Facebook's user-manipulating A/B testing under investigation

Facebook's testing of emotion-manipulation using their unaware users has caught the attention of a UK regulator. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched an investigation into whether Facebook violated data collection laws during their study.

In one of the tests, Facebook removed positive posts from thousands of users and measured whether the amount of negative posts grew as an impact. Can you imagine if a person suffering from depression goes on Facebook to be filled with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Facebook, Testing.

Oculus' VR may provide the closest solution to the "Look Up" viral video

We’re a generation attached to our displays.

A video went viral this week called “Look Up” which was written, performed, and directed by Gary Turk is a hard-hitting reminder of all the moments we are missing because we spend too much time in the digital realm.

Virtual reality companies such as Oculus want to keep us here – but even more immersed than what can be achieved from the glow of our smartphones.

Let’s be honest, things aren’t going to...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Gaming, Platforms.

[Interview] Facebook’s Director of Partnerships talks Parse and acquisitions

Last Thursday was the anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of Parse – a much-loved platform to develop apps across devices. DeveloperTech caught up with Julien Codorniou, Director of Partnerships at Facebook, to see how their relationship is going.

In the interview we are treated to the first numbers in which we can help gauge how successful the high-profile buy has been. As well as what the acquisition process is like from a company which consistently makes headline-worthy...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Facebook, Platforms.

Facebook’s Oculus Rift acquisition continues the VR dream…

Virtual Reality (VR) is an inevitable future; and it’s one very-rapidly becoming realised thanks to the plucky-ambitions of Kickstarter-success Oculus and their ‘Rift’ headset. It’s an admirable story, and the headset – now in its second iteration – is nearing a consumer-ready device…

Unfortunately for Oculus, Sony is also nearing such a device in their “Project Morpheus” – which is also looking promising…

Then, albeit in a different space, there’s...

By Ryan Daws, 26 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: AR, Facebook, Gaming, Industry.

Facebook’s new “PHP+” language is called ‘hack’

Back in the early days of the social-networking giant known as Facebook, it was coded in PHP by Mark Zuckerberg and his (then) small team. Of course as the website grew into the unstoppable force it is today, PHP became difficult to manage…

Facebook's open-source language, Hack, was born out of a necessity – and combines elements of static-type programming languages such as C or C++ with dynamic-type languages like PHP.

Most of PHP is already usable in Hack but requires...

By Ryan Daws, 24 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Facebook, Testing.

Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is more money than sense…

From 32 employees to a $19bn acquisition by the world’s largest social network; WhatsApp is a startup success story which will stay in app development history. But why has Facebook purchased the disruptive OTT player?

Let's be honest, WhatsApp won’t continue as successful as it is today without bringing another game-changer to the table... there are far too many players in the market with far more resources.

It sounds harsh; but WhatsApp is no longer a unique proposition. Today,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

Exploring Facebook’s “Deep Learning” Artificial Intelligence lab

A new hire by Facebook could change the state of virtual assistants and artificial intelligence forever.

New York University professor, Yann LeCun, is a renowned researcher in the ‘Deep Learning’ field – and has been tapped by Facebook to run their new AI lab with operations in Menlo Park, California, at the company’s headquarters; in London; and at Facebook’s new offices in New York City.

In a post on...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Facebook, Platforms, Testing.

WhatsApp beats Facebook Messenger in OTT messaging

A study by On Device shows that king of social networks in terms of usage, Facebook, isn’t so royally respected when it comes to OTT messaging – beaten by the disruptive WhatsApp.

WhatsApp was one of the original apps to search your current mobile contacts in order to allow the user to bypass the traditional SMS sold by carriers, and instead send over an IP to a contact for free (dependant on data package.)

Naturally, this caused many to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Facebook, Platforms, Social media.

Social, Freemium, and Smart TVs in Gaming #AppsWorld

As part of AppsWorld 2013, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a panel consisting of representatives from four mobile gaming companies; Endemol Games, Wooga, Plumbee, and matmi.

The topic was social gaming – an almost expected feature in the modern game.

Whilst none of the panellists could quite decide whether the “freemium” model was good for the industry or not – a subject which carried through most of the discussion – all could agree on how important social integration is; but...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Facebook, Gaming.