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Monday, March 21, 2011

Facebook App Update Corrects Recent Crashing Issues

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 AM

Although Windows Phone 7 has possibly the best Facebook integration of any major smartphone platform, many prefer to use the official app. Unfortunately, this app has had major issues recently, with many users reporting intermittent crashing. The Facebook Windows Phone Team has responded though, and a fix has been issued to the Marketplace. This type of responsive action by the Facebook WP7 team is fantastic and bodes well for the app going forward. Be sure to check the Marketplace for the update if you are still having problems.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Facebook Phone Coming Soon?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 03:00 PM

"HTC will unveil two new Facebook branded mobile phones next month, City A.M. has learned. The Taiwanese manufacturer will launch an official tie-up with Mark Zuckerberg's $50bn (£31.6bn) social network at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The high-end smartphones will be the first to bear the Facebook branding and colours."

Rumoured to be running a version of Android, my first thought was "Well, if this thing is going to be the official Facebook phone, then what does that mean for Windows Phone 7, which has the deepest integration of Facebook to date?". If this phone is pitched as a phone that isn't overly geeky, and more importantly has a cheaper data plan than a full-blown uber-Android phone, I believe there's a large number of people who are currently in the feature phone segment that would trade up to this phone. One things for sure: if there really is an official Facebook Phone, the other phone makers are going to have to work harder on their depth of their feature integration.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Facebook for Windows Phone 7 Gets Update

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"For everyone that got a shiny new Windows Phone for the holidays or for those with phones already that were too busy shopping and eating to pop into the Marketplace for some app updates, a couple cool features were added to the Facebook app you should go grab now. The Facebook app for Windows Phone now supports their location based service called Places, and also the ability to tag your friends in photos all from your phone. The app and the update are free so definitely go check it out."

Brian Seitz over on the Windows Phone Blog has announced that an updated version of the Facebook app now supports the Facebook Places location based service and the ability to tag people in photos. These will be welcome additions for Facebook fans on Windows Phone 7. The update is available from the Marketplace. The Read link has more details if needed, or head straight to the Marketplace and get tagging.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Help Me Win $1250 for Kids Who Need It This Christmas

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 03:00 PM

Hi everyone! I need your help to win an unboxing contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook, and it’s for a good cause. Since I do a lot of those, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we’re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense – so I’ve publicly committed to donating half of the prize ($1250) to kids involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. My mother works for that organization, and I’ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it’s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I’ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).

I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!

Here’s how you can help me, and the kids, win – oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!

  1. Log into Facebook, and visit the Best Buy Unboxing Day Contest Site. Click Allow when the app asks for your permission. I’ve noticed there’s a weird bug with Internet Explorer 8 where it loops the process for almost a minute, so you may want to use Firefox or Chrome if you run into trouble.
  2. Find my Samsung Focus video (see above) and click on it, then click on Vote in the window that pops up. You’ll need to fill out a little form; if you live outside Canada and don't qualify for the gift card, just put in whatever bogus information you want.
  3. Return to that contest site every day to vote – you can vote once every day up until December 31st.

The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I’ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii’s I purchase.

(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).

Friday, November 12, 2010

So I Guess Social Media Isn't a Fad?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 05:00 PM

A quick note for all readers of all sites: since this whole "Social Media" thing isn't going away any time soon, we've decided to modernize our sites a bit by adding both a Twitter "Re-Tweet" button and a Facebook "Like" button to the bottom of every post. If you find one of our stories useful, interesting, and worth sharing with others, please use the buttons. Thanks so much, and let us know if you see any problems. Right now we're using the basic Facebook integration rather than the deeper one that requires more coding work, but it should do the trick for now. And if you're using Twitter, you'll find our Twitter feeds in the upper right-hand corner of each site.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Microsoft Creates A Facebook App For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 08:30 PM

"An officially-sanctioned and apparently Microsoft-made Facebook application has showed up in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Microsoft loves to tout WP7's native social integration (especially with Facebook) throughout the OS, so whether this app is useful in any meaningful way remains to be seen. It may just be an effort to silence those who kept crying for a separate Facebook app to be available (and reportedly many people did)."

Over on the DownloadSquad website they are reporting on their first impression of what appears to be a Microsoft-made Facebook application. On the one hand, it doesn't seem to go above and beyond what other Facebook apps do on other platforms, but, hey, people can actually soon start downloading and using apps for this new Windows Phone 7 platform. That's a great development and this app seems to be more than adequate for addressing your mobile Facebook needs.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Will the Real Facebook Phone Please Stand Up?

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:00 PM

"When Microsoft and Facebook announced that they were partnering to integrate Facebook and Bing for social network-powered search, it confirmed something I thought Monday: Windows Phone 7 is the real Facebook phone. I don't know whether Facebook has a secret team working on a phone where they control the OS. But the company don't need one. It's already deeply integrated into Android and iOS. Now with the Microsoft partnership, it's tied to the most socially optimized smartphone ever brought to the market."

Tim Carmody from Wired has posted an interesting piece that proclaims that Windows Phone 7 is the real Facebook phone. After weeks of rumours of a Facebook phone (which has yet to surface), Tim suggests that the deep social integration of Windows Phone 7 offers the best experience yet for Facebook users. He demonstrates further that as Microsoft has fallen behind in the smartphone wars, their incentive to try new things, especially with search and social integration, has become a priority. Ultimately he suggests that Microsoft and Facebook are way ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating socials aspects into their products; a skill they will need to exploit to take advantage of as competitors look to become more socially adept.

