Facebook For iOS Gets Voice Messages, Video Sharing & A Better Nearby Tab

At the beginning of this month, Facebook Messenger’s Android and iOS clients got updated with voice messaging. The Android app for Facebook received the same feature a few days later, and now the iOS variant has also been updated to let you attach audio recordings with your messages. The latest update adds some other changes to the mix as well; you can finally record and share videos without having to leave the app. There is no apparent change in the photo sharing menu, but once you initiate the camera, you now get the option to switch between image and video capture. The Nearby tab has been revamped, and you get to apply a variety of filters while performing a search in nearby locations. It is even possible to look for interesting places only in a particular area of the map. Read More

Browse Instagram In A Beautiful Pinterest-Like Layout With Share.me

Instagram rolled out profiles last year, complete with a Facebook-like cover photo. While the interface is lacking in many basic features, still something is better than nothing. There have been many services in the past to give you a web interface for Instagram even before it had one of its own, and  Share.me is the newest member of the list. What makes it different however, is its Pinterest-like approach to displaying the images that have been shared on the service. It also makes it considerably easier to find new users, by grouping them under categories. You can view a single user’s images by clicking on their username. You can also like images, comment on them, and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Read More

Serendip Brings Non-Stop Crowd-Sourced Music Streams To iPhone

Gone are the days when everyone just relied on their phone or iPod’s local music library to listen to songs. With the advent of 3G and easy availability of Wi-Fi at many public places, a lot of us services like SoundCloud and YouTube to stream content on the go. Another advantage of these services is the ease with which you can discover new artists and songs. Serendip combines the concepts of music discovery and social networking with non-stop streaming to provide you with an online radio of sorts curated by your friends and other users of the service. Serendip’s web service has been around for quite a while, but now you can enjoy its personalized audio streams on your iPhone as well. Serendip for iOS has everything that the web variant offers; you can follow friends from your social networks and discover other Serendip users who share your musical taste. The app offers endless streaming, which means you don’t have to keep pulling your phone out of your pocket repeatedly to select the next song. Read More

2ya Is An Android & iOS Facebook Chat App With Built-In Content Discovery & Sharing

Multipurpose third-party Facebook chat apps are nothing new for Android and iOS users, but you won’t find too many options sporting an integrated search tool to help you find the exact item of interest that you wish to share with your friends. Say hello to Sprylogics International’s 2ya – an unofficial cross-platform Facebook messenger for Android and iOS that adds content discovery and sharing capabilities to the mix. With 2ya, you no longer have to worry about leaving the chat interface and switch to the Facebook app or the browser to search for something that you intend to share with your friends. Instead, the app itself presents you with a dedicated search and content discovery tool capable of helping you look for and share a variety of content including YouTube videos, nearby bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes & theaters, people, custom locations, movies and what not! Once your required item is found, you can share it with a mere swipe. Each category supported by 2ya offers extensive details, and the best part is that your recipient doesn’t even need to be running the 2ya client on their end to receive the shared information. Read More

Design & Send Real-Life Birthday Cards To Facebook Friends From Your iPhone

Apple’s own Cards service and Ink Cards for iOS and Android provide an excellent way to let your friends and family know you're thinking of them without having to leave your house to buy or mail post cards. These apps let you design and send real-life greeting cards to your contacts, all from your mobile device. Recently, some other developers have started venturing into this genre of apps, Birthday Cards by Cleverbug for iOS being the hottest new entrant. The app’s main focus is birthday cards, and it doubles as a reminder app for upcoming birthdays of your Facebook friends. The thing that makes Birthday Cards stand out from among other similar apps is its ability to automatically incorporate photos of your friends into the cards you are making for them. It is also possible to put pictures into templates manually, and of course, to enter personalized text into cards before you place an order for their printing and postage. Read More

Facebook Pages Manager For Android Now Available In Google Play Store

It was back in May last year that the official Facebook Pages Manager iOS app was rolled out in iTunes App Store to allow iDevice owners to manage, moderate and check detailed statistics for their Facebook Pages on the go. Now after a long delay of almost 8 months, the official Android variant of the app has been released to Google Play Store with more or less the same feature set. Replicating the looks of the official Facebook Android app, Facebook Pages Manager puts you in control of all the Facebook Pages you manage. Using this free app, you can post new status updates & photos on your Pages, reply to comments, receive notifications regarding new activities, check out detailed Page Insights & statistics, view & reply to private messages, manage your Timeline content, keep a close tab on the activity log, and interact with your audience right from your Android device. Read More

