With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.
Being tested internally, Moneypenny, named after the James Bond franchise character who serves as M's secretary, is said to bring a human touch to modern digital assistants, reports The Information. For example, users might ask Moneypenny to research and purchase an HDTV.
Like Microsoft trying to capture a meaningful portion of the smartphone market, getting a foothold in the music streaming business is no small feat. The crowded industry is currently dominated by Spotify and Pandora, with Apple Music and Microsoft's recently-rebranded Groove trying to make names for themselves, and the competition is likely to get a lot stiffer with Facebook supposedly entering the game.
Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?
An experimental algorithm out of Facebook's artificial intelligence lab can recognise people in photographs even when it can't see their faces. Instead it looks for other unique characteristics like your hairdo, clothing, body shape and pose.
Joe Sullivan, the Facebook executive in charge of keeping the social network’s 1.3 billion users safe, is leaving to become Uber’s first chief security officer.
The move is a major talent grab by the $40 billion car-hailing-app company, and it comes as cofounder and CEO Travis Kalanick grapples with security concerns escalating so rapidly they threaten to slow Uber’s momentum.
A few months from now, US-based users of Facebook's Messenger app will be able to send and receive money via it for free, the company has announced on Tuesday.
The option will be available in the Android, iOS, and desktop apps, via a $ icon. "The money you send is transferred right away. It may take one to three business days to make the money available to you depending on your bank, just as it does with other deposits," the company noted.