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”

Facebook introduces “Manage Activity” tool to help archive or trash old posts

We all know how embarrassing some of our old Facebook posts can be. Especially for those who created their Facebook accounts during their teenage years. Facebook has announced a new tool called “Manage Activity” that lets users archive or trash old posts in bulk or individually.

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Facebook testing music creating and collaboration app called ‘Collab’

Facebook’s NPE has released yet another app that brings people together during this period of quarantine. This time it is a music creation focused app called ‘Collab’ that lets people create, watch, and mix and match original videos.

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Facebook launches Catchup audio-only calling app

Facebook has launched yet another service that helps bring people stay in touch during this quarantine. This time, it is an audio-only calling app called Catchup, developed by Facebook’s NPE Team, that has the unique feature of showing when a user is actually available to take calls.

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Facebook Workplace adds Workplace Rooms, Live Q&A, Live Producer and more new features

In light of the global pandemic, Facebook has announced new video features for their enterprise-focused Workplace. These include Workplace Rooms, Live Producer, Live Q&A, Live Captions, Translations & Caption Editing and Portal specific features.

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Samsung India partners with Facebook to bring local offline retail stores online

Samsung India has launched yet another initiative that is aimed at creating an online presence for their offline Samsung retail stores. They have partnered with Facebook this time, to train Samsung’s offline partners to become part of an online ecosystem. With this initiative, Samsung aims to have customers purchase Samsung smartphones online via Facebook’s many services like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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Facebook launches “Shops” to help bring businesses to an online store

While Facebook Marketplace was a great place to sell and buy items sold by individuals, users could never shop for products from big brands or local stores. Today, with the launch of “Shops”, Facebook is creating a platform for any business, from a small business to a global international brand, to sell products directly with users.

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Facebook buys popular GIF platform GIPHY for $400 million

The social media giant Facebook today announced the acquisition of popular GIF platform GIPHY in a deal worth $400 million. Known for its visual expression and creation, GIPHY will be a part of the Instagram team from now on. However, Facebook said that it isn’t disclosing terms of the deal. Continue reading “Facebook buys popular GIF platform GIPHY for $400 million”

Facebook Messenger Rooms now rolling globally to everyone

Facebook is finally rolling out its Zoom competitor, Messenger Rooms, to countries beyond US, Canada and Mexico. The video conferencing service will let Facebook users host video calls with up to 50 people for an unlimited amount of time and features many controls and options for the host itself.

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Facebook decides not to introduce ads in WhatsApp Status for now [Update: More details]

Update: April 24th, 2020 – A new report from “The Information” says that Zuckerberg had suspended the move to introduce ads in WhatsApp to avoid angering regulators and also avoid backlash from users. It also adds how it could implement targeted advertising on the app. Continue reading “Facebook decides not to introduce ads in WhatsApp Status for now [Update: More details]”