By Christian Zibreg on Jun 16, 2014
Facebook on Monday pushed an update to its iPad client to put more entertainment (and ads) into your hands.
Realizing that seven out of each ten people who use Facebook for iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days, Mark Zuckerberg & Co. are now testing a new sidebar within the iPad app, specifically created for entertainment content and game discovery.
The iPad-exclusive section provides game trailers and in-game footage, as well as Trending videos/news articles, social notifications for native Facebook games, as well as those offered on the web, and much more.
Note that this experiment is currently limited to Facebook’s iPad users in the United States and there’s no word when it could launch globally. Additional tidbits can be found right after the break… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2014
Facebook has posted an update for its iOS Messenger client this morning, bringing the app to version 6.0. The release includes the usual bug fixes and improvements, as well as two new features in ‘Instant Video Sending’ and ‘Big Likes.’
Both new features are exactly what they sound like. Instant Video Sending allows users to shoot and play 15-second video messages from the camera, right in the app, and a Big Like is essentially a larger thumbs up for things you really like… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2014
Last month, word got out that Facebook was working on a Snapchat competitor called Slingshot. Despite the company’s recent $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, it’s still very interested in the video and ephemeral messaging space that’s popular among teens.
Today, we got a sneak peek at the app when it prematurely surfaced in the App Store this afternoon. From what we’ve seen so far, it is beautifully designed and offers both familiar features, such as annotation, and non-familiar features like unlock-able content… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 21, 2014
The social networking behemoth, Facebook, has launched a brand new feature today which can identify TV shows, movies and music playing in the background.
Resembling content-matching services like Shazam and Sound Hound, this new capability is a staggered release via an updated App Store app on iPhone and a Google Play app on Android, according to multiple reports and Facebook itself.
Read on for the full reveal… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2014
The popular iOS email client Mailbox, which Dropbox acquired in March 2013, has received an update today bringing support for Facebook’s App Links.
Introduced last month as an open-sourced solution for cross-platform app-to-app linking, App Links lets developers control what happens when users click on their content in mobile to send them easily out of their app and directly into another.
Dropbox was listed as an App Links launch partner and today’s update enables this feature while squashing some bugs. The update is now live in the App Store… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 18, 2014
Facebook is working on a new mobile application for video and ephemeral messaging, according to a report from the Financial Times. The outlet says the app is being referred to as ‘Slingshot’ internally, and is intended to go head-to-head with Snapchat.
Snapchat rejected an acquisition offer from Facebook last year worth some $3 billion, explaining that it wanted to hold out for more money. The social network has since bought messaging giant WhatsApp, but it obviously still feels that something’s missing… Read More
By Joe Rossignol on May 16, 2014
Facebook for iOS was recently updated to version 10.0 with several improvements, including a faster news feed and the ability to draft posts without an internet connection. The option to switch the news feed to “most recent” view, which displays the latest posts in reverse chronological order, was also hidden within the settings of the social networking app. By default, the app now displays posts based on a “most popular” setup. If that isn’t your preference, there is no need to be worried. Here is an extremely simple tip for how to switch back to the “most recent” feed on Facebook… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 16, 2014
Instagram updated its iOS client last night, bringing the app to version 5.0.11. The update is small—the change log only mentions one alteration—but significant, as it takes away the auto-sharing of activity to Facebook.
More specifically, users will now only be able to share images deliberately to Facebook using the in-app share button. So the change should go a long way in decluttering News Feeds, a common complaint amongst users… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2014
Facebook has issued a major version 10.0 update to its free iOS client which now allows you to create posts even when you’re without an Internet connection. Posts created in the offline mode will be saved as drafts and the app will automatically publish them when you’re back online.
Moreover, the refreshed iPhone and iPad application now makes it easy to see what your posts will look like on Facebook before publishing.
This edition of the software also includes certain News Feed improvements. Facebook 10.0 is now live in the App Store so grab it free now and check out the new features… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2014
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now for Facebook’s ill-fated Poke and Camera apps.
