Social Media

Social media helps save lives during Harvey

Thousands of lives were saved this week in Southeast Texas. Some of those are thanks to social media. People used the internet to broadcast their need for help. A picture of senior citizens in waist deep water at a nursing home is just one case where the horrors of Harvey were shared with the world via social media. Former FEMA ... Read More »

Facebook Camera Now Lets You Capture 360-Degree Photos

Making 360-degree photos more of a common experience, Facebook has rolled out an update letting users capture 360-degree photos using its in-app camera. The update has been rolled out in both iOS and Android and includes the abilities to zoom and tag friends. According to a TechCrunch report on Wednesday, these 360-degree images or those from any other sources can be used as “Cover ... Read More »

Snapchat Plans Move Into Scripted Content by the End of the Year

Photo-sharing platform Snapchat is likely to move into scripted content through its shows by the end of year. A report in the Variety on Wednesday quoted Snapchat’s head of content Nick Bell as saying that the company was not helping to drive a stake into the heart of traditional broadcasters. “Instead, it can help bolster them,” Bell said. He added that mobile ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Plagued With Malicious Links Spreading Malware: Kaspersky

The latest social chat service to become a victim of malicious malware and adware links is Facebook Messenger. According to Kaspersky Labs, cybercriminals are sending malicious links to Facebook Messenger users, helping track browser activity and display targeted advertisements – and thereby generating revenue. Interestingly, the malicious link arrives through one of your friends account on Messenger to fake legitimacy. The ... Read More »

WhatsApp Text Status Gets a Colourful Update, Now Rolling Out to iPhones, Android Phones

HIGHLIGHTS WhatsApp for iPhone version bumped to 2.17.50 The feature is still not live for all users Both Android and iPhone users are getting this feature After testing it in beta for a while, WhatsApp has finally introduced coloured text statuses to its Android and iPhone apps. This feature was first introduced by Facebooklate last year on its Android app first, allowing its users to ... Read More »

MIT Researchers Make AI System That Detects Sarcasm on Twitter Better Than Humans

HIGHLIGHTS New AI system can detect sarcasm in tweets better than humans May help computers spot and remove online hate speech, abusive comments Originally aimed to develop a system capable of detecting racist posts MIT scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can detect sarcasm in tweets better than humans, an advance that may help computers automatically spot and remove ... Read More »

Sarahah App: What Is It, and Why Is Everyone Talking About This Anonymous Messaging App?

HIGHLIGHTS Sarahah is an anonymous messaging app You can send messages even without logging in There are concerns of cyberbullying in this anonymous setting The Sarahah app has taken hold in the social media sphere over the past week, joining trends such as Prisma app that rose quickly in public consciousness. Whether it will remain a hit or fade away in a ... Read More »

WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger May Still Put User Information at Risk, Claims Study

HIGHLIGHTS Apps like Messenger, Whatsapp are leaving themselves exposed to hacking Users are unaware of security options like authentication ceremony Important to identify message recipient before sending out sensitive info Do you know that despite the end-to-end encryption provided by popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber, your sensitive information is vulnerable to hacking? A research report has highlighted the importance ... Read More »

How social media has become an effective tool for telcos to poach customers and is enticing job-seekers

Telcos are ready to pay big bucks to social media analysts. A tweet from Amitabh Bachchan this January addressing his telecom service provider for help had a rival chiming in offering its services. When Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the poster boy of the cashless economy, mentioned the additional data he got from his operator, a competitor jumped in with a better ... Read More »

Facebook, Google, Others Are Part of Wednesday’s Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’ Protests

Visitors to Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other websites will likely be greeted Wednesday by a special message about the future of the Internet, as part of a broad campaign by the companies to stop what they say is a threat to the Web as most consumers know it. In dispute are a set of federal regulations saying that Internet providers should not slow down, ... Read More »