Facebook Messenger App Ads

Facebook plans to let businesses send ads to your Messenger app in 2016

By on February 19, 2016 at 11:48 AM.

Facebook plans to let businesses send ads to your Messenger app in 2016

Although countless chat applications have attempted to upend standard text messaging in the United States, only the Facebook Messenger app has a major impact on the way we interact we our friends and family members.

There have been a few visual overhauls and plenty of added features since the app launched in 2011, but the most significant change of all looks to be right around the corner: ads are coming to Messenger.
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Facebook Google Data Privacy

Why Facebook and Google mine your data, and why there’s nothing you can do to stop it

By on February 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Why Facebook and Google mine your data, and why there’s nothing you can do to stop it

It’s no secret that Facebook and Google, and pretty much every company that sells connected devices or online services, tracks their customers to some extent. Internet companies have repeatedly been scrutinized and even taken to court for mismanaging users’ private data, and customers have become more interested in protecting their digital data in the past few years following Edward Snowden’s leaks.

So why do these companies mine your data? And is there a way to prevent it? More →

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Oculus Rift PC Requirements

The Oculus Rift PCs you were looking for are finally here

By on February 10, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

The Oculus Rift PCs you were looking for are finally here

Facebook’s Oculus Rift has been available for preorder for weeks, but you should know the virtual reality headset does have some hardware requirements when it comes to the PC that’s supposed to bring all that VR content to your eyes. And your computer might simply not be good enough for what the Oculus Rift needs.

Thankfully, you’ll soon be able to preorder Oculus Rift PC bundles. And if you have preordered your Oculus Rift headset, you’re going to receive a discount on the next PC purchase. More →

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Facebook iPhone App Battery Performance

The simplest way to improve your iPhone’s battery performance by 15%

By on February 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

The simplest way to improve your iPhone’s battery performance by 15%

It can’t be said enough: Uninstalling the Facebook app does some wonderful things for your phone. Last week we pointed to some tests that showed uninstalling Facebook from your Android phone could improve its battery life by as much as 20% and now there are new tests that show you can get a similar battery boost by uninstalling the app from your iPhone. Specifically, The Guardian’s Samuel Gibbs has found that “uninstalling Facebook’s iOS app and switching to Safari can save up to 15% of iPhone battery life.” More →

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Most Popular Smartphone Apps

List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

By on February 4, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

List of most popular iOS and Android apps is dominated by Facebook and Google

Whether you’re an iPhone user or partial to Android, one thing smartphone users across the board can enjoy equally is an absolutely endless selection of apps. Today, both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store each house more than 1.5 million applications. Even better, the days of top applications being exclusive to one platform or the other appear to be winding down.

That said, if we look at a list of the most popular apps, it quickly becomes apparent that the mobile app experience is still dominated by big time players.

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Internet Activity One Minute

What happens on the Internet in one minute?

By on February 3, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

What happens on the Internet in one minute?

The Internet is an amazing place that gets both better and worse every minute. The web is advancing at a rapid rate, with newly created content generating massive amounts of traffic for an audience that’s also steadily increasing. Currently, there are 3.2 billion people online, and companies including Google and Facebook want to connect even more people to the web.

One business intelligence startup set out to find out what goes on online and it has released an infographic that shows what happened on the Internet in a minute last year. More →

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Facebook Android App

It takes 2 seconds to give your Android phone a speed boost and improve battery life by 20%

By on February 1, 2016 at 12:15 PM.

It takes 2 seconds to give your Android phone a speed boost and improve battery life by 20%

Given how much time smartphone users on the whole spend using Facebook, it’s not all that surprising that the app tends to consume its fair share of battery. The problem, however, is that Facebook’s mobile apps have a bad tendency of tearing through battery life much quicker than what one might reasonably construe as “fair.”

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Facebook Ride Sharing

Facebook is working on a clever ride-sharing feature for your Events page

By on January 29, 2016 at 10:25 PM.

Facebook is working on a clever ride-sharing feature for your Events page

A recent patent application from Facebook suggests that the social networking giant has interesting plans in store for its Events page. The patent filing specifically details how the site’s Events page could also double as a ride sharing center where Facebook users attending the same event would be able to connect and share rides together.

While the current incarnation of Facebook’s Events page provide users with three basic response options – Going, Not Going, and Interested – the patent application adds two noteworthy sub-listings to the ‘Going’ selection: ‘Going and driving’ and ‘Going but not driving.’

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