Global Tech Websites unite to save Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality is a principle about fairness on the Internet. It holds that no ISP should be able to unfairly manipulate your Internet usage or your experience of the Web, particularly in ways that harm other businesses. It means that ISPs don’t get to choose which data is sent more quickly, and which sites get blocked or throttled and who has to pay extra. About 200 internet companies and activist groups are coming together today to mobilize their users into opposing US government plans to scrap net neutrality protection. Facebook,…

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook is no longer a just for friends’ Platform

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Facebook has always made sure that its audience know what their friends are having for lunch and how the new borns in the family look like. Now the Facebook CEO is acknowledging that connecting people online isn’t enough. Facebook is unveiling a new mission: “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” It’s a culmination of months, perhaps years, of apparent soul-searching on Zuckerberg’s part and strategic directional changes for Facebook as a product. The social network has been moving in this direction for…

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Doctors warn against internet, gaming disorders in UAE

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Medical professionals in the UAE are warning that addiction to smartphones and technology among young people can be as powerful as addiction to gambling and drugs, with its own host of health and psychological problems. In many developed nations – the UAE included – it isn’t uncommon to see young children on a tablet or smartphone, with their parents besides them seemingly oblivious to any potential health risks. “Mental health risks of increasing addiction to technology are clear and present,” said Dr Binu George, Consultant Paediatrician (paediatric neurodevelopment and neurodisability)…

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The Popular Social Media is no longer social, chat Bots are taking over

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The rise of social bots has thrown up a wide range of new issues in the social media world. Chat bots have become a common part of online interaction for major consumer companies and celebrities. The popular networking scene is slowly turning out to be unsocial as robots are taking over the communications with users disguising themselves as humans. As technology develops, robots as well improve their interactions with humans trying to emulate and possibly alter their behavior. Currently, celebrities are using Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to lend a personal…

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Facebook will launch group chatbots at F8

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Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, e-commerce deliveries and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the feature. Facebook is already working with top chatbot makers to prepare for the launch. Facebook will open up APIs to allow more developers to start building group bots, too. When asked for comment, a Facebook spokesperson said “we don’t comment on…

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Android O will make notification customization easier.

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Android has never been well known for having the most user-friendly settings options. Google has rolled out the first developer preview of Android O, the next version of its Android operating system. With Google’s new OS, users be able to customize ringtones, alarm, and notification settings from the phone itself with files that have been downloaded from the web, email, or a cloud storage service.  The new OS is still in early stages and has been made available in the form of first developer preview for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P,…

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Facebook Messenger now offers a more dynamic persistent menu for bot developers

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Facebook has released a Messenger platform update giving bot developers greater flexibility and control over how they want the app experience to be for users. Included in version 1.4 is a redesigned persistent menu that supports multiple nested items and allows better workflows and experiences, thanks to its integration with webviews. Developers can access this capability today, but it will become visible to users over the next two weeks. In addition, Facebook has also launched new ways to share content within Messenger, updated its customer matching feature for businesses, and…

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Facebook is testing emoji reactions and dislikes in Messenger

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When words just aren’t enough emojis come to the rescue, and Facebook is reportedly testing out a feature that lets you reply to messages with smiles, sad faces, and even a thumbs down icon. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that emoji reactions are indeed being trialled. Most of the reactions are the same as the ones you’ll know from your News Feed, except for that thumbs down, “dislike” button, which Facebook says is more of a “no” response to something that’s been said. “We’re always testing ways to make Messenger more…

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Facebook Is Making It Easier to Find Help After An Emergency

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Facebook just rolled out a new feature designed to connect people in a time of crisis. Facebook’s Safety Check feature makes it possible for users to let friends and family know that they’re safe after an incident has occurred in their area. Now, the social media giant is going one step further by letting those affected find help and supplies through the platform. When people mark themselves safe in Facebook’s Safety Check feature, they will be presented with an option to find help.  The new feature, called Community Help, allows…

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Facebook ’s New Feature; Discover People, Helps users get social

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Facebook has always made it easy to find friends you already have in real life who are on the social network. To enable users connect with new users, Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Discover People,” which  aims to leverage local events to connect like-minded strangers in person. Before using the feature, Facebook prompts users to update their profiles, but doesn’t change your privacy settings, so you’re still apt to get only a limited snapshot of potential pals as you scroll through Facebook’s lists. The company confirmed to…

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