Facebook floating videos follow wherever you scroll
Facebook floating videos follow wherever you scroll
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Facebook floating videos follow wherever you scroll

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Facebook videos can now follow you wherever you scroll. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] Facebook really wants you to watch more videos, but it knows you're also impatient, and you want to scroll away after hitting play Don't feel bad. It's not your fault. Social media has given us all some sort of screen attention disorder where we feel this compulsion to keep scrolling, but have no fear, Facebook has come up with a cure. Now you can click an icon in the video to have it pop out on the side lingering in the corner as you continue to scroll. Floating videos may have you in awe but the internet is going nuts for an app that promises to alert you when someone unfriends you on Facebook. The app is called Who Deleted Me. And well, as I stand here recording this report, it's not working. The company has not returned our email to confirm why, but a post on Facebook seems to indicate it's having server troubles, and may not have been able to handle the surge of new users from all the coverage it's getting. It's an app for Android and iOS, and it's also a Chrome browser add-on. It's designed to monitor your friend count and list who unfriends you. Now, normally on Facebook you'll never be notified if someone unfriends you. The only way to know is to visit their page and to see that you are both not friends. Now if you don't want to see someone posts anymore, but you feel bad about unfriending them, You can always just change your setting so they don't show up in your feed. And, honestly, I can't recommend downloading an app like this that taps into your account to monitor activity. History has shown us that these types of apps just end up causing headaches Remember Snap Saved? It saved all disappearing Snapchat messages, but that was a security nightmare that resulted in a massive online leak of private photos. Well, Twitter also has a new feature that I cannot recommend. You now have the option to add your birthday to your profile, which does a few things. For one, it tells twitter your age. So you can have advertisements targeted to you. If you publicly share your birth year it makes it easy for someone steal your identity and it also adds balloons to your profile on your special day. Yay! Balloons. Okay now here's some tech to really get excited over. You can soon buy a real Star Trek communicator, modeled after the prop from the iconic 1960s original television series. Kirk to Enterprise. It's really just a Bluetooth handset for your smartphone acting like a portable speaker. For $150, it also comes with a little charging stand. It debuted for the San Diego Comi-Con this week. It won't beam into our galaxy until January of next year. No word, though, if this version's going to be able to transmit on sub-space frequencies. That's it for this tech news update. There's always more at Cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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