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HTC First Drops to $0.99

Paul Shirey Android Leave a Comment

Facebook Home was released not too long ago, and just after that came the dedicated Facebook Phone, a device that had Facebook Home pre-installed and fully supported it. It turns out that there isn’t much of an interest in a device that is centered around Facebook, because the device has dropped from $99 to $0.99. Even though the device runs Facebook Home by default, it has a decent 4.3-inch 720p display, a Dual Core 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and support for LTE. It also supports 1080p video recording. Initial impressions of the HTC first weren’t good, with many people complaining about the camera. I can’t see this succeeding simply because of all the complaints about Facebook Home. As good as Facebook may or may not be, either way no one wants a device that revolves around one product or service. Chat heads is good, but that’s about the only useful feature of it, and that’s built into messenger on every Android Device that has it.  

Paul ShireyHTC First Drops to $0.99
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Google+ Has Nearly 360 Million Users

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If you were trying to get a buzz on what social media platform is most popular, it’s likely that you would guess that Facebook is clearly number one, with Twitter gaining ground from the second spot. In fact, you’d likely claim that Google+ was a complete failure. It turns out that Google+ is currently the social media platform in second place, with 359 million active users. It’s a wonder that Google is able to boast such high numbers. It’s likely that a large chunk of users are just Android phone owners who use occasional features such as the +1 link on many apps and web pages. Google has been working on integrating all of their services such as Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, and Google+ for the past couple of years, which was all a part of the original vision for Google+. It was supposed to offer connectivity to nearly every web service that we use, but Facebook has become so integrated with other sites that nobody really looks for Google+ integration other than Google themselves. Speaking of Facebook, they have now passed 700 million active users. Another benefit of Google+ has been the Google Hangout feature. That is likely where …

Daniel BiehlGoogle+ Has Nearly 360 Million Users
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Should Businesses Allow Access to Social Media at Work?

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I’m sure we’ve all had that job where it seems like the day never ends. In a world of increased connectivity, work can oftentimes be the one place where we’re no longer connected to the world around us. Many business owners want to keep it that way. They don’t want distractions coming in and slowing down productivity. Lately though, many employees have started to lash back and demand access to social media while on the job. In the business world, it’s all about the bottom line. If they can find a way to increase productivity while keeping costs low, they will find a way to make it happen. In some fields, allowing employees access to social media can damage the image of their customer service. Some job markets, such as in construction, require that an employees attention be solely on the job at hand. What about those desk jobs that so many people have though? I work as a technology technician on a college campus, and I get quite a bit of downtime in between tasks. I’m allowed to surf the web and check Facebook, but many people who have similar jobs aren’t granted that privilege. In fact, recent studies show …

Daniel BiehlShould Businesses Allow Access to Social Media at Work?
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What Does Facial Recognition Software Do?

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As news slowly trickles out about the Boston bombing suspects, including the fact that authorities both had pictures of them at the attacks and photographs of them on file, people are questioning why didn’t facial recognition software immediately identify the perps? If America has learned anything from Gil Grissom and the rest of the CSI crew, it’s that very little imaging is needed to scan any face on a surveillance camera and return a complete list of information in minutes. Obviously a lot of the software on TV and in movies doesn’t exist but many people have the question of what does facial recognition software do? What is Facial Recognition Software? Facial recognition involves capturing a person’s face with a camera and scanning it with a database to find matches. The scanning process involves a number of logarithms including comparing spacing of eyes, offset of eyes from nose, cheekbone to jawbone composition, hairline,  and hundreds more. Ideally, the software will scan and report the number of features in the database that match, reporting a list of potential identities. Authorities can then conduct background checks on the individuals and hopefully find their unknown subject in a matter of hours. Where facial …

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Facebook Home Has Reached 500,000 Installs, But Does it Matter?

