Facebook’s Testing Out a New Tool to Help You Connect with Like-Minded Users

Facebook’s Testing Out a New Tool to Help You Connect with Like-Minded Users | Social Media Today

Facebook’s always looking to boost sharing and interaction on the platform – as The Social Network has noted previously:

Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things you want to be connected to — starting with the people you are friends with on Facebook.”

Not only does this encourage more engagement (which is a crucial measure for social platform success), but more sharing means more data, and more data means better ad targeting. Facebook needs to facilitate connection in order to fuel their whole business model.

Which is why their latest test makes sense.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s rolling out a new “Discover People” option which will enable users to connect with others who are interested in similar things as they are, including upcoming events, people who work at the same company or even those who simply live nearby. The new feature was initially tested in Australia and New Zealand but it’s now in the process of being rolled out more widely.

The new option will be available within the options menu (the three lines) – some users will have access already.

Once selected, you’re prompted to update your profile bio and photo to ensure it’s accurate and up to date. Below that, you’re shown a list of all the events for which you’ve registered an interest in attending – when you click into any of these, you’re shown a listing of other people who will be heading along, and you can click onto any profile for more information.

As you can see, clicking on a profile will show you not only who each attendee is, but also any things you have in common with them, helping facilitate connection.

And as noted, in addition to events, you can also see a listing of work colleagues and people who live in the same area, further adding to the connective capacity of the tool.

It’s an interesting option, and it certainly adds something to the Facebook mix – but is connecting with strangers something Facebook users will warm to?

In the case of events – particularly business related functions – the tool makes some sense, and LinkedIn actually offers similar in their new platform prompts, introduced as part of their recent redesign.

 

 

[Source:- Socialmediatoday]

 

Oxygen OS 3.2.6 rolling out for the OnePlus 3

OnePlus has started rolling out Oxygen OS 3.2.6 update for the OnePlus 3 which brings with it several improvements and bug fixes such as Improved camera quality, optimized white balance and improved 1080p video recording.

This is an extremely incremental update and does not bring any new feature or major changes. However, the list of bug fixes, optimisations and improvements is huge.

Full Changelog:
Optimized voice call quality of some IM applications.
Improved adaptive brightness performance
Improved camera quality
Fixed occasional green/yellow issue
Optimized white balance
Improved 1080p video recording
Addressed some bluetooth connection problems for vehicles
Allows third party application to modify ringtone
Optimized battery consumption when scrolling
Optimized touch accuracy when playing games
Added DozeMode switch in Developer options
Added PocketMode switch in Display settings

When can you get it?
The update will be rolling out to OnePlus 3 users over the course of the next few weeks so don’t be frustrated if your OnePlus 3 doesn’t show an update right now.

OnePlus started rolling out the update to a small group of OnePlus 3 owners yesterday and will be expanding the reach of the update today.

In a bid to avoid bugs
OnePlus might be following this approach in order to gauge if there are any problems with the update with a small set of users before the broad rollout after themassive issues past Oxygen OS updates have faced.

 

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

Dreamweaver Beta 3 is out now

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At long last, Adobe has discovered the text editor. Yes, I’m kidding, but let’s not lie to ourselves; the main feature of the DW series has always been the drag ‘n’ drop editor. Sure, you could use it as a code-only editor, but there were always much cheaper alternatives that did it better.

They also did it faster.

Well the new Dreamweaver Beta 3 is out, and Adobe is trying to shake off the specter of versions past. I gave it a whirl, and found plenty to like, and a few things to be sarcastic about— it’s a win-win for me.

First, let’s tackle the latest features, most of which have to do with the “code workspace” (that is, the text editor). Firstly, Dreamweaver now supports PHP 5.6 all the way. That’s great for everybody who hasn’t moved to the latest stable version of PHP, which is 7.0.1—Ah, they’ll get there.

The full screen mode for the text editor now works on Mac. “That’s good, probably,” said the Windows/Linux guy.

You can now compile LESS and SASS on demand, or automatically. Take your pick. Files inside of your “Site” or project folder get compiled automatically. Files outside of the project folder can be compiled by hitting F9.

Lastly, they made some small tweaks and improvements to the find/replace function.

Now I’d like to mention some things that I liked about it when I tried it out:

  • They’re making it even easier to work with media queries in Live Mode. You can add them straight from the rulers on the top and sides now.
  • Emmet seems to be a default feature. Always a win for us front-end guys.
  • They have pre-installed snippets for Bootstrap components, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, and other popular frameworks. We can probably expect to see this list grow over time.
  • It really does run a lot faster than I remember it running in the old days. It seems Adobe is pushing for better performance in all of their products, and Dreamweaver got the treatment too.

Dreamweaver is still a huge application, and doesn’t have that beautiful sense of focus that you get from text editors like Atom, Sublime Text, or even Visual Studio Code. It is making a lot of progress in the right direction, though. I can easily see it being used in multidisciplinary teams and agencies, where some might design primarily in live mode, and others focus on the back end.

With the current pricing scheme, it probably won’t be competing with design teams that want a purely visual tool. They’ll still be flocking to the cloud applications.

To justify that monthly price per person, it’s for people who need both.

 

 

[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

Instagram’s new video channels will assist you geek out over your obsessions

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The organization is including new topicbased totally video channels to the “exploresection of the app. The channels, with a view to be labeled as “picked for you,” will floor based totally on topics you may be inquisitive about.
Instagram first brought video channels to the discover phase of the app in an replace ultimate spring. but the latest replace adds a couple dozen new topical channels that allow users to observe clips around precise pastimes they will have.

