Mac or iOS device, but now that purchase is not required to get the software. Many Apple customers were already likely eligible to download the software at no cost if they had made a device purchase in the last few years.
Apple's iWork page has not yet been updated and continues to say that customers will only be able to download Pages, Keynote, and Numbers after purchasing an eligible Mac or iOS device, but new wording may be added shortly following the price drop. Apple's apps have also been removed from the Top Free app charts in the App Store.
Apple has been offering these apps for free to new Mac and iOS device owners since 2013, but dropping the price to free for all users makes it less confusing and opens up downloads for those who have not recently made a new device purchase.
Facebook Spaces will give you and your friends a place to hang in VR
If your friends and family don't have an Oculus Rift, they can video call into your Space using Messenger's video calling function. It definitely doesn't look like it's too much fun to watch your friends' disembodied avatars joking around in VR while you're stuck IRL — but until the the headsets are adopted on a wider scale, Spaces will need a way to get other people interested in using it.
How to use Snapchat’s new augmented reality 3D world lenses
Snapchat’s 3D world lenses rely on similar augmented reality-powered animations that made its selfie filters so popular. Snapchat’s selfie filters were eventually stolen for Facebook’s own AR camera features. Instead of using AR to animate your face, however, Snapchat’s 3D world lenses can be used to add floating animations to what’s in front of you using the rear-facing camera on your smartphone.
Watch Facebook's F8 keynote in under 10 minutes
If there was still any question why Facebook paid all of that money for Oculus, today's F8 keynote provided some extra explanation. From AR to social VR and more, the company laid out its plan for the immediate future that involves blending the virtual world with real life. If you missed the hour-long talk earlier today, don't fret: We've compiled all the big news in a 10-minute clip.
Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook has 'a lot of work to do' after murder video
M ark Zuckerberg has admitted that Facebook has a lot more to do to deal with violent videos after footage of an Easter Sunday murder was posted on the social network.
Steve Ballmer's $10m project will surface data about government spending
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been quietly working on a project to make unbiased data about US government spending available to the public, and it’s set to launch today.
Facebook's Strategy for Augmented Reality Starts With Phones
Zuckerberg sees virtual and augmented reality as the next phase of technological communication -- and he’s not alone. Virtual reality completely immerses users in an artificial world and is being pushed most actively for gaming. Some analysts view it as a niche rather than a potential mainstream technology. Facebook in 2014 paid $2 billion for Oculus, a company that makes virtual reality headsets, taking an early step into the area. Now the field is crowded with others such as Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Apple Inc., which have more hardware experience.
Mastercard Launches Fast Payments on Facebook Messenger
Payment companies are rushing to speed up your check out. Mastercard said Tuesday that it is adding a new payments option to Facebook Messenger, the social-media company’s messaging service. The card network added its digital wallet Masterpass on Tuesday, allowing consumers to place online orders on the Facebook’s service with just a few...
To see more from PCMag on Facebook, log in or create an account.
Sinergia Tech finds investors for first Latin American hardware accelerator
While Google I/O 2016 didn’t feature any Larry Page sightings, it was a great look at some of the newest IoT-related developments inside Mountain View. The firm has clearly begun to focus on machine learning and how interactions between AI and humans can be valuable for both parties. Here is a roundup of what we … Read more »
Facebook's latest Messenger makeover is all about business
But that doesn't mean Facebook has given up on bots. In fact, it's making them easier to access than ever thanks to Chat Extensions, which is a way for multiple people to chat with the same business at the same time. So if you're in a group conversation with friends and you want to share the latest Kendrick Lamar album, you can just tap the plus button, choose Spotify, enter in the name of the song, hit "Send to Group" and it'll drop in a Spotify music bot in the thread. Tap the play button and you'll hear a short preview clip; if you're already a Spotify user, however, you'll hear the whole song. The same experience goes with other bots too, like OpenTable (make dinner reservations with a bunch of your pals), Kayak (arrange those group travel plans) or the NBA (discuss the scores of last night's game).
Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform
In the app, up to four friends logged-in to their Facebook accounts can join a “space” and chat, draw, watch 360 videos, make video calls on Messenger and take VR selfies of their cartoonish avatars (which it can create for you based on recently tagged photos). It’s all pretty basic stuff focused around having fun at the moment, everything feels quite a bit more light-hearted than the cold, bulky Oculus hardware you’re using to experience Spaces. I had a chance to dive into Spaces for an early demo and it’s clear that Facebook is building this for the masses, even though the masses don’t own a Rift right now. The space is quirky, fun and not taking itself too seriously.
Windows 10 will soon throttle background apps to save your battery life
The power slider has appeared again in the latest Windows 10 preview build, and you can opt out individual apps from the power throttling too. Microsoft won’t enable power throttling when a laptop is plugged in, and you can use the slider to enable the best performance or best battery life on the go.
