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Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Cover Photo App For Viral Facebook Promotions

With Windows 8 available to download and purchase, Microsoft wants its users to tell their friends about Windows 8. And what better way than Facebook. Microsoft has a Facebook app that generates an image of the new start screen using your Facebook information, and this image can be used as your cover photo. You don’t need to be running Windows 8 for the app but you can get a customized Metro start screen as your Facebook cover picture.

Creating the cover pic is a simple one-click process with the app doing most of the work. Once a cover has been created, you have the option of changing any of the pictures and the color:

Microsoft has done similar promotions for Windows Phone 7. An app loaded Facebook information into a Windows Phone 7 mockup and let users try what Windows Phone 7 is like. The promotion isn’t useless since Windows 8 has Facebook integration such as adding Facebook friends to the people hub and Facebook Messaging–which happens to be one of my favorite feature.

Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster And Facebook for Android Updated

Some of the popular Android apps such as Dropbox, Flickr, Google Goggles, Friendcaster and Facebook were recently updated. Dropbox, Flickr and Google Goggles received pretty major updates, while Frindcaster and Facebook for Android got minor updates. Check out the complete changelog below.

Dropbox for Android:

Dropbox for Android was updated to version 2.1.10 and it brings video thumbnail support, UI improvements for the Android 4.1 Jelly powered Nexus 7 tablet along with bugs fixes and performance improvements.

Changelog:

  • Video thumbnails
  • UI improvements for Nexus 7 tablets
  • Open Dropbox files directly from other apps
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes

[ Download Dropbox from Google Play ]

Flickr for Android:

The latest version of Flickr for Android app is numbered 1.5.0 and it comes with a brand new user interface. It allows you to choose the camera for taking pictures and then apply filters. It comes with the tab bar similar to the iOS with individual notification, profile, photo, upload and explore tabs. The new Flickr app now allows you to edit the details on your existing photos. They have also included some important features such as pull to refresh, swipe between photos and improved search.

Changelog:

  • Explore the most interesting photos around the world
  • Edit details on your existing photos
  • Choose any camera installed on your device to take a photo
  • Improved Search
  • See HTML content in comments and descriptions
  • Pull down to refresh content on a screen
  • Bug fixes

[ Download Flickr from Google Play ]

Google Goggles for Android:

Google Goggles for Android has now reached version 1.9. The latest version allows you to search from camera even when the search history is disabled. It also support non-autofocus camera. Google Goggles now check the URL against a malicious URL blacklist and comes with a faster object tracking in continuous mode.

Changelog:

  • Search-from-camera no longer requires search history to be enabled.
  • Faster, more robust object tracking in “continuous” mode
  • When scanning a QR code that has a URL encoded:
  • The thumbnail of a page is shown
  • URL is checked against a malicious URL blacklist
  • More complete barcode coverage
  • Support for non-autofocus cameras
  • When Goggles fails to find an exact match – search for products that look similar.

[ Download Google Goggles from Google Play ]

Friendcaster for Android:


The latest version of Friendcaster fixes login issues along with widget button UI and white menu icon on white background. Android devices running on the latest Jelly Bean OS were facing issues related to account sync, which has been fixed in this update. The size of the update is 4 MB and the version is bumped to 5.0.9.8.

Changelog:

  • Fixes login issues
  • Jelly Bean account sync fix
  • Bug fixes for notifications
  • Widget button UI fix
  • Fix for menu icons being white on white background
  • Other miscellaneous fixes

[ Download Friendcaster from Google Play ]

Facebook for Android:

Facebook for Android has received a pretty minor update. Now, you can add photos as well as emoji to messages right from your Android smartphone. The latest version is numbered 1.9.8 and it brings the new option to create events from your Android device. It also comes with the new upload flow, which will allow you to share photos with a few seconds.

Changelog:

  • Easily create events
  • Share photos faster with a new upload flow
  • Add photos and emoji to messages

[ Download Facebook For Android from Google Play ]

Find All Your Friends’ Relationship Status on Facebook with RelationBook

I have been using for the past few years now, and one thing I have noticed is that a relationship status change on Facebook generates a lot of likes and comments. While it is impossible to keep an eye on the relationship status of each and every friend of ours in real life, Facebook does provide a easier way to do it.

