Instagram announces new ‘Fade’ and ‘Color’ tools

By Cody Lee on Apr 7, 2015

Instagram on Tuesday announced that it would be adding two new options to the suite of tools in its photo editing app. Those tools are ‘Fade’ and ‘Color,’ and they will allow users to further tweak the appearance of their photos before sharing them on the social network.

More specifically, Color will bring about the ability to tint the highlights or shadows within photos with choices of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan and green. Fade, on the other hand, will enable users to bring a quiet tone to their photos by softening colors. Read More

 

Giphy for Messenger brings the world’s largest GIF library to Facebook Messenger

By Lory Gil on Apr 2, 2015

GIFs are those wonderful little presents that you find online everyday to make you smile. Whenever someone sends me a GIF, it always brightens my day, usually because it involves cats doing something nefarious (or falling off of something).

Giphy for Messenger is a third-party Facebook Messenger app that lets you post all kinds of GIFs to your friends. Express any type of emotion to your girlfriend, RickRoll your buddy, and send me pictures of cats being evil. Read More

 

Facebook launches Riff app to make videos with friends

By Jake Smith on Apr 1, 2015

Facebook has launched yet another standalone app, called Riff, that will give you and your friends the chance to go viral.

Riff, available to download on the iTunes App Store and what was born as a side project, is an app that allows you to create videos with friends. The goal is to see how far your video can spread, with your friends’ help.  Read More

 

Kids under 13 can now have Facebook presence with new Scrapbooks feature

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Facebook on Tuesday announced a better way for parents to organize photographs of their toddlers and kids under 13 on the service, the Scrapbook.

Rolling out in the United States across Facebook’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, in addition to the desktop interface, this optional new feature actually allows children under 13 who are not normally permitted to create a Facebook profile to have an official presence on the service, sans the actual profile.

Facebook’s internal survey has found that 65 percent of the parents who share pictures of their children on the service tag their partner in these photos to share them with their partner’s friends. Read More

 

Facebook updates Messenger with third-party app support

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

After announcing support for select third-party applications inside its Messenger service last week, Facebook on Monday issued a refresh to the mobile messaging app which officially enables third-party integration.

Now available free in the App Store, the update puts a new button in the chat interface of Facebook Messenger. Tapping it brings up a sheet where you can browse and download supported third-party apps that extend Messenger’s functionality, like apps for sending and receiving animated GIFs and more. Read More

 

Ditty: a third-party Facebook Messenger app that sings your chats

By Lory Gil on Mar 27, 2015

It has only been a couple of days since Facebook announced that third-party app integration would be added to the social chat app. There are already dozens of GIF makers, custom avatar creators, and special sticker add-ons to bombard your friends and family with hilarity.

Ditty is a third-party Facebook Messenger app that turns what you write into music. Pick a song, type out your message, and watch it transform into a musical. The next time you want to cheer someone up, do it with a song set to your own, personalized lyrics. Read More

 

Facebook turns Messenger into a platform, opens API to third-party developers

By Jake Smith on Mar 25, 2015

Facebook unveiled at its F8 Developer Conference on Wednesday it will make its Messenger API available to third-party developers, making Messenger a platform, like previously reported.

Developers will not only be able to hook their apps into the service, but Messenger users will also be able to install apps and make purchases inside Messenger. Facebook says 40 apps are launching within Facebook Messenger right away.  Read More

 

Facebook may soon host some news website’s content, you’ll never leave

By Jake Smith on Mar 24, 2015

Facebook is working to strike deals with popular publishers and news websites to allow their content to be hosted right within the Facebook website, meaning you’ll never leave – sorry. The rumor comes from the New York Times, citing unnamed sources, and comes as Facebook wants to make consuming content more seamless. Read More

 

Facebook readying Phone app, may turn Messenger into a platform

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2015

Facebook wants to be more than just a social network. The company has been working on a dedicated Phone mobile app and is considering moves to turn its standalone mobile Messenger service into a platform of its own, according to web reports Monday. The dedicated Phone app would show rich information about callers and automatically block calls from commonly blocked numbers.

As for enhancing Messenger, this could entail adding features beyond exchanging media and instant messages, like bringing news and way richer content sharing to the service.

We’ll know for sure next week at Facebook’s F8 conference, an annual gathering for Facebook developers where the company usually announce major platform advancements and new services. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger gains new peer-to-peer payments feature

By Cody Lee on Mar 17, 2015

Facebook announced on Tuesday that US-based Messenger users will be able to use the app to send money to their Friends. The process, similar to Square’s ‘Cash,’ involves linking a debit card to the service, which you can use to send money just as easily as a photo or text.

