Facebook wants to force you to adopt it’s standalone mobile app and it’s efforts has privacy-concerned users upset and up in arms! Recently reports have surfaced and gone viral bashing the social network recently because it claims the app gives Facebook “direct control over your mobile device” and allows Facebook to call phone numbers without a users’ intervention and send text messages without confirmation, but IT’S NOT TRUE.
Guess what? Facebook Messenger isn’t any more invasive than Facebook’s main app — or other similar applications. The fear actually stem from a message that greets owners of Android devices when they install the app. It explains that the app requires permission access to the device’s camera, microphone, list of contacts and other information. Want to know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app? Discover what it can and can’t do below.
Here’s THE TRUTH about what Facebook’s mobile messaging app does and doesn’t do.
TRUE OR FALSE: The Messenger app is new.
(FALSE) Facebook’s Messenger app has been around since 2011. In April, it started requiring that users in Europe download and install the app if they wish to send messages to Facebook friends. Two weeks ago, the company said it would expand the requirement to other parts of the world. Facebook says it’s forcing users to make the switch because a standalone app offers more features. For example, the app is faster, it offers a selfie cam, stickers and can be used to reach people on your contact list who are not Facebook users.
TRUE OR FALSE: You have to use the Messenger app if you want to send messages to your Facebook friends.
(FALSE) While it’s required to download if you are using Facebook’s mobile app on the iPhone or Android smartphones, you can avoid it if use the Facebook messenger service on your desktop or laptop, iPad or even the mobile Facebook website.
TRUE OF FALSE: The Facebook Messenger app’s terms of service are different from —and more intrusive than— Facebook’s own official terms.
(FALSE) Facebook’s terms of service are the same for all its mobile apps, including the main Facebook app. You can read it here. What’s upsetting people is the list of “permissions” they see when they download and install the app on an Android phone. It’s a long list with 10 items, each of which states that the app needs access to features on your phone including contacts, calendar, location data and Wi-Fi information. Sure, that’s a lot of personal data. But it’s the same data most messaging apps have access to. On the iPhone, users don’t get the list of permissions when they install the app, but when they use it, permissions pop up individually. You can view the app’s list of permissions HERE (Click “view details” under Permissions.)
TRUE OR FALSE: Facebook’s Messenger app will use your phone’s microphone to record you.
(FALSE) The app needs permission to use your phone’s microphone and camera. But it requires that access because the microphone is needed for voice calling, a service that the standalone app offers that the Facebook app doesn’t, and sending sound with videos. Same with the camera, it needs access if you want to send your friends pictures.
TRUE OF FALSE: Facebook will direct the app to send SMS, or text, messages without your permission.
(FALSE) One of the permissions does say that Facebook can edit, receive, read and send SMS messages. But the company says the reason it wants to send and receive SMS messages is so that if you add a phone number to your Messenger account, you can confirm by a confirmation code that Facebook sends via text message.
Now that you know the truth about Facebook’s new messenger app are you still nervous about installing the “new” app now? Have you made the switch to the upgraded Facebook Messenger app yet?
Let’s face it! Everyone loves playing games on their smartphone or tablet to pass the wading time throughout the day. Whether you admit it or not, you’ve definitely got a few bandwagon games on your smartphone that you probably don’t even play anymore. Why not jump on the newest and most downloaded games of the week to peak your interest in gaming agin. Discover the top 5 free games to kill time at work available this week for your Apple or Android device below.
5. Guess The Emoji
With the buzz of new Emojis coming soon, isn’t time you brushed up on your emoji knowledge before things really get out of hand? Guess The Emoji will actually entertain you for hours. The kid friendly and family friendly game tests your logic to solve simple emoji puzzles.
4. Don’t Touch The Spikes
Talk about a game that’s pretty straight forward. Basically you maneuver and fly a bird with the intention to make it to safety without flying into spike walls and traps. Could this be the next Angry Bird? I’m not so sure, but it is generating a buzz in gaming so you’ll just have to play and see.
Feeling a little nostalgic and in search for an old school arcade style game to soothe the in-office tension? Then Timberman is for you! Its a fairly simply game. Become a Tiberman, chop wood and avoid the branches. As you get further along in the game you’ll have to compete with variable environments and 10 Timbermen to unlock, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but you’ll have fun competing for top leaderboard status anyhow.
The official Jenga game can now be played in the palm of your hands from anywhere! (Can you imagine trying to set up dozens of wooden blocks on the subway? Not happening!) With Jenga on your smartphone, you can take the tower building experience anywhere! Just don’t yell out JENGA too loud, you’re killing time in the office, not at family game night.
1. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
If you love all things Kardashian, then this game is totally for you! You can you create your own star-like celebrity status on a red carpet adventure starring Kim Kardashian. You can even date and dump celebrities at the best parties and hottest clubs. Don’t worry, you won’t have to marry Kanye West in the game. Sounds like fun right?
Have you downloaded any of these games yet? Would you actually play the Kardashian game? Would you download any of these games to kill time at work? Share your thoughts below.
Whether he’s working on the set of NBC’s “Crisis,” or starring in big screen dramas like “Temptation,” Lance Gross is quite busy these days. We recently caught up with the Verizon Potential of Us influencer, and he told us the top five apps he can’t live without:
- Instagram — In this business, I meet a lot of great people and travel to beautiful places. I love posting pictures of the people I’ve met and places I’ve visited along the way.
- iTunes — I don’t know where I’d be without my music. iTunes gives me easy access to my favorite songs at all times. There’s nothing like sitting back and listening to some tunes after a long day.
- Vine — I love to watch videos on Vine. It’s amazing what people can do in six seconds.
- Flight Tracking App — I’m always traveling, so having flight information in the palm of my hand is convenient. This flight tracking app allows me to manage my trips, check flight statuses and choose travel preferences.
- Photo Editor — I’m an avid photographer. With tools that allow me to fix red eyes or add effects to my photos, this app is a one-stop shop for picture editing.
What are some of your favorite must-have apps? Share your favorites in the comments below.
Hey Selifie lovers! The ever popular photo-sharing app Instagram, announced 10 new editing tools just moments ago for both iOS and Android. In addition to new adjustments like contrast, brightness and saturation, Instagram’s filters have also been tweaked; users can now adjust the filter’s intensity with a slide bar.
Instagram first started utilizing the slide bar in March with the app’s Lux tool, which serves as a fill light of sorts for dark photos. That slide bar is now available on a number of editing features, giving users more control over how dramatic their edits appear.
The full list of editing tools include Adjust (lets you crop and straighten photos simultaneously), brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, vignette, sharpen and filter strength (the border tool is now within the filter strength setting, too).
More Instagram editing tools are on the way, and we’re told they will be added to the app as they are finished. Instagram expects the new editing tools to be available to iOS and Android users throughout the day as the app updates are pushed through to the App Store and the Google Play Store. To learn more about these new tools, check out help.instagram.com.
It’s that wonderful time of year again — when you grab up your girlfriends, family and start planning your next amazing road trip! To help get you on your way, I’ve gathered six of the best road trip travel apps out there. They’ll all help you narrow down where to go and, once you’ve picked a killer spot, what to see and do. Once you’re packed and ready to go, make sure you download these 6 travel apps to kick off your summer road trip right – start your engines and get ready to hit the road!
If you’re on the road then there’s nothing better than having a good strategy on planned pit stops. The Rest Areas app shows rest area locations throughout the US highway system. The app shows your distance to the nearest rest area, includes street views for better navigation and to make sure it’s not a super creepy location there are Flickr photos available to give you a good look at the rest stop grounds. (Free)
For over twenty years, the SAS Survival Guide has been the definitive guide to surviving any situation, anywhere in the world. From First Aid essentials to hunting and even a guide to prepare you for an unexpected disaster – former SAS soldier and instructed, John Wiseman puts the elite survival training techniques of Britain’s toughest fighting force right in the palm of your hand. ($5.99)
Looking for a last minute place to stay during your road trip? Airbnb has you covered! Make travel planning as mobile as you are with the Airbnb iPhone app. With over 450,000 listing in more than 34,000 cities, Airbnb connects you with the experience that’s right for you. Discover and book long-term or short-term sublets, legendary properties, vacation homes and more right from your iPhone or iPad. (Free)
If you wandering into a city for the first time, live like a local with the Triposo app. Triposo is the best travel guide right in the palm of your hands. The app includes a city guide with information about all the major sights, a list of great restaurants and different nightlife options. It even comes with a currency converter (Hello Canada), weather and local phrases that’ll have you speaking like a local in no time. (Free)
Since the last thing you want to do is end up stranded because you ran out of gas, the Gas Buddy app is a no brainer! This app is tried and true with over 35 million users saving money on fill-ups everyday. GasBuddy uses crowd-funded gas price information (provided by users) to bring drivers together to support the common goal of saving money on gas. You can find cheap gas near you via gps or you can enter city/zip/postal code to plan your road trip route accordingly. (Plus GasBuddy offers points and prizes for gas reporters and a chance to win $100 of gas everyday.) (Free)
In case you need to build your itinerary with “things to do” off the beaten path, the Peek app is the only travel advisor you’ll need. Peek is your one-stop shop to discover and book amazing activities. Whether it’s going swimming with the sharks or eating you way through a local culinary walking tour, Peek has selected the highest quality activities at the best prices guaranteed. Once you take the quiz to discover your travel persona, you’ll receive personalized activity recommendations, handpicked by Peek just for you! (Free)
With all the road-trips taking place this summer, these are the best apps that’ll keep you prepared, safe, entertained and even save you some cash. Now that you have a roundup of travel apps to prepare you for your next road trip, where are you heading to first?
