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Facebook Says Hello to New Android Dialer, Caller ID App

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HelloThe Phone Android dialer application Facebook was testing last month has been rechristened Hello, and it was officially rolled out in the Google Play store Wednesday.

Hello, currently available only for Android, serves as a phone dialer, caller ID provider, search engine and blocker of unwanted calls.

Android Police reported last month that an app called Phone was discovered in the Google Play store, and the two apps are clearly one in the same, since the Google Play URL for Hello contains “Facebook Phone.”

The entry for Phone last month was labeled “FB-ONLY,” likely meaning that it was only intended for use by employees of the social network, and users attempting to install it were unsuccessful, encountering “no page found” errors, which Android Police believed was due to the app being stored on Facebook’s internal servers.

As for Hello, from Facebook Creative Labs, product manager Andrea Vaccari provided an overview of the app’s features in a Newsroom post:

When you get a call, Hello will show you info about who’s calling you, even if you don’t have that number saved in your phone. You will only see info that people have already shared with you on Facebook.

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You can also search for people and businesses on Facebook and call them with just one tap. So if a friend tells you about a new restaurant in your neighborhood, you can use Hello to find their hours, make a reservation and get directions, all without leaving the app.

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Hello makes it easy to block unwanted calls. From your settings, you can block specific numbers and adjust whether you want to automatically block calls from commonly blocked numbers. Blocked calls go straight to voicemail and can be reviewed in your recent calls.

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With Hello, people will only see info they could otherwise find on Facebook. We’ve also made it easy to control your experience using your settings on Facebook and in the app.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of Hello?

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Article courtesy of SocialTimes Feed

Facebook’s iOS App Gets Noisy

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WomanNoisesCellPhoneAre you hearing strange sounds while navigating the Facebook iOS application? Don’t worry: You’re not going crazy.

Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it is adding sounds to its iOS app, saying:

We are in the process of adding sounds to a variety of common Facebook actions for a more delightful experience.

Josh Constine of TechCrunch reported noticing sounds during actions including navigating via the buttons on the navigation bar, liking, resharing, posting and hitting the back button.

The sounds can be disabled by going to the settings menu within the Facebook app, clocking on sounds, and then turning off in-app sounds.

Constine also pointed out that the team behind audio-production company WaveGroup Sound joined Facebook last August.

Readers: Have you noticed sounds in your Facebook apps? What do you think?

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Amazon’s Connected Speaker Echo Now Has An iOS App

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Twitter’s New App Tracking Capabilities To Help Personalize User Experience, Benefit Advertisers

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Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

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Third-Party Apps Are Gossiping About You

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Gossiping650Tailoring your News Feed to your interests and likes has been a core concept of Facebook since its early beginnings. But have you noticed that now, when Facebook recommends a store, brand, film, etc., it also lets you know which of your friends like it, too? When that happens, do you scratch your head and say to yourself, “Well, how do they know what my friends like?”

The answer is that all of the third-party applications you and your friends have installed on your computers have access to your information. And boy, do those apps like to gossip. Ok, maybe they’re not GOSSIPING, but they are trading information back and forth, even when you’re not specifically using the app in question.

In their ongoing quest to “enhance your social experience,” Facebook allowed third-party apps to not only have access to your data, but also the information you can see from your friends. Or, put another way, even if you’ve locked your account up tighter than Fort Knox, someone on your friends list who is not quite as diligent at locking their privacy could be giving out all your particulars.

Users NEED to understand that Facebook privacy is a tenuous thing, at best. Taking precautions with your profile and privacy settings is hugely important. And now, with the fast-growing proliferation of new apps hitting the digital universe, it is even more important to lock the gate against the information flow from these apps.

So before posting a long, passive-aggressive rant about your dummy friends and their privacy idiocies compromising YOURS, take a look at your own app settings.

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To get to the app settings page, simply click on the settings drop-down on the top-right corner of the Facebook banner (it looks like a downward facing arrow).

This brings you to the settings page, where in the left-hand column you can find apps. Click on that and you’ll see the apps page.

On the apps page, you can edit who can see it and how you’re notified. It also tells you what information it needs and shows other pertinent details, including how to remove or report the app.

It’s a good rule of thumb to go through your apps list every quarter and delete the ones you don’t use, because even if you’ve gotten bored with Candy Crush Saga or the latest quiz, they’re still there and still pulling data. In addition, even though you may delete apps, any data they pulled prior to deletion is still on third-party companies’ servers.

Now, let’s look at your friends’ apps.

