Facebook is changing the way it shows adverts, giving users more control over the topics and advertisers they see in their News Feed, even if it's not going to let them opt-out altogether. The tweaks address one of the common complaints about adverts based on previous browsing behaviors: that they persist in showing you related content, like a new smartphone purchase, even after your original hunt is long over.
Social networking is the next great bugaboo, being pegged as the sole source of this generation's seemingly inevitable (not to mention unfounded) decline into self-obsession and isolation. It has been called a great threat, a facilitator of narcissism. Critics say social networking in its many varied forms will lead to a sort of deconstruction of society, an ironic twist on its social-centric underpinnings. Is it all really so bad, this ever-present reality of social connections in an often solely-digital form?
Right this minute there appears to be a service disruption affecting Tumblr. This disruption seems to be on the backend, not the reader side of the equation, suggesting that Tumblr isn’t experiencing a full downed server. If you love browsing Tumblr sites, though, don’t expect any new content for a bit.
Late last year, Facebook changed their algorithm for News Feed. The news had many content providers calling foul, but Facebook didn’t relent. The change meant we’d see less in our stream, and the company has now explained why they went ahead with the alteration.
Social networks pose some interesting issues related to communication: tweets and statuses persist beyond the initial sentiment, are often exposed to large groups of people, and lack cues that help determine in what way a statement is meant. As such, certain statements said in jest could land the ones who shared them in hot water.
Instagram has updated to v6.0 for iOS and Android, bringing with it a host of new and updated editing tools for photos shared on the social gallery service. Several new filters have arrived, including vignettes, warmth, and shadows, while video uploading on iOS has been simplified in this new iteration of the app.
Eye-tracking tech could finally go mainstream with head-mounted displays like Oculus Rift and Sony Project Morpheus, with pupil spotting specialist SMI readying new consumer-level hardware for gaming, VR, and social networking. SensoMotoric Instruments may not be a household name, but it might be one you end up silently thanking if you've ever gotten motion-sick from using a virtual reality headset. I caught up with the company to find out how understanding eyes may be more important - and closer to the market - than you think.