6 ideas to consider in smart city development
A 2016 report into smart city development in the UK that revealed that the task of achieving smarter, more connected cities in the UK lies with local councils a cohort that was in many instances, struggling to deploy funds into smart city research and deployment. This can also mean that smart city efforts that are funded by research grants and university think tanks may never be funded outside of their trial, however effective. Public-private partnerships need to, however, be entered into with an egalitarian approach, to ensure that those without the most funds are not the primary decision makers.
Facebook F8 Liveblog: Get the Latest News as It Happens
Zuck’s keynote starts at 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT) and runs for 90 minutes. We’ll be liveblogging the whole thing. Sure, you can live stream F8 as well, but we’re going to liveblog it anyway. Why liveblog something you can just watch for yourself? Well, because we love liveblogs of course! We’ll have WIRED writers David Pierce and Brian Barrett posting live updates and offering their analysis of each bit of F8 news: why it matters, who it’s for, and what to expect from Facebook going forward. We recommend joining the liveblog and leaving it open as a compliment to the live video feed. You’ll get Zuck’s smiling face in one window, and all of that brilliant WIRED insight in the other.
Google Earth VR lands on Oculus Rift and now lets you manually search for places
This isn’t the first time Google has introduced support for Facebook’s VR platform — the internet giant rolled out a version of its futuristic VR paint app Tilt Brush for Oculus a couple of months ago .
Everything Facebook announced at F8 2017
Facebook has unveiled a host of new features centered around curating a global community. At the company’s 2017 F8 developer conference, attendees were introduced to not only Facebook’s push into augmented reality, but also the next phase of its Messenger platform, bot support within Workplace, a new virtual reality experience, and more.
The 100 Best Android Apps of 2017
Maybe you just got your very first Android device, or maybe you've been using the best Android phones since they first came on the market. Or maybe, by choice or circumstance, you've factory-reset your phone and are looking at a completely blank slate. Either way, finding the best apps to get your Android device ready to take on the world can be a daunting task. Consider: If you looked at an app from Google Play every second, without stopping, it would take more than 23 days to see them all. Hence this list—a gathering of apps, some new and some old, that represent the very best that Android has to offer.
Open-sourcing Litho, a declarative UI framework for Android
With its simple, declarative API, Litho frees developers from painstakingly hand-optimizing their UIs. Litho lays out components ahead of time in a background thread, and renders incrementally to deliver best-in-class performance for your users. We believe Litho solves challenges that are not unique to Facebook. This is why we're excited about what Litho can do for Android developers everywhere.
Updated Google Earth can give you guided tours and more
The lack of integration shows itself in other ways too. You can ask for the tallest hotel in Dubai and get nothing, while over in Google you get the answer suggested before you’ve finished typing. Earth will show you hotels in Dubai, but the tallest building was what we were really looking for to test out the 3D function.
Bon Appétit unveils its first cover shot on an iPhone
Condé Nast is a mass media company that publishes magazines, websites, and tablet and smartphone applications to industries, including fashion, interior design and decoration, society and celebrity, bridal, travel, and technology. It also develops film, television, and premium video programs.
The company’s media portfolio consists of companies such as Vogue, Glamour, Allure, Self, Teen Vogue, GQ, …
Verizon's CEO just said he's open to merger talks with Comcast, Disney, or CBS
Verizon is currently in the midst of a transition in its business, beefing up its media and advertising segment, particularly through its Yahoo and AOL purchases, while laying the groundwork for upcoming 5G technology. Verizon's evolution mirrors that of rival AT&T, which is attempting to diversify into media with the purchase of Time Warner, while pushing toward 5G to fully take advantage of the combination of content and distribution.
Yahoo's first-quarter revenue jumps 22 percent
Yahoo Inc ( YHOO.O ) reported a 22.1 percent increase in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, ahead of the sale of its core internet business to Verizon Communications Inc ( VZ.N ).
F82017 | TechCrunch
“The first chapter that made sense was to release products that people were familiar with . . . but the unique thing that we’re going to do is we’re not just going to build basic cameras, we’re going to build the first mainstream augmented reality platform.”
While Snapchat might have popularized animated AR selfie masks and filters, it lacks a platform for… Read More
Completely understandable reasons why Trump and I both won't release our tax returns
Sure, I may not *technically* be leader of the free world. I'm not shattering decades of historical precedent and my returns probably won't reveal any collusion with one of our leading foreign adversaries. Still, there's so much we have in common.
Facebook moves ahead with account recovery for any site
Here's how Facebook will handle account recovery: First, you realize you've forgotten the password to your bank account, for example, so you click the "forgot my password" link on your bank's login page. Instead of being prompted to enter your email address, Facebook will take you through a series of prompts to check your identity based on what it knows about you through your Facebook account.
Gizmodo on Twitter
“It’s a little hard to launch a product when the product isn’t ready.” Inside the unraveling of LeEco in America. http://gizmo.do/bdeDGEh pic.twitter.com/NGd6pqKpBC
The NBA Playoffs just started and it's already blessed the world with a legendary new meme
A perfect example of one such moment occurred Monday night, when the Golden State Warriors faced off against the Portland Trailblazers in the first game of their playoff series. During the game, Warriors' Draymond Green turned to Kevin Durant and had the most furiously serious conversation we've ever seen take place on a basketball court.
