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Facebook has been trying to acquire photo and video sharing app Snapchat for quite some time now. But since talks broke down for the possible purchase, reports are suggesting that Facebook could be looking to launch its own Snapchat competitor in the coming days. It is being said that this new app is codenamed ‘Slingshot‘ internally. Slingshot will reportedly mirror Snapchat in terms of functionality and will be an independent app like Messenger rather than a feature built into Facebook. It is believed that CEO Mark Zuckerberg...

Facebook has now announced a new feature to its app which will notify people when their friends are nearby. This setting will be enabled with user consent of course, so people don’t have to worry about potential stalkers. This will allow users to communicate with their friends in real life having realized that they’re close by. The location will only be available for a predetermined period of time and can be seen on a map as well to get precise information on where your friends are located. This feature called Nearby Friends...

Google Play’s app permission system is meant to inform users of how far into our data and device an application will be able to access before we install an app, or before updating an app with revised permissions. But most users are not likely to bother reading the entire thing, which means we may already be allowing some apps to eavesdrop on our conversations and track usage by accepting app permissions. Such is the case with Facebook, which has, time and again, been accused of invading into user privacy. This concern was highlighted...

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt admits the need for better efforts in social networking, and says Google will not make the mistake of missing out again. Will we see better Google+ integration in Google products this year? Human beings are such social animals. Case in point: social networks are counted as among today’s most popular online destinations, both on desktop and mobile platforms. Take for instance the rise of Facebook not only as a social networking website, but also a platform for sharing content, as well as instant...

A big chunk of mobile usage today involves instant messaging or chat, as well as social networking. On average, users spend 65 percent of their social networking on mobile devices, according to ComScore. Facebook itself says that 78 percent of its users access the social network on mobile devices. This makes sense. After all, social networking inherently involves sharing personal updates and checking on feeds at one’s convenience. You don’t carry around a laptop everywhere you go, do you? Even tablets are not as portable as...

Instant messaging seems to be the killer app for smartphone developers these days. With hundreds of millions of users, apps like LINE, WhatsApp, WeChat and Viber and the like are making a killing. These have actually gone beyond simple instant messaging. Rather, these companies have built whole content ecosystems around their chat apps: gaming, stickers, social networking, photo sharing, filters. Name it, they probably have it. Chat apps have great potential It therefore comes as no surprise how apps like LINE are earning tens of millions...

Since the roll-out of the latest update for Android 4.4 KitKat, it appears that more and more users are experiencing problems with Nexus 4, 5 and 7 users seemingly being the most affected.  Most report that the new update has triggered many issues that were initially not present which is a shame considering that this was the first major update to the OS since its release a couple of weeks ago. Google began rolling out the latest update for Nexus devices which upgrades the devices’ system to 4.4.2 earlier this week and barely a day...

With the shutdown of the United States Federal Government, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agency that tests and approves those mobile devices we are all so fond of is temporarily and indefinitely closed. About 1,700 full time FCC employees are going on forced leave without pay until the US Congress can agree on a budget. The FCC prudently did prepare a shutdown contingency plan. How exactly does this affect the mobile phone market? Well, for one, the shutdown will also affect companies with products pending approval for...