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December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If only Anthony Weiner had this feature two years ago. Twitter is now letting users send pictures to others through private messages sent on its platform. The San Francisco company announced the new feature Tuesday as it rolled out a major update for its mobile app. Although Twitter was made so that users could broadcast their messages to many at once, the social network has also included a private messaging tool for quite some time. But until now, the Direct Message feature was useless if a user wanted to send a photo.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mobile start-up Lightbox announced it would be joining Facebook and discontinuing its Android photo sharing app next month. The start-up's team of seven staffers, as reported by several outlets, will join Facebook just days before the social networking giant's IPO. The company made the announcement on its blog Tuesday. "Today, we're happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we'll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook's 500+ million mobile users," the mobile app's founders, Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, wrote in the post.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the San Francisco-based car service company, is using election day to get out the word on its mobile app. The mobile start-up is running a promotion today that offers free rides for first-time users to get to a polling location. The service can be used anywhere in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Make plans for how you'll get back, though, as the offer can only be used for a one-way ride, not a round trip. If you want to ride back using Uber, it'll cost you a minimum of $15 in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Social networking mobile app maker Path said Monday that it raised about $30 million from venture capital firms such as Greylock Partners and Redpoint Ventures and individual investors such as Virgin Group's Richard Branson and DST Global's Yuri Milner. The investment values the San Francisco company at $250 million. Path, which had previously raised $11.2 million, is the brainchild of former senior Facebook executive Dave Morin and Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning. It's riding the new wave of tech companies that are building for mobile, not the Web. Path has been compared to Instagram, which Facebook said last week it would buy for $1 billion.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential. So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device. Google Maps This app comes preinstalled on Android devices and should be the first app downloaded on iPhones. Besides top-notch design, the app is the best free voice navigation app for driving directions.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
You've got a decent set of speakers but almost all of your music is in your smartphone. You could attach a cable or buy yourself a wireless Bluetooth speaker for hundreds of dollars. Or you could consider getting the $49 Rocki, a tiny device that turns traditional speakers into "smart" ones that can be controlled with a smartphone. The gadget is essentially a low-cost alternative to getting a Sonos wireless sound system. Rocki attaches to the back of the speaker's auxiliary port.
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June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
As awesome as birthday comments are, nothing beats a gift. And Facebook has taken note. The social networking giant announced a new service Thursday afternoon called Facebook Gifts that will let users buy and send each other presents they can enjoy in real life. To start, these presents include Starbucks gift cards, stuffed animals and cupcakes, but Facebook said it will continue to add more options every day. Picture Gallery: Fresh Facebook Features The company said users will have the option to send gifts from birthday reminders or when they visit their friend's timelines.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Looking for a home or want to sell one but not yet ready to retain a real estate agent? Homesnap , a Washington, D.C., start-up, has developed an Apple mobile app that provides real estate information for users who are on the hunt or curious about selling -- that can be found just by snapping a photo of a house.  Within seconds, the app will display on the iPhone or iPad the address of the house and other real estate information, including...
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December 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is opening its Gifts feature to all U.S. users, the social network said Tuesday. Gifts is one of Facebook's big attempts this year at creating additional streams of revenue to complement its advertising sales. The feature capitalizes on the birthday and congratulatory wishes people send one another via Facebook by giving them a quick and simple way to purchase someone a present and have it sent to them. Users can also use the Gifts feature to send an another gift cards or donate to charities and nonprofit groups.
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