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Facebook starts rolling out a tabbed news feed for some Android users

Facebook has long been at the helm of social media. With over 2.5 billion monthly active users, which accounts for roughly a third of the world's population, it is huge in numbers. And as a company, they also own other apps and social networks such as Instagram and WhatsApp, both of which are also huge...

The OnePlus 8T doesn’t have preinstalled Facebook bloatware

OnePlus used to be one of the few Android OEMs that shipped new phones without any non-essential apps. But that changed with the launch of the OnePlus 8 Series and OnePlus Nord earlier this year. OxygenOS on the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus Nord came with Facebook App Installer, Facebook App Manager,...

Here’s how to enable custom reactions in Facebook Messenger right now

Facebook is known for testing new features with users all the time. Some are cool and useful, however, many are often held behind a barrier of exclusivity, with some people seemingly getting whatever the new feature is and many more not. One such feature is custom reactions, which Facebook said is coming to the Messenger...

Facebook Messenger redesigns its logo, adds more customization features

Facebook Messenger has an all-new logo, and it’s also gaining several new customization features, including chat themes and a vanish mode. The new Messenger logo adopts the gradient design seen in the Instagram logo, going from Facebook’s patented solid blue to a blue-to-pink. According to Facebook’s Messenger VP Stan Chudnovsky, the new logo is meant to...

US Antitrust Subcommittee concludes that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google abuse their monopolies and dominance

Our lives are massively influenced by a handful of technology companies, and their monopoly is no secret. The likes of these tech companies also have a market acronym to them: FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) and GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft), referring to them in the context of consistent stock performance. But how...

[Update: Rolling Out] Facebook merges Messenger and Instagram chats on Android and iOS

Back in January last year, we learned that Facebook's co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, planned to unify the infrastructure of all three of the company's messaging services — WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. Even though reports from late last year suggested that the US Federal Trade Commission was planning on an injunction against Facebook's interoperability...

Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2, according to a leaked promo video

Leaked promotional videos have revealed Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, which could be available as early as this week. The videos were accidentally published to Facebook Blueprint, the company's e-learning platform, before they were taken down (via The Verge). Information shared in the videos reveal the new headset will be a major upgrade over the...

Facebook adds a forwarding limit in Messenger to curb misinformation

Facebook is adding a forwarding limit in Messenger in an effort to curb the sharing of viral misinformation. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still affecting many parts of the world and the contentious U.S. presidential election just a few months away, now more than ever is the time to be vigilant about what you're reading online....

[Update: Complaint dismissed] Facebook is reportedly being investigated by India over WhatsApp Pay

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been trying to enter the payments space in India for quite a while now. We first found signs of a new payments feature in the app all the way back in 2017 and the feature briefly rolled out to a small number of users back in 2018. However, due to data localization...

A Facebook account will be required to use Oculus VR in the future

Popular VR platform Oculus has announced that the company's VR headsets will soon require users to log in with a Facebook account, much to the dismay of Oculus users worldwide. In a blog post on the matter, the Facebook-owned company said that the change will go into effect starting October 2020 and new users will...

Zoom is coming to Google Nest, Facebook Portal, and Amazon Echo Show smart displays

Zoom on Wednesday announced it will make its video conferencing software available to use on the Google Nest Hub Max, Facebook Portal, and Amazon Echo Show smart displays later this year. The announcement comes as a surprise considering these companies all have competing video conferencing solutions. Google has Meet, Facebook has Rooms, and Amazon has Chime....

How to remove Facebook bloatware from the OnePlus 8 series and OnePlus Nord

Android and bloatware are two spheres that have co-existed since the very beginning of the OS's existence. The story started off with carriers bundling a variety of useless or functionally-duplicate-yet-inferior apps onto smartphones sold under their network. From there, the story expanded to OEMs themselves bundling duplicate apps, and even to apps from Facebook and...