social media

Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

It's 2016, and my phone can't last more than a day or so on a full charge. For whatever reason, phone manufacturers still seem to care more about the size of the phone than how long the battery will last. And as it turns out, app developers aren't helping matters, either.

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AltspaceVR brings its social platform to Samsung Gear VR

AltspaceVR brings its social platform to Samsung Gear VR

AltspaceVR is an interesting take on making the virtual reality experience a more social, shared one between friends. One way to think of it is like a Second Life, the online shared world where people can customize avatars and personal spaces, but updated for the future of virtual reality. Now entering the world of AltspaceVR has become a lot more mobile friendly, as their app has come to the Samsung Gear VR.

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Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter CEO responds to timeline outrage, changes will be opt out

Twitter went into a collective outrage yesterday, and rightfully so, after a report indicated that the social network would be abandoning the reverse chronological order of its timeline in favor of one organized by an algorithm. And while another source indicated that any such change would be strictly opt-in, it wasn't enough to stop a large number of users from threatening to leave the network. Fortunately, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has responded to the outcry — organized under #RIPtwitter — to assure everyone the real-time feed wasn't going away.

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Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Twitter tipped to ditch chronological timeline, users hate this idea

Internet users who hate big changes to their social networks of choice, it's best you sit down for this. A new report has surfaced indicating that Twitter may be ditching its long-established reverse chronological timeline in favor of one that's organized by an algorithm, à la Facebook. Even more surprising is that the overhauled timeline may make its debut as early as next week.

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Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter has a GIF button in the works for its mobile app

Twitter users and GIF fans, praise your deity of choice! The social network is currently testing a dedicated button for the internet's new favorite image format, with select users discovering it this week in Twitter's official mobile app. As seen below, those who have the magical button of internet awesomeness find it between the icons for adding regular photos and polls to tweets.

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Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

Facebook updates News Feed to weed out clickbait

If there's one type of story in my Facebook feed that will get me to unfollow a page, or use the “hide post” feature, it's a clickbait title. Basically anything with “one trick” or “you'll never believe number 4!” in the title gets removed from my feed. Well as it turns out, I might not need to keep doing that much longer.

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Facebook Events pages might soon offer ride-sharing features

Facebook Events pages might soon offer ride-sharing features

Finding a ride somewhere is pretty easy these days. Thanks to ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft, you don't have to worry about calling a cab and wondering when it will arrive. However, if you're heading to an event somewhere, things might get even easier, if Facebook has its way.

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Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

Facebook gets 5 new emoji to compliment the “like” button

When you see a friend post a status about something bad that's happened to them, people tend to instinctively go for the “like” button. That's how people on Facebook show their support. But with just the one option, is the message you're sending being read as “I support you during this hard time” or “I like the fact that this happened to you”? Well, very soon, you'll have some new options for responding to status updates.

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Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Study finds that Facebook friends really couldn’t care less about you

Thanks to the miracle that is Facebook, we've got more friends, and we're more easily connected to them than ever. We see their constant updates and achievements, and we support them by hitting that little “like” button that lets them know that we care just enough to do the bare minimum. Oh, and according to a recent study, roughly 97% of your Facebook friends couldn't care less about you.

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Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

Periscope broadcasts now play instantly on Twitter

In this age of smartphones and tablets, information of all kinds is at your fingertips. Information is transmitted so quickly via social media that you can literally watch major events right as they unfold. Well starting today, one of the easiest ways to share and view live video just got a lot easier.

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White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

White House’s latest social effort lands it on Snapchat

It's no secret the White House has been working to increase its social presence, and latest among that effort is its new Snapchat account. According to the administration, the new “WhiteHouse” account on Snapchat provides a “behind-the-scenes glimpse” of current White House happenings and likewise gives the public a way to engage with the administration. This follows the VR holiday tour the White House released last month.

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Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Following the recent sentencing of movie pirates in the United Kingdom, some curious folk hunted down the details on how police came to discover the pirates’ identities. Not surprisingly, and despite the prosecutor’s claim that the pirates had taken big steps to avoid detection, uncovering the pirates’ identities was pretty simple and largely revolved around the clumsy use of social media. In some cases, a single sentence was all it took.

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