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Facebook Home hits Android today – Chat Heads first!

Facebook Home hits Android today – Chat Heads first!

Today is the day that Android gets Facebook Home - but at this very moment, the big changes exist outside the final Facebook Home app, inside Facebook Messenger and the basic Facebook app instead! What you'll be seeing inside Facebook Messenger is a push to what's effectively Chat Heads. Chat Heads is a bit more of an aesthetic change than it is a change to your whole going-about of things.

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HTC First Review

HTC First Review

The HTC First is not the Facebook Phone, but it's a Facebook Phone, and if you feel like we've been here before then you're not alone. Baking the core essence of Facebook Home - "putting people first" with a content-rich homescreen and tightly integrated messaging - into a dedicated handset, the First is the start of what we're told will be a series of Home "experience" devices. Problem is, HTC tried putting Facebook front and center once before, with the HTC Salsa and ChaCha, and neither found much favor among the socially-obsessed. Has the $99.99 First got what it takes to be our very best friend? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Facebook Home Review

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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