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New Facebook Feature Helps Ease The Sting Of Updates from Your Ex

November 19th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Looking for a way to distance yourself from social media updates from your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?  Facebook wants to help!  

Facebook is rolling out a new set of features on the mobile app that’ll help you “weed out” the amount of updates you see from your exes and vice versa.  Instead of blocking or unfriending them, you can now be a sneaky and slowly ween yourself apart online.  Discover more the new Facebook breakups features coming to mobile devices soon, below!


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With one fail swoop and change of your relationship status Facebook will give you the option to magically reduce the number of updates, photos and videos visible.  Additionally, this Facebook breakups feature will give you the option of automatically untagging or limiting the visibility of posts and photos with an ex. You can either go through each post one by one to decide whether to untag yourself or get rid of all tags in one clean sweep.


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The feature will also allow you to limit the updates your ex may see about you. You can choose to hide your posts from that person, so they will only be able to see those posts that you share publicly, with mutual friends or those that you have tagged them in.


After years of requests from users in the community, Facebook has decided to offer options other than “unfriending” and “blocking exes” to make the transition a whole lot easier. Ending a relationship in the age of Facebook breakups will always be complicated, but this new feature may be just the option you never knew you needed to make it a friendlier experience online.
Are you friends with your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife on Facebook?  Have you ever “unfriended” or “blocked” an ex after a breakup?  Share your thoughts below!

Facebook Brings 360-Degree Videos To iOS For Super Content Creators

November 12th, 2015 by Christen

Have you heard about the upgrades coming to Facebook videos?  In September, Facebook upgraded the ability to share and view 360 video in News Feed, and since then we’ve seen thousands of unique and exciting 360 videos on Facebook, from all kinds of publishers.


360-degree videos made their way into Facebook’s News Feed back in September, but it was only available for web and Android users. Now, however, iOS users can join in on the fun as well thanks to a new Facebook update that is being rolled out today. There’s also good news for Gear VR owners: you’ll now be able to play back those videos from News Feed without ever taking your headset off, making it that much easier to delve into new immersive experiences.


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Today a number of publishers are sharing new 360 videos on Facebook — including BuzzFeed, FOX’s Scream QueensFrontlineGoProLeBron James & UninterruptedNew Orleans Saints, and Nickelodeon.


Facebook also announced today that it’s going to start 360 video ads from AT&TCorona (AB InBev), Nescafe (Nestle), Ritz (Mondelez), Samsung, and Walt Disney World (Walt Disney Parks and Resorts) with more to come. It won’t be long now before immersive video will be the norm on Facebook.


Have you spotted the 360 video content on Facebook lately?  Share your thoughts below!

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Haters Rejoice! Facebook ‘Dislike’ Button Coming Soon

September 15th, 2015 by Tech Staff

Discover a post on your feed that you don’t like? There’s a bottom for that!

Facebook has been mulling the idea of a dislike button for some timeFacebook is to add a “dislike” button to its social network, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said. In a Q+A session held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the 31-year-old said the button would be a way for people to express empathy.

He said Facebook was “very close” to having it ready for user testing. A “dislike” button has been constantly requested by some users since the introduction of the now-iconic “like” button in 2009. “People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years,” Mr Zuckerberg told the audience on Tuesday.

“Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.” However he went on to say he did not want it to be a mechanism with which people could “down vote” others’ posts. Instead, it will be for times when clicking “like” on “sad” posts felt insensitive.

I’m not buying the idea of functioning haters “disliking” posts on feeds, but that’s my opinion.  What about yours? Share your thoughts below!


Say Hello To “M” – Facebook’s Answer To Siri, Cortana And Other AI Assistants

August 26th, 2015 by Christen

Could you imagine living in a world filled with virtual assistants and artificial intelligence – newsflash – that world is today, and baby you’re living in it!  With technology advancements on the rise each day, it’s no surprise that Facebook has developed the latest advancement in AI assistance. Say hello to Facebook Messenger M! Engadget recently shared the latest news that you could use in the world of artificial intelligence…


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Remember that talk of Facebook testing its own virtual assistant? Well, it’s real. The social network is trying out M, an artificial intelligence-powered Messenger assistant that can answer questions and complete tasks. You can ask it for advice on places to go, for instance, or have it make travel arrangements. Think of it as a Siri- or Cortana-like helper that exists solely in text chat. It should be less likely to make mistakes, though, as Facebook is quick to note that there are humans training and supervising the AI behind the scenes. And in case you’re wondering, it only bases its conversations around Messenger — it’s not using your regular Facebook data to make decisions.

