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Facebook Messenger reaches v4.1 and enables Wi-Fi calling for all

Although Facebook previously had Wi-Fi calling enabled on their Facebook Messenger app, the option to use it was limited to the US, UK and Canada. To expand on that capability, Facebook has now updated Messenger to v4.1 and is offering free calls over Wi-Fi wherever you are. What's New in...
How to invite someone to a Facebook event on iPhone and iPad

How to invite someone to a Facebook event on iPhone and iPad

Once you've created a Facebook event it's time to start adding members to it. While it's easy to add people while creating an event, what if you forgot someone and need to go back and add them? Or perhaps it's an open event created by someone else and you want to invite someone. In either...
How to create a Facebook event on your iPhone or iPad

How to create a Facebook event on your iPhone or iPad

If you use the Facebook app on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily create events for parties and get togethers, no computer required. Unfortunately Facebook has decided to somewhat bury the feature, which has left a lot of people scratching their heads. If you're one of the ones who couldn't find...

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Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

Facebook wants you to know when your friends are nearby, if they're cool with that

Facebook has announced an interesting new feature called Nearby Friends which does pretty much exactly what you think it does. User can optionally turn on broad proximity notifications, so you and your friends can get a notice when your friends are nearby. You can set specific friends and friends...
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Facebook for iOS updated to 9.0 with better group management and more

Just one month after their 8.0 update, Facebook has updated their app to version 9.0, bringing some new commenting and group management features to the app. The News Feed on iPad has also been updated, and posts about trending topics will now be highlighted. You can now reply directly to...
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Facebook to kill in-app messaging in favor of using dedicated Facebook Messenger app

Facebook is working on transitioning users somewhat forcefully to using their dedicated Messenger app. Warning messages have been sent out to some European users that in about two weeks time, they wouldn’t be able to use the core Facebook app to do their chatting. Though this change will be...
Facebook goes all in on the Oculus Rift, buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

Facebook goes all in on the Oculus Rift, buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

The Oculus Rift is an amazing piece of technology and the company behind it all, Oculus VR, has become a leader in the immersive virtual reality space with a ton of attention being sent their way and it’s about to increase Oculus has now announced an agreement to be acquired by Facebook. The...
Facebook Paper breathes dynamic new life into your timeline

Facebook Paper breathes dynamic new life into your timeline

Facebook Paper is now available for free in the US and drastically changes the way you interact with Facebook, but in a good way. It brings with it beautiful full screen photos and status updates, a gesture driven design, and all new ways to curate your content based on what you care about most...
Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

If Facebook buying Whatsapp means you're busy looking for a new instant messaging app to call your own then here are the best alternatives for you to consider! Let's be clear — if you used WhatsApp today, very little will change today and likely tomorrow. According to WhatsApp's statement, not...
Facebook buying Whatsapp... for $16 billion!

Facebook buying Whatsapp... for $16 billion!

Facebook has just announced that they're buying the popular instant messaging (IM) app WhatsApp for an incredibly cool 19 billion-with-a-b dollars. That's $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in shares, and $3 billion in restricted stock for the founders and employees that'll divest over the next 4...
Latest Facebook update buggy or crashy or not even downloading for you? You're not alone!

Latest Facebook update buggy or crashy or not even downloading for you? You're not alone!

Facebook is one of the most popular iOS apps of all time, so when its crashy, buggy, not downloading, or otherwise causing grief to even a small percentage of the people using it, we hear about it. This time it's with version 6.7.1, released on November 8, which won't download and keeps spitting...
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Facebook taking action against spammy posts in your News Feed

Get ready to see fewer spam posts in your Facebook News Feed. Taking to its official blog, Facebook is letting everyone know that it's taking a harder stance on not showing posts that people deem "spammy." The new effort comes down to blocking out three main types of posts: Like-baiting,...
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Paper, an all new way to read Facebook on your iPhone, is coming Feb. 3

Facebook has today introduced its own take on a news app: Paper. It's coming February 3, but will be U.S. only at launch. Since this is a Facebook product, there's a healthy dose of your friends in there, with Paper first opening up on your Facebook News Feed. But – thankfully – there's more to...

