Instagram today officially announced that it is bringing the oft-requested portrait mode, which will blur the background of an image, directly into its app.
Facebook has been tackling a major debacle relating to user privacy and data security recently, which flared up in a big way when it was discovered the amount of data it collects pertaining to SMS data and call history.
Over the weekend, an Ars reported detailed how Facebook has been silently collecting the call logs and SMS history of Android users without their explicit permission. Today, the company has issued a statement regarding the matter clarifying its stance.
Facebook has just announced “Watch”, a dedicated video platform on the social network. This will aid budding creators to post original video content and shows, with Facebook eventually looking to allow participation from everyone.
A new patent filed by Facebook suggests that it is working on a modular device of its own. Titled “modular electromechanical device,” the patent envisions a device whose components can be easily swapped as and when needed.
After cloning Snapchat via Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status, Facebook today announced the worldwide launch of Messenger Day, its Snapchat clone for its messaging client. Messenger Day was first announced in October last year and was made available for limited testing in some countries.
While Snapchat brought Stories to the world, Facebook seems remarkably focused on bringing its own Stories-inspired feature to its apps.
Earlier this week, Hugo Barra announced that he will be leaving Xiaomi to go back to Silicon Valley. Today, Barra revealed that he will be joining Facebook to lead all of the company’s virtual reality efforts. He will be the VP of virtual reality at the social networking giant and lead the Oculus team.
Facebook sees Messenger as a primary way for people to communicate with friends and family, or even acquaintances, and apparently a little friendly competition isn’t off the table, either.