Thursday, 20 June 2013

Facebook users can now attach photos to comments

(Credit: Facebook)
Facebook is now letting its 1.11 billion members react to their friends' status updates with photo comments.
The social network said Wednesday that it has started the global release of the new feature, which lets people add photos to comment threads using a new Attach a Photo button. To start, uploads of photo comments will be restricted to the Facebook Web site and mobile site, but simply viewing photo comments will be possible from Facebook's mobile applications, the company said.

The new addition could transform the social network into a more meme and teen-friendly zone, as photos turn commenting into a more playful activity. Of course, there's also the potential for spam, abuse, and just plain ugly comment threads. But imaginer Baldwin wishes for the best. "I hope this will make threads with friends more expressive and engaging," he said.Photo comments are a product of one of Facebook's famous hackathons. Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin, one of the developers behind the release, said he was inspired to create the photo comments feature because, "sometimes showing a photo helps me tell a story much better than words alone."

Saturday, 8 June 2013

BlackBerry Messenger for Android coming June 27, 2013

BlackBerry Messenger looks like it will be arriving for Android users on June 27th. We have yet to see the official confirmation from BlackBerry, however the June 27th date seems to keep popping up with this latest mention coming from T-Mobile UK. The carrier shared the date on Twitter and in addition to the Android release, it looks like iOS users will also be able to join in on the fun that same day.

The details were on the lighter side and the message reads as follows;

“Great news – BlackBerry Messenger will be available to download on iOS and Android from June 27th!”

Looking back at the earlier BBM related leaks and chatter and we have noticed the previous Twitter account that shared the date has since been removed. We wouldn’t expect that to happen with the T-Mobile UK page, however we must remember that date is still unconfirmed until we hear something direct from BlackBerry.

Otherwise, other recent BBM chatter included talk of the app being pre-loaded on select Android handsets. This bit came by way of BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear. The COO said “there is interest from other handset makers,” but unfortunately failed to provide any specifics.

With that, BBM for Android will allow for cross-platform chatting however some of the initial features will be limited as compared to what BlackBerry users have. Some of the missing items will include group chat, voice calling and screen sharing. As far as support, BBM for Android will be available for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

The real question here will be as to whether BBM will receive a warm welcome or a cold shoulder when it arrives in the Play Store. Not to say BBM isn’t a viable option, but there happens to be quite a few alternatives already available and in use.

[Update] Looks like that T-Mobile UK tweet has since been deleted. In addition, BlackBerry has released a statement saying they haven’t “announced a date” and that BBM for Android is “coming this summer.”

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