Tags: wired, facebook

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Facebook Mobile Site With No Data Charges

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 AM

Facebook has launched a new site that for people in 45 countries using one of 50 carriers will not rack up any data charges. It is can be accessed at It is a low bandwidth site, like the current, but apparently the carriers will let Facebook site that begins with a "0" bypass the data counters. Presumably Facebook will pay the charges, or has worked out some sort of revenue sharing agreement based on advertising revenue.

I haven't seen a list of countries or carriers yet, but according to CNet, Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, India, and Turkey are included. France and the UK are on the roadmap. I guess for now, you'll need to check with your carrier to see if you qualify, unless someone here has found a complete list.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Facebook App for Zune HD Gives Us Preview of WP7 Apps

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Zune Software" @ 09:00 PM

"At last, the Facebook application for the Zune HD has been released. It has elements of the Metro interface that Microsoft is utilizing on Windows Phone 7 Series devices, and so looking at the this rendition of Facebook, we can get a sense for how other apps would look on WP7"

Microsoft recently released a new Facebook app for the Zune HD that makes use of a few Metro UI elements that will be standard in Windows Phone 7. Other notable features include the ability to update your FB status with the current song you're playing with a link to the song's info page on

Although no Facebook features appear to have been limited, there have been a few bugs reported concerning connection difficulties and the News Feeds not appearing, but Microsoft is working on fixes as we speak.

The new Facebook app is available on the Zune Marketplace (accessible directly through the Zune HD). Have you had a chance to use the new Facebook app on the Zune HD? If so, tell us what you think...

Tags: facebook, zune hd, wp7

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Facebook 1.2 For Windows Mobile Released

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

Microsoft has released version 1.2 of the Facebook app for Windows Mobile devices. If you launch the Marketplace app, you should get notified. Arne Hess over at The::Unwired also noted that if your Marketplace app has updated itself, you will be able to install it to your storage card if desired. My client hasn't done that yet though - I am on Verizon so it may be a carrier issue. I did get the Facebook 1.2 notice though, so it resides in my main memory.


The main feature updates are the ability to "like" a comment or to add to comments. You can see additional screenshots at Arne's site showing those features in action.

Tags: facebook

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Microsoft Updates Facebook Application

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 12:00 AM

"If you weren't aware, Microsoft recently released a Facebook application for Windows Mobile. We've heard some users have been having problems with installation and a new copy of the app has been posted. This version should help anyone that was getting the "cannot install due to insufficient privileges" error and it should also help with some hanging errors."

If you were at wit's end last week getting Microsoft's Facebook application to play nice, you may want to head over to the Windows Mobile web site and try downloading and installing it again. The updated version is signed, and packs a few bug fixes.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Windows Mobile Facebook Application Released by Microsoft

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Software" @ 02:24 PM

"New from Windows Mobile: a Facebook application for your phone! Download the new Facebook application for Windows Mobile and: Send messages to any of the people in your Friends list; Take pictures and videos on your phone, then upload them right to Facebook; Send messages or call people in your Friends list; Manage your profile and post anytime, anywhere. Keep up with the latest news and posts with Facebook on your phone. Now your status updates can be up-to-the moment accounts of what you're doing. Photos and videos are about as close to live-action as you can get. Show your friends what you're up to, while you're out and about. Connecting and sharing on Facebook just got a lot livelier!"

In typical fashion, this had been leaked elsewhere previously, but now it's official: the release version of the software is public and available for immediate download. What I find most interesting about this is that it's a Facebook application developed and released by Microsoft. On the iPhone, Facebook developed their own app for it. On Windows Mobile, Microsoft had to do it. That doesn't say much for what Facebook thinks of the Windows Mobile platform, now does it? Looks like RIM developed their own app for the Blackberry though, so this isn't without precedent. Guess the people at Facebook just love their iPhones.

The app will work on all Windows Mobile 6 and 6.1 smartphones, both Professional and Standard - sorry all you Windows Mobile 5 owners. You can grab a mobile download here if you wish. I haven't taken it for a spin yet, but will shortly. Let me know what you think of it!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

ceSnipURL Shortens URLs For Social Network Sites

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC Software" @ 05:00 PM

ceSnipURL is a free utility to convert long URLs into short URLs, which comes in handy for sites like Twitter and Facebook where you have a very limited number of characters to update your status. It automatically uses URLs from the clipboard and once converted, puts them back on the clipboard so you can paste them into your app.

I know a lot of Twitter clients for the Windows Mobile already do this, but some of us prefer to use SMS and PIE for our twitter needs, so this allows us a quick way to shorten URLs before posting. I cannot tell from the site if this works on Standard or not. The screenshot is of a Pro (touch-screen) device. If anyone with a Standard device tries this, let us know how it works.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New FindMe Location Sharing Service Keeps Friends Connected using Smartphones and Facebook

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Software" @ 01:37 PM

"Electric Pocket, developer of mobile media and media applications for Smartphones, today introduces FindMe for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices. FindMe enables users, their friends, family and colleagues to share their current locations automatically and securely through their BlackBerry or Windows Mobile Smartphones without needing GPS. FindMe offers the opportunity to “tag” commonly visited locations, such as home, office, soccer field or favorite bars and restaurants, and post those locations on their Facebook profiles."

This is probably one of the coolest applications I have seen come out in a while. There really isn't much to say on it as the program itself is pretty basic. In a nutshell, what you do is install a tiny application on your Windows Mobile device. This application grabs information about the cell tower that you are connected to and allows you to assign a tag to that location. Then the application uploads your current location to Facebook which in turn allows all of your friends to see where you are. The only downside of this application that I can see is it will make a bit harder to hide from those individuals that you do not want to hang out with.

If you're a Facebook user then I recommend giving FindMe a download to play around with this simple, yet fun, program.

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