Don’t expect to give M a spin just yet. It’s only in use by a few hundred people in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it could take a long while to scale up if it proves successful. However, a wider rollout seems like more a question of “when” than “if.” Facebook has been dramatically expanding the role of Messenger as of late, turning it from a basic communication tool into a platform for everything from games to money transfers. It only makes sense that the company would take the next logical step and make Messenger the go-to place to get many tasks done.



Are you using Siri, Cortana or other AI systems? Would you use another AI assistant like Facebook M? Share your thoughts in the comments below!



Facebook Wants You Face-To-Face With Your Favorite Celebs #FacebookLive

August 7th, 2015 by Christen

Want to get even more connected with your favorite celebrities (because Periscope, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook aren’t enough?) The geniuses behind Facebook just launched a new feature for its verified users called Live for Facebook Mentions. The app, which is available for DL only for those with verified Pages to share and connect with their fans, just added the capability of live streaming to bring all those out-of-reach people one step closer to their followers.

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So far a handful of celebs have tried out Live, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has officially partnered with the platform (announced via his Instagram page).  Plus more celebs like Serena Williams, Ashley TisdaleMartha Stewart will be joining the platform soon. Facebook wants to be your one and only social media platform and it’s upgrading services to ensure when it comes to everything LIVE and social – you can find it on Facebook!


Very cool to partner w/ Facebook to be the first Hollywood actor to launch their new live global streaming feature from the app. Had a lot fun! The response from fans has been dope since streaming from our Florida gym #TheIronParadise and it’s embedded in my Facebook page if ya wanna check it out. At 23million+ fans on Instagram (my fav platform) and an additional 50million+ on Facebook, Mark and I spoke about the importance of continuing to evolve and grow and create even greater ways to connect with my fans worldwide – and Facebook Live is one of those powerful ways. I’ve said it before many times and it’s true, connecting with fans will always be the best part of my job. And eating sushi with Zuckerberg in Japan ain’t too bad either????????. #BreakingNewGround #FacebookLIVE #RockAndZuck #TwinningInJapan

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With Live, athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers can easily share live video with their fans to take them behind the scenes, reveal big news and even host live Q+A sessions directly from their phone to their follower’s News Feeds. Just like with the other live streaming channels those tuned in can comment and interact with the celeb in real time for them to respond to. But different from similar streamers, letting the videos live on is possible. Once the live broadcast ends it will be published on the celebs Page for fans to re-watch whenever they feel like it.

What celebrity do you want to see using Live for Facebook Mentions? Share in the comments!


Help Heals: Facebook Adds New Tools For Suicide Prevention

February 26th, 2015 by Tech Staff

How do you comfort a Facebook friend that you fear may harm themselves?  Discover the Facebook suicide prevention tools that can benefit your friends below.  


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Facebook has added new tools to assist users who express suicidal thoughts. In a recent blog post, Facebook announced it has worked with mental health organizations including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Now Matters Now to find the proper way to offer assistance through the social network.

If someone posts something that indicates self harm or suicidal thoughts and it is reported to Facebook, they will be encouraged to speak with a mental health expert at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will be offered tips and support to help work through their issues. Facebook says these methods were created in “conjunction with our clinical and academic partners.”

Facebook is also offering resources to those who flag the troubling posts, giving them the option to call or message the person and giving them access to the suicide hotline for support. These updates will roll out to US users over the next couple of months, and Facebook says it’s working to improve its suicide prevention tools across the globe.


The TRUTH About Facebook’s New Messenger App (Hint: It Won’t Do Anything You Don’t Want It To)

August 13th, 2014 by Christen

Facebook wants to force you to adopt it’s standalone mobile app and it’s efforts has privacy-concerned users upset and up in arms! Recently reports have surfaced and gone viral bashing the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but IT’S NOT TRUE.

Guess what? Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app — or other similar applications.  The fear actually stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device’s camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information.  Want to know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app?  Discover what it can and can’t do below.




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Here’s THE TRUTH about what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.

TRUE OR FALSE:  The Messenger app is new.

