Technology Facebook pushes for more personal updates with launch of new Lists feature
Amazon’s Echo Look style assistant gets a little bit smarter
Amazon has rolled out several new features for its Echo Look “style assistant” including a new collections tool, curated content from Vogue and GQ, and voice profile support. Under the new Collections tool in the Echo Look app, users can now organize their clothing catalogue by options including color, item, and occasion. The feature also allows users to create customized lists to organize their looks for a weekend away or what to wear to a music festival. Amazon says the feature automatically creates collections for favorites, videos, camera phone photos, seasons, and even weather.
Facebook's status update box is getting a new feature called Lists, which begins rolling out today. This is the first major update to the entry field since the launch of just over a year ago, and also serves as a way to encourage Facebook users to share more personal content. The feature, like it sounds, lets users make lists of anything they choose - New Year's Resolutions, To Do's, restaurants to try, travel ideas, and more.
Users can create their own lists with colored backgrounds, and decorate them with emoji.
Facebook is testing a downvote button, but only for comment moderation
Today, screenshots depicting a new “downvote” button on Facebook began circulating on Twitter, leading some to speculate that the social network is actively testing a ranking mechanism similar to Reddit’s community-controlled comment system. The company has officially confirmed the test to The Verge, but a Facebook spokesperson says it’s only intended to be a method for flagging questionable comments on public posts. Tapping the downvote button hides the comment for the user who taps it, then asks them to say whether the comment was “offensive,” “misleading,” or “off topic.
The lists are also designed with the idea that friends could copy each other's lists to share their own opinions about the subject at hand.
The feature is not yet broadly available, as it's a slow global rollout starting today, we understand.
The addition appears as a part of the "What's on your mind?" (status update) box as another option alongside things like Polls, Feeling/Activity, Photo/Video, Check In, GIF, and other items.
The goal with features like these is to push users to post more personal updates - like stories about their lives, what they're up to, and what they're thinking. These types of posts were once Facebook's bread-and-butter, and enticed friends to log back in to see what others were saying. But over the years, Facebook's News Feed has filled with videos, links, news, memes, updates from Facebook Pages, and, of course, ads.
German court rules Facebook use of personal data illegal
The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany over its handling of sensitive personal data that enables it to micro-target online advertising. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzvb) said that Facebook's default settings and some of its terms of service were in breach of consumer law, and that the court had found parts of the consent to data usage to be invalid.
Facebook today is trying to solve the problem of too much non-personal content in its News Feed.
Recently, it said it'sto , and fewer from brands and publishers. But one problem with that strategy is that people have been posting less personal content over the years.
Areleased in December 2016 said that personal updates had declined 15 percent over the year, and had declined 21 percent from mid-2014 to mid-2015.
On top of this, Facebook's younger user base is also in decline. According tothis week, Facebook lost approximately 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 in 2017, and will lose around 2.1 million more this year.
With the hopes of reversing this trend, Facebook has been developing features to appeal to younger users. For example, itin October 2017 and then quickly rolled out in the News Feed. Lists also feel like the sort of thing that will appeal to younger users, though they could help anyone call more attention to their posts - like the colored backgrounds now do.
Facebook did not give an ETA as to when the rollout would complete, but Lists will begin appearing for some subset of users beginning today.
LG’s 2018 budget phones have better specs but 2016’s displays .
LG has announced the 2018 updates for its K Series of budget smartphones, with new versions of the K10 and K8 that focus on improved cameras and specs at the cost of some extremely mediocre 720p displays.The K10 — which comes in three versions: the top K10+, middle-of-the-road K10, and the low-end K10α — all feature a 5.3-inch 720p display, run Android Nougat, and have a rear fingerprint sensor and an unspecified 1.5 GHz octa-core processor. The K10+ comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of memory, with a 13-megapixel rear camera technology trickled down from the flagship LG G6, and a front-facing 8-megapixel shooter.
Facebook pushes for more personal updates with launch of new Lists feature
Facebook pushes for more personal updates with launch of new Lists feature. Facebook's status update box is getting a new feature called Lists, which begins rolling out today. This is the...
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