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Facebook Apologizes for Study

Posted in Social Media by Tam Yue on July 3rd, 2014

Facebook ExperimentA study that was recently conducted targeting the emotions of Facebook users has caused some backlash.

The study done by Facebook and researchers at UC San Deigo and Yale was conducted through Facebook back in Jan of 2012. The researchers changed the algorithms on over 700,000 users news feeds to see if positive and negative posts could actually changed the emotions of the readers.

What was done basically proved that when everyone in your news feed is happy, it makes you happy. And when everyone in your news feed is sad, it makes you sad. Shocker.

What is not cool about it is that they did it without the users knowledge. People are extremely upset about it, and rightly so. This is like basically having an appointment with a psychologist without your knowledge. But Facebook and the authors of the study are claiming it “was …

WhatsApp Services Plans to Add Voice

Posted in Mobile Apps,News by Darrin Olson on February 24th, 2014

WhatsApp to Add VoiceNot even a week has gone buy since Facebook announced the acquisition of WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion and they have already announced plans to add voice calls to the already popular WhatsApp service. Jan Koum, founder of WhatsApp, however has assured the media that no additional changes such as Facebook advertising is planned for the application, which was an immediate concern for many already using the WhatsApp service.

WhatsApp has been much more popular in Europe and other emerging economies and only just recently has been catching on more in the U.S. To put in perspective for those in the U.S., WhatsApp already has about twice is many users as Twitter at 465 million over a month, and costs users $1 after a free year trial.

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Facebook Having Issues with Status Updates

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on October 21st, 2013

Facebook LikeMonday morning it appears Facebook is having a relatively widespread issue with status updates. If you ran into it this morning, apparently you are not the only one. Reports across the country have been posted online stating the issue. We encountered a message this morning when trying to update a status and received the message: “There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.” Others have reported the updates with no error message, but the updates ultimately do not happen.

No message from Facebook officials as of yet as to when it will be resolved or how widespread the problem is.

Netflix integration with Facebook not happening in the U.S.

Posted in Netflix by Reuben Drake on July 26th, 2011

Netflix announced that it is integrating with Facebook, which will allow subscribers to share what they watch through the streaming service on the social network.

This integration is coming for users in Latin America and Canada, but not for those in the U.S. That’s because of the the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that forbids the disclosure of people’s video rental information. Companies that violate the law are liable up to $2,500 for each infraction.

Facebook glitch exposes private videos

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on July 25th, 2011

If you have any private videos on Facebook, you better pay attention. TechCrunch first got wind of this problem and it could be embarrassing for some of you with sensitive videos. The glitch apparently has to do with restricted-access settings for videos posted to Facebook and shared with supposedly designated friends.

The titles, thumbnails, and descriptions for videos were mistakenly visible to all of a user’s friends, regardless of which had been granted access to the clips. And a list of people tagged in each clip was visible as well.

Code reveals Facebook working on a music service named Vibes

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2011

This is interesting. The Skype install code points toward a music application called Vibes. This piece of code all but confirms it. Facebook will be launching a new application called Vibes. As in good vibes. It connects with a music download dialog in the page, apparently.

This news coincides with Spotify’s announcement that it is launching in the US. And a Spotify-Facebook partnership has been rumored. The “Vibes” name makes sense too: The Skype deal was called “Peeps”. I think we can safely expect a launch by the end of summer. This will be interesting to watch.

HTC ChaCha Facebook Phone Headed To AT&T As HTC Status

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2011

Back in February we heard that HTC’s Facebook phones would be headed to AT&T, and now it looks like the HTC ChaCha is going to do just that in the next few weeks and it will now be called the HTC Status. It could go on sale within the next week, or within the next two to three weeks. It’s almost here.

The HTC ChaCha or HTC Status now, features Android Gingerbread with HTC’s Sense UI, plus a 2.6 inch touch screen display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, a full QWERTY keyboard, 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM, plus a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, digital compass, G-sensor, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

Sony Ericsson Xperia active

Posted in Sony Ericsson by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2011

In addition to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, the company has also announced the Xperia Active, which has a lot going for it. This Android phone has a rugged design, a 3″ scratch resistant Reality Display and even supports wet finger tracking, which we all can appreciate.

