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I can’t tell you how many times I get a strange or confused look whenever I mention that I’m not on Social Media. Even Kevin admitted his envy when he discovered that I’m not on Instagram, Twitter, foursquare, Facebook or anything else. In fact, he asked me to share my reasons about it on CrackBerry even though it’s not news.
I initially shied away from writing such an article but I know the strength of CrackBerry is in its community, and connecting to everyone here should always remain my priority. Before I start, I’d like to also note that BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, isn’t on any social media either — so to my comfort — I’m not alone.Continue Reading →
A new Facebook for BlackBerry 10 release is rolling through BlackBerry World right now and looks to correct some of the timeline woes people have been having with the app as well, it adjusts according to some of the recent Facebook changes. The release is noted as being v10.4.0.14 and we've got the change log for you.Continue Reading →
Developer Nemory Oliver, behind the Snap2Chat app, has been working on his next app, a native Facebook messenger app. In has been available to download via the CrackBerry forums in beta form. Now, after a few versions, Messenger is now ready for primetime and is available from BlackBerry World.Continue Reading →
If you've got the BlackBerry Beta Zone app downloaded to your BlackBerry 10 device, you might want to open it up and see if you have a Facebook for BlackBerry 10 beta available to you. A new release has now appeared and while the change log for it appears to be short, summing it up to just bug fixes and improvements to the news feed, the news feed is one of the biggest issues on with the app right now. Again, this is only in the Beta Zone app so you'll have to grab it from there assuming it's available to you.Continue Reading →
Another Monday liveblog from Mobile World Congress is taking place and this time around, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give a keynote address. Zuckerberg is always an interesting one to catch as he's generally a fairly compelling speaker, so this should be good and if nothing else, at least interesting.
We don't really expect too much, if any, Facebook news but instead look for broader topics that have to do with the Internet, social connectivity and the world in general.
We're liveblogging this one starting at 6 p.m. CET — that's noon in New York and 9 a.m. on the West Coast. Join us!Continue Reading →
The advent of social media profiles has created an interesting problem, from a philosophical perspective: what happens to your profile after you die? Originally they would just go dormant unless somebody had your password, but then Facebook updated their policy to place the profiles of our dearly departed into a "memorial" mode where visibility was restricted to only friends. But starting today, Facebook is changing that:
Up to now, when a person's account was memorialized, we restricted its visibility to friends-only. This meant that people could no longer see the account or any of its content unless they were Facebook friends with the person who passed away. Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person's content as-is. This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person's expectations of privacy. We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see.
Additionally, Facebook is offering users the option to create a posthumous "Look Back" video (by 'users' we mean the live ones — they haven't figured out Facebook Afterlife… yet). Reacting to a plea from John Berlin of Missouri, the father of Jesse, who passed away in 2012, Facebook did the work to make it possible to create Look Back videos for memorialized accounts, saying that "John's request touched the hearts of everyone who heard it, including ours."
As the biggest and most interconnected social network out there, Facebook also sees the most death among its ranks. In fact, in October of last year, XKCD tackled the question of when Facebook's dead will outnumber living members, and the answer was sometime in the next 50 to 120 years. It's still an interesting philosophical debate: what happens to your digital presence after you're no longer present?Continue Reading →
The news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for an enormous pile of money is front and center in the mobile communication industry today, and for good reason. Having watched WhatsApp grow from nothing into a cross platform winner over the last 5 years, quickly overtaking BBM and doing a darn good job of executing on a growth plan, I'm impressed with what they've done while I've been incredibly frustrated at how long it took BlackBerry to make the cross-platform decision. And while I was shocked to see the deal's valuation, I've taken some time to think about it rationally, and it might not be that insane.Continue Reading →
Facebook fans still using a BBOS device are getting some love from the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now. A fresh release of Facebook for BlackBerry has been added to the available download list. The changes in this release are rather simple but certainly appreciated as it's a feature that has been sorely missing. So what is it? Well, it's mention tagging in status posts. The update is live now so if you have a BlackBerry Beta Zone account you can get yourself updated ASAP.Continue Reading →
We posted how quick and easy it is to tweet from BlackBerry 10.2.1 and I was pretty surprised to see in the comments how many people had benefited from our tip. The same also applies to Facebook - so once again, using your BlackBerry 10 smartphone you can quickly bang out a status update without even having to go into the Facebook application.Continue Reading →
*Update* - Crisis averted. It looks like services are back to normal now.
