Join Us Live From Instagram’s Mystery Event

Instagram-event-1-5

Feed-twFeed-fb

Instagram is holding a mystery press event Thursday morning in New York City, and Mashable is covering all the action live.

To prepare for the event, the company sent out physical Instagram images printed on canvas. It’s unclear what the photo-sharing app will unveil, although we’ve made a few guesses.

Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom will be in attendance, which means the announcement will be significant

What do you think Instagram will reveal at its event? Sound off in the comments, below.

Image: Mashable, Christina Ascani Read more…

More about Facebook, Liveblog, Instagram, Media, and Tech

The Short Film That Takes Place Entirely Inside a Computer

Screen-shot-2013-09-16-at-3.33.20-pm

Feed-twFeed-fb

Warning: The above video contains brief moments of imagery that is NSFW and may be objectionable to some viewers.

The contents of a computer screen is the unlikely — yet incredibly apt — setting for Noah, a new short film that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available to view online.

Directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, Noah was part of TIFF’s Student Film Showcase. The logline of the film reads:

In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age. Read more…

More about Facebook, Tiff, Short Films, Entertainment, and Film

The Short Film That Takes Place Entirely Inside a Computer

Noah-short

Feed-twFeed-fb

Warning: The above video contains brief moments of imagery that is NSFW and may be objectionable to some viewers.

The contents of a computer screen is the unlikely — yet incredibly apt — setting for Noah, a new short film that made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available to view online.

Directed by Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg, Noah was part of TIFF’s Student Film Showcase. The logline of the film reads:

In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age. Read more…

More about Facebook, Tiff, Short Films, Entertainment, and Film

How to Embed Your Instagram Video

Instagram-video-still

Feed-twFeed-fb

Now that Facebook has unveiled video on Instagram, creating videos is an easy process. It makes good on Instagram’s intention: bring simplicity to the video experience.

It’s hard not to see Instagram video as a response to Vine, Twitter’s uber-successful video sharing tool. And although Instagram’s video feature improves upon Vine, it’s also lacking a core part of the Vine experience

Namely, the ability to embed your videos elsewhere.

This isn’t a huge surprise. Instagram never made it particularly easy to embed or syndicate photos. The app supports the oEmbed standard, which means that services such as Embedly and web apps such as WordPress can display Instagram photos inline or in other apps. But there is no easy “embed” button for end-users. Read more…

More about How To, Features, Embed, Instagram, and Social Media

Instagram Adds Video

Instagram-video

Feed-twFeed-fb

Video is coming to Instagram. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom officially introduced the rumored video functionality to an audience in San Francisco on Thursday.

Described as “everything you love about Instagram — and it moves,” video is designed around three core principles:

  • Simplicity — It needs to be easy to use and edit

  • Beauty — “We need to do to video what we did to photos.”

  • Community — Instagram continues to look and work the same way when it comes to sharing and viewing content.

Like Vine and other short-video services, video is limited. With Instagram, the time is limited to 15 seconds. Read more…

More about Video, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, and Social Media

Facebook Finally Gets Hashtag Support

Facebook-hashtag

Feed-twFeed-fb

Hashtags are coming to Facebook to help users better surface conversations.

Support for the all-but-ubiquitous topic organization system was rumored in March and will roll out to a small percentage of users Wednesday. Facebook will roll out hashtags to more users in the coming weeks.

The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook, and functional hashtags are the first step. According to Facebook, many users already post hashtags anyway, so why not make them work. Hashtags will be both clickable and searchable, so, for example, topics like #NSALeaks or #NBAFinals will now exist. Read more…

More about Facebook, Hashtags, Hashtag, Social Media, and Apps Software

Facebook Home Gets Unofficial Support on More Phones

Fb-home-nexus-4

Feed-twFeed-fb

Good news, Android fans: You can now install Facebook Home on your device — provided it’s running Android 4.0 or higher — whether it’s officially supported or not.

Facebook Home was released last month to lots of fanfare but with limited device support. A month and nearly a million downloads later, Facebook Home is available on more phones. At least, on an unofficial basis.

Users who don’t have an HTC One X, HTC One, HTC First, Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II still can’t download the app from Google Play, but if you manage to sideload the app, it will work.

While I was setting up an AT&T variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 today, I noticed that Facebook Home finally worked on the device, albeit with a warning that I might not get “the best experience.” The Galaxy S4 is supposed to get official Facebook Home support, so at first I thought this might just be a fluke. Read more…

More about Facebook, Android, Tech, Apps Software, and Mobile

Facebook Expands Developer Tools With Open Graph for Mobile

Facebook

Feed-twFeed-fb

Facebook announced what it calls “the next evolution of Facebook Platform for mobile” at the company’s Mobile Dev Con in New York City Thursday.

Just as Facebook transitioned from HTML5 to more native strategies with its iOS and Android apps, the company is making a similar transition with the Facebook Platform for Mobile

Facebook already has a massive reach on mobile. The company says more than 81% of the top 100 grossing iOS apps and more than 70% of the top 100 grossing Android apps integrate with Facebook. But the company wants to do more and push even better apps to hundreds of millions of mobile users. Read more…

More about Facebook, Android, Open Graph, Ios, and Tech

Hands On With Facebook Chat Heads for iPhone and iPad

Chat-heads-ios-laying-down

Feed-twFeed-fb

Facebook just updated its iOS app to version 6.0, adding support for chat heads and a new news feed

Chat heads debuted with Facebook Home last week and are available to all Android users as part of the Facebook Messenger app. The idea behind chat heads are to allow users to keep a running list of conversations going without having to stop what they are doing and switch apps.

While on Android, chat heads can exist as a layer within every app, on iOS, the experience is limited to being inside Facebook for iPhone or iPad. That takes away some of the joy of chat heads — namely the ability to have a persistent conversation no matter what you’re doing on your device. Still, chat heads are great for users that spend a lot of time in the Facebook app and may want to carry on several chats without having to be tied to the messaging view itself. Read more…

More about Facebook, Iphone, Tech, Apps Software, and Mobile

Facebook Home Won’t Work on Unsupported Devices

Facebook-home-devices

Feed-twFeed-fb

Want to install Facebook Home on a device that isn’t an HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II? Well, unfortunately, Facebook has gone out of its way to make that difficult.

Not only has Facebook prevented the app from installing via Google Play on unsupported phones, users that manage to find an APK (the Android app file format) for the Facebook Home launcher are unable to install the app using the common sideload method.

Here’s the message we get when we try to launch Facebook Home, after sideloading it onto our Nexus 4:

Yup. Facebook has locked Home down to just four devices (five if you include the HTC First which comes with Facebook Home pre-installed, and seven if you include the coming HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4). Read more…

More about Facebook, Android, Nexus 4, and Facebook Home

21 visitors online now
7 guests, 14 bots, 0 members
Max visitors today: 25 at 10:13 am EDT
This month: 65 at 04-16-2014 05:21 pm EDT
This year: 66 at 02-14-2014 12:42 am EST
All time: 279 at 10-18-2013 05:24 am EDT
Get Adobe Flash player