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How to Transfer All Your Photos and Videos From Facebook to Google Photos

Friday June 5, 2020 3:17 am PDT by
Facebook has just made a photo transfer tool globally available that lets account holders easily download all their pictures and videos from the social network to Google Photos. Previously, the majority of Facebook users wanting to download their media from the site had to do it manually. From today, however, users with a Google Photos account can automate the job, and Facebook says more...

How to Enable Dark Mode in Facebook Messenger

Thursday April 18, 2019 3:17 am PDT by
After previously only existing as an "Easter Egg" setting, Facebook in April 2019 added a Dark Mode theme as an official display feature of its standalone Messenger app. Facebook says that Dark Mode is designed to provide less harsh brightness in situations where ambient lighting is lower while maintaining contrast and vibrancy. If you have an OLED iPhone, such as an iPhone X, iPhone XS,...

How to Remove Third-Party Accounts Like Facebook From Your Mac

Friday May 4, 2018 4:10 am PDT by
With the release of iOS 11, Apple nixed its built-in integration with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo, a feature that allowed iPhone and iPad users to store their third-party account information and access it within apps that needed to use those services. The equivalent feature remains in macOS High Sierra, although Apple has removed it completely from macOS 10.14 Mojave, which many...

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Facebook Launches 'Catchup' Audio Calling App

Wednesday May 27, 2020 4:10 am PDT by
Facebook is testing a new app that's designed to help friends and families in the U.S. to coordinate phone calls or set up group calls with up to eight people. "Catchup," built by Facebook's internal R&D group, differs from other group chat apps, in that the calls are audio-only, not video, and displays users' status to indicate they're available to talk. Catching up has never been this...

Facebook Acquires GIF-Sharing and Creation Platform GIPHY for $400M

Friday May 15, 2020 8:15 am PDT by
Facebook today announced that it has acquired the popular GIF sharing platform GIPHY, and it will be joining the Instagram team. Instagram has supported GIPHY search in Stories for years now, but Facebook said it will "further integrate" the platform's GIF library into Instagram and other Facebook apps. The sum of the GIPHY acquisition by Facebook is reportedly around $400 million, according...

Facebook SDK Issue Causing Some iOS Apps to Crash

Wednesday May 6, 2020 4:47 pm PDT by
Multiple iPhone and iPad users are seeing their apps crashing at launch as of this afternoon, and the issue appears to be caused by a faulty Facebook SDK that the apps are using. There are multiple complaints about apps crashing continually on iOS devices on the MacRumors forums, and a wide range of apps appear to be impacted. Google's Waze app, for example, won't launch, and there have been ...

Screenshots Reveal Facebook iOS App Has Hidden Dark Mode

Wednesday April 22, 2020 1:53 am PDT by
Facebook appears to be working on a dark mode for its flagship iOS app. WABetaInfo managed to enable the hidden setting, which is still under development and not yet available to public or beta users. 9to5Mac followed suit, and their screenshots suggest Facebook is aiming for a theme that's closer to greyscale than the true blacks used in Apple's dark mode for iOS 13. Facebook offers a...

Facebook Launches New 'Kit' App for Apple Watch to Keep in Touch With Your Closest Friends

Tuesday April 14, 2020 8:23 am PDT by
Facebook's experimental NPE Team today has launched a new app called "Kit" or "Keep in Touch" for connecting with close friends over Messenger on the Apple Watch. To get started, users scan a QR code on the Apple Watch, or enter an access code at fb.com/devices. Then, users select a Messenger contact and can quickly send that person a message, voice recording, emoji, or their location with a...

Facebook App Gains 'Quiet Mode' Setting to Help Manage Usage

Friday April 10, 2020 2:50 am PDT by
Facebook is rolling out a new feature in its iOS app that lets users temporarily mute push notifications and put the app on hold if they think it's taking up too much of their time. Called "Quiet Mode," the new setting can turned on for a certain period of time or scheduled to come on at specific intervals. Quiet Mode be found by tapping the hamburger icon in the bottom right corner of the...

Facebook Launches 'Tuned' Messaging App for Couples

Wednesday April 8, 2020 4:50 am PDT by
Facebook has quietly released Tuned, a new messaging app designed to provide a "private space" for couples to connect, reports The Information. Designed by NPE, an experimental group within the company that was established last year, the app encourages couples to share messages, notes, cards, voice memos, photos and Spotify songs with each other, thereby creating a "digital scrapbook" of...

Facebook Messenger Launches Standalone Video and Text Chat App for macOS and Windows

Thursday April 2, 2020 7:34 am PDT by
Facebook today launched a standalone Messenger app for macOS and Windows platforms, allowing users to video and text chat with friends and family from their desktop computer. Along with all of the expected features, Messenger on macOS supports Dark Mode. The Messenger app connects directly to your Facebook account, so you can chat with existing friends without needing an email or phone...

