Sickweather, the iPhone application that collects data from public posts on Facebook and Twitter, as well as from other Sickweather users, to inform parents about “Sick Zones,” is now available for Android.
The “anonymous chatting application“ that The New York Times’ Bits blog initially reported on earlier this month is now a reality, as Facebook introduced the latest app from its Facebook Creative Labs initiative, Rooms, a throwback to the Internet’s early days and a nod to anonymity, forums, message boards and chat rooms.
Facebook often comes into play during natural disasters or other crisis situations as a means for users to check on friends and loved ones, or alert them that they are safe. The social network introduced a tool Thursday to simplify the process, Safety Check.
The iOS tool behind the user interface for Facebook’s Paper iPhone application was open-sourced by the social network Wednesday, iOS engineer Nadine Salter, Instagram iOS engineering manager Scott Goodson and software engineer Andrew Pouliot revealed in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Facebook is tweaking the Your Photos sections of its flagship iOS and Android applications, implementing a collage design that highlights the photos that have received the most likes, as well as adding an Uploads tab that displays all of a user’s photos in one place, TechCrunch reported.
Facebook extended availability of its Facebook Audience Network mobile advertising network, which it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30, and the social network also announced that link ads are now supported.