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Facebook Live Now Allows Users To Share Their Screens

Tyler Lee October 18, 2017

For those who broadcast using the Facebook Live platform, you will be pleased to learn that Facebook has recently updated the feature and it will now include screen sharing. This was initially discovered by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra and as the name suggests, this lets users share their desktop screen directly with Facebook Live, eliminating the need for third-party solutions.

Prior to this, users had to use third-party software if they wanted to share their screens live. However with this feature now being native to Facebook Live, the experience should be a lot more simplified. However we should note that this will require users to install a browser extension for it to work, and right now it seems to be Chrome-only as The Next Web points out that it it isn’t available for Firefox (yet).

NEW! Facebook screen sharing option on FB Live via https://t.co/Luozcvmz9G (desktop / laptop) pic.twitter.com/1CN2nsaUrT

— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) October 17, 2017

This will come in handy for gamers who want to share live videos of them using software or playing games on Facebook. Granted there are ways to do that, and there are some developers who have baked that feature into their games, but for those who haven’t, this feature should come in handy. Right now it appears that the experience is rather basic and straightforward meaning that it lacks certain customizable options that you might get from third-party software, but presumably Facebook should improve on it over time.

Facebook Live Now Allows Users To Share Their Screens , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Acquires Popular Teen App Tbh

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


An iOS app that’s very popular among teens these days, tbh, has been acquired by Facebook. This isn’t the first popular app that the world’s largest social network has picked up over the past few years. Who can forget Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. It has been confirmed by the tbh team that the app has now been acquired by Facebook.

The popular iOS app is used primarily by teens for delivering compliments. They can send prewritten compliments to friends. With this, the app aims to prevent users from writing hateful or nasty comments to bully other users.

The app was launched for iOS back in August and more than five million people have already downloaded it so far. Over one billion messages have been sent using tbh ever since it was launched a couple of months back.

Despite the fact that this app is popular with teens, it’s open to users of all age groups. It offers prewritten compliments such as “who makes you laugh the hardest?” to make users more positive about themselves. With prewritten compliments that the app itself provides, there’s no chance for bullies to get nasty messages through.

It’s unclear how much Facebook paid for tbh, some reports suggest that the figure was under $100 million.

Facebook Acquires Popular Teen App Tbh , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Testing A Resume-Like Feature For Job Hunters

Tyler Lee October 17, 2017

There are different social media platforms for different purposes, like people tend to use Facebook for personal things, while they might turn to LinkedIn for more professional usage. However it seems that Facebook wants to be a one-stop shop for everything because in a tweet by The Next Web’s Matt Navarra, Facebook could be testing a resume-like feature for its platform.

The feature seems to be pretty straightforward and will allow users to list their resumes on the website, like their professional experience, education, an image, and additional information. However as Business Insider points out, Facebook already allows users to list their work and education experience on their profile pages, so apart from perhaps better formating options and a neater layout, it doesn’t seem to be too different from what is being offered now.

New! Facebook is testing a Resume / CV feature for job hunters

h/t @wongmjane pic.twitter.com/KfN2x66OKq

— Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) October 15, 2017

Facebook has confirmed that the feature is in testing, but as usual there’s no confirmation if the feature will eventually be rolled out to all users. In a statement provided to Business Insider, “At Facebook, we’re always building and testing new products and services. We’re currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find and businesses hire for jobs on Facebook.” In any case we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information if and when the feature launches in earnest.

Facebook Testing A Resume-Like Feature For Job Hunters , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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You Can Now Order Food On Facebook

Adnan Farooqui October 15, 2017


If you tend to get hungry while swiping through the News Feed on Facebook, you don’t even have to exit the app in order to get some grub. Facebook has confirmed that users in the United States can now order food via the social network. Users can order food for pick-up or delivery directly on Facebook.

Facebook has actually been testing out this functionality since last year with select partners. It has made some changes in response to user feedback and has also added more partners. The functionality is now live for all users in the United States on iOS, Android, and desktop.

