May 16, 2012 |
In another move to beef up its mobile offering, Facebook has hired the entire staff of Lightbox, a tiny start-up known for its popular photo sharing app for Android smartphones. The hiring of the seven-person team at Lightbox comes as the social network nears what is expected to be the largest ever Internet initial public offering. Investors have been weighing the value of Facebook and have questioned how well it will be able to generate ad revenue from mobile devices. Facebook made more than $3 billion off of ads seen on its laptop and desktop website in 2011 but has not yet figured out how to monetize its 500 million mobile app users.
August 28, 2012 |
Twitter has stopped displaying the names of third-party services used to send tweets. This means you will no longer see that tweets on Twitter's website and mobile app have been sent from services such as Tweet-bot, Seesmic, HootSuite and others. Don't worry, you'll still be able to use those services to send tweets, but those third-party services will be hurting because Twitter has dramatically cut their visibility. The change is part of a continuing effort by Twitter to direct focus at its official platforms after long embracing third-party services.
May 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
November 6, 2012 |
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.
December 7, 2012 |
Social networks continued their domination of our lives in 2012 with U.S. users logging more than 121 billion minutes across numerous social networks in just July of this year. Put another way, that's more than 2 billion hours of viewing vacation photos and reading about a friend's new puppy. That's up 36% from 88.4 billion minutes spent on social media in July 2011, according to Nielsen's recently released 2012 social media report. Facebook alone accounts for a major portion of that time.
March 7, 2013 |
Facebook revealed its redesigned News Feed and said the new feature will begin rolling out to users Thursday. The redesign emphasizes visual content and will be more in tune with the news feed of the Facebook mobile app. Facebook also said users can use a new switch at the top right of the screen to toggle among different types of feeds to see different types of content. Among the feeds users will be able to switch among include close friends, games, all friends feed, most recent feed, music feed and following feed.
December 17, 2012 |
Want to send a saucy photo? Facebook is looking at a way to do it discreetly. The 1-billion-user social network is reportedly set to release a new app before Jan. 1 that will be similar to Snapchat, an app often used to send "sexts," or sexually explicit content, according to All Things D , citing unnamed sources. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? Snapchat, which has grown in popularity in recent months, allows users to send pictures and videos that disappear after a set time period.
November 28, 2013 |
Hotel Tonight is offering same-day hotel rooms for $99 on Black Friday in Southern California, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and other parts of the country. The deal could come in handy for shoppers who want to stay in the city or anyone ready to hit the road after Thanksgiving. The hotel booking mobile app recently announced it would start listing rooms at 9 a.m. instead of noon, a big boost for travelers (like me) who like to roll the dice and find a good last-minute deal.
February 26, 2013 |
Apple has agreed to hand out more than $100 million in iTunes store credits to settle a lawsuit alleging that its iPhone and iPad apps allowed children to make purchases without their parent's knowledge or consent. The lawsuit, which was filed by five parents two years ago, alleged that Apple did not create parental controls to keep children from buying extra features sold within a video games app. The parents who filed the lawsuit said they didn't realize their children were charging their accounts until they were billed.
July 23, 2012 |
When the score to "The Dark Knight Rises" was released last week, it was missing something: a significant portion of the music created for the film. "I wanted to make an exciting CD, but what's on the CD is not even half the music," said composer Hans Zimmer. The 52-minute score, released by Warner Bros. imprint WaterTower Music, follows the chronological order of the film, a direct audio companion to what's on the screen. Yet for listeners to hear four of the film's original suites (musical compositions recorded by Zimmer in the early stages of the filmmaking process)