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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Camera Dot From Facebook

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 PM

"Remember the Camera app? No, not the one that ships with every iPhone, but the app that Facebook announced on May 24, 2012."

It's out now in the iTunes store, but it's called "Camera Dot." Seems like a silly name to me, and to find it in the iTunes App store you need to do a search for "Facebook Camera" to find it. Or you can just click here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Manage Pages in Facebook With This iPhone App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 01:00 AM

"Facebook has launched its official iPhone app for managing Pages. After a slow rollout throughout other parts of the world, Facebook Pages Manager for iPhone is free and available now in the U.S. App Store."

Looks like now you can download this free app from iTunes so they must have fixed whatever was ailing it. Oh, and it's only available for the iPhone for some reason, but at least now you can manage your pages from your iPhone, something the Facebook app wouldn't let you do.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Facebook Buys Instagram

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:27 AM

"Facebook is not waiting for its initial public offering to make its first big purchase."

And that first big purchase is Instagram, for $1 billion in cash and stock according to a Facebook post by Zuckerberg. He says he is going to keep it separate from Facebook. Some, like Ben Brooks, aren't too sure about it and are using the "delete my account" option to get out while they can. Gizmodo has a post up now too on how to export all of your photos "before Facebook ruins everything." Me? I don't use it too often, but I'm more of the wait and see approach. What are your thoughts?

Monday, November 28, 2011

MyPad for Facebook

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:00 AM

"Loytr, the company that makes the popular MyPad app, has once again beaten Facebook itself to the iPad. The company on Tuesday debuted Timelines for Facebook, a native app that brings the social network's new Timeline user interface to the iPad."

Another option for you Facebook users that don't particularly like the iPad app from Facebook. It's available now in the iTunes Store for $0.99 USD [affiliate link], which is 50% off normal price.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Facebook for iPad is Finally Here

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"Facebook launched version 4.0 of its iOS app. With the update, the app now offers dual iPhone and native iPad support. Long-awaited, rumored often delayed, a native app has been something many iPad have wanted."

I'm one of the people that have patiently waited for this app, and am pretty happy with it so far. There are some minor inconveniences, such as when I go to a web link, and then finish and go back to Facebook, it doesn't always take me back to the spot I started in. But for the most part I'm happy with it. What are your thoughts about this new app for iPad?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Facebook Releases Messenger, a Chat Client for iOS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 PM

"Someone must use Facebook's chat system, because the social networking giant just released Facebook Messenger, a dedicated iOS app that allows you to send and receive messages or chat with friends on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It even comes with push notifications so you won't miss any messages."

Next up, video chat? Who knows, but they are showing signs that it might be the next thing according to 9to5 Mac. I messed around with this a little today, and it is handy I suppose if you message a lot with your Facebook friends, rather than having the full featured app open. The nice thing is you won't miss any messages since they are saved on the site so you can access them the next time you log onto Facebook. For instant contact, nothing beats SMS in my book, but if you don't have their cell phone number then this will work pretty slick. How about you, any thoughts on this latest program from Facebook?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Facebook to Bypass Apps Store with HTML5 and "Project Spartan"

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 PM

"Last night, TechCrunch leaked some details of a new initiative taking place over at Facebook called "Project Spartan." This project aims to utilize HTML5 to free Facebook (and Facebook games) from App Store dependence, essentially putting the ball back in Facebook's hands for control over their platform."

Facebook's "Project Spartan" is, in part, an attempt to minimize Apple's control of distribution of apps and games, by migrating things (when possible) to HTML5, thereby eliminating the 30% fee paid to Apple, and to allow developers to manage their own update cycles and payment process directly. Currently the week needed to get an update through the apps review process (following Apple's guidelines) and into production is too long for many developers, who seem to make changes and enhancements on a daily basis. ( Change Management, anyone? ) But, alas, HTML5 doesn't contain the rich functionality (yet) of native apps (often Flash), so this process may be slow, but with 700 million users and growing, Facebook has the clout to make this happen eventually.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

RockMelt for the iPhone, Update Facebook and Twitter From One App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:04 AM

"RockMelt has released a free iPhone version of its popular desktop app, a social-network, orientated web browser, that integrates with your Facebook/Twitter accounts, to share sites with your friends/followers as you surf, or you can update your social network statuses directly from the app. RockMelt for iPhone, brings all of these to the iPhone."

I've used similar apps in the past, such as Hellotxt, but this app does something additional: it syncs your bookmarks and also allows you to mark things for later reading. I haven't used it yet so I'm not sure exactly how well it accomplishes these tasks, but the app is free so if it doesn't work like I want I can always delete it and not be out any money. If you have used this app, let us know how it works for you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friendly for iPad Updated, But There Are Problems!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 02:16 PM!5791836/the-ip...d-photo-editing

"Friendly for Facebook, which is the closest thing the iPad has to a proper Facebook App, now supports in-app use of the iPad 2's cameras, as well as on the spot photo editing."

This really is the best way to use Facebook on the iPad, and it is available in a "plus" version for $0.99 USD [affiliate link] or in a regular free version [link]. The update however, appears to have broken something as most of the comments after the update say their screens are now locking up and many are going back to the previous version. So If you are happy with your current version of Friendly, I might hold off on an update until they resolve this issue!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

An Update to the Facebook App

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 AM

"Facebook for iPhone (iTunes, free) just got a nice little update with the following new features:added Map View for Places, added the ability to Check in to Events that you're attending, added the ability to unfriend from the phone, improved News Feed and improved notifications UI"

With all of these updates, I decided to download it and try it again, having given it up a little while ago for the mobile version due to the buggy-ness. However, this thing is still buggy for me so it's back to the mobile version for me! How about you, any problems with this app or is it working for you?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Facebook Consolidates Their Mobile Websites

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:40 PM

"Facebook is releasing a major upgrade to its mobile interface, unifying its mobile websites into one interface."

