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Facebook and Qualcomm Announce Collaboration to Support Optimization of Caffe2 and Snapdragon NPE

At the ongoing Facebook F8 conference, Facebook and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration to support the optimization of Caffe2 and the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) software framework. Caffe is a deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. It was released under the FreeBSD license, which allows for commercial use, modifications, and...

Job Listing from WhatsApp Indicates Interest to Offer Digital Payments in India

The scenario in the Indian market as far as adoption of digital payments go can be divided neatly into two periods: Pre-Demonetization and Post-Demonetization. Before the controversial move by the Indian government, a normal day would involve very heavy usage of cash currency, supplemented by means like debit and credit cards and netbanking should the...

WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Snapchat-like Photo and Video “Status”

WhasApp is celebrating its 8th birthday on February 24th. What started off in 2009 as a simple application to let people "what's up" with you has now become a very big player in the Instant Messaging space. The app has ballooned in popularity in developing countries where SMS continues to cost a bomb, but where...

AI in Smartphones: Separating Fact From Fiction, and Looking Ahead

As it goes every year, one hot feature sets a trend in technology, and suddenly every company boasts some variation of which that is uniquely theirs. This year, that feature is AI. Hot on the heels of Alexa's and Google Assistant’s holiday successes, Artificial Intelligence on phones has become the de facto must-have feature –...

Facebook Fixes Battery Draining Bug In The Messenger App

For the past couple of weeks, many users were complaining about rapid battery drain on their smartphones. People began to notice that the Facebook Messenger application was suddenly populating the top spot on their battery history page. Thus, people began to speculate that perhaps the latest version of the popular instant messaging application introduced a...

Facebook Announces Messenger Lite For Older Devices and Emerging Markets

Facebook just announced Facebook Messenger Lite, a new low-resource version of Facebook Messenger (much to the disdain of the developers of Lite Messenger for Facebook), joining Facebook Lite in their portfolio. Facebook Messenger Lite is a cut down version of Facebook Messenger, weighing in at under 10 MB. It is designed to be fast to download...

Review: “Hello” Facebook Dialer, Bye to Your Privacy?

Facebook is known for releasing many experimental apps which integrate into their core services. Groups, Facebook at Work, Facebook Home (yuck), and the like have met uneven reviews, but in a way they have their own niche. When it comes to this new app, a dialer simply called "Hello", Facebook tried to get to the...

Cease and Desist: WhatsApp Sucks, and You Can’t Help It

We've talked countless times about Android getting the shorter end when it comes to apps. We've all seen multiple cases of applications being inexplicably delayed or intentionally held back, remaining unupdated for months, or simply not existing on our favorite platform. And anyone can figure out that that is because of money. Which is good...

WhatsApp Decides to Protect Your Data

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for the absurdly large sum of $19bn back in February, they took the tech world by storm. $19bn for a FREE messaging app? A messaging app? Really? Soon afterwards, speculation began to grow about the real reason Facebook, a content marketing company at its core, bought the company and it's pretty...

Use Facebook Pictures as a LWP with Facebook View

One of the best things that Android has always offered its users is the ability to tailor one's device to look like pretty much anything we could conceive. Starting from the wide assortment of launchers available (both OEM and custom/community based) all the way to fonts, icons, and wallpapers, Android offers something for everyone. The world of live wallpapers...