Facebook Testing Cross-Posting Stories to Instagram

Monday March 9, 2020 5:24 pm PDT by
Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow Facebook Stories to be cross-posted to Instagram Stories, reports TechCrunch. Right now, Instagram Stories can be shared to Facebook Stories, but the reverse is not possible. The new option would allow Stories to be shared interchangeably from one platform to another. Jane Manchun Wong, who often digs into unreleased features in social...

Facebook Cancels May F8 Developer Conference Due to Coronavirus: What Does That Mean for WWDC?

Thursday February 27, 2020 9:48 am PST by
Facebook today announced that it has canceled its F8 developer conference that was set to take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on May 5 and 6. In a statement, Facebook said that given "growing concerns" about COVID-19, the in-person component of F8 has been nixed. Instead of F8, Facebook is planning locally hosted events, videos, and live streamed content. This...

Facebook's 'Off-Facebook Activity' Tool Now Available Worldwide to Manage Data From Other Sites

Tuesday January 28, 2020 6:45 am PST by
Facebook today announced that its "Off-Facebook Activity" feature is now available to users around the world, after soft launching in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain last summer. Off-Facebook Activity lets you see a summary of the data that third-party apps and websites have shared with Facebook, and delete it if you see fit. As Facebook explained, other businesses send the social network...

Facebook Shelves Controversial Plan to Insert Ads into WhatsApp

Friday January 17, 2020 1:33 am PST by
Facebook's controversial plan to sell ads in WhatsApp has been put on the back-burner, according to a new report today from The Wall Street Journal. WhatsApp in recent months disbanded a team that had been established to find the best ways to integrate ads into the service, according to people familiar with the matter. The team's work was then deleted from WhatsApp's code, the people said.Plans...

Bug in Facebook App Accesses the Camera in the Background

Tuesday November 12, 2019 9:35 am PST by
The Facebook for iOS app appears to be accessing the iPhone or iPad's camera in the background when the app is in use, according to multiple reports on Twitter. The sliver of brown in this demo photo is the Facebook app accessing the camera behind the timeline. When scrolling through the Facebook timeline, several users saw the camera activated in the background, as demonstrated in the tweets ...

US, UK, and Australia Urge Zuckerberg Not to Extend Encrypted Messaging to Facebook and Instagram

Friday October 4, 2019 2:26 am PDT by
U.S., U.K., and Australian officials have contacted Facebook to request that it provides authorities with a way to access encrypted messages sent by users over the social network, it was revealed today. Facebook-owned WhatsApp already uses end-to-end encryption to ensure only senders and recipients can read messages, but Facebook intends to extend the same protocols to its Messenger and...

Facebook Announces 'Portal TV' for Streaming Content and Holding Video Calls

Wednesday September 18, 2019 5:49 am PDT by
Facebook today announced a new set of Portal video chat devices, including one that is aimed to compete in the streaming TV market. This device is called the Portal TV, and it connects to a TV set with a standard HDMI cable and can stream content as well as enable video calls through Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. According to Facebook, video calling is the primary feature of Portal TV,...

Facebook Preps Users for Apple's New Location Tracking Alerts in iOS 13

Tuesday September 10, 2019 3:28 am PDT by
Facebook has attempted to pre-empt awkward questions about privacy ahead of the launch of iOS 13, with a blog post explaining what Apple's new location data alerts mean for users of its mobile app. As we've covered elsewhere, Apple has doubled down on its privacy features in ‌iOS 13‌, giving iPhone and iPad users a more granular view of how third-party apps access their location information ...

Hundreds of Millions of Phone Numbers From Facebook Accounts Leaked Online

Wednesday September 4, 2019 12:21 pm PDT by
An exposed server with more than 419 million records from Facebook users has been discovered online, reports TechCrunch. The server was not protected with a password and was accessible to anyone. It featured 133 million records from U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records from users in the UK, and 50 million records on users in Vietnam. The records contained each person's unique...

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Messenger Voice Chats

Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:07 pm PDT by
Facebook paid “hundreds of outside contractors” to transcribe user audio clips from its Messenger app, reports Bloomberg. Employees who worked on the transcription were not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained, nor were they told why Facebook needs conversations transcribed. Facebook says that while it had indeed been transcribing audio, it no longer plans to do so....

Facebook to Be Fined $5 Billion in Cambridge Analytica Privacy Scandal

Friday July 12, 2019 1:09 pm PDT by
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a settlement with Facebook that will see the social media giant hit with a roughly $5 billion fine over the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, reports The Wall Street Journal. The matter has been moved to the Justice Department’s civil division and it is unclear how long it will take to finalize, the person said. Justice Department...

WhatsApp Tests Feature That Lets Users Share Their Status With Facebook and Other Apps

Thursday June 27, 2019 2:46 am PDT by
WhatsApp is testing a feature that enables users to share their WhatsApp Status posts over Facebook, Instagram, and other services. WhatsApp's Status feature works a lot like Stories do in Instagram, in that users can use the option to stitch together photos and video to express themselves in a way words alone might not allow them to. The idea behind WhatsApp Status sharing is that it...