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  1. Facebook's modified Messenger Kids app is now available on Android, having been already available on iOS and Amazon Fire tablets. The application is aimed at 6- to 12-year old children and lacks in-app purchases or Hide options so that parents can have more control over any unsolicited messages. Messenger Kids The app gives kids the ability to have more fun, the listing on the Play Store claims. Facebook added kid-appropriate stickers, GIFs, frames and emojis to help kids “creatively express themselves.” There are also one-to-one video calls with interactive AR masks. Unlike the regular Messenger app, the Kids version does not ask for a phone number or need a Facebook account. Parents and approved grown-ups can use their profiles to verify the Kids account and can also check up what is going on through the regular Messenger. Kids can block contacts and report inappropriate content in the app. When they do that, the parent or guardian will be notified. Messengerkids.com Gsmarena.com
  2. Part of Facebook‘s identity has always involved the infamous Like button, one that allows users to show their appreciation for a post, comment, image or whatever happens to have been posted to Facebook at the time. This has obviously, over the years, led people to request a dislike button, and while Facebook has seemed far from keen to offer such a button, things may be starting to change. According to a new report by TechCrunch, Facebook has started testing a Downvote button, with around 2.5% of Facebook’s US-based users being presented with the new button. It’s not a dislike button, and Facebook is keen to point out that the two buttons are very different. When tapped, the downvote button hides a comment, and gives users additional reporting options like “Offensive”, “Misleading”, and “Off Topic”. Those could help Facebook figure out if the comment is objectionable, a form of “fake news”, or just irrelevant. Users who downvote something don’t need to worry about reprisals – downvotes are not visible on posts – and at the moment, the button is only offered on posts by Pages, not by users or groups. Facebook apparently believes that a Dislike button would create too much of a negative atmosphere on its social network, and instead believes that a Downvote button is more of a tool that will allow users to bring content to the attention of moderators. A Facebook spokesperson tells TechCrunch Facebook that the motivation behind the downvote button is to create a lightweight way for people to provide a signal to Facebook that a comment is inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading. Facebook may never roll this out to the wider community, but the company has been known to test new features on small portions of its user base ahead of making them available to everyone, so if you don’t yet see a Downvote button, there is still a chance that you will at some point in the future. Redmondpie.com
  3. Hello Gents, Press K (kick up my butt), if you reckon, I'm too unaware.. but I have my excuses- busy with work etc, so: (fed up having so many apps, conflicting contact issues etc), wonder, if somebody would have new (better) suggestions? Skype had it's glory days, but is too big, too unsafe, too much data FB Messenger is sort of "must", due to social interactions Like Telegram, but ever so few other users, also, it is not 100% as secure no more, What'sApp is OK, as there are some old contacts, sometimes handy, bhuuuttt Duo google product, expect to be failures, as per usual Hangouts- OK, just not sure if worth keeping it, as other apps-client do the same Thanks!
