Instagram on Thursday announced an update to its Hyperlapse app (currently only for iOS).
Now, Hyperlapse users with the updated app can use their phone’s front-facing camera to take time-lapse videos.
An Instagram spokesperson described the update:
Creating a #selfielapse is as simple as tapping an icon on the app’s home screen, which toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras. As before, a Hyperlapse video can be shared directly to your Instagram or Facebook account, or simply saved to your smartphone’s camera roll to access later.
As Apple rolls out its iOS 8 update, Facebook is following suit, so iPhone and iPad users can have an optimized experience.
Facebook recently announced updates in concert with iOS 8, including easier sharing options, larger assets to accommodate the larger screen and updated location settings.
Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s Product Management Director, described the updates in a Newsroom blog post:
Facebook for iOS 8 will have an improved experience for people who want to share content from other apps to Facebook. By simply tapping the share icon and selecting Facebook, you can choose to share a link to a website from your browser, photos or videos from your camera roll, and content from other apps. Facebook for iOS 8 will have an updated share screen similar to what you already see in the Facebook app. From there, you can select the audience you want to share with, add a location, say what you’re doing, or tag friends.
Ever wish that embarrassing Facebook post you made would just disappear? Soon, you might be able to do that, as Facebook is trying to bring the Snapchat-like timebomb messaging aspect into the News Feed.
According to The Next Web, Facebook is testing a “disappearing post” feature with select iOS app users that allows them to post something and then choose a time when that post will expire.
Users can pick 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, 2 days or 7 days.
Facebook confirmed this test in a statement:
We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance.
The Next Web notes that even though the post may be deleted from a user’s timeline, it can take up to 90 days to completely disappear from Facebook’s servers.
Facebook is testing a new way for users to discover more videos from their friends.
According to TechCrunch and sister site AllFacebook, Facebook for iOS users are seeing a prompt to watch more videos when the click on a friend’s movie. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s something the site is testing:
This is a new feature we are testing on mobile to help people find more videos they might be interested in.
This does not appear on ads, only on videos that users have uploaded directly to Facebook, and not other sites such as YouTube.
Facebook recognized that Poke was a dud, but it apparently isn’t ready to give up on new messaging apps. Facebook has released a new app in the iTunes Store — Slingshot.
Through Slingshot, users can take a photo, add images and text and other creative accoutrements, then “sling” it to a friend, who must do the same to see the image they received.
The app is listed in the iTunes store now, but it shows a launch date of Tuesday.
A Facebook spokesperson told Inside Facebook that it was mistakenly released early:
Earlier today, we accidentally released a version of Slingshot, a new app we’re working on. With Slingshot, you’ll be able to share everyday moments with lots of people at once. It’ll be ready soon and we’re excited for you to try it out.
The iTunes Store entry offers some more interesting details about Slingshot.
An update Wednesday to Facebook’s iOS app borrows from Foursquare, showing detailed information — context cards — over the News Feed after a user checks in or after they link to something like a movie or song in a status update.
Facebook notes that this is a test that will roll out to iOS users starting today.
For instance, if you check in at a local park or restaurant, Facebook will show which friends have also checked in there and how recently, as well as photos from their experiences. If you post a structured status update saying that you’re listening to a certain artist or watching a movie, it will show friend who have done the same.
Facebook released an update to its news reader iPhone app Paper Tuesday, allowing users to more easily share the stories via Facebook messages, text or email.
The app has been well-liked among those who use it, earning an overall rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5). However, AppData download estimates show that Paper has fallen flat.
Facebook’s rumored reader app, Paper, is coming to iPhones on Feb. 3, the company announced early Thursday morning. Paper is somewhat comparable to Flipboard, in that it’s a way for Facebook users to discover news and share it with friends on the social network. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in Wednesday’s Q4 earnings call that more standalone apps from Facebook are in the pipeline, and then the company launched one less than 24 hours later.
In a highly visual manner, users can scroll through the top stories of the day and see what stories their friends are sharing and talking about. These will include news stories from sources such as CNN and Huffington Post, as well as news from friends, relatives and other connections.
Developed by a team of about 15 people, Facebook is launching Paper first for the iPhone, and then will see what kind of feedback the app gets before considering rolling it out to Android or other devices.
Facebook is reportedly planning on bringing Graph Search to mobile, starting with iOS, according to 9to5Mac.com. The site reported Wednesday that Facebook will soon release a major update to both its native iOS app and Messenger.
The report suggests that Facebook is testing two versions of Messenger for iOS — one which looks similar to Apple’s native messages feature and another one (which will more likely be released) heavy on white space and fitting with the iOS 7 design.
Included in the newest round of Facebook updates for developers is a new software development kit (SDK) for iOS in line with iOS 7 and an official announcement about the new image specs in links. Facebook also announced that advertisers can reach mobile customers by leveraging iOS identifier for advertising (iOS IDFAs).
Facebook notes that advertisers can upload a list of existing customers’ iOS iDFAs and reach them with relevant content. This will be possible for any user on iOS 6 or 7 who has not disabled advertising tracking. Lookalike Audiences will also be able to target similar users. In May, Facebook announced App User IDs, allowing advertisers to define and reach people that have engaged with their Facebook-connected mobile app.
Advertisers can upload mobile advertiser IDs (either the iOS IDFAs or App User IDs) within the Power Editor and the ads application programming interface. Facebook noted that this has been one of the most-requested features from mobile advertisers, many of whom already leverage the iOS IDFA as a standard advertising ID for Apple users.
Facebook does not yet offer this capability for Android users.
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