Taking a cue from social networking services like Foursquare and Apple's own Find My Friends, Facebook has started releasing a new service for its iOS app that will announce when your friends are in the general area. It's called Nearby Friends, it's optional, and it's meant to facilitate impromptu group activities and social events.
Videos created by Twitter-owned Vine may only be six seconds long, hardly enough to entertain let alone titillate -- but apparently for roughly one percent of its users, that's plenty enough for a quick blast of smut.
Social networking is a great tool for groups or businesses to communicate with the masses, but getting the message out across multiple services can be like pulling teeth. Like most everything these days, there’s an iPhone app for just such a purpose — no toothache necessary. Postcard is a free app for iPhone that simplifies the task of cross-posting to multiple social networks at once. Rather than switching between different apps or services, you'll simply tap out your missive once and then sit back as it’s posted to the relevant websites of your choosing.
Facebook's at it again. Today the social media giant acquired the popular messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $16 billion, according to the SEC filing that popped up earlier today. Broken down, that's $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook stock, a possible $3 billion in restricted stock. (That would actually bring the total up to $19 billion. Yeesh.)
On the surface, Paper looks a lot like what might have happened had Facebook invented Flipboard before Flipboard got the chance, and then slapped on a moniker rather too similar to an existing hugely popular (but entirely different) iOS app. Move beyond the snark, though, and you realize something surprising: Paper makes using Facebook almost pleasurable again. Facebook on desktop ceased to be fun a long time ago, and even the once-streamlined mobile app is increasingly full of cruft. The idea with Paper appears to be to strip everything back, bring stories to the fore, and turn the Facebook experience into a kind of edited newspaper.
Over the last 14 years, product manager John Nack has been a fixture at software maker Adobe, frequently offering an insider look at the company through his blog -- and now, he's embarking on a whole new adventure.
When was the last time you visited Twitter's website to catch up? Perhaps sensing that it's an app world after all, the microblogging service is polishing up its website to look more like its own mobile apps.
Cloud storage is a rough business, with new competitors coming out of the woodwork on nearly a weekly basis with the lure of even more free space -- which is why SugarSync has decided to pivot in the opposite direction.