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Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Siri and Google Now might soon have some competition, and this is just as smart as the others. Maybe even smarter. Facebook already revealed that indeed has plans for a virtual "shopping" assistant simply called "M", but it seems there isn't anything simple about it. A lucky Facebook Messenger got the rare chance to play around with the virtual helper, and to his surprise, "M" proved to be quite up to task in making sure all your purchasing and booking needs are met, right inside Facebook's chat app.

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Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook’s ‘On This Day’ now filters out bad memories

Facebook has tools/features that let you relive past moments, but not all moments are something you want to see crop up in your newsfeed. Lost loved ones, ex lovers, broken friendships...all things that may pepper your past Facebook statuses, tags, photos and more. Some users may even avoid features like "On This Day" because they don't want something painful to pop up. Now Facebook lets you filter them out forever.

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Facebook Video testing YouTube-like features for expansion

Facebook Video testing YouTube-like features for expansion

This week Facebook has released a barrage of updates for their Video initiative, bringing the world up to speed with their goings-on behind the scenes. In addition to the bits and pieces we've already seen, Facebook Video is set to be a fully integrated service, aiming to compete - albeit indirectly - with services such as YouTube. Earlier this year Facebook revealed 360-degree video with brands like Lucasfilm for Star Wars - and that's just the start. Live video is also beginning to take hold on Facebook.

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Facebook adds dedicated shopping feed to mobile app

Facebook adds dedicated shopping feed to mobile app

As further evidence of social networks at large pushing into the e-commerce market, Facebook is now testing a new shopping feed on their mobile app. Users may notice a new tab labelled "Shopping" in the "More" menu. As you would expect from the company that collects all your personal data, the tab showcases products for sale based on users' profile and interests. Along with a search bar, a timeline is displayed with photos of products available from a number of retailers.

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Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook app adds 3D Touch on iPhone 6s

Facebook has quietly updated its iPhone 6s app to support 3D Touch, with shortcuts available from a hard-press on the homescreen icon. The new version of the app, released today, now supports directly capturing media to share on the social network, as well as uploading content already in your camera roll.

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Facebook lets you show school spirit with “Game Face”

Facebook lets you show school spirit with “Game Face”

Facebook recently introduced updated mobile profiles, and now it is back with another way for you to show off your allegiances. The social network has introduced a new "Game Face" tool for adding a banner related to one of several college football teams. The banner can be set to only display for a set period of time before disappearing, such as one week or as little as a single hour.

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How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

How to cut your Facebook stress to zero

The most important pull-down menu on the entirety of the world's most used social network sits right up front and center of your best friend's profile page. This menu hides under the "Following" button, and inside you'll find the most excellent option Facebook has ever offered. The menu item you're looking for is "Unfollow." With this option you'll retain your friendship 100% without having to see your friend's posts in your news feed. You have the power to sort out what you want to see and what you're tired of seeing on Facebook without any negative repercussions.

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Facebook Messenger now available for Apple Watch

Facebook Messenger now available for Apple Watch

We’ve known that Facebook Messenger was inbound for the Apple Watch; we saw it previewed at Apple’s event last month, in fact. Now the time has come, and the social network’s chatting app has officially arrived on Apple’s wearable. The support comes via an update that Facebook released today; the app, which now sits at version 38, is available now in the iTunes store.

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Facebook Reactions is as close to a Dislike button as we’ll get (for now)

Facebook Reactions is as close to a Dislike button as we’ll get (for now)

Today Facebook begins rolling out their Dislike button - only it's not just about disliking something, this button is all about sending more emotion in your "Likes". This system takes the form of "Reactions", including a number of different icons, including one for Love, another for laughing out loud, and another for showing extreme happiness. An Open Mouth emoji can describe surprise with this system, while a sad face can describe dislike - or more likely Empathy. There's also an Angry Reaction - a red face with eyebrows looking distraught.

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Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

Facebook combines emoji with multi-option Likes for ‘Reactions’

While there was news lately about Facebook possibly introducing a new "dislike" button alongside their iconic Like, it seems the social network is already testing another option for expressing different opinions or feelings on a post. Called "Reactions," the feature turns the single-response Like into seven different emotions, complete with corresponding emoji. Sources told Engadget that Reactions will go into testing as early as this week for Facebook users in Ireland and Spain.

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Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook launches Doodle to decorate your photos

Facebook's mobile app for Android and iOS users sees an update this week which includes the ability to Doodle on photos. This functionality has existed for Messenger before, and is now just being imported back to the main Facebook app. This system allows you to not only edit the photo you're uploading - as you were able before today - but to draw on it as well. A variety of colors and abilities in illustration are being made available this week to join in with the stickers and the tags and the filters.

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Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 10 event has finally begun this morning, and the company isn't wasting any time in revealing how well the new operating system is doing after launching this past summer. To start off, Microsoft is boasting of the developers that have committed to make universal Windows 10 apps, which will run natively and provide users the same experience on PCs, tablets, and phones. One of those big names is Facebook.

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