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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

Official Facebook Home Now Available on Google Play Store

You can now get rid of the leaked Facebook Home apk as the new Android launcher from Facebook is finally available for download on Google’s Play Store. Users will be receiving updates for both Facebook and the messaging app, which will make your phone compatible to use Facebook Home on your Android device.

The official Facebook Home Android launcher is currently being rolled out to all regions on Play Store. If you don’t see the app yet, you’ll just have to wait for a few more hours.

Facebook Home Now on Play Store

Facebook is yet to update its official page for Home with a link to the app on Google Play Store. At this point, HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and (eventually) the One and Galaxy S4 are the only devices that will support Facebook Home. Others, you simply have to wait, or it’s time you upgrade your phone.

Facebook Home Android APK Leaks, Download Now

Facebook Home, which was announced a few days ago, is scheduled for download to a limited number of smartphones beginning April 12. Facebook announced that Home will only be available for HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II, while Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One will receive it soon as well.

However, for those Facebook addicts who no longer wish to wait and are eager to play around with it can download the leaked version of Facebook Home, pulled from a pre-release HTC First ROM.

This leaked version of Facebook Home consists of 3 APK files which you need to download in order to make it work. However, the APK seems to be buggy and incomplete, and is only compatible with Android devices with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

Facebook Home APK Leak

According to Paul O’Brien of MoDaCo, the source of the leaked files, the “Chat Heads” feature doesn’t seem to be working in this build, however, the rest of the features offer a smooth experience.

Apart from the requirement of maximum resolution of 1280×768, users who want to try the leaked version should completely uninstall the existing Facebook app, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation.

For rooted users with Facebook pre-installed:

  • Find the location of Facebook in your system partition (e.g. /system/app/Facebook.apk or perhaps /system/app/Facebook_Client.apk)
  • Delete said file (after backing it up!)
  • Reboot device
  • Install Facebook from the Play Store then uninstall it
  • Install above APKs

You can download Facebook Home APK files from here.

Facebook Stock Up by 3% After Facebook “Home” Launch

Facebook announced its new home on Android, the “Home” launcher earlier today and the tech industry isn’t very optimistic about it. However, it looks like the public market investors seem to be cautiously optimistic about the new announcements made by Facebook. Thankfully for the company there is some positive response.

After the announcement of “Home” for Android, Facebook’s stock shot up by more than 3 percent, rising above $27 a share for the first time ever since mid-March. Before the event began, the stock was floating and was trading at around $26.65. At the close of the market on Thursday, Facebook’s stock was up 3.13% to $27.07 while Google shares fell 1.38% to $795.07.

Facebook Stock

Back in January when Facebook announced the Graph Search, which is yet to be rolled out to all users, investors were unimpressed and the company’s stocks fell by more than 3 percent.

Coming to advertisements on Home, CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated during the event that ads will eventually come to Facebook’s Home, however, users are a little skeptical about this as the sponsored posts and promotions (ads) might appear almost everywhere on the screen.

Facebook’s stock is well below the $38 per share price of its initial public offering back in May 2012 and the opening price of $42.05 it had at its stock market debut. With the 3 percent rise, it could be a great thing for Facebook, however, it still has a long way to go before it can be considered a stock market success.

Linkedin Adds Facebook-style Mentions in Status Updates and Home-page Comments

Earlier today, Angela Yang, Associate Product Manager at LinkedIn, announced in a blog post that the professional social networking website will now support the ‘mentions’ feature that will help users to have better conversations among them. A feature that is very much similar to what Facebook and Twitter offers.

“We’re excited to introduce a new way for you to engage with your network through the ability to mention your connections and companies in conversations on LinkedIn,” the company said in a blog post.

How does it work?

  • If the feature has been enabled for you already, you can begin by typing the name of a connection or the name of company in your status update box or a comment field on the Homepage.
  • A drop-down list of connections will appear from you which you can select someone and complete your status or comment and post it.
  • At the same time, the person or company you’ve mentioned will receive a notification alerting them that they have been mentioned.

Apart from this, LinkedIn has also said that you can mention other LinkedIn members who are engaged in an on-going conversation in the comment sections of posts on the LinkedIn Homepage.

LinkedIn Mentions Feature

As of now the feature will begin rolling out to English-speaking members starting today and will be soon rolled out to all global members.

The new feature was earlier spotted by The Next Web member when he discovered LinkedIn mentions on his account this morning along with a tooltip next to his status entry box.

Will There Be Ads on Facebook Home? Yes, at Some Point

Today, Facebook announced Home, a new launcher that integrates Facebook deeply into Android and turns your phone into a “social” device. Home launcher for Android will be made available on Google Play Store starting April 12.

