Facebook Internally Testing Dating App within Employees

With WhatsApp already a subsidiary, Facebook is already the leading name in terms of connecting people but the company is all set to further its monopoly by introducing a fresh new mobile dating app, similar to TrulyMadly and Tinder. About two months ago, the company had announced its plans and now, it has begun testing its new project internally within their employees.

At the May 2018 F8 developer conference, the company has announced the dating product in the U.S. saying they were concentrating on formulating a platform for relationships rather than merely hookups. The app is expected to have strong measures for privacy and safety, keeping the focus on only suggesting new friends who are out of the circle or someone who are not seeing your profile. The new feature will remain distinct from the individuals’ Facebook profiles, but will show potential recommendations on the basis of their dating history, preference, commonness, and mutual friends.

The audiences will also have the option of discovering totally new people that have similar interest from events or groups. That being said, what is being done within the dating app will remain immune to the Facebook page. According to the chief of the new Facebook product, Chris Cox, the design has already been revealed, which has showcased a fresh feature named as unlocking, which makes the profile visible to others.

Will this app be paid or free for use like Facebook? This remains to be seen. The company may introduce a paid subscription based method for extra functionalities for their audiences but no formal announcement has been made on the subject as yet.

Facebook’s New 360 Degree Cameras a Breakthrough in VR World

Last year, Facebook unveiled Surround 360, a 360-degree camera that is able to capture footage in 3D and then render it online through specially designed software. To add more to this lineup of products, the company on April 19, 2017, introduced two new 360-degree cameras – the x24, with 24 cameras, and x6, with six cameras. The difference between the first product unveiled and the latest products announced is that the latter can shoot in six degrees of freedom, which comes with the promise of making the 360-degree footage more immersive than before.

Facebook Plans to License Designs to Commercial Partners

Facebook doesn’t have any plans to sell these two cameras directly to consumers. Instead, the company is looking for a select group of commercial partners who will do its job and release the product later this year. The versions we are seeing on the internet were prototyped in Facebook’s on-site hardware lab, Area 404, using off-the-shelf components. While the x6 prototype was entirely home-made, the x24 was made in partnership with FLIR.

One celebrated thing about these products is that the camera is smart enough to recreate what the view looks like from various angles. Another pleasing aspect of videos created with six degrees of freedom is that each pixel is in 3D and has depth. This is a cutting-edge technology for VR content creators, and it unfolds tremendous prospects in visual effects editing. With x24 and x6, Facebook plans to have a stronghold in the field of virtual reality and augmented reality; or as the company calls it “Act 2”.