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

 

Now everyone can apply for Twitter’s Verified badge, not just celebrities and VIPs

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

The unthinkable has happened: Twitter has decided to open its account verification system to the masses. That’s right, everyone can now apply to have their account verified for bragging rights in the form of that blue checkmark next to their Twitter account name, which used to be the privilege of the rich and famous. But there’s a catch: Twitter says that it will approve accounts that are “of public interest” so you’ll need to tell them why they should verify your account. 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

 

Twitter is rolling out location-based feeds today in partnership with Foursquare

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter has partnered with local search and discovery service Foursquare on a location-based feed feature deigned to aggregate tweets based on the location they were posted from.

Called Twitter Location Feeds, the new feature will go live later today in Twitter’s mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, TechCrunch said this morning. Read More

 

This tweak lets you send images via direct message in Tweetbot

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 23, 2016

There are a lot of people who choose to stick with the stock Twitter app because of Tweetbot 4’s price, but it is, without a doubt, one of the most popular third-party Twitter client apps out there for iOS devices.

Nevertheless, its popularity doesn’t make it perfect; there is one major downfall to Tweetbot 4 that many users find a little upsetting, and it’s that you can’t send photos in a direct message.

In comes a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Delen for Tweetbot, which now enables the feature for Tweetbot 4 users. Read More

 

Twitter now accepts 140-second video uploads, rolls out new full-screen viewing experience

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter on Tuesday announced a major expansion of native video length, with users able to upload videos to the service which can now be up to 140 seconds long, or two minutes and twenty seconds. Before today, Twitter video uploads were capped at thirty seconds. This change is scheduled to go into effect soon and will require an updated mobile app. Read More

 

Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2016

Windows giant Microsoft on Monday announced it’s purchasing business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn for a cool $26.2 billion. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a message to troops that he’s been learning about LinkedIn for some time “while also reflecting on how networks can truly differentiate cloud services.” LinkedIn has a network of more than 433 million business professionals, meaning Microsoft would be paying an average of about $60 per user. Read More

 

SnapOldStory reverts your Snapchat apps’ Stories page to the older design

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 12, 2016

Not long ago, Snapchat released an app update for iOS that changed the way users interact with the Stories section of their app.

Not all users were happy with the changes, and so, an iOS developer in the jailbreak community made a new tweak called SnapOldStory that lets you revert back to the old Stories page style. Read More

 

Many third-party Instagram apps no longer working

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Do you use a third-party app to browse Instagram feeds and hashtags more efficiently on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad?

If so, there’s a high likelihood that your app has now ceased functioning due to Instagram’s new and much stricter policy pertaining to the official API, which has gone into effect today, as first noted by MacRumors. Read More

 

Facebook has added over 1,500 new emoji characters to Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Facebook announced yesterday that it’s adding more than 1,500 new emoji to its free mobile Messenger app, bringing a lot more diversity to your communications.

Underscoring that emojis have changed the way we talk to each other, “from skin tones that you can choose to lots of women in great roles”, the post reveals that nearly ten percent of mobile sends in Messenger include emojis. Read More

 

Twitter’s iOS app gains Peek and Pop previews

By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2016

Although you couldn’t tell it by looking at official release notes for Twitter’s version 6.54 update, which make a passing mention of “a few minor updates that you didn’t even know you needed”, the app has finally gained additional 3D Touch goodies in the form of Peek and Pop previews within the app. Before today, Twitter for the iPhone and iPad only supported Quick Actions on the Home screen. Grab Twitter for iOS for free on the App Store. Read More

 

Facebook not loading on your iPhone? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on May 25, 2016

I am a Facebook user, as I am sure many of you are too. With that being said, you may or may not be familiar with loading problems that can occur while using the social network via the free iOS app. In this troubleshooting tutorial, we’ll talk about some ways you can try to fix problems where the Facebook or Facebook Messenger app refuse to load. Read More

 

Duo of tweaks enables round profile pictures in Facebook & Twitter apps

By Anthony Bouchard on May 20, 2016

As iOS moves forward in design, square profile pictures across the platform are becoming somewhat dated in terms of aesthetics.

A new free jailbreak tweak duo called Round Profile Pic (for Facebook) and (for Twitter) are available in Cydia that let you bring the round profile picture effect to Facebook and Twitter, an aesthetic that already exists throughout all modern iOS versions in various native apps. Read More

 

Bloomberg: Twitter plans to stop counting photos and links within the 140-character limit

By Christian Zibreg on May 16, 2016

Twitter’s legendary 140-character limit per tweet (which mirrors limits on SMS messages) may not be going away anytime soon even though it was recently lifted from Direct Messages, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t plotting new ways to help users squeeze more words into tweets.

As reported by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter, by not counting photos and links in tweets Twitter aims to make it easier to compose posts without losing 23 characters, or more, to these links—even after Twitter automatically shortens them. Read More

 

How to use Snapchat’s new one-handed zoom

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016

We don’t hang out on Snapchat on a regular basis, but I myself use the app from time to time to check out new features. Earlier today, my boss Sébastien shared an amazing collection of handy Snapchat tips and trick, created by fifteen-year-old Victoria Samson.

Some of the tricks she demonstrates are quite brilliant, but her video how-tos don’t cover Snapchat’s latest feature addition—the ability to zoom while recording a video in one-handed mode using a simple gesture. That’s precisely what this quick tutorial will discuss: using Snapchat’s handy one-handed zoom mode during video capture. Read More

 

Tip: find tons of messages you didn’t know existed inside Messenger’s secret folder

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2016

What if I told you that you most likely have tons of messages you didn’t even know existed, stowed away in a little-known folder on Facebook?

While messages from your Facebook friends and Messenger contacts are delivered straight to your inbox, the system filters out those it deems spam and tucks them away into a hidden vault.

Some of those filtered messages could be from a distant family member trying to re-connect with you. Others might be vitally important. If you suspect Facebook is hiding messages you should’ve been aware of, this tutorial will teach you how to access a treasure trove of messages that you never knew you had. Read More

 

Facebook app gaining Live button, video broadcasts now more Periscope-like

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2016

The Messenger button in the mobile Facebook app for iOS and Android which sent users to the Messenger app has been replaced with a Live button as the popular social network aims to push live and pre-recorded videos in front of as many eyeballs as possible.

Announced in a blog post Wednesday, the company is also rolling out new features for Facebook Live that give users more ways to discover, share and interact with live video. Read More

 

Twitter launches Direct Message button in timeline

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Twitter is making it a lot easier to send direct messages to anyone right from your timeline with today’s introduction of an inline button that’s present on all tweets. The new Direct Message button is launching later today in Twitter’s mobile applications for iOS and Android.

Conveniently located to the right of the Reply, Retweet and Like buttons below any tweet, tapping it attaches a tweet to a Direct Message, ready to be sent to one or more of your followers. Read More

 

Social Square puts your favorite social networks in one app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

As a rule thumb, the more popular a social network is the uglier, slower and more terrible its mobile app gets.

Facebook’s app, for instance, has long been criticized for its battery hogginess, especially after it’s been discovered that it’s suspiciously circumventing Background App Refresh to continue running in the background when it should not.

That’s where Social Square comes into play.

Formerly known as MySocial, this iPhone app by Chase Giles lets you browse Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr without having to worry about your iPhone’s battery life. Read More

 
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