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Facebook To Introduce Face Swap In Live Streaming



Facebook has unveiled grand plans to continue expanding and improving its live
video platform this year, starting with support for face-swapping app
MSQRD. Yeah MSQRD. Remember that app i told you that you could use to prank your friends.. Well In the coming weeks, you can go live on Facebook from the
MSQRD app and utilize its many different Snapchat-like masks and
filters while the video is running. However it’s unknown if it’ll integrate it to the Messenger App. Facebook first acquired Masquerade,
the Belarusian startup behind MSQRD, back in March with the intention
to “continue enhancing the Facebook video experience,” a
spokesperson for the social network said at the time. Fidji Simo,
Facebook’s director of product, announced MSQRD integration today at
VidCon, the annual online video conference in Anaheim, CA.
In one sense, Facebook’s move is another amplification in the ongoing
video and messaging war the company is waging against Snapchat.

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Last year, Snapchat purchased facial recognition startup Looksery
to build out its selfie lens store, and Looksery helped
Snapchat development a face-swap technology similar to MSQRD’s.
The goal is to make video, whether recorded or broadcast live, as
dynamic and appealing as possible. Snapchat’s lenses have been a
huge hit, so it’s no wonder Facebook has acted fast to incorporate
MSQRD technology into its fast-growing Live platform.

Facebook had a few other Live announcements to make as well.
Starting later this summer, you’ll be able to invite a friend to “drop in”
on a live broadcast. “There are tons of new possibilities with this
format: interviews, debates, duets, collaborations, and more,”
Facebook wrote in a press release. The company will also soon let you
schedule a live broadcast, and it’s built out a lobby system so people
can hangout before one starts. Both features will launch later this
summer for owners of Verified Pages, but Facebook expects to make
them widely available shortly thereafter.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]


HTC reveals sales from 2019 so far. The decline continues.



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HTC shared its results for the month of October and are not encouraging for Taiwanese manufacturer. October generated only $ 21 million in revenue, most of which comes from mobile phones and the rest from other business as virtual reality (HTC Vive).

By comparison, HTC generated 41 million in revenue during September following the introduction of some entry-level models. However, October registered a decrease of 48% with an annual decrease of 49% compared to the same period in 2018.

Over the past year, HTC has laid off about 25 percent of its employees as a measure to cut costs. It is already well known that HTC is the brand that is suffering the most in the mobile phone market, even more so than LG and Sony, which have lucrative deals in other markets such as televisions, for example.

HTC’s new CEO has already admitted that the company has stopped innovating

This year marked the departure of Cher Wang, the company’s longtime CEO, being replaced by Yves Maitre. The new CEO admitted in a September interview that HTC simply “failed to innovate in mobile phone hardware.”

The CEO added that companies like Apple, Samsung and Huawe did a great job of keeping their equipment relevant, something HTC has failed to do. Maitre says it was due to the investment of resources and time in virtual reality.

However, we know this is “throwing sand at the eyes”. In addition to lack of innovation, HTC continued to drive unattractive pricing at its top end, failing to win back the European and US markets.

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Google is investigating executives for allegations of harassment



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No company has a perfect working environment, and Google does not escape this claim. Alphabet (Google’s proprietary business conglomerate) has hired an outside law firm to review sexual harassment cases at Google.

However, they are not company employees but high-level executives. From legal department officials to one of the founders of Android, cases are being investigated by third parties on suspicions that not enough action is being taken.

Some of the cases refer to 2013, and Alphabet intends to investigate the measures taken and possibly reopen the cases, if necessary.

David Drummond and Andy Rubin are the most media cases

Google lawyer and legal department leader David Drummond was recently involved in a sex scandal after his involvement with several colleagues was confirmed. Drummond cheated on his wife and had a son with Jennifer Blakely, one of the team’s lawyers.

Personal relationships between managers and team members are against Google’s human resources rules. However, the case was “muffled” as Blakely was simply placed in a sales department while Drummond retained his position.

As for Andy Rubin, one of the founders of Android, the case is more “pointy”. In 2013, Rubin allegedly convinced a co-worker to do her sexual favors in a hotel room. The case was exposed by the New York Times that led to Rubin’s departure from the company, with compensation of $ 90 million.

In 2018, company employees spoke out

A year ago, several Google employees gathered in New York to protest how the company deals with sexual harassment. The protest includes officials not only from the US but also from England, Germany and Japan.

In response, Sundar Pichai stated at the time that about 48 senior employees of the company were fired on harassment charges. The situation does not seem to have improved as the Alphabet decided to take legal action and investigate the cases.

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