Wednesday, 9 March 2016

March’s security update for Android is here

We’re only one week into March, and that means a monthly security update is due for Android devices. Google published details regarding March’s security update earlier today with a massive list of patches and other goodies.

This security update is rolling out to the following devices:

  • Nexus 5 (MMB29V)
  • Nexus 5X (MMB29V, MHC19J)
  • Nexus 6 (MMB29V)
  • Nexus 6P (MMB29Q)
  • Nexus 7 2013 (MMB29V)
  • Nexus 9 (MMB29V)
  • Nexus 10 (LMY49H)
  • Pixel C (MXC14G)
  • Nexus Player (MMB29V)
With the exception of the Nexus 10 remaining on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, all of the devices listed above are on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

See Also: How Can You Add Zest To Mobile Experience For Enterprise?

Don’t want to wait for Google to push a software update to your device? Then do things manually. Get the factory images from Google and follow these instructions provided by our Brad Ward. The over-the-air update should be rolling out in the coming days and weeks. Even later, owners of non-Nexus devices should expect to see March’s security update arrive.

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Friday, 4 March 2016

Facebook's Photo-Sharing Moments App Now Supports Video Too

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Facebook's Moments app was introduced last June as an easier way for people to share photos with their friends. Now a new update has widened Moments' scope, adding support for video, as well as pictures. The app — available on iOS and Android — scans through your smartphone's photo roll using facial recognition technology to spot photos of specific pals, allowing you to automatically tag them without arduous busywork, and making it easier for you to share them directly with the people included in the picture.

Moments has capitalized on Facebook's face recognition tech, but the new update doesn't bring the feature to videos — instead you'll need to manually add them to the slideshows the app creates from your pictures. Facebook has pushed Moments pretty hard so far, slotting advertising into users' News Feeds, and replacing its photo sync option on mobile with a link to the app. The company says this effort has paid off, driving more than 400 million photos to be shared between users since Moments' launch last year.

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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Facebook Live Videos Will Be Given More Prominence Thanks To An Algorithm Update

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Facebook has been heavily promoting its Live Videos feature since making it available to general users alongside celebrities in December. Now that the live streaming functionality is available on both iOS and Android, the social network is updating its news feed (the timeline of status updates you see when you log in) to display Live Videos above older clips.

Facebook will be hoping this encourages more people to use the feature, which already faces stiff competition from the Twitter-owned app Periscope. The viewing numbers for Live Videos, on the other hand, are already promising.

Earlier this week, when Facebook introduced the feature for Android, it stated that on average people watch a video three times longer when it is live compared to when it is not live. The higher engagement rate was likely the catalyst for the update. As Facebook puts it, live streams are “more interesting in the moment than after the fact.”

This isn’t the first time Facebook has rejigged its News Feed algorithm around video clips. In 2014, Facebook made an update that moved videos that had higher viewership figures to the top of timelines. The social network also takes into account the likes, shares, and comments on a clip in order to ascertain its placement on the News Feed. Additionally, last year, its algorithm began showing users similar videos based on clips they had watched in the past. It also monitors a viewer’s interaction with a clip, including the muting of sound, whether HD capability has been turned on, and if the video is watched in full screen in order to suggest more content.

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