The popular social networking site, Facebook, introduced their Home app a month ago. Though it was downloaded by many since it launched, it did not live up in its hype.
The Facebook Home was rated with only two stars in the Google Play store and the Home-preloaded smartphone HTC First exclusively available through AT&T was slashed off to 99 cents from $99. This is something to worry about for a multi-million dollar company.
In a meeting in their Menlo Park, California-headquarters, Facebook showed some enhancements of the Home to the journalists. These enhancements were addressed to solve the complains coming from the users. Some complains say the Home app is taking over the entirety of their phone and they find it hard on using and finding some of their applications.
According to Cory Ondrejka, Facebook’s director of mobile engineering, the Home is downloaded almost 1 million times but he cannot say if those users are happy or been actively using the software. But he did noted that there are 25% spending time with Facebook and chat accounts only for 7%.
The director also recognized the complains about the software making other apps difficult to find. Their solution to this is to make a separate folder for the other apps. They are also adding a dock in the bottom for a quick access to some apps such as emails, sms, etc.
Chatheads feature also received complains. Users say it is very hard to start a conversation. Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s director of product, showed a new feature that will make conversation more convenient and easier to access.
No words yet on when the new enhancements for Facebook Home will be available.
It has been reported before that the biggest online video site, YouTube, is going to have paid subscription channels and according to the recent news, they are going to launch this program in this week.
This paid service by YouTube is said to include about 50 channels. If this would grow successful, this number could increase in no time.
According to the people familiar with the matter, a single channel subscription only cost $199 a month. YouTube also confirmed this news to CNET that they have been working on with this project though they did not mention any time frame when it will be available to the public.
This service could be another source of revenue by the site owned by the tech giant, Google, this will also allow operators with channels to finance their TV shows, movies and etc from the subscriptions, beyond ads and rentals thay YouTube currently offers.
Again, YouTube did not mention a specific launching date and stressing that they had “nothing to announce”. They are more into developing this platform to provide great content for the users to enjoy and allow YouTubers to also generate revenue from their projects.
Google seems to have something new under their sleeves again. This time, they are for some gaming developments. According to a report coming from TechCrunch, the tech giant hired Noah Falstein, an expert game developer, as their Chief Game Designer. With a project that requires a veteran like Noah Falstein, it could be something big.
Noah Falstein has been a long time game designer. He was one of the game developers under LucasArts who developed the point-and-click games that we enjoyed before, as well as mobile and social games. He’s been in the industry for such a long time that he already understand that rise and fall of and other sectors of the gaming industry. Maybe Google wants to try something riskier with gaming and Noah Falstein and his expertise is the right guy to handle this.
Not just Apple but also Google has been in the gaming industry and platform for quite a while now. Their gaming sector became huge especially when Android OS starting taking over smartphones.
In an interview of Forbes’ Dave Thier with Noah Falstein years ago, the time when social and mobile gaming is just starting to grow, he mentioned that there are many game developers during the 90s where having difficulties with the change of time. Seems like they were stuck in just one game design and didn’t know how to create something new and get out of the old times.
Now that Falstein is in Google, let’s just wait and see what will he come up with or we might as well expect something big from them.
Google plans to shut down in June the Meebo Bar for receiving and sharing personalized content from websites in favor of Google+ tools for interaction between websites and users.
Google is planning to stop the further developments of the Meebo Bar to focus more in enhancing the Google+ tools.
Google acquired the company that made Meebo in June 2012. Aside from the Meebo toolbar that it has, they also incorporated it with advertisements, and social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Meebo also has their own IM application in desktop and smartphones.
After the acquisition of Meebo, the tech giant stopped the developments of the Google Talk Chatback widget in July. This widget allows webmasters to embed it in their sites or blogs so they can interact with the visitors while on the site. Before stopping the operation, Google announced this saying “It’s now outdated, so we’re turning off Chatback and encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar,”.
And after years of service by Meebo, it is time for it to rest and retire. According to Google’s announcement, it will stop the operation on June 6. The team working on with Meebo will be doing another tasks focusing more in the development of Google+ which is getting more and more popular today.
According to the team, though Meebo bar will be stopped, they are still going to continue some of its functions and “bring community, engagement, and revenue to publisher sites,”.
Facebook is one of the most profitable company ever. The CEO of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, made his millions because of his social networking site. So, there is no wonder why and no surprise why executives at Facebook also earn big.
According reports, Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook is the highest-paid personel that receive a good $ 26.2 million last year. According to the statement submitted to the SEC on Friady, the COO receives a salary of $321,128 and a whopping bonus of $276,730. She also earned $25.6 million from stocks. It is actually a decline from the year before from $31 million, but does it even hurt? we don’t think so.
How about the CEO? Mark Zuckerberg, one of the youngest self-made millionaire, earned about $2.3 billion in 2012 from the 60 million stocks he used before announcing the first stock offering in the public on May. He easily raised money for his tax bill in 2012 through selling 30.2 million shares for $38 each, now you do the math and figure how much he made.
His pay last year was just under $2 million, that is still more than double than the COO makes. And like any other millionaires, he also bought a private jet for his travels.
The social network giant, Facebook, just acquired a new small company again as a part of its aggressive growth.
The company is the cloud service firm, Parse, a provider of developer tools for apps in different mobile platforms. Facebook announced this acquisition and confirmed it in their blog today. According to TechCrunch, the deal was closed at around $85 million in cash and stock.
With this move of Facebook, it is not only focusing from being a social network but a business service provider as well.
Parse is responsible for the toolbox of utilities used in developing apps and allowing it to integrate directly to the social network giant. For instance, an app made with Parse would work on any mobile platforms such as iOS devices, Android devices, Windows Phones, and works the same as Facebook app.
This will allow Facebook to eliminate the competition with established app stores. Basically, the Facebook App will work on any mobile platform without having to contest in Google Play or iTunes.
People at Parse should be happy with this deal. The cloud service company had raised $7 million in capital since the start of operation and the $85 million acquisition deal is an excellent exit for the founders which was reported to be former Yahoo and former Google techs.
The peer-2-peer file sharing company, BitTorrent, have shared their latest data-synchronizing technology in the public for a free test.
The developers of BitTorrent uses the basic p2p sharing technology to send infos between users and eliminating the use of cloud services.
Yes! this sync technology eliminates the use of third party servers or cloud services such as Google Drive and Dropbox which have been aggressively leading in this service.
According to an analyst, the service would appeal to individual users for private use but not with big companies.
The San Franciso-based, eight-year old company, BitTorrent, is a firm that offers products free for use for every users. It developed a technology that makes sharing of large files easy and quick to send through the internet.
BitTorrent have been linked to piracy a couple of times already because of sharing media but the company itself is legal. They make money by having a license in its technology and brands to customers.
They have already started testing their new invention at the beginning of the year. It is still in alpha category which means it is not yet stable. But they announced through a blog post inviting the users to try it out.
It is free to download so why not give it a shot?