The 23 new channels cowl a extensive sort of topics and range from extraordinary unique (“hair braiding” and “computer graphics makeup“) to more preferred pursuits (“fishing” and “ceramics”).

photo: Instagram

The channels are algorithmically generated and curated by using Instagram. The company hasn’t elaborated on how it determines which of them to expose to each person, however we are guessing it is based on the same or comparable elements that electricity the relaxation of explore‘s recommendations, including the accounts you observe and posts you’ve got liked within the past.

Like facebook, Instagram has been step by step ramping up its video efforts in latest months. The app delivered 60-2nd motion pictures and a new video advert layout. those adjustments, in conjunction with a bigger emphasis on video inside the explore segment, appear like paying off — general video viewing time at the platform has increased a hundred and fifty% over the past six months, the company stated in a declaration Thursday. And including 20+ new subject matter channels will in all likelihood handiest growth video engagement for the duration of the platform.

A full list of Instagram’s new subject matterprimarily based channels is under (even though more could be introduced in future updates):

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Cheerleaders

Dancers

Calligraphy

special effects make-up

Comedians

Barbers

Cake redecorating

Ceramics

comedian book Artists

Pitbulls

Gymnasts

Nail Artists

Hair Tutorials

Singers

Bakers

make-up Tutorials

Ballet Dancers

Trickshots

Artists

Makers & Artisans

Baseball players

skateboarders

Google Rolls Out Free Gigabit Internet Service to Public Housing

Many of us might take high-speed Internet access for granted, but for low-income folks it’s a luxury they simply can’t afford. Google hopes to pick up some of that slack.

The company on Wednesday began rolling out a program that will provide free, super-fast Internet connections to people who live in public housing. The first recipients: residents of 100 apartments at the West Bluff housing complex in Kansas City, Missouri. They’ll be able to connect to gigabit Internet service via Google Fiber, at no cost to them or to the Housing Authority of Kansas City.

Eventually, Google hopes to connect up to nine low-income properties in the Kansas City metro area. It then intends to expand the gigabit program to affordable housing communities in the other cities where Google Fiber service is already available (Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas) or planned (Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham).

It’s an extension of a partnership Google announced last year with ConnectHome, a program launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House to bring Internet access to more school-age children and families living in public housing.

 

“The U.S. has some of the most expensive broadband in the world, while lagging far behind other countries in Internet speeds. And for families in affordable housing, cost can be one of the biggest barriers to getting online,” Dennis Kish, vice president for Google Fiber, said in a blog post.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, some 34 million Americans still lack access to broadband, which the agency defines as a 25 megabit connection for download and 3 megabits for upload.

 

[Source:- NBC]

The Internet Is Now Officially Too Big as IP Addresses Run Out

The Internet as we know it is now officially too big for its britches.

The organization that assigns IP addresses in North America — the numbers that identify every computer, smartphone and device connected to the Internet — ran out of numbers overnight Wednesday. It’s not the end of the world, because there’s a newer, more robust system rolling out, but it’s a milestone in our shared online history, nonetheless.

IP addresses are the four-number strings like 74.125.224.72 that you’ll sometimes see in your browser’s address bar, in the guts of your smartphone’s system settings, or that you might be asked to type in to your cable modem or WiFi router. That address, 74.125.224.72, is one of many that should take you to Google.com.

It’s like the highway system. If you’re driving through New York, you might take Interstate 95 or I-190 or I-287. But in plain English, it’s all the New York State Thruway.

There are five huge nonprofit regional organizations that hand out those addresses around the world. For the first time, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, in charge of North America, had to turn down a request for a block of addresses Wednesday because it didn’t have enough.

So it activated its “Unmet Request Policy,” it said — basically saying sorry, but if you want all of those requested addresses, you’ll have to sit on ARIN’s waiting list until they somehow become free or buy them on the open market.

The problem is there are only those four numbers in addresses, a system called IPv4. It’s been in place for more than 30 years, “and even the architects of the Internet could not have predicted the amazing success and universal adoption of the Internet and World Wide Web,” said John Curran, president and chief executive of the registry.

“Even optimistically, the total amount of unused or under-used IPv4 address space that could be made available only represents a ‘stop gap’ measure in the life of the IPv4 Internet,” the nonprofit Asia Pacific Network Information Centerreported Thursday. “The demand for Internet addresses will only continue to grow.”

But the people who run the web have known this was coming for years. In fact, the master organization that doles out addresses for ARIN and the four other regional registries announced more than a year ago that its well was dry.

So work has been under way for years on what’s called IPv6 — longer addresses that also include letters. There are only about 4.3 billion possible IPv4 addresses, which engineers assumed would be more than enough in the 1990s. With IPv6, there are about 340 trillion trillion trillion combinations — specifically:

340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456. (Let’s just say 340 gajillion.)

Ideally, you shouldn’t see any impact from the switchover to IPv6, since both systems are meant to work side by side. But adoption by Internet service providers and large public organizations has been slow. Google, which monitors whether you get to it through IPv4 or IPv6, says only 21 percent of its U.S. traffic comes through IPv6 — and that’s the highest rate of any country in the world.

 

“It is time for Internet service providers to move to IPv6 to enable the Internet’s continued growth,” Curran said. “Businesses should be aware that this transition is already well underway for many service providers in the region and make sure that their public-facing websites are reachable via IPv6.”

Otherwise, the Internet will remain frozen where it is today.

 

 

[Source:- NBC]