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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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    It sure feels like we're reading the early pages of the virtual reality story, as we see experimental projects like Google Cardboard prove they've got what it takes to last, and big commercial products like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift prepare to make their retail debut. But if this is just the intro, how long will it be until we get to the real meat of the story? It could be years, if not the better part of a decade before we get there, at least according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as he shares his thoughts on the growth of the VR movement. Zuckerberg compares VR hardware to the ...

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    Another day, another game-changing feature added to the capabilities list of the world’s largest social network. Only Facebook Live isn’t entirely new, as public “Reactions” are. The real-time video streaming function debuted on US iPhones about a month ago, and was rapidly expanded to iOS devices in “more than 30 countries.” Now, it’s ready to cover American Androids too within the week, while other countries will of course follow suit “soon.” As you’re probably well aware by now, with Live Video, you can… broadcast live video content on Facebook. Finally, an ...

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    You don’t need boots on the ground, armed drones or bombs to assist in stopping ISIS from spreading its global reign of terror. The war has long been about ideology as much as public beheadings, and in the digital age, it’s equally important to hinder the dissemination of hateful online propaganda and apprehend leaders of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State.” But when is censorship really an acceptable reaction to anything? Apparently, now, since the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center deems the “more aggressive takedowns across social media platforms” of late “a ...

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    You often hear the world’s most valuable company justifying its success on the unmatched loyalty of its customers, but exactly how do you scientifically assess such a vague and deeply abstract concept? Leave it to New York-based consultancy firm Brand Keys to interview close to 43,000 consumers aged 18 to 65 in the nine US Census Regions, in order to determine the most beloved brand names in no less than 72 categories, ranging from airlines to breakfast bars to deodorants to smartphones, tablets, and social networking sites. The logo that prevailed in the most sections of the ...

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    Android, iOS and desktop users of the world’s most popular social network, gear up for more nuanced and possibly complicated Facebook interactions. That’s right, you’re no longer confined to the inherent restrictions of Like and Share buttons, and don’t necessarily need to resort to comments anymore if you have something else to say. A different emotion to convey, for instance. Perhaps like doesn’t cut it, and there’s an irresistible cat pic you’ll smile all day about. Or maybe you want a stronger “reaction” to quickly reward your favorite comedian with after writing a ...

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    The world’s largest social network continues to compete against itself as far as instant messaging services are concerned, with both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger constantly improved and boosting their popularity edge over Skype, Viber or Google Hangouts. After picking up its own digital assistant, ditching mandatory Facebook accounts, and expanding to the Apple Watch last year, FB Messenger is ready to bring back SMS functionality to Android devices, as well as let you seamlessly switch between users without ever signing out. The latter feature must have been in testing for a while ...

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    If AT&T, T-Mobile and Comcast pulled zero-rate schemes in India like they did in the US, they would have to stop today. Similarly, Facebook is actually going to have to stop in its tracks from promoting its Free Basics program in the country. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has banned "discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content." That means an internet service provider won't be able to charge end users differently for video data than it does for basic data. Access to emergency services or to information during public emergencies are eligible for a ...

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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