Ever since releasing the revamped Messenger – and especially the beautiful Paper app – it’s been clear to me that the outdated Poke for iPhone and the meaningless Camera would be headed to the technology graveyard.
Starting today, Camera and Poke can no longer be downloaded from the App Store.
Facebook has discontinued these two programs because their functionality has long been folded into the firm’s main iOS client, as well as into Messenger and Paper… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 2, 2014
The move should appease user privacy rights activists, who believe it’s unlawful for a government agency to have the power to access user data so discretely. The Justice Department, however, is concerned that the new routine could threaten investigations… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 29, 2014
Feeling a little sneaky? Want to access Facebook’s internal settings for its iOS app? If you’re jailbroken, it’s extremely easy to gain access by means of a handy new jailbreak tweak.
The aptly entitled Facebook Internal Settings is a brand new jailbreak tweak that just landed on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. This free tweak makes accessing the super-secret (and super-confusing) internal settings a walk in the park. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information. Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 28, 2014
Facebook has open sourced the Pop animation engine that drives its Paper app, now available in a listing on GitHub.
The Pop engine supports basic static animations, and also has spring and decay dynamic animations for building realistic, physics-based interactions. The Paper app has been praised for its design, and now developers will be able to access the same engine that drives it for their own iOS and OS X apps. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook today has refreshed its iOS Messenger application, redesigned from the ground up last November, with a few new features you should know about.
The biggest news in Facebook Messenger 5.0, available free for the iPhone, is its newly added ability to exchange video messages from your library with other Messenger users. Previously, you could only share photos and short voice recordings using the app.
Other enhancements worth mentioning include easier photo sharing, improvements to the search feature, a tweaked user interface making it easier to send photos, voice messages and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2014
After acquiring virtual headset maker Oculus Rift for $2 billion (the deal got a thumbs-up from feds), Facebook now seems to be moving into the fitness tracking space with news of its latest acquisition, Finnish startup ProtoGeo Oy that created the fitness-tracking app Moves, available free in the App Store.
The development comes amid some major reshuffling in the fitness and health tracking market.
For instance, Nike is currently in the process of shuttering its wearable-hardware division that produces FuelBand-branded accessories and there are rumors that the company is collaborating with Apple on a sensor-laden fitness band that would control other devices via gestures… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2014
ShareDraft is a new jailbreak tweak that lets users save share sheet messages as drafts. The share sheets, which are used for iOS’ built-in Twitter and Facebook sharing, normally force users to send a message or lose it. With ShareDraft installed, you can save messages to drafts and recover those drafts when sending future messages.
We’ve taken ShareDraft for a spin on video, and while it isn’t perfect, heavy share sheet users might find it to be a handy add-on. Check past the break for the full video review. Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 20, 2014
Facebook is finally following the likes of Google and Yahoo and will launch an advertising network with a focus on mobile platforms, according to Recode.
Facebook hasn’t publicly acknowledged its plans, but the publication says Facebook will take the wraps off its mobile ad network at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco at the end of April.
An ad network from Facebook essentially means you’ll see Facebook ads even when you’re not on Facebook – think any app on the App Store. In a way, Facebook’s solution could go after Apple’s iAd network, which has failed to catch wind with the industry. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2014
Following yesterday’s release of Facebook 9.0 for the iPhone and iPad with direct comment replies and other improvements, the social networking giant today issued the first major update to its Paper for iPhone application, which was released on February 3.
Paper version 1.1, now available free in the App Store, includes a bunch of useful features that were missing in the initial release.
You can now add photos to comments, get notified about upcoming birthdays and events, follow posts from your favorite groups, choose among the nine new article covers from outlets like Fox News, Bloomberg News, Mashable, FT, kottke, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and Hacker News and more… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014
Facebook rolled out an update for its iOS client this evening, bringing the app to version 9.0. The update brings about a handful of new features, including the ability to reply directly to comments.
The ability to reply directly to comments has been a wish list item for users for quite some time. Don’t get too excited though, it’ll only be available on select Pages that have enabled the feature… Read More