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Facebook: Check-In with Your Face for Customized Retail Deals; Now ‘Acutally’ Deletes Users Photos in 30 Days; Update for App Dashboard, Age-gating of Likes; Open Graph Object Titles Removed

Facedeals that produces facial recognition camera systems, developed a new technology that ties its system to automatically tag your photo on Facebook. The system at the moment being trialed in the US state of Tennessee, and users need to opt in to a third party service via their Facebook account to be part of the trial.

This is all done by using a new camera, which uses photos uploaded to Facebook, to recognise shoppers as they walk in.

The company plans to offer the technology to retail stores to help them offer customized deals to customers as soon as they enter their business premises.

Facedeals Tech Automatically Tagging Facebook Photos for Customized Retail Deals

How does it work?

“Facial recognition cameras are installed at local businesses. These cameras recognize your face when you pass by, then check you in at the location. Simultaneously, your smartphone notifies you of a customized deal based on your Like history.

The cameras are standalone devices developed around open source technologies including Raspberry Pi, Arduino, OpenCV and the Facebook Graph API. They can be configured remotely and only require a standard 110 volt wall outlet and a wifi connection.

The check-in app must be authorized via your Facebook account. With your help, the app verifies your most recent photo tags, using those to map the physical appearance of your face. Our custom-developed cameras then simply use this existing data to identify you in the real world. Personalized deals can now be delivered to your smartphone from all participating locations–all you have to do is show your face,” expalins Facedeals.

Watch the video demonstrating the feature below:

In other Facebook news,

the social networking company began removing photographs that have been flagged for deletion.

According to Facebook, “its new photo storage systems are in place and are now deleting photos within a reasonable period of time, which we were able to independently confirm,” reports Ars, who for over three years covering Facebook’s inability to remove “deleted” photos from its servers.

Jacqui Cheng, confirms that photos were deleted from Facebook, “both submitted from readers of Ars Technica and direct links that she had been tracking herself for research purposes.”

These improvement can be attributed to Facebook’s recent policy updates. “As a result of work on our policies and infrastructure, we have instituted a ‘max-age’ of 30 days for our CDN links,” Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens said. “However, in some cases the content will expire on the CDN much more quickly, based on a number of factors.”

“As you know, the photos stop being shown to other users on Facebook immediately when the photo is first deleted by the user. The 30-day window only applies to the cached images on the CDN,” Wolens said.

Facebook also revealed today that its WordPress Plugin, that the company introduced back in June has “over 140,000 downloads so far.”

Also, the company has created a new page for list all its Third-Party Plugins and Services, and a new page highlighting Third-Party SDKs created as well.

Facebook is also moving Sandbox Mode from the Advanced Section into the Basic Section.

“Sandbox Mode allows developers to restrict access to their apps to users that have been entered in the Roles section and is a great way to develop and test your app before releasing it to the public.”

In addition, the Canvas Height and Canvas Width fields are also moved from Advanced into the App on Facebook section in Basic, allowing developers to easily configure their required settings.

Facebook App Dashboard Update

Another feature that the company introduced today is “title-less objects,” that give you greater control over how Open Graph stories appear on Facebook. “With title-less objects, you can choose to reference objects either by title or object type,” Facebook said.

With title-less objects you can simply leave the title blank. Stories then use the name of the object type when rendered.

To learn more, see title-less object documentation here.

Finally, Facebook announced update for Age-gating of Likes: Migrating Fans from Your Admin Page.

“During the 90-days breaking change period you can convert your existing Facebook admin page for a Like Button into a public Facebook Page. Like counts on the original Like Button will be reflected on this new Facebook Page, and the Like Button should be reconfigured to point to this new Facebook Page,” Facebook writes.

For more information, see this documentation.

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