Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect

Facebook Newsroom;

Today, in the US, we’re rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.

To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

To know more about FB Messenger for Kids, you can visit https://messengerkids.com/.

You can now tweet with the 280 character limit on Twitter

Extra.ph;

After testing the feature last September, Twitter is making the 280 character limit official, meaning you can tweet with more than 140 characters.

Here’s Twitter’s official announcement;

WhatsApp now allows you to delete messages that was sent by mistake

From WhatsApp support page;

To delete messages for everyone:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete.
  2. Tap and hold the message > choose Delete from the menu. Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once.
  3. Tap Delete > Delete for Everyone.

The feature is available WhatsApp latest version for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.

Now You Can Order Food with Facebook

Facebook;

Today, we’re taking the time out of finding what you want to eat by officially launching the ability to order food for pick-up or delivery, directly on Facebook. People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants, and seeing what their friends say about them. So, we’re making it even easier.

Facebook’s Messenger Lite for Android launches in US, UK, and other countries

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge;

Facebook Messenger Lite, the excellent, cruft-free of Facebook’s chat app that focuses on the essentials, is expanding to the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. The Android-only app was originally launched so that users could access Messenger in areas with sluggish mobile connectivity.

From the Messenger Lite apps’s description page;

Installs quickly. It’s less than 10MB to install, saving storage space on your phone.
Saves data. It loads fast, runs efficiently and uses less mobile data.
Works everywhere. Reach people when you’re in an area with a slow or unstable internet connection.
Runs on most phones. You can use it on Android phones version 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher.

Looks like Facebook is following Twitter’s playbook when it comes to service emerging markets.

You can download the Messenger Lite app here.

Instagram now lets you limit who can comment on your pics

Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge;

Instagram is launching a handful of new tools today to combat harassment and help its community members.

The first of those is much requested: the ability to limit who can comment on your photos. Instagram now gives everyone with a public account the ability to limit comments to only people they follow, only their followers, or both their followers and people they follow. Public and private accounts will continue to have the ability to turn off comments entirely, but it appears to still be on a post-by-post basis.

This will give your IG post some degree of privacy.

You can read Instagram’s full announcement here.

Twitter is testing tweets with 280 characters

Twitter;

We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).

To some this could be a great improvement of the service but to many Twitter is killing the main feature that made it popular – forcing users to think within that 140 character limit.

I don’t mind the 140 character limit, I’d rather have them not include in the limit when tagging another twitter users or may be the first 3 hashtags.

Btw, you can follow the blog’s twitter account @kabayantech.

Facebook tests ombré-colored comments

Shannon Liao, writing for The Verge;

Facebook is conducting a test right now to bring the rainbow to you. Currently, only a select few users can see the test, and it appears to only work on mobile. Colorful status updates first came to Facebook’s Android app last December, and Facebook recently adopted the feature on WhatsApp.

Not sure how to react to this news, except that Facebook is starting to look like the old Friendster or MySpace.

Twitter rolls-out Night mode for Twitter.com users

Night mode have been available on Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android for more than a year now and I have been using it since it came out.

Here are steps on how to enable night mode on twitter.com;

To enable night mode via twitter.com, click on your profile photo, then select Night mode from the drop-down menu. To disable night mode, simply click on the Night mode setting again.

I’ve setup my profile to use the blue links and a black keyboard for my header photo, so the night mode compliments the theme of my profile.

Deleting my Facebook page

If you’re one of the few readers who “Liked” the blogs Facebook page, then you will have one more fb page that you need to worry about, since I’m deleting its Facebook page with URL facebook.com/kabayantechdotcom/, this is actually the second Facebook of KabayanTech, since the first one was merged with NewsHero.Net, which is now Extra.ph.

The reason why I’m deleting this is because I do not see any benefit in maintaining a Facebook page for KabayanTech. The number of person reached by the post on the FB Page does not necessarily mean that the person actually visits the blog itself. Plus, its one more FB page that I don’t need to worry about and maintain.

Of course the blog still have accounts to other social media sites; Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr. You can also subscribe to good-ole RSS feed via email or your preferred reader. If you’re a user to any of these social media site, I hope you follow, like and subscribe to us in order to receive regular updates and articles.

Cheers!