I'm hoping this will be an improvement. I've used the iPhone app and it functions differently than just going to the mobile site on Safari, so I usually end up using mobile Safari for all my Facebook stuff. As it is, they have the and the, and will be unifying both into the site. They also stated that over 250 million people use the mobile sites on a monthly basis, about one half of their user base. Pretty impressive.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Couple of Bugs on Facebook App for iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:11 PM,+iPad,+iPod)

"Some Facebook for iPhone users are experiencing two rather annoying bugs - Facebook does not send their status updates to their friends' live feeds, and Facebook for iPhone seems to be missing from all users' privacy settings."

Basically you posts or updates to Facebook if using the mobile app are invisible to the live feed, your friends would actually have to go to your wall to see any updates. Rather cumbersome and to be honest, no one really does that. The other problem is this app isn't listed in your settings for privacy so no way to find out what the privacy settings are at this point. No solution yet other than using the mobile site or the touch site for Facebook until they have these bug issues resolved.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Starbucks Makes Gifting Easy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"Starbucks is rolling out Starbucks Card eGift, a new way to digitally purchase and send Starbucks Cards to friends. With eGifts, available Wednesday, anyone can send a customized digital Starbucks Gift Card via e-mail or Facebook."

And not only that, but you can add this to your balance on your Starbucks Mobile Card so you can use your iPhone to pay for your coffee. Nice integration and they certainly make it easy to gift this, and who doesn't find these kinds of gifts useful? More info available at the Starbucks card page.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Help Me Win $1250 for Kids Who Need It This Christmas

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 03:00 PM

Hi everyone! I need your help to win an unboxing contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook, and it’s for a good cause. Since I do a lot of those, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we’re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense – so I’ve publicly committed to donating half of the prize ($1250) to kids involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. My mother works for that organization, and I’ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it’s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I’ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).

I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!

Here’s how you can help me, and the kids, win – oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!

  1. Log into Facebook, and visit the Best Buy Unboxing Day Contest Site. Click Allow when the app asks for your permission. I’ve noticed there’s a weird bug with Internet Explorer 8 where it loops the process for almost a minute, so you may want to use Firefox or Chrome if you run into trouble.
  2. Find my Samsung Focus video (see above) and click on it, then click on Vote in the window that pops up. You’ll need to fill out a little form; if you live outside Canada and don't qualify for the gift card, just put in whatever bogus information you want.
  3. Return to that contest site every day to vote – you can vote once every day up until December 31st.

The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I’ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii’s I purchase.

(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Facebook App Update Nice But Not The Best Implementation

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Facebook has updated its popular iPhone app to version 3.3.2. The update includes bug fixes, but it also adds the long requested ability to access your account and privacy settings directly from the iPhone app without having to log into"

Even though this wasn't a frequent occurrence, it was kind of a pain, having to get out of the app and go to the browser to make changes for Facebook. It is still rather cumbersome however, since all it does is open a browser within the app so you can make the changes, but at least you don't have to close the app and open the browser yourself. It could have been done better in my opinion, but perhaps this is just a step in the process. The update is also supposed to fix the annoying bug that gives errors when you try to upload photos to albums, something I get about 50% of the time literally, so I'm hoping it does work.

Friday, November 12, 2010

So I Guess Social Media Isn't a Fad?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 05:00 PM

A quick note for all readers of all sites: since this whole "Social Media" thing isn't going away any time soon, we've decided to modernize our sites a bit by adding both a Twitter "Re-Tweet" button and a Facebook "Like" button to the bottom of every post. If you find one of our stories useful, interesting, and worth sharing with others, please use the buttons. Thanks so much, and let us know if you see any problems. Right now we're using the basic Facebook integration rather than the deeper one that requires more coding work, but it should do the trick for now. And if you're using Twitter, you'll find our Twitter feeds in the upper right-hand corner of each site.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Facebook's New Location Feature

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"Fans of Gowalla and Foursquare may be interested to know Facebook has directly integrated a new location feature. The feature is now available with 3.2 of the app, which hit iTunes overnight."

This is a US only supported feature on the iPhone, but they also have it ready as an HTML5 web site. I personally didn't get into FourSquare too much, and I tried Loopt, but found I preferred to update via Facebook and Twitter. I think I may get more use out of this feature since most, if not all of my friends, are on Facebook, but very few use the other location based services. How about you? Is this something you are going to use on a regular basis?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Facebook for iPhone. iPad Version Still Missing.

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:16 AM

"Today Facebook has released an update to its popular iPhone application with support for iOS 4."

The new version of Facebook for iPhone (3.1.4) supports fast app switching and uses high resolution icons, in addition to the usual bug fixes. Stability is said to be improved. No new (visible) features were added with this release. Maybe all the Facebook programmers are working on an iPad version. One can only hope!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Facebook and HTML5

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Sorry, Flash, but it looks like yet another Website is petitioning to join Apple's "iPad Ready" clique. On Tuesday, MacStories discovered that Facebook is converting its newest videos into HTML5 for easy iPad/iPhone viewing."

Well, not so fast. According to this story from TechCrunch, they are converting all new videos to h.264, not because they are supporting HTML5, which is the reason the videos play on the iPhone and iPad. They haven't committed to HTML5 yet, only saying they are "considering the move."

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Apple Thoughts and iTunes App Store on Facebook

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"Interacting with the iTunes App Store just got easier, thanks to the new App Store Facebook page."

Apple Thoughts also has a fan page located here, and now Apple has an App Store page to go along with their iTunes page. I've gotten some pretty good free music by paying attention to the iTunes page, and both let you share with your friends on Facebook (as does our page of course).

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