February 3, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for some. But not for FiftyThree, the maker of a popular app called Paper. The startup is spitting mad that Facebook on Monday rolled out a new app also called Paper. Facebook should get, well, more creative with the name of its new mobile news app, Georg Petschnigg, chief executive and co-founder of FiftyThree, said in an interview. His company's iPad app is all about the human need to create, he said. The drawing app lets tens of millions of people share their ideas all over the Web -- and on Facebook.
June 19, 2013 |
Facebook users, expect to see a whole lot more pictures in the news feed. The social network quietly launched a new feature Wednesday that lets users attach a photo when commenting on status updates. The tool appears to enable JPEG and PNG image files to be uploaded and inserted. Although animated GIFs can be uploaded, they'll display like a still image. Although not a direct stab at Twitter, the feature will give users an easy way to crowd-source images - something Twitter users have been able to do for a while.
May 22, 2013 |
Verizon Wireless and Jennifer Lopez teamed up Wednesday to launch Viva Movil, a new brand of cellphone retail store that will target Latino customers. The brand launched its website and a Facebook shopping app Wednesday and will roll out physical retail stores in the next few weeks. The first few stores will launch in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. The stores will be staffed with biligual employees, but the phones and plans sold by Viva Movil are the same as Verizon's.
May 15, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It may be too soon to call Facebook Home a flop. But it's clearly not the breakout hit that some expected. One month after its splashy debut, fewer and fewer people are downloading Facebook's new mobile software. It took weeks for Facebook Home to hit 1 million downloads - less than 0.1% of its 1.1-billion monthly active user base. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? And many who have loaded it onto their smartphones don't like it. Home has a two-star rating in the Google Play store, with more than half of the 17,000-plus reviews giving Home just one star, the lowest possible rating.
April 16, 2013 |
Facebook is releasing an update to its iPhone and iPad apps Tuesday that will include many of the new features it has promised over the last several months. The social network said the apps will now feature the redesigned News Feed it announced in March. Facebook says the change will be most notable in its iPad app; the new design will emphasize photos more than it has in the past. The app update also adds a new feature called "Chat Heads" that Facebook introduced earlier this month when it announced Facebook Home, its new interface for Android smartphones.
April 5, 2013 |
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Mark Zuckerberg has set into motion his most ambitious plan yet to make Facebook Inc. the world's dominant form of communication. Facebook's chief executive on Thursday unveiled Facebook Home, software that transforms smartphones and tablets into devices ruled by the giant social network. It digitally shoves aside every other app on the device and allows Facebook to take over the home screen with status updates, photos and messages. For years it was rumored that Facebook - spurred by a firestorm of doubt about its ability to make the business leap to mobile devices - would design and manufacture its own phone.