Have you heard? The newly updated Duane Reade App with integrated iBeacon Technology is now available for your iOS device and it’s delivering savings directly to your smartphone — no special sign up required.
The updated Duane Reade app takes the guesswork out of savings, clipping coupons and even prescription refills with all new features including weekly ads and coupons, prescription pill reminders, shopping lists, DR Walk In Clinic and the Steps feature that gives you points based on your fitness activity and other smart health steps. This updated app is filled with an intuitive features designed to keep you saving all the time, every time.
During a recent visit to my favorite midtown Duane Reade store on 42nd and 8th Avenue, I saw the iBeacon technology in action first hand. The Duane Reade app equipped with iBeacon automatically sends a signal to your phone that you are near a Duane Reade location, triggering a lock screen notification to appear and prompt you to open the app. The notifications offer users a coupon based on prior purchases, present users with product reviews and other handy shopping features.
It’s like the Duane Reade app is the ultimate shopping companion whether you’re picking up snacks for your home, shopping for last minute gifts for mom….(*ahem Mother’s Day gifts) or more! You can easily download the free app from the iTunes store here, log in using your Balance Rewards number and begin saving today.
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Did you know that big tech companies like Google or Facebook acquire promising startups not only to get their ideas and products, but also to take over the brilliant people that created them. For example, Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift allowed them to hire John Cormack, a pioneer in 3D game programming. In 1996 Apple paid a ridiculous $429M for Next mainly to get Steve Jobs back on board!
DID YOU KNOW: Facebook’s offer to WhatsApp for $19 Billion was only the fourth largest acquisition bid of 2014. Find out the top three acquisition bids of the year below.
Discover some of the largest acquisitions, the reasons behind these acquisitions and learn from what made them great and what made them fail below.
Provided by financesonline.com
The 7 best productivity apps are anything but boring. If you’re going to organize your to-do list and check the weather forecast every day, then you might as well have fun doing it.
These are some of the best and most innovative productivity apps on the market that are both fun and functional—and they aren’t limited to helping you manage to-do lists. They include tools that help you achieve a significant result efficiently, whether it’s exercising more or learning a new language. These examples certainly pass muster.
The 7 Best Productivity Apps
1. Productivity goes visual
MemoZy, a design-centric app, makes organizing your thoughts and creating memos easy. Swipe or drag your finger to create, delete and reorganize tasks according to your priorities. Color code your to-do lists, group tasks and subcategorize them as needed. Move the group tiles around on your screen to create a beautiful mosaic of to-do lists.
2. Time yourself
The 30/30 app takes to-do lists to a new level by tracking time for you. Set up a list of tasks, add a length of time for each of them, start the timer and get productive. 30/30 will prompt you when it’s time to move on to the next task. The app is perfect for maintaining time spent on routines, like getting the kids ready for school in the morning or taking care of the dog every day. Make a game out of getting tasks done and challenge yourself or your family members to complete recurring tasks faster than before.
3. Inbox zero
Reaching inbox zero is no easy feat. The productivity app Mailbox helps you accomplish email bliss by making your inbox easier to organize, prioritize and maintain. The app labels unread emails, and you can “snooze” emails so they’ll come back to your inbox at a time that’s more convenient for you. Go ahead. Show your inbox who’s boss.
4. A new way to navigate
The Waze app is a surprisingly fun (and social) navigation app that connects you with nearby roadsters so you’ll know if you’re approaching an accident or other road hazards. Complete with whimsical and funny icons, Waze will help you locate alternate routes, cheap gas, traffic cameras and stealthy state troopers. You can even join groups of people with similar interests. Even better—get turn-by-turn directions from Elvis (“Uh, you’ve reached your destination.”) or from a crooning boy band member.
