After teasing an “awesome” announcement at the company’s Palto Alto headquarters for Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the cafeteria stage in a live-streamed event to toss out plenty of facts and figures about social networking as he slowly led up to the main event: Skype-powered video calling and Group Chat.
On Tuesday, Google launched their offensive against Facebook with the new Google+ social network, which has drawn praise from those with early invites. As it turns out, there’s a bit of Apple DNA inside the project, with a user interface created by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.
Happy Father's Day to everyone out there. We know, we know, you were spending so much time looking for that perfect gift for dad (i.e., tie) that maybe you might have missed a few stories this week. Well, that's all right, you know, because like dad, we're always toiling in the background, making sure you have food on the table and a roof over your head and plenty to read. So here you go. Don't say we never gave you anything. And shut the door already, were you born in a barn?
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If you’ve been waiting the better part of 15 months to have an official Facebook app for your iPad, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve even caved in and purchased one of the many third-party apps but have been left wanting more. A new report claims that your patience may soon be rewarded.
Now that Apple has drawn a line in the side by integrating Twitter inside iOS 5 and further alienating Facebook, it appears that The House That Zuckerberg Built may be planning to take on Cupertino on another front -- with HTML5-based web apps intended to circumvent the iPhone maker’s hold on iOS.
Leading up to the WWDC, Twitter users were excited to learn that iOS 5 will feature system-level integration with the popular social networking service, specifically with regards to its photo sharing functions. At that time, we wondered where Facebook was during all of this, considering that it hosts nearly 100 billion photos, yet had no premier iPhone photo app of its own. Today, we may know a little bit more.
Technologies like Skype have been around for some time, letting us make calls from our computers. The iDevice revolution put VoIP calling in our pockets, but services like Skype are actually rather limited. Yes, you can Skype or fring on the 3G network now, but only to other members of the same service. Skype can call Skype and fring can call fring, or you can pay to make calls to numbers outside of their service. Not a bad deal if you're calling another country, but paying to use your iPhone data package you already paid for to call your buddy seems like a raw deal to us.
Not surprisingly, a couple apps have come up with an interesting alternate form of calling.
Facebook recently introduced a new facial recognition service that allows for easier photo tagging. However, the problem is that many users may not appreciate this feature, and consider it a privacy concern. Fortunately, Facebook did enable the ability to turn off this feature, and in this article, we’ll show you how.
The dust has settled at Moscone West and the WWDC 2011 keynote is now only a memory. Apple CEO Steve Jobs and friends covered a lot of ground in only two hours, but like many keynotes before it, some of the more interesting possibilities are the ones that didn’t get talked about.