iOS users in the U.S. have been enjoying Facebook’s VoIP service for quite some time now. When you think about it, it’s actually kind of unfair for others who use a different platform like Android. But you know what? Those days are finally over!
Yesterday, Facebook launched their free VoIP calling service to Android devices! Hurray! Android phone and tablet owners would have the great benefit of connecting with their friends and loved ones easily as long as there’s 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity. They can get this feature through Facebook Home or Facebook Messenger app. They can say goodbye to the hassles of typing in chat.
Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook team are celebrating a milestone today. He announced a few hours ago that Facebook has reached 1 billion users! Zuckerberg himself made an announcement about this latest achievement on Facebook. So if you are subscribed to him you probably read his update.
Digg used to be one of the most popular social news sites for sharing the top news about almost everything on the web. Digg has spent seven years on top of the game but now it’s over. The site’s performance is not so good anymore that it has been sold to New York tech development firm Betaworks for merely $500,000. This is surprising considering Digg used to be valued around $160 million. In addition, Digg’s backers had spent a total of $45 million on the site during its entire existence.
Got a LinkedIn account? Yours could one of the 6.5 million accounts compromised during the recent security breach in the social network. Passwords from the said number of accounts have been posted on the internet!
The network confirmed the breach on Wednesday and is urging users to change their passwords as soon as they can, especially if they use the same password on other sites.
E-reader and e-book seller Kobo has just become more competitive with the launch of its publishing platform “Writing Life.” This new offering is like a challenge to similar services available in Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But of course Kobo ensured their “Writing Life” has more appealing features for independent writers and publishers.
Lots of users still haven’t gotten over Timeline that Facebook implemented recently. And now it seems more change loom ahead in terms of the social networking site’s design. But according to reports, the new design, if implemented, will only bring subtle changes.
Talking Points Memo was among the first to see the new design and according to its own Carl Franzen, the changes are only limited to the features near the cover photo.
Twitter is improving its services by furnishing users with a weekly email digest. This email digest basically contains the summary of top stories and tweets from the persons they are following. Well, this would definitely be useful for keeping track in case some missed important updates.
This weekly email digest was just announced in the company’s blog on Monday but it’s already rolling out to some Twitter users.
In order to lessen operation costs and boost profit, AOL decided to axe its AOL Instant Messenger Division. However, this move must not be mistaken for the total purge of the popular AOL Instant Messenger or AIM platform. The company will continue to support and develop the said platform but only with fewer people behind it.
The 40 people directly in charge of AIM has been let go already. AIM head Jason Shellan is leaving company as well. And according to reports this is just the first batch. More cuts will be made in the following days. Layoffs are expected to hit more than 100 employees.
Mashable is one of the most popular news and blog site today that caters to a younger and tech-savvy audience. And this could be the reason why news company CNN is taking an interest in it. CNN is said to be targeting a younger spectrum of audience and so, acquiring Mashable could be the means to that end.
However, there are different versions of the story. Some say the purchase plan is true while others say it isn’t. Rumors started on Sunday at the when a blogger from Reuters by the name of Felix Salmon reported that CNN is getting ready to buy Mashable for an eye-watering $200 million! After Salmon’s report, the New York Times also made a similar report. Both these reports cited anonymous sources.
Twitter recently announced that it is now also available in four more languages including Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu. You’ll notice that all these are some of the languages used in North Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. These new additions make Twitter available in a total of 28 languages around the globe!
Making Twitter available in right-to-left languages, the way it is in the aforementioned regions, was by no means an easy task! Twitter’s engineering team also had to create a set of special tools to accommodate the right-to-left and left-to-right content at the same time.
Searching for places in the world has just been made more interesting with the new app called Pinwheel! Created by Caterina Fake, Pinwheel is a very promising service that I’m sure a lot of people who have the travel bug would love. It is full of great features that are not only meant to inform but also to provide fun for all users!
With Pinwheel users can make notes about a place and pin in to that location. These notes can be made public, private, or shared. But whichever way it is, those notes can serve as information guide for other users. Aside from that, Pinwheel can also be fun as users can also include jokes, diatribes, stories, advertisements, love letters, and even manifestos!
BBC has announced that a new version of its BBC News App is now available for download for large tablet devices! As all of you know, the current version of this app is only compatible with Android smartphones and 7.1-inch tablets.
The news company was inspired to make this new version because of the amazing response that the smartphone version received since it launched last year. According to the BBC official blog, the BBC News App for smartphone has been downloaded more than three million times since its launch!
Twitter is the place where people can post anything they like without fear of censorship. The only way for Twitter to remove any offending tweet is to remove them globally. But now that’s about to change! The microblogging service will be implementing a kind of censorship where they can “reactively withhold content from users in a specific country ─ while keeping it available in the rest of the world.”
If a certain tweet is illegal in a certain country, it will be blocked there but the rest of the world can see it. Users don’t have to worry because they will be notified and any withheld content will be clearly marked in the user’s page.
When Facebook’s Timeline notification appeared on my Wall Back in December 2011, I immediately checked it out. I’ve already seen it on some of my friend’s accounts so I wanted to try it out for myself too. Timeline comes with a 7-day preview period where you can remove anything that you don’t want to appear in your timeline. After a few tweaks of my profile, I immediately hit publish! I didn’t wait for the 7-day preview period to expire.
Anyway, Facebook Timeline, which replaces your Profile and Wall, is compulsory so what’s the point of postponing the inevitable. According to the latest announcement, Timeline will go live on February 1. If there are embarrassing content you want to get rid of, you still have time!