Facebook Messenger Jumps to Business Websites

Facebook on Tuesday announced that it was preparing a plugin to its popular Messenger platform that will allow a website’s visitors to chat with a human or bot without leaving the location. Customer Chat is one of a number of changes in the version 2.2 update of Messenger platform revealed at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The chat plugin will be available on desktop and mobile devices. Early testers include airlines like KLM, Volaris and Air France. Chatbots deployed through the plugin can perform a number of duties.

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Facebook Announces Oculus Go, a $199 Standalone VR Headset


Oculus is preparing its first all-in-one VR headset known as the Oculus Go. It’s coming to a face near you next year for a mere $199.

The post Facebook Announces Oculus Go, a $199 Standalone VR Headset appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Facebook is reportedly planning to bring its free Internet program to the US

Facebook is reportedly preparing to introduce its free Internet program in the U.S., having faced opposition abroad. Free Basics by Facebook was banned in India earlier this year, will it suffer a similar fate at home?

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/07/facebook-is-reportedly-planning-to-bring-its-free-internet-program-to-us.html

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Intel may be preparing aggressive rounds of job cuts

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Intel could be preparing to announce double-digit layoffs this year as the PC market continues to decline and the company pivots away from its traditional PC market.

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MacBook stocks dwindle as rumor pegs new 13" & 15" models for second quarter 2016 launch

Article Image Low stocks of some current MacBooks models may indicate that Apple is preparing to refresh its laptops, and may also support a rumor that new 13- and 15-inch systems will ship by the end of the second quarter.

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Apple outlines News app ads, includes 'native ads' that display directly in content feeds

Article Image Apple is preparing to expand its content-aggregating News app to support advanced advertising assets, with some specifications allowing for so-called “native ads” that appear in users’ feeds inline with regular articles.

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Apple makes room for 500 employees in new San Francisco office

Article Image Apple is reportedly preparing to open its first major San Francisco office later this year, in what may be a concession to the competitive recruitment environment in Silicon Valley, a report said on Thursday.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 9.7" iPad Pro — not Air — in March with Pencil & Smart Keyboard support

Article Image A report on Thursday claims Apple is preparing to launch a next-generation 9.7-inch iPad model at a widely rumored special event in March, but instead of extending the iPad Air lineage will brand the tablet under its newly-minted “Pro” line.

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Facebook May Launch Risky Messenger Ad Program

Facebook has been preparing to push personalized ads through its Messenger app, according to a report last week. The company will allow brands to send their own marketing materials through the popular chat app, suggests a leaked document apparently intended for Facebook’s advertising partners. The changes could go into effect during the second quarter of the year. It’s not clear what the ads would look like. Companies might be able to deliver video and graphical content detail their offerings.

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Indian government ready to push through approval of local Apple Stores – report

Article Image The Indian government is said to be preparing to fast-track approval of the country’s first Apple Stores, detouring normal rules about foreign ownership.

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Apple to launch 4" iPhone and iPad Air 3 in first half of 2016, analyst says

Article Image According to connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is preparing two major iOS device introductions for the first half of 2016 in the much-rumored 4-inch iPhone and a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad Air 3.

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Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process in 2018, 5nm in 2020

Article Image Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

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Apple suppliers expect iPhone 6s orders to be cut by 30% this quarter – report

Article Image Apple suppliers are preparing for slower-than-expected sales of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the current March quarter, with orders said to be some 30 percent lower than originally expected, according to Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.

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Apple on verge of major retail push into Latin America, first stores to open in Mexico City

Article Image Apple is preparing an aggressive brick-and-mortar retail expansion into Latin America that will see new Apple Stores open across Mexico and eventually South America, to be led by two massive outlets — one a flagship — in Mexico City, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch on track for launch by June of 2016

Article Image Apple supplier Quanta is said to be preparing for the debut of a new Apple Watch by the end of the second quarter of 2016, which would place its launch slightly later in the year than the first-generation model.

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Time Warner Cable to trial TV packages for Internet-only subscribers

Article Image Time Warner Cable is preparing to trial a service that will eventually allow access to its TV packages while only having Internet with the company, the company revealed on Tuesday.

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Apple calls for tvOS app submissions ahead of Apple TV sales launch

Article Image Preparing for next week’s launch of an all-new Apple TV with dedicated App Store, Apple sent out emails to developers on Wednesday asking for tvOS app submissions tested on the latest golden master seed.

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Apple Pay coming to Starbucks, KFC, Chili's in 2016

Article Image Apple Pay is about to expand its footprint in a big way as Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s locations across the U.S. are preparing to support Apple’s touchless payments service in 2016, with pilot programs rolling out this year.

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Rumor: iPad Pro, Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard to go on sale first week of November

Article Image Rumors out of the Far East on Monday claim Apple is preparing to start sales of its massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the first week of November, a date thought to coincide with the debut of device-specific accessories like the pressure sensitive Apple Pencil stylus.

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