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Facebook to Come up with ‘Unsend’ Feature on Messenger

No more regrets for sending message to wrong chat window.

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Facebook rolls out 'unsend' feature on Messenger. (Pixabay)

Social networking giant Facebook has released the “unsend” feature on its messaging app Messenger that would allow users to delete messages from the chat-thread within 10 minutes of sending it.

“Facebook tells the new feature will be available today on the latest versions of Messenger for iOS and Android. The company says the new ability is based on the Zuckerberg power, but it underwent ‘some improvements to provide broader functionality to people using Messenger’,” The Verge reported late on Tuesday.

Just like the “unsend” feature on WhatsApp, the function would give users two choices — “remove for everyone” and “remove for you” — on Messenger as well.

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Messenger gives users a choice to delete message. (Pixabay)

The “remove for everyone” choice would replace the deleted message notifying others on the chat that the message has been removed.

Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram already supports the “unsend” capability and allows users to delete a sent message for all participants in the personal or group chat.

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The prototype feature was first discovered in a prototype code in October 2018 — six months after the social networking giant announced it was in favour of building the “unsend” functionality. (IANS)

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Facebook’s VR Dream May not Take off, Says Oculus co-founder

Facebook recently unveiled “Oculus Rift S”, a new version of its PC headset Oculus Rift, for $399

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FILE - The Facebook logo is seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. (VOA)

Facebook-acquired Virtual Reality (VR) firm Oculus may not be profitable as the social networking giant is struggling to bring VR to the mainstream consumer market, says Jack McCauley, one of the co-founders of Oculus.

According to a report in CNBC late Sunday, with Facebook positioning its VR-based Oculus devices primarily as gaming machines, McCauley does not believe there is much of a market for the device.

“There are a lot of fundamental issues that remain unsolved with VR gaming,” said the Oculus Co-founder who stayed through Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of the company in March 2014.

Virtual Reality Glasses.
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McCauley mentioned how people still get nauseated when they put on a VR headset and how they still prefer to play video games alongside their friends on a 2D display.

Facebook announced VR headset called “Oculus Go” at a starting price of $199 in October 2017. The $199 Oculus Go has sold a little more than 2 million units, according to market research firm SuperData.

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The “Oculus Quest”, which was made available in May this year, has sold nearly 1.1 million units while the Oculus Rift has sold 547,000 units, said the report.

Facebook recently unveiled “Oculus Rift S”, a new version of its PC headset Oculus Rift, for $399. (IANS)