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Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook's update this week turns Facebook News Feed video sound on by default - so we've got to turn it back off again. While Facebook assures users that they've done testing with sound on by default with the social network's News Feed. They say their testing suggests that feedback for sound on by default was received positively. But JUST in case there's anyone out there who'd rather not hear videos without tapping, we've laid out here how to turn it off.

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Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Facebook details tougher advert policies to pacify businesses

Haunted by Snapchat's Millennial-targeted adverts, and hounded by advertisers reluctant to pay for skipped or silent commercials, Facebook is hoping new transparency will keep the promo cash flowing. The social network's billion-plus audience is still overshadowed by its confession last year that it had been over-counting advertising views. Now, it's getting more granular and promising more to businesses who want to know exactly what they're getting for their money.

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Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Zuckerberg shows Oculus gloves for ultra-sensitive VR control

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared a series of photos from Oculus this afternoon, showing off a next-generation innovations well before release. This place goes by the name of Oculus Research and can be found in Redmond, Washington. This department is led by former Valve gaming head Michael Abrash and is responsible for handling such oddities as the VR-friendly gloves in the photo here with Zuckerberg slinging VR webs like Spider-Man.

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Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook News Feed now sifts fake news in favor of ‘authentic content’

Facebook has been criticized by some for failing to address the issue of fake news in any significant way, and such criticism has spurred the social network into action. According to the company, it has pushed out a pair of News Feed updates that ‘incorporate new signals’ for spotting and ranking so-called authentic content, as well as adding a new way to determine in real time whether a post is relevant to an individual user.

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Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook set-top-box TV video app tipped in development

Facebook is actively developing an app for set-top-boxes, according to sources, with the aim of bringing video content from its platform to the average living room. This video content would include, assuming reports are correct, long-form video with the same quality as what you currently get on television. The move will enable Facebook to pursue television advertisement revenue.

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Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

Snapchat update 10 is here (and you’re gonna need it)

This morning the official Snapchat app was updated for both Android and iOS. Seemingly spurred into action by the oncoming waves of update movement from services like Instagram, developers are Snapchat have delivered a quality update of their own. As a number of our readers using the Android version of Snapchat have attested, this update makes all the difference.

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Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook Security Key adds support for USB key logins

Facebook has announced an excellent new security feature for those who are particularly concerned about their online privacy. Per a new announcement from Facebook Security, the social network now supports Security Key logins, allowing users to register Security Keys that connect to a device’s USB port. The hardware security option offers certain protections above what you get with two-factor authentication.

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LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

This week the folks behind LINE chat app have given the app an update it's needed for quite a while. With this update, users are finally able to send photos and videos at the same time. Where before, separate windows were needed to send photos and video, now they'll be able to be selected all from the same screen. It'll feel unnatural for users are first, but after a few tries, it'll feel like it's always been this way.

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Trump Tweets as The Joker by Mark Hamill: all in one place [UPDATED]

Trump Tweets as The Joker by Mark Hamill: all in one place [UPDATED]

On the 7th of January, 2017, Matt Oswalt suggested that Mark Hamill's Joker voice should speak every Tweet made by Donald Trump. Patton Oswalt forwarded this idea to Mark Hamill, and Mark Hamill set to work. In the article you're about to see, we've collected the entire set of audio bytes from Hamill in this series. UPDATE: Also we've got Brannigan - Zapp Brannigan, as voiced by Billy West - doing the same thing!

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WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks suggests questionable database of verified Twitter users

WikiLeaks, a website that once stood for the disclosure of private and secretive government documents but has since gone a bit crazy, has come up with the bizarre idea of creating an "online database" of verified Twitter users and their financial, occupational, and even personal information. The idea was proposed on Twitter, of course, by the WikiLeaks Task Force, an official account of the organization, and was subsequently met with concern.

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Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to launch original scripted, unscripted, and sports shows

Facebook plans to offer original content on its platform soon, the social network has revealed, the variety of which may include many genres and types, including sports-related video, game shows, and scripted shows. Details are still slight at this time, so we don’t have any ideas about what kind of shows may be in the pipeline, nor when we’ll see them arrive on the platform. However, it is suggested that Facebook is talking with others about licensing various videos.

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Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Now you can save you favorite Instagram thirst-traps

Instagram has always encouraged profligate "liking" of photos, but what if you want to come back to something you see in your timeline? That's being addressed today, with the new ability to save posts on Instagram to a private log. A new bookmark icon has been added to all public photos in the app; tap that, and the image is added to a special tab that only you can see.

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