It's important to remember that Facebook already gives users lots of controls over its newsfeed. You can choose to "see less" of a story, and even pick which friends you want to "see first." Of course, you need to be a somewhat sophisticated user to use those granular features. You have to click the gray down arrow in the top-right corner of a post to see those choices. Facebook considers the Newsfeed a work in progress - testing new ways for users to modify the feed, including topic-based news feeds and even the modification of the powerful "like" button.
Futurama, the long-running sci-fi cartoon, is coming back to life as a mobile game, from JamCity. Get your questions ready about the next "Futurama" adventures for Fry, Bender and Leela. The gang from the future have escaped TV cancellation heaven to re-unite in mobile game land and are coming soon to an iPhone or Android near you from mobile game maker JamCity. Tune in to our live broadcast on Facebook at 2 p.m. ET, where we go behind the scenes with JamCity co-founders Chris De Wolfe and Josh Yguado. JamCity announced a revival of the beloved sci-fi cartoon series, Futurama, from "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and writer David X. Cohen.
Messaging app giant Line revealed Thursday that it's set to launch a mobile Internet service using its own SIM cards. Called Line Mobile, it'll launch in Japan this summer. There'll be no charge for streaming from Line Music. Line Corp director Jun Masuda announced the move this afternoon at the Line Conference Tokyo 2016 event. The Line Mobile SIM will give users free access to the messaging app as well as to Facebook and Twitter.
The eleventh edition of the annual Mobile India conference displayed a wide range of insights on the impacts of AI and emerging tech. When was the last time startups got to engage a room full of PHDs and technical domain experts? Well, the Mobile India conference offered them just that and much more - including more papers, demos, posters, and Graduate Student forum presentations. The discussions and deliberations during this year's Mobile India conference revolved around core issues surrounding artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and allied technological advancements, especially in the mobile services space and setting the agenda for mobile disruption in India for 2019. Leading Indian startup leaders like Dr Pravin Bhagwat from Mojo Networks, Dr Manish Gupta, Founder of VideoKen, and Sourabh Issar, CEO of CloudSE were there to share their insights, along with corporate leaders like Dr Gautham Shroff of TCS Research, Jan Holler of Ericsson Research, Bhairav Acharya from Facebook, Shubhashis Sengupta from Accenture Labs and Vinutha BM from Wipro, as well as several students and researchers from the country's premier technological institutions.
Getting a task done by installing an app on your smartphone can seem the most logical step in the world – right up until a badly-coded, awkwardly-distributed app causes the Iowa Democratic caucus to meltdown. The fact that the Iowa caucuses' underlying work of transmitting numbers to a site could have been done by a mobile web site should remind everybody to think anew about the wisdom of throwing a mobile app at every problem. For a user, an app brings extra functions as well as extra worries over privacy and distractions. For a developer, the app offers a better shot of becoming part of a user's daily habits than hoping that customers will bookmark their site or add it as a home-screen shortcut. But the app can also run afoul of review requirements at app stores, especially Apple's, that mobile sites bypass entirely.