Facebook could be readying the launch of a Snapchat competitor

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‘

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Facebook will soon notify users when a friend is within proximity

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

Apps and permissions: Is Facebook Messenger spying on us?

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

Social integration: Google’s challenge for 2014

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

Free Facebook: A smart way for carriers to promote data usage

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

Will Twitter be the next big thing in mobile chat?

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,

FCC Shutdown: Tweet Your Anger

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


Phonebloks is a new smartphone made of detachable blocks

Two days ago, Dave Hakkens, a designer from the Netherlands, posted a video on YouTube and a crowd-speaking campaign on Thunderclap, showing a new idea on how to make smartphones reusable and sustainable, similar to how users upgrade a PC. The campaign, called Phonebloks, is designed to make every part of the smartphone visible on

How to Prevent Your Smartphone Battery from Exploding

The past few years have seen an increase in a number of smartphones exploding and unexpectedly catching fire. Some such cases just to mention a few include the Dubai incident where a Samsung smartphone owner reported their phone exploding, the incidents in Switzerland and Abu Dhabi where smartphone owners reported their phones catching fire and


Facebook developing Flipboard-style RSS news reader

We recently reported Facebook is developing their own RSS reader and it was set for June 20 release, this date never brought any reader from Facebook, instead Instagram got video features to rival Vine. The reader project may not be false, with WSJ reporting Facebook is developing a Flipboard style reader and has been working


Snapchat looking for $80 million funding for $800 million valuation

Snapchat has recently been looking for a second round of funding and reports now state the company has gained $80 million in funding from Institutional Venture Partners. This funding would put Snapchat at an $800 million valuation, a little lower than previously expected. While Snapchat may not be a $1 billion company just yet, they have been


AOL will introduce another Google Reader replacement on June 24

AOL is set to be the next old company to release a new RSS reader, in light of Google Reader closing. It seems odd that Digg, AOL and possibly Facebook could be developing an RSS reader, especially since the reason for Google Reader shutting down was lack of revenue. However, we have seen positive movements


Instagram surpasses 5 million video uploads in first 24 hours

Instagram pulled a number on Vine when they released video sharing two days ago, but the after effects are only starting to show between the two rival apps. According to Instagram, over five million video uploads happened within the first twenty four hours and at peak times users uploaded forty hours of video per minute.

Facebook reveals Video on Instagram

Facebook has just announced at their press event “Video on Instagram”. You’ll be able to take 15 second videos, upload them, and apply video filters. In addition to video filters, users will also be able to go back and edit their videos, something that isn’t currently available on Vine. Facebook cites that they have added

Facebook’s New Product Press Event Scheduled For June 20

Facebook has sent out invites to reporters for a press event that’s going to be held this coming June 20. The popular social networking giant is expected to launch a new product which will be revealed on the said date.  Little is known about what the company will be presenting other than what is written


Facebook could be developing its own RSS Reader

Following the news of Google Reader closing, many companies, including Digg, have announced sufficient work will be done in the field to develop a new Reader for the masses. Facebook could be a part of the group developing a new RSS Reader, even though most of the Google Reader populace have switched to Feedly, Reeder