Are you ready for Snap drones?

Snap, the recently re-branded maker of Snapchat and Spectacles, has announced an ambitious plan which leaves applications and software behind. According to The Verge, after purchasing LA-based drone maker Ctrl Me Robotics in late 2016, Snap looks to be in the midst of developing its own drone. This isn’t surprising news. Snap looked into acquiring drone maker Lily Robotics before that crowdfunded project recently ended in failure. Back in September, Snap announced its move into hardware with its wearable Spectacles. In its acquisition of Ctrl Me Robotics, Snap gained some of the company’s equipment and assets, including its founder, Simon

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Instagram is the least healthy social media platform when it comes to mental health

Mental health awareness is a very important topic, and as is turns out, very connected to social media. A study done by London’s Royal Society for Public Health for the Young Health Movement has revealed that Instagram can be detrimental to your well being. According to PC Mag, the organization surveyed 1,500 people between ages fourteen and twenty-four, asking them to score how each of the most popular social media platforms impacted their feelings of depression, loneliness, anxiety, their sleep, body image, real-world relationships, and more. And as it turned out, in the race between Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and

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Facebook wants to nix the crowd-funding middlemen

 Crowd-funding services like GoFundMe have become very popular, helping people cover the costs of tuition, medical bills, trips, start-ups, and more. According to the Verge, Facebook recently announced its attempts to cut out the middlemen. The social media giant will soon begin letting its users create personal fundraisers directly on Facebook. The personal fundraiser feature will roll out over the next few weeks to Facebookers in the United States. Users will have to be eighteen to access the feature and will be able to set up a Facebook page dedicated to their fundraiser, pick a donation goal and receive money

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Time to say goodbye to that Socl network you never heard of!

Have you heard of or used Microsoft’s social networking service, Socl? It started four years ago and has been the center of a lot of social media experimentation since. According to The Verge, Microsoft says it will be shutting down Socl on March 15th. Socl started as a mysterious project from Microsoft’s FUSE research group. It has grown to include apps for Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other successful services – Socl never really had a clear plan. And without filling out a specific niche on the web, its user base never grew significantly.

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Is Facebook finally getting a dislike button?

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

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YouTube is scrapping unskippable ads – but not until 2018.

It feels like every time you’re showing someone a funny YouTube video of a cute cat, you’re having to apologize for the 30 second ad they have to watch beforehand. If this is an annoyance in your life, fret no longer – Google intends to scrap any unskippable advertisement. BBC reported that Google will be getting rid of these particular ads – but not until 2018. Shorter ad formats, the ones that can be skipped after five seconds for example, will remain. YouTube users consider these skippable ads considerably less detrimental to their viewing experience. “We’re committed to providing a

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Facebook search is now more useful for the visually impaired

The same AI feature on Facebook that allow users to search by subject matter – for example “person riding animal” – has got an upgrade which will be especially beneficial to visually impaired users. According to CNET, not only will it make searches more accurate, but it will allow visually impaired users to have photos described to them. “Until recently, these captions described only the objects in the photo. Today we’re announcing that we’ve added a set of 12 actions, so image descriptions will now include things like ‘people walking,’ ‘people dancing,’ ‘people riding horses,’ ‘people playing instruments,’ and more,”

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LinkedIn Gets a Makeover

LinkedIn offers some really valuable services to its users, but it has struggled in the past with a dwindling user-base. In order to make LinkedIn more appealing and easier to use, the company is doing a total overhaul of its desktop interface. According to ComputerWorld, this will be the largest remodeling the professional networking site has seen since launch. The goal is to integrate features from the mobile application to the desktop experience, LinkedIn’s director of Engineering, Chris Pruitt, explained. Users can expect to see a redesigned feed, tweaked profiles, new messaging capabilities, and a revamped search box. These changes

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Facebook working towards better journalism in midst of fake news crisis

Last week, Facebook announced its new Journalism Project, which aims to forge stronger bonds between the social media site and the journalism industry. According to TechNewsWorld, the goal is to improve the quality of journalism that reaches Facebook users, along with working to eliminate fake news. Facebook outlined the Journalism Project’s set goals as the following: Collaborating with news organizations to develop products, including creating new story formats to better suit their needs, and creating new business models to help partners better distribute and monetize their content; Partnering with the Poynter Institute to launch a certificate curriculum for e-learning journalism

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Is Facebook Messenger draining your battery?

According to PC Mag, many Android users have been complaining lately about the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app draining their phone’s battery at an alarming rate. Given that Facebook is working hard on making Messenger the most appealing, versatile messaging center for its users, news of it hindering phone usage isn’t good for the app’s reputation. In order to combat this problem, Facebook Messenger chief David Marcus took to Twitter recently to give users advice on how to fix the issue. In response to a complaint about the battery drainage, Marcus tweeted that the “issue was isolated and

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