Also See: Friendsheet Provides Pinterest like Browsing for Facebook Photos

However, most of the times, you might not know what the relationship status of a friend is unless they update it or you look at their profile. If you have hundreds of friends, that could be a lot of work. Well that was until a new app came through.

Relation Status on Facebook - RelationBook

RelationBook is a new Facebook app which will tell you “who’s in a relationship” and who is not by looking at your friends profiles. The app sorts out your friends into various relationship status Facebook allows a user to set, thus allowing you to browse their profiles by clicking on links on the left side. RelationBook also allows you to search for friends using their name and filter their profiles by their gender.

Overall, RelationBook is a nice app which allows you to find out your friends’ relationship. However, it could add some more features like telling you when someone changed their relationship recently.

Words with Friends Cheats: Find Best High Scoring Words

Words with Friends is one of the best game available on app store which is very similar to the traditional Scrabble game. Words with Friends allows users to play the game with multiple friends online. I have been playing this game for a while and love it. The game also has apps for both iOS and allowing you to play the game on the go as well.

Considering that the game is played online there is a lot of chances for people to look up the dictionary to find words and score high points. So how do you score high points in Words with Friends? Well there are several ways to do it and I’ll list a few of them here.

Word Solver for Words With Friends

The first option to find words out of the alphabets on your board in Words With Friends is Word Solver. This website provides you options to solve Scrabble words using various dictionaries including; Scrabble Tournament Word List, English Scrabble Dictionary, Words with Friends Dictionary and French Scrabble Dictionary among others.

Word Solver Results

All you have to do is enter the words on your board in the textbox provided and click on the "Find words!" button and it will automatically display the words you can create using your board. Another similar alternative for finding words is Lexical Word Finder.

The above websites can be used to create words from alphabets on your board. However, what if you want to add to already existing words created on the table? Well, there is a cheat for that too.

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More Words is a excellent website which would help  you in many ways with solving words in "Words for Friends" and Scrabble in general. It is basically a word search engine which provides you with definitions, anagrams and more. More Words also provides users with an option to create words by adding letters to it and also search for larger words containing a particular word and words starting with or ending with your search.

So if you are looking to cheat in Scrabble or Words with Friends online, look no farther than More Words since it can provide you with the best help you can do with.

While there are many more websites that can help you with finding words for your Scrabble or Words with Friends game. I think the above mentioned websites should be more than sufficient.

P.S. I didn’t want to be a spoilsport and take the fun out of the game. However, considering that players can play at their own pace and have the internet to look up words this isn’t technically cheating Smile or is it?

iOS 5.1 Will Have Facebook Integration

A few months back Apple and had a problem over API access in iTunes Ping which led to Apple removing Facebook integration from Ping and then ditching them completely in favor of Twitter in iOS 5. However, it looks like the fight between Facebook and Apple might finally be over.

Last month we had reported that Facebook integration was spotted in iOS 5.1 Beta 3 and it looks like iOS 5.1 might actually have a deeper integration with the social networking website.

Facbeook iOS 5.1 Integration

Since the problems between Apple and Facebook arose, Facebook started displaying "via mobile" as the update method for their . However, it looks like few hours before the iPad 3/iPad HD event, Facebook has started to display the "via Facebook for iPhone" again.

Our editors Parth and Sathya tested out that updates sent from the / or iPad show the via as seen in the image above. I also tested the same for and continued seeing "via mobile".

So will iOS now have Facebook integration like it has for ? Well, our editors think that we should definitely see it during tomorrows announcement. We’ll keep you updated with more information if we come across it and keep you in the loop.

Friendsheet, Pinterest for Facebook Photos

Pinterest has been creating a lot of social media traction, specially among the female crowd. It has become one of the best ways to find interesting things that are pinned by users to an online pin board. Pinterest has also been one of the biggest social media stories aside from and in recent times.

Friendsheet, Pinterest for Facebook Photos

While interest in Pinterest is not dying down, a new service/Facebook app might change things a bit. A new service called Friendsheet allows you to browse your friends photos on Facebook in an interface which is similar to that of Pinterest.