If you're trying to avoid work and spend your Monday morning on Facebook, you may have noticed that things seem a bit fishy. Apparently Facebook is having issues and many users can't update their status, post comments, upload photos or Like posts.
The issue seems to be global and is affecting users on the web and mobile devices. We're getting any errors trying to post status updates via BlackBerry, but the updates aren't showing up either.
Facebook is working on the issue and service should be restored soon. So don't start prepping for the apocalypse just yet.
Are you having Facebook issues? Let us know in the comments.Continue Reading →
The Facebook app has received another updated today and now resides at version 10.2.2. This one brings some great tweaks for Facebookers including updated chat features, link previews and more. It's good to see continued updates for the bigger apps like Facebook and Twitter so we'll definitely welcome this one.Continue Reading →
If you're on a BlackBerry OS device and have a BlackBerry Beta Zone account then this is for you. Facebook for BlackBerry has been updated to v4.2 and it looks like it brings a lot of improvements as well as bug fixes. I actually really liked Facebook for BlackBerry as it had the to option to choose how often the feed would be update, something you don't see in the BlackBerry 10 version.Continue Reading →
Today Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones has received an update based on plenty of user feedback and usability issues. Version 18.104.22.168 brings along various fixes and enhancements including easier access to the News Feed, a new look and feel for user profiles, as well as fixes for receiving and clearing notifications.Continue Reading →
While Facebook for BlackBerry 10 has received a few good updates as of late, we haven't seen much outside the Beta Zone for legacy devices. That all changes today as Facebook v4.1 is now available for devices running OS 5 to 7.1.
The update has in tow some long-awaited features including a refreshed profile design, photo tags and other enhancements.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry 10 users rejoice! Facebook has received another update today and this time has some great features in tow. The Facebook app on BB10 wasn't the greatest at launch, but with the last few updates it's starting to get much better.
This time around we get quicker newsfeed scrolling, a refreshed UI and best of all - Facebook Chat. The new features bring things up to speed and are a very welcome addition.Continue Reading →
The Facebook app has been trucking right along with update and the latest has just hit the BlackBerry Beta Zone. Version 22.214.171.124 is available now and features various fixes and improvements. The folks at the Beta Zone have been listening to feedback and have made some good changes in this update.Continue Reading →
Fancy a new Facebook beta for BlackBerry OS devices? If so, you can hit up the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now and grab v126.96.36.199. It's seemingly a larger update given the change log provided so if you've been having issues with the previous release, best to get it updated and share whatever feedback you can offer with the Beta Zone. Speaking of that change log, Facebook 188.8.131.52 includes the following improvements:
- News Feeds
- Notifications where: - User may encounter issues where Facebook notifications are not cleared - User may encounter issues with Facebook receiving notifications - User may receive multiple friend requests from existing friends
- Friend search
- Viewing list of tagged users in status update or check-in post
- Photo Tags/Tag Info
- Comment Count
- Text scroll issues in Remote Search text field
Those improvements aren't without a few known issues as well so be sure to check that list before going all in on the download, just in case it won't meet your needs. The update is live in the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now, so you can hit the link below to be taken on over there.Continue Reading →
Our good buddy Kris has been playing around endlessly with some leaked builds of BlackBerry OS 10.2 and had a fun discovery last night. His latest experiments are with OS 10.2.0.663 which features the Android 4.2.2 runtime - meaning there are a slew of Android apps that run with no tweaking or debug tokens needed. One of those apps happens to be Facebook Home.Continue Reading →
If you're looking to try out a new Facebook on your BlackBerry OS device, you can log into the BlackBerry Beta Zone right now and grab the latest update. After you download the beta, you'll be on v184.108.40.206 and it includes quite a few changes, especially to the news feed views, user profile and more. You can jump below to see the full changelog or head on over to the BlackBerry Beta Zone and grab the download.Continue Reading →
*UPDATE* - Regarding the version number, we double checked with BlackBerry and while this update shows as v10.1.0.106, there will also be another update rolling out that will bring the version up to 10.2.0 on BlackBerry 10.1 devices. It will still contain all the same changes as noted.Continue Reading →
Having been through some BlackBerry Beta Zone testing, the latest Facebook for BlackBerry is now ready for download from BlackBerry World. This release sees the app move into version 220.127.116.11 and adds a small handful of changes to the mix. We've got a change log to go along with the release, so here's what you can expect from it:
- Better navigation – Facebook 4.0 provides a new navigation list that allows you to quickly access messages, chat, friend requests and notifications.
