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…
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!
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.
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 Tisdale, Martha 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
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
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?