By now you’ve likely seen the "selfie" photo taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars. What you might not know is the process that lead up to it - and no, that didn’t just happen to be Ellen’s everyday phone taking a selfie for the fun of it. It is true, on the other hand, that the photo did turn out quite well due to the relative excellence of the device at hand.
Facebook's little-loved email service isn't the only service getting shuttered, the social network has confirmed, with Facebook Messenger for Windows also facing the axe. Notifications in the Windows app have begun warning users that it will shut down as of March 3rd, though there's no indication of exactly why Facebook has made the decision.
Facebook is changing how it deals with the profiles of social network users who die, memorializing their timelines while also allowing family and friends to request to see their custom-curated Look Back videos. The policy changes come after a campaign by one father to see his son's Look Back video, which he was unable to access as the son had passed away unexpectedly.
Have you ever told a fable on Twitter, perhaps for humor's sake or as an accidental faux pas? Ever retweeted something, only to later discover it was false? Soon such tweets will be tested under the watchful eye of Pheme, a lie detector of sorts that aims to determine in real time whether a tweet contains the truth or is a lie.
Facebook has added LGBTQ-friendly gender pronoun options for profiles, with more than ten to choose between as the social network makes it easier for users to be clear on how they identify. Where previously only "male" and "female" were available options, Facebook has added a third, "custom" selection which then allows for one of several new options to be picked, including "cisgender" and "transgender", for their account.
Facebook has no immediate plans to add adverts to its Paper newsreader app, according to COO Sheryl Sandberg, with other products in the social network's line-up likely to be squeezed for monetization first. The company is still in its early stages of analysis, Sandberg said, trying to figure out exactly how Paper users are actually interacting with the app, which combines personal social content from a circle of friends with broader news content from a number of categorized online sources.
Photography sharing site 500px has finally added mobile uploads to its iOS app, answering one of the loudest feature requests among users. The app, billed as a way for professional photographers to showcase their work while on the move, had previously worked in browse-only mode, showing galleries and allowing for comments but no actual new content to be uploaded.
If your everyday social networks prove too uneventful for your business flights, Virgin America aims to offer the solution. Today the company unveiled flight-centric social networking for business travelers who want to meet up with fellow professionals, do some networking while waiting to board, and get to know those around them.