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Facebook knows about Home problems, will fix them in future releases of the app

Facebook Home is making the rounds, unfortunately not to my Nexus 4 yet, but being downloaded more than one million downloads is something to talk about. The problem is, though, that there is a massive amount of negative feedback and reviews on Facebook Home.


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Technology Review have reported that the social network are aware of these issues, and their first attempt at creating their own Android overlay has been met with problems, but they've promised to get them fixed in future releases of Facebook Home. Facebook have also said that they are adding "a launcher that makes it easier to see your non-Facebook apps and doesn't reorganize them", "a way to create folders of apps within the launcher" and "a dock at the bottom of the screen that gives you quick access to your most important apps".

Windows Phone Store reaches 145,000 apps

Just how well is Microsoft going with the Windows Phone Store? Well, they've reached over 145,000 apps, which is up from the 120,000 apps that we heard about in October.


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But, this number shows that the momentum has slowed down for the Windows Phone Store, considering it doubled in size over the first half of 2012. Are developers leaving the platform? Or are they just simply not as interested in Windows Phone as they are with iOS and Android? There are those that argue that Microsoft are concentrating on quality apps versus just boat loads of apps, with iOS reaching over 800,000 apps now.

Bang With Friends glitch includes link that will tell you which friends are looking for a bang

There's a glitch to the discreet hookup app 'Bang With Friends', that lets you see which of your Facebook friends are looking for a bang. The big, huge, gaping hole of a problem here is that Bang With Friends is pushed as a silent, untraceable way of looking for a hookup.


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Well, not for now - as there's a huge glitch letting you find out which friends are using the app. I used the glitch myself and thankfully, there's only one person on my Facebook list using the app, but there are many of you who might find this an interesting look, and maybe spread the word about the glitch so people know and can remove their accounts from BWF.


You can use this link here to find out which of your Facebook friends are using Bang With Friends. Remember, what is seen cannot be unseen.

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Chrome and Chrome OS get Google Cloud Messaging

Google has announced that Chrome and Chrome OS are getting Google Cloud Messaging. Cloud Messaging is Google's implementation of push notifications and allows notifications, updates, news, and other alerts to be sent to an app even when running in the background. It pushes the update rather than the app having to go out and check for updates.


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Push notifications are commonplace in the mobile app world. It looks like they are finally crossing the divide and will start showing up in Chrome apps.


Event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently. But what if you need to respond to something that occurs outside of Chrome, such as a news alert, a message sent to a user or a stock hitting a price threshold? Until now, you had to do this by repeatedly polling a server. This process consumed bandwidth and reduced the battery life of your users' machines. For a more efficient solution, starting today you can use Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) - across all channels of Chrome.


One of the main benefits of push notifications is reduced battery life, as noted above in the quote from yesterday's announcement. You can expect that Chrome application developers will start to make use of this new service very quickly. Battery life of notebooks should increase as a result of developers switching over and I don't t

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Amazon debuts Cloud Drive Photos app for iOS, provides access to pictures on Amazon Cloud

Amazon has released a rather specialized app for iOS. Cloud Drive Photos allows iOS users to access to their Amazon Cloud storage, but only to their pictures. The app also allows iOS users to easily upload pictures to their Amazon Cloud.


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- Store and secure thousands of photos in your Amazon Cloud Drive

- Protect your memories - photos from your iPhone or iPod touch are automatically saved to Cloud Drive whenever the app is running

- Have access to your entire photo collection in the Amazon Cloud, even those that aren't in your Camera Roll

- View your photo albums in stunning layouts from your iPhone or iPod touch

- Share your Cloud Drive photos on Facebook, Twitter, and through e-mail


One cool feature available in the app is the ability to queue uploads and downloads of pictures to and from the Cloud Drive. It's not really clear why users would need an app like this, but Amazon seems to think there is a market for it. The app is a free download from the Apple App Store, so it doesn't hurt anything to give it a try.

Microsoft says not to expect a Windows 8 iTunes app anytime soon

While iTunes has been available for Windows 8 in desktop mode for some time now, there still is no app for the Metro UI and things look like they will stay that way for a while into the future. Microsoft says it has rolled out the red carpet, but Apple has yet to walk down it.


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"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon," said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft's Windows division. "ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying." This presents a major problem for Microsoft Surface RT users who cannot install or run any non-Microsoft desktop software.


Apple really has no incentive to build a Windows 8 iTunes app, as this would give users yet another reason to ditch their iPad's and switch to other non-Apple hardware. Apple is fine with coding desktop apps, but their Mac line is still a very niche market when you look at the big picture, while on the other hand, their iPad is the bestselling tablet by leaps and bounds.

Facebook updates Home as more than 1 million people install the app

Facebook's Home launcher is receiving an update today, bringing new features to the social networking-centric Android interface. Facebook also announced that Home has been installed nearly one million times since its launch. However, that's small fish compared to its one billion strong user base.


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Facebook has said that they will not block users looking to sideload the app onto an unsupported device. This update is bringing with it fixes for bugs and some various new features. The new feature set include a "Dash Bar" that lists friends to allow for quickly starting a conversation and a "Dock" to hold your favorite apps.

Netflix app for iOS updated to version 4.1, brings several new features into play

This morning Netflix announced that it has updated its iOS app to version 4.1 and has implemented several new features. The updated app now includes Auto Play for TV shows, which will automatically start the next episode, when the one you are watching finishes.


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Also included in the update is a new feature that brings recommendations directly into the video player by offering the top three recommendations on a screen after the current movie ends.


Netflix said that it has also enhanced the audio and added more second screen options to the app.

Google gives I/O 2013 Android app major update ahead of show opening next week

Google I/O is getting closer by the day and as a result we are learning more about the scheduled events, talks, and what new and exciting things we may see launched at the event. This morning Google pushed out an update to its I/O app for Android that includes some pretty cool features.


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Ahead of next week's show opening, this update provides some pretty awesome practical functionality for those who are both attending and not attending the conference. Once signed in with your Google+ account, the updated I/O app will determine if you are attending the conference or not, and will adjust information accordingly.


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Attendees will get venue Wi-Fi settings pushed to their mobile device, along with device synced schedules, a widget that displays upcoming scheduled events on the lock screen, NFC badge scanning and even a vector based map. Those not attending will see the Off-Site Attendee mode and will be able to watch live streams, which can be streamed to larger screens via the devices HDMI port. Google has also said that live streams will be available for all sessions for those not attending.

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Google Earth gets updated, now includes Street View and a new interface

Google Earth has been updated, reaching version 7.1.1 and with it, brings some serious changes. First off, we have Street View, letting you zoom right down to, well, street level.


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Google have also added some improved search functionality, have made directions allowing you to see a 3D view of transit, walking, bike and driving directions. The user interface has also seen a big improvement, now including a slide-out panel from the left.

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