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Oculus starts selling second Rift virtual reality prototype


Good news, developers and fans of virtual reality alike! Oculus has just announced that they’ve just started shipping their second Oculus Rift virtual reality prototype intended for developers, officially named the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. Oculus expects packages to start arriving on developers’ and enthusiasts doorsteps on July 14th – though later orders probably won’t arrive until closer to the middle to the end of August.

If you’ve yet to pick up your copy, the privilege of owning your very own prototype headset will cost you $350 right now – and of course, that doesn’t automatically give you access to the final product, whenever that arrives – or, well, – if that ever arrives.

Source: Oculus

No, it's not Poke. Poke was bad.

Facebook takes on Snapchat with their new app, Slingshot

Screenshot of Facebook's Slingshot.

Facebook has already tried to take on the behemoth that has become Snapchat over the last year or so with an application they called “Poke”, but the app never quite measured up. Today the company is back with a spritely new app that they’re calling Slingshot.

The concept is the same – take a photo or a video, edit it with some fun affects or custom drawing, and send it off to all your friends. Just like Snapchat, photos aren’t permanent, and the twist here is you can only unlock a shot after you agree to “Sling something back.” Because if not, this would just be called Snapchat, right?

Slingshot is available now exclusively on the App Store, which you can get to at the source link below. It’s also been developed by the same team that put together the company’s other newest application, Paper, which is absolutely excellent – so this just might be worth checking out.

Edit 05/09/14 @ 5:41 PM EDT: Whoops, looks like Facebook has jumped the gun – the company has confirmed that the application was published onto the App Store in error and that it will be launching “soon” – just not today soon. Sorry about that!

Source: App Store

Protogeo Oy is heading to Facebook

Don’t look now, but Facebook is entering the fitness market with “Moves” acquisition


Facebook has been getting their paws on just about anything and everything this days, with one of their most recent – and famous – acquisitions being Oculus, the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. But what if I told you Facebook isn’t just interested in the world of virtual reality, but also making sure that you’re healthy in actual reality? That’s exactly what’s happening as Protogeo Oy, developers behind the popular “Moves” mobile application on both iOS and Android, has announced that they have been acquired by Facebook for an unannounced sum of money.

Protogeo Oy has also commented on the future of their Moves application, saying:

Now, we’re joining Facebook’s talented team to work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people… for those of you that use the Moves app — the Moves experience will continue to operate as a standalone app, and there are no plans to change that or commingle data with Facebook.

That said, I’m willing to guess Facebook didn’t pay for just the name “Protogeo Oy” alone – though it does have quite a ring to it, doesn’t it?

Via: TechnoBuffalo

No laws violated, no problem

US Government’s approval means Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus is a go


The United States Government has today officially given Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, makers of the insanely promising Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset, the go ahead after finding that the deal violates no American antitrust laws or otherwise. This was the only significant roadblock in the way of the marriage between the two companies, which means that there’s almost nothing stopping the two companies from holding each others’ hands in front of a witness and marrying each other, becoming one happy company at last.

Of course, like any marriage, there’s still a fair bit of drama going on. For one, the development community is still aghast with anguish and hurt over the deal, with many believing that Oculus is throwing away all the promising tech it’s come up with over the past couple of years in exchange for a few bucks. Minecraft creator “notch” openly called Facebook “creepy” in a now infamous blog post a few weeks back, mere minutes after cancelling the planned Minecraft for Oculus Rift project.

Via: Engadget
Source: Reuters

Company removing messaging from Facebook app

Facebook is going to make you download Messenger on your phone


If you’re like me and have held out on downloading Messenger for your smartphone considering that messaging functionality built into Facebook’s main app is more than “good enough”, prepare for a bit of a downer. Facebook has just announced that, in the coming weeks, they will be removing the messaging functionality from their primary Facebook application on numerous mobile platforms, including iOS and Android.

A Facebook spokesperson told Recode, “We’ve found that people get replies 20 percent faster on Messenger than on Facebook,” and wants to push those who rely on Facebook’s messaging service over to what they consider to be a better experience. This also means that Facebook will likely have no just one, but two main spots on your smartphone’s home screen – one app to check out your News Feed, and one to cut with your friends.

The changes should be rolling out to users in both Europe and the United States within just a couple of weeks. No word yet on whether or not this will effect users of Facebook’s “Paper” mobile application on iOS, which also contains both the News Feed and messaging. However we have contacted Facebook for more information and will report back as soon as we know more.

Source: Recode

FarmVille for Oculus Rift

Facebook to buy Oculus for $2 billion

facebookHere’s one that came out of nowhere. Today, Facebook has announced that they’re going to buy Oculus for a cool $2 billion. You read that right: Facebook is going to buy the company behind one of the most promising virtual reality headsets we’ve seen to date.


The press release states that while gaming is the primary focus for the headset, several other groups are experimenting with VR in other applications with Facebook joining them. It also states that they believe VR might just emerge as the next social media platform with Mark Zuckerberg stating that “Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever, and change the way we work, play and communicate.”

The deal will be made up of about $400 million in cash and 23 million shares in Facebook stock, roughly worth $1.6 billion. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2014. And don’t worry; Oculus will still continue to work on their Rift headset.

