Facebook in talks to live stream MLB games this season

By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2017

Facebook is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream games this season, reports Reuters. The deal would include at least one game per week, which could be accessed for free by users logged into the platform.

The move comes just a week after Facebook announced plans for a video-focused Apple TV app, as part of the social network’s efforts to push further into original programming—a strategy shared by several tech firms. Read More

 

You’ll soon be able to apply for a job in Facebook’s mobile app and on the web

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2017

Facebook on Thursday announced it’s rolling out a new Jobs section on the mobile app and via the web interface at facebook.com/jobs. This new feature will allow users to find and apply for hourly-paid job openings advertised on the service by small businesses in the United States and Canada.

Designed for lower-skilled workers and people who aren’t actively looking for a job, the new section is currently in limited testing in the US. Job posts will be accessible through News Feed via a dedicated Jobs tab and promoted on the business’ Facebook Page. Read More

 

How to disable audio in News Feed videos on Facebook for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

Videos in your Facebook News Feed used to play silently unless you manually turned sound on. The social network recently changed that behavior so videos that previously played silently now play with audio on, with sound fading in and out as you scroll through your News Feed.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you about a hidden setting that lets you easily force the mobile Facebook app to autoplay all videos in your News Feed with audio off. Read More

 

Facebook shares details about its video-focused Apple TV app, which is coming soon

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Facebook has officially confirmed through the mouth of its Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose and via a press release that it’s indeed planning to launch a video-focused Apple TV app soon. The forthcoming app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch. Rose has confirmed the development at the Code Media conference in Dana Point, California. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that Facebook was working on an app for set-top boxes back in January. Read More

 

You can now check detailed weather forecast on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2017

You can now safely delete those weather apps on your iPhone as Facebook just launched a brand new weather forecast section in its iPhone and iPad app and on the web, powered by Weather.com.

An updated version of its earlier weather greetings in News Feed, this latest feature addition indicates that the social networking behemoth continues to seek out new ways to increase user engagement and boost the stickiness of its platform. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger testing iOS 10 Messages-like chat interface redesign

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2017

Facebook is testing a redesign of the chat interface in Messenger for iPhone, which in some aspects resembles Apple’s overhauled iOS 10 Messages app. The enhanced chat UI is currently being tested with a small subset of Messenger’s user base, but there’s no telling when, or if it might launch for everyone. I spotted Messenger’s upcoming chat UI refresh on a friend’s device. At the time of this writing, the Messenger app on App Store had version 103.0. Read More

 

Apple and other tech giants file legal brief opposing Trump’s immigration order

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 6, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order that would bar Syrian refuges and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country is being formally challenged by Apple and 96 other companies, Bloomberg said Monday.

Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel, Airbnb Netflix, Snap, Uber, Zynga, Levi Strauss, Chobani along with many other companies have all signed an amicus brief, which is a legal filing that lets outside parties offer non-binding opinions to the court. Read More

 

As Facebook turns 13 tomorrow, Discover People starts rolling out in mobile app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2017

This Saturday, February 4, Facebook turns 13, a day the company calls Friends Day. In launching products to celebrate friendship and encouraging people to take time to connect with their friends, Facebook recently began adding personalized Friends Day videos at the top of users’ News Feed. Additionally, Facebook is now rolling out a new Discover People section in its mobile app for iOS and Android.

As first noted by TechCrunch, Discover People basically encourages Facebook users to add any missing pieces of information to their profile, browse a list of upcoming events to see who else may also be going, check out people in their city they’re not yet friends with or browse people who share the same employer. Read More

 

Apple along with other tech giants working on a letter opposing Trump’s travel ban

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2017

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Uber and other technology giants, along with an unidentified consumer goods and manufacturing company, are working on a letter to formally oppose U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban which has barred Syrian refuges and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country.

Having obtained a draft of the letter, Recode reports that parties from other industries will also sign on in their support of immigration into U.S. Read More

 

Facebook working on video-focused app for Apple TV and other set-top boxes

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 1, 2017

Facebook is reportedly working on a video-focused app for media-streaming boxes such as Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Last October, the social network launched a feature allowing users to stream videos from the mainland Facebook mobile app to their TVs via Apple TV. Tuning into television’s market with a dedicated streaming app of its own would help the company tap more ad dollars. Read More

 
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