Users can check out the restaurants nearby by heading to the Order Food section in the Explore menu on Facebook. They can then decide on a restaurant and punch in their order. Users can also select which service they’d like to use for takeout or delivery if the restaurant offers multiple options.

They will see options from a variety of food ordering services like EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow and Olo, as well as restaurants like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, and Panera inside Facebook.

Facebook hasn’t said if it’s planning to expand this functionality outside the United States. If the response is good in the U.S., maybe it might launch this elsewhere as well.

You Can Now Order Food On Facebook , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Stories Coming To Pages Soon

Adnan Farooqui October 12, 2017


Facebook-owned Instagram has seen immense success with the Stories feature that was certainly inspired by Snapchat’s feature of the same name. Nevertheless, Instagram launched its own version of Stories and it’s even popular than Snapchat now. Facebook has since expanded Stories to all of its major platforms, including WhatsApp. Even Facebook proper has Stories now but they don’t seem to be as popular. The company has even decided to open up Stories to Pages.

Facebook has tried to make Stories popular on the social network but it doesn’t seem to be taking off in the way that this feature did on Instagram. It even allows users to cross-post from Instagram Stories but that hasn’t helped much as well.

Perhaps the next move will. Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s going to roll out Stories to all Pages over the coming month. This includes brand pages, news publishers, entertainers, athletes, and nonprofits.

“Over the coming month, Pages will be able to create Stories to share with the people who follow them,” confirmed Facebook product manager Amy Sun. The company says that it has been encouraged to do this by the feedback it has seen from Instagram users and how they’ve embraced stories from brands and public figures.

Facebook users will see Stories from the Pages they like or follow in the Stories section on desktop and mobile. Pages who post stories will have to post them separately on News Feed as well or else the content won’t show up there. They will also disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook Stories Coming To Pages Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Committed To Releasing Russia-Backed Political Ads

Adnan Farooqui October 12, 2017


Facebook has been at the center of a heated debate about efforts by the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election by spreading ads promoting divisive views in key states. It’s claimed to have primarily used Facebook for this purpose, which would make sense, given that it’s the largest social network in the world. Facebook has been looking into the matter and it has now made a commitment to release Russia-backed political ads.

It has also been revealed in recent weeks that Facebook was probably not the only platform that was used for this. Google has found evidence of such ads on its services as well and so has Twitter.

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg confirmed today that the company is fully committed to working with congressional investigators in the country to publicly release Russia-backed political ads.

“Things happened on our platform in this election that shouldn’t have happened,” she said, adding that the company has told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, Facebook will help them.

Not only that, Facebook is also going to release information about how those divisive ads were targeted toward specific users in order to get the most mileage out of the campaigns. “We don’t want this kind of foreign interference,” she added.

Facebook has also taken various steps to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again, they involve improving the monitoring mechanisms to prevent such ads from making their way to its network.

Facebook Committed To Releasing Russia-Backed Political Ads , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook To Launch VR ‘Venues’ App Next Year

Tyler Lee October 11, 2017

By now Facebook’s plans and interest in virtual reality (VR) is pretty well-known, what with them acquiring Oculus and launching support for 360-degree photo and video uploads. In fact just recently Facebook launched a new Oculus Go standalone mobile VR headset, but it seems that the company’s VR efforts don’t just stop there.

Announced at the same event, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that in 2018, the company plans on launching a VR “Venues” app. This is a social app of sorts where users will be able to “attend” live concerts and events virtually with other friends. Given that VR can feel a bit lonely due to your eyes and ears kind of isolating you from the real world, creating an app like Venues could help with that.

However we should point out that the concept behind Venues isn’t exactly new. For example we’ve seen how companies such as Samsung have broadcasted their product launches live in VR to allow multiple people around the world to tune in at the same time. We’ve also seen similar concepts where there is a virtual cinema where friends can meet up in a virtual space to enjoy a movie together.