Facebook and Instagram get redesigns for readabilit

Josh Constine, writing for TechCrunch;

Taking inspiration from line drawings, Reddit and Messenger, Facebook is overhauling the design of the News Feed to make it more legible, clickable and commentable. Specifically, Facebook now makes it much clearer where threads start and end in comments. Meanwhile, Instagram today got a little redesign itself with comment reels now being threaded so you can have sub-conversations in public.

Most people won’t even notice these small changes on Instagram and Facebook.

Facebook sneaks into China with a new app

Steven Millward, writing for Tech in Asia;

In a surprise move, Facebook has made and released an app just for China – where Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has been blocked since 2009.

Facebook’s China app, launched stealthily into the local app store under a company pseudonym, is a photo-sharing service called Colorful Balloons. The New York Times first spotted and reported on the app after verifying that it was indeed made by Facebook.

The Colorful Balloons app is actually a walled-off, China-only version of Facebook Moments, the spin-off app dedicated to photos that was first introduced mid-2015.

Sneaky!

Apple Joins Instagram to Feature the Best #ShotoniPhone Photos

Michael Zhang, writing for PetaPixel;

Apple just joined Instagram. An unlike most other brand accounts, the new @apple handle won’t ever feature ads or announcements for products and services. Instead, it will be used for one, single purpose: to feature the world’s best #ShotoniPhone photos.

It’s interesting that Apple choose Instagram and not Flickr, to showcase photos that have been taken using iPhone. I guess, even though Apple said that they won’t feature ads, using the hashtag #ShotoniPhone, is an advertisement in and of itself.

Here’s Apple’s introduction to their IG account.

Facebook video call tablet is reportedly in the works

Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;

Facebook was also reportedly planning to build its own core operating system for the device, but instead might opt to use Android. The company is also testing a smart camera feature that allows the device to automatically scan for people in range and lock on to them. Facebook says that the device would make the participants of a call feel like they’re in the same room. The device hails from Building 8, the company’s experimental development lab, and could possibly be announced at the next F8 developer conference.

The social media giant may be taking a page from Amazon’s playbook, which is create a dedicated device similar to Echo, Echo Look and the Echo display.

Facebook hits 2 billion-user mark, doubling in size since 2012

David Ingram, writing for Reuters;

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Tuesday that 2 billion people are regularly using its flagship service, marching past another milestone in its growth from a college curiosity in the United States to the world’s largest social media network.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg disclosed the number to his followers in a Facebook post. “It’s an honor to be on this journey with you,” he wrote. (bit.ly/2sefWFL)

Incredible achievement by Facebook, specially if take in consideration how fast they reach that second billionth user.

Mark Zuckerberg just unveiled Facebook’s new mission statement

Nick Statt, writing for The Verge:

When asked about his life’s work, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has traditionally fallen back on a somewhat nebulous answer: making “the world more open and connected.” It was an almost quaint euphemism for the company’s more capitalistic goals of vacuuming up the attention of billions of humans and selling boatloads of advertising. Yet even for Zuckerberg, who does earnestly believe in Facebook’s power to continue transforming the world and improving our lives, that mission statement no longer cuts it.

On my newsfeeds, all I get are news links (mostly fake news) and not updates from my friends. Facebook needs to rethink how they will serve the almost 2 billion users on the service. I mostly used the service for Messenger and to in managing Facebook pages.

Here’s a screenshot of Facebook’s About Page;

You can now replay of your Live video to Instagram Stories

Starting today, we’re introducing the option to share a replay of your live video to Instagram Stories. Now, more of your friends and followers can catch up on what they missed. When your broadcast has ended, you’ll be able to tap “Share” at the bottom of the screen to add your replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. You can also tap the toggle and choose “Discard,” and your live video will disappear from the app as usual. When someone you follow shares a replay, you’ll see a play button under their profile photo in the stories bar. Tap it to watch the video and see comments and likes from the original broadcast. Since introducing live video in November, millions of people have used it to connect with friends and followers in an authentic way. Now, you can share these experiences with even more people. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.26 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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You can also read IG’s full announcement here.

Game On: Games on Messenger Go Global with New Features and Games

Facebook;

Today we’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. In addition, we’re also launching the new features that we exclusively previewed to developers at our annual F8 conference. These include rich gameplay features, which allow developers to create unique and sophisticated experiences and Game bots to help game makers surface exciting features like new levels and rewards. When developers start to take advantage of these new capabilities everyone wins with more dynamic and engaging gaming experiences.