Facebook wants to give its workers a taste of India’s struggle with 2G Tuesdays

Facebook Smart Phone App
Facebook wants to be available everywhere in the world, but users with slow connection sometimes have to wait two minutes for the News Feed to fully load.

To make developers realize the gap between networking speeds in Silicon Valley and the 2G Internet speeds experienced in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, Facebook is launching a new internal activity called 2G Tuesdays.

For one hour on a Tuesday, Facebook employees will be able to downgrade their Internet speed to 2G. The activity should help promote solutions to related issues, bugs, and slowness on the social network, alongside letting developers see the progress they’re making on 2G.

Facebook for 2G and 3G is much better than it was a few years ago, thanks to extensive fine-tuning by the networking teams. An open-source program called Network Connection Class system is able to configure Facebook to the user’s Internet connection on the fly, offering a more efficient experience.

The social network is also investing millions in Internet.org, a free Internet platform for users in Africa and South-East Asia. Facebook recently acquired the Ka-band capacity on the Amos-6 satellite, to provide Internet across the entire African continent.

Internet.org hasn’t gone as smooth as Facebook would have liked, with Indian companies pulling out of the program after anti-net neutrality complaints. The social network tried to fix relations by opening the platform to developers that met the company’s criteria.

Facebook is currently used by 1.4 billion people around the world, making it the most popular social platform by a large margin. It plans to have two billion people online by 2016, and perhaps millions more if Facebook manages to reverse the block in China.

Even though it might look like Facebook is fixing the networking problems across Asia and Africa to give users a better experience, there is always another side to the story. Keeping users on the social network for longer means more ad views, more info collected, and more people joining the platform.


Facebook’s crypto isn’t a new Bitcoin, it’s Disney Dollars for a new world order

Facebook has already secured tens of millions in investments for its new cryptocurrency for Facebook known as Libra. The platform is still being developed, but has already brought in backing from Visa, Mastercard and PayPal.

What is Libra? Here’s what you need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

Facebook released a white paper announcing its new cryptocurrency, Libra, which it intends as a way to enable more people around the world to process online payments. Here's how the new blockchain technology works.
Social Media

Facebook’s comment-ranking system aimed at taming the dumpster fire

Even by the standards of the internet, Facebook comments are famously awful. Now Facebook is introducing a new comment ranking system to attempt to tackle this problem by promoting quality comments and hiding low quality ones.
Social Media

Instagram is back up after being offline. Here’s the latest on the outage

Instagram finally came back online Thursday afternoon after an outage that lasted just over an hour. The Instagram outage was one of several that hit at the same time, including a several-hour failure at the PlayStation Network.

Best Buy stores are now certified to repair Apple devices

Apple completed a major expansion of the Apple authorized service provider program — Best Buy stores are now all certified to repair Apple devices. Now, eight out of 10 Apple customers live within 20 minutes of an authorized service…

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.

How iOS 13 will eventually make your iPhone the only ID you need

In Apple’s iOS 13, the stage is being set for it to become the main form of personal identification you carry, due to the company opening up its NFC feature beyond simply Apple Pay.

Best Prime Day smartphone deals: What we expect from the Amazon event

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is almost here, and it's set to be a big one. The event will include some pretty sweet deals on smartphones. If you're on the market for a smartphone, Prime Day might be the time to buy. Here are the best Prime Day…

The best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Leaked date and sale predictions

Amazon Prime Day 2019 isn't here yet, but it's never too early to start preparing. We've been taking a look at the best discounts from previous Prime Days to give you our predictions of what to expect this year.

Amazon cuts price of 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro with a $124 discount

Apple tablets have always been on top of the game since its inception. Despite the rise of various competitors, iPads still rule the tablet market. You may want to take advantage of Amazon’s $124 discount on the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

Fossil is preparing 5 new designer smartwatches, and we can’t wait to see them

Five new designer smartwatches are coming soon from Fossil. Based on FCC listings, it suggests the watches will be released under the Diesel, Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, and the Fossil brand names.

Uber vs. Lyft: Which ridesharing app goes the distance?

Uber and Lyft have changed the way people get from A to B, and while these ridesharing companies provide the same service on paper, they operate in different ways. Here, we break down the major differences between the two.

Huawei and Honor make bold Android Q update pledge in the face of U.S. ban

Huawei has opened a website to reassure smartphone buyers about the status of Android and Android Q on its devices. It is confident Android Q will come to the Huawei P30 series and the Honor 20 series.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10's camera might be Samsung's most advanced yet

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range isn't exactly old, but Samsung is already working on the next big release. Details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are making their way online, and we've gathered them all for you.