  4. Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back The social network is getting aggressive with people who don’t log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers. It’s been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the Facebook app from his phone, and the company has only gotten more aggressive in its emails to win him back. The social network started out by alerting him every few days about friends that had posted photos or made comments—each time inviting him to click a link and view the activity on Facebook. He rarely did. Then, about once a week in September, he started to get prompts from a Facebook security customer-service address. “It looks like you’re having trouble logging into Facebook,” the emails would say. “Just click the button below and we’ll log you in. If you weren’t trying to log in, let us know.” He wasn’t trying. But he doesn’t think anybody else was, either. “The content of mail they send is essentially trying to trick you,” said Gorantala, 35, who lives in Chile. “Like someone tried to access my account so I should go and log in.” Facebook, which has more than 2 billion people logging in monthly, has never failed to grow its user base. To beat investors’ expectations consistently on user numbers, it’s just as important for the company to retain people like Gorantala as it is to recruit new members. People who are logging into Facebook less often—but aren’t fully disconnected—are noticing more and more frequent prompts to come back, sometimes multiple times a day, via emails or text messages reminding them what they’re missing out on, according to screenshots and reports from users around the world. Gorantala, who eased off his Facebook usage because of privacy concerns, said his security prompt comes “whenever I don’t log in for a few days.” Even with regular users, Facebook has become thirstier for posts. The social network’s reminder boxes at the top of the news feed, which often show memories or anniversaries of friendship with close pals, have recently become real estate for more trivial milestones—like being tagged in 10 photos with someone or getting 100 heart reactions. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this year that Facebook was going to rethink the formula for its news feed to put an emphasis on posts from friends and family, downplaying content from brands and media. The company will emphasize “time well spent,” aiming for meaningful interactions that will be better for users long-term. It cautioned that the changes could cause some measures of engagement to go down, because people may spend less time on the app reading articles and watching videos. But engagement may have been a concern for Zuckerberg before the announcement. While the company has said it sees positive trends, it hasn’t updated a statistic on how much time people spend on its properties since the first quarter of 2016. Minutes spent on the site in the U.S. are declining, according to measurements by both Nielsen and Comscore, even if the trend is healthy globally. In the third quarter, the growth in daily users was the slowest ever. “You could argue that the actions they announced were in response to what they were observing,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research. “Given how big they are, you’re going to run into a wall at some point.” Facebook's financial results are showing no signs of struggle so far. Analysts project Facebook on Wednesday will report another quarter of record sales, bringing annual revenue to $40.3 billion. There’s still plenty of room to grow in the mobile-advertising market, which Facebook dominates alongside Alphabet Inc.’s Google, the digital-ad leader. This quarter, revenue will probably see a boost from people watching video ads. And no matter what happens with the flagship Facebook app, the company owns several other huge platforms for communicating with friends—Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger— that are just starting to seriously generate revenue. Still, investors are watching for any comments or clues about audience growth and user habits. Bumps in the trend line are a reminder that Facebook's continued dominance is not inevitable, and any protracted decline in engagement could eventually curb its appeal to advertisers. In order to count as a monthly active user, someone must have logged into or shared content on Facebook at least once in the last 30 days of the quarter. Facebook’s biggest barrier to growth is its already-unprecedented size. The internet, in total, has about 3.6 billion users. For the roughly 1.6 billion of those who aren’t regular Facebook users, almost half are likely in China, where Facebook is banned by the government. For the rest, it’s unclear how many do have accounts that they just don’t use, or decided to delete. “Nobody would ever talk about that,” Wieser said. Facebook says there are “many reasons” why users might get notifications from the company. “We’re always looking for ways to help people access their accounts more quickly and easily, especially when there are notifications from friends they may have missed,” spokeswoman Lisa Stratton said in an email. The security emails are “not a re-engagement tactic,” the company said. The new mini-celebrations, for occasions such as a milestone number of photos tagged with a particular friend, were rolled out in August because focus groups told Facebook they liked celebrating memories. The Menlo Park, California-based company said it had nothing to add on its engagement numbers. It’s standard for all types of companies to use email and text messages to re-engage their