The app asks users to login using Facebook and then asks for certain permissions before it can fetch all your friends photos. Once you have successfully logged in you will be able to browse all your friends photos. It displays all your friends photos in a neat interface (similar to Pinterest). You can then easily; like, share and comment on your friends photos from the same interface. It also provides with an option for endless scrolling where you can load new photos from your friends by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Friendsheet touts itself as the best photo browser for Facebook and though it does not provide any other functionality other than browsing your friends photos, it definitely has a lot of scope to compete with Pinterest. Also, the fact that Mark Zuckerberg himself shared the service might ring a few bells among the Pinterest developers.

Angry Birds Lands on Facebook

After a huge wait, the Famous have finally landed on allowing over 800 million users to start hunting those pigs who stole the birds eggs.

Play Angry Birds Facebook

There is not doubt that Angry Birds is one of the most famous games to come out in past few years. It is a simple enough game where you as a bird have to destroy all the pigs to avenge them for stealing your eggs and move ahead to the next stage.

Also Read: Cool Angry Bird Merchandise Collection

Angry birds was available for , Windows Phone 7 on windows desktop and on Google Chrome as well. However, it was missing on one of the biggest platforms on the web; Facebook. Rovio had initially announced that Angry Birds would be available for Facebook in March 2011, but it took them almost a year to actually do that.

Also Read: Angry Birds Question in Physics Exam

The gameplay remains similar to the app, however, with the Facebook app you will be able to share your high scores with friends and also play along with friends. If you can’t wait, you can start enjoying the game right away by visiting the Angry Birds Facebook App and granting it appropriate permissions. Happy Pig Bashing.

Facebook For Android Updated; Comes With Improved Messages And Notifications

Most of the Android smartphone users, does not like the official Facebook app for Android due to a number of reasons. The guys at Facebook are working hard and trying their best to make the application more useful. Facebook for Android does not allow us to tag friends and places in posts, but the latest update of Facebook for Android completely solves this problem. It also comes with a new design for profile and group walls, improved photo browsing and sharing, improved messages and notifications, etc. Check out the complete changelog, after the break.

facebook for android update

Changelog:

  • Made it easier to share with who you want
  • Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
  • Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
  • Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • Improved photo browsing with swiping
  • Added the ability to tag your friends in photos
  • Improved Messages and Notifications
  • Fixed a number of crashes and performance issues

The Facebook for Android app is available for free on the Android Market. You will get a notification to update this app. If you don’t get an notification, then just head over to Android Market from your handset, go to My Apps and update all the apps. To download the Foursquare for Android app from web version of Android Market, head over to this page.

Dedicate Facebook Status Updates to 9/11 Victims with “9/11 Memorial” Facebook App

In collaboration with  social media  giant Facebook, The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is  seeking users on Facebook to post photos or messages dedicating and honoring the 3,000 men, women, and children who perished in the attacks of 9/11 with the help of the app called the  9/11 Memorial.

In    August 2006,  The National September 11 Memorial & Museum began construction on the former location of the Twin Towers which were destroyed by the terrorist group al-Qaeda in September 2001. The memorial was planned to remember the victims who lost their lives in the attacks. It is a non-profit organization, which will be opened this year on September 11, and the museum will open in 2012.

9/11 Memorial Facebook Application

The Memorial’s Mission follows a strong message –

  • Remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.
  • Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss.
  • Recognize the endurance of those who survived the courage of those who risked their lives to save others, and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours.
  • May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.

The application is developed and maintained by Facebook app developer Involver, which was released on Wednesday. When a user posts a photo or sends a message, the application will randomly select and dedicate a status to any single victim out of the 3,000 victims.

The goal of the application is to honor and remember victims of this devastating attack on America, 10 years later,explains Involver‘s Senior Vice President of Marketing Jascha Kaykas-Wolff.

