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    Facebook is doing its best to make its proprietary social platforms bigger and better. Services like Facebook Messenger have grown significantly in popularity, but not at the same speed as services like Whatsapp, which Facebook also owns. Today Facebook has just launched a new service that betters the existing Whatsapp offerings, but not for everyone. Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in a very similar way to what we see with Apple's FaceTime or even Skype's video calling. The roll out happens today as an app update for iOS and for Android, and there's even a video explaining ...

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    Nokia's been finding itself in the news a surprising amount this month, thanks not only to word of its Alcatel-Lucent acquisition, but also rumors of the company's return to smartphones next year. But what got this Nokia train started was a report claiming that the company was looking to offload HERE Maps. At the time, we only heard a few general guesses about who might be interested in purchasing it, but this evening some new sources speak up about several companies Nokia is supposedly pursuing in the hopes of finding a buyer. That group includes big names like Apple, Amazon, and ...

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    What stock software on your Android smartphone do you end up replacing? The browser? Sure, there are plenty of good alternate options out there. The launcher? A bit more in the power-user camp, but sure – why not? Some of us even see fit to replace the dialers on our phones, and today we see the arrival of a new option for those who choose to do so, as Facebook releases Hello for Android. Hello's big selling points are the degree of control it gives you over screening calls. By connecting to your Facebook contacts it can not only identify callers, but remind you of relevant events going ...

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    A little later on today, Facebook is set to start streaming its presentation from the F8 dev conference, revealing some of the next big projects to come from the social media giant. While we could wait patiently to learn what's going to be announced, the cat may already be out of the bag, as users report receiving premature notifications from the conference's official app that name a few of the topics on today's agenda. Making reference to a hands-on demo area, this notice was presumably intended to go out immediately following today's announcements, but instead was inadvertently triggered ...

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    How do you send money to your smartphone-using friends? Go old-school with PayPal? Send it through Google Wallet? Are you a Venmo convert? There's no shortage of options out there, and today we're adding another to the mix. Last fall, evidence emerged that Facebook appeared to be developing a peer-to-peer payment system that would work through its Messenger app. Today the result of that project goes live, as Facebook announces just such a money transfer feature arriving for Messenger. As you'd expect, it's quite straightforward: during a conversation with a friend you need only tap a ...

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    As our phones get more powerful, wireless networks faster, and storage options more plentiful, it's very easy for a developer to let his or her app start getting “fat.” Optimizations become a less important distraction, leaving more time to deliver new features. Of course, not everyone's lucky enough to have high-end hardware on a speedy connection, and sometimes it can feel like apps are starting to get away from us, designed for use on phones that are just out of our reach. Facebook hasn't forgotten its users operating on more budget-focused devices, and has a new Android app just ...

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    Facebook hasn't been quite successful with its attempts to branch out into different services. So far the company has only found success in services it has acquired, like WhatsApp with 700 million users, and Instagram with 300 million users. The only in-house service that has found parallel success to Facebook is its Messenger service, which currently has 500 million active users, and to which the company is already planning major improvements. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products recently spoke at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. He detailed the ...

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    If you count yourself among the swarms of Facebook users, you may have taken advantage of the service's “Graph Search” on your PC, a semantic search engine that processes natural language queries and scrubs your friends' data for results. For instance, you might ask it to locate your friends in New York City who like both Star Wars and Star Trek, with the aim of putting together a guest list for a sci-fi party. Pretty useful, but so far desktop-only. Now Facebook is taking Graph Search and making it available on certain smartphones. Right now Graph Search is only coming to iOS – ...

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    With mobile devices and the services that power them, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Cheap or free products may look really attractive at first glance, but if you soon find yourself hitting a productivity wall, or simply driven crazy by incessant advertising, you may end up wishing you went with a premium option. Back in September, Apple's Tim Cook took a few jabs at companies like Facebook and Google in a message to Apple's users about privacy, writing, “when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” Mark Zuckerberg is now ...

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    One of the big selling points of Windows Phone 7 that was touted by Microsoft and Joe Belfiore when it was launched was that all of your personal content could be placed right there on the start screen. It wasn't just a launcher for apps, it was all of your stuff… all of your friends, your pictures, your music… all the real stuff you wanted right there on the start screen in whatever arrangement you wanted. That was a pretty great idea. Unfortunately, things have changed recently. Microsoft isn't really allowing us as much access to our content as before. You can no longer pin OneNote ...

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    First we had Facebook on our phones. Then there was Facebook Messenger, which – if we felt like it – we could use for instant communications with our friends. But eventually Facebook took that choice away and made the use of that second app mandatory if we wanted to keep sending and receiving messages. Today we see what looks to be the latest volley in this push towards a separate Facebook app for everything, with the introduction of Facebook Groups. As should be painfully obvious from its name, Facebook Groups is all about creating, discovering, and keeping up with your favorite ...

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    Facebook hasn't really succeed in many of the side projects it's launched over the last couple of years. If it wasn't for the existing success of its acquisitions like WhatsApp or Instagram, services like Facebook Paper, or even the defunct HTC First would give you the impression that Facebook can't launch anything aside from its own service. The company is trying something new today, and we'll admit this does drive some extra skepticism. Facebook "Rooms" is a new service that's made by Facebook, but doesn't really require you to be part of it. You don't need a Facebook account to be part ...

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    At this point, it's looking pretty likely that Apple will have iWatch news for us at its Tuesday event, regardless of whether or not the wearable is due for an immediate retail release (and things have been leaning towards “not”). Assuming that we do indeed get to this see new smartwatch, what software will be running on it? Not Apple code – that's obvious – but what of third-party support? After all, we critique these existing wearable platforms based on their app selections, so surely we'll be looking at Apple's in the same light, and so far there hasn't been a lot of talk about ...