customers. Facebook’s stand out for their frequency and personalization, users said. The company does it because it works. Kuldeep Patil, 32, deleted the app from his phone many months ago and says he gets at least two messages wooing him back each day. They used to be related to people that were interacting with his account, tagging him in photos or inviting him to like pages. “Kuldeep, you have 90 new notifications, 6 messages, 1 poke and 4 group invites,” a typical subject line reads, from an email he got in December. Like Gorantala, Patil, who lives in India, decreased his usage due to concerns over Facebook tracking his activity. He said the messages have gotten more annoying recently as they start to flag updates that he’s not even involved with—a person from his past commenting on his or her own photo, for example. But sometimes, he admits, he'll click. “I guess that’s why I haven’t deleted the account yet,” Patil said. But after clicking, while he’s scrolling through the feed, he gets uncomfortable watching the “same bunch of people posting only good things.” He’ll close it quickly. It’s that kind of activity—idle scrolling to compare one’s own life to others’—that even Facebook admits is depressing. As part of a reckoning over the company’s impact on society, Facebook released a study in December that acknowledged it could be harmful for people's mental health to use the app passively, reading others’ posts without contributing or reacting. If people interact with their close friends, commenting and sharing, that can actually positively impact mental health, the study concluded. That helped inform Zuckerberg’s decision to focus on friends and family in the news feed. In other words, the solution for the ills of Facebook, in Facebook’s academic opinion, is more Facebook. “It's convenient,” said Judson Brewer, director of research at University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness, who has written about technology addiction. “It all sounds great, that they want to do this, but they still need to keep their user base because that's how they make money.” As Facebook has continued to grow, it’s given users many reasons for malaise. There was the situation that sparked the company’s re-thinking of its mission—the revelation that Russia had for months used the site to spread fake news and sow social discord around the 2016 U.S. presidential election—and also a sprinkling of mini-crises, like live-streamed violent videos and the uncovering of racist ad-targeting options. But several users said their reasons for tuning out Facebook usage were much simpler: It was overwhelming. It wasn’t fun. It was too public. The longer people use Facebook, the more people they become connected with, and the less intimate the feed feels. Gorantala became conscious of how much the site knew about him, as well as his activity on the rest of the internet. He felt it would be too extreme to delete his Facebook account entirely. It still contained a record of photos of him, and some social contacts that weren’t on his phone. Several others said they remained users, but not frequent ones, because they weren't sure how to actually delete their accounts. On the website, a user has to put in a request to Facebook to have an account deleted. But many people choose the simpler “deactivate” option instead, which preserves all their data should they choose to come back. Brewer said his wife makes the choice to deactivate frequently, then gets the emails and comes back to Facebook. Rogério Pereira, a user in Portugal, said among his friends it’s understood that there’s only one way to make sure you never go back. “You must ask your friend to say you’re dead so they convert your account into a memorial,” he said. SOURCE
  5. Facebook Creates New Unit of Time

    Facebook has invented a new unit of time called "the flick." Perhaps surprisingly it actually serves a purpose rather than being a mere gimmick. A "flick" is a word that's a shortened version of a "frame tick". It refers to the length of time of 1 second divided by 705,600,000; in decimal format it would look like this: 1.417233560090703e-9. All mathematics aside, the "flick" could help make online videos smoother as well as improve virtual reality and similar technologies. The flick is now the next longest unit of time after the nanosecond, which isn't just a turn of phrase but rather is one second divided by a billion. Mathematics Is The Key The key to the flick is that it evenly divides into many different numbers representing specific fractions of a second that are commonly used in video and audio. Some examples include high definition video recorded at 24 frames per second, CD and digital audio files recorded at 44.1 KHz (44,100 'chunks' of data per one second of audio), and 120 hertz - the number of frames of video shown per second on a television or monitor. Those numbers are technically abbreviated because they have decimals that run infinitely. The flick, however, can be used to evenly divide 24 frames per second, or 44.1 KHz, and even 120 Hz - which means you get video that is smooth as well as audio that never goes out of sync. This is especially useful when converting audio and video file formats. (Source: techcrunch.com) "Internet Time" Previously Bombed A researcher told the BBC the flick system could be particularly useful in virtual reality and gaming, particularly where it's important for the experience to be immersive. Removing even tiny glitches makes it much less likely that the user's brain will spot something amiss and thus break the illusion. (Source: bbc.co.uk) Several sources have noted the system might be more successful than a previous attempt to create a new unit of time. Back in 1998, Swatch tried to create "Internet Time", a unit of 86.4 seconds. This was done so that a day divided into 1,000 units. Supposedly this would eliminate the need for time zones, though it came across more as a marketing gimmick for watches. Article