One of the main features of Home is the Facebook Cover Feed, which features newly updated stories and photos from your Facebook friends. You can view notifications, post comments, like and share posts, and so on. In other words, it is a Facebook hub, with which you get to play with every feature that you see on the desktop version.

In the last few months, Facebook has been focusing more on mobile and has been trying to figure out a strong strategy to monetize apps and other services offered on mobile devices. With today’s announcement, the question strikes whether the new Facebook Home launcher will have ads or not?

Facebook Home

At the event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated that ads will be a part the launcher at some point. He is quoted as saying, “There are no ads in this yet. I’m sure at some point there will be.”

Zuckerberg responded more directly to a further question: “Yup!” he said when asked again whether people might see ads in cover feed. So it looks like Facebook has come up with a strategy and a platform on mobile through which it can generate some revenue.

However, putting ads in the Cover Feeds doesn’t mean that you would see the usual ads that you see in the desktop version. It means that you’ll be seeing promotions and sponsored stores just like how they’re on the Facebook for Android app. However, putting ads in Cover Feed means you’d see these promotions and sponsored stores directly on your phone’s home screen and lock screen, and I’m very skeptical that users will be accepting this.

What do you think of it? Let us know by posting your comments below.

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Mark Zuckerberg Unveils Facebook Home Launcher for Android

Today is the day that Facebook invited the press to “Come See Our New Home on Android.” Well, it’s not a new phone nor it’s a customized Android operating system, but a new Android launcher.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced “Home”, a new Android launcher that will turn your Android device into a “social” phone. Home will be available for free download on Google Play Store starting April 12.

According to Zuckerberg, the new Facebook Home launcher for Android focuses on people and not tasks and apps, as most smartphones are built upon. The launcher is designed to make it easier for users to know and see what’s happening with friends and what content they’ve been sharing.

Facebook Home

“Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s also more than just an app. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps.”

The new Home launcher for Android will work on HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II. Additionally, Facebook has announced that it will be made available on HTC One, the Samsung GALAXY S4 as well as new devices in the coming months

The home screen of Home focuses on a feature called Facebook Cover Feed, which replaces the lock screen and of course the home screen. It’s a feed comprised of stores and photos that constantly keeps updating as to see what’s happening with your friends. Home also features a new notifications system that lets you scrub through multiple alerts at once.

Home will be available for download on April 12th in the US, however, international users will have to wait a little longer. Also, the launcher will be available to users of Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but not Gingerbread.

A notable feature is the Facebook Chat Heads, with which you can chat with friends. For instance, when a friend messages you, it pops up that friend’s face and you can tap on the face to continue the conversation even when you’re using other apps.

Facebook has created the Facebook Home Program to allow handset makers to optimize the Home experience. Partners include AT&T, Orange, Qualcomm, HTC, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, EE, ZTE, Lenovo, and Alcatel.

In the same event, Facebook also announced the new HTC First smartphone, which will be the first device that is optimized for Facebook Home. Click here for more details on the features and specifications.

Here’s the official commercial video uploaded on YouTube:

Hands-On With The HTC First Running The Gesture-Powered Facebook Home

North Korea’s Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked by Anonymous

The official North Korean “Uriminzokkiri” Twitter and Flickr accounts have been hijacked and defaced by groups that claim to be a part of the online hacking activism collective Anonymous. Both of these accounts are managed by the Government of North Korea.

The reason behind these attacks seems to be the retaliation to North Korea’s most recent threat to attack the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons.

Here’s a screenshot of the hacked Twitter and Flickr account. At the time of writing this post, the Twitter account had 14,325 followers. The first tweet after the hack was sent at 22:45 PDT on Wednesday:

North Korea's Twitter Account Hacked

One of the photos uploaded to the Flickr account shows Kim’s face with a pig snout, ears and a tattoo of Mickey Mouse:

North Korea's Flickr Account Hacked

The hack follows last week’s attack on North Korean news site Uriminzokkiri.com, where the hackers, a part of the ‘hacktivist’ collective, have stolen nearly 15,000 passwords.

Although the hacks are far less entertaining, what’s surprising to me is that nearly eight hours after the accounts being hacked, the government has still not reacted to regain access and delete the tweets posted by the hacker. Having said that, I really doubt if the government will even try to get back its accounts from Anonymous. Even more surprising is that neither Yahoo nor Twitter has helped regain them the accounts back.

The hackers also claim to have hacked Uriminzokkiri.com. The site has currently gone offline, however, what we believe that it could be down to a DDoS attack rather than a hack.

