By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2016
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is about to integrate more tightly with the social networking firm’s mobile client, as discovered Monday by German blog Macerkopf.de.
Facebook is testing the forthcoming version 220.127.116.119 update to WhatsApp for iOS which will permit users to export their chat archive as a ZIP file.
Currently, WhatsApp lets you back up and restore chat history via iCloud, so the addition of ZIP chat exporting will make it easier for users to download their instant messages to a computer.
In addition, Facebook is also testing a new WhatsApp integration in its mobile application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2016
Facebook on Thursday announced that it would be expanding its live video broadcasting feature to all iPhone users in the United States. The company began testing the feature, aimed directly at Twitter’s Periscope, in December, along with its photo collage update.
To share a live video, make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook mobile app and open up the Update Status sheet. You should see the Live Video icon sitting above the keyboard. Type a brief description and choose your audience before tapping it to go live. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2016
Facebook on Thursday began rolling out new 3D Touch features to iPhone 6s users via its mobile app. The Verge reports that the additions include the ability to peek and pop things like web links, profiles, pages, groups, events and photos.
The Facebook app has supported 3D Touch since October, but until now it has mostly been about the Quick Actions—the shortcut menu for Home screen icons. Facebook has added a new one of these as well, which takes you to your Timeline. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 21, 2016
Facebook Messenger is among one of the most popular third-party cross-platform messaging services available on the internet today; Almost everybody with a Facebook account uses it, whether they want to admit it or not.
Recently, we showed you how you could hide notification previews from the Lock screen for the Messages and Mail apps, but in this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how to do the same thing with messages coming in from Facebook Messenger on your iOS devices. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 18, 2016
WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned mobile messaging service, announced on Monday that it’s going to stop charging customers a subscription fee of 99 cents per year. The service is currently provided at no cost during its free year, after which customers are being charged 99 cents per year to continue using the service.
Over the course of coming weeks, everyone will be able to download and use WhatsApp on their device totally free of charge and without a subscription fee. Read More
By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016
Earlier this week, what appeared to be a leaked photo of Facebook’s future Messenger client for OS X became all the buzz. Facebook may finally be in the works of developing a client for Apple’s Mac platform that works just like the mobile app on iOS, allowing users to stay connected with their friends and family right from their desktop without having to have all the distractions of the full web site open in a web browser.
But that’s not to say you have to wait until Facebook is good and ready to release such an app to start using such an app on your Mac. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 10, 2016
Facebook may be bringing its popular messaging app to the desktop, according to a blurry photo obtained by TechCrunch which appears to show a native application being tested on a Mac notebook by an employee.
Facebook currently provides the Messenger app for a number of mobile platforms, in addition to a dedicated web interface at messenger.com and built-in messaging functionality available through its desktop UI at facebook.com. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2016
Facebook Messenger has reached a new milestone as the service now claims 800 million monthly users, according to an announcement from Facebook itself on Thursday. “I’m happy to report that we’ve made a good step in that direction, and toward the end of 2015, we crossed the milestone of 800 million people using Messenger each month,” according to David Marcus, Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging Products.
The new milestone, according to latest Nielsen data, makes Messenger the fastest growing app of 2015. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2016
Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that Oculus, a virtual-reality company it bought in March of 2014 for $2 billion, will be launching its hotly anticipated Rift virtual-reality headset at the end of March 2016.
Priced at $599, the device is now available for pre-order and will initially ship to 20 countries starting March 28, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, Oculus said.
The Rift comes bundled with two games—Lucky’s Tale and EVE: Valkyrie—with more than a hundred games coming later this year, including Rockband VR by Harmonix, Edge of Nowhere by Insomniac, The Climb by Crytek and Minecraft by Microsoft-owned Mojang. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015
Facebook recently began allowing users to set a short video as their profile picture on the service. Users can now take or upload a video of up to seven seconds to use as their profile video. These profile videos appear at the top of your profile, just like static profile pictures, but you can currently add a profile video only from the iPhone.
If you feel your Facebook profile is too static, here’s how to spice it up with a profile video in Facebook’s iOS app. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015
When Apple introduced Live Photos at its September 2015 iPhone 6s event it also announced an SDK allowing third-parties to implement support for them, while specifically saying that Live Photos would be coming to Facebook before year-end.
Following Tumblr’s iOS app which was first to implement support for Live Photos, Facebook today started rolling out the ability to upload and view Live Photos from within their iOS app, TechCrunch reports. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015
Following Google’s decision to stop using Adobe’s outdated Flash technology for video delivery on YouTube in favor of an HTML5-based video player, Facebook last week announced a similar move of its own.
“We recently switched to HTML5 from a Flash-based video player for all Facebook web video surfaces, including videos in News Feed, on Pages and in the Facebook embedded video player,” reads a post by Daniel Baulig on the company’s Code blog. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2015
Less than twenty-four hours after rolling out Uber integration within Messenger, Facebook today announced a brand new update that enables per-chat customization and other enhancements for the popular messaging platform.
And as promised, the application now provides the Photo Magic feature to users in more countries following its recent soft-launch on Android in Australia.
Billed as an easier way to privately share photos with friends, Photo Magic taps into Facebook’s advanced face recognition algorithm to automatically recognize people in your photos, offering to share them via Messenger. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2015
Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, is now available through Facebook Messenger. Yup, you read that right—you can now call an Uber and request a ride within Facebook’s mobile Messenger application.
As announced on Wednesday, the new Transportation feature permits users of the Facebook Messenger app in the United States to request a ride from Uber, without ever needing to download the Uber app or leave a conversation. Read More