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WhatsApp could soon have voice message transcriptions, but Facebook won't be doing the work

WhatsApp could soon have voice message transcriptions, but Facebook won't be doing the work

Captioning and transcriptions are handy things to have, but have been hard to come by for the longest time. Artificial intelligence has provided us with auto-generated transcriptions with some voicemail apps, captions on YouTube videos, and with almost anything with Google can put its fingers on. But if you've fallen through the gaps with all of these services and use WhatsApp, you might have a nice surprise to look forward to soon.

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We now have Ray-Ban smart glasses, but they're made by Facebook, so...

We now have Ray-Ban smart glasses, but they're made by Facebook, so...

What if Facebook were actually on your face? The company already knows every little detail about you and it's currently happily sitting in your pocket everywhere you go, but I'm talking about literally having Facebook on your face. That's a nightmare you probably didn't want to have tonight, but this is no dream: it's going to be a real thing. Facebook has partnered with EssilorLuxottica, the maker of Ray-Ban glasses, to bring you the Ray-Ban Stories — a pair of glasses that are probably the coolest nightmare fuel you'll see today.

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You may soon have some actual control over your Instagram feed

You may soon have some actual control over your Instagram feed

You don't pay equal attention to all the people and brands you follow on social media, right? Some of them are closer to you than others, but their posts often get lost in the flood of the algorithm-driven feed. Soon, though, you might be able to prioritize who gets top billing with your next scroll through Instagram.

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Instagram is back online following hours-long outage in parts of the world

Instagram is back online following hours-long outage in parts of the world

Instagram was for many people in parts of the world over night, with an influx of reports coming from India (via India Today). Many people took to Twitter to say that the Instagram app on Android and iOS app wasn't accessible for them. WhatsApp and Facebook were still up and running, so it doesn't seem like all of Facebook was affected by the problems.

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Instagram pretends it doesn't already know when your birthday is

Instagram pretends it doesn't already know when your birthday is

Instagram might ask you for your birth date the next time you open the app. Instagram, which I'll remind you, is owned by Facebook, one of the most prolific collectors and resellers of personal data on the planet.

C'mon, Instagram. You know my birthday. You know the birthdays of all my friends and family, and all their friends and family until we hit Kevin Bacon a hundred times over. You know my dog's birthday.

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Facebook Messenger celebrates a full decade of being the only way your extended family can reach you

Facebook Messenger celebrates a full decade of being the only way your extended family can reach you

We're all familiar with Facebook and its main messaging service, Messenger. It started life as the messaging component of the Facebook social network, and while it still is, it's now its standalone service as well, can be used without a Facebook account, and has been picking up plenty of features. Messenger may not everyone's cup of tea — it's certainly not mine — but it's still a massive app with a user base in the billions. This month, it's celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Facebook is taking the opportunity to introduce some new features.

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WhatsApp message reactions are on the way

WhatsApp message reactions are on the way

If you spend enough time using social apps, you get used to certain UX patterns. One example is the ability to react to a message or post — think Instagram or Twitter DMs — but you don't see it so much with more traditional chat apps. WhatsApp would like to change that, however, and is working to bring message reactions to its app.

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Facebook's slow roll on encryption has made it to video and voice calls on Messenger

Facebook's slow roll on encryption has made it to video and voice calls on Messenger

Facebook has been slow to implement end-to-end encryption for its messaging apps, but the baby steps continue to happen nevertheless. Today, it announced the introduction of opt-in E2EE for voice and video calls in Messenger.

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Sorry Facebook, TikTok is now the world's most downloaded app

Sorry Facebook, TikTok is now the world's most downloaded app

Social apps are, unsurprisingly, the most downloaded apps across Android and iOS devices, and for the longest time, Facebook was the most popular among them. However, despite only being around since 2017, the Chinese short video app TikTok has just overtaken Zuckerberg's behemoth as the world's most downloaded app.

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WhatsApp's got a fresh new batch of very affectionate emoji for Android beta users

WhatsApp's got a fresh new batch of very affectionate emoji for Android beta users

The Unicode Consortium's Emoji 13.1 update, which brings 217 new symbols to the official universal list, is working its way down to the end user. They've already landed for a lot of people on Gboard and iOS, but now, even more Android users will be able to access them — that is, if they use WhatsApp.

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