Twitter Rolls out Android, iPhone and Mobile Web App Updates

Twitter has redesigned its official Twitter for Android app that reflects a native Android experience and closely follows the “holo” Android styling. The latest update comes after the release for the Android 4.0 version. iOS and mobile web apps have also been updated, however, the Android version has received the most significant changes.

In a blog post today, Twitter announced that the experience is “a native Android experience: wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more.”

With the Twitter for Android update, users will now be able quickly navigate between the four tabs — home, connect, discover, and me — by simply swiping their fingers across the screen. Users will also be automatically offers for user and hashtag suggestions as they compose tweets or do searches.

Twitter for Android Update

Other improvements to the app include:

  • Faster launch times and general performance upgrades
  • “Retweeted by” in Tweet detail is now tappable
  • Fix for reply-to-self in conversations
  • Fix for bug that prevented undoing retweets in some cases

For those on iOS devices and using mobile.twitter.com, you will now see photo galleries, apps, and product listings in expanded tweets. Also, the new version now supports links to other mobile apps right below the content from which it is shared. For instance, if a friend has checked-in to a place and has shared a photo via Foursquare, you’ll see a link below the tweet saying “Open in Foursquare app.” If you don’t yet have the app installed on your phone, you can tap to install it from within the Tweet.

Here’s What The New Facebook Phone Will Look Like [Leaked Photos]

All eyes are on tomorrow’s mysterious event in which Facebook is all set to launch a specialized Android phone at its headquarters. 9to5Google has posted photos of what we might see tomorrow at the launch event.

The Twitter account @evleaks tweeted with a new image of a phone that renders as the “HTC First,” supposedly the phone that Facebook will be launching tomorrow. The latest images showcase the basic Android UI that includes a bar with options to access to status updates, photo sharing and check-in feature. We have already reported the rumored specs of the HTC First earlier today.

HTC First Colors

Facebook HTC First

Speaking about the UI in the images, it surprising looks similar to the Android Vanilla.  The leaked images show the stock Gallery, Camera, Phone and Settings apps, along with Google apps like Search, Chrome and the Play Store.

The new Android phone is heavily customized to use Facebook Home as the home screen with default actions from taking pictures to texting friends. Facebook will formally announce Facebook Home and the First at a press event at its Menlo Park headquarters on April 4.

Besides the Facebook Home Android launcher, what else is Facebook planning to bring up? Well, for that we need to wait until tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Top Best IPL 6 2013 Apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone Devices

The Indian Premier League is back, and it’s that time of the year again, where cricket fans across the world simply go out of control with excitement. IPL 2013 season 6 kicked off yesterday with a grand opening ceremony in Kolkata, India.

With over 76 matches to be played for nearly two months, cricket fans across the world are excited to catch the action live on televisions as the first IPL cricket match begins today. Android, iOS and Windows Phone users have yet another reason to celebrate and talk about cricket as we have compiled a short list of the top best apps for IPL 6 2013, which will keep track of all the latest news, scores, and schedule.

Top Best IPL 6 2013 Apps:

 

#1 BCCI Official App [Recommended] [Android/iOS]

BCCI Official Cricket App
The official Board of Control for Cricket in India app for Android and iOS will provide you with the latest score updates, news, upcoming matches, live play-by-play, stats, standings, and other relevant information for IPL 6 2013. Along with that the app also features live commentary, scoreboards and live score of all matches.

#2 Yahoo Cricket [Android/iOS/Windows Phone]

Yahoo! Cricket

Yahoo! Cricket is yet another awesome iOS and Android app that provides you with instant real time notification updates of a live match, be it a wicket, 4, 6 or an important milestone. With Yahoo! Cricket you’re sure not to miss anything important for you. The app also has a widget that can be placed on the home screen for Android users.

#3 IPL 2013 Schedule & Live score [Android]

IPL 2013 Live Score

As the name of the apps says you can now get IPL 6 schedule, live score, team records, team details, players records, and several other information right on your smartphone.

#4 ESPN Cricinfo [Android/iOS/Windows Phone]

ESPN Cricinfo

The ESPN Cricinfo app offers live score updates Indian Premier League 2013 providing with ball-by-ball commentary, latest news updates, match results, upcoming matches and more. The app now supports video and audio podcasts. Watch and listen to the latest ESPN Cricinfo video and audio podcasts and stay updated with the latest news of IPL 2013.

#5 Cricket LIVE Scores Cricitch [Android/iOS]

Cricket Live Scores

Stay updated with this app as the latest version offers the following features:

  • Event quick filter for match list view
  • LIVE match view fine tuning
  • Reducing the video ad view request only during wicket falls (to fewer times in a match)