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Facebook for iPhone Updates to 3.03 "Minor Bug Fixes and Japanese Localization"

Facebook for iPhone and iPod touch [Free - iTunes link, by updating to version 3.03 for "minor bug fixes and Japanese localization", but underneath that listing all the major changes from the original 3.0 release, has resulted in flood of tips to TiPb actual. Shows us a few things:

  1. Wow but do people love that Facebook for iPhone app
  2. Devs need to be careful how they list their changeroll
  3. Users need to be careful how they read the changeroll

Still, if you've been experiencing bugs, or really wanted to get your Japanese on, this updated is for you!

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iPhone Facebook App Developer Says Goodnight and Good Luck

Joe Hewitt, the developer who saw the Facebook App for iPhone and iPod touch to version 3.0, and the cusp of 3.1 (which promised/threatened push notifications), has thrown us the Twitter-equivalent of a curve-ball:

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Facebook App: An iPhone vs. Droid Quick Comparison

I'm a big Facebook user, and I'm guessing many of you are as well, given the interest in our Facebook for iPhone posts. Well, I was able to spend a little time with the Droid in a Verizon store on launch day, and while I wouldn't call this a full-blown comparison, it is a quick overview of some of the similarities and differences I noticed between their Facebook applications.

The setup is a little different than the iPhone. For starters, it was reminiscent of the Palm Pre; the Droid will sync your contacts to your address book. After the initial setup, I was eager to get started using the app.

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Facebook 3.1 With Push Notifications Coming Soon

Early this morning developer of the iPhone Facebook application, Joe Hewitt, posted that Facebook 3.03 is on it's way to squash a few bugs. Even bigger news is that update will then be followed by Facebook 3.1 which will include push notifications.

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iTunes Launches Facebook Fan Page, Offers 20 Free Songs

Wow. Apple's iTunes Store now has a Facebook Fan Page. During today's It's only rock and roll, but we like it special music event, Apple announced iTunes 9 and said it allowed users to share via Facebook. Apparently you can share some love for iTunes right back.

And if you do, you can get 20 free songs by indie artists. The process sounds hecka convoluted, but TUAW takes you through it admirably.

Let us know if you become a fan, and get your music!

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Quick App Updates: Facebook 3.02, QuickOffice 1.4, i.TV 2.0

Facebook 3.02, i.TV 2.0, and QuickOffice 1.4 -- among many others, no doubt -- have just hit the App Store, and what do they bring to the iPhone this time around?

  • Facebook 3.02 [Free - iTunes link] contains the obligatory bug fixes as well as VoiceOver support. Very nice!

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Facebook 3.0.1 for iPhone -- With Bug Fixes! -- Now in the App Store

Facebook 3.0.1 for iPhone [Free - iTunes link], which fixes some bugs found in Facebook 3.0, is now being served piping hot and ready from the iTunes App Store.

(And wow but can Apple approve fast in some cases?!)

[Thanks Cameron for the tip!]

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Facebook 3.0 for iPhone Now in iTunes App Store

Yep, you read the headline right, after many days of anticipation, and a few minutes of is-it-or-isn't-it, Facebook 3.0 [Free - iTunes link] for iPhone (and iPod touch) is now live in the iTunes App Store. Go download it now, or check out Chad's preview if you're still on the fence... (Why would you still be on the fence, it's the biggest social network in the 'verse and it's for free!)

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App Preview: Facebook 3.0 for iPhone

I love Facebook and this is a preview of the hotly anticipated  Facebook for iPhone 3.0, coming soon to the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.

Where to begin? When I first installed the app, I was frozen with anticipation. I have seen some sneak peeks on Facebook's app page, but that was it. Now with it in my hands... Let's begin by looking at the basics.

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Follow Friday: Keep Current with TiPb and the iPhone via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or RSS!

