Social Media

Pay your bills straight from Facebook Messenger with BillHero chatbot

There are plenty of excuses for not paying your bills, but now, inconvenience just can't be one of them. It's all thanks to BillHero, which has created the first chat bot for Facebook Messenger to help pay your bills.
Social Media

Facebook rolls out Live updates with extended broadcasts and full-screen video

Facebook is rolling out a series of updates to its Live video service aimed at general users, including the ability to broadcast for up to four hours. The new options are aimed at making the live-streaming tool even more immersive.

Are you a Facebook Messenger user? You’re now officially one in a billion or so

Facebook's Messenger is now part of the hallowed club of applications that each have more than a billion active users. Facebook now has three apps in that coveted VIP booth: Messenger, the main Facebook ap,p and WhatsApp.
Social Media

Reading coverage on the RNC? It might be coming from bots

It's only Day 2, but the Republican National Convention already seems to have solidified its position as the most dramatic political event in recent memory. And at both the Washington Post and Buzzfeed, coverage is coming from robots.
Movies & TV

A match made in hell: Hollywood producing Tinder-oriented rom-com

Hollywood is hoping to win over millennials with a film described as a Tinder-oriented rom-com with action sequences. The project has been snapped up by Warner Bros. and is being written by the duo behind 'Friends with Benefits.'
Social Media

Facebook inking live-streaming deals worth millions with YouTube and Vine stars

Facebook is splashing $2.2 million on live-streaming content deals with around two dozen internet stars from YouTube, and Vine. Overall, social media stars comprise 15 percent of Facebook's 140 media partners.
Social Media

Celebs force Twitter to bust racist trolls after Leslie Jones controversy

Twitter has taken action against the racist trolls that Leslie Jones said were verbally attacking her, after a celebrity campaign against the inaction of the social network and in support of the Ghostbusters star.
Social Media

Want the little blue checkmark by your Twitter handle? Now you can as Twitter broadens verification

Twitter is now allowing all users to apply for a verified account -- the little blue checkmark next to profile handles which indicates authenticity. It's rolling out globally over the coming days.
Social Media

Keeping it (un)real: Snapchat now lets you animate yourself thanks to Bitmoji

Months after Snapchat's $100 million acquisition of Bitmoji, you can finally send a comic version of yourself in either your snaps or your chats. To use Bitmoji in Snapchat, you'll need to download the Bitmoji app.
Social Media

Twitter steps up its game, joins with NBA on pair of new, exclusive live shows

Twitter and the NBA have partnered to bring two exclusive, live shows to the social news service that will integrate with Twitter conversations. Vine and Periscope will also get in on the action with more behind-the-scenes content.

Canon’s latest all-in-one inkjets print directly from social media, cloud storage

Printers may seem like basic technology, but Canon is adding both efficiency and functionality with its latest options. From printing directly from social media and cloud accounts to improved yields, the Maxima printers offer a range of…
Social Media

Snapchat wants to show you ads based on the objects in your Snaps

A newly published Snapchat patent shows technology that uses image recognition technology to serve ads based on objects that were within the snap. The firm may be hoping for a major revenue boost from this technology.