Apple kept to their word and on Wednesday released iOS 5 for users around the world. iTunes 10.5 (which was released on Tuesday) is required before you can download the update. Not all Apple users are eligible for this update- only owners of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, iPad/iPad 2, and iPod Touch 3rd and 4th generations have access to the build. iOS 5 has more than 200 new features including (but not limited to):
- iMessage (the BBM of the iPhone)
- Built in Twitter integration (tweet anything from anywhere)
- Upgraded notifications system (Notification Center – one stop shop for all notifications More >
The long awaited and much anticipated Facebook app for the iPad is finally here today. As of Monday evening, Facebook’s iOS app is now a universal binary that supports not only the iPhone and iPod Touch but also the iPad. Among the new features found in the app are: Facebook lists supporting high-resolution photos, slide and pinch gesture supports, game compatibility with Facebook games, and quick access to messaging features from anywhere in the app.
Furthermore, Facebook has a dedicated page to the iPad app where you can find out more information as to what the app offers. If you are More >
When Spotify was recently launched in the US, an invitation was needed in order to get a free account. Previously anyone willing to pay for a subscription could join right away, without needing an invitation. Now Spotify no longer requires an invitation to join the party as they have recently partnered with Facebook to bring music to the social network. New Spotify users in the U.S. that sign up for free accounts will have unlimited access to more than 15 million tracks for the first six months. After that, time limits will go into effect. Spotify users with free accounts in Europe are More >
Facebook recently announced the launch of their in-browser video calling powered by Skype. Some of the new features that will be supplementing the video feature include the following:
See The Friends You Message Most The new chat design includes a sidebar that lists the people you message most. Now it’s easier to find your friends and start a conversation. The sidebar adjusts with the size of your browser window, and it automatically appears when the window is wide enough.
Create a Group Chat Instantly We’re also launching multi-person chat, which is one of our most requested More >
As Facebook continues its process to spread around the world, HTC has introduced a new phone with a heavy focus on Facebook integration. The phone, known as the Status, as it’s now called (formerly the HTC ChaCha), is a new AT*T phone with many Facebook oriented features, including a dedicated features, such as a dedicated Facebook button, which makes sharing content on Facebook much easier.
In addition to the Facebook button, there are also quite a few exclusive features across the board. The lock screen, for example, has been turned into a launch pad, allowing users to place shortcuts to More >
Google has been hard at work and has recently unveiled two big things. One of them being Google+, which is a unique twist to social media and a direct competitor to Facebook, and another being Swiffy, a new experimental tool for developers which converts some .SWF Flash files into HTML5 code compatible with devices like the iPhone and iPad.
Google+ aims to change the way we stay in touch with people online. The service emphasizes on how data is shared, and with whom, as well as privacy (a department we all know Facebook makes frequent unwanted changes to). The service is organized into five More >
George Hotz, after months of being missing in action has been fond to be working for Facebook. He supposedly started working for Facebook last month but the announcement was made on June 17th only to be discovered recently. The news came originally from the iPhoneDownloadBlog:
We were just tipped off by the folks at Tech Unwrapped that George Hotz is now working for Facebook. Needless to say that I was a bit skeptical about the news and when I inquired for more details, I was pointed to GeoHot’s very own Facebook profile where he confirms that he is indeed working for Facebook…
According More >
Facebook seems to constantly be in the middle of privacy issues recently and as Mashable reports, the social networking side could be steaming headlong into another, with its facial recognition system. The new system, which set many alarming bells ringing for many privacy-conscious people when it was first discussed back in December, offers people’s photos and suggests the names of friends they should be tagged as.
The feature basically means that whenever you’re offered the chance to tag groups of your friends in an album, Facebook will use its facial recognition technology to group More >