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Facebook could buy, make tagging easier than ever

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There are unconfirmed reports circling the web saying that Facebook is aimed at buying face recognition company for between $80 and $100 million.

This might mean that Facebook will implement the face recognition technology of to automatically tag the people in your photos and spare you the effort. Read more »

Facebook releases new Facebook Camera app for the iPhone

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Facebook has released a brand new Facebook Camera app for the iPhone. The app is completely separate from the main Facebook app and concentrates only on capturing, sharing and viewing photos on Facebook.

The launch of this app has come as a surprise to everyone considering it has only been a month since Facebook announced that it will be plonking $1 billion for Instagram, a dedicated mobile photo sharing service. However, Facebook Camera has a couple of advantages over Instagram. Read more »

Facebook mobile app and website layout update to show bigger pictures

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Within a week of Google releasing an update for its iOS mobile app, Facebook too has released an update for its mobile apps and website that changes the way posts are displayed.

The posts are no longer displayed in a contiguous manner but instead appear in their own separate boxes. But most importantly, images now appear 3x bigger than before and span from edge to edge. Albums are also bigger now and show thumbnails for the contained images arranged in a single large grid. You can see from the first two pictures how it looks and how it looked before in the third picture. Read more »

Facebook may offer a new option for highlighting posts, costs $2 each time

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Reportedly Facebook is testing a new feature that will highlight your posts in your subscribers news feed. For example, you choose a post to highlight and Facebook will make it prominent in all of your subscribers’ feeds.

Guess what though? This might turn as Facebook’s first paid feature. Read more »

Facebook announces App Center, will host free as well as paid apps

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Facebook has announced that it will soon be launching App Center, their version of an application store that will house all the applications and games that you currently enjoy on Facebook. Apart from giving you one stop shop for all your apps, App Center will now also allow paid apps and games, something that was missing from Facebook so far.

The App Center will be available from the web, as well as the iOS and Android version of the Facebook mobile app. The App Center will start rolling out to users in a few weeks but developers can sign up right now if they want their apps on the App Center. Read more »

Google+ app for iOS gets updated, looks better than the Android version

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The iOS version of Google+ has always trailed behind Android and for obvious reasons. Android belongs to Google so naturally they would want to take better care of their users. But with the latest update to the iOS app, the tables have turned.

Google has taken what was a mundane looking app to something that looks absolutely stunning on the iPhone. Your stream has been completely revamped and instead of a simple looking list of posts you now see the posts listed with big image thumbnails. Read more »

Instagram for Android gets tilt-shift effect

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Instagram released an Android version of their app last month, but it has always trailed behind the iOS version. Initially, it didn’t even work on most phones and even if it did, it lacked some features found on the iOS version.

The app has been constantly updated ever since it was released and with the latest update it comes closest to matching its iOS counterpart. After updating to the latest version, you will see that the tilt-shift effect has finally been added to the app, notified by the drop icon in the top bar. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III gets Flipboard exclusivity on Android, 50GB from Dropbox

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The Samsung Galaxy S III not only launched with some impressive software features by Samsung, but it also comes with a couple of interesting third party offerings. Flipboard, a popular social-network aggregation app, is launching for Android exclusively on the S III (it will come to other devices later). The other feat is a roomy free online storage from Dropbox.

Flipboard rose to popularity as an iOS app, but S III owners will be the first droid users to enjoy the magazine-like format for social media and RSS feeds. Read more »

Google+ gets its own Share button, makes you wonder what to do with the +1

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Kind of unexpected, but not totally surprising either, Google has announced the launch of a dedicated Google+ Share button.

The new feature is aimed at users who just want to share content with their Google+ buddies, without publicly marking it with +1. Read more »

Latest update to Facebook for Android will flood your app drawer with two additional icons

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Facebook has released a new update for its Android app. Version 1.9.0 brings a much needed performance update, and the whole app feels a lot faster than before.

Unfortunately, it also brings along a new nuisance. Facebook has decided that it will be a good idea to provide direct shortcuts to the messenger and image upload service, so now they have dedicated icons for both of these in your app drawer, taking the total count of icons for a single app to three! Read more »

Google+ SMS now available in 41 additional countries

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If you haven’t heard of the Google+ SMS service until now, I wouldn’t blame you. The service isn’t particularly popular (neither is Google+, for that matter) and was only available in the US and India until now.

Google has now expanded the list of countries where the service is now functional and it includes the following places: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. Read more »

Google+ gets a fresh new look

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Google+ has received a revamp that completely changes the way it looks. Assuming you have received the design update, the first thing you’ll notice on the left is a new ribbon that houses all the key features of Google+. You can hover over them to access additional functions, move them around or put them into ‘More’ if you don’t use them very often.

Next you will notice that your conversation stream has changed a bit. The photos and videos appear a lot bigger than before and there is also a new album viewer. On the right side is a trending list, à la Twitter, to keep a tab of the topics being discussed on Google+. There is a separate Explore section on the side for you to check out all the popular and trending posts on Google+. Read more »

Facebook will acquire Instagram for $1 billion

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Instagram just received the biggest “like” in its two-year history, people. Facebook announced an agreement to acquire the wildly popular mobile photo sharing service today. The price which the social networking giant has agreed to pay for it is a cool $1 billion, which makes it the biggest Facebook acquisition to date.

The payment will be made in cash and shares. The Instagram crew, which consists of six people will join the social network’s workforce. Read more »

March brings 27% growth for Google+ with 61 million visits

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It isn’t secret to anyone that Facebook, with its more than 500 million active users is the undisputed social network champion, but this doesn’t stop Google from trying to keep up. The search engine giant reports a steady growth, reaching 61 million visits for March.

That’s an impressive 27% more than previous months and with Larry Page claiming 100 million active users, Google+ has grown a great deal since its launch in June last year. Read more »

Facebook rolls out high-resolution photo viewing plus a full-screen view mode

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Following its update of the Photo viewer back in February, Facebook starts rolling out a new feature to allow viewing pictures in even higher resolution.

That is, if you have a monitor big enough to show the high-res photo in all of its glory. And if you do, from now on you could see photos up to four times larger than before. Read more »