Here’s how bots work on Facebook Messenger


Facebook's Messenger bots have finally arrived. 

Following months of rumors, the company revealed its plan to allow businesses to build bots for Messenger Tuesday at Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Francisco. 

Though the developers in attendance are only just getting a closer look at how these bots will work, Facebook has already been working with a few dozen partners whose bots are now live on Messenger. 

Finding a bot

The easiest way to find bots on Facebook is by searching from within the Messenger app. Simply type a business into the search bar at the top of Messenger. But you can also access bots by scanning a business' Messenger Code by clicking on a Messenger Link — custom URLs that deep link back to message threads within Messenger. (Facebook introduced both of these features last week just prior to F8.)  Read more...

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Facebook Messenger bots are here and they want to kill apps


As predicted, developers can now build bots inside Facebook Messenger.

The announcement was one of the highlights of Facebook’s jam-packed F8 schedule and it further proves what many have been predicting for a long time, bots are the future.

Right now, the bots that are available are more limited – and the discovery process isn’t perfect – but it’s clear now, more than ever, that bots make a lot of sense.

Beyond that, Messenger’s bot strategy speaks to a few realities of modern computing and communication.

Don’t make me talk to you on the phone

Like many millenials, I don’t spend a lot of time on the phone. I talk to sources and companies for my job, but most of my personal communication takes place through text (or if I’m feeling especially outgoing, Snapchat). Read more...

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Turn your dog into a social media guru with this camera vest


Animals no longer need human help to establish their social media dominance thanks to the Posting Tail.

First seen by Co.Create, the Posting Tail is a camera-equipped vest you can put on your dog that will sense when it is happy—based on the speed of its tail wag— snap a picture and post it to Facebook. The camera sits toward the tail and faces the back of your dog’s head so you can see exactly what it sees when it’s supposedly happy.

The vest, developed by dog food brand Pedigree and ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi Madrid, uses a Raspberry Pi computer board hooked to a sensor on the dog’s tail to sense its movement. The board is able to tell the difference between a normal tail wag and a so-called happy tail wag, so it won’t just take pictures all day if your dog’s tail is perpetually in motion. But some dogs may not appreciate having a sensor band wrapped around their tail. Read more...

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What the world could look like through Facebook augmented reality glasses


I’m wearing my Warby Parker Facebook glasses, looking at my neighbor's front lawn. It’s early morning, and no one is outside. Just a day earlier, they held a birthday party for the twins, right here on the front lawn. We’re all Facebook friends, so, floating in front of my face are thumbnails of images from the party, a couple of looping 360-degree videos and a reminder that the family left for the Bahamas late last night.

This is all info that’s been shared to me on Facebook. I only see all of it when I look at the lawn, through the Facebook augmented-reality glasses.

This didn’t happen today and it won’t happen tomorrow, either. But, as we now know, augmented reality is an important part of Facebook’s 10-year-plan and this could be the future. Read more...

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Everything you need to know about Facebook’s 10-year plan


Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage on Tuesday at the company's F8 developers conference to kick off the event with a major look into the future and a very cool surprise for attendees.

But before he dived into tech, Zuck doubled down on comments he made in recent weeks, lightly touching on issue of immigration and even taking a very veiled swipe at GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump

But even that moment was fairly harmless, as his message mostly focused on a message of bringing the planet together and connecting all the people in it, one at a time. Read more...

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Ariana Grande claps back at a sexist Facebook commenter: ‘Get your head out of your ass’


Lesson of the day: Don't mess with a dangerous woman. 

Ariana Grande recently gave the perfect reply to a hater who criticized her 'Dangerous Woman' music video. The comment, posted on Facebook March 31, calls Grande a "whore."  

The pop star proudly and publicly clapped back at him, saying she was tired of the double standard between men and women's bodies and that he needed to "get his head out of his ass." 

It's no "Not today, Satan," but it's still pretty damn on-point. 


Image: Mashable 

Grande's video has more than 30 million views since being released a few weeks ago.  Read more...

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Everything you need to know from Facebook’s F8 event in less than 90 seconds


Bots, VR, and streaming video dominated day one of Facebook's annual F8 developer conference. Here are all of the biggest moments in less than 90 seconds. Read more...

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Facebook hopes to kill the username and password


At its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced Account Kit, a new way for app developers to let users sign up for services with an email or phone number, no username or password required.

An extension of the existing Facebook login system, Account Kit is designed for developers who want an easy way for users to create accounts without having to sign in using Facebook.

Account Kit lets developers drop in code that will speed up the account-creation process. Instead, a user can use an email address or phone number. Users will receive a confirmation message via SMS or email to get setup. Read more...

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Facebook’s Surround camera captures 360-degree video in 8K


Facebook is getting into the 360-degree camera business.

At its annual F8 developer conference, the company unveiled the Surround 360, its own custom-built camera for shooting 360-degree video. The Surround 360 has 17 "globally synced" camera lenses (14 wide-angle lenses around the horizontal ring and three fisheye lenses on the top and bottom) that capture 360-degree video in up to 8K resolution.

"The 8K output utilizes our dynamic streaming code, doubling the industry standard," explains a narrator in a demo video (below).

The footage can, of course, be viewed in VR headsets like the Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Read more...

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You’ll soon be able to use Facebook Live with drones and GoPros


Facebook has been talking the talk on live video. During Tuesday's F8 keynote speech, Mark Zuckerberg started to show how it's going walk the walk.

Zuckerberg announced that Facebook has opened its Live platform to allow streaming from other devices and services. (Before now, users could only use Facebook Live from its apps.)

Live will also be getting a dedicated tab in the Facebook app that will open into a new list of live video streams from friends, brands, celebrities and media companies.

Zuckerberg introduced the example with a drone that flew around him and streamed video of the conference. The drone was from DJI, which is a launch partner for the new open interface. Read more...

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