Bilawal Bashir Android Leave a Comment

Facebook Home has reached a respectable milestone of 500,000 installs in nine days. Although I am severely against installing that abomination of a launcher on any smartphone, many are happily enjoying what Facebook Home has to offer. Many experts suggested that the app will appeal to a rather small section of Facebook users, and will stick with those who are fully invested in the social network. Yet Facebook Home, despite being put down by many Android users, has reached a hefty number of installs. But apart from being a big number, 500,000 means nothing at all. Sure 500,000 users installed the Facebook Home on their devices, but that number simply represents the “number of installs”. So what if you installed Facebook Home just to check it out (like yours truly) and immediately uninstalled it after seeing that there are no widgets or that it takes three steps to get to your notification panel? Well you are among those 500,000. This number is more like a carwash saying 1000 cars washed this week, it’s not stating whether the customers were happy or not. That is why I am more interested in knowing how many actual users are actively using the Facebook Home. I …

Bilawal BashirFacebook Home Has Reached 500,000 Installs, But Does it Matter?
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Facebook chat heads are coming soon on iOS

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I love that today Bloomberg reported that Facebook was working with Apple to bring Facebook Home or elements of it to iOS. Then The Next Web says Facebook is not in discussions with Apple. Low and behold if you were to look for app updates on iOS it seems the Facebook chat heads are coming soon on iOS. The chat heads are one element of Facebook Home and it looks to be coming to both iPhone and iPad soon. Just gotta love how the tech industry works, many people saying many things and then after denial it turns out to be true. Now you might remember that I said in a post that Apple probably wouldn’t get the full Facebook Home treatment but it would probably get elements of it. Well so far it seems that is just what might be happening. When I did an app update today on my iPad there was an update for the Facebook app. It lists “chat heads” as available for everyone soon.

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Facebook Home Download Now Available

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Facebook has made its brand new launcher, Facebook home, available to specific devices. You can now go download it for the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. In order to use the “full” Home experience, you must have Facebook messenger installed, and the Facebook application installed. One thing you’ll notice if you download this is that it is very hard to get to your notifications. Any FB notifications will show up, anything else will not. If you want to actually get to your notification drawer, you’ll have to enter an app to do so. We’ve had some reports that people aren’t able to download the launcher yet, and we assume it’s because the servers are overwhelmed. Also this is only available to US device owners at the moment, so the rest of the 7 billion people on the planet will just have to wait. The Facebook Home download is available here.

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Pay-to-message feature rolled out by Facebook

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Over the past year Facebook has been experimenting with charging its users, personal and business alike, for various features. It started with a noticeable decrease in user reach to friends and subscribers. The official number is just between 15 and 20% reach. Users would then have to pay to promote their posts if they wanted to improve its reach. A price point system based on how many friends or likes a user or like page has been implemented to maintain reasonable pricing. There was outcry against these prices initially but now several months on it has just become an accepted reality. Today it was released that after successful trials in the US a pay-to-message system would be implemented gradually for all users. Why pay-to-message? This news has been met with similar outcry, however upon closer inspection this move makes a lot of sense. A few years ago Facebook inboxes were getting constantly spammed without the users consent. Facebook quickly remedied this issue by creating an “Other” inbox to handle messages from non-friends. This has not stopped spammers however but merely reduced their effectiveness. With the new pay-to-message system it tackles two important issues for Facebook. The first is it will …

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HTC First, the Facebook Phone availability report

Bilawal Bashir Android Leave a Comment

Finally the much rumored HTC First A.K.A the Facebook Phone has been announced. The smartphone is a mid-range one and doesn’t have anything special to boast. The body of HTC First is unimaginative and bland as well as the internals of the smartphone. Although it might be the first smartphone to use Qualcomm’s latest middle range Snapdragon 400 processor, we are not entirely sure how it will perform. In case you are interested in purchasing this smartphone, here is what we know so far about the availability of the HTC First: Preorder starts today at AT&T The HTC first is going to be exclusive to AT&T, at least for a short while. The preorder starts today at AT&T and the smartphone will start being delivered on 12th of April. That is the very same day when the Facebook Home will be released, fir the unacquainted, Facebook Home is a home screen skin tanned with Facebook branding. The handset will set you back $99 with a new two year contract. Its $450 without contract at AT&T If you don’t want to get in a contract with AT&T, you can still get your hands on the smartphone for a sleek price of …

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