This week in Facebook

Facebook users warned of scam

Facebook’s press invite for an event on April 4, which we think has to do with an HTC Facebook phone, is bound to overshadow all other things Facebook, but that doesn’t mean all the other Facebook news from this week isn’t important. So here are all this week’s Facebook stories, rounded up to keep you in the loop. 

Anchored navigation bar with status updates

facebook anchored status updates photos

Here’s a new feature we’ve noticed for those of you with the new Timeline. If you scroll down the page, the Status, Photo, Place, and Life Event tabs will suddenly follow you. That’s because these tabs are anchored to a navigation bar that includes buttons with your name, “Timeline,” and “Now” on the left of the bar. To encourage users to share content on Facebook even if we’re scrolled all the way down the page, the anchored navigation bar will give you a quick way to post a status update or photo. You can also attach multiple photos in one fell swoop. 

Nested comments roll out to Pages

 Facebook nested comments

We’ve seen nested comments and the ability to reply before, but that was only made available inside of Facebook’s commenting widget used in blogs. But starting with Facebook Pages that have more than 10,000 followers, the social network is turning on the ability to reply to comments come July 10 of this year. In addition, the most “active and engaging conversations” within posts on these pages will bubble up to the top of the post “ensuring that people who visit your Page will see the best conversations,” Facebook’s Journalism Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik writes.

The feature was in the testing phase since November, and while it has rolled out to these eligible pages and some user pages as well, it’s only available on the desktop app. You’ll have to wait before threaded comments pop up in its mobile apps and added into Facebook’s Graph API.

Mark Zuckerberg is forming a political group in his free time?

zuckerberg and governer chris christie

What does the man that has everything do with his spare time? Jump into politics, apparently. Bloomberg reports that Facebook’s CEO is calling other dignitaries within the tech community to form a political group with him. Zuckerberg has shown an interest in politics before, holding a town hall meeting for Obama in 2011 and a political fundraiser for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (note he donated $100 million to Newark schools in 2010) – he also “Liked” presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Facebook Page, and Facebook’s PAC spent $267,000 on political donations in 2012 (between January and September).

Facebook retiring “Facebook Credits” in favor of local currencies

facebook local currency payments

How much is a Facebook Credit worth? Not many people would be able to answer that. If you’re curious, a single Credit is valued at $0.10. Developers were forced to charge in-app purchases based on Facebook’s $0.10 increments, says Facebook Engineer Yongyan Liu, so Facebook is meeting its developers’ needs and rolling out local currency payments. What this means is that developers can now charge as much as they want (reasonably we hope) for in-app purchases in the gamer’s preferred currency, whether that’s in USD, Euros, or Yen. The local currency payment structure will take effect starting sometime in Q3 2013. 

Computing

Latest Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos

An API bug recently left an impact on Facebook users. Though the issue has since been fixed, some of the apps on the platform had a wrongful access to consumers photos for 12 days between September 13 and September 25. 
Smart Home

Facebook Portal and Portal+ video-calling devices gain new content and features

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Gaming

How you can share your best gaming moments with friends on the PS4

Check out Digital Trends' quick guide to everything you need to know to save your outstanding PlayStation 4 gameplay moments, share them online, and transfer them to your computer.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.
Social Media

GIF almost anywhere with Giphy’s new keyboard and sticker maker

We all love GIFs, but not every app supports them. Fortunately, the new Giphy' keyboard brings GIFs to any iOS app that supports multimedia. The update also comes with a new tool for creating animated stickers.