Meta is planning to stop making the Portal for consumers

Meta is planning to stop selling its Portal video devices direct to consumers soon, instead focusing on selling direct to businesses for use in conference calling scenarios. This new strategy was reported earlier this week by The Information and comes from some investor concerns regarding the amount of money the company has invested in new hardware projects that haven’t actually paid off yet. Meta announced the Portal devices back in 2018 and has […]

Meta will open its first physical retail store next month in California

Next month, Meta will be opening its very first physical retail store in Burlingame, California. The store will focus on the hardware the company makes and also provide a nice hands on experience for customers. The store is due to open on 9th May and is pretty close to the Reality Labs division HQ. The ‘Meta Store’ will allow customers to purchase and try out its line of devices, such as […]

Facebook Inc. is now called Meta

Facebook Inc, the company not the social network is being rebranded to Meta. The news was revealed by Zuckerberg during a keynote from the company’s Connect event. Facebook, the social network is still retaining the same name, along with its subsidiaries, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. The Oculus brand will be retired in due course, instead taking on the Meta branding. The brand Facebook has bad connotations, its reputation has diminished […]

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back on now after six hours offline

Facebook and its related sites, WhatsApp, Oculus and Instagram have been offline since around 5pm on Monday evening (UK time). Around six hours later, the social media network is back online again, after a global outage. The company hasn’t disclosed what the issue was yet, but Brian Krebs, a security reporter posted the following infomation on his website. To the huge community of people and businesses around the world who […]

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down this evening

Facebook is having some issues this evening, as its own website along with Instagram and WhatsApp, of which it owns are all offline. Facebook has said it is working on getting the issues resolved, but it hasn’t explained yet what the issue could be. Downdetector is showing reports in the tens of thousands, with 35,000 currently showing. Due to Facebook owning Oculus too, this issue is affecting the services from […]

Facebook is telling iOS 14.5 users to enable tracking, to keep its apps ‘free of charge’

Apple released iOS 14.5 last week and it added support for App Tracking Transparency, a set of rules for app developers Apple has instigated after much delay as it was supposed to launch with iOS 14 back in September. App Tracking Transparency gives control back to the users on whether or not apps can collect information about you and then use it to track you on other apps and even […]

Instagram and WhatsApp back online following outage

This afternoon Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp all had issues and were offline for just under one hour. WhatsApp was left with “connecting” messages and Instagram was unable to refresh the feed. Facebook hasn’t said what caused the issue but WhatsApp said at 06:41pm UK time on Twitter that it has restored services. Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back! #WhatsAppDown — WhatsApp […]

Facebook outage today affected Instagram DMs and Messenger

Facebook has had some issues today relating to DMs on Messenger and Instagram, which caused message to send to fail and as of writing, everything is back up and running but it was down from 09:30AM BST / 04:30AM ET and came back up this afternoon. Facebook spoke to The Verge today and said: “Earlier today, some people have experienced trouble sending or receiving messages on Messenger, Instagram or Workplace Chat. The […]