Netflix orders animated Carmen Sandiego series
Netflix has ordered an animated Carmen Sandiego series, io9 reports . The 22-episode series, inspired by the popular ‘80s computer game, will star Gina Rodriguez ( Jane the Virgin ) as Carmen. Finn Wolfhard ( Stranger Things ) will co-star as The Player.
Facebook levels up its identity tools for developers
Android developers using the standard Facebook Login tools will now be able to use a new Express Login feature for users who are re-installing their app. It will check to see if users previously logged into the app using their social network credentials and prompt them to do so again.
Facebook Spaces lets you and your friends hang out in VR
The idea behind the software is to bring you – well, a digital avatar version of you – into virtual reality where you can spend time with friends and family in virtual chat rooms. These chat rooms can be altered in several unique ways like immersing you in a 360-degree video or engulfing you in a different environment like the outer reaches of earth’s atmosphere.
Facebook’s Messenger Platform 2.0 will be your one-stop-shop for work, play and social
Messenger is more than just a chat app. We use it to share video, play games, and chat in real time. Indeed, it’s become a veritable commercial platform, supporting payments and transactions, and is used by businesses to provide real-time support.
What are the benefits of feeding my dog a grain-free diet?
Octane.ai adds support for Facebook Messenger QR codes
Bot maker Octane.ai will now allow bot creators to generate Facebook Messenger parametric codes to guide a user to their bot and customize the consumer’s experience.
Workplace by Facebook continues to mature
At the F8 conference today , Facebook announced a bunch of updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers.
Samsung Galaxy S8 review: The good, the bad, the beautiful - Video | ZDNet
The Samsung Galaxy S8's stunning, curved display and excellent camera meet an awkward fingerprint reader and work-in-progress digital assistant.
Facebook's been copying Snapchat. But here's its plan to get ahead
The company is taking a similar approach with its Messenger chat app. New integrations with apps such as Spotify, “Words with Friends,” OpenTable and Delivery.com mean friends can share songs with each other without having to switch from Messenger to another app. They can consider dining options inside the app together. Artificial intelligence even will prompt them to order takeout if they’re chatting about food — and each member’s menu selections automatically would be combined into a group order.
SeatGeek raises $57M to acquire ticketing software company TopTix
He suggested that SeatGeek and TopTix make for a particularly good match, because while his company has focused on building the best consumer experience for finding events and buying tickets, TopTix works on the back end, creating the tools that allow venues to accept tickets — in fact, TopTix currently processes 80 million tickets a year for customers including the Royal Dutch Football Association, Buckingham Palace and the Ravinia Festival.
Source: Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are talking exit
If O'Reilly does resign, or if Fox takes him off the air, he'd be the third major player to leave the network in the span of nine months. Ailes' resignation last July was the result of sexual harassment charges by women at the network, including Megyn Kelly, who herself left Fox in January. O'Reilly defended Ailes when the women first came forward.
Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone’s 10th Anniversary
Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said. Those anxiously awaiting the redesigned iPhone, however, may have to wait because supply constraints could mean the device isn't readily available until one or two months after the typical fall introduction.
Can Parents Sue If Their Kid Is Born With the 'Wrong' DNA?
What if, for example, a mother found out she had a devastating mitochondrial disease a underwent the controversial ‘three-parent baby’ technique to avoid passing that DNA on to her child, and it failed? Could she sue for the child’s DNA—its existence—being incorrect? Further down the line, should science and the law ever allow parents to select specific genetic traits, could you sue if your kid had the wrong eye color, or a lower-than-expected IQ? If you engineered a child, and it wound up having more ‘genetic affinity’ with one parent than the other, does that constitute some kind of loss?
Audi’s latest concept is a new all-electric Tesla Model X competitor
The carmaker is pursuing electric options fairly aggressively, likely part of an overall shift dictated by its parent company Volkswagen, which has been more emphatic about its EV plans since its diesel emissions scandal. The e-tron Sportback definitely sounds like it could be a strong contender to help show that the electric strategy is full of potential for a range of buyers, and it would be nice to see a vehicle that can compete in many ways with Tesla’s gull-wing luxury electric SUV, the Model X.
Snapchat's Dumb New 'World Lenses' Feel Like Magic
Snapchat is about to get way more fucking adorable. The company just launched a major update today introducing its highly anticipated “World Lenses” feature, giving people the ability to drop digital 3D objects into real world scenes. Although the feature is undoubtedly augmented reality (AR), Snapchat curiously does not mention the phrase in its official announcement .
iPhone 8 could be last to include headphone jack adapter | Cult of Mac
In a note to investors today, the research bank says the three new iPhone models Apple introduces this year will all come with a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, but this could be the last time buyers get a free dongle.
Here's What Our Food Might Look Like in a Climate Change-Induced Dystopia
Food scientists are already looking to some dramatic-sounding options, from bugs to lab-grown meat to large fish farms, in order to feed a world whose population could approach ten billion humans by 2050. Combined with climate change, the food of the distant future may look very different.