If you're building a new social network likely to get battered in the marketplace, you may as well call it Waffle. The latest entry in the ever-expanding category of Weird Samsung Things allows you to post a photo that your friends can annotate by adding their own photos or drawings in a grid surrounding the original. It's a product of the C-Lab, a skunkworks inside Samsung that develops and tests new products. "Waffle offers a new, differentiated service that illustrates multiple points of view to generate a collaborative story," the company says. It's currently in beta in Android.
Facebook is rolling out its set of emoji "reactions" globally Wednesday, giving the social network's 1.59 billion monthly active users a selection of five other ways to acknowledge a friend's post when pressing the "like" button simply doesn't feel right.
In addition to "like," the five new emoji will let Facebook users to express "love," "haha," "wow," "sad" or "angry." The emoji reactions were revealed last October and have been tested in a variety of markets, including Ireland, Japan and Spain.
Here’s the trending narrative for Twitter: user growth has stagnated, and the product has not improved, at least not fast enough. But that isn't the case for Twitter’s Periscope, the live-streaming video app the microblogging site acquired a year ago this month.
Inside a three-floor apartment about a 15-minute walk from Twitter HQ in San Francisco, a team of 28 is building something that they think is changing the world and could perhaps save Twitter. The two companies have the same mission: build a service that shows people's lives unfiltered, in real-time, across the world.
Not unlike Twitter's early days of fascinating the biggest brands, the richest celebrities and people just trying to make a name for themselves, Periscope has become a destination for every personality, from a TV host in Los Angeles to a surfer in Australia, to broadcast live video via their smartphones.
In the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA, after it was revealed that one of the perpetrators advocated jihad in her posts and comments on Facebook, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on a new plan to scrutinize the social media posts and comments of people applying for entry into the United States.
The plan was first revealed to the Wall Street Journal, which said the homeland security agency previously looked at social media postings "intermittently and as part of three pilot programs" which began earlier this year. The new plan would mark the first formally sanctioned probe by the DHS - which formed in the aftermath of 9/11 to counter potential domestic threats to the United States - into the digital footprint of visa applicants.
Cyber attacks are nothing new in today's digital world. However, the increase in suspected state-sponsored attacks against individuals has generated concern amongst the global tech community.
In October of this year, Facebook revealed its plans to notify users suspected of being victim to such attacks and guide them towards increasing the security of their accounts. Years earlier, in 2012, Google had implemented similar warnings in its Gmail service along with recommendations such as enabling two-factor authentication and increasing password entropy.