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If you’ve been on Facebook for the last several days, you’ve been inundated with your friends’ Lookback videos. In honor of its 10th anniversary of existence, Facebook created a nifty little tool that automatically creates a one-minute video looking back on your life on Facebook. As we noted, some of what Lookback pulled in is spot-on, strumming the ‘ol heartstrings, while others items don’t really fit. Fortunately, you can now edit your Lookback video to more closely resemble the happy memories that you remember. All you have to do it visit the Lookback page and note the “Edit” button in the top right corner. Click Edit, and you’ll see Your First... Read more...
It’s too early to tell if Facebook Home is going to be a success or not; it’s only available on a few devices, and it’s only been out for a few days. However, Facebook Home is really designed as an aggressive product, aimed at securing hearts and minds in the mobile market (which should be a fascinating development to watch). Of course, it’s only available on Android devices so far. According to Bloomberg, though, Facebook is in talks with Apple and Microsoft to implement Home (or a version of Home) on iOS and Windows Phone devices. Facebook Home “It may or may not be Home. We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. That might be how it ends... Read more...
Twitter started as a social network. Now, it's both a communication tool and a news delivery service. But what will it evolve into? As the company strives to pick up revenues, the sky seems to be the limit. This week, Twitter acquired a unique company with a unique name: We Are Hunted. In a nutshell, We Are Hunted was a music discovery engine, and we use the term "was" because We Are Hunted is shutting things down immediately in order to work with its new overlord. The team intends to continue creating new products in the music arena, but they'll be channeled via Twitter -- in other words, you can't just use We Are Hunted's services without also using Twitter. In recent months, Twitter has also... Read more...
Hobbit game publisher Kabam announced that it secured investments from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM). Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it should be noted that Warner Bros. owns the rights to the upcoming trilogy of Hobbit films. "Partnering with Warner Bros. and MGM is a natural fit for Kabam as we create new story lines and extensions of Hollywood studios’ intellectual properties for millions of gamers worldwide," said Kabam co-founder and CEO Kevin Chou. "Either Kevin Tsujihara or Gary Barber would be a tremendous addition to any growing entertainment company’s board. To have both is a boon to Kabam." Kabam recently released The Hobbit,... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Google adding birthday reminders to Google+, Bing has announced another feature you didn’t know you can’t live without: Bing can now help you quickly find photos of your Facebook friends. Because you know, when you’re kicking around Facebook, speed is everything. All kidding aside, Friends’ Photos Beta looks like a pretty slick tool, and one that may come in handy if you’re trying to hunt down a particular photo from your friends’ many albums. Log into Facebook from Bing’s Friends’ Photos page, and you’re ready to search. A Friends’ Photos Beta table also appears at the top of the Bing search bar. Once in... Read more...
At long last, Facebook has finally unveiled a new mobile ad platform for app developers to grow their business and "reach and re-engage their users," the social networking site announced on its developers page. For the time being, only a select set of beta partners have access to the mobile ad network while Facebook works out the kinks. "Facebook has increasingly become a way for iOS and Android developers to grow their apps. In the past 30 days, we have sent people to the Apple App Store and Google Play 146 million times, via clicks from channels such as news feed, timeline, bookmarks and App Center," Facebook said. "Mobile ads are an additional way to drive people to apps. When a person clicks... Read more...
Now this is an interesting twist on things. Digital downloads have been on the rise in recent years, that's for sure. But streaming has been reserved mostly for set-top boxes and Web Browsers. Starting this week, Warner Bros. will begin to offer movies through Facebook. Facebook feels like a pretty random place to hawk movies, but then again, the site has hundreds of millions of users, so it's a pretty wide platform to advertise on. For now, the studio is just testing out select movie rental / purchases through Facebook movie pages, and users will be able to use Facebook Credits to easily buy or rent a title, all while staying connected to Facebook. The first major film available through Facebook... Read more...
New features? Yes, please! One of our favorite things is receiving a firmware update that adds new features to a product that we already own, and that's what is happening to Western Digital's WD TV Live and Live Plus units. These media streamers have just picked up some much-needed functionality, with Facebook being a highlight addition. After an update is installed, users can browse walls and stream Facebook images, all while updating their own status. Furthermore, users will now be able to to instantly rent or purchase the newest movie releases the same day they become available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc through the Blockbuster On Demand service. Deezer, Flingo and AccuWeather are also new additions,... Read more...
Oh, Facebook. You bring us so much joy, and you help us to waste so much valuable time. But you're useful in so many ways, and you keep us connected (at arm's reach, anyway) with a vast array of high school sweethearts that we'd otherwise never even bother to look for. But can you be more than that?It's obvious that its creators think so, with the recent acquisition of FriendFeed and the testing of a Facebook Lite. But even still, is that the limit? Is there a limit? With Twitter and Facebook emerging as two potent social utilities that may actually have a future beyond their first 15 minutes of fame, one has to wonder if Facebook won't be transformed into a destination for knowledge rather than... Read more...
I have been intrigued by all things electronic since a very young age. Even before I started grade school, I can remember taking apart my brothers' AFX cars to see how they worked, and modding the electrical contacts on the underside of the cars, in the trigger throttles, and on the track to make the cars go faster. I would pull apart transistor radios, walkie-talkies, old calculators, you name it. I found it interesting and fun, and still do today, although now I'm ripping apart notebooks, netbooks, graphics cards and the like. Few things got put back together properly back then, but over time I got more adept at understanding the inner-workings of many electronic devices. Soon I was... Read more...
Well, although there's likely a security hole there somewhere, the WSJ Online has accepted Facebook's friend request with the "Seen This?" feature.Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories are popular among that user's Facebook friends. The feature, which goes live early Wednesday morning, is called "SeenThis?" and is powered by a company called Loomia Inc. Financial terms weren't disclosed.This is the WSJ's Online second foray into friendship.  Remember they teamed with Digg earlier?... Read more...
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