Xiaomi’s global head Hugo Barra is moving to Facebook

Former Googler Hugo Barra recently announced his plans to leave Xiaomi where he worked worked as a global VP since 2013. While at the time he did not announce his plans for the future apart from wanting some time off, Barra has now confirmed via Twitter that he has accepted a job offer from Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg announced that Barra will be joining the social network to lead its virtual reality efforts, including the Oculus team. as he will be leading the company’s Oculus team.   Continue reading “Xiaomi’s global head Hugo Barra is moving to Facebook”

Locky ransomware can affect you via Facebook and LinkedIn

Malware doesn’t always need to attack your computer through browser or OS based exploits. Sometimes, it’s the social networks themselves that can be the problem. An ongoing spam campaign is using boobytrapped image files to download and infect users with the Locky ransomware, Israeli security firm Check Point reports.

This works by taking advantage of flaws in the way Facebook and LinkedIn (among others) handle images in its bid to infect your PC. The security firm says that malware authors have identified vulnerabilities in the social networks that forcibly download a maliciously coded image file on the user’s computer, but in some cases, the user had to click on the image to download it. Continue reading “Locky ransomware can affect you via Facebook and LinkedIn”

You knew the Facebook app was draining your battery, but did you know how much?

Facebook is without a doubt one of the most active and biggest developers for the Android platform. The company does after all own three of the top free android apps. The official Facebook app recieves updates almost every week with improvements and bug fixes and what not. But as it stands, after more than six or seven years, the Facebook app is still growing more and more resource hungry.

A quick glance at the Google Play Store reviews shows that the Facebook app has often been criticized for issues related to battery draining and general performance. Facebook’s central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out.
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Facebook Messenger Rooms come online in select countries

The Social Networking giant has taken a page off Yahoo’s book, and is starting off with Facebook Messenger Rooms.

These are essentially Facebook chatrooms, created around topics of mutual interest. The Yahoo Messenger did this quite successfully for over a decade, and this was one of the most appreciated features of the now defunct messenger. However, Facebook giving this a shot is already creating waves of excitement in the markets. Continue reading “Facebook Messenger Rooms come online in select countries”

Fix for the annoying Chromecast notification from Facebook

Facebook promised earlier this month that they will be building chromecast support in the Facebook android app which has been available on the iOS app for a while now. It would seem the social networking giant is working towards the promised feature and has been since quite a while actually. These are screenshots from March by a user who found that there was a chromecast icon in his Facebook app and it also worked. Whatever happened to that later.

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Facebook introduces Messenger Lite for emerging markets

Facebook is the largest social media site in the world, and also one of the largest companies in the world in general. Facebook grew so much over the years, and a ton of people use the company’s official application for Android, which had been downloaded over 1 billion times thus far.

Facebook introduced a light weight version of its Android app earlier this year, and the social network is now doing the same for its messaging platform which also crossed 1 billion users recently.

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Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM and Amazon form a historic partnership to make AI seem less terrifying

Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft have a ton of power.

The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet, and are now joining hands together to form an effective alliance, however, two big Silicon Valley names are missing from the team up, which aims to set societal and ethical best practice for artificial intelligence research.

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Who’s No. 1 in open source contributions? Microsoft! Not Google

Over the course of the 90’s and ’00’s, Microsoft became notorious for competing aggressively with the very concept of open source – free software, developed by teams of volunteer programmers from all over the world.

Since Satya Nadella took the CEO job at Microsoft in 2014, the company’s views towards open source have evolved. Microsoft has embraced open source, and even supports the open source Linux operating system on its Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform.

Don’t believe the love is real?

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Facebook brings Live Streaming ‘Instant Video’ Feature in Messenger App

In yet another deeper push into video, Facebook today is rolling out a new update to its Messenger app that adds a new live video button into every chat window. Social networks have been “inspired by” Snapchat more than once in the last few months, and it appears that Facebook has been struck by inspiration once again this week as it introduces Instant Video to Facebook Messenger. Although video chatting has been a part of the messaging service since last year, Instant Video gives users the ability to place a video call from a window within the message thread.

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