Facebook Makes Photo Appear Larger

Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy: Mashable.

One of the most popular and most used feature of Facebook is its photo albums. Apart from updating status, playing Farmville and interacting with others, almost everyone on Facebook takes advantage of Facebook’s unlimited photo album feature. Recently, the social networking giant has announced that it now shows larger photo in less time.

Published in Facebook’s official blog, Justin Shaffer wrote, “Now, the photos you share on Facebook are bigger (720 pixels to 960 pixels) and load twice as fast, giving you quicker access to more detailed images.”

Users don’t have to worry about photos that have been already uploaded and share with friends as Justin added that the existing photos will appear larger as well.

Another update in the Photo feature is that Facebook is replacing its black old theater look with a white photo viewer that is significantly larger than previously the theater was.  The Theater look was released back in February when Facebook officially started supporting high resolution photos.

Let us know in the comments if this change means anything to you.

Nokia Announces Cheapest Phones Ever

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Nokia has recently announced Nokia 100 and Nokia 101, two incredibly low cost mobile phones designed for users in the low end market, specially in the Asian region. This is a move to survive in the competitive field with other manufactures such as Micromax, ZTE, Symphony (available in Bangladesh only) and other non-brand Chinese handsets popular in the market.

According to the sources, the new phones will cost $30 and $35 respectively. These phones are expected to hit the market later this year.

Nokia 100 is a classic handset that is focused on making calls and sending text messages. It features a color display, traditional menu items and FM radio as additional feature. The 101 features dual SIM support in addition to these. It also supports MP3 playback and microSD memory card support for up to 16 GB, which is quite uncommon in low cost phones in the market.

Only a few years ago, Nokia was the most popular and best seller mobile manufacturer in Asian countries. However, new manufacturers including low cost Chinese handsets (some of which are identical to Nokia and other manufacturers’ high budget handsets) entered the market and made the competition harder for Nokia.

On the other side, in high budget market, Nokia is also having a hard time surviving as most of the consumers are now attracted to either Apple iPhone or other smartphones that run Android, including Samsung Galaxy Series. Nokia still continues developing its smartphones with Symbian which a number of developers term as dated. However, the Finland-based company has a new hope of regaining the market with Windows Phone 7, and as it seems, it’s unpredictable whether or not they will succeed in overtaking Android phones in sale.

Facebook Attracted 1 Trillion Page views in June

Ever wondered how many page views does the largest social networking platform attract every month? If you’re curious, there are information. According to Google’s DoubleClick, in June 2011, Facebook attracted as much as 1 trillion page views and 870 million unique visits.

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Interesting thing is that, Facebook attracted ten times more page views then the second most visited website, YouTube. According to data, YouTube 100 billion page views (only) and about 790 million unique users on the site. However, the stats were shown excluding sites that don’t load properly, ad networks, adult websites and a few of Google’s very own websites.

Facebook now has 750 million users and we expected the unique visit per month to be more than 870 million. But this shows that not everyone on Facebook is really active.

If you’re not sure what the differences between page views and unique visits are, unique visit counts every single person visiting a site as long as cookies remain on their browser. If they don’t wipe it out, typically a person is counted as one unique visitor for as long as one month (or the period of time you want to generate statistics of). Learn more about unique visits on Wikipedia.

Page views, on the other hand, represent how many times pages were loaded on visitors’ machines. With that said, if you log in to Facebook, you first have to visit Facebook.com, logging in will redirect you to your News Feed, and clicking on a story will redirect you to its own page. Each time any page of Facebook is loaded, it’s counted as page views.

Google +1 Button Now Lets You Share Instantly with your Circles

It seems that the power of +1 button not only lies in improving the appearance of the content on Google search result page, but it also lets users share content across their Google+ circles, without even opening up a tab for Google+.

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Google officially announced this nifty feature coming live in the next week. It lets you simply click the +1 button on any website and instantly share it with your circles. You will see the option to choose which circles you want this to be shared with.

This makes a big difference from Facebook Like buttons because with a single click on Like button, you’re sharing the content with everyone (or whatever the default settings for sharing is set to) on your friend list. On the contrary, by clicking on +1 button, you can share it with circles individually. It does not even pop-up another window. It’s as intuitive as it could be (see the screenshot above, click for a larger view).

Developers might have to replace or update some code on their existing +1 button from websites with a new snippet Google said will be released in the next week. However, people who are already in platform preview may download the new snippet right away and test it out on their website.

It seems that Google is actually pushing the world of content  creators (and readers as well) to share what’s interesting on Google+ for their own good. With that in mind, we can forget what was written by a couple of journalists (one from Forbes) who underestimated Google+ and failed to realize the potential it has.

Steve Jobs Steps Down From Apple

Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs (left) and new CEO Tim Cook (right).

