Meta rolls out 3D avatars for Facebook, Instagram and Messenger in India

Meta has released updated 3D avatars for Facebook and Messenger in India. The new avatars are much more expressive, flexible, and varied. Meta is adding new facial shapes and devices to help people with disabilities so that they can better represent the untold millions of unique people on the planet. Continue reading “Meta rolls out 3D avatars for Facebook, Instagram and Messenger in India”

Instagram to begin testing NFTs starting this week

Collectors and creators of non-fungible tokens, also known as “NFTs” will soon be able to show off their creations on Instagram. “Similar functionality” is coming to Facebook, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who confirmed this in a press statement. Continue reading “Instagram to begin testing NFTs starting this week”

Meta to let creators sell virtual items in Horizon Worlds

Meta has begun testing a number of new tools that will allow developers to experiment with various methods to monetize Horizon World, a social VR platform in the meta-universe. As part of it, the metaverse now allows creators to sell virtual items, and the Horizon Worlds Creator Bonus program is used to fund them. Continue reading “Meta to let creators sell virtual items in Horizon Worlds”

Facebook Messenger gets Slack-like Shortcuts feature

Meta has released an update to its Facebook Messenger app that enables users to use shortcuts, a new command system, and adds a little additional fun to their messaging experience. By just typing keyboard shortcuts, you can access a number of helpful functions. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger gets Slack-like Shortcuts feature”

Facebook Reels rolls out globally; introduces Overlay Ads for creator monetization

Last year, Facebook began testing Reels within the Facebook app for users in the US. The feature is now being rolled out to more than 150 countries worldwide, and to monetize them, Facebook is introducing Overlay ads in Reels. It is also receiving a couple of new updates to improve the creator experience and discovery experience.

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Meta records $117.9 billion revenue in 2021; 2.82 billion Family daily active people in December 2021

Meta has released their earnings report for the last quarter 2021, along with earnings for the entire 2021 fiscal year. The company recorded $117.9 billion revenue during 2021, which is a 37% YoY growth, and the net income was recorded at $39.37 billion, which is growth of 35% YoY. In Q4 2021, they recorded $33.67 billion in revenue, growing 20% YoY, while the net income was $10.2 billion, declining 8% YoY.

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Meta introduces updated 3D avatars for Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

Since its rebrand last year, Meta has been working towards their goal of creating a metaverse. One of the major components of this metaverse are the digital avatars used by individuals to represent themselves. The company has revealed an updated version of 3D avatars that can be used in stickers, feed posts, Facebook profile pictures and more.

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Instagram launches Subscription service to help creators earn monthly

Inspired by the Facebook Subscription model, which was launched back in 2020, Instagram has also started testing the Subscription model in the US with some creators. However, the company is planning to expand access to more creators over the next few months. Continue reading “Instagram launches Subscription service to help creators earn monthly”

Facebook launches upgraded Pac-Man game with multiplayer feature: Here’s how to play

Facebook has launched the Pac-Man community on Facebook Gaming developed by Genvid and, in collaboration, with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment. Continue reading “Facebook launches upgraded Pac-Man game with multiplayer feature: Here’s how to play”

Meta is expanding Facebook Protect to 50 countries including India, makes 2FA mandatory for high-risk accounts

Facebook Protect

Facebook Protect, a security program for groups of people that are more likely to be targeted by malicious hackers, is now being rolled out to 50 countries, including the United States, India, and Portugal. Continue reading “Meta is expanding Facebook Protect to 50 countries including India, makes 2FA mandatory for high-risk accounts”

Meta smartwatch with front-facing camera surfaces

Just as Facebook announced their rebranding to ‘Meta‘, new leaks have surfaced that showcase an upcoming product of the company – a smartwatch. Images of the device reveal a rounded square design and a front-facing camera, and it will likely compete in the market against the Apple Watch.

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Facebook company announces rebrand to ‘Meta’; Oculus brand to become Reality Labs

During their Connect 2021 yesterday, Facebook announced that the company is rebranding to ‘Meta’. The goal behind this rebrand is to announce the company’s change in direction from being a collection of social media apps to a collection of apps and technologies that form a ‘metaverse’.

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Facebook announces Ego4D AI project to collect first-person view data

Over the years, Facebook has made a number of investments in their artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The company has now announced the launch of a new long-term project called Ego4D, which aims at improving the challenges that AI faces around egocentric perception.

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Facebook planning to introduce new prompts to redirect teens from harmful content

Facebook has announced their plans to introduce new features for their social media platforms that would work towards discouraging teenagers from consuming harmful content. The announcement comes just as Facebook is facing a problem with a whistleblower who testified against the company’s problematic practices.

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