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Facebook’s iOS app update finally lets users customize News Feed

Facebook’s iOS app update finally lets users customize News Feed

Following a limited test of the feature back in May, Facebook is finally giving users what they've wanted most: the ability to customize and filter their News Feed exactly the way they'd like to. The social network is debuting the features on its iOS app first, with the update available now via the App Store. With the changes, Facebook users can not only choose whose posts will appear at the top of their feed, but also edit and filter the things they don't want to see at all.

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Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updated to version 1.1.2 with Android/iOS/Web live

Periscope updates their live video app to include Android, iOS, and Web live views as well as Android and Web replays. This version will be delivered to iOS users as early as this afternoon with iOS replays as well. Version 1.1.2 allows users to edit full name as well as description and photo from their profile for the first time. Users will also be able to take advantage of a whole new featured users section and a "broadcast share sheet" for the masses.

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Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

The first day of this month brought with it a refreshed Facebook logo, one that differed just enough from the original that most users could stare at it for a while and wonder if something was different. The change, it seems, was to make the logo a little more modern, a little more relevant, while retaining its defining characteristics. That wasn’t the end of the social network’s design tinkering, however, and one of its designer's recently detailed how the friends icon was tweaked in recent months.

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Aaron Paul teases his role as Han Solo [UPDATE: Jawa]

Aaron Paul teases his role as Han Solo [UPDATE: Jawa]

Jesse Pinkman may have let the cat out of the bag - sort of - again. This evening the actor best known for his role on the TV series mega-hit Breaking Bad sent out a bit of a convoluted set of messages that, together, point toward him being cast as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology film. Approximately 30 minutes before the article you're reading now is set to be published, Paul released an Tweet of an Instagram of a screenshot. This screenshot was of the official Star Wars Twitter handle having just followed him. He attached the words: "My dreams are coming true."

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Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Tinder clone for Apple Watch uses heartbeat to determine matches

Imagine an alternate way of using dating app Tinder, where instead of looking at profiles on your smartphone and swiping right or left, you simply glance at your Apple Watch and the app know if you're attracted to someone based on your heart-rate changes. That's the idea behind design agency T3's concept "Hands-free Tinder." T3 built its app with the use of Apple's recently released Watch SDK for detecting a user's heartbeat. They claim to be releasing the app "soon," but unless it's really a cooperation with Tinder, a name change seems likely.

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Facebook pop-out video panders to split-attention

Facebook pop-out video panders to split-attention

Facebook has quietly added a pop-out video player to the News Feed, allowing users of the social network to keep one eye on playback while still browsing through posts. The feature sees a new button appear in the Facebook video player which, when clicked, detaches it from the post and allows it instead to be dragged around the screen, much in the same way that Samsung and others have supported picture-in-picture playback on smartphones and tablets.

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Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Reddit CEO apologizes for surprises, bad management

Ellen Pao responds to the community with an apology for not handling moderator concerns in a timely and helpful manner. Pao, interim CEO at Reddit, recently found herself at the receiving end of a bit of fervor over the past week due to a seemingly sudden firing of one Admin for the site by the name of Victoria Taylor. Taylor was also Reddit's director of talent and communications. Pao has suggested that she couldn't speak about one individual employee - but she had plenty of comments on other matters.

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Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Good news for Instagram fans, or just users who are tired of the social network's small resolution for displaying photos: the service is now storing images at a size of 1080 x 1080 pixels, a big increase over the previous 640 x 640 resolution. Unfortunately, both the mobiles apps and Instagram's website are still displaying photos at the smaller size by default, but it was discovered that the larger sizes can still be found by playing around with the web view's source code.

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Christian Facebook clone preaches love the social, hate the sin

Christian Facebook clone preaches love the social, hate the sin

A social network focused on serving the needs of evangelical Christians, complete with an "Amen" button instead of "Like", is promising to oust the sin from Facebook. FaceGlória, currently only available in Portuguese, was set up earlier this month, billed as a "clean virtual environment" in which Christian values will be observed. As a result, in addition to barring anything related to violence, sex, or LGBT issues, there's a long list of no-go words.

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Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

Understanding Facebook’s data lasers

This week Mark Zuckerberg showed off several photographs of lasers he suggested would be sending internet signals all around the world. These lasers will be used with Facebook's Internet.org project, beaming information "from a plane flying overhead or a satellite flying way overhead," according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "They'll communicate down to earth using very accurate lasers to transfer data." This isn't the first experiment in the world to use lasers to send data. In fact several organizations - like the ESA and NASA - have already begun real-world testing for data transfer between craft in space and labs on our planet's surface. Data transfer with lasers is super reliable and fast, too!

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Zuckerberg says “real name does not mean your legal name”

Zuckerberg says “real name does not mean your legal name”

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers the question of what the company really wants out of a "real" name for users. Facebook's naming policy has been under fire recently by the LGBTQ community, and Zuckerberg's answer to a direct question on the matter aimed this morning to take care of the situation in one swoop. At the same time, Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook is always looking for better ways to support everyone on Facebook, and that includes keeping their "real name" policy at the same time as they keep it safe for all users.

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Facebook Messenger’s money feature arrives for all US users

Facebook Messenger’s money feature arrives for all US users

We've previously detailed Facebook Messenger's new feature for sending money to friends, but in case you missed it, the feature works as such: you fire up Messenger and find the friend you want to send money to. Tap the "$" icon, enter an amount, and send it away. The person on the receiving end can then accept it and the money will be sent to their bank account. It's a convenient feature, one that is now available to all US users.

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