Users who have received the update will notice that the Facebook Messenger app now includes a small “$” icon above the keyboard, next to photo and sticker icons. Tapping this opens a payments screen where users can enter in the amount they wish to send to the recipient. Read More

 

Apple named as potential tech company to buy Boeing internet satellite

By Jake Smith on Mar 16, 2015

Apple is among technology companies who Boeing is looking to strike a deal with this year to build a high-throughput communications satellite, according to Reuters. Read More

 

Screenshots show WhatsApp for iOS’ calling feature currently in beta

By Jake Smith on Mar 6, 2015

Italian blog iPhoneItalia has posted a series of screenshots showing the new calling feature currently in beta testing for WhatsApp, the hugely popular communications app owned by Facebook.

WhatsApp has been rolling out the functionality to select users as part of a beta testing program over the past few months, with plans to release it to the public in the near future. Since more texts in the world are being sent through WhatsApp than traditional SMS, the new VOIP calling from WhatsApp could be a very big deal. Read More

 

Facebook’s forgotten Slingshot app introduces Explore section

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 4, 2015

Following a major version 2.0 update last December and another one that added swiping between back and front cameras, things have been quiet on the Slingshot front.

But Wednesday, the Facebook-owned disappear messaging app has received another update bringing out a new Explore section in an effort to increase usage time.

Slingshot is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

At last, Facebook Messenger gets native iOS 8 Share extension

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 24, 2015

Today, social networking behemoth Facebook issued a small yet important update to its mobile messaging software for the iPhone and iPad. Facebook Messenger version 22 is now available in the App Store and with it comes a much appreciated and long overdue iOS 8 extension.

With it, you can at last send pieces of content to Messenger without leaving other apps. Using iOS 8’s standard Share sheet, it’s simple to share photos, videos and links directly with Messenger contacts, without leaving context of the app you’re currently using. Read More

 

Facebook update allows you to add stickers to photos

By Cody Lee on Feb 19, 2015

Facebook today began rolling out a new feature to its mobile apps that will allow users to add stickers to their photos before uploading them. The functionality is similar to that in the “Stickered for Messenger” app the social network released back in December.

Users who have received the update should see a small icon at the bottom of each uploaded image, which you can tap to see all of the stickers you can use. After selecting a sticker, you can determine how big you want it and where it should be placed on your photo. Read More

 

Facebook is working on virtual reality apps that would allow you to create content

By Jake Smith on Feb 17, 2015

Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox revealed on Tuesday that the company is planning virtual reality apps, following its acquisition of Oculus close to a year ago. The revelation came at the Code/Media conference happening in California this week.

While Cox wouldn’t share specifics of the apps Facebook is working on, the product chief told Recode the virtual reality apps’ users would be able to make virtual reality content.  Read More

 

Here’s what happens to your Facebook account when you die

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015

Facebook wants to know who gets your account when you pass away so they’re introducing a new feature called Legacy Contact.

As explained Thursday, choosing someone to manage your account after you pass away goes way beyond  a basic memorialized account  Facebook has offered for quite some time now.

The new system helps the ones left behind experience loss with a greater sense of possibility, comfort and support as your account becomes a memorial of your life, friendships and experiences.

The person designated as your Legacy Contact will be able to pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture, but they won’t be allowed to post as you nor will they be permitted to access and read your messages on the service. Read More

 

Members of ‘For Sale’ Facebook groups can now list and sell items more easily

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Facebook today announced that members of its “For Sale” Groups now have new features at their disposal for easier listing of their items, including the new Sell feature, the ability to see their catalogue of previously sold items, mark their posts as ‘Available’ or ‘Sold’.

Jump past the fold for the full breakdown. Read More

 

Facebook launches new Place Tips feature in your News Feed, rolls out Facebook Bluetooth Beacons

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

Yesterday, Facebook announced a new feature in the hope of fending off threat posed by Foursquare and Yelp, both of which rule the crowd-sourced location discovery market.

Place Tips, as it’s called, injects useful information about the place you’re right at, including your friends’ recommendations and “fun, useful and relevant info,” right inside your News Feed.

But don’t your worry, you can turn it off at anytime! Read More

 

Facebook’s Paper app now supports sharing from iOS Favorites album and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Facebook’s Paper for iPhone app has been refreshed today with improved performance as well as faster way of sharing photos, in addition to fixing a few issues “you’ve let us know about.”

When sharing photos, your Camera Roll items are now organized by date. Even better, the app now supports the new Favorites album introduced in iOS 8 which collates the images you’ve favorited by tapping on the heart icon in the iOS Photos app. Read More