Cases for smartphones such as the iPhone 5 often serve other purposes aside from protecting the devices. Some provide battery backups, for example. Findables released two iPhone 5 cases, the FlexStand and FlexWrap, which enable users to exchange their profile information from Facebook and other social networks via QR codes.
A Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer is dipping its toes in the accelerator waters, as Majestic Media announced the launch of Social Titan Labs, with the aim of pairing entrepreneurs and investors looking to build social platforms on mobile, tablets, and the Web.
These days, news gets out at an alarming speed. We no longer have to wait for the evening news or the morning paper to find out what’s happening in the world around us. Within seconds of an event unfolding, we not only know what’s happening, but we’ve seen a flood of comments and opinions surrounding the event.
The big debate last week was over whether Facebook would announce a video-sharing feature for Instagram or some sort of RSS news reader. Video on Instagram was the winner, having been unveiled at a press event at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, but don’t bury the news reader just yet.
The Council for Research Excellence became the latest group to attempt to define the relationship between television and Facebook and other social networks, finding that social media are more effective at driving viewership of new shows than existing ones.
As more users check their Facebook activity on their phones or tablets, the company’s design team has had to follow suit. When Facebook announced the redesigned News Feed, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the design was largely motivated by mobile. The Facebook Design team took users behind the curtain to share exactly what that means, and how the company is becoming more mobile-minded.
Publisher Random House pounced on the opportunities for its BookScout book-centric application afforded by the new Timeline design Facebook introduced Wednesday, announcing updates to the app to coincide with Timeline’s new features.
Games are an important part of the Facebook ecosystem. As the games market diversifies, with new developers entering the mix, so do the titles available on the social network. At a media event for Berlin-based developer Wooga in San Francisco Thursday, Facebook Director of Games Partnerships Sean Ryan discussed the future of social games with AllFacebook, pointing out that Facebook is working to offer a more diverse array of games to users, as well as to make it easier for gamers to have a continuous experience on desktops, phones, and tablets.
Global marketing and digital advertising company LifeStreet Media tracked downloads and usage of Facebook applications during the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s, and its findings were not surprising, considering the number of new mobile devices activated during that span.