Facebook Messenger Lite now available in over 130 countries
While the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps might be common, everyday communication features on smartphones in the US, in developing countries around the world these apps can be a little resource-heavy for the less powerful devices used or in low data bandwidth conditions. To help address that situation — and continue to draw in more users — Facebook Lite and … Continue reading...
Season 5 of ‘Orange is the New Black’ has been hacked and released
After eagerly anticipating the release of Netflix's hit Orange is the New Black for months, our waiting has come to a rather anticlimactic end as a hacker named The Dark Overlord has released the 10 episodes illegally. The post Season 5 of ‘Orange is the New Black’ has been hacked and released appeared first on Digital Trends....
Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet
 The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the country’s Ambassador to the U.S. The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom, halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup, and created digital refugees. Read More ...
How Echo Look could feed Amazon’s big data fueled fashion ambitions
 This week Amazon took the wraps off a new incarnation of its Alexa voice assistant, giving the AI an eye so it can see as well as speak and hear. The Echo Look also contains a depth sensor that’s being used, in the first instance, to create a bokeh effect for a hands-free style selfies feature that Amazon is hoping will sell the device to fashion lovers, by making their outfits pop… Read More ...
Someone scraped 40,000 Tinder selfies to make a facial dataset for AI experiments
 Tinder users have many motives for uploading their likeness to the dating app. But contributing a facial biometric to a downloadable dataset for training convolutional neural networks probably wasn’t top of their list when they signed up to swipe. Read More ...
Google+ is still alive, even gets new Topics feature
Google is known, nay, notorious, for starting dozens of projects and then killing them off when they no longer become feasible or practical business-wise. That has happened to both small and big projects alike, even revolutionary ones like Google Glass, Project Ara, and more. And yet there is one product that, despite being a ghost town and shadow of its … Continue reading...
Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories
 Snapchat will no longer show that annoying white border around old photos that you share from Memories. Previously, if you shared a photo from Memories that was more than 24 hours old it would have a white border around the image. While Snapchat’s goal was to remind viewers that this older content wasn’t truly ephemeral, the ugly border ended up annoying users who didn’t… Read More ...
Flickr goes (more) international, adds versions for 130 countries, 10 languages
Flickr's mobile app is now available in more locations without the need for a desktop computer, as the latest app is now in 130 more international stores. New group and tagging features are also part of the update. The post Flickr goes (more) international, adds versions for 130 countries, 10 languages appeared first on Digital Trends....
Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x
The folks at Instagram have announced that they’ve hit a major milestone in the brief history of their existence. They’ve racked up a cool 700-million monthly active users, with growth between 600M and 700M happening at a rate greater than any other 100M span they had before. Of course there were other major events in the history of this photo-based … Continue reading...
Twitter’s not doing so well with money
Twitter today released a letter to shareholders documenting the progress it made in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Twitter, the letter doesn’t hold many surprises for those who have been following its business side for a while now. The good news is that things like daily active users are up year-over-year, but the bad news is that Twitter is still having … Continue reading...
Twitter shares spike 10% after it delivers a much-needed earnings beat
 Twitter delivered a surprising and much-needed positive quarterly earnings report this morning — and its finally seeing some positive moves in its stock price. That’s going to be important going forward, as the company needs to convince Wall Street it can stay independent and also attract talent. Twitter, as we’ve seen time and again, reports a huge stock-based… Read More ...
A call to action for tech
 Tech is uniting against Trump. From 127 tech firms teaming up against Trump’s immigration ban, to Google employees’ massive walkout in response to the immigration ban, to Lyft’s $3 million donation to the ACLU, tech has taken up the language of protest and spoken loud and clear. However, as the tech community’s voice grows louder, it must be strategic in how it directs… Read More ...
LinkedIn goes on connecting professionals, now has half a billion users
LinkedIn, which has been connecting professionals around the world for the last 15 years, on Monday announced it now has half a billion users as it continues to maintain steady growth. The post LinkedIn goes on connecting professionals, now has half a billion users appeared first on Digital Trends.
Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report
 Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More ...
Every feed app should steal Pinterest’s “More Like This” button
 ‬This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it. I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, I was hooked. Essentially it’s an elegant “show me more… Read More ...
The live-streaming Mevo pocket cam comes to Android, goes 4K on iOS
Livestream has announced that its Mevo live-streaming camera is a getting a host of new updates this summer, including support for Android devices, YouTube live, 1080p streaming, and 4K internal recording. The post The live-streaming Mevo pocket cam comes to Android, goes 4K on iOS appeared first on Digital Trends.
How to make Twitter profitable
 Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here’s a proposal to radically change the economics of Twitter. Read More ...
Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook
 That was effectively the only conversation missing from Facebook’s F8 conference — an event that even made time for a progress update on a moonshot project that might one day allow us to hear through our skin. Perhaps that’s the luxury of a company whose advertising revenue is up 57 percent year-over-year. But don’t misconstrue unseen for unimportant. Behind… Read More ...
These firms made sweet 8K 360 cameras using Facebook Surround’s open source
Why did Facebook release the Surround camera as open source last year? To create even better variations like these sweet cameras. Three 8K pro-level 3D VR cameras were on display this week. The post These firms made sweet 8K 360 cameras using Facebook Surround’s open source appeared first on Digital Trends....
Crunch Report | Google Home Gets More Personal
 Today’s Stories  Google Home can now recognize up to six voices and give personalized responses Google said to be planning a built-in ad blocker for Chrome GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017 FTC tells ‘influencers’ to quit trying to hide the fact that they’re shilling for brands Shopify launches a free, in-house-designed card reader Credits… Read More ...