Tag: Social

Tech

Facebook faces scare that teens are, like, totally going to Snapchat and Instagram. Again.

If it’s August, then it’s mostly definitely rerun season. Now playing on the internet: The episode in which everyone freaks out that young people are abandoning Facebook in favor of hot new social media services like Snap and Instagram. This episode was first broadcast in 2013, when CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that growth among youngsters…

Mobile

WhatsApp adds colorful text status updates, just like Facebook

WhatsApp today began to roll out Status updates you can make by writing text on a colorful image background, a company spokesperson has informed VentureBeat. While Status was debuted as text-only, it grew to include photos and videos. Today’s update let users choose a font, background color, and even add links. Facebook first started testing…

Cloud

Samsung launches Relúmĭno app to help the visually impaired see more clearly using VR

The virtual reality (VR) wars are starting to heat up, with HTC announcing earlier today that it was slashing the price of its Vive VR headset from $800 to $600 — this followed a month after Facebook scythed prices for the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controller . But VR very much remains a niche medium,…

Culture & Gaming

The DeanBeat: 3 Pakistani brothers ensure mobile game chat isn’t lost in translation

Game developers can grow up anywhere  these days, and the latest example of that are the Zaeem brothers from Pakistan. Saad, Ammar, and Shayan have created two startups: one that makes mobile games, and a new venture that is creating a platform for multilingual chat in games. The startups have created jobs in their hometown…

Culture & Gaming

Wargaming will stream 1,000 hours of World of Tanks gameplay on Facebook Live

World of Tanks is rolling out on your newsfeed. Wargaming is partnering with Facebook to stream over 1,000 hours of video centered on its popular take on online shooters. In addition to livestreams of gameplay, this deal includes historical content, interviews with players, and coverage of esports events, such as the World of Tanks regional and…

Mobile

Former Uber CEO Kalanick calls Benchmark Capital lawsuit a ‘public and personal attack’

(Reuters) — The ousted chief executive of Uber called a lawsuit filed against him by one of the company’s top investors a “public and personal attack” without merit, according to court documents filed late on Thursday. Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, which says it owns 13 percent of Uber and controls 20 percent of the…

Tech

Amid Silicon Valley crackdown on alt-right, Gab social network raises $1 million via crowdfunding

As high-tech firms have begun taking steps  to weed out some of the most offensive right-wing hate groups, alternative social network Gab has seen a surge in donations to its crowdfunding campaign as it plays up its anti-Silicon Valley crusade. Today, Gab passed $1 million raised . That includes almost $500,000 in just the last…