It is also dust proof and water resistant. Other features include a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, GPS, barometer, compass, ANT+ wireless networking technology to monitor your heart rate and pulse, and Facebook integration.

Pac Man and Pac Man S released for Facebook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2011

Pac Man has been and continues to be one of the most popular arcade games ever. It never gets old. I don’t know how many quarters I fed into that machine when I was younger and I can still go back and play it now and again.

Now Pac Man is headed to Facebook thanks to Namco Bandai Games Europe. You will be able to play the regular version of Pac-Man and Pac-Man S, a version of the game with social functions built in. Get playing and chomp some ghosts.

Facebook closing in on 700 million users

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2011

Well, we knew that Facebook was massively popular of course, but according to Facebook stat tracker Socialbreaker, the social network is quickly approaching 700,000,000 users worldwide. Emerging markets are showing the most growth with a large lead.

Brazil grew by 11.4% in May of this year alone and added nearly 2 million users. Indonesia added 1.5 million users, the Philippines added 1.3 million and Mexico and Argentina closed out the top-5, adding 1.1 million users each.

Yahoo Email Now Has Facebook Updates

Posted in Yahoo by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2011

Yahoo has updated their email with the ability to tweet and post Facebook status updates. Now you can do it all from your email, well not all, but more. Should be convenient for Twitter and Facebook addicts. There’s also a new 100 MB attachment limit, which is pretty nice.

Good move by Yahoo. I would have expected Gmail to do this first. It’s not a feature I care about much but some will really love this.

Microsoft Bing: Now With Facebook Integration

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2011

Facebook. It’s everywhere. You can’t escape it. That’s great if you are a fan, and not so great if you hate the social network site. And now Microsoft has announced that it will be integrating Facebook into its search results, and into their search algorithm, which will change the way that Bing search results are created.

Search results will now show you personalized results, with results that your friends have liked. This includes news stories and other items. It will also show faces of your Facebook friends, with up to three displayed next to a search result. So now you will never be far away from your friends, even when searching.

Symantec Warns of Facebook Security Flaw

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2011

As if Facebook doesn’t have enough vulnerabilities, Symantec researchers are now saying that an old Facebook bug may have provided access to millions of user’s photos, profiles and other personal data. Researchers estimate that this flaw has affected hundreds of thousands of applications, exposed user access tokens to advertisers and others.

So what is the fix? It’s as simple as changing your password. So you might want to do that right away just to be safe.

HTC Facebook phones, ChaCha and Salsa, available for Amazon pre-order

Posted in HTC by Reuben Drake on May 9th, 2011

So you’ve been waiting for a phone with a dedicated Facebook button. Drooling in fact. Well, Amazon UK is ready to take pre-orders for the Salsa and ChaCha handsets with a June 26th delivery. The ChaCha boasts a portrait QWERTY keyboard and a 2.6-inch touchscreen.

The Salsa packs in a 3.4 inches does without the keys. Both also have 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processors and 512MB of RAM, and Android with the Sense overlay. It is £250 ($409) for the ChaCha and £320 ($524) for the Salsa.

Facebook and Video Chat Apps Coming to BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on May 2nd, 2011

Playbook users have some new toys to play with. Rim has officially announced that a dedicated Facebook app for the BlackBerry Playbook is on the way. The app has been optimized for the PlayBook’s 7″ display and will let users view and add friends using the grid view of profile pictures. You can also view profiles with photos and videos, Facebook chat, view and interact with the news feeds, and of course tell the world about your Likes and Comments.

You can also upload photos directly from the PlayBook to Facebook. Book to Book as it were. It sounds like one of the best Facebook app choices available yet. BlackBerry has also announced a Video Chat for the BlackBerry Playbook app, with support for One-Click Video and Voice over WiFi Calls, Incoming Call Notifications, a picture in picture function and a friends list. Both apps will be available tomorrow May 3rd as an over-the-air update. They sound great.