5. Manage your finances
What do monsters have to do with money? A lot when it comes to the Toshl finance app. Anyone with student loans or credit cards knows that debt can be a beast, so the monsters are appropriate. Toshl makes the essential yet tedious task of managing your personal finances fun with bright colors and great visualizations of your spending habits. The cartoon monsters inject humor into the often dark world of budgeting. Receive updates to input your expenses, making sticking to a budget more fun than ever before.
6. Hit the track
Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, either. The location-based app Runno turns exercise into a game. While running, cycling or rollerblading outside, your smartphone tracks the distance traveled and calories burned. When you round a curve, you can claim that territory. Each calorie burned earns you points or cartoon soldiers named Wallutas. If somebody wants the same turf, then your Wallutas can battle it out. Runno is fully integrated with Facebook, so you can share your progress and war stories with your friends.
7. Write more
Poets, novelists and bloggers can all agree that nothing puts a halt on productivity like writer’s block. Writing Prompts provides a mix of words, phrases, colors and images to get your creative juices flowing. Get hundreds of cues from the app’s five prompt generators: Scenes, Sketches, Texts, Words and News. For example, a scene prompt could list a small café, a baker, a telescope and a melancholy mood. Feeling creative, yet?
There are apps we turn to just for killing time when we’re in line at the bank. Others we use to catch up on the latest news or celebrity gossip. But the very best apps are more than time fillers—they put powerful tools in the palms of our hands. We’re going to be so bold as to call them “life-changing.” Here are five apps we think you really shouldn’t live without.
Sure, you wanted a list of life-changing apps to be all fun and games, and unless you’re a personal-finance enthusiast, budgeting and keeping track of your money sounds like work. But the great thing about this app is that it does the tedious job of managing finances for you. Mint automatically pulls all your financial information into one place, so you can keep tabs on your balances and transactions together, right from your mobile device. Mint also automatically tracks and categorizes all your spending, helps you create personalized budgets and goals, and sends timely alerts and bill reminders to help avoid late fees. From small, everyday purchases to big-picture financial goals, Mint can help you stay out of the red. And the best part? It’s free!
Some people just know where all of the cool stuff is. Hidden architectural gems, under-the-radar jazz clubs, sweet happy-hour deals—they’re big cultural know-it-alls. You can be one too by downloading Field Trip to your smartphone. It’s a location-based app that will tip you off to all of the neat stuff near you that you might have otherwise missed. Field Trip pulls data from sources like Zagat and Cool Hunting to identify nearby landmarks, public art installations, unusual shops, local music, and interesting historical spots. You can vary the frequency of the notifications the app sends you when you’re close to a destination that’s in its database. Use the app on vacation to find out-of-the-way gems, or turn it on your hometown to find the best stuff hidden around the corner. And you don’t even need to get on a bus full of tourists to get started.
This app can be your personal translator, whether you’re traveling abroad or conversing with a non-English-speaking friend at home. Speak your phrases in English and the app will translate into text in any of 64 languages. It also offers a Conversation Mode for speech-to-speech translation, allowing two people without a common language to pass the phone back and forth and communicate. The first speaker says a phrase, makes sure the phone has identified it correctly in her own language, and then passes the phone to a conversational partner. The app plays a spoken translation in the other person’s language. It’s a simple (but not flawless) process, and the possibilities it opens up are potentially life-changing. Two people who speak two different languages can have a conversation, all thanks to an app.
Ustream is a great way to broadcast live video and audio to the web with a customizable channel page and metadata capabilities for SEO. There’s no limit on the amount of viewers who can access your content, so going viral with your latest online offering is painless. And it’s a simple one-click operation to share your content via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter—so disseminating footage of junior’s first steps or your rockin’ concert review is fast. Ustream also has an HTML5-compatible player that can be placed into any page with cut-and-paste simplicity. If you upgrade to a Pro Broadcasting account, you get the added benefits of your own channel logo, extensions like a donation widget, a custom iFrame and no ads for viewers to sit through.
Let loose your inner organizational freak with Evernote. It’s an app that helps you organize your thoughts, notes and photos into lists. Planning a party? Take a picture, record a note-to-self or clip an article from the web that inspires you. Later, you can search your items by keyword—even the text within pictures is searchable. Photograph every business card you receive and search them later when you need to email a new professional contact. Evernote can catalog your thoughts, lists and inspirations all in one place, keeping you more organized than you ever imagined possible.