Some shocking news for anyone just signing in to the web. Steve Jobs, the most seen person on the Internet who was the CEO of Apple Inc. has just resigned from his position. According to Reuters, he has submitted his resignation letter to the Board of Directors.

Apple’s Board of Directors announced the official step down of Steve Jobs as CEO named Tim Cook as the new CEO. Steve Jobs has been elected as Chairman of the Board. This shocking change in positions is effective immediately, which means Steve Jobs, an idol to many, is no longer the CEO of Apple.

Steve Jobs wrote in his retirement letter, “I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.”

Because Steve Jobs will be serving Apple with his unique ideas, insights and creativity as being the the Chairman of Board, Apple seemingly does not have any huge impact on this event. However, millions of people on twitter have expressed that what they care most is Steve; not necessarily Apple.

In the meantime, Reuters also reported a 7% fall in Apple’s stock immediately after the news of Steve Jobs’ resignation spread.

Why Steve Jobs suddenly left his position, this couldn’t be clear immediately. But the most important question after Steve’s serving time on Apple is will his successor, Tim Cook, be as creative as Steve Jobs was? That’s something we have to keep an eye on. Maybe we’ll practically know about that on the next iPhone release event.

Teachers Acted for their Rights to Friend Students on Facebook

Earlier we reported that a new law passed in Missouri and effective from August 28, 2011 prevents teachers from becoming friends with their students on Facebook. Latest on that matter is that the teachers in Missouri has filed a lawsuit against this Amy Hestir Student Protection Act.

As reported by ZDNet, the lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the concerned act claiming it to be unlawful. According to the act, any kind of private communication between teachers and students — that includes text messaging or online communication — are prohibited to protect children. However, Missouri State’s Teachers Association believes this goes against the teachers’ first amendment rights of free speech and association.

The Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, named after a student who was molested by a teacher years earlier, has practically good sides and bad sides. By prohibiting teachers from communication students privately, the act makes sure student’s aren’t harassed in any way. However, on the bad side, students cannot make contact with teachers when they face difficulties understanding class assignment and in situations like that, which can be sometimes emergencies.

The Teachers Association has filed a lawsuit, therefore, for their right to make their students friends on Facebook and other medium. It’s time that will tell us what’s in the future of Amy Hestir Protection Law.

Facebook Announces New Privacy Features

One of the two things the largest social networking site Facebook does is regularly changing its privacy settings (still not being satisfactory to end users). It happened again. As expected, Facebook came up with seven deadly changes on how users are exposed around the world.

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The changes are mainly focused on its tagging system and sharing policy. Here is a list of six new features (along with our fancy rating) Facebook is rolling out to its 750+ million users soon:

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Tag Universally
Clearly a copy-pasted feature from Google+ which, in aspects of Facebook privacy, doesn’t really strengthen its settings. Now, in your comment, wall post or status update, you can literally tag anyone who’s been using Facebook from any corner of the world. This really exposes everyone. Although there’s an option for you to turn off the option for others to tag you, this feature isn’t going to be very useful as many people have said on comments left on news blogs. We give this feature a 1/5.

Control Tagger
In a simple word, you can control who tags you in their post, and who tags others in your post. That’s literally all this feature is. However, one useful update is that Facebook will now require your approval to each photo/post you’re tagged on. This way, you might avoid being tagged on some embarrassing stuff. That’d be nice, for real. We’d reward this feature with a 4/5.

Do more when Removing Tags
That’s all this feature is about. Whenever you don’t like being tagged on a certain photo, you could simply remove the tag from the photo page or your wall. Now, Facebook thought people wanted to do different things at that very moment. That’s why it will show up a window asking you whether you want just to remove the tag, or ask the uploader to take the photo down, or simply block him from your list. That’s a nice feature that will save time for busy people. From our side, this feature gets a 4/5.

See Who Sees What
Another copy-pasted feature from Google+ without any doubt. Now, you can view your profile as certain people would view it. To be more exact, until now you were able to check how your profile looked when someone not in your friend list viewed it. With the new feature, you can totally see how it looks to certain person, for example, your mom or boss. That’s certainly a good inclusion despite being copied from Google. We’ll give it 4/5.

Public
Facebook came up with a brilliant (and LOL at the same time) logic that its “Everyone” privacy settings preset was a wrong label. It says, with that settings active, anyone might see your stuff, but ‘everyone’ will not see. That’s why they updated the word ‘Everyone’ to ‘Public’, as seen on Google+ (third copy-pasted feature). As it literally does no improvement on the overall features, we give it a straight face rating 😐 !

You don’t have anything to do to get these privacy settings. These will be delivered to your Facebook account soon. However, you already know what the new features are. Which of these do you think are going to be useful for you? Let us know in the comments.