F8 2018: Roundup of Facebook’s developer conference

The first day of Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference has concluded and we’ve rounded up all the most notable announcements from the gathering in San Jose, California.

This year’s show is the first since the world’s largest social network came under fire for allowing Cambridge Analytica and other companies unprecedented access to user data, which may have been used to influence democratic decisions.

In the wake of the fallout, Facebook made changes to its platform to better...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Facebook, Platforms.

Firefox foils Facebook data-flinging with new Mozilla container extension

If you’re worried about what data Facebook may or may not be collecting after the Cambridge Analytica revelations, the good people at Mozilla have a workaround.

Facebook Container Extension, an extension of Firefox’s multi-account containers, enables users to browse Facebook while isolating identity into a separate blue tab, meaning users can play all the quizzes they like – this reporter assumes...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Facebook.

Google Researcher: Don’t work for Facebook in AI if you have a conscience

Google researcher François Chollet believes anyone with a conscience should not work for Facebook in AI.

While keeping in mind that Google is very much a competitor to Facebook, and is no stranger to criticism itself, Chollet brings up some interesting points about ethics in regards to AI and its use to influence — or rather, exploit — people.

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By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, Facebook, Platforms.

Facebook redefines time (sort of) to help sync video frame rates

Minutes, seconds and milliseconds aren’t quite enough for Facebook – at least when it comes to synchronising video, anyway. The social giant has announced the launch of Flicks, a unit of time which can more easily subdivide media frame rates and sampling frequencies.

The unit – named Flick as a semi-portmanteau of ‘frame tick – is defined in C++ and represents 1/705600000 of a second. A flick is the smallest unit of time which can successfully represent a single frame duration...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Testing.

Facebook’s AR Studio opens to all developers

Facebook has opened its AR Studio tool so any interested developer can now build augmented reality experiences.

AR Studio was first announced back in April at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The tool enables developers to build experiences for Facebook Camera.

Facebook is attempting to use third-party developers to help close the augmented reality gap with rival Snapchat. AR Studio contains...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Mobile, VR.

Instagram API upgraded to Facebook Graph

The API behind Instagram has been upgraded to Facebook’s Graph API — bringing new features and (hopefully) less Bieber nudes.

Following the upgrade, developers can utilise the existing Graph API SDKs and monitor activity using its dashboards. Developers also have access to Facebook’s technical support.

The Instagram Graph API now allows businesses on the platform to see more information about the performance of their organic content via...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook, Platforms.

Facebook appears to reject more code from its female engineers

A former engineer at Facebook used data compiled over five years in a bid to prove there's a gender bias at the social networking giant against its female employees.

The compiled data shows female engineers’ code being rejected 35 percent more than males during the review process. While this alone rings some alarm bells, the fact that females waited for 3.9 percent longer on average for their code to be reviewed, and received 8.2 percent more comments, just adds evidence to the bias claim.

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By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry.

Facebook launched Android UI and VR frameworks during its F8 developer conference

Social behemoth Facebook used its F8 developer conference to launch two frameworks – one for Android UI, and the other for VR.

Litho

Facebook’s internal framework to build efficient UIs on Android is called Litho, and the company has been talking it up since last October (much to the frustration of the rest of us outside the company without access to it.)

The company built its own framework after finding Android’s standard tools for building scrollable lists were lacking for the complexity...

By Ryan Daws, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, VR.

Twitter launches Periscope Producer API to counter Facebook Live

As it continues its fight against rivals to be the source of real-time news, Twitter has launched the Periscope Producer API which allows media publishers to broadcast live on the platform using their own professional equipment.

News of the impending API release was first reported by The Information but without an exact release date or much in the way of details. Facebook launched a similar API last April as part of its ‘Facebook...

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook.