Monthly Archives March 2017

Is Facebook finally getting a dislike button?

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Every time your opinionated relative posts something ridiculous, you’ve wished it was there – the fabled Facebook dislike button. We have reactions now, but sometimes an angry face just won’t convey what you’re feeling.

According to ValueWalk, Facebook is testing a version of the long-awaited dislike button for Messenger. Chances are that Facebook is making this move because it wants to make itself more appealing amidst the wealth of other, rapidly-growing chat and social media platforms.

A representative told TechCrunch that Facebook is always “testing ways to make Messenger more fun and engaging. This is a small test where we enable people to share an emoji that best represents their feelings.”

There has yet to be a disclosed release date for the Messenger dislike button. It’s still in the early testing stages – meaning whether or not we see this feature at all is up to user feedback.

The BlackBerry Keyboard Lives On!

BlackBerry LogoBlackBerry struggled to keep its smartphone alive amidst the rising popularity of manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. In fact, the company no longer produces its once-popular hardware. Despite this, some loyal holdouts still mourn the loss of the trademark BlackBerry keyboard. If this is you, don’t fret – according to Business Insider, a new player has resurrected your favourite mobile tool.

Chinese tech firm TCL picked up the branding rights to BlackBerry last year and recently revealed its new smartphone model, the BlackBerry KeyOne. If you’re nostalgic for the smartphones of old, then this one should be right up your alley. The device is a modern Android phone, complete with BlackBerry’s signature physical keyboard.

The phone embodies the professional BlackBerry aesthetic with a grip-able rubber back, aluminum sides, and a black-and-silver finish. It also charges with the newer and faster USB-C port and will operate on Android 7.1 Nougat.

The beloved QWERTY keyboard supports touch gestures as well, meaning you can swipe across it to scroll through whatever is onscreen. It also has neat shortcuts; for example, you can adjust your settings so holding down the ‘s’ key will open Snapchat.

Hopefully the KeyOne will see BlackBerry make a much needed comeback on the market. Time will tell!