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Facebook Home Review

Is your smartphone social? Facebook isn't convinced it is and so, in lieu of one true Facebook Phone, it wants to make over every Android smartphone in its image, courtesy of Facebook Home. The new launcher will start its spread on a select range of Android devices, as well as dedicated handsets like the HTC First, from April 12, but it demands a hefty commitment: gone is the usual, flexible Android homescreen, replaced by a new UI that puts sharing front and center. Walled garden or the place where social grows? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Facebook Home to launch in Canada within weeks after US release

Facebook Home to launch in Canada within weeks after US release

Facebook's newest method to start a social fire is Facebook Home, the company's new home screen app launcher of sorts. It's set to release for free in the Google Play store on April 12. However, only US users will be able to take advantage of the new launcher, leaving international users waiting a bit before it hits their land. However, it's reported that Facebook Home will hit Canada within weeks after the US launch.

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Facebook reveals its first TV ad for Facebook Home

Facebook reveals its first TV ad for Facebook Home

Facebook has just revealed its first television commercial for Facebook Home, which is set to hit your television sets soon. The commercial is titled "Airplane" and it centers around a man who livens up his business trip by bringing his friends "on the journey with him". Every time he scrolls across his Cover Feed, someone will appear, whether its his friends in the overhead luggage compartments, drag queens popping up all around him, or his nephew smothered in chocolate cake.

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SlashGear Weekend Wrap-Up: April 6th, 2013

SlashGear Weekend Wrap-Up: April 6th, 2013

This week is finally almost over, and there were tons of news stories published everyday. At the beginning of the week, we learned that there was an iMessage DDoS attack going around that would lag your device and inhibit its capabilities. More bad news for Apple followed when the USPTO denied its iPad Mini trademark. April Fools was a blast this year with many companies perfectly executing their well thought-out pranks.

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Deactivate Facebook Home in one tap: step-by-step

Deactivate Facebook Home in one tap: step-by-step

If you're thinking about picking up an HTC first device on the 12th of April, you might want to consider turning Facebook Home off. But why would I want to turn off the system that's selling the smartphone, you might ask? Because there's a completely clean Android Jelly Bean under that Facebook Home skin, that's why! It's time to deactivate Facebook Home before you even take the time to use it!

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Facebook addresses Home privacy concerns

Facebook addresses Home privacy concerns

Since its unveiling, many individuals have been vocal about Facebook Home concerns, speculating about privacy and what information the service many gather. To mitigate the worries and clarify the issues, Facebook has released answers to several questions that have been posed repeatedly, talking about what information it gathers, how privacy works with it, and more.

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HTC First vs HTC M4: should you wait to drop Facebook Home?

HTC First vs HTC M4: should you wait to drop Facebook Home?

There are two HTC smartphones headed to the market in the next few weeks, the First of which is called the HTC First - fully equipped with Facebook Home for you social networking fanatics. The other is one that's not been fully recognized is an iteration of the HTC experience with nearly the same specifications of the HTC First, this time called the HTC M4 - aka the HTC e1. The thing is, though, that the HTC e1 is already on the market in China, while the HTC M4 (code name similar to the HTC One's "M7") might never reach the public.

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Facebook Phone event sends stock up 3 percent

Facebook Phone event sends stock up 3 percent

Investors appear to be cautiously optimistic about the announcements made today regarding Facebook and their new Android smartphone-based software experience. Stocks have jumped over 3% after the Facebook "New Home on Android" event, this allowing the stock to hit $27 and above for the first time in half a month. What we must assume is that the negativity in talk of a Facebook Phone (that is, a complete replacement of the operating system) was doused by the appearance of Facebook Home - a home screen replacement app for Android.

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Facebook Home will have ads (just not at first)

Facebook Home will have ads (just not at first)

This week the Android user experience known as Facebook Home has been revealed, and with it, whispers of advertisements served to you front and center. Not unlike what you've seen with Kindle series of tablets, the Facebook Home app will indeed be serving advertisements to you through the lockscreen portion of the UI. What's not known at the moment is if this will be a reality just on the app download version of Home or if it'll be present on the Facebook Phone experience too.

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EE nabs HTC first exclusive in UK

EE nabs HTC first exclusive in UK

The Facebook Phone will be coming to the UK with EE exclusively, this being the first time that EE has had an exclusive of such magnitude with the HTC first. This HTC first device will be available this summer on EE's own 4GEE service but no pricing or release dates have yet been released. In the United States, the HTC first will be coming to AT&T on the 12th of April, 2013 - so we must assume this release won't be long after!

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