  6. Another day, another Android malware targeting those who download apps from Play Store – This time, however, malware aims at hijacking Facebook and Google Play accounts. Trend Micro researchers have identified new Android malware dubbed as GhostTeam. It is capable of stealing Facebook credentials after infecting devices. The malware tricks unsuspecting users into installing it and it is spread through malicious, infected apps. Research suggests that it is present in 53 different applications. One of these infected apps has over 100,000 downloads. The prominent targets of GhostTeam include users in Brazil, India, and Indonesia but researchers are of the opinion that this campaign will spread to other regions most probably to the US considering that Google Play Store has been unknowingly harboring malicious apps since April 2017. Just like other Android malware, GhostTeam also is capable of performing a variety of tasks. It basically steals Facebook credentials, which Trend Micro researchers believe could be an attempt to build what they refer to as a “zombie social media army.” Their objective, speculate researchers, is to spread unauthentic news articles and cryptocurrency mining malware along with launching full-screen ads on targeted devices to generate click revenue. The apps in which this malware is hidden are harmless looking regular apps such as social media video downloaders, flashlights, and QR scanners, etc. It must be noted that the malware is not downloaded by the installation of these apps, just like other malware does, but instead, it involves a multi-stage attack process so as to keep its payload hidden. One of the malware infected apps After the infected app is downloaded from Play Store it checks if it is running on an Android VM or an emulator to hide its code from security professionals. Once it realizes that it is running on a physical device, it downloads the GhostTeam payload in the form of Google Play Services app. When the user opens Facebook or Google Play, a popup appears requesting to install the fake Google Play Services app and also asks for administrator-level permissions. Afterwards, whenever the user opens Facebook for the first time, a fake WebView page is loaded, which asks the user to verify his/her Facebook account. The malware captures the email ID and password and immediately sends it to its C&C server. If 2FA is not enabled, the attackers would easily access the account. To stay protected, you need to install a reliable anti-virus app and before downloading an app do check out its reviews, comments, and ratings. If you suspect anything fishy, do not download it at all. Furthermore, you need to keep Android device updated with latest security patches. If you somehow fall prey to GhostTeam infection, you can disable device administrator permissions from accessing Settings menu to mitigate the threat. Finally, it is really important to enable 2FA (two-factor-authentication) for Facebook and all other social media accounts wherever it is available. Trend Micro has already informed Google about the presence of infected apps and these have been removed as well. The company has updated Google Play Protect to detect GhostTeam. source
  7. Facebook has started rolling out an update to its photo tagging system that will now scan newly uploaded photos and alert all the users it recognizes in that image by default. "These new features help you find photos that you’re not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture," said Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Director, Applied Machine Learning at Facebook. Feature may actually prove helpful The Facebook photo tagging system works by scanning each image users upload on the site, looking for human faces. The system detects faces and computes a string of numbers (called template) for each face. It then compares this template to the face templates of other Facebook users and uses the results as friend suggestions for the photo tagger system. If a user wishes to tag a friend in the photo, that friend will receive a notification. The new system that Facebook has started rolling out will send notifications to all users found in newly uploaded photos, not just those that have been actively tagged. Facebook hopes this new tool will help curb abuse, bots, and account impersonators. A variation of this facial recognition system will also be deployed for users with visual impairments as well. Facebook will use the same facial recognition scanner to detect people not tagged in an image and inform the user who's in the photo. Rollout information The system will roll out to all countries except Canada and the EU, where the company has not deployed its photo-tagging mechanism —a basic facial recognition algorithm— due to local user privacy laws. The state of this new facial recognition system will be synced to the photo tag suggestions feature. Facebook says that if a user has photo tagging notifications disabled, he won't receive notifications when others upload photos of the user. The user must visit the Facebook settings page and change the status of the new Face Recognition option to his liking. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/facebook-will-alert-you-when-someone-else-uploads-a-photo-of-you/
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