social networking

You hate Facebook ads: Now you can change them

You hate Facebook ads: Now you can change them

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.

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The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

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?

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Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Facebook explains changes to News Feed

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.

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Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

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.

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Making VR mainstream: SMI’s eye-tracking magic hands-on

Making VR mainstream: SMI’s eye-tracking magic hands-on

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.

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Facebook Privacy Checkup sheds light on sharing

Facebook Privacy Checkup sheds light on sharing

Facebook will run every one of its 1bn+ users through a new Privacy Checkup that flags up potentially unwanted sharing, as the social network responds to ongoing criticisms that it makes inadvertently spilling secrets too easy. The new tool, which will be rolled out to existing Facebook users over the next few weeks, highlights some of the primary concerns they have voiced, and highlights the options and settings which could help mitigate them. Meanwhile, there are changes afoot for new Facebook sign-ups, too.

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