9/11 Memorial Facebook Application

You can make donations and help the organization raise funds. All donations and  sponsorships  that the organization receives are dedicated to developing and sustaining the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Click here to make a donation and show your support. You can also text HOPE to 80088 to support the National September 11 Memorial with a $10 donation. For more information related to donations and sponsorships, visit this page

Similarly, YouTube  in collaboration with The New York Times is marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attack by launching a dedicated YouTube Channel called Reflections on 9/11, featuring special videos and content from the New York Times, archived news broadcasts from September 2001, and personal stories of those people whose lives were deeply affected by the attacks.

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Monster.com Adapts Social Networking Site Facebook

Monster.com, online employment hub, is adapting its job search to social networking site Facebook. Monster, will be doing this by launching a Facebook app called BeKnown on Monday.

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With BeKnown, users can import their data from Facebook profile to the Facebook app and let users manage their professional and personal network from one place. Another professional network that is trying out similar approach is BranchOut and going from my Facebook news stream it’s pretty evident that BranchOut app is pretty popular among young professionals. In fact, BranchOut already has 800,000 users.

How BeKnown is trying to differ from BranchOut is, it’s trying to turn your professional life into a little game. That is, users will get badges like you get in FourSquare once you complete your graduation, get a job, a promotion, etc. I’m pretty sure once you become a CEO, the badge would say “I’m CEO, bitch”.

To think that almost everyone is adapting their business with the social networking site Facebook says something. Earlier this week, Linkedin, an independent professional social network site announced that they now have 10 million users in India and about 100 million users worldwide. We have written an elaborate article on why Linkedin’s huge user base does not make sense in the largely Social world.

MyPageKeeper Promises to Protect You from Facebook Scams

Facebook scams are beginning to become a real nuisance. Most of them don’t do much real damage, other than causing some embarrassment, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t annoying. Most scams simply blast the same message that fooled you to all your friends, which helps them in going viral. Some of them might also ask you to fill surveys that profit the scammer. However, only a very few try to distribute malware or spread phishing campaigns.

What makes these scams so effective is the fact that they are fairly hard to spot. Most people implicitly trust anything posted on their wall by their friends. Moreover, it is often hard for people to resist clicking on links promising leaked videos of Bin Laden’s death or the last words of a recently dead celebrity. Facebook scams prey on people’s gullibility and curiosity to get the better of them.

A new Facebook app called MyPageKeeper promises to protect you from Facebook scams. It does so by monitoring your news feed, wall posts, and installed apps. It doesn’t say exactly how it detects a piece of content as spam, but it’s most likely that MyPageKeeper is simply database driven.

MyPageKeeper

Two Ph.D. students in computer science at the Bourns College of Engineering teamed up with StopTheHacker, a web protection service founded in 2009 by Anirban Banerjee, who received his Ph.D. in 2008 from UC Riverside, and Michalis Faloutsos, a professor of computer science and engineering at the university, to create MyPageKeeper.

“Facebook is the new web,said Rahman. It provides a fertile ground to spread malware, since users trust links and posts that are seemingly from their friends. Hackers have realized this, and they have started using it to distribute malware and conduct identity theft.

MyPageKeeper is free to use, and getting started is as simple as installing the Facebook application. It’s designed to work automatically, and proactively. Once you enable it, you don’t need to tinker with it further. However, if you like to tinker with things, then there are a few options that you can tweak. You can specify how aggressive you want MyPageKeeper to be. Obviously, being more aggressive runs the risk of generating more false positives. You can also change how you want the app to notify you about malicious content spotted in your profile.

MyPageKeeper-Settings

Faloutsos, who has studied web security for 15 years, believes web security is following the same trajectory as desktop security. Ten years back, people weren’t serious about desktop security, but now almost everyone has an antimalware product installed on their system. Today, most people don’t realize the importance of staying cautious on the web, but in the coming years, Faloutsos believes that everyone will realize the importance of web security. People are educated about e-mail spam,says Faloutsos. But, now there is an implicit trust, almost validation, when someone sees a post from a friend on Facebook.

You can install this Facebook application from MyPageKeeper.org.

[Hat tip to @sreeyesh for recommending this app]

Parley.im – Great Way To Download Albums And Chat With Your Facebook Friends

Currently, there are hundreds of desktop client for Facebook, but most of them offer the same features, while the rest are not up to the mark. Recently, I found out a new desktop client for Facebook called Parley.im, which not only helps you to chat with your Facebook friends, but it also allow you to download your friend’s photos and albums.