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On this page, simply uncheck the information you don’t want shared.

This is where the third-party apps are getting your vitals, so if you don’t want that information circulating, leave the page blank, save changes and move on.

Facebook also offers a way for users to completely disable ALL apps from their page — a scorched Earth answer to apps. Under “Apps You Use,” the first line says, “Use apps, plugins, games and websites on Facebook and elsewhere?” Change the answer to no, save changes and you will never have to deal with apps again. Well, until something changes. And then you can check back here to see what’s what.

Be aware, though, that you will not be able to use any apps of any kind on Facebook once you turned the platform off.  Nor will you be able to login to other sites using your Facebook credentials. That sucks, so you probably don’t want to do it.

Mindful of the ongoing concerns about privacy, Facebook is looking into ways to allow users to use apps without having to login. Back in April, at the F8 developer’s conference, Facebook announced Anonymous Login. The new login is designed for users who don’t want to share their information when they use an app. It will give the users the opportunity to share their information later, if they so desire.

According to Facebook, Anonymous Login is being shared with developers for testing, and it will be rolling out in the next few months.

Facebook users want to be able to login to multiple sites without having to remember several different user names and passwords. Nor do they want to have their personal information shared without their knowledge or consent. Locking down your account settings and Anonymous Login may let those users eat their cake and have it too.

Readers: Have you examined your app settings recently?

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Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

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Facebook changes default privacy settings for new users to friends-only

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Facebook announced today a shift in privacy settings for new users. Now, when someone signs up for a profile, their default posting status is set to friends only. Previously, the default was global — allowing any Web users to see the content.

Facebook will also conduct privacy check-ups for existing users who haven’t changed their settings in a while. These changes were previously announced at a media event last month, but are now being implemented.

Facebook blogged about the shift for new users:

While some people want to post to everyone, others have told us that they are more comfortable sharing with a smaller group, like just their friends. We recognize that it is much worse for someone to accidentally share with everyone when they actually meant to share just with friends, compared with the reverse.

So, going forward, when new people join Facebook, the default audience of their first post will be set to Friends. Previously, for most people, it was set to Public.

First time posters will also see a reminder to choose an audience for their first post, and if they don’t make a choice, it will be set to Friends. People can change who they are posting to at any time, and can also change the privacy of their past posts too.

The privacy check-ups will roll out over the next few weeks, with the privacy dinosaur explaining key privacy features that users might not know about.

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Many Facebook users haven’t changed their privacy settings since signing up, so this is Facebook’s way of ensuring that users are only sharing content with the people they want to. One of the biggest user complaints has been when a random, unknown person engages with a post. By prompting users to change their settings to friends (or a curated list), users can play a bigger part in their Facebook experience.

Facebook will also simplify privacy controls on both mobile and desktop, making it clear who the post is being shared with.

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Article courtesy of Inside Facebook

Facebook chat can show suggested games

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Bored and looking for something to do with your Facebook friends? Now (for some users, at least) the site suggests games to play within the Facebook chat module.

As noticed by Inside Facebook reader Matteo Gamba, users who have the chat bar can click “Show Games,” when they click the settings button. This will then show games the user plays, as well as suggested games.

Here’s what happens when the Show Games button is clicked:

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It’s The End Of The @Facebook.com Email Address As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

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Facebook is putting an end to its @facebook.com email project, which means your life will probably go on exactly as it had been with no discernible changes whatsoever. For future reference, don’t email me at darrell.etherington@facebook.com, unless you want to receive no response, which is exactly what would’ve happened before this change was announced anyway.

The reason for ditching the facebook.com emails is pretty straightforward: They weren’t being used by many people at all, Facebook tells us. For those few who were, messages sent to your Facebook email will be automatically forwarded to whatever email you have on file with the social network, beginning in March when the changes go into effect. That’s on by default, by the way, so if you’re not looking forward to the prospect of receiving email from an address you may have forgotten you had, you can go into your account settings on Facebook to turn it off.

That’s like the opposite of the move Facebook made in 2012, when it hid all your emails except for your Facebook one by default under the then-new iOS 6 contact sync feature. This led many to have to manually change their settings back, just as this switch results in another requirement for manual intervention to make sure you don’t get a flood of new messages you weren’t noticing before.

This likely isn’t going to result in any teary-eyed bad feelings from general users, but some people might be pretty happy: We’d heard that some Facebook employees had to change their @Facebook.com email addresses when the change was implemented back in 2010 to free them up for users, so maybe some of those will be cleared for staff once again.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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