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Facebook Has Started Internal Testing Of Its Dating App

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Two months after announcing the product at its F8 developer conference, Facebook is testing its dating product internally with employees. Independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who regularly uncovers new Facebook features by scouring the source code, found evidence of the product Friday and posted it on Twitter. The company confirmed to The Verge that the product is in testing within the Facebook app but declined to comment further.

“This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook’s new dating product,” a screenshot reads, using slang for employees testing out their own software. “The purpose for this dogfooding is to test the end-to-end product experience for bugs and confusing UI. This is not meant for dating your coworkers.”

Facebook asked employees to use fake data for their dating profiles, and plans to delete all data before the public launch. “Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your employment,” a screenshot reads, adding that the product is confidential. It also warns employees that its anti-harassment policies apply to the dating product.

Other screenshots show the sign-up flow for Facebook dating, including options to specify your gender, your location, and which genders you’re interested in matching with. Wong was able to fill in her own information but prevented from actually creating the dating profile.

The fact that Facebook Dating is testing internally does not necessarily mean that it will launch to the public. Products are often killed before they are released based on what companies find during testing.

Facebook’s launch of a dating service would make it an immediate powerhouse in the market for online romance. The stock price of Match Group, which owns popular dating apps including OKCupid and Tinder, plunged 17 percent the day Facebook Dating was announced.

As described on stage, Facebook Dating will allow you to create a separate profile for dating. When you and another person using the service like one another’s profiles, you’ll be allowed to contact them. The company also described a feature that would let you make your dating profile visible for people attending the same event as you, in hopes of generating more offline connections. “This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships — not just for hookups,” Mark Zuckerberg said in his announcement.

Source: The Verge

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Huawei Moves Up On Forbes Most Valuable Brands Of 2018 As China’s Only Company To Feature In The Global Ranking.

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Huawei is the only Chinese company to feature in the annual ranking of the world’s Most Valuable Brands 2018 compiled by Forbes. Huawei has been included in the list for the second consecutive year ranking 79th with a brand value of US$8.4 billion.

The TOP100 brands have come from 16 countries and regions in the world, with the largest number from the U.S. taking 54 places, followed by 12 brands from Germany and 7 brands from Japan and France respectively. Huawei is still the only Chinese brand on the list.

Huawei officially launched Huawei P20 series in Paris in March, 2018. With its unique and innovative Leica Triple Camera, twilight body design and AI features, Huawei P20 series has been a global sales sensation. 10 August, 2018, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG), the global smartphone giant, overtook Apple in second quarter of 2018 to become number two smartphone vendor globally for the first time.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide, Huawei earned 15.8 per cent market ahead of Apple at 12.1 per cent.

In the future, Huawei will continue to innovate its products and technology whilst surprising consumers, with a commitment to make its brand truly loved by global consumers.

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T-Mobile Promises 5G For Its Metro Prepaid Service In 2019

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T-Mobile announced it was building out its 5G network in 30 cities this February, and today, the company committed to bringing 5G service to its Metro prepaid service in 2019, as first reported by CNET. Metro is the recently rebranded MetroPCS, which was acquired by T-Mobile in 2013. Metro’s unlimited plans are also launching today, which bring perks like Google One cloud storage and an Amazon Prime membership. The announcement is part of rebranding efforts to bring the budget prepaid service closer to its parent company T-Mobile’s premium features.

Carriers have been racing to be the first to deploy a 5G wireless network, in order to prepare infrastructure for self-driving cars and phones that’ll be able to support 5G in the future. But most of it appears to be marketing-speak, like how AT&T once used the term “5G Evolution” to just describe faster 4G LTE speeds. And just last week, as Verizon became the first major ISP to launch its 5G home internet service in four US cities, T-mobile CEO John Legere criticized the service in a tweet, saying, “It doesn’t use global industry standards or cover whole blocks and will never scale… but hey, it is first, right?!”

T-Mobile is currently in the midst of a merger with Sprint, a strategic partnership designed specifically to use Sprint’s mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum for a stronger 5G network. T-Mobile also signed a $3.5 billion deal with Nokia this past July, which is helping build a longer-range, lower-frequency 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimeter wave spectrum for its 5G network.

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Facebook introduces Portal and Portal+ into homes

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Facebook has been a household name for a couple of years but now it is literally an Household Item. With the introduction of these smart speakers Portal and Portal+, Facebook is closer to us than ever.

I  don’t know how a lot of people would react to this, given the series of data scandals suffered by the company this year.

Fingers crossed, this could be another breakthrough for the company. Would you be getting one to use here in Ghana?

Read more on it here

Source: mashable

 

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TECNO Phantom 8 wins Mobile device of the year

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Tecno Mobile, the premium brand from Transsion Technology LTD has over the years grown to be a household name. The company has so far being the mastermind behind the Camon, Spark and Phantom series. Each series made for a particular target market.

The Phantom 8, TECNO’s Flagship device which was launched in October of last year won the Mobile Device of the Year at this Year’s Mobex Awards.

It beat Huawei’s Y7, Nasco’s Power 4g and the Tecno Camon X to be the ultimate winner from that category.

The Tecno Phantom 8 noted and bragged as one of the best designed phones for 2017. It is a stunning 20mp front camera with a 12 + 13mp dual back camera, 10x super zoom, 3500 mAh battery, 6Gb and 64 GB memory space.

Made with the user in mind, the Phantom 8 gives patrons a worth of their money with key camera features like the Auto Focus Mode, Refocus and the Soft Flash Light feature for taking all those awesome selfies in the dark without hurting the eyes.

Tecno Phantom 8 is the third installment of the Tecno Phantom series and is a great choice for anyone seeking for a quality phone at a reasonable price. Coming after the Tecno Phantom 5 and 6, the Diamond Fire Design of the Phantom 8 emits class and swag making the user feel like an echelon.

Phantom 8 offers a 4G global connectivity for people who move around a lot.

In three distinct colors, Phantom 8 comes in champagne Gold, Galaxy blue and Phantom black.

The Mobex Innovation Awards is an award Scheme made to recognize the excellence in Tech Innovation. This was the First edition of the Mobex Innovation awards  which is billed to be an annual event.

 

 

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