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    Google Assistant is expected to be launched next month and feature intelligent and convenient reservation-making and instant payments. Facebook, which has been working on its own bot-based ecosystem through its Messenger Platform, has launched version 1.2 of that platform. It will allow bot-enabled entities on Facebook from small businesses to large corporations to let users effectively shop within Messenger — some News Feed ads have started to redirect to Messenger threads — with product and customization prompts, an integrated checkout and payment process and notifications on ...

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    With all the bad news about the platform that we've been feeding you, it's time for some good news for the believers. Facebook took its Windows 10 Mobile app out of beta this week, deeming it stable enough for a version 1 release. Good news for Microsoft as it can drop work on its own Facebook client for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, it is actively shuttling users to uninstall the app and download Facebook's. If you're on the marketplace for an Amazon app, it has now come back from the purgatory of Windows Phone deprecation and is now on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app only ...

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    With Pokémon Go already considered the most popular mobile game in history, at least stateside, as well as bigger than both Tinder and Twitter in terms of daily users, and even topping Facebook as far as average time spent hunting goes, it feels fitting to remind the world of other things they can do on their phones. For instance, “make plans, share dreams, send payments, tell jokes, play games, and let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them”, which are only a few of Facebook Messenger’s strengths, according to the social media giant’s latest press release. This ...

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    It took less than a month for Facebook to integrate Apple's new interaction medium, 3D Touch, into its iOS app. It has taken Menlo Park ten months to do the same for its Messenger app. You can now give a hard tap to contact icons for a quick peek at their digits, screennames and addresses. You can also preview conversations, enlarged photos and moving videos, stickers, links and locations. It took Facebook some 34 whole-point revisions to its app in order to make 3D Touch happen. Just as a matter of curiosity. Download: App Store Via: The Verge

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    US law enforcement may have inadvertently done the tech industry a favor by fighting Apple so hard on iOS data protection, arousing the consumers’ interest in encryption at previously unprecedented levels. This offered companies like Google and Facebook, in addition to the iPhone makers, great leeway in their efforts to enhance mobile security, and Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant in particular deserves praise, first for bringing WhatsApp up to Signal standards, and today initiating Messenger’s own “Secret Conversations” rollout. For now, only a tiny fraction of the IM ...

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    As Spotify crossed its own little milestone yesterday, it's important to note Instagram's today. The Facebook subsidiary announced that it has crossed 500 million total users. Better than 60 percent of them use the app daily and more than 8- percent of the base comes from outside the US. The app crossed this mark shortly after its interface redesign and the launch of its new feed curation algorithm. Facebook bought the image-sharing social media platform in 2012. Sibling acquisition WhatsApp revealed a couple months ago that it had a billion total users. Source: Instagram Via: Neowin

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    Every so often, you see that X company acquired Y company for hundreds of millions of dollars. Every so often, you'll see that number climb into the billions. Last week we saw LinkedIn get snatched up by Microsoft for some $26.2 billion. Does Microsoft want a social networking platform for blue collar types that badly? We know that there have to be sensical synergies for the deal to happen, but come on! $26.2 billion? What kind of returns are these companies expecting and when do they expect them? Well, we decided to take a look at five major acquisitions in technology with major impacts ...

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    Sharp corners. Circular motifs. One Robin. If you want to learn more about how Nextbit designed its Red Dot Award-winning phone, well, you have a chance to ask the people behind the blueprints all about it. Nextbit's Scott Croyle, Chief Design and Product Officer (formerly part of HTC's design team), and Saro Nalbandian, Head of Industrial Design, are hosting a Facebook Live event tomorrow, June 9, at 11am Eastern. You'll also be one of the first people to pick up what features are coming down the pipe. Source: Nextbit (Facebook)

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    The world’s most popular social network (by a landslide) has long stopped being about liking online content and sharing cool stuff with friends. Instant text and voice communication is in fact such an integral part of Facebook’s DNA nowadays that the cross-platform Messenger service is rapidly nearing a billion monthly active users. While these can currently always choose to IM their e-buddies via the Android, iOS and Windows Phone app or the actual FB mobile website, it looks like Mark Zuckerberg & co. intend to soon remove the alternative altogether. Even for basic message ...

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    Smartphone users today have more opportunities to try out in-development software than ever before. From Apple's public iOS betas, to Android's developer preview for Nexus hardware, to the Microsoft Insider program, users who aren't afraid of dealing with a few rough edges can check out the latest software well in advance of any wide release. Sometimes the inevitable beta bugs are minor, and while the user experience may be a little wonky, everything's ultimately still functional. Then again, sometimes things are so thoroughly broken that using the software at all becomes an exercise in ...

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    Facebook might only be ranked as the world’s tenth most valuable brand at the moment by Forbes, but with Apple, Microsoft and Samsung facing global smartphone demand slowdown and various other challenges, Mark Zuckerberg is probably entitled to believe he’ll someday become the leader of the largest corporate money maker. While in the long haul FB should greatly benefit from its early involvement in the fast-rising virtual reality hardware industry, as well as future artificial intelligence breakthroughs, right now you won’t be surprised in the least to hear the core social networking ...

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    How many iterations of “X is the new Y” have you seen in social media circles over the years? Instagram is the new Twitter? Snapchat is the new Instagram? Unfortunately for some of the largest companies in the social networking game, it's all too easy to get yourself pegged as the Y in that comparison, and that's a fate Facebook's been fighting for some time now. The company's drive to stay ahead of its competitors has led Facebook to either outright acquire such companies, or do its best to implement its own version of their services. Last month we learned about Facebook buying ...

