How to hide revines from users you follow

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2015

If you use Vine, sooner than later your feed will become polluted with reposts (revines, in Vine talk) from those you follow on the service. Besides, it’s really annoying having to scroll through a hundred or more revines from a user before getting to one of their own clips.

Thankfully, reducing information overload on Vine isn’t as hard as it sounds as the app lets you block revines from a person and show only their original posts.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to hide revines from anyone you follow on the service with just a few taps. This should help make your Vine experience a little more focused and less cluttered. Read More


Facebook to let you hide posts from your ex, without blocking or unfriending them

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Most of us have been there before. You break up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, and maybe choose to unfriend or even block them on the service, but traces of your relationship are still all over the place on your Timeline, for everyone to see. So, what do you do? Do you block them outright, which will remove all their posts and also hurt their feelings?

There’s got to be a better way to handle this first-world problem, don’t you agree? Facebook though about that, too, and it seems they’ve come up with an interesting solution. Read More


Google+ for iOS gets a facelift and new features in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 19, 2015

Following yesterday’s overhaul of Google+ Communities and Collections on the web, today Google+ for iOS gets bumped to version 5.0 and thoroughly redesigned.

The new-look Communities and Collections are now accessible through the new Google+ 5.0 for iOS app. This edition of the software includes other improvements, too, including switching between multiple accounts and expanded options for sharing with folks outside Google+. Read More


Google+ looks a little different today…

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

Google’s ailing Google+ platfom is getting a major facelift today as the Internet company continues to struggle for relevancy in social. Today, a brand new Google+ design went live and it puts the Communities and Collections features front and center.

You should see a prompt to try out the redesigned interface when visiting your Google+ profile through a browser. Revamped Google+ mobile apps for iOS and Android devices will hit in the coming days. Read More


Facebook deep links will begin to soon surface in Google search results

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 16, 2015

As reported by The Wall Street Journal this morning, your Google search results will soon start to serve deep links based on content from Facebook’s mobile app which, when clicked, will take you straight to the relevant part of the Facebook app.

A spokeswoman for Google parent Alphabet has confirmed the feature will begin to roll out soon.

Last month, the Internet giant announced integration between its search engine and iOS 9 apps via so-called App Indexing feature and today’s announcement delivers on that promise. Read More


How to permanently delete your WhatsApp account

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2015

Are you suffering from information overload? Is using multiple chat services to stay in touch with friends and family starting to feel like a burden?

People who rarely use Facebook-owned WhatsApp and don’t envision using the service much going forward might be wondering whether they can nuke their account and all of the underlying data out of orbit. The answer to that question is a resounding ‘yes’.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you step-by-step through WhatsApp’s account deletion process, inform you what happens to your data after the fact and teach you how to reactivate your account and restore your chats and media. Read More


Facebook for iPhone gains new Share sheet design

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2015

About ten days ago, at its biggest event called FbStart San Francisco, the social networking giant unveiled an update on its Share sheet available in iOS and through third-party apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The all-new design is way more functional than before. Like before, Facebook’s Share sheet lets you share images, article links, status updates and other content in apps that support iOS’s multi-purpose Share sheet.

Unlike before, however, you now have a clearer preview of the content you’re sharing on Facebook and can control who can see your post. There are also new ways to tag friends or add feelings to a post, much like in Facebook’s mobile app. Read More


Facebook launches Music Stories with Spotify and Apple Music integration

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2015

Facebook is announcing today a brand new feature called Music Stories, basically a new post format for Facebook that should make it easier to discover and share music from Spotify and Apple Music.

Now every time you share songs or albums shared from Spotify or Apple Music using Facebook’s iPhone application, these links will automatically get turned into the new post format which lets others listen to 30-second previews while on Facebook. Read More


Facebook easing restrictions on real name policy, changes how profile violations are reported

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Facebook is changing its controversial real name policy, according to BuzzFeed News Friday, to let users provide more context when the service requires name confirmation.

In addition, Facebook will now require more information from anyone reporting a profile in an effort to discourage users from misusing the reporting tool as a weapon or harassment tactic. Both changes are expected to start rolling out in December. Read More


Facebook replacing Other inbox with a new feature called Message Requests

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2015

Don’t you hate it when messages you receive from Facebook users you’re not friends with end up in the Other section of your inbox, where they’re far too easily overlooked and simply forgotten?