That being said given Facebook’s strength lies in the number of users it has, we suppose it does make it easier for users to connect. Either way we’ll have to wait until next year to find out more.

Facebook To Launch VR ‘Venues’ App Next Year , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Unveiled, Costs $199

Adnan Farooqui October 11, 2017

Facebook-owned Oculus today announced the launch of its standalone virtual reality headset called Oculus Go. The headset won’t require a PC or smartphone. Everything that it needs to power a VR experience is contained within the headset itself. The Oculus Go will be the most affordable headset yet from Oculus at $199.

It’s priced significantly lower than the Oculus Rift headset which not only costs $499 but also requires a pretty powerful PC to function. With the Oculus Go, the company is aiming to bring more people into the VR fold without having them worry about buying compatible smartphones and PCs.

This is part of the company’s ambitious goal to get one billion people in VR. This was confirmed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s fourth Oculus Connect conference. Since it’s an affordable option, it doesn’t have all of the features that the flagship Oculus headset has.

For example, the Oculus Go doesn’t have fully tracked motion controllers or inside-out tracking. It does, however, feature new lenses, a 2,560×1,440 pixel resolution screen and support for spatial audio. The controller is quite similar to the Gear VR remote that came out earlier this year.

Oculus is going to release the development kits of this new headset by next month. Oculus Go is going to be released to the public in 2018.

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Unveiled, Costs $199 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook And Instagram Go Down For Many Users

Adnan Farooqui October 11, 2017


It’s not common for Facebook to go down but it’s not like this hasn’t happened before. Facebook and Instagram are down for many users this morning, for no apparent reason. Many users have taken to Twitter to confirm that they’re unable to access the social network through the mobile app. They’re also experiencing difficulties in trying to access Instagram.

Many Facebook users are also heading to websites like Down Detector and Outage Report to find out if the social network is indeed down. Facebook appears to be having some issues since 11:11 AM this morning and the reason remains unexplained.

Reports about issues with logging into Facebook have come from different countries, including but not limited to Japan and the United States. Some reports from Europe can also be seen online.

Facebook hasn’t really said anything about this as yet. Even the social network’s official status page suggests that Facebook is running as it should be, but that’s clearly not the case right now.

The company might finally address what happened this morning once it’s done with ensuring that the server downtime has been taken care of. It may not take long, it’s not like Facebook is going to sit idle while a large portion of its user base is unable to log into their accounts.

Facebook is having issues since 11:11 AM ESThttps://t.co/YbrNS7dpo9
RT if you’re also affected #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/b5q3KqwkKs

— Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017

Facebook And Instagram Go Down For Many Users , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Says Russia Ads Made It To Instagram As Well

Adnan Farooqui October 9, 2017


Facebook has been conducting an investigation to ascertain the scope of the advertising campaigns that were apparently run by companies linked to the Russian government. These campaigns are believed to have been used to spread divided social and political messages in the United States before the presidential election last year. Facebook has revealed that some of those ads were displayed on Instagram as well.

The United States Congress is looking into allegations of election manipulation by the Russians. The spread of fake news on the world’s largest social network, Facebook, is believed to have influenced voter opinion in key states. The company has handed over almost 3,000 ads to investigators that are working for Congress.

Facebook has since revealed that more than 10 million people in the United States would have seen those ads that spread divisive messages but that it’s possible that 25 percent of those ads were not seen by anybody. 99 percent of the ads were bought for less than $1,000 and half of those cost less than $3. Nearly $6,700 were spent on ads that appeared on Instagram.

Facebook has also added more controls to screen ads before they go live. These include additional human review and approval for some targeted ads to prevent something like this from happening again.

The world’s largest social network wasn’t the only online medium that was used. Both Twitter and Google have also found evidence of Russian ads on their platforms as well.

Facebook Says Russia Ads Made It To Instagram As Well , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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