Facebook takes on Reddit with anonymous posting app, Rooms for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2014

Facebook on Thursday unveiled a brand new iPhone application. Called Rooms and available free of charge in the App Store, it’s a flashback of sorts to the Internet bulletin boards which used to be all the rage in the 1980s. It’s essentially that anonymous Facebook sharing app that the The New York Times reported on earlier this month.

Facebook Creative Labs project, Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re passionate about.

It’s fairly straightforward: just pick your favorite topic, customize the look and feel of your room and share with others. Others can join your rooms either through private invitations or by posting a public link.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Room is a lot like Reddit. “It’s perfect for the things you love and interests that make you unique,” said the social networking giant. Read More

 

Facebook updates Paper app with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Facebook today issued an update for its popular Paper app, bringing the iOS client to build 1.2.4. Inline with recent updates for the native Facebook app, and Messenger, the latest version of Paper brings about support for the larger displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In the release notes, Facebook says that Paper “looks beautiful on the latest iPhones,” as it’s now optimized for their Retina HD displays. It also adds that 1.2.4 includes performance improvements, bug fixes—particularly one involving the keyboard, and is more reliable. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger updated with doodles and captions for your photos

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Facebook Messenger has received its iPhone 6 compatibility fix nearly a month ago, unlike their main iOS client which only got refreshed with half-baked support for the new iPhone screen sizes yesterday.

Be that as it may, Facebook today issued a small Messenger update adding the ability to adorn your photos with captions and casual scribbles and sketches.

Messenger 14.0 (what’s up with version numbers, Facebook?) is free in the App Store.

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New Facebook feature lets you log your safety status during a natural disaster

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 16, 2014

Facebook on Wednesday introduced a new feature which allows its users on desktop and mobile to let their friends know they’re okay during a natural disaster. They’re calling it Safety Check and the way it works is this: upon analyzing your location and determining that you’re in the affected area, Facebook offers you to tell it that you’re okay.

This gives your friends and family members a sense of your situation, said the Menlo Park-based social networking giant. The system automatically sends a push notification to users who find themselves stranded in a location where a disaster has occurred. In response, people can check in as “safe” to confirm their wellbeing. Read More

 

Facebook app updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Oct 15, 2014

Facebook pushed out an update for its iOS client this afternoon, bringing the app to version 16.0. The social network doesn’t say what changes were made, but it does now say “optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus” in the description.

This is great news for folks with one of Apple’s newer handsets, as their larger displays really highlight non-updated apps with stretched UI and fuzzy graphics. Facebook was one of the few remaining high profile apps without iPhone 6 support. Read More

 

Facebook now lets you comment with stickers in posts, groups and on events

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2014

The social networking giant Facebook on Monday unveiled a new feature: stickers in comments. This marks the first time users are allowed to send stickers in comments to (hopefully) add some depth to their posts and better express how they feel about topics of conversation.

Originally started as a hackathon project in New York, stickers were then rolled out to Facebook Messenger and quickly took off from there.

To comment with stickers across Facebook, just tap the smiley face icon in the bottom-right of any comment field in Facebook’s desktop interface or mobile apps. Facebook has enabled stickers in comments in all posts from people, in groups and on events.

Use them sparingly as these huge smiley images take up more space compared to your regular emojis. Read More

 

Facebook developing brand new mobile app for anonymous sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2014

Facebook is reportedly close to releasing a brand new mobile application said to let its users communicate among themselves without using their real name or Facebook account, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Already likened to a Whisper/Secret clone, the anonymous chatting app is expected to be released in the coming weeks, according to two people briefed on Facebook’s plans.

The software would mark a notable reversal for the social networking giant, which has more than a billion active accounts and whose business policy largely revolves around encouraging its customers to use their real name to identify themselves on the service. Read More

 

Facebook working on money transfers through Messenger app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2014

As Apple gears up to mainstream mobile payments with the recently announced Apple Pay service launching later this month, the social networking giant Facebook is developing its own peer-to-peer payment service that should allow users of its Messenger software to transfer money between themselves, as discovered by iOS developer Andre Aude.

The solution simplifies money transfers by levering the existing Messenger infrastructure and user interface, allowing users to pay for goods directly in the chat window just like you would attach a photo or a location. Read More

 

Quickly share to Twitter or Facebook with TapToShare iOS 8 widget

By Sébastien Page on Oct 1, 2014

TapToShare is a new widget for Notification Center that lets you quickly post to Twitter or Facebook. The widget adds shortcuts to both social networks in the Today tab, and when tapping on one of these shortcuts, it launches the TapToShare app and automatically opens up a share sheet for the selected service. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger and Amazon Kindle apps updated for iPhone 6

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2014

Although Apple’s new iPhones have been in stores for more than a week now and developers are scrambling to update their apps with native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

And while users are still waiting for an iPhone 6 optimized edition of WhatsApp, the social networking giant Facebook has now updated the Messenger iOS app with native iPhone 6 support.

Another important piece of software has also received its iPhone 6-focused refresh today, Amazon’s Kindle for the iPhone and iPad. Both Facebook Messenger and Amazon Kindle are available free of charge in the App Store. Read More

 

Facebook fixes iOS 8 Notification and Camera Roll issues plaguing its Paper app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2014

Social networking behemoth Facebook at last has gotten around fixing a pair of annoying issues with its Paper application on the iPhone and iPod touch devices running Apple’s refreshed iOS 8 mobile operating system.