If so, you’ll be pleased to learn that the company is getting rid of the Other inbox and replacing it with a brand new feature called Message Requests, David Marcus, who runs Messenger, announced Tuesday. Read More


Twitter raises follow limit from 2,000 to 5,000 people for all users

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2015

Maybe you were totally oblivious to the fact that Twitter imposes a ceiling to how many people you can follow on the service, but that’s how they roll.

Be that as it may, you might be delighted to learn that the micro-blogging startup is raising its previous follow limit of 2,000 accounts per user to a total of 5,000 accounts.

Once you’ve followed 5,000 users on Twitter, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow based on your specific follower-to-following ratio.

This change goes into effect today, said the company. Read More


How to permanently delete your Facebook account

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2015

So you’ve grown sick and tired of Facebook and will be no longer using the service in the foreseeable future, eh? You’d be making a mistake assuming you could wipe your data and close the account by flipping a switch.

Facebook makes it fairly easy to temporarily deactivate your account, but the company’s surely gone to great lengths to make the account deletion process overly complicated, no doubt in an attempt to discourage users from leaving the service en masse.

But don’t your worry, iDownloadBlog has you covered, In this tutorial, we’re going to lay out how you can permanently delete your Facebook account and guide you step-by-step along the way. Read More


Did latest Facebook update fix battery drainage?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2015

After publicly acknowledging that it was aware of reports which slammed its mobile application over excessive battery drain, Facebook yesterday issued an update to its App Store app which has apparently fixed the long-standing issue.

Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant took to Facebook to detail the issue and what they’ve done to prevent the mobile app from eating up your iPhone’s battery. Read More


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


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


Twitter launches Moments for discovering trending stories and highlighting the best of Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2015

Twitter’s excellent iPhone, iPod touch and iPad mobile application was refreshed this morning with a long-expected feature that strives to make content discovery a lot easier with a brand new tab.

Called Moments, it was designed to highlight stories that are trending on the micro-blogging service right now and important ones you may have missed. This edition of Twitter also supports super-sized emoji in Direct Messages.

Twitter is a free download from the App Store. Read More


You soon won’t need a Google+ account to enjoy the best of Google

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

You can kiss your little-used Google+ account goodbye once and for all as the Internet giant today confirmed the disentangling of its failed social network from YouTube, Gmail and other services.

And in the future, there’ll even be an option to remove your public Google+ profile from your underlying Google Account, a tell-tale sign that the management has admitted defeat in the battle for supremacy in the social arena.

Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President of Sharing, said “it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use.” Read More


Facebook releases Moments for iPhone, a brand new private photo-sharing app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 15, 2015

Billed as a private way to share photos with friends and an easy way to get all the photos of yourself trapped on your friends’ phones, Moments for iPhone by Facebook is now available for download in the App Store.

Following a few futile attempts to unseat Snapchat in the ephemeral messaging space, Facebook gave up and went to the drawing board to conceive a different take on private sharing where images won’t disappear after being viewed.

Their new iPhone app lets you organize and sync multiple photos in private albums that can be shared directly on Facebook or Instagram, and sent via Messenger. Using facial recognition, Moments groups your photos based on who’s in them and when they were taken. Your friends can then contribute to the synced moment with their own photos. Read More


Tim Cook creates account on China’s popular microblogging service Weibo

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015

During his current visit to Beijing to announce new environmental initiatives, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has opened an account on Weibo, China’s popular micro-blogging platform resembling Twitter.

The company’s newly-announced environmental initiatives in China are the topic of Cook’s first post. “Hello China! Happy to be back in Beijing, announcing innovative new environmental programs,” his Weibo post reads.

The message is accompanied by a Chinese translation. Cook’s Weibo presence is verified and the account had nearly 400,000 followers at post time. Read More


Apple researching a new kind of social network for lifestyle-based groups

By Christian Zibreg on May 7, 2015

You know what would be really cool? Another social network, one built by Apple. No, I’m not referring to yet another Facebook clone nor am I ironically nodding at iTunes Ping.

An Apple patent application published Thursday by The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) envisions a new kind of social network for lifestyle-based social groups. It would be iOS-exclusive, in that it would tap into the wealth of app, device and sensor data in order to determine your interests and help connect you with like-minded people in the vicinity. Read More

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