Facebook today announced a new apps called Facebook Home that replaces your standard Android’s homescreen with an immersive Facebook experience featuring full-screen photos, status updates, and notifications. Facebook also announced a special version of Home will come pre-installed on the new HTC First phone on AT&T.
Home will launches on April 12th in the US, and will be available to users of Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but not Gingerbread. The international rollout will come later. It won’t require a forked or modified version of Android, though that’s what the HTC First runs. Facebook will try to make Home available on tablets within a few months, and it’s supposed to be a great experience there. Every month, Facebook will release a Home update to add new features and make it accessible to new devices.
You’ll be able to download Home if you have the most recent Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps on your Android phone. You’ll see a banner alert to download Home from the Google Play store. When you launch it the first time, you can decide to “try once”, or choose “always” to swap in Home for you homescreen from then on.
The Home home screen experience is focused on Cover Feed, which shows a constant stream of full-screen photos and stories you can just sit back and watch. Demo’d by Adam Mosseri, Director of Product, Home also features a new notifications system that lets you scrub through multiple alerts at once. Check out our hands-on video with Facebook Home for a better idea of how it actually works.
Apps are important too, Zuckerberg says, so you can still add apps to your device. One swipe away from the home screen is the launcher for apps. Messaging is at the forefront. Phones are communication devices and we spend all day message, in today’s appcentric world, messaging is treated like another app. Switching between apps is annoying. We want to talk to people, not apps.
When a friend messages you, Home brings up the Facebook Chat Heads feature. It pops up a person’s face and you can tap on their face and bring up a conversation without losing any context of what you’re doing in the app behind. Chat Heads means you don’t have to decide whether to read a message or keep using your current app. It lets communication flow across the phone experience. It’s designed to let you tap in between multiple message threads.
“Today we’re going to finally talk about that Facebook Phone, More accurately, we’re gonna talk about how you can turn your phone into a Facebook Phone” Mark Zuckerberg said to start the event. After noting we spend more than 20% of our mobile time on social apps, Zuckerberg said “We asked ourselves — if we’re already spending this much time on our phones, how can we make it easier? What if they were designed around people first, and you could also just happen to interact with apps?”
Facebook has created the Facebook Home Program to allow a handset makers to optimize the Home experience. Partners include AT&T, Orange, Qualcomm, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, EE, ZTE, Lenovo, and Alcatel.
HTC and AT&T will release one of the first phones with Facebook Home on it. The handset is called the HTC First. The device’s operating system will be “optimized” to give users unique experiences like notifications for email and calendars on Facebook Home. It will run on an AT&T LTE connection. It will be available on April 12th for $99.99. You’ll be able to pre-order the HTC First starting today at http://www.att.com/facebookhome.
Zuckerberg closed the event by discussing developing markets and Facebook’s international potential. “Only about a third of the world is on the Internet” but in five to ten years legions of feature phone users will be on smartphones. Zuckerberg left a cliffhanger, asking the crowd to think about what that will mean for social networking and the web as a whole.
Overall, Facebook Home will trim down the time it takes you to check Facebook. Considering Zuckerberg said we spend 20% of our mobile time on social and open our phones 100 times a day, those shaved seconds can really add up. Home and the HTC First will mostly appeal to hardcore networkers, but they give us a vision of Facebook’s ideal experience, how it wants us be perpetually connected. It’ll be each user’s decision just how social they want to be.
Facebook Home Ad:
Google has launched their new product called “Google Drive” (rival to Dropbox)which is a cloud-storage service that lets you store up to 5GB of data on Google’s servers for free. But before you start driving with Google’s new cloud service, here is all the basic information that you must know about it.
1. Google Drive is Google’s newly launched cloud-based storage service that lets users store data online on Google’s servers, and access the same anywhere, anytime. In other words, it is a place where users can create, share, collaborate, and keep all their stuff.
2. If a user runs the free Google Drive application, he will get a folder on his computer (Windows or OSX) where he can drag his files in to. Any data stored in that folder is kept on your hard disk and is also copied to account in the cloud. Users can anytime, anywhere access those files from drive.google.com or from other computers, including mobile devices.
3. Google Drive is offering the first 5GB of storage per account for free. Additional storage will be sold for prices starting at $2.49 per month for 25 gigabytes.
4. Users can choose to upgrade to 25GB for $2.49/month, 100GB for $4.99/month or even 1TB for $49.99/month. When you upgrade to a paid account, your Gmail account storage will also expand to 25GB. This will be a bonus for you!