Source: Facebook Newsroom

A standout app

Facebook releases Paper, a gorgeous new way to interact with Facebook on your iPhone

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 1.43.24 PMIf you haven’t heard of Paper by Facebook yet, it’s time you do. Paper is a new application developed by a small team within Facebook that aims to totally reinvent the way you use the aging social network. By taking your News Feed and Timeline and displaying items side by side along with important stories of the day, Paper makes browsing not only your friends posts but the news of the day more fun than ever.

Paper is an iPhone only app, so if you’ve got an Android or a Windows Phone device you’re out of luck. But if you’ve got that iPhone and are a user of Facebook, you owe it to yourself to at least browse through Facebook’s official Paper homepage if not going to the App Store and downloading it now. It’s already replaced the original Facebook app on my homepage.

Source: Facebook

Send a photo to 15 users in private

Instagram Direct turns on private messaging


Sometimes, you snap a photo that you really want to show a small, select group of friends, but not necessarily the entire world. Maybe it’s particularly scandalous, maybe it’s irrelevant to the greater community, a seemingly silly photo that doesn’t make much sense but that your two friends from grade school will get and laugh at heartily because of what happened that one time. That’s the market that Facebook and Instagram are trying to corner with their new Instagram Direct, a new social layer on top of Instagram that allows you to send photos in private to up to 15 friends.

Simply snap a photo as you always have, apply a filter, and choose where you want your photo to go – on the global stream where everyone can see it, or in private to up to 15 users. All moments are shared through an inbox section of the application, where requests and photos will exist outside of your larger pool of photos. You don’t even need to follow a person in order to send them a photo – but, of course, the user can chose to ignore your request to send them photos at any time.

Instagram Direct launches today with the new Instagram 5.0 update for both Android and iOS (sorry, Windows Phone beta users), so get downloading. Check out a sweet promotional video for the new feature after the break.

Source: Instagram

Now available in beta

Facebook bringing flat UI design to Android app


Facebook just as pushed through a beta build of their upcoming Facebook for Android update that, among other nifty new features and enhancements, ports over an iOS 7-inspired flat design over to the company’s Android application. The new update takes multiple design cues from the iOS 7 version of the app, including the new news Feed, friend requests, updates, and notifications buttons (which now sit below the menu, which is now gradient free).

The new Android design comes following an update to Facebook’s Messenger application, which also adopted an iOS 7-ish redesign on both Android and iOS just a few weeks ago. Of course, the application is still in beta and plenty could change between now and the final version, but look – flat!

Via: Engadget
Source: AndroidPolice

Having mined the leaked database themselves

Facebook prompts you to change your password after Adobe hack

fbadobeAfter Adobe got hacked and 38 million accounts were leaked, Facebook is prompting its users to change their password if they used the same login details on Adobe’s website. Other services like and have also done something similar.

But you may ask, how do these websites know? It appears that Facebook has gotten ahold of these 38 million entries and is mining through all of them, checking to see which details match with their own set of IDs. Despite the fact that Adobe used a single encryption key, thus allowing anyone who calculates it access to every password, I’m not entirely sure what to think of companies rolling through the leaks in the name of better security. That said, this notification does serve as a reminder to use a unique password for every website you register on.

Source: Krebson Security
Via: Engadget

Facebook Messenger goes iOS 7

Facebook launches redesigned Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android

facebook_messenger_android_2Facebook has just launched an all new, totally redesigned version of their Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android client, bringing Facebook’s standalone messaging service and competitor to iMessage and Hangouts to the era of flat design with a whole new user interface that picks up and runs with Apple’s iOS 7 design paradigm – even on Android. That’s right, both Facebook Messenger for iOS and for Android feature the same UI designed for iOS 7, and I’ve got to admit – it looks right at home on Android, judging by some images of the app simulated running on an HTC One that the company posted today, which you can see above.

On top of the totally renewed user interface, Facebook says that their new Messenger app comes as something of a relaunch of the company’s mobile messaging efforts. Facebook says that they’ve totally rewritten the application on Android to be more native to that platform, though that comes at the price of at least one pretty big advantage Facebook Messenger for Android had over iOS – the ability to use the app to send SMS messages. Officially, Facebook told The Verge that the feature was removed due to the relative unpopularity of that particular feature, however I can’t see how it would have been hurting anyone to leave it there for those who did use it.

Other than that, the new and somewhat improved Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android is available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store in beta to a limited number of users starting today. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite, might be worth giving that new UI a try if you find yourself chatting on Facebook fairly often.

Update 10/29/13 @ 1:43 PM EST: We had originally incorrectly reported that today’s new Facebook Messenger was available immediately to all users starting today, however we have confirmed that this is not the case. Please excuse us for this inconvenience!

Source: The Verge

At long last

Microsoft and Facebook launch official native Windows 8.1 client

facebookIt’s an unfortunate reality, but a reality it is – a modern computing platform without a native Facebook application isn’t a platform that has, unfortunately, yet to make it. That’s why it’s so critically important that Microsoft today made a big win by finally following through on their prior announcement and has just added a native Facebook application to the Windows 8.1/RT store.

The new application works mostly as you’d expect, doing a fine job of essentially bringing over Facebook’s iPad application and its look, feel, and functionality over to Windows. At first use it certainly appears to be a far superior option to using Facebook on Internet Explorer on Windows 8, especially when on a tablet device with no readily available mouse cursor.

Facebook for Windows 8.1 is now available for free on the Windows Store, so have at it.

Source: Windows Store