In addition to our main iPhone blog, iPhone forums, and iPhone Live! podcasts, there's a number of other ways you can follow TiPb and get all the latest iPhone news, reviews, and how-tos:

Twitter

You can follow our feed via @theiphoneblog on Twitter, and keep up with our staff including @reneritchie, @backlon (Dieter), @iChadman, and @JFSikora (Jeremy).

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Facebook 3.0 for iPhone Coming Soon. Push Notification Coming Later

Whether the idea of push notification for the iPhone Facebook app makes you want to do a happy dance, or just run screaming for the delete button, according to a recently published note, you won't be getting it in the 98% completed Facebook 3.0 anyway:

Push Notifications, is in development but it won't make it into 3.0. You can expect it in a 3.1 update later this summer.

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iPhone at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2009 Roundup

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2009 is trendy, twitter-filling, and the source of increasingly social iPhone news releases. What's going on this year?

FaceBook connect comes to the iPhone. Sure, they may just have redesigned their home pages to basically become Twitter with invitations to apps you don't want and events on continents you can't attend, but behind the scenes:

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Review: Pinger, the Social Dialer for iPhone

It's been awhile since we've heard anything from Pinger, creators of a service that allows you to trade voicemails like they were emails. Their previous offering was interesting but not ultimately useful for most people. Their new offering, a clever iPhone application (iTunes link) that combines a social media aggregator, a dialer, and an IM client is interesting and likely useful for most people. For me, it addresses my #1 gripe about the iPhone. It's also free.

Read on for a review!

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The iPhone blog on Facebook: Phase 2!

A few weeks ago we told you about TiPb's shiny new Facebook group -- a comfy place to de-harshen your mellow and hang with your fellow TiPbsters (TiPbites? Er... we'll work on that!) on the FB!

Well, we got us some feedback. You wanted some features. You wanted to be able to keep up with news, for example, which is something not easily accomplished in the confines of a "group". We shoulda made a "page", you told us (most of us, at least -- Chad bashed us over the head with that one about 0.01 seconds in).

Well, we listened. Introducing The iPhone blog's brand spanking new Facebook Page!

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Join the iPhone blog on Facebook!

Now that Facebook has their snazzy new 2.0 iPhone App, TiPb decided we needed a snazzy new Facebook group to go with it. We're launching it today, so here's your one and only chance to get in on the ground floor.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Facebook and become a founding member of the iPhone blog group now!

(And don't forget, you can follow us on the Twitter as well!)

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Facebook 2.0 Hits iPhone App Store

Last month, Dieter let us know that Facebook's popular, but feature-thin App Store application would be getting an update to (hopefully!) bring it up to par with the older WebApp version accessible via MobileSafari browsing. The due date was September, and boy did they just manage to sneak it in under the wire! Check out the iTunes App Store for Facebook 2.0 (still free!).

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Facebook App for iPhone to Actually Reach Feature Parity with Web Version

Good news on the Facebook front: their native application is due to get an upgrade in September. The upgrade should actually make the app reach some sort of feature parity with the web-app version of Facebook, which right now is far superior to the native app.

New features include a revamped profiles view, viewing all notifications in the home tab, friend search and approval, the ability to view your full inbox, and more.

Joy!

Read: for iPhone's Notes

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Facebook on the iPhone: 1M Downloaded, "Connect" Service Launched

iPhone users sure love them some Facebook. In just two weeks following the launch of Apple's App Store, Facebook's Director of Mobile, Jed Stremel announced that the Facebook App for iPhone has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times. Whether those are unique downloads, and whether all downloaders are now using it consistently aren't known, but Facebook remains in the top-ten list for free apps and doesn't look to be going anywhere anytime soon.

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CTIA: Facebook Talk

Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, gave a great talk today. His talk actually dovetails perfectly with what I wrote last night, that all of these "walled garden" methodologies have got to go. My notes from the talk have been posted up; you'll see them refined into a story at BerryShack and Crackberry soon enough, I'm sure.

I'll dig a bit deeper into his talk later today, but the highlight for me is that Moskovitz knows that as computers get smaller, they'll eat into mobiles. Mobiles will have to become open like computers, or people will start using computers instead of mobiles. As computers miniaturize, that's just going to be a fact of life.

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