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    Samsung's sprawling ecosystem, Tizen, has had plenty of support from the company. How and why it continues to do so as its smartphone shipments are stagnating, we don't know. But the small platform has had a hero phone to coalesce around, the Samsung Z3. As it pushes into more markets, the hope is that the chaebol can corral all the money it can from mobile instead of a fair portion of the money it makes from Android. Part of the problem operating a mobile operating platform that few people are using? Little ecosystem. Sure, the web is all right there for people to use, but sometimes an ...

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    Facebook's been making some significant changes to its mobile app offerings in recent weeks, both in terms of new stuff like Notify, and changes to existing apps like the arrival of support for a new profile interface. There's plenty more where all that came from, and today Facebook announces its latest tweak to its mobile apps as it debuts a new look for notifications on both Android and iOS. Basically, you're about to start seeing a whole lot more content in Facebook notifications. Beyond the usual stuff like status updates, the app will now flesh out its notifications with news about ...

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    Nothing scary here if you already know how your privacy settings look like on Facebook right now. But in the midst of developments from Notify to new profile pages, it's important that when developments like these come up that vaguely have to do with your privacy that those things get clarified. After all, we already have enough to worry about in this world. Facebook's new "Search FYI" has beefed up algorithms that recognize what you're looking for and suggests tangential topics in your results. This will come through more timely results following current events around the world. Public ...

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    Surely iPhones aren't at all famous for battery life, but ever since the launch of iOS 9, complaints seem to be on a rise. At first many believed that this was just the normal thing with iPhones, but obviously you can't ignore the fact that the amount of third party apps in the background could take a toll. As it turns out it seems that a few iOS 9 updates ended up being more problematic than expected and today we learn of one of them. Facebook's iOS 9 update seems to be rather problematic with battery life, not just because there are bugs that drain the battery, but because it's really ...

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    If it seems like we've been in a constant state of Facebook flux, well, we have. From downtime to updated profile pages, Facebook M to Paper and a whole bunch of other talk, the company means business in conducting business with advertisers and content providers (which have their own advertisers to worry about). Now, two feature charges that will serve both of Facebook's clientele. Charge number one is a dedicated Shopping feed, beside your News Feed, Groups, Pages, etc. that will be implemented. Facebook and its retail partners can then muscle in the platform's ever-developing in-app ...

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    Apple's 3D touch is definitely one of the newer things that iPhones can do, even if most of us still debate its importance. Surely it's better than just long-pressing the display on Android to a certain degree, but it's not really something we'd consider groundbreaking. What we do like is that it's brought a bevy of shortcuts to iOS apps, so long as these support the service, and even that continues to grow. Facebook has just decided to join the 3D Touch crowd today with an update to its app on iOS. As with the rest of the apps that support Apple's new user interface feature, the Facebook ...

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    It’s been over two years since we called a time of death on the unfortunately named HTC First, colloquially known as the “Facebook Phone”, and the Second is still nowhere in sight. The reasons are profuse and pretty obvious, and whether you hold Facebook, HTC or even AT&T primarily responsible for the social network-centric 4.3-inch handheld’s misstep, there’s no question its failure will haunt all forces involved for many years to come. But they say time heals all wounds, and with an increasing chunk of Mark Zuckerberg’s colossal profits generated by mobile ads, you’d ...

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    The smartwatch app ecosystem is currently in an uncertain stage. How much functionality you can get off of a screen with a diameter of less than two inches can be seen as a challenge to pursue or a limitation to work around. If you have the YouTube app for Android Wear, you know which train of thought you're on. But now, if your milieu puts you in need of Facebook Messenger while your phone's out of reach, don't worry. If you have an Apple Watch with watchOS 2, Messenger's now on it. And you have a vast suite of reply mediums to use while occupied with your wrist: you can send voice clips, ...

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    Simply liking social media content is so 2014. The same goes for retweeting, favoriting, sharing, giving +1 votes, or however else kids these days interact with one another online. The future revolves around rapidly expressing a much wider range of emotions, or “reacting” to Facebook posts. That’s right, the oft-rumored, controversial, and greatly misunderstood “unlike” feature is still on its way, but it’ll allow you to convey a lot more than just a thumbs down. In addition to the traditional “like” button, FB should soon adopt emoticons for sending love, indicating ...

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    Facebook's been great at pumping out features its been incubating. But for the most part, services from Facebook M to its breaking news app haven't been what users were asking for. The company decided only recently to pull its head from the ground and give people the "Dislike" button they have been asking for (prefaced with some imaging spin). The .gification of the internet likely reached its peak with Facebook now showing them off. Now, it's taking cues from other social networks to redesign the mobile profile page. The most visceral change comes in the form of not a profile ...

