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Facebook Messenger adds “chat ID” for first-time chat buddies

All of us who use Facebook Messenger have probably experienced this once or more than once. A message from an unknown person suddenly pops up and he/she seems to know you or have met you recently, but for the life of you, you have no idea who they are and so you don't know whether to talk to them or not. Sometimes you ignore them and miss an opportunity or sometimes you do talk to them and waste precious minutes of your life.

Facebook expands free video calls to more countries

Just almost a month ago, Facebook introduced free video calls through its Messenger app and opened it to just 19 countries initially. They did promise that it will be coming to regions other than North America and Europe pretty soon. Well, they have confirmed today that they indeed have fulfilled that promise by rolling out this feature to a global audience, give or take a few countries. But even those who don't have it now will eventually do so, once quality has been improved.

Big tech companies provide help to disaster response efforts in Nepal

It was a sad weekend as tragedy struck Nepal. The country was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake causing damage all throughout the Kathmandu capital. The tech industry is especially mourning because Google executive Dan Fredinburg died in the Mount Everest avalanche as triggered by the earthquake. Death toll has recently hit 4,000 and number is expected to rise in the next few days as disaster response continues. Because of all these unfortunate events, tech companies have responded on their own by launching special programs and efforts to help the victims of the earthquake. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and T-Mobile are only some of those we know in the industry that are currently helping in the relief efforts.

Facebook now lets you do video calls via Messenger

Facebook seems to be giving its messaging service Messenger a lot of power lately. After introducing a whole bunch of great features these past weeks, they now bring what may be the most useful yet: the ability to make free video calls through the app itself. The social media giant wants to keep it at par with a lot of messaging services in the market, particularly its erstwhile rival, Apple, whose Hangouts is one of the most widely used free video call services (known as FaceTime).

Facebook wants to make calling fun, easier, with new Hello app

If you look at the direction and apps that Facebook has been launching the past few months, you might get the idea that they want to take over your phone. The newest product out of their Creative Labs app helps you manage the calls you make and receive from your smartphone. And since it is connected to your Messenger, you even get to make free calls and text directly from the app.

Facebook to reportedly add WhatsApp button in Android app soon

It's been a little over a year since Facebook bought messaging app WhatsApp into its stable of acquisitions, but we still haven't seen any sort of integration or even connection between the two. In fact, Facebook has been pushing its own Messenger, especially after opening up the platform to developers. So what does the social networking giant plan to do with WhatsApp? Well, apparently, we're already seeing a small integration, at least for the Facebook Android app.

Facebook’s new app Riff lets you collaborate on videos with friends

First it was video sharing apps. Then it became ephemeral video sharing. Now, it looks like collaborative video creation and sharing will be the name of the social media video game. Facebook has released the newest app from their Creative Labs. It's called Riff and its main purpose in life is to get you and your friends to collaborate on interesting and fun videos and then share them with the world.

Facebook now lets you make digital scrapbooks of your kid’s pictures

Parents, especially new ones, can always be found sharing photos of their child or children on social networks. Some even give monthly or weekly photo updates to show off how cute their progeny are, especially to relatives or loved ones that are far away and can only see the kids online. But sometimes, the photos are digitally scattered so it's hard to keep track of them. The largest network of them all. Facebook, is now giving you a much more organized way of sharing your children's photos with their new Scrapbook feature.

Facebook launches new products, tools to connect family of apps

Facebook's annual developer conferences, F8, is just one day over, and already they've made major announcements in terms of new platforms, products, and tools to take advantage of the social media giant's entire portfolio of apps. The biggest ones concerned their Messenger app, which has now been opened for developers, and the preview of the upcoming Businesses on Messenger platform where businesses can interact directly and one-on-one with customers.
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