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    Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons. As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela ...

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    "I'm gonna Facebook you" probably doesn't mean you're going to make a voice call to a person, but Facebook is still trying to make that happen with Messenger's new group calling feature. Facebook initially said that there was no limit on participants, corrected itself by admitting a limit of 12 ... and then changed the number again. As with any call already, you can hit up to 50 of the 900 million-plus Facebook users out there for a call. Those receiving a call, but miss the initial join-up will be able to tap the Phone icon in the group chat to barge in. You can also invite other people ...

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    No one likes have to remember a ton of logins and passwords, but the need to authenticate ourselves is a necessary evil in order to distinguish ourselves from the billions of other users connecting to the same apps and services we are. But could there be a better, or at least an easier alternative to having users remember all those account details? Facebook thinks so, and it's turning two-factor authentication on its head for its new Account Kit login system. With standard two-factor authentication, you may log into an online service with your username and password, before being prompted ...

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    How should we measure engagement? What makes a story popular? Social networks as businesses have a problem. To maximize revenue, you need to keep users engaged with that platform to serve those users advertising. As each social network collects data and trends on individual users, those platforms have a remarkable amount of data on what each participant enjoys. From a financial position, there’s little incentive to serve that individual content which might challenge their preferences. The common wisdom is to feed the user what they enjoy, and that user should stay on the site or in the ...

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    How do you judge the success of a social network? The size of its user base? Sure. The amount of time users spend engaged with the service? Absolutely. But there's another figure that helps drive that user engagement, and it's an area where Facebook is reportedly seeing problems, with reports surfacing earlier this week that user-posted personal updates are on the decline. While reversing that trend threatens to be a complicated issue, Facebook may already be onto one way it can hope to get users posting more again, as the company tries out new ways to make it easier than ever to post. ...

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    A simple, benevolent and convenient concept on paper, Facebook’s Safety Check feature backfired several times in the past, as users of the world’s largest social network predictably abused it to draw attention to themselves in conceited efforts disguised as compassionate. But until recently, folks who marked themselves safe following natural or man-made disasters despite having nothing to do with affected areas did so by their own choice and narcissism. Due to a mysterious bug, it appeared FB encouraged such counter-intuitive behaviors in the wake of the Lahore, Pakistan bombing, ...

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    Forget wearable technology and virtual reality. The industry’s “next big thing” could be a service much simpler to implement and market, which has been around for years in some form or other, and is only now taken seriously by behemoths Twitter, Facebook and Google. We’re talking live video streaming, particularly mobile apps capable of broadcasting “original content” in real time for friends and fans, with Twitter getting an important head start on its social networking arch-rival last year, and FB slowly recovering lost ground. Since Facebook Live Video is still new, ...

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    Walking dead platform BlackBerry 10 got another jab in the kidneys as Facebook has decided to stop support of the platform. WhatsApp, a subsidiary of Facebook, will also pull support from BBOS at the end of the year. Ever since BlackBerry introduced the Android-powered Priv phone, the company has been inching slowly away from actively developing its own homebrew. Representatives have said that it'll be Android-only moving forward. And third-party developers are taking notice. The INSIDE BlackBerry blog says that Waterloo remains committed to BB10 and that its dev community is "creating ...

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    While Apple’s legal battles with the FBI, San Bernardino County, NYPD and US Department of Justice remain at a standstill, the tech giant’s many declared allies might be looking to take further action against potential government snooping on people’s private data and e-conversations. The world’s most popular messaging application in particular will reportedly add voice call encryption before long to a set of security features that already includes end-to-end text protection. WhatsApp would thus become essentially impenetrable from the ground up, and unless crystal clear laws are ...

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    We're digging into our coverage of Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but while our first impressions are positive, we're seeing slower pre-sales than last year's Galaxy S6. At the same time, Apple is lowering expectations for future smartphone sales. At least detachable screen PC sales are looking up as tablet sales are falling flat. Huawei has a big announcement in store for their first phone collaboration with Leica, and LG finally reveals when the G5 will start shipping. We've been hard at work covering news stories and prepping for the next generation of phone reviews. We ...

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    It's a cycle we've seen play out time and time again: new app arrives (or existing app delivers new feature), it proves to be wildly popular, and then everyone else under the sun scrambles to bring the same functionality to their own software; Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but in mobile app circles, developers have it down to a science. And while Snapchat may have made its name with self-destructing media that disappeared just moments after viewing, today users turn to the app for a growing number of reasons, not the least of which being its attractive filter package. ...

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    In was back in the early days of the summer of 2014 when we were first introduced to Google's new look for Android, as the company unveiled the Material Design style that would define the look that made Lollipop and Marshmallow what they are. With a clean, bold layout and tasteful use of transitions and shadows, the Material Design language worked its way through Google's stable of Android apps, and over the months that followed its introduction, we saw Google revamp the majority of its software offerings with the new look. Third-party developers followed shortly thereafter, and their work ...

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    How many smartphone controversies can we have going at once? Most of our attention may be on the Apple vs. FBI encryption fight these days, but it wasn't so long ago that the topic du jour was zero-rated data: the practice of some carriers that sends certain mobile data to our phones for free, while continuing to charge us for most data. T-Mobile's no stranger to that controversy, and its Binge On video offering pushed the limits of what was acceptable for a zero-rating scheme as it proactively downgraded users' video connections. But today we're looking at another area where T-Mobile ...

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