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Facebook’s new 6 empathetic emojis to add more power to the “Like” button

Facebook’s Next-Generation “Like” Button to express emotions beyond “like”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook during a town hall question-and-answer session at Facebook’s headquarters in September, had said that the company was working on ways for users to express a different reaction beyond “liking” a post.

The company has finally rolled out a broader range of clickable emoticons that can be used to show empathy with or displeasure in a Facebook post. In other words, it is more like an extension of the ubiquitous Like button that summarizes the reaction of the readers, although a more extensive one.

In addition to the well-worn thumbs up, Facebook is now testing out six emojis to express “reactions” such as love, laughter, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger.

Facebook tells us that the pop-up feature will first start out as a test in two markets only, Spain and Ireland, before it decides whether to tweak it and/or how to roll it out further.

“We’re excited to start this test, but understand that this is a big change, and one that we want to make sure to get right,” wrote Facebook product manager Chris Tosswill. Users in these two countries “will be able to react to any post across Facebook – a post from a friend, advertiser, publisher or business.”

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years, and probably hundreds of people have asked about this,” Zuckerberg said during its public Q&A, “and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.”

The company has resisted developing a “dislike” button for years because CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not want to epitomize the up vote/down vote systems in different online communities, such as the Reddit community.

The new Reactions feature will hopefully be able to allow users to express their thoughts that is beyond a singular Like button. As Zuckerberg said, not every moment is a good moment, and such events are not something that users can just generally express the proper emotions with a Like button.

So how’d they come up with this select range of emotions? Chief Product Officer Chris Cox explained in a Facebook post: “We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun.”

So, what’s the reason for choosing those two countries? Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product, says it’s because both have largely national user bases without extensive international friend networks, so they work better as closed test groups. Ireland is English speaking, while Spain lets Facebook test out how well the wordless emoji play with non-English users.

In order to see the buttons — which are available in the iPhone, Android and desktop versions of Facebook used in Ireland and Spain — users can either long-press or hover over the “Like” button. The buttons will then appear for users to scroll through and select.

Tosswill explained that the new ‘reactions’ will help the company to filter the posts that appear in users’ newsfeeds.

“Initially, just as we do when someone likes a post, if someone uses a reaction, we will infer they want to see more of that type of post,” Tosswill explained.

“We see this as an opportunity for businesses and publishers to better understand how people are responding to their content on Facebook,” he said.

“We will spend time learning from this initial roll-out.”

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Apple iPhone 6s lands in 40 more markets, Russia and India score the highest prices

Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and many more countries are seeing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch get released in the Apple Stores of their respective location today. 
It’s Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan that …

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Google’s Translate about to get a whole lot more useful… on Android 6 Marshmallow devices

Google has definitely been making strides with its Translate app, steadily growing it to a tool that gets more and more useful by the day. The app can not only translate written texts, but also listen to spoken word and then reproduce it via the phone’s text-to-speech, or use your phone’s camera and translate print text in real-time. Pretty impressive, “this is the future”-type of stuff right there.

The company has just announced an upcoming update, which will bring about a feature not as cool as the ones listed above, but definitely just as practical, if not more so. The new Translate will …

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Report: Apple’s iPhone 6s is four times more popular than the iPhone 6s Plus

According to a new report from Localystics, the iPhone 6s was four times more popular than the iPhone 6s Plus in the first week of commercial availability. The report claims that the iPhone 6s now accounts for about 1.5% of all active iPhones, while the iPhone 6s Plus is listed with a share of 0.4% of the iPhone pie.

Although it’s definitely not surprising to see that the iPhone 6s is selling much better compared to its larger and pricier sibling, it’s worth noting that the second-coming of the Apple phablet appears to be doing much better compared to the original …

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Google Photos for iOS receives an update allowing you to label faces, share animation, and more

Google Photos for iOS has been updated to version 1.4, allowing you to share animation via WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. In the U.S. only, you can label people who are pictured in photographs. Once you have these people labeled, you can merge face groups, search for specific people, and even combine specific search terms (Fred at the ballpark in Cleveland).

Other changes allow the app to open faster, and the new version comes with bug fixes and performance improvements. One thing missing is support for Chromecast, which Google promises is coming soon.

The Google Photos for iOS …

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Facebook makes changes to its iOS app, allows profile picture to be replaced by a video loop and more

Just because you’re the most popular app in the world doesn’t mean that you should rest on your laurels. Facebook, which is the most popular mobile app based on comScore’s latest survey, is making some changes and is starting with its iOS app. One change allows members to replace a static profile photograph with a video loop. Additionally, more room is being given for profile images, which will now be found in the center of the profile page.

Profile pictures that are temporary, will now revert back to the original image at a set time. Facebook users put up these temporary pictures to celebrate …

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More Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL images leak; new NYC store to open October 26th

Earlier today, we showed you images of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL that were mistakenly published on Microsoft’s U.K. online store. The leak not only included pictures of the phones, it also revealed some of the specs for each model. Now, some more images of the two Windows 10 Mobile phones have been leaked, which you can view in the slideshow at the bottom of this story.

Microsoft is expected to introduce the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL next Tuesday, October 6th. That event will take place in New York City and will probably include the Surface Pro 4 and the Microsoft …

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iPhone 6s teardown results: Apple A9 is a dual-core chip, new 6-cluster GPU, more cache

The Apple iPhone 6s family is already available in the United States and the majority of Western markets, but while the phones are out there, some particularities including essential parts of their hardware remain a mystery.
We know that the new iPhone 6s series is powered by the brand new Apple A9 system chip, but that’s about all the detail Apple officially provides. The company has not declared how many cores are in the CPU, what clocks it runs on, what’s the GPU, and none of those technical details, instead focusing on the actual functionality …

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Microsoft shows how the Narrator feature helps make Microsoft Edge more accessible

Windows 10 has a number of new features and improvements compared to previous versions. A number of the improvements make using the OS, and its Microsoft Edge web browser, more accessible to a larger audience. Microsoft has offered more information on these accessibility improvements, including the Narrator voice feature when used with Edge.

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BlackBerry ad turns Priv leak into positive publicity; no more new BB10 handsets?

While John Chen earlier today confirmed that the Android driven BlackBerry Priv is coming, the company ran an ad in the Wall Street Journal that said that the leak of the phone’s real name was “the best demonstration as to why BlackBerry’s products, technology and brand are essential to the world.” The company said that it “found this breach of privacy extraordinary.”

Earlier today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen took over CNBC’s blog to announce that the Priv is a collaboration with Google, and includes BlackBerry security. The executive said the phone came about because consumers wanted the …

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