Facebook acknowledges battery drainage problem with iOS app, says fix is underway

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2015

It is no secret that Facebook’s mobile app has always been a battery hog, even with Background App Refresh turned off. Instead of fixing the issue, Facebook appears to employ tricks to keep the app active in the background, further accentuating the battery drainage problem.

According to TechCrunch, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are aware of the problem and its programmers are working around the clock to put out a fix “soon”. Read More


Facebook updates iOS app with 3D Touch support

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2015

Facebook’s mobile iPhone and iPad application has received a quick update today, adding support for 3D Touch shortcuts on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but not the Peek and Pop in-app features.

Still, you can now press firmly Facebook’s icon on the Home screen for quick access to the following shortcuts: Take Photo/Video, Upload Photo/Video and Write Post. Read More


You can now use Facebook Messenger on Apple Watch

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2015

Facebook on Thursday rolled out a new update for its Messenger app, bringing the iOS client to version 38.0. The update brings about long-awaited support for watchOS 2, meaning you can finally use the popular messaging app on your Apple Watch.

Introduced this summer, Facebook Messenger for Apple Watch allows you to send and receive things like voice messages, Likes and stickers, and you can also dictate messages and tap the Location button to quickly send out your current location.

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Going beyond Likes, Facebook is testing empathetic Reaction emojis ahead of public launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 8, 2015

Facebook, the social networking behemoth, is testing half a dozen reactions that go beyond Likes—among them Love and Angry—while at the same time prototyping a new feature that would make it easy to send “Happy Birthday!” videos to friends on mobile, according to The Next Web. The publication writes that Facebook’s iPhone and iPad application is prompting some users to send a video as a birthday greeting directly from within the app. Read More


Video, time-limited images and more coming to Facebook profiles soon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2015

Facebook is currently testing a brand new look for profile pages on mobile with a small number of iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California.

The upcoming mobile-friendly features were designed to bring Facebook profiles to life with videos, time-limited images, custom layouts and other new features coming soon to everyone, said Facebook. Read More


How to stop videos from autoplaying in your News Feed on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 21, 2015

Autoplay videos are everywhere these days and Facebook is no exception. I suppose an argument could be made that autoplay content provides a smoother user experience by removing the need to manually tap the play button.

But having videos load automatically as you scroll through your News Feed on Facebook might incur mobile data overage charges that outweigh any benefits. That a lot of users deem autoplay videos a total nuisance and distraction, played silently or not, isn’t helping either.

If you use Facebook’s mobile application, I’ve got some good news for you: autoplay videos in your News Feed can be easily turned off completely with just a few taps. Or, you could do as I do and set videos to autoplay on Wi-Fi only in order to avoid unwanted cellular charges. Read More


How to upload HD photos and videos on Facebook

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2015

One of the more annoying things about Facebook has got to be the diminished quality of photos and videos you upload to the service, be it via iOS’s Facebook integration integration or through the official mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, a free download in the App Store.

For whatever reason, Facebook’s mobile app defaults to low-resolution photo and video uploads, likely in an effort to minimize bandwidth usage in this digital age of capped cellular data.

Fortunately, there is an easy yet not immediately obvious way to configure Facebook for iPhone and iPad to record and upload videos and photos in glorious high-definition. Read More


Facebook working on a ‘Dislike’ button

By Cody Lee on Sep 15, 2015

Facebook is working on a ‘Dislike’ button, reports CNBC. CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the news himself during a public Q&A session on Tuesday. “People have asked about the ‘Dislike’ button for many years … and today is a special day, because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it and are very close to shipping a test of it.” Read More


Google and Twitter target Facebook’s Instant Articles with ‘accelerated mobile pages’

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2015

Internet giant Google and the micro-blogging platform Twitter have joined forces as they gear up to launch their own take on Facebook’s quick-loading Instant Articles for mobile users, according to Peter Kafka and Mark Bergen of Re/code.

Launching this fall with a small group of publishers, these articles should appear on mobile phones almost instantaneously without the annoyingly long loading times. Read More


Facebook hits one billion users in a single day for the first time

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2015

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that the social network passed a significant milestone this week. On August 24, more than 1 billion people used Facebook in a single day for the first time ever.

“When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post this afternoon. “On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family.” Read More


Facebook testing new ‘M’ digital assistant feature within Messenger

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday began testing a new digital assistant feature called ‘M.’ As explained by Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus, the feature, which lives inside Messenger, is powered by artificial intelligence that can complete tasks and find information on a user’s behalf.

