Facebook plans to eventually use its new "Nearby Friends" feature to power new location-based adverts and marketing, the social network has conceded, potentially souring what was generally seen as a privacy-mindful launch of the functionality. Nearby Friends began rolling out last week as a new addition to Facebook's mobile apps, optionally showing those on your friendslist your location, and making it easier to organize impromptu meet-ups. However, Facebook has more in mind than promoting socializing.
Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.
Facebook is preparing to challenge PayPal and Google Wallet as an electronic payments service, reportedly expecting imminent regulatory approval that would enable it to operate a money transfer system in Europe. The social networking behemoth is said to be in the midst of approval proceedings from Ireland's central bank that, if secured, would allow it to issue its own currency equivalent that would be valid across European countries.
Anyone who has an account on a social network like Facebook or twitter knows that a huge portion of the content you see are selfies taken by people. A selfie alone is not that hard for people to accomplish, but taking them with a group can be a challenge to get everyone into the picture. A strange and cool creation has turned up called the Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine or S.E.L.F.I.E. and it is a mirror that will take a selfie for you and post it to twitter.
Dropbox may have launched a new Mailbox for Android today, along with its Carousel photo app and Dropbox for Business, but the company is warning that "Chapter 2" is only just starting for its cloud intentions. "You have no idea how excited we are to show you what's next," Dropbox teased today, as it throws open the cloud to a new breed of apps, and brings former US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice onto the board.
Facebook will force iOS and Android app users to download the standalone Facebook Messenger app if they want to continue chatting, with plans to remove the messaging functionality from the regular Facebook app. The decision, likely to cause some consternation among Facebook users, is part of the social network's ongoing shift to standalone software for each key feature it offers, rather than bundling them together and running the risk that they get overlooked.
Google has been operating its Google+ social network for a long time and it has a reputation of being a ghost town. Facebook is certainly more popular and grew faster than Google+, but Google has a new trick for its social network that aims to show that people are actually using the network and looking at user profiles.
Nearly everywhere I turn, I see opinions across the spectrum on Facebook's recent decision to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion. There are some that say the move will help Facebook and take Oculus VR to the next level, while others claim it'll ruin the company.
But I'm here to tell you that, quite honestly, none of it matters.
Facebook has bought Oculus, spending $2bn on the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in what the social network says will be a push to grow 3D vision in gaming, communications, and "new social experiences." The deal, which will be made up of around $400m in cash and the remainder in Facebook stock, is expected to close before the end of June 2014, and will help Facebook in not playing catch-up to future platforms as, founder Mark Zuckerberg concedes, it did with mobile.