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    Almost every mobile platform today comes pre-packaged with some sort of app store. For Android that's Google's Play Store, Windows Phone and iOS both have their own app stores, too. All of these marketplaces allow you to browse, search, find, and download apps for your mobile device. They each also let you update the apps that you've already installed on your device, whenever an update is published. Facebook recently started updating their app -- from within their app. If that sounds strange to you, it is. The usual manner of updating would be by pushing a new version of the .apk to the ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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    A couple days back, we learned of the release of Facebook 6.0 for iOS, bringing Apple users the new Chat Heads feature which debuted with Facebook Home for Android. The Android implementation was especially cool because the Heads would follow you from app to app, letting you continue conversations as you continued to use your phone, outside of any Facebook apps. On iOS, however, the Chat Heads are confined to the Facebook app itself. Not content to let this injustice stand, at least one iOS developer has been hacking away at the new Facebook app, determined to bring iOS users (or at least ...

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    This past Friday, Facebook pushed out the new Facebook Home application to a select few Samsung and HTC Android devices. The HTC First officially launched, and the Facebook Messenger application was also updated. In all of this, the public finally got their hands on easily the best service – period – that Facebook has managed to produce. Chat Heads. To be fair, Chat Heads is not the first free-floating application on Android. In fact, it's not even the first free-floating messenger for Android. Last year, I wrote a piece about an application for Android called LilyPad HD, a floating ...

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    Yesterday saw the release of Facebook 6.0 for iOS devices, introducing the Chat Heads feature previously launched with the Android release of Facebook Home and the latest Facebook Messenger. The iOS implementation doesn't sound quite so compelling as the Android Chat Heads, but it's still something we know a lot of you are interested in checking out. While Facebook said that the feature would slowly be rolled-out to users over the next couple weeks, there's a way to jump to the head of the line and start using Chat Heads today. First, you'll need a way to access your iOS device's file ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about LG's press invites for an event on May 1st, and what we expect to be released. Then we talk about the iPhone 5S and its possible 12-megapixel camera and HDR video recording capabilities. Facebook is next as chat heads reach iOS on the iPhone and iPad, even though they aren't as great as on Android. We later talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 pre-orders and where to begin. We end today's show talking about how the government of Taiwan is now investigating Samsung over their assumed practices to stir attention away from the HTC One. All this and ...

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    Facebook's Chat Heads have emerged as one of the most interesting aspects of Facebook Home, and when we saw them hit the recent Android update to Facebook Messenger, it became clear that these were going to be a much larger component of Facebook's chat experience than a mere component of Facebook Home. Today, Facebook 6.0 arrives for the iPhone an iPad, and along with a new look for its News Feed, the app brings those same Chat Heads to iOS – sort of. While the basic idea behind Chat Heads – little icons that let you jump from conversation to conversation with your friends – makes ...

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    When Facebook came out with their Facebook Home announcement, I was intrigued. I am a pretty active Facebook user, so I figured this was an update/app/whatever I could get behind. Since then, we've waxed poetic about Facebook Home on many occasions. We've even demonstrated how to install in on non-approved devices worldwide. Now, I've had some quality snuggle time with Facebook Home on my Galaxy S III. I installed in on Friday, just before the Pocketnow Live and used it up to, and including the time I'm writing this. And then I planned to remove it and never look back. Facebook Home brings ...

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    Facebook Home has been released yesterday and initial reactions are mixed, depending on how you use your phone, how social you are, and how interesting the content your friends are posting. Regardless of what you hear online, this is as subjective as it gets, so we strongly encourage you to try it out yourself before making a judgement and drawing a conclusion. Sadly, Facebook Home is limited to both some regions and some devices. We'll show you how to make it work in any region, regardless of where you are located, and on any device (hopefully). We got it working on a Google Nexus 7 and a ...

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    A couple hours back, we told you about the Chat Heads from Facebook Home showing up in the new update for Facebook Messenger for Android. That was a pretty nice feature to see arrive in this manner, but as we poked around the Play Store getting the details on the update, we couldn't help but notice that Facebook Home itself was still nowhere to be found – despite this being April 12, the date when the app was to become available for installation on a select handful of existing Android phones. Well, it turns out all we needed was a little patience, and now Facebook Home has finally ...

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    I've been using Facebook's new Chat Heads feature on my HTC One for a grand total of two hours. In that time, I've become convinced that the concept behind it is bigger than Facebook Home, Facebook Messenger, and could become bigger than even Facebook itself - at least insofar as it relates to smartphone UI design. The quick rundown for those not yet indoctrinated into the new club of bubble-tappers: Chat Heads are floating overlays on your smartphone's home screen. They're circular icons containing avatars of friends you're currently talking to via Facebook Messenger, and they can be ...

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    Facebook Home arrives today (for those of you with supported devices), but even if you've got other hardware, or maybe just aren't ready to take the leap to that fully immersive Facebook experience, one of the software's main features is coming to another Facebook product; a new update out today for Facebook Messenger brings Chat Heads to the Android app. Just like with Facebook Home, the Chat Heads in Messenger will show your friends' pictures in little movable circles, which can follow you around your Android phone. That means that you'll be able to keep on talking with friends as you ...

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    Stuff comes up, folks. Sometimes you've got a pressing appointment in Romania, or a meeting scheduled in Media, PA. Sometimes you're at the day job, other times you're off the grid somewhere in the country. Other times you're buying a car. These things happen. Fortunately for us, these things don't usually happen all at once, which means the Pocketnow Weekly podcast usually features more than two people on the air. But today, listeners, Lady Luck was not with us. Today, Sam the Scheduler was out sick, because every member of the Pocketnow team was otherwise engaged when it came time to ...

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    Last week, when Facebook announced Facebook Home, they went out of their way to address two rumors that have been floating in the Facebook soup for some years now: Facebook is going to make a phone. Facebook is going to make a fork of Android Instead, they basically created their own skin of Android, running on top of whatever flavor of Android happens to be running on your GSIV, One, or what-have-you. Mark Zuckerberg’s reasoning for this was as follows: We want to bring this experience of having a home, of always knowing what's going on around you, right to your phone. And we want to ...

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    Facebook bored shocked the world by announcing their new app experience for Android phones last week. Speculation abounded that Facebook would announce a new phone, a fork of Android's operating system (think Amazon Kindle, but with a "like" button) or less impressively, an updated app. What we got was a little bit of all three. Putting aside the HTC First, which is by the way what most customers should do, Facebook made a pretty ambitious announcement. Instead of an Android fork, and instead of an updated Facebook app, we got something that lies in the middle. Facebook Home is a new Lock ...

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