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    Four months ago, we saw history being made as Play Store metrics revealed the first Android software package to be downloaded over one billion times: Google's Gmail app. While that was still a pretty notable milestone, Gmail being a Google app sort of took the air out of the news – of course a Google app, and such a core one to the Google ecosystem, would be at the front of the downloads race. But as we noted at the time, we were quite interested in seeing who would be next to follow Google across that billion-download line. This week, we've finally spotted a non-Google app pull in one ...

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    Last week the Internet exploded with people complaining about the security permissions required by the latest update to the Facebook Messenger app for Android. Now that some of the initial knee-jerk reaction has passed, is there anything you need to be worried about? And if so, how worried should you be? Let's dig into some background before we dive into that. Facebook is huge. It's been just more than a decade since being founded, employs more than 7,000 people, and has over 1.28 billion active users. Add to the fact that we recently learned that Facebook has been "experimenting with the ...

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    Facebook for Windows Phone will get a major update today, according to official word from Microsoft. If you're using a phone powered by Microsoft's mobile OS, and are an avid Facebook user, you should be on the lookout for an update which will bring a new, fresh look, as well as features which were previously available in the Beta version of the app. The performance of the app will also be improved in this new version, and users will be able to upload videos taken with the device directly to from the app. Additionally, if you're running Windows Phone 8.1, the new Facebook app will ...

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    Android Wear is still what many of us like, but not necessarily what all of us want. It's clear that we need more developers to embrace the platform, and some of us agree that we also need better watches to drool over. There is still much room for both Google and developers to take advantage of the platform, and as such we're seeing this come first from WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned company has just launched a new extension to allow you to interact with WhatsApp through your Android Wear smartwatch, and what makes this hot is that it allows you to voice replay to messages. If you think ...

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    Updated with high-quality audio and links to download and stream below! Enjoy! Round smartwatches, roundly terrifying TOS agreements, and roundtable smartphone discussion: 'round here, it doesn't take much more than that to get a mobile podcast together, and –assuming the Hangouts gods will it– we'll be proving it to you in less than four hours. On today's episode, we're returning to a new favorite in the segments list, plumbing the depths of the podcast inbox to let you know what phone you should buy. We'll also tell you who won last week's smartphone giveaway and surprise you with ...

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    Facebook has been notorious for doing some interesting and odd things lately in the attempt to retain social relevance in the market. The company's messenger app has been one of those particular services that has made a lot of sense. The company may not have gained any fame from its Facebook Home launcher, but the whole Chat Heads concept did prove to be famous, and now the company wants to continue pushing this forward. Facebook is now notifying both iOS and Android users that it will phase out messaging on its mobile application, and force everyone to use its messaging app. For those of ...

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    Last spring, Facebook and HTC asked the world the question “are you interested in a smartphone that puts Facebook front and center as the core of your user experience?” The answer from consumers was almost a resounding “no,” and the HTC First failed in spectacular fashion. Even the Facebook Home software that could be deployed on existing Android phones stagnated, and despite claims from Facebook that the project is still active, you wouldn't know it by the utter lack of public support. Is that it for Facebook's big smartphone ambitions? Will it resign itself to being just another ...

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    When you notice that the word "Bolt" has nothing to do with photo chatting, nor even voice chatting, you wonder what goes through the minds of the people that use this name for apps that do just that. Such is the case of Instagram and the possible Snapchat competitor that was discovered a couple of days ago, and the same goes to an already existing app for voice communications as well. Yes, you guessed right, Instagram might be facing some legal trouble. Instagram's Bolt app is rumored to be ready for a launch this week as the company silently invited beta testers through its existing ...

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    It's hard to understand why Facebook tends to ignore tablets in the way that it has, but it's been the case ever since the launch of its original iPad app. In that same fashion, we've seen other Facebook services like Facebook Paper, which make total sense on a tablet, but which are still exclusive to the iPhone. The good thing is that even though slow, services eventually get launched, and such is the case of Facebook Messenger. Facebook has just launched its stand-alone messaging app for the iPad, and the good thing is that all of its services made the final cut. Stickers may not be as ...

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    The past few weeks have seen a flurry of interest in alternate launchers for Android phones. Nokia surprised a lot of Android users with the pre-beta release of its Z launcher, and we just saw Yahoo's Aviate launcher leave beta and become widely available. Sure, custom launchers have long been an option for Android users, but it's only recently that we've seen them mature from more of an enthusiast pursuit to software focused on the casual smartphone user. That trend is due in no small part to Facebook's efforts last spring with Facebook Home, and the corresponding HTC First handset. While ...

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    The Slingshot Facebook app was launched last week, to take on Snapchat, but it was only available in the US. The new photo and video-sharing app enables users to share what's important with lots of people at once.  As per the description, you can "shoot a photo or video of what you’re up to and sling it to a bunch of friends". Starting today, the Slingshot Facebook app is available internationally. The offering is an alternative to Snapchat, another popular messaging application, with similar features. If you have an Android device or an iPhone, you can grab it from the source links ...

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    Last week we saw the arrival of a new mobile app from Facebook... sort of. The company's Slingshot app showed up in the Apple App Store for a few countries, but with no formal announcement. Hours later it was down, and Facebook issued a statement, explaining, “earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we're working on,” continuing, “it'll be ready soon and we're excited for you to try it out.” Well, it looks like Facebook wasn't kidding about that “soon” bit, and today we see the formal arrival of not only that iOS version of Slingshot, but an ...

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