5. Users can install Drive on their Macs or PCs and can download the Drive app to their Android phones or tablets. The company says that it is working on a drive app for iOS devices.
6. Any file you put in the drive, and any changes you make to the data stored in the drive are automatically updated not just in the cloud but on all the other devices that you have connected to the Drive.
7. Within file size and space limits, users can store any file or folder, which they can store on their hard drives, in a cloud drive.
8. Google Docs is also built right into Google Drive, so users can work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
9. All users may not have immediate access to the Google Drive service. The Google Drive page says, “Your Google Drive is not ready yet.” And when you click the ‘Notify me’ button beneath the message, it states: We’ll email you at ******@gmail.com (your email address) when your Google Drive is ready.
To get yourself notified, please follow the link drive.google.com.
10. Users can attach photos from Drive to posts in Google+. According to the company, users will soon be able to attach stuff from Drive directly to emails in Gmail.
As a bonus, Google just announced the availability of 10GB of storage in GMail, up from the standard 7GB “to celebrate today’s launch of Google Drive.”
“Facebook” when trying to enter into mobile got real breakthrough by buying “Instagram”, Currently photo App for iPhone (soon entering into Android market) for “1 billion dollars”. This was a real big news as far as i concern.
Zuckerberg just updated his status confirming the purchase.
“I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.
For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.
We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.
That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.
We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.
These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.
This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.
We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.”
Instagram with 27 million users and counting, turning into a social network but not just a photo sharing app really got a breakthrough even with ZERO revenue model as of now. The sale is expected to close later this quarter in the combination of Cash and Shares.
What ever it may be “Instagram will be a stand alone photo App working closely with Facebook.”
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Now a days, i read so much of news about Facebook accounts are getting hacked and even i wrote an article previously about hacking incident that happened in India. By reading all those news, some of you may got frighten, some of you have taken some steps to secure your account, etc. Adding to you, in this blog I provide some instructions to make your Facebook account much secure.
Password, a vital component of the security system, they can be broken relatively easy way. Hackers try various methods to crack your password to gain unauthorized access in to your account. Below are the tips I suggest to make your password stronger.
i. Your password should not be a word from dictionary.
ii. Your password should be at least 10-14 characters long.
iii. Use combination of words(Both upper case and Lower case), special characters(@, $, %, *, etc), numbers.
Instruction 2: Detecting Suspicious Logins
This tip helps you to detect if any other person logging into your account and using it.
i. Login into your account and go to account settings.
ii. Then, click on “Security Settings”.
iii. Then you will find “Login Notifications”. Click on it and enable it. So that if any one login into your account, you will receive an email to your email id about the login and you can react immediately.
If you come across an unknown device / location in the list/active session, just click the corresponding “end activity” link and it should immediately log you out from that machine.
Instruction 3: Enabling Secure (https) Browsing on Facebook
i. Login and Click on “Account Settings”.
ii. Go to “Security Settings” and Click on “Secure Browsing”.
iii. Now enable secure browsing and save it.
Note: There are a few things you should keep in mind before enabling HTTPS. Encrypted pages take longer to load, so you may notice that Facebook is slower using HTTPS. In addition, some Facebook features, including many third-party applications, are not currently supported in HTTPS.
Instruction 4: Hiding Visibility of your Email Address
This will help you to hide your contact details from the hacker. It will be easy for the hacker to login into your account once he get permission to access your email id.
i. Go to “Privacy Settings”.
ii. Click on “Custom” and Select “Only me”. By using Custom option, you can even hide your contact details from a certain group of people.
Instruction 5: Logging in using Facebook username instead of email address
In the above instruction, i have mentioned about hiding your email id from others. But what if you are trying to login into your Facebook account by using Public Computer? This again will allow other persons to know about your email id. Instead of all this, simply use your “Username” to login into your account. If you haven’t registered a Username, goto account settings and register your username. This will help you to secure your Emil Id from Strangers.
Note: Only once you are allowed to change your Username, so be aware of it.
Instruction 6: Change your Password Once in a month.
Advanced Security Features on Facebook:
Hey folks, all of us have been anxiously waiting for Facebook new timeline feature. Long back i have wrote How to Enable Timeline feature for your profile ? but, right now Facebook launched it officially worldwide.
Originally announced in September, Timeline is an updated take on how to get your profile to better tell your story.
To activate or add this feature to your account only thing u need to do is Go click that “Get It Now” button. You’ll have seven days to review everything that appears on your Timeline before anyone else can see it.
“Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments. It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run. We hope you enjoy exploring what’s on your timeline, and adding new stories and experiences. ”, Facebook said on its blog and i feel the same.
Now a days i see so much of buzz in the media regarding “Kolaveri di” song sung by Actor Dhanush. The Kolaveri song went viral on the internet when it was digitally released by Sony music on November 16. It’s been more than 10 days since but the song is only rising up in popularity charts. Personally, i liked the song I thought of writing an article on it and I have gathered some articles which are bits and nuts and keeping them for you as a complete article.
Anirudh Ravichander who is very new to film industry is the music director for this song and he said “ The tune came first. Once I came up with the tune, Dhanush heard and sang the words. The entire process was over in 20 minutes.” Regarding the situation of the song, it was about failure in love. It’s surprising how the tune came to my mind immediately, in just five minutes. After that, Dhanush heard the track and liked it. Then, he started singing, just for fun. The first line he sung was, why this kolaveri?
However, Dhanush admits that the lyrics of the song has no meaning and is completely non-sense and he also says he never expected the song to be such a huge hit. He also says “When I was writing down the lyrics, I kept in mind all the English words that are used in the Tamil vocabulary. Words like I, you, me, how, why, cow.. I just framed them into sentences and thats how I came up with the song,” said Dhanush, who also penned down the lyrics of the song.
Adding to Dhanush, Some says the song was worst which has no meaning in it, who cares it? ‘Kolaveri Di’ crosses 4 million mark in Youtube and one lakh shares in Facebook.
10 days back Google don’t know what is kolaveri? but just type kolaveri now and see it give millions of results. Hope Google learned “what is Kolaveri?” Thats crazy the song is.
Kolaveri di song in Youtube:
What ever “Kolaveri” it is? This is making “Kolaveri” Its a soup song.
Many in Indian silicon valley and Information technology (IT) city Bangalore have woken up during the last two days to the harsh reality of finding theirFacebook accounts hacked.
The city has faced the brunt of cyber attackers as it reported over two lakh hacking since Tuesday even as source-based reports in various media said that over 60 lakh Facebook accounts have been hacked globally this week including 2 lakh accounts from Bangalore. What has further shocked the city is posting of pornographic materials by hackers on these Facebook accounts.
A police officer in the exclusive Cyber Crime Police station in Bangalore told The Pioneer that they have received many oral and written complaints about hacking of their Facebook accounts. The officer also confirmed about posting of pornographic material in their sites.
Priyanka, a software engineer, was shocked to see personal photographs missing and devastated to see some pornographic material in her account.
“I was shocked to see on Tuesday my most trusted Facebook account hacked. To my further shock I found many dirty material instead of lovely photographs I had posted. I have told the Cyber city police in this regard. This is highly embarrassing,” she said.
Balaji, a senior engineer who heads a company, had similar experience. He said “It’s lousy and dirty. How do we trust these networks? There is no foolproof system to protect out personal data. We have to be careful. It is quite embarrassing.”
According to many software pundits l the whole concept of social networks have to be taken with a pinch of salt. A software expert claimed that that it was a conspiracy which led to the hacking of Facebook. He suspects that unhealthy competition among social networks may be reason behind such large scale hacking.
Meanwhile, Facebook put up a set of guidelines for users who had either been hacked, or heard of such incidents.
The official Facebook Security blog post said, “Security and safety are at the core of Facebook. We have entire teams dedicated to building tools that give people even more control over their account, and specifically the way they access their information. In fact, many of our most talented engineers are working exclusively on creating a secure environment on Facebook.”
A Bloomberg report quoted Facebook as claiming that it has identified the culprits and those responsible for the deluge of hardcore porn and violent images in some users’ newsfeeds, and said it is working with its legal team “to ensure appropriate consequences follow.”
But according to Wall Street journal report, Facebook denied the accounts are hacked. “This is not true. Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is our top priority.”
Facebook has 25 million users from India.
The social networking company made the statement after porn, pictures of extreme violence and faked photos of celebrities such as Justin Bieber in sexual situations had flooded the profiles of some Facebook users.
Facebook said that it has “drastically limited the damage caused” by a spam attack that took advantage of a browser vulnerability. “Protecting the people who use Facebook from spam and malicious content is a top priority for us,” Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said in a statement.
What ever it may be, Again a question raised from Critics Whether Social networking sites are Healthy? So guys, please be sure of what you are doing on Social Networking sites. Its not something you are sharing with you friends and Family but with the World and Hackers are Every where. Are You Sure of What you are doing on Social networking Sites?