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Facebook Pushes Messenger, OkCupid Experiments on Users, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 29-07-2014

Also, Amazon launches a portal for 3D-printed products, Samsung delays release of its first Tizen smartphone, Reddit eyes profitability, Yelp adds user-generated video reviews, and Microsoft trolls Apple with Cortana bullying Siri.


Facebook Forces Messenger On Users

Facebook is ramping up its effort to get all users of the regular Facebook app to download the standalone Messenger app as well. Messaging is being stripped from the Facebook app, with all Android and iPhone users worldwide being forced to install Messenger if they want to continue chatting to their friends.

This process began in April Windows XP To Chrome OS, Comcast Worst Company, iWatch Rumors [Tech News Digest] Switching from Windows XP to Chrome OS, forcing Facebook Messenger, Project Ara developers, Comcast named "worst company in America," Apple iWatch rumors, and an Easter PSA from Goldieblox. Read More , with selected users being notified of the change. It’s now being rolled out across the board, but people using Windows Phone, iPad, and the Web versions of Facebook are being spared, at least for the time being.

Facebook is justifying this move by suggesting increased user numbers means more resources being dedicated to developing the Messenger app. But users now require two apps on their phone rather than one, which is likely to lead to complaints. Not as many complaints as that time Facebook experimented on users Facebook Experiments On Users, Having Sex With Your iPad, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, The Internet's Own Boy is worth watching, BlackBerry invites us to check our facts, Photoshop Express lands on Windows Phone, binge-watching is bad, and Apple paints the iPhone as an extra parent. Read More , but complaints nonetheless.

OkCupid Experiments On Users

Dating website OkCupid OkCupid -- How A Dating Website Wants To Fix Your Love Life With Math Online dating won't fix all your romantic problems. But if online dating is where you're at right now, OkCupid is the best service, free or paid, available on the market today. Read More has rather foolishly admitted to experimenting on its users. In a blog post defending Facebook, OkCupid detailed three experiments it carried out on users, one of which involved lying to users about potential compatibility. This admission could backfire, as it doesn’t exactly make OkCupid look good. Then again it is free publicity, which was probably the aim all along.

Amazon Launches 3D Print Portal



If proof were needed that 3D printing is here to stay, we’ve got it in the form of a 3D printing portal on Amazon. This dedicated section of the online retailer highlights 3D-printed products that can be customized, personalized, or merely just ordered. Sellers of 3D-printed wares can apply to be added to the portal. These products aren’t necessarily cheap, but they are at the cutting edge of technology, which surely adds value.

Samsung Puts Tizen Smartphone On Hold

Samsung has put its first Tizen smartphone on hold indefinitely. The handset powered by the alternative mobile OS was due to go on sale in Russia Apple At WWDC 2014: iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite, John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality [Tech News Digest] Apple unveils iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, Samsung unveils Tizen smartphone, MySpace remembers, Reset the Net gets set, Chromebooks go on the march, new IFTTT channels are exposed, and John Oliver... Read More during this quarter, but Samsung has postponed the launch without specifying a new release date. A lack of compatible apps and app developers is likely to blame, but Samsung has promised to “continue to actively work with Tizen Association members to further develop both Tizen OS and the Tizen ecosystem.

Reddit Wants To Start Making Money

Reddit users beware, as the community you love is about to be monetized. As it stands, Reddit is unprofitable, but it has continued to expand and evolve despite losing money. According to The New York Times that’s all about to change, with Reddit upping its efforts to woo advertisers as well as seeking out other ways of making money. The problem is doing this without upsetting its legion of fans; fans who hang out on some utterly bizarre subreddits Random Reddit: 10 Bizarre Subreddits You Need To Explore [Weird & Wonderful Web] You don't love Reddit? You should, because it's an awesome resource for content of every possible description. If you don't believe me then read on to discover the stranger side of Reddit. Read More .

User-Generated Videos Added To Yelp



Yelp is adding short video reviews to its pages, with users invited to submit these short clips via the mobile apps. The feature has already gone live on iPhone and is expected to be added to Android soon. Yelp video reviews have to be between 3 seconds and 12 seconds in length, so expect plenty of brusque negative reviews of unfortunate businesses Recipe For Worthwhile Reviews On Amazon, Yelp, & Everywhere Else Want to write your own reviews of products or services you've tried out? We help you craft a review that is truly helpful to the reader. This is a recipe for the perfect review. Read More .

Cortana Trolls Siri In Windows Phone Ad

And finally, Microsoft likes nothing more than attacking Apple, and with Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 Geek Humor Included! Meet Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1 Digital Assistant Cortana is the best reason to upgrade your Windows Phone early. Microsoft's answer to Siri offers great features and will make you laugh. Read More it has the perfect excuse to do a little trolling. The new advert embedded above shows Cortana outperforming Siri on a number of different tasks, which, when added to Cortana’s ability to steal the heart of middle-aged tech journalists How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More , might make people take more notice of the third mobile operating system.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you annoyed at Facebook’s insistence you use the dedicated Messenger app? Are you surprised by OkCupid’s admission it experiments on users? Is Microsoft right to attack Apple in order to promote Windows Phone?


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