Facebook Messenger For iOS & Android Gets Voice Messaging & VoIP Calls

In the past few months, Mark Zuckerberg and his team have been working quite hard to beef up the Facebook Messenger app for Android and iOS with some handy features. What started as a rather simple, standalone mobile messaging app for avid Facebookers now qualifies as a handy SMS replacement that doesn’t even require a Facebook account to get configured. So far, the app’s content sharing capabilities revolved around text messages, images, emojis and locations. The latest update brings the added functionality of voice messaging to both Android and iOS variants; instant 1-minute audio messages that can be shared as part of a conversation. A Viber and Vonage-like VoIP calling service is also reported to be under experimentation for iOS users in Canada. The free internet calling facility is expected to be announced for other parts of the world soon. Read More

Share Any Web Image To Facebook Wall Or Page From Chrome Context Menu

Facebook may be a social network for most of us, but we often overlook that it is also used as an online identity. It lets us sign in and use web apps, services and participate in online forums. Most, if not all of us benefit from our Facebook ID in this regard; we can share articles that we find interesting and our friends know when we’ve left a comment on a website or forum. For websites that have mostly, if not purely, picture content, we can use our Facebook ID to share images. Now imagine wanting to share an image from anywhere on the web, without having to copy and paste its source URL. Upload Photos To Facebook Pages is a Chrome extension that lets you share images on your Facebook profile or to one of the pages you manage from any webpage via the right-click context menu. Read More

Poke Is An iPhone Chat App From Facebook With Self-Destructing Messages

Whenever one of the big boys of the tech world launch a new app, there are bound to be comparisons with existing services. For that reason, you might think that Facebook Poke getting called a Snapchat rip-off is nothing out of the ordinary. In this case however, the allegations aren't a mere snap response (pun intended); the new Poke app not only has the same basic concept as Snapchat, it even copies its features and interface to a large extent. If you don’t already know, Snapchat is touted as the most efficient real-time picture messenger that has the ability to automatically destroy messages after a fixed period of time. Facebook Poke does all the same things, but it might gain popularity owing to the fact that you don’t have to create a new account and invite all your friends to the app; every Facebook friend of yours who is on iOS gets listed by Poke automatically, and you can start a conversation with a single tap. Read More

Using The New Facebook Privacy Settings To Manage Your Profile [Guide]

Facebook has changed things, again. The latest update from Facebook, unlike certain previoys interface changes that were a source of grief, is aimed at making profile, notifications, and updates management easier, and it does not disappoint. Rather than stuffing all additions in the back shelf, Facebook has brought everything to the front this time around and is clearly trying to make the settings as easy to understand as possible. Seeing as previous changes to settings and addition of new features have always sparked considerable confusion and debate regarding their effects on shared content, we decided to write a post discussing what’s new this time around. Read More

Facebook For Android Goes Native, Brings Story Bar & More

Back in August, the official Facebook app for iOS was updated with significant speed improvements and overall performance enhancements, courtesy the company’s decision to finally let go of its heavy reliance on HTML5 in order to rebuild the app using native code. As expected, this resulted in an improvement in the app’s ratings in the iTunes App Store, as more users opted for the official Facebook client instead of using one of the various third-party alternatives or the web interface. It’s been four long months since Android fans have been waiting for a similar update to head their way and today, Facebook has finally put an end to their wait. The official Facebook Android app has been updated in the Play Store with noticeable speed improvements, a brand new stories bar and better photo viewing. The most significant change in the entire update remains the use of native code for the app’s development, which makes it much snappier and way less annoying, especially while switching back and forth between various screens and features. More to follow. Read More

Schedule Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn Posts With Buffer For iPhone & Android

If you want to be popular on social networks, timing does matter. You don’t want to swamp the timeline (or home page) of other people even if all your posts are super awesome in your opinion. However, it is not always easy to remember each good post or image that is worth sharing, which is why having a social media scheduler is a pretty cool idea. Services like Buffer have been around for quite a while, letting people share interesting posts at customizable intervals. Times have changed, however, and not a lot of people who own smartphones use social networking sites from their computer. That is why Buffer's release for iPhone and an update to the Android version comes as a great news for heavy Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn users. Other than scheduling posts, Buffer is also convenient for sharing items from sources like Pocket, Reeder, Flipboard, etc. Read More

Rallee Is A Walkie Talkie & Voice Chat Android App For Facebook Users

As long as you’re content with interacting with your Facebook friends via text chats, the official Facebook Messenger Android app has you covered, but what if you wanted to communicate with them through voice? How about an app that can be used as a walkie talkie to allow you real-time voice messaging with not just one friend, but with an entire group comprising select friends? That is what Rallee Walkie Talkie is all about. This free Android app puts the Push-To-Talk (PTT) communication mode to good use by converting your device into a handy walkie talkie, allowing real-time voice chat with your individual Facebook friends as well as public and private Rallee groups. Feeling bored? Just find someone to have a voice conversation with by using the app’s Random call feature! Continue reading past the break to find out more about Rallee. Read More

