Facebook Testing New Feature To Help You Find Nearby Wi-Fi

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Facebook Testing New Feature To Help You Find Nearby Wi-Fi
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Facebook continues to release exciting new features for its users. The tech giant seems to be testing a new feature which will allow users to find nearby wireless hotspots. The social networking giant recently asked owners of Facebook Pages to list Wi-Fi locations at their physical addresses. It looks like this is the main stone on which the information is built.

Supporting Facebook Live

Such a feature appears to be an obvious fit for a social media platform that is pushing Facebook Live harder than ever. People have quite scrappy results when attempting to film live video without a strong internet connection. Facebook’s pointing you to nearby locations will help improve the quality of real-time information sharing, viral-esque video content and news, notes TNW.

That is everything the social media giant wants from its Live feature.  It is, however, unclear whether Android users have the feature. Also the feature is not yet available to all iOS users. Some iOS users have it, while others do not, notes TNW. To find if you are one of the fortunate ones, head to the “hamburger” menu in the mobile app.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone is under investigation

In other Facebook news, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an accident involving one of the company’s massive drones. The drone, dubbed the Aquila, is part of Facebook’s controversial Internet.org project, which brings the Internet to remote communities.

The incident involving the unmanned aircraft took place on June 28 at 7:43 a.m. local time near Yuma, Arizona but caused no damage on the ground, said the NTSB. A spokesman said that the aircraft was “substantially damaged.” An aircraft is considered “substantially damaged” only when it is not airworthy anymore, notes The Verge. According to Bloomberg, a structural failure occurred during the drone’s first test flight.

Facebook, however, painted a rosy picture of the test flight. Jay Parikh, global head of engineering and infrastructure, addressed the Aquila’s maiden test flight in a blog post on July 21, claiming that the drone outperformed expectations. However, in another July post, two engineers at the tech giant stated that a structural failure was encountered right before landing. However, they did not expound on the problem.

Facebook did not share any more details, citing the investigation. It is not clear, why the company did not previously reveal the NTSB investigation or the fact that its drone was substantially damaged in the accident.

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Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at [email protected]
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