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    Since what might as well be time immemorial, Facebook has asked its users to “like” content. The like button's almost become synonymous with the social network itself, and everyone from businesses to aspiring artists endeavor to see just how many likes their posts can generate. But for all this time, users have only had the option to like content – there hasn't been a corresponding dislike button. Against all odds, that's finally set to change, and today Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg reveals that not only is a a dislike button coming, but that it could go into testing quite ...

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    Even though we've been using voice commands for over a decade, it's not until Apple launched Siri that things began to take shape to what we see today. Today we've seen major improvements to Siri, Google Now and Cortana, but these services are still not good enough to be widely used. We heard that Facebook's "Moneypenny" project planned to add some human touch to this problem, and today we learn about it. Today the company has announced "Facebook M," the company's new Messenger-based digital assistant. The service will initially be limited to a certain amount of users in the Bay Area, but ...

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    In the constantly evolving field of social networking, feature creep is a fact of life. You give your users new image-sharing tools, and six months later your biggest competitor is doing the same thing. Then they add video support, and you scramble to implement your own. Or a dialer. Or mobile payments. And while we certainly see success from firms that do one thing, and do it really well, there's huge pressure on the larger players in the field to do offer users every last feature they can. Inevitably, that leads to claims of one mimicking the other's functionality, and that's basically ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    It seems the space race of tech giants has been to create a virtual assistant of their own. Apple started it off with Siri, Google followed up without much hesitation with Google Now, Microsoft then released Cortana... and now it seems like Facebook is about to get into the game (oh, and let's not forget SoundHound's Hound app – which we found to be pretty useful in our testing). According to a report out of The Information today, a virtual assistant codenamed Facebook Moneypenny right now could be making its way to the company's hugely popular Messenger communication application. A ...

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    If you're tired of the recent trend of viral posts full of the top 10 celebrities who did this or that, you're not alone. Facebook has spent years assuming that its algorithm is smart enough to detect what what users want to see first, and let's face it, we know there's ad-based content on that calculation as well. Facebook has just realized that this alone is enough of a problem to get people to leave the service, and things are changing today. Facebook is currently pushing an update to its iOS application, and the idea is to give you different ways to manually select the news feed you ...

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    The evolution of Instagram over the years has seen the photo-sharing service come to new platforms, pick up video support, and all the while apply filter after filter to millions upon millions of photos. And so far, all those photos that have passed through Instagram have shared some things in common: they're all cropped to a square aspect ratio, and all sized to 640 x 640 pixels. While that resolution may have been sufficient for Instagram's purposes, it was hardly taking full advantage of the high-res screens in our lives that are just aching to display some higher quality imagery, not ...

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    Facebook Messenger is much more than a convenient way to get in touch with your friends while you're busy wasting time on Facebook, and has evolved into an important communication tool in its own right. We've known that Facebook has grand plans for the service, and have already seen some big improvements this year, like the arrival of mobile payments and video calls. The next major change for Messenger concerns how users access the service, giving them the ability to sign up without the need for a full Facebook account. Starting in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela, users can register ...

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    Facebook's got a new app out this week. Called Moments, the software for both iOS and Android streamlines how you share pictures with friends. It does this by going through an album of images, employing facial recognition technology to identify your friends, and suggesting you share your shots with the subjects pictured in them. It's pretty straightforward, and right now the app's available to users in the US, with plans for international expansion to follow. But it turns out that won't include availability in Europe, as Facebook cites issues with privacy concerns. Regulators have informed ...

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    Windows Phone Facebook integration was one of the main selling points of the platform (phones running the Microsoft mobile OS), and the feature was also available on Windows, as well as several other offerings from Microsoft. According to a recently published support document, Windows Phone Facebook integration (as well as other Facebook connect features) will no longer be available. "Facebook has made an update to their Graph API that will impact Microsoft apps and services. Facebook’s Graph API is the tool that we use to connect your Microsoft account to Facebook. It brings contact ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers have been making it easier than ever for people to stay connected; even for those of us who can't afford a full-fledged computer, or for whom such a thing would be impractical, they can offer a cost-effective solution. That's just one reason why smartphone growth has been so huge in the developing world. But while access to this level of technology may be improving, the hardware and software are just part of the equation, and even the most affordable phone isn't much use without access to data services. Despite the rise of high-speed 4G, in many areas of the world ...

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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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