Archive for the ‘Facebook’ Category

When Facebook brought Stickers to Facebook Messenger they weren’t completely successful in making everyone buy into what it was trying to achieve. Ostensibly just giant emoji with an element of semi-personalization by allowing users to buy new stickers beyond what is available by default, Stickers are either something you love and can’t stop using, or something you just couldn’t care less about.

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Further to our tutorial earlier this week, which outlined the steps on how you could continue sending Facebook messages on mobile without having to download the specific app created by the social company for this very purpose, a few of you got back to us via the comments and tips with another method for those on iOS and Android. Below, once again, you can learn how to send Facebook messages using nothing but the official app, and unlike the previous solution, no jailbreak is required on iOS.

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Facebook has once again updated its official iOS app, taking it to version 13.1. Recent update history on its mobile apps has shown us that Facebook prefers to play it safe when outlining the changes and revisions that make up the updates that are pushed out to its Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps.

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The fact that, some time ago, Facebook decided to separate the Messenger segment of its service into a standalone mobile app wasn’t too much of an issue when it initially went down. After all, users could still easily continue to communicate using the official app, and the Facebook Messenger app was a convenient service dedicated to IM only. However, as users have noticed over the past couple of months, Facebook for iOS and Android is now a message-free zone, which, aside from being inconvenient, seems a tad unnecessary. Luckily, there’s a way to circumvent the limitation, and whether you’re rocking Facebook Messenger for Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android platform, you’ll find a fairly simple workaround below.

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Self-destructible photo messages are nothing new. After all, Snapchat set the ball rolling and then the likes of Facebook and Instagram jumped on for good measure. If you need your photos to go bye-bye automatically, then you’re not exactly short of options right now.

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They do say that the devil is in the details, but we’re not sure that many people will have gone to quite the extremes that it seems someone on Facebook’s design team did when left along with the icon that hides a user’s notifications.

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Even though we presumed that all of the avenues for a popular IM app had already been explored, the guys at Snapchat had other ideas, and over the past couple of years, particularly among the younger, college-age generations, it has continued to thrive. With Facebook having already made the purchase of Instagram and, more recently, WhatsApp, it’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg and his social company wants to flex its considerable clout in this industry and go head-to-head with a new app by the name of Bolt.

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As part of its continuing effort to focus on user-experience and force the majority of mobile users of its service to download and install the official Messenger app, Facebook has reiterated the fact that the built-in chat and messaging functionality will soon disappear from the main Facebook app. The Palo Alto based social network has plied significant resources into developing and improving the Facebook mobile experience over the last twenty-four months, with the standalone Facebook Messenger app spearheading that internal initiative. Over the next few days users who still have access to the chat functionality within the main Facebook app will be receiving notifications to warn them of the impending change.

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Saving links to be read later may seem like a simple, forgettable feature but as apps like Instapaper and Pinboard have already proven that there’s plenty of use for such a feature. Now, two years after buying Instapaper competitor Spool, Facebook has launched its very own read-it-later service.

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Facebook has been forthright in its assault on the mobile market, launching a series of apps dedicated to making the social networking experience a more functional and interactional one. Today, the Menlo Park firm has taken the wraps off Mentions, a new app built specifically for those of celebrity status, and so while you’re probably not going to find much use in it on a personal level, we’re sure you’ll want the low-down on how it works. Thus, we’ve got all of the details right here.

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The official Facebook app for iPad has just been updated, adding a few intriguing new features that allow gamers to discover titles they may be wish to play, as well as entertainment topics that may pique their interest. There’s also an all-new column on the right-hand side that makes the whole app a tad easier to navigate in landscape mode, and its presence follows a similar feature implemented to the desktop version of Facebook earlier this year.

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Scarcely a year has gone by since the social network’s inception that at least one privacy-motivated backlash hasn’t beset Facebook, and given that the Menlo Park firm is now selling your search history to help advertisers better target you with specific products, you have to say that the adverse reaction in some quarters of the tech community is self imposed by Zuck and his firm this time around. But while this is almost entirely bad news for some concerned Facebook users, there is a silver lining in that you can opt out should you so wish, and here, we’re going to show you how.

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Facebook has just rolled out version 11 of its official app for those in ownership of an iOS device, and version 10 for those on Android, and although the run-down of features isn’t as noteworthy as the version number would suggest, it still packs its fair share of socially-inclined quirks. The original changelog only mentioned rudimentary bug fixes and performance enhancements, but in actual fact, there’s a lot more to it than that. Check out the key details after the fold.

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The battle against malware is ongoing and fought across a variety of platforms, and given how Facebook can be found on just about any digital device with a display and an Internet connection, it’s no surprise that the world’s foremost social network invests much time, hours and money into combating the numerous evils of the Web. In an effort to lessen the likelihood of its users being scammed or otherwise falling foul to malicious intrusion, Facebook has added a new pop-up notification that will show up on a user’s computer in the event that malware is detected.

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Facebook has just taken the wraps off a fairly significant new feature in the past few moments that allows users to share and discover new music, movies and TV shows with very little effort involved. As of now – if you decide to opt-in – you’ll be able to use your device’s microphone to detect what movie, TV show or music track you’re currently engaged in, without the need to type this info yourself.

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Facebook may be the world’s largest social network, but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been plagued with issues and privacy concerns. Rarely an year passes by and the company faces intense questioning over the security of its users’ data as well as scrutiny surrounding a number of feature additions. After a period of calm, that scrutiny looks set to re-emerge when Facebook took the decision to add an “Ask” button onto profiles, allowing us all to query the different aspects of people we’re connected with, including their relationship.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg isn’t one to take no for an answer, so when his company’s attempts to buy messaging service Snapchat fell on deaf ears last year along with the failure of the Poke app, it was never going to be the end of the story. Now it’s being reported that with Snapchat going from strength to strength without Facebook’s involvement, the social network is hard at work bringing its own video and instant messaging app to the masses.

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Facebook is always looking for ways to tailor the social experience to the everyday user, and has just begun trickling out a new card-based system that offers content and information based on your check-ins and status updates. The idea is to help you find things / people you might be interested in or close to, without you having to go looking yourself, and appears to be something of a response to Foursquare’s recently-announced Swarm app.

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A new malicious email claiming to be from official Facebook sources is reportedly hitting inboxes around the world. If you’ve woken up this morning and found an email from Facebook waiting in your inbox then it could be extremely prudent to approach it with a lot of caution and hesitation. This latest attempt to claim username and password details from unwitting victims is yet another example of the lengths that some individuals will go to in order to get their hands on authentication data for varying account types.

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By its very nature, Facebook has to be more vigilant than most when it comes to preserving user privacy and security. With well over one billion active users per month, we’re talking about vast swathes of personal information, and to help users enjoy apps and services without having to submit large amounts of private info, the social network has just announced Anonymous Login.

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