Facebook has reported the financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The company reported revenue of $2.5 billion, up by 72% over the same period last year. Revenue from advertising was $2.27 billion, up by 82% from the same period last year.
Facebook also reported the numbers for the active users using the service. Currently, Facebook is clocking in at 1.28 billion monthly active users, a 15% growth compared to last year, along with 1.01 billion monthly active users from mobile devices, a solid 34% increase over last year. Read more »
Facebook has announced a new feature for users of their mobile apps. Called Nearby Friends, the feature is designed to let you catch up with your friends on Facebook if they are close to your location.
Nearby Friends obviously requires you to share your location with your friends for it to work but you can choose whom to share it with. Your friends also need to enable sharing with you for you to see them. Once enabled, you will get notifications when your friends are nearby. You can also share a precise location so that people can see where exactly you are on a map. Read more »
Flickr has released version 3.0 of the iOS and Android app that is a complete overhaul over the previous versions. To put it simply, it now looks like Instagram.
The update is available on both iOS and Android and for once we see no preference given to either platform, with both getting the latest update with a UI optimized for that particular platform (unlike Instagram). Read more »
Google has updated the Gmail web interface to make it a bit easier to send photos that you take from your phone. This is only applicable to those who use the Auto Backup option on their Android or iOS devices.
If you have the option enabled, the photos you take on your phone automatically get backed up to Google’s servers. Now, you can just hit the ‘Insert Photo’ option in Gmail web to access all the photos that got uploaded from your phone. You can then mark and send them quickly over email. If you have organized your photos in folders, you can mark an entire folder and send it instead of individual images. Read more »
As promised, Microsoft released cheaper subscription plan for Office 365 productivity suite. Dubbed Office 365 Personal, the plan costs $6.99 a month or $69.99 for the year.
The newly released subscription plan is valid for one PC or Mac, and one iPad or Windows tablet (the service also works on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone devices). Read more »
Dropbox had a lot of announcements to make yesterday, starting with a new service and two new apps. First is the Dropbox for Business service, which lets companies get a Dropbox account for all their employees, who can then manage their personal and business accounts from the same device and using the same account.
Dropbox for Business gives admins features like remote wipe, account transfer and sharing audit logs. One new feature arriving later is Project Harmony, which lets you see who is editing a file and chat with other users, similar to Google Drive. Read more »
WhatsApp now offers its own prepaid service through E-Plus in Germany, letting you use the popular messaging app for a fixed monthly amount. The offer also features unlimited usage of the app even if you don’t have any standing traffic left.
The package with the SIM card is on offer for €10 but features a starting balance of €10 itself making the SIM practically free. Otherwise a call or text will set you back €0.09 to all German carriers whilst 1 MB will cost €0.24. Read more »
Leaked documents and screenshots obtained by The Verge reveal that Google is about to launch a new take on home entertainment. Dubbed Android TV, the service will take on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.
According to the leaked documentation, Android TV is going to be “an entertainment interface, not a computing platform”. Read more »
Google is rolling out a new feature to its Google Play store dubbed People. You know how you see your friends’ +1s on certain apps in the Play Store? Well now those apps have their separate own tab.
The People tab utilizes Google+’s recommendations in the Play Store in its mobile form and has its very own certain style – shown above. On the web Google Play store you can see the same reviews and ratings by your friends with the “From Familiar Faces” option. The new feature is rolling out as we speak so you might want to check your Play store to see if you have it already. Read more »
As expected, Amazon took the wraps off its own set-top box today. Dubbed Amazon Fire TV, the $99 gadget will compete with the likes of Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku 3 in today’s competitive marketplace.
In addition to the usual array of content streaming tricks, the Amazon Fire TV packs solid gaming capabilities. Read more »
Google has added an option to check your profile and content views on its Google+ social network. The counter sits just under your profile picture, next to the follower count and accumulates the hits to your profile, pictures, posts, etc.
The feature has automatically rolled out to users and is on by default but can be turned off by unckecking the “show how many times your profile and content have been viewed.” field if you’re not completely sure about sharing the information. Read more »
Dropbox has done a lot of work to keep its service safe from copyrighted material, and subsequently having to deal with the authorities. One of the ways Dropbox has to avoid trouble is by automatically scanning the files you’re sharing for copyright infringement.
This little known feature of Dropbox has been brought to light on Twitter when one of Dropbox’s users got a DMCA takedown notice in one of his personal folders. Read more »
If there ever was a time to go for the $12 a year premium membership for LastPass it’s now. The form and password-filling service that’s so popular for web browsers has gotten a great new update for Android, allowing it to auto-fill your account log-ins on Android.
This means that aside from working to log you in hassle free in Chrome on Android LastPass will eradicate the need to remember app log-ins as well. Read more »
Apple is considering new ways to takes its iTunes music collection to users, and also to some new users. According to the sources at Billboard, Apple is considering releasing a on-demand music streaming service that will compete with Spotify and the new Beats Music service. Apple is currently in talks with senior label executives regarding this move.
More intriguingly perhaps, is Apple’s decision to take the iTunes store to Android. The same sources have also revealed that Apple is considering releasing an iTunes app on Android, that will allow existing and new iTunes users to access Apple’s vast library of music. Read more »
About a year ago, Twitter announced their #music service that allowed users to stream music from the dedicated #music iOS app and follow your favorite artists on Twitter.
After a lukewarm response from users and prolonged lack of development on the app side, Twitter finally announced that they are killing the service. The app has been pulled from the App Store and those who downloaded it will be able to use it till April 18, which is when the service completes its first and final year. Read more »