(FALSE) Facebook’s Messenger app has been around since 2011. In April, it started requiring that users in Europe download and install the app if they wish to send messages to Facebook friends. Two weeks ago, the company said it would expand the requirement to other parts of the world. Facebook says it’s forcing users to make the switch because a standalone app offers more features. For example, the app is faster, it offers a selfie cam, stickers and can be used to reach people on your contact list who are not Facebook users.


TRUE OR FALSE:  You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.

(FALSE)  While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.




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TRUE OF FALSE:  The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.

(FALSE)  Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions HERE  (Click “view details” under Permissions.)


TRUE OR FALSE:  Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.

(FALSE)  The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.


TRUE OF FALSE:  Facebook will direct the app to send SMS, or text, messages without your permission.

(FALSE)  One of the permissions does say that Facebook can edit, receive, read and send SMS messages. But the company says the reason it wants to send and receive SMS messages is so that if you add a phone number to your Messenger account, you can confirm by a confirmation code that Facebook sends via text message.


Now that you know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app are you still nervous about installing the “new” app now?  Have you made the switch to the upgraded Facebook Messenger app yet?

Top Tech Buyouts: Which Startups Are Making Bank (And How To Copy Their Success)

April 29th, 2014 by Christen

Did you know that big tech companies like Google or Facebook acquire promising startups not only to get their ideas and products, but also to take over the brilliant people that created them. For example, Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift allowed them to hire John Cormack, a pioneer in 3D game programming. In 1996 Apple paid a ridiculous $429M for Next mainly to get Steve Jobs back on board!

DID YOU KNOW:  Facebook’s offer to WhatsApp for $19 Billion was only the fourth largest acquisition bid of 2014.  Find out the top three acquisition bids of the year below.

Discover some of the largest acquisitions, the reasons behind these acquisitions and learn from what made them great and what made them fail below.


Review of the Top Tech Company Mergers: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Other Business Giants

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How Facebook Can Predict Your Break-Up Before You Do…

October 30th, 2013 by Christen


Facebook can predict when you’re going to break up.  Apparently the fate of your relationship is not written in the stars but in your social circle.

Cornell University researcher Jon Kleinberg and Facebook senior engineer Lars Backstrom proved as much when they presented their co-written research paper at a social computing conference in February.

The researchers took the datasets of 1.3 million Facebook users listed as being in a relationship, and found that the more well connected their mutual friends were, the more likely they were to break up.  This theory is described as dispersion.  Couples with high dispersion have mutual friends who are not well connected.  Couples with low dispersion have mutual friends who are well connected.


How Facebook Can Predict Your Next Breakup

The Facebook theory suggests if you and your partner share the same social circle on Facebook (low dispersion), you’re less likely to have your own lives and therefore the relationship is more likely to implode.

A healthy relationship, according to Facebook, is one where both partners have connections to a lot of different groups of people, even if those friendships aren’t particularly strong.

“Instead of embededness, we propose that the link between and an individual u and v his or her partner should display a ‘dispersed’ structure: the mutual neighbours of u and v are not well connected to one another and hence u and v act jointly as the only intermediaries between these different parts of the network,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Of course, this algorithm might not take into account the fact that some couples don’t take their social circles on Facebook particularly seriously and therefore might look like they don’t have as wide group of friends when they actually do.  Probably because they are out living their lives.

Next, Facebook will be able to predict when you’ll get fired from your job or the name and sex of your unborn child… Who says social media isn’t grand?

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UPDATE ALERT! Facebook iOS: Edit Posts, Add Photos And More

October 18th, 2013 by Christen

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UPDATE ALERT!  The Facebook for iOS update hit iTunes yesterday allowing users a few desktop options like editing posts and adding photos via their iOS device.  Although the latest version doesn’t add a laundry list of updates to the Facebook app, there are a few app additives that are worth the click.


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Facebook iOS update in a nutshell:

– Add photos and emoticons to your comments.

– Edit your posts and comments through the app (Note: a label indicating that the post has been edited will appear).

– Access privacy shortcuts by simply tapping the lock by your name on the main menu.


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A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Facebook can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.

The last update to the social networking app came right after the official introduction of iOS 7 in September. Version 6.5 of the app brought a new menu bar for users of the latest version of iOS.

What do you think? Will you be downloading the latest Facebook iOS update today?

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