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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.

Facebook Messenger opens up its platform to developers

We knew this was coming, as all its competitors are moving in this direction. Facebook finally announced that their Messenger app is now an open platform where developers can develop their own apps to enhance the users' messaging and communications experience. They've also released the initial 40 or so apps which allows people to express themselves in more creative and multi-media rich ways.

Facebook takes you on a trip down memory lane with On This Day

A lot of people are still on a nostalgia kick as evidenced by a lot of #ThrowbackThursday #FlashbackFriday #SentimentalSaturday posts that we see on various social media. Facebook is getting in on the action by announcing their newest feature called On This Day, which will give you a glimpse of what you were doing (or rather sharing) the years past. This can be both good news and bad news, depending on what you were doing years ago.

Facebook may be trying out a new dialer called Phone

The folks over at Facebook are not resting on their laurels despite being the largest social network in the market. They have been trying out new products, apps, and features, some becoming successful, some failing spectacularly, some being resented and eventually embraced by users. Looks like the newest product they will come out with soon is a dialer and caller ID app, if a leaked image can be believed.

Changes in Facebook to affect FB tile in Flipboard

Facebook recently implemented massive (well, not really, but it's big) changes when it comes to what you can and can't see on your news feed and what you can or cannot post. While these new rules are mostly beneficial (you can't post or see anything with explicit sexual content, violence, self-harm, etc), some apps have apparently been affected for some reason. One of these is Flipboard, who has informed its users of what this means for your Facebook tile on the popular digital magazine app.

Send money to friends using Facebook Messenger (US only)

If you spend a lot of time talking to loved ones on Facebook's Messenger service and you don't want to go anywhere else on your smartphone or literally anywhere else, but you need to send money, your problems are now solved. The social network giant will soon allow you to send and receive money to your friends through the messaging app at no extra charge (except for the money that you send of course).

Slingshot adds “Explore” button to discover more creative people

Facebook's stand-alone photo sharing app Slingshot may not be as popular as others of their kind like Snapchat, Instagram (also owned by Facebook of course), or Flickr, but it does have its own following, and these users have been requesting for several additional features to the app. Well, they've deigned to give you one of those you've been asking for and that is to make it easier to discover creative mobile photographers from around the world.

Google submits plans for moveable, “futuristic” new digs

While a lot of offices around the world have used the Google HQ in Silicon Valley as an inspiration for their own creative, unique, sometimes weird office spaces, the tech giant seems not content with their current already awesome hub. They have submitted a proposal to the Mountain View local government to expand their existing corporate offices into block-like structures that can eventually be moved around as they expect to be moving around when they expand in the future.

Facebook might be bringing Material Design to Android app

It seems like Facebook is also giving in to Google's "gentle suggestion" of using the Material Design visual guidelines, at least based on some posted screenshots. Android users might be able to enjoy floating action buttons that look like the ones that have been seen on devices that already have already received the Lollipop update. There is no official announcement yet, but it looks like tests are underway, and it is something users can look forward to.

Facebook Legacy Contact gives options for social network afterlife

No one wants to really admit thinking about it, but we have to accept the fact that we do wonder what will become with our social media accounts when we suddenly pass away. It's a reality that we have to face, especially now that these social networks have become as natural to us as eating. The largest social network of them all, Facebook, has now introduced the Legacy Contact feature, which gives us the option to choose who will be our "emergency contact" to manage your account when you die.
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