In addition to unspecified performance improvements that should ensure Paper is as fast as ever, the new version has solved problems with Facebook Push Notifications and Camera Roll access on iOS 8 devices. Read More

 

Facebook updates Paper for iPhone with iOS 8 compatibility, adds HD video uploading

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2014

The social networking behemoth Facebook has just updated its popular Paper app for the iPhone with iOS 8 compatibility following the release of Apple’s mobile operating system this morning.

Facebook Paper version 1.2.2, a maintenance update, also enables high-definition video uploading. Previously, you could only upload photos in high-definition so this is going to be a nice upgrade for users who tend to post lots of video clips to the social network on the go. Read More

 

Netflix Recommend with Facebook-enabled private video sharing now available

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2014

Netflix for the iPhone and iPad now allows you to privately recommend movies and television shows to a cherry-picked selection of Facebook friends who have connected their Facebook account with Netflix, but fortunately without spamming their News Feed, wrote the firm Tuesday in a post over at the official blog.

The social recommendation feature is available to Netflix users in the United States and Canada starting today.

Dubbed Netflix Recommend, it’s “another great way to discover your next favorite show,” as the popular on-demand streaming service put it. Read More

 

Facebook testing Graph Search on mobile with ability to resurface old content by keyword

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 29, 2014

The social networking behemoth, Facebook, in a bid to help folks resurface content that may otherwise be buried is reportedly testing a new feature that would let people using its mobile apps search through old posts from friends by keyword, Bloomberg reported Friday.

There’s no word on when Facebook’s 1+ billion users who predominantly access the service on smartphones and tablets can expect to use Graph Search on mobile, though the report makes it clear the feature’s been in closed testing for quite some time now. Read More

 

Instagram is down, it’s not just you! [update: it's back]

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2014

If you’ve noticed that Instagram isn’t working properly this afternoon, it’s not just you. Several users have taken to Twitter to complain that the popular image-sharing service is down, and a few of us here at iDB have confirmed the outage.

While parts of the app are still working for some folks, it seems that the Explore tab isn’t loading for most users, and many are having issues getting their personal feeds to load. We’re also seeing ‘503 Service Unavailable’ in the News tab. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger update prevents scammers from racking up your phone bill

By Jake Smith on Aug 25, 2014

Facebook has begun rolling out an important update to its Facebook Messenger application on Monday, after it was found the app was susceptible to a security flaw forcing users’ iPhones to place expensive calls automatically – racking up a large bill.

Developer Andrei Neculaesei was first to identify the issue last week, saying scammers use the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) scheme called ”tel” to trigger a call without a user knowing. Usually clicking on a link containing a phone number will take a user to Safari and then prompt them to confirm the call. However, apps like Facebook Messenger, Google+, Gmail, and FaceTime, make the call without asking the user. Read More

 

Facebook’s Slingshot picks up new features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014

It’s been nearly two months now since Facebook rolled out its would-be Snapchat-killer, called Slingshot.

Thus far, the software looks like it could be going the way of Poke, the social networking giant’s pathetic take on the popular ephemeral messaging software.

Surprisingly enough, Slingshot currently enjoys a three-star rating out of five stars in the App Store.

Besides, the app doesn’t seem to be languishing as the team released its first major update three weeks ago bringing out much-needed new features, including a My People tab and brand new reactions.

Today, a second major update has landed on the App Store. Available to download for free, Slingshot 1.2 improves your experience by letting you jump straight to the list of shots by tapping a notification and more… Read More

 

Facebook testing the use of stickers in comments

By Cody Lee on Aug 18, 2014

Hope you like stickers, Facebook users, because it looks like you’re going to start seeing a lot more of them on the social network. The company has been spotted testing the use of sticker graphics in post and page comments with select users.

Stickers have become a popular element for a number of social networks and messaging services, but until now (and still for most people) they have only been available to Facebook users via mobile Messenger apps and Facebook Chat on the web… Read More

 

How to send Facebook messages without using Messenger app

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 13, 2014

Last month, Facebook announced that it was disabling the messaging service in its official Facebook app for iOS requiring users to switch to its Facebook Messenger app in order to continue to send and receive messages from friends. This move by the company to force users to use its standalone messenger app was disliked by many.

Yet, if you wish to get rid of this restriction and continue chatting with your friends without using the Facebook Messenger app, you can follow either of the methods outlined below. In this post, we will share two methods that will allow you to send messages in Facebook without using the standalone Messenger app. Read More

 

Newly updated Facebook for iOS cuts crash rate in half

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2014

Facebook late today issued a maintenance update to its primary iPhone and iPad client.

Listing only “bug fixes”, Facebook 13.1 would have probably slipped by unnoticed if it weren’t for a post over at the official Facebook Engineering blog which has detailed significant under-the-hood changes to fix a longstanding bug that caused unexpected crashes.

Long story short, code changes the team’s implemented have helped reduce the software’s crash rates on the iPhone and iPad by more than fifty percent… Read More

 
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