- Enhanced photo experience – You now have more options with the Facebook 4.0 update giving you a richer photo experience. Enjoy full screen photo browsing, add or view tags, and instantly Comment and Like.
- Quicker access to updates – Facebook 4.0 gives you faster content updates with a “pull down to refresh” option so you can check for the latest “News Feed” posts, “Wall” posts, “Messages”, “Events” and “Nearby” pages.
Although it should go without saying, this release covers BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 5.0 to 7.1 and is not for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Cool? You can hit the link below to grab the download.Continue Reading →
The Facebook app has received another update and is available now in the BlackBerry Beta Zone. The update brings us to version 18.104.22.168 and includes various fixes and improvements. This one is for legacy devices (not BB10) and is available to all registered Beta Zone members.
- Improved performance for loading large albums
- Improved navigation with shortcuts
- Improved quick view for messages, chat, friend requests and notifications
- Improved functionality of Likes and Unlikes in view comments page
- Improved track pad sensitivity when highlighting overlay
You can grab the update now from the link below. Be sure to drop a comment and let us know how it is!Continue Reading →
In the event that you could care less about Facebook, or just haven’t been following the news, yesterday was a significant day for the social media giant run by Mark Zuckerberg. They rolled out a new Android app, for lack of a better word, that takes over the home screen of Android and deeply integrates with the OS.
The "app" is called Facebook Home. There is no Facebook phone. There’s a very creatively designed Facebook experience that gets layered on top of Android, and can run on most Android phones. Facebook hasn’t forked Android. They’ve obviously gotten Google’s approval here, otherwise they’d not be able to use the Google Play store, or any of the Google apps. In other words, without Google’s blessing, they’d be in the same position as Amazon, who doesn’t ever speak of Android even though we all know they’re using it.Continue Reading →
Today Facebook is set to kick off their "Facebook Phone" event in California and are expected to announce some Android goodies that will be all Facebooked out. On the list is a new app, new software and even some new dedicated Facebook hardware.
Now while we're all about BlackBerry, it never hurts to check out the competition - and seeing what Facebook has to offer today will be interesting to say the least (you can bet it won't be as awesome as the BlackBerry Z10!).
So if you want to keep up with the action later today (1pm ET to be exact) you can head over to Android Central and check out the live blog of all the action.
Are you a hardcore Facebooker that want's to see the goods? Or do you have better things to worry about? Sound off in the comments!Continue Reading →
Both Twitter and Facebook received yet another update today for BlackBerry 10 devices. Both apps were off to an okay start and thankfully are being updated quite often to get them more up to par with other platforms. While they still don't pack all the features of their iOS or Android counterparts, they are definitely getting better and adding new features so that's a good sign.
Twitter adds updated features like full conversation view for Tweets, Direct Message added under the Me tab, ability to edit your profile from within the app and more.
Facebook brings along improved photo tagging, better event tools and more sharing options.
The app updates will be rolling out in BlackBerry World over the next few hours, but if you're the impatient type just keep refreshing :)Continue Reading →