According to some reports from beta testers and other sources, WhatsApp may be getting a couple new features when their next update rolls out. The new features include a “Like” button and some ability to mark messages as unread.
One beta tester, Ilhan Pektas, tweeted out a message recently that translates roughly as, “Like Button for divided images in WhatsApp: o #cool”. Facebook has already implemented some existing features from other platforms into WhatsApp, like the “read message” tick marks found in their Messenger app that made their way over to WhatsApp. So it would not be a stretch to imagine Facebook adding a “Like” button to WhatsApp, especially in light of the role the Like button plays in their main service.
The other rumor concerning new features comes from ADSLZone and has to do with marking messages as “unread.” Being able to mark a message as unread is nothing new in technology as can be seen in virtually any email client. However, given the interactive, two-way nature of WhatsApp, that may impact how an “unread” message feature is implemented. Currently WhatsApp provides the sender with an indicator via a blue tick mark that a recipient has seen their message. If a recipient goes back and marks a message as unread, WhatsApp will need to determine whether the sender would also see that change in status or if this would just be for recipients. ADSLZone came across this information in an internal WhatsApp document discussion.
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Facebook’s shiny logo isn’t all that’s new for the social network today: The outfit’s also announced how it plans to split video ad revenue with publishers. Like YouTube, Facebook will give content creators 55 percent of ad revenue and keep the rest, according to Fortune. Early publishing partners include Funny or Die, Fox Sports, Hearst and the NBA. And if you’re curious about how ads will work with video, it doesn’t seem like you’ll have to worry about them auto-playing loud and proud while you’re scrolling through your news feed on mobile. On the handheld platform, when you tap a clip you’ll go to a different screen with “Suggested Videos” and once your selected video finishes, an ad will play before the next one’s served up.
It’s still in testing (and only with what Forbes says is a scant few iOS users), but the feature opened up a bit more today will add even more users soon. As is often the case with Facebook and its new stuff, Apple’s mobile ecosystem gets it first while Android and desktop are slated to pick up the rear here.
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Most of us use Facebook to show off a new car, an engagement or a particularly notable lunch, but Mark Zuckerberg does it a bit differently. In a Q&A session yesterday Zuckerberg referenced his company’s plans for using lasers to connect more areas to the internet, and today he posted a few demonstration pictures from the Connectivity Lab. According to the Facebook founder, we won’t actually be able to see the beams (that’s just for show) but the connections will “dramatically” increase the speed of sending data over long distances, and this is just one of the connectivity projects in development. Last year Facebook mentioned combining this laser tech with drones and satellites to help connect the next billion people with its Internet.org initiative, and it appears that work is still moving along.
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Facebook’s last logo update came in 2005, but this year, the folks in Menlo Park felt it was time for a change. While the iconic white “f” and blue square will remain, places where the full name is used will see this new wordmark. Working with Eric Olson of Process Type Foundry, Facebook’s in-house designers created custom lettering to make the logo “feel more friendly and approachable,” according to creative director Josh Higgins. Olson’s Klavika typeface was used in the current mark, and collaborating with him makes sense given the changes. “While we explored many directions, ultimately we decided that we only needed an update, and not a full redesign,” Higgins explained. That decision seems like a good move, since the current logo is so recognizable after 10 years of use.
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Facebook is set to revamp its UI for Android tablets, and thanks to Droid-Life tipster Mike, a sneak preview of what’s to come has been posted online. Currently, Facebook on Android tablets looks decent, but it’s far from having a simple and seamless design. This new overhaul aims to fix some of those problems.
This new change should give Facebook users on Android tablets a more card-like experience that you might see on Google Now. Unfortunately, most Facebook UI changes are done server-side, meaning that even if you’re running the latest build of the app, you may not necessarily see the new changes yet. It could take a few weeks to roll out to all of its users.
Despite taking some time to roll out to everyone, some Android users may not like the new design, as it looks like a spitting replica of the UI on iOS. Either way, check out some of the preview photos below.
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In a Q&A on his profile today, Mark Zuckerberg explained how he and his team are preparing Facebook for the future. In it, he revealed that he believes the ultimate communication technology will allow us to send thoughts to each other. “You’ll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you’d like,” he said. But until that happens, the company is focusing on developing (1) AI, because the company “think[s] more intelligent services will be much more useful” to consumers, (2) VR, as it’s the “next major computing and communication platform,” and (3) its internet.org project, since it’s “the most basic tool people need to get the benefits of the internet,” including jobs, education and communication.
Zuck says Facebook’s in the midst of building AI systems “that are better than humans at our primary senses.” They’re designing one to be able to detect everything in an image or video: people, objects, animals, backgrounds and locations, among others. If it can understand what’s in an image or video, it could, for instance, tell a blind person what it’s about. The other system they’re working on focuses on language, so that it’ll be able to translate speech to text and text from one language to another, as well as answer questions in conversational lingo. Of course, these AI systems’ most obvious application is being able to surface more relevant News Feed entries for users and giving everyone a new way to consume posts on the site.
The CEO thinks that VR glasses would be part of our every day lives in time, giving us the ability to share “experiences with those we love in completely immersive and new ways.” He also revealed that the company is working on drones, satellites and even lasers to expand its Internet.org project. “The idea is that in the future, we’ll be able to beam down internet access from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead — and they’ll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data.”
One user asked Mark if Facebook plans to end the practice of requiring “real names” on the website. If you recall, it got a lot of backlash from the LGBT community and Native Americans after the company froze a number of accounts whose names were reported to be fake. Based on his answer, it doesn’t sound like the company has any plans to remove the policy, as it believes it helps keep people safe. “We know that people are much less likely to try to act abusively towards other members of our community when they’re using their real names,” he said.
However, he clarified that real name doesn’t have to be your legal name — it’s whatever you want to be called and whatever your friends and family call you. In order to prevent unjust banning, though, Facebook is working to conjure up more ways for a user to prove that his real name is what he says it is. Now, if all these sound trivial, as what you really want to know is why in the world the Poking feature ever existed, Zuck answered that, too: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
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When it first announced plans to let you send money to your pals in its Messenger app, Facebook said the feature would roll out in the States in the coming months. Well, the time has come. After flipping the switch for folks in New York City and the surrounding areas in late May, the social network is letting users in the rest of the US beam funds to friends, too. To leverage the currency tool, you’ll need to link a debit card before money can be transferred from your bank account to a recipient. For added security, you’ll have to input a PIN before each transaction and iPhone/iPad users can employ Touch ID to verify their identity. And all of the transferred data travels via an encrypted connection. Messenger may not be your first choice to reimburse someone for concert tickets or for picking up your tab, but if you use the app to chat with friends or family, it could come in handy.
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Facebook continues to refine what you see in your news feed. Today, the social network that your mom uses announced that it will track more information about your video watching habits to include whether or not you perform any actions like turn up the volume or make a video full screen. Facebook will use that information to place what it believes are more relevant auto-playing videos into your feed. Facebook recently announced that it would track how long users look at posts in addition to when someone clicks the Like or Share button to aggregate posts. Today’s news is just an extension of that. The company says it will roll out this new way to weight posts in user feeds over the coming weeks and that Pages shouldn’t expect “significant changes in distribution as a result of this update.”