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Facebook to roll out new tool aimed to ease heartache of breakups | Fox News

Facebook is trying to ease the heartache of breaking up.

A feature announced Thursday will allow people who have split up with a spouse or partner to turn on an option that spares them the emotional pain of constantly seeing their ex-lover's posts and pictures in their news feed on the world's largest social network.

Facebook will begin testing the breakup protection on mobile devices in the U.S. before deciding whether to offer it to all of its 1.5 billion accountholders worldwide.

The option is designed for people who don't want to risk offending a former husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend by taking the more extreme step of ejecting or blocking them from their Facebook network.

After changing their relationship status on Facebook, people will also be allowed to remove their names from past posts linking them to a former partner.

"This work is part of our ongoing effort to develop resources for people who may be going through difficult moments in their lives," Facebook product manager Kelly Winters wrote in a blog post.


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Facebook's 'Photo Magic' Knows Who Your Friends Are - ABC News

Facebook is testing a new feature called "Photo Magic" that recognizes friends’ faces in a user’s camera roll and asks whether the user wants to share photographs with the people included in them via Messenger.

David Marcus, head of Messenger, confirmed the news in a post on his Facebook wall Monday night.

"This is one of our upcoming features I'm really excited about as it's still way too difficult to share photos with friends, and receive all the ones you're in," Marcus wrote


Apple's iPad Pro available to order Wednesday, delivers later this week

Orders for the device will begin Nov. 11 from Apple's website, while the company's retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers will begin selling the device later this week. Resellers began telling customers last week that the iPad Pro will be available on Friday, Nov. 13.

Orders will also begin Wednesday for the Apple Pencil and the company's Smart Keyboard accessory.

"The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we're excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we've ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can't wait to see what they do with iPad Pro."


Google Seeks More Control Over Android Phone Chips: Report - Forbes

Google doesn’t want to sit around while its Android ecosystem becomes ever more fragmented. It’s apparently looking at ways to exert more control, Apple-style, of Android smartphones by having a say in the creation of their processors.

Google has been talking to chip manufacturers about building smartphone processors that are based on Google’s own designs, according to a report in The Information.

The report didn’t specify which chip manufacturers Google was talking to, but Qualcomm, MediaTek and Samsung are the biggest vendors for Android phones. Qualcomm is the most ubiquitous, MediaTek is focused on lower-cost Android phones and Samsung’s Exynos chipsets go into its own devices.


BlackBerry Priv Review: A New Hope, or the Last Hope?

BlackBerry wants to give you the best of both worlds. But has the world already passed this brand by? The first BlackBerry to run Android, the Priv ($240 on contract through AT&T) opens up a world of apps heretofore unavailable to devotees of phones with keyboards. And, yes, there's a physical slide-out keyboard, complete with handy shortcuts, that promises to make you more productive. Just as important, the Priv retains many of the features that have made BlackBerrys so compelling for business users, including strong security and a robust suite of productivity apps. Has BlackBerry finally found the right mix?


Google Drive sends you phone alerts for shared files

Google is updating Drive with new features, which are especially useful to employees and students that tend to work in teams. You'll now get instant mobile mobile alerts, for instance, whenever someone shares a file or a folder with you. To check out what a team member sent, just tap the notification to take you there. In case someone sends you a link to a file you don't have access to, you don't have to call him up anymore: you can request access with a single click through the Android app, which he'll immediately get as a notification on an iOS or an Android device. Finally, if you're teamed up with someone who refuses to sign up for a Google account despite using an Android phone, don't worry -- he'll now be able to view any file you send, as well. Some of these Drive features may not be available right at this moment, but The Big G says you'll be able to take advantage of them in the near future.


Snapchat reassures users that photo messages are still totally private - CNET

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reassured users that their photos will not be stored on its servers after changes to its privacy policy caused widespread confusion.

The Venice, California-based company published a blog post on Sunday clarifying changes that were made to its Privacy Policy and Terms and Services last week. Photos shared through Snapchat disappear after the recipient has viewed them, but users have been fretting that the updates allowed Snapchat to store photos and share them with advertisers.

Photo messages "are automatically deleted from our servers once we detect that they have been viewed or have expired", just as they were before, Snapchat said. It does not stockpile pictures, and never has.


Facebook update brings iPhone battery life fix and explanations | BGR

After more and more reports revealed that the Facebook mobile app is consuming plenty of iPhone battery via background activities even when said activities should be off, the company said it will look into matters and issue fixes. Lo and behold, Facebook did release an app update to fix the issues – not a surprising feat per se, considering that Facebook always releases timely updates for its mobile apps – but also addressed the matter in a public post.

As Facebook’s Ari Grant explains, the battery issue is caused by bugs, two of them, which the company is trying to fix. And from the looks of it, they’re not intentional code manipulations that would let Facebook conduct background app activity at all times – at least that’s what Grant says.


Google says it's 'rethinking everything' around machine learning | PCWorld

It’s already sorting your email and translating your voice searches, and machine learning will play a bigger role in Google’s services moving forward.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, reported its quarterly financial results Thursday, with revenue and profit both up from a year earlier. New Google CEO Sundar Pichai took part in his first earnings call, and in between discussing the numbers he revealed how important Google thinks machine learning is to its future.


”Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we’re rethinking everything we’re doing,” he said.

He was putting the spotlight on a branch of artificial intelligence that’s getting more attention lately. It involves using computer algorithms that can “learn” over time. A common example is its use in email, where machine learning figures out from watching users’ behavior which emails are spam and which should be let through.