Facebook Introduces Nearby Friends Feature, Rollout in “Coming Weeks”

In a move that is sure to ruin Hide and Seek games across the world, Facebook today has announced a new feature coming soon called Nearby Friends. This opt-in feature will allow you to share your location only with your selected friends, meaning that if you ever happen into the same restaurant or mall, your phones will automatically let you know.  (more…)

Want to Run Facebook’s New Android App UI? Follow These Simple Steps

Over the past couple of months, Facebook has been experimenting with a new UI for its official Android application. Members of the Beta testing group, as well as the Alpha testing group have seen it come and go, while others in the group have never been able to use it, thanks to the UI being completely controlled by Facebook’s servers.

While that still might be the case, it looks like anyone running Version 9.0 and up of the application should be seeing the new UI. In order to get Version 9.0, you will need to become an Alpha tester for Facebook. Luckily for Android users everywhere, this is very simple.

Follow the steps below to run the new Facebook Android app user interface.  (more…)

Facebook Changes Stance on What to do With Profile After You Die

If it wasn’t obvious, when a person dies, many things are left behind. These things could usually consist of family, friends, and sometimes, a Facebook account. The way Facebook has handled the death of a member is to restrict visibility to the deceased member’s profile to only those that were already friends of the person. This way, only the people that truly mattered would be able to relive the person’s status updates and pictures they uploaded.  (more…)

Facebook to Acquire WhatsApp for $16 Billion

Facebook announced this afternoon that it has reached agreement to acquire WhatsApp, the incredibly popular multi-platform mobile messaging service. Oh, you want to know how much the deal is for? How does $16 billion sound? The breakdown makes that $4 billion in cash plus approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares.

According to the press release, WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and “retain its brand,” while the move will help to accelerate “Facebook’s ability to bring connectivity and utility to the world.”

For those new to WhatsApp, understand that the messaging platform has over 450 million users each month with 70% active on any given day, which also means they are “approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume.” The numbers are impressive for sure, but are they $16 billion impressive? Facebook certainly thinks so.

And that’s that. We’ll jump on the conference all at 3PM Pacific and update should there be other news. (more…)

Video Tour: Facebook Paper Actually Looks Great, Will It Come to Android?

Does anyone remember Rockmelt’s Android application? It was easily one of my favorite apps of 2013. You see, Rockmelt was great at bringing you random-yet-precise topics of your choosing without asking you to do much work. For me, I used it to unplug from the world of tech and find current off-the-wall stories on sports, celeb gossip, food, travel, and lifestyle when I was lounging on my couch in the evenings.Unfortunately for me, the app only lasted all of two short months thanks to an acquisition by Yahoo. Since Yahoo shut it down, I have been hunting for an app that can bring me a similar reading experience without much fuss. I think I may have found it in Facebook’s Paper, except they forgot to release it on my platform of choice(more…)

Facebook Announces “Paper” as a New Way to Consume Its Content, Forgets Android Exists

Facebook is about to release a barrage of stand-alone apps for its services to get you to pick and choose which you’d like to use. Facebook as an ecosystem is potentially too large to bring all of it into one app, so Zuckerberg and the crew will lean (not the Bieber kind) it out and create individual app experiences. The first is called Paper. Yes, you heard about this one a couple of weeks ago.

With Paper, Facebook is trying to get you to use Facebook as a news source or aggregator. Paper introduces a full-screen, immersive experience that is distraction free, leaving you with only the content in front of your eyes. Your Timeline is one section, with beautiful new image, video, and long-form post layouts. But you will also see sections for specific types of news that you’d like to follow from sports to politics to photography. There are stories from mainstream media along with content from “emerging voices.”  (more…)