WhatsApp begins sharing account data with Facebook to boost targeted advertising

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp today updated its Terms and Privacy Policy for the first time in four years to reflect that the messaging service will start sharing select account data with Facebook in order to improve targeted advertising. Wait, does that mean that you’re going to be inundated with ads on WhatsApp? In a word, no—at least for the time being. As per the amended terms of service, “We still do not allow third-party banner ads on WhatsApp.” Read More

 

Facebook testing autoplaying videos with sound

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2016

What could be worse than those pesky autoplaying videos on Facebook? Autoplaying videos that begin playing audio automatically as you scroll past them in your News Feed, but of course! And that’s precisely what Facebook is currently experimenting with, according to Mashable.

At the moment, the company is currently testing two methods of getting users to watch video with sound: one involving autoplaying videos with sound and the other with an Unmute button on the lower right corner of such videos. Read More

 

Facebook launches Lifestage, a teens-only social app built around video profiles

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2016

If you’re a high-schooler aged under 22 and eager to connect with your classmates within an environment that harkens back to the Facebook from 2004, when it was exclusively a college student network, then today’s Facebook where everyone creeps on others may not be the safest place to engage in such interactions.

That’s why Michael Sayman, Facebook’s 19-year-old product manager, created Lifestage, a teens-only iPhone app that encourages high-schoolers to create video profiles and share them with their school network. Read More

 

Envoy lets you remove the unwanted sections from Facebook Messenger

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 16, 2016

It seems to be a mutual interest of a great number of Facebook Messenger users to remove those unwanted “Favorites” and “Active Now” sections from the Facebook Messenger app.

Although we covered a tutorial in the past on how to remove these features manually for a temporary period of time, they would always come back after a few days or weeks. A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Envoy aims to change that. Read More

 

Facebook tweaks its algorithm to further reduce clickbait in your News Feed

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Facebook began removing deliberate hoaxes from users’ News Feeds in April 2014. The following year, the company stepped up fight against spammers with more changes aimed at helping reduce the number of misleading posts, also known as clickbait. Today, the social networking firm announced a set of new measures to further reduce clickbait in your News Feed by using a brand new system which can automatically spot phrases commonly used in misleading headlines. Read More

 

You’ll soon be able to filter individual comments on Instagram, even disable commenting

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Instagram is working on some significant enhancements for the commenting feature found its mobile app, potentially giving users the ability to filter their own comment streams on the service or even disable commenting on all posts, according to The Washington Post. Instagram has been testing these features with some businesses, but soon everyone will be able to screen individual comments in their feed and decide for themselves if they might be better served by disabling commenting on their account altogether. Read More

 

How to hide the Favorites and Active Now sections in Facebook Messenger app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 22, 2016

I have a big gripe with the Facebook Messenger app ever since Facebook decided to launch a major UI change without letting me know in the change log first. And now, I’m stuck with an annoyance right smack in the middle of my conversation list when I open the app.

Fortunately, there is a way to hide these annoying ‘Favorites’ and ‘Active Now’ sections, even if temporarily, and we’ll show you how in this tutorial. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger hits a major milestone—one billion monthly users

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 21, 2016

Facebook yesterday announced that its Messenger service has hit a major milestone: the software is now being used by more than one billion people every month to message their friends and family. Messenger saw a major surge in popularity after it was decoupled from the main Facebook mobile client, and especially since becoming a software platform in its own right with chat bots, apps, money payments, expanded emojis and other features.

Facebook Messenger is a free download from the App Store. Read More

 

Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More

 

At long last, Facebook Messenger implements 3D Touch Peek and Pop

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Better late than never: 3D Touch gestures are now available within the free mobile Messenger app from Facebook. The latest Messenger update on the App Store increases the app’s version number to 79.0, with Peek/Pop support on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus being the only change mentioned in release notes accompanying the 109-megabyte download. Read More

 
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