To no one’s surprise, Facebook has reportedly begun developing an app that will function similarly to Clubhouse, an app that has recently risen to popularity. The tech giant is always looking to expand into new forms of communication, and in this case, they are looking into creating a platform for audio-chat rooms.
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Apple recently announced that in an upcoming iOS beta update, they will add a new feature called App Tracking transparency that will require apps to explicitly ask users for permission to track them across apps. In preparation, Facebook is rolling out a notification in their app that will inform users on what they do with their information.
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Facebook is rolling out a new update to its Pages feature, bringing a refreshed new layout and easier navigation, dedicated News Feed, improved Page management tools and more.
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Facebook has begun rolling out a new Lite version of Instagram app to Indian smartphone users as an attempt to expand their user base and reach more people in India. The app size is really small, less than 2MB and is claimed to provide the core Instagram experience that will be able to run fast and smooth on low-powered smartphones. It initially rolled out in Mexico back in 2018, but Facebook pulled the app later.
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Facebook has introduced a new tool called the Rights Manager for content creators on Facebook and Instagram and Facebook. With it, creators on either platform have access to admin and workflow tools to manage and protect their own content.
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Lately Facebook has been focusing on bring some version of sending temporary messages feature in their various instant messaging services. Just last week, they added a feature called Disappearing Messages to WhatsApp and now they have announced a Vanish Mode for the Facebook Messenger, which will also come to Instagram soon. This is already available in Snapchat.
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Over the past few months, WhatsApp has steadily been adding features to improve the overall shopping experience on its instant messaging platform. With the ability to view catalogs, it is very easy to shop directly with a business and now, WhatsApp is adding a Shopping button that will let customers add items to a cart, make payment and check out all within WhatsApp.
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While Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia are trying to change the gaming industry with their cloud game streaming tech, Facebook Gaming is going a different path by introducing cloud based games that can be instantly played without downloads on the Facebook app or the browser.
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One of the many tools offered with Facebook for Business is the Messenger API, which allows businesses to manage messages initiated by their customers and interact effectively. Facebook is now adding support for Instagram messaging to the API, expanding the ways a business can connect with their customers, and introducing tools to help increase interaction.
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Facebook has announced a new update to one of their core services — the Messenger, with changes to the app’s UI and a newly redesigned logo. This new update represents a consolidation of the many changes that Facebook made, where they brought various updates to its Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram.
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Just yesterday, Facebook released its Account Center feature, bringing Facebook, Instagram and Messenger closer. Now, Instagram has announced a new update to its Direct Messages, bringing its chats closer to Facebook Messenger and also adding multiple features from Messenger such as Message replies, customizable chat colors and themes, and more.
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Since Facebook acquired Instagram back in 2012, they have been introducing many integrations between the its three services – Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. Now, Facebook is testing a feature called Account Center, where users can quickly handle and control the various integrations between a user’s Facebook account, Messenger and Instagram all in one place.
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Facebook’s Oculus has unveiled its next generation all-in-one VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2 for a price of $299. The headset is the successor to Oculus Quest, that was launched back in 2018, now with an updated, redesigned all-in-one form factor, new Touch controllers and their highest display resolution till date.
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During these pandemic times, many of us have turned online for getting our information from news agencies and government organisations. Aimed at helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Facebook is now introducing automatic closed captions to Facebook Live and Workplace Live.
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