MINE Is A Modern UI Facebook App For Windows 8 With Feed Customization

Just a couple of days back, we recommended a great third-party Facebook app for Windows 8 and RT to our readers called Facebook Touch. The app looked simple yet very impressive due to its well-optimized touch interface and overall design. Despite that, though, it really lacked the pure Modern UI elements that one would expect from a Windows 8 application, most importantly the tile interface. This is where MINE For Facebook really shines. Not only does its interface look clean and intuitive, but it also boasts the tiled Modern UI that Windows 8 is known for, making it really nice to navigate through. The key feature of MINE is to let you personalize your Facebook feeds in order to keep them well-organized. Furthermore, you can access your timeline, like updates by others, post comments, update your status, add pictures, and check your notifications. Read More

Facebook Touch Is A Great Third Party Facebook App For Windows 8

There’s no doubt that Windows 8 had been developed with portability in mind. iPad’s success is essentially what prompted Microsoft to make its mark in the tablet market. The Windows Surface slab may represent the bleeding edge of the tablet tech but the total number of apps at Windows Store is fairly underwhelming when compared to the iTunes App Store (or Google Play, for that matter). One major app that is yet to show up is at Windows Store is Facebook. Even though there are rumors of an official Facebook app being in the works, there hasn't been any official word on it from Microsoft or Facebook. On the bright side however, third-party Facebook apps have started appearing to take care of your social networking needs for now. Facebook Touch – as the name implies – is a touch-optimized Modern UI Facebook app that works like a charm with both touch gestures and conventional mouse controls. It supports pretty much all Facebook features and can be snapped to the left or right of the screen for seamless multitasking. Read More

How To Hide Facebook Suggested Posts From Your Feed [Chrome]

For many Facebook users, the amount of content posted by friends and family is usually enough to keep them either entertained or annoyed (or both). What’s slightly unnecessary in the whole Facebook feed mix is suggestions from Facebook on content that you might find interesting, i.e., sponsored stories in your feed that could have little or nothing to do with your interests. Since the stories are part of your feed, ordinary extensions like ad block or even some of the ones that hid the news ticker before the option to do so was added by default, will do you no good. Hide Facebook Suggested Posts is a Chrome extension that does what its name implies. Install it and forget you ever had it. The suggested posts in your Facebook feed will no longer appear. The extension works in the background without adding any observable delay in Facebook’s loading time. Read More

ShoutOut Radio For iPhone Lets You Share & Stream Music On Facebook

Every once in a while, you are bound to come across a song that really hits the spot. It's at times like these that you feel the need the share. ShoutOut Radio is a new iPhone app that lets its users scrobble songs from their own library or through Last.fm. This app uses your Facebook account to send public and private messages to your friends regarding the songs you are listening to. There are plenty of radio streaming services available for iOS, and a lot of apps offer scrobbling, but ShoutOut Radio combines the two in a perfect meld. Even if none of your friends are on ShoutOut Radio, they can still stream the music you share with them right from their Facebook Walls. You can also create personalized radio stations of your choice by letting the app know of your taste in songs and artists. Read More

Add Upcoming Facebook Events And Birthdays To Calendar

If you linked your Facebook account to your Mac running OS X 10.8.2, Mountain Lion, you would have noticed there was an option to import your Facebook friends to the Contacts (previously called Address Book) app. As far as automatically importing data from your Facebook account to Mountain Lion goes, this is the full extent of it. There is still other information, like Facebook events that you could do with viewing in Calendar (formerly known as iCal) but there isn’t an apparently easy way to do it. It is extremely easy to import your Facebook events to Calendar and the process only seems obscure because you can’t import them to Mountain Lion from Calendar; rather, you have to export them from Facebook to Calendar. You’ll need to open Facebook in your browser on Mac, not necessarily Safari, but you will need to be using your Mac. This isn’t something you can do by accessing Facebook on your iOS device. Read More

Facebook For iOS & Android Gets Tagging In Comments, Post Re-Sharing & More Emoji

The official Facebook app for iOS and Android has just been bumped to its next version, only a few days after the gifts and chat update was released. The latest update adds the much-desired Share button to posts on your News Feed, but that’s not the only new thing in the app. You can tag people in posts and comments now, and there are a lot of new emoticons that you can use in messaging. The Android app has been updated with the option to create albums. The tagging works just like in the Facebook website, provising you with suggestions as soon as you start typing a name. The share option has just been enabled for links, so you still won’t be able to share someone’s status update or other posts. Read More

Quickly Message Someone On Facebook After Deleting Their Comment

There are two big online social networks in the world today: Facebook and Twitter. I don’t know about you, but I use them quite differently. I am more reserved on Facebook since I have a good number of family members added there, while I am pretty much the exact opposite on Twitter because of, well, my family members not really having knowledge of its existence. As a result, I use tight privacy settings and regularly moderate comments and wall posts on Facebook, and do nothing of the sort on Twitter. Now, with that in mind, I came across an interesting feature on Facebook that lets you easily give feedback to someone after deleting their comment. It’s quick, efficient and you can check it out after the jump. Read More