The artificial intelligence is both trained and supervised by real live humans, and unlike other AI-based services available today, it can do things like purchase items and deliver gifts. Of course it can handle normal chores too, such as booking restaurants and logging appointments. Read More


Facebook Moments is now available outside US with new features

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2015

Moments, a Facebook-made app that lets you “get the photos you didn’t take”, is no longer confined to the United States, thanks to a 2.0 update that went live in the App Store earlier this morning.

For starters, Moments is now available in a total of 34 different markets such as Japan, Russia, China, Germany and Italy, to name just a few.

The app also comes with an interesting new feature that appears to be borrowed from Google Photos, which automatically creates a movie from your photos, while providing bug fixes, performance improvements and improved upload performance. Read More


Easily post to Twitter and Facebook from your Apple Watch with Social Action

By Sébastien Page on Aug 24, 2015

Social Action is a new app that allows you to easily and quickly update your Facebook status or post to Twitter directly from your Apple Watch. Read More


Facebook said to be developing Twitter-like app for breaking news

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2015

Facebook is working on a standalone mobile news applications, Business Insider reported on Tuesday. The site says the app looks similar to Twitter, in that it will allow publications to blast short, 100 character push notifications to their “followers” when they have urgent news to share.

“Business Insider has reviewed screenshots of the new product and spoken to a source who has been playing around with the Facebook for Business platform.” The outlet believes the app is part of Facebook for Business, but different than the Facebook at Work initiative we saw last year. Read More


Facebook launches live video streaming for celebrities

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday announced a new video streaming feature for its Facebook Mentions app called Live. The feature allows Mentions users, which is currently limited to “verified public figures using Pages,” to quickly and easily share live video.

With Live, Facebook’s Vadim Lavrusik explains, celebrities can take fans behind the scenes, host Q&As, share announcements and more. And the social network says that The Rock, singer Luke Bryan and many others have already signed on to participate. Read More


Facebook steps up advertising on Instagram

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2015

Before today, advertising on Instagram was mostly limited as media buyers had had to contact an Instagram sales representative directly. But things have just changed for the better (or worse, depending on your point of view) as Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, has officially switched on Instagram’s advertising application programming interface (API) to allow brands to buy ad slots on Instagram in a more automated fashion, Business Insider is reporting.

Because there’s a lot of pent-up demand for targeted ads on the popular mobile photography service, this major move practically spells an end to Instagram’s light ad experience as Instagram is poised to make big bucks by shoving more and more ads down users’ throat. Read More


Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox as Facebook calls on Adobe to kill it off completely

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

Remember when Steve Jobs published an open letter calling for Adobe to kill off Flash and minced no words, saying Flash was “the number one reason Macs crash”? Five years later, the prospect for Adobe’s proprietary multimedia plugin is looking increasingly grim as opposition is mounting against Flash.

Early in the year, Google stopped using Flash on YouTube after rolling out an HTML5 video player. Last week, Facebook’s chief security officer slammed Flash on Twitter and now the non-profit organization Mozilla has added every version of Flash to Firefox browser’s default blocklist. Read More


Facebook reportedly building ‘Moneypenny,’ a personal assistant for Messenger with a twist

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 14, 2015

Facebook is working on a personal digital assistant of its own, designed specifically for use with its popular Messenger mobile software.

Referred to internally as “Moneypenny” after Miss Moneypenny, a secretary to M in the James Bond films, it will reportedly allow Facebook Messenger users to perform tasks like checking the weather, buying products and more.

According to a report by The Information, hidden behind the paywall, one crucial difference will set apart the James Bond-inspired digital assistant from the likes of Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s Google Now, Amazon’s Echo and others: it will be human-powered. Read More


Facebook rolls out richer News Feed controls with a new ‘See First’ option and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Facebook on Thursday introduced and updated set of controls letting you finally tell the service precisely what you want to see in your News Feed, as opposed to relying to Facebook’s mysterious algorithm which surfaces posts its servers think you want to see while demoting others it flagged as uninteresting.

The reworked controls now permit you to actively shape and improve your personalized News Feed experience.

You also get more control over what you see in your News Feed via a brand new ‘See First’ option designed to help you prioritize whose posts you don’t want to miss to ensure you’ll always find them at the top of your News Feed. Read More


Facebook reportedly planning its own music-streaming service

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2015

Apple Music, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora and other popular music-streaming services could be faced with competition from Facebook as the popular social network is reportedly planning a streaming-music product of its own, Music Aally reported Thursday.

Facebook has been testing ad-supported native videos with a small group of media partners, but that was just a prelude to discussions with major labels about “getting into music” with a full-on subscription product. Read More