Bytes & Bolts Episode 5: When Facebook Decided to Start Dating 

Bytes & Bolts Episode 5: When Facebook Decided to Start Dating 

Tech and Auto

Bytes and Bolts is our weekly show where we get you all the top stories from the world of technology and automobile.

This week though, we will focus on tech, specifically on the Facebook developer conference aka F8.

Mark Zuckerberg announced a lot of new updates for the social network platform and also talked about updates that will be coming to apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and more.

Let’s start with probably the biggest announcement from the event. Facebook now will be rolling out its own dating feature, which will be incorporated into the Facebook app. It will work like most of the already existing dating apps, such as Tinder and Hinge, where the users will have to create a dating profile.

On Facebook’s Dating, this profile will be shared on various groups and events where users choose from others who they like. But don’t worry, your dating profile will be kept private and you can choose what events or groups you want to post it on.

Next up, Mark talked about introducing a “clear history” feature on Facebook, where users will be able to delete all their browsing data. This will work on the same lines as what we have already have on browsers such as Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Facebook is also looking to introduce a “Groups” tab feature and a “Watch Party” feature which will let multiple users view a video at the same time and also post live comments.

It gets better as WhatsApp groups will also get the video call option. The same group video calling feature will also be introduced to Instagram.

During the last couple of years, Facebook has been very serious about augmented reality (AR), and now it’s finally ready to bring its AR game forward. Apps like Messenger and Instagram will now support AR.

Last but not the least, Facebook has now ventured into hardware production with the introduction of their standalone VR device called Oculus Go. The gizmo is already shipping to the international market and is up for sale starting at $199 dollars.

Watch the video to catch up with all the big announcements from the F8.

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