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You can download the Parley.im from the developer’s website. This software requires .Net Framework 2.0. If you haven’t already installed the .Net Framework 2.0, then it will automatically download and install the .Net Framework on your PC. After installing this program, you will need to sign up for a Parley.im account. Then you will have to sign in with your Facebook account and connect it with the Parley.im account. The complete procedure will not take more than a minute.

parley im

Google Talk allow us to stay invisible or busy, but the Facebook Chat does not offer these features. Facebook Chat has only 2 chat modes – Online and Offline. Hence, I would recommend you check out the amazing Parley.im client, which has 4 chat modes – Online, Invisible, Away and Offline. The invisible feature allow you to appear offline to everyone, but you will be able to see who is online. On the other hand, when someone send you a message, they will get an auto-reply stating that you are away or busy, thanks to the “Away” feature.

parley im

Most of the time, the Facebook chat list is not accurate. Some of the friends are shown online in the chat list, even if they have signed out 5 minutes ago. Parley.im solves this problem since it always displays the accurate chat list. It also offers an IM style Facebook Chat with bigger interface and individual windows to chat with your friends. A small popup window alerts you when a friend comes online or when you receive a new mail, requests or comments.

parley im

Facebook does not allow you to download your friends photos and albums, but Parley.im comes with an in-built photo browser which helps you to directly view your friends photos and albums from the desktop. This software also allow you to download your friends photos or albums. You will just need to select the album and it will automatically download all the images from the album to your hard drive. You can also select multiple albums, but it may take some more time to download, depending on the album’s size.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Parley.im is an amazing desktop client for Facebook. Currently, this program is in beta stage, so you might find some problem, while using this software, specially while viewing and downloading your friends photos and albums. Parley.im is more responsive and stable than chating in any browser. It works on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

[ Download Parley.im ]

Beware of Facebook Chat-Jacking Scams

How would you like it if someone was pretending to be you, so that they could rip off your friends? Yesterday, Keith warned us about the Photoshop scam at Facebook, I’ve decided to fill you in on some of the details about this type of  Facebook scam.  So what is Chat-Jacking and why should you care?

What is Chat-Jacking?

While in Facebook, you might get a message from a friend that goes something like this:

Facebook for Android gets an update – adds ability to add photos to Friend’s Walls

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Facebook for Android app has just received an update and now adds few exciting features along with some bug fixes. With the new version of Facebook for Android you can now add photos to Groups and your friend’s Walls. Once you are at your Friend’s Wall or Facebook group, the app now displays a camera icon which upon tapping you can now upload photos directly from your phone. Besides that, it will also upload the photos with correct orientation.

The most important update to the Facebook for Android version 1.5.2 is the added   security layer to the app. The Facebook web interface had received this update back in January and now the Android app will also enjoy it. The complete change-log includes:

  • Added the ability to upload photos to friend’s Walls
  • Upload photos to Groups
  • Photos will always upload with the correct orientation
  • Improvements to landscape mode
  • Improved security using SSL
  • Various bug fixes.

You can download or update the Facebook for Android from the Android Marketplace.

Facebook Breakup Notifier Tells You When People Breakup or Are Single Again

Technology is good, but there are certain things which go beyond a line. Take for example a new app which will notify you when someone breaks up.

Facebook Breakup Bug

Now the app does not follow the love of your life around, it relies on the Facebook relationship status of the person you want to track and notifies you when they change they status back to "Single".

You like someone. They’re in a relationship. Be the first to know when they’re out of it.

Once you sign up for the Facebook Breakup Notifier, you can choose the friends whose relationship status changes you want to track. Once you have chosen those friends, the breakup Notifier app will monitor their relationship and send you an email whenever it finds a change. Kind of stalking right?

The app was created by Dan Loewenherz, who is apparently engaged. Wondering how many people are using the Facebook Breakup Notifier to see when he changes his status to single?

Sounds interesting? You can visit http://www.breakupnotifier.com/ and login with your Facebook account to track people.