Archive for the ‘Facebook’ Category

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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The Madame Tussauds attraction houses many waxworks of famous folks from past and present, and alongside actor Leonardo DiCaprio and pop singer Rihanna, one of tech’s most recognized faces has just been unveiled at the branch in Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of the ubiquitous social network that is Facebook, has been cloned as a waxwork statue, and in-keeping with his image as the modern day, suit-less executive, he’s seen sitting – without socks – in casual jeans and his trademark hoodie.

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Facebook has just released version 1.1 of its Paper app for iPhone. The magazine-style alternative to the official Facebook app brings many traditional features to the table, including the ability to check birthdays and events, post photos as comments, view group updates and follow the latest coverage from the 9 new article covers.

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Facebook has continued the recent trend of improving its mobile app by releasing version 9.0 of its native iOS app. Updates for the official primary Facebook app and secondary Messenger chat app have been coming thick and fast in recent weeks as the world’s largest social network puts in place plans to transition chat and messaging functionality away from the main app.

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What with Facebook being a public company these days, making money just so happens to be one of its primary objectives, but while we’re more than used to seeing ads every time we log into the social network, the new auto-playing video ads feel just a little obtrusive. If you’re irritated by these recently-introduced advertisements, then you’ll be pleased to know that, for the time being, at least, there’s a way out. Below, we take you through the steps on how to deactivate them, regardless of whether you’re on Android, iOS or the Web.

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So, you’ve been using Facebook to stalk people, have you? Don’t worry – it’s something that most people do nowadays, and even if you do occasionally use the social network to, you know, socially network, the chances are, you’ve looked up a crush – or an ex – or a crushes’ ex using the wealth of tools embodied by that very attractive Search box. Like any good stalker, you probably don’t want to leave any traces behind you, so join us after break to discover how to clear your Facebook Search history in a couple of very easy steps.

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The company has been applying a lot of man hours and internal resources into not only polishing and fine tuning the Messenger app, but also implementing, testing and experimenting with new features. This month’s introduction of free-of-charge VoIP calling has finally accelerated the product to the point where Facebook feels comfortable enough to remove chat from its main app, a move that will be rolling out over the next eight weeks.

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