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Facebook Camera Effects Bring Magic, Whimsy to Pics

Facebook Camera Effects Bring Magic, Whimsy to Pics

"That's why I'm so excited about A.R". At last year's F8, Facebook introduced a platform for creating bots atop Messenger.

The company's doing that in part with Facebook Spaces, it's new social VR product. After the look has been chosen, users can invite other Facebook friends to join in online. "After acknowledging the limits of AI in chatbots, Facebook will course-correct by focusing on the utility of bots, without diminishing the company's long-term plans for Messenger". That's a 33 percent jump since January, when Instagram hit 150 million daily users, a demonstration of just how quickly Facebook can increase engagement on its platforms by leveraging its massive user base against competitors. As a result, during the upcoming 10th anniversary of the company, founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to highlight some of Facebook's biggest stumbles in a speech.

"The goal is to make VR and AR what we all want it to be: glasses small enough to take anywhere, software that lets you experience anything, and technology that lets you interact with the virtual world just like you do with the physical one", Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post in February after visiting the Oculus Research lab in Redmond, Washington.

"Now this is act two: giving developers the power to build all kinds of AR tools into the first augmented reality platform, the camera".

Virtual reality is seriously gaining steam, and Facebook is a major player in that happening. Sales of the Oculus system have been below expectations. Earlier this year, Facebook poached ex-Googler Hugo Barra from Xiaomi to lead its V.R. team, a signal to some that Facebook's V.R. projects needed more adult leadership.

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The officials also seized his mobile phone, targeting his network of contacts regardless of whether they were gay or not. Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said "we are working to evacuate people", according to BBC .

It comes after Snap, which calls itself a "camera company", announced it was adding its popular Snapchat Lenses feature, which superimposes 3-D effects over real-world photos, to the rear-facing camera option on your smartphone.

As CNET points out, Facebook and Zuckerberg have had to do some considerable backpedaling over the last few months over issues that include fake news, the proliferation of violent and disturbing contents on its Video and Live features, and the social media site's evolving role as a media company.

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"Think about how many things we have in our lives that actually don't need to be physical, they can be digital and think about how much better and more affordable and accessible they're going to be when they are", said Zuckerberg. "That's why it's such an important trend".

To watch the keynote and the sessions, you will have to register on the Facebook F8 website, but when you do you'll be able to live-stream the event, and watch sessions on-demand.


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