Facebook announces Oculus Quest 2 all-in-one VR headset starting at $299

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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Facebook introduces Automated Captions for Facebook Live videos

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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Facebook expands media transfer tools to support Dropbox and Koofr

Back in June, 2020, Facebook began the worldwide rollout of their media transfer tool for users who wished to transfer their images and videos from their Facebook account over to Google Photos. They have now expanded the tool to support transfer to Dropbox and Koofr.

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Facebook Messenger introduces forwarding limit to prevent spread of viral misinformation

The spread of viral misinformation has been a major issue in these times of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the primary methods of spreading is via social media platforms and instant messaging applications. A way to prevent this is limiting the number of people a message can be forwarded too and that is exactly what Facebook Messenger is rolling out.

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Zoom expands app support to Nest Hub Max, Portal and Echo Show smart displays

Zoom has announced that they will soon integrate support for their video conferencing app to 3 smart displays – namely on the Amazon Echo Show, the Portal from Facebook, and the Google Nest Hub Max. This announcement is part of the Zoom for Home program, which aims to bring easier access to Zoom from smart display at your home.

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Facebook launches official music videos for desktop, iOS and Android in India

Facebook has announced the launch of official music videos on their platform from artists across different publishers in the United States, and Thailand. Users will be able to discover, watch and share music by genre, artist, or mood, as well as access theme-based playlists like “Top Bollywood”, “Top Artists,” among others and has partnerships with T -Series Music, Zee Music Company, and Yash Raj Films. In the US it offers contents from artists like J. Balvin, Karol G, Sebastian Yatra, and more.

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Facebook adds Live broadcast feature to Messenger Rooms

Facebook has announced that their Messenger Rooms will now have the ability to Live Broadcast to Facebook. At launch, Live Broadcast will support up to 50 people, which makes it great for scenarios like hosting a book club, interviewing a panel of experts, teaching a fitness class, etc.

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Facebook Messenger update introduces App lock and new Privacy Settings

Facebook is releasing an update to its Messenger that adds another layer of security to the user, called App lock. Along with this, Facebook is also introducing a new Privacy settings section in the app where users can find all the privacy focused settings like Muted Stories, Blocked people, etc. in one central location.

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Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android gets ability to screen share over video

One of the most useful tools when video conferencing is the ability to screen share. Many video conferencing services offered screen sharing on their desktop clients and now, Facebook has announced that the screen sharing feature will be available in video calls and Messenger Rooms on both iOS and Android.

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CBSE partners with Facebook to launch AR and Digital Safety training programs for teachers and students

CBSE, in partnership with Facebook India, is launching a new program that offers Augmented Reality (AR) training for teachers along with training in Digital Safety and Online Well-Being for students. As India pushes towards a digital and technologically advanced future, these two programs will help educate and enable digital empowerment for both teachers and students.

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Facebook unintentionally shares user data with developers of infrequently used apps

In a blog post, Facebook has revealed that they discovered an issue where some developers were receiving user details even if the user did not use their apps for 90 days. Facebook has stated that they fixed the issue and will continue investigating to ensure no other guidelines have been violated.

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Facebook rolls out ‘notification screen’ to alert users before sharing old news

In the latest development, Facebook has announced that it is rolling out a notification screen that alerts people when they share news articles that more than 90 days old. With the context button, the new notification screen is meant to inform users to make informed decisions about what to share on Facebook. Continue reading “Facebook rolls out ‘notification screen’ to alert users before sharing old news”

Facebook announces end of cycle for its affordable Oculus Go VR headset

Facebook launched the comparatively affordable Oculus Go, which functioned as a standalone VR headset with 3DOF (Degrees of Freedom). However, with community feedback, Oculus has decided to discontinue the product, and will focus on developing their Oculus Quest and Rift line of VR headsets.

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Android 11 Conversations and Bubbles on Facebook and Twitter previewed

Google released its Android 11 Beta to the public on June 10th, and one among its major updates was a change where all conversations from messaging apps were grouped into a dedicated space in the Notifications screen. Google has now announced collaborations with Facebook and Twitter to help integrate Messenger and Twitter DMs respectively with Android 11’s Conversations API.

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Facebook data transfer tool to export photos and videos to Google Photos now available worldwide

Update – June 4, 2020: After rolling out in Ireland in December 2019, UK and EU in March and United States and Canada in April 2020, now Facebook has confirmed that the data transfer tool is available worldwide. Continue reading “Facebook data transfer tool to export photos and videos to Google Photos now available worldwide”