Facebook Messenger takes on Skype and Hangouts with video calling feature

facebook messenger video callingFacebook is rolling out a new feature to their Messenger platform to take on the likes of Skype and other video chatting services. You’ll now be able to make video calls to your friends through Messenger, offering a completely platform agnostic way to keep in touch with friends and family.

Sure, Hangouts and Skype both offer easy ways to video chat with people on other operating systems, but it involves swapping usernames and sometimes downloading appropriate apps. Facebook has its foot in the door, as a vast majority of its users have Facebook already installed, and a good chunk of them are using its Messenger service. Read more

Leaked pictures show WhatsApp integrated within the Facebook for Android app

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Several leaked images of Android’s Facebook app shows it being integrated with WhatsApp. As a refresher, Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $22 Billion last year and we’re finally starting to see the results of that merger. In the images, you can see the much familiar WhatsApp logo on a send button that Facebook has now added, as compared to the older version without it.

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Nuzzel for Android keeps up with the most popular stories from your social circles

nuzzelNuzzel is a service that takes a unique spin on curating content for you by crowd sourcing what your friends and social circles think is popular.

The app hooks into your Facebook and Twitter accounts, then sees which stories and content are being tweeted and shared the most over a 24-hour span. Whichever stories are the most popular get dished up on your main feed in the app, from which you can share/tweet/link the stories again, thus completing the bloated cycle of viral news stories on social media. Seriously, though, if you have tons of Facebook friends and follow huge amounts of Twitter accounts, this is a great way to simplify things. Read more

Spherical (360-degree) videos are coming to your Facebook News Feed

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360-video is likely to be all the rage by next year thanks to VR headets. Speaking of VR headsets, Facebook owns Oculus VR so they definitely have an interest in this space.

During Facebook’s F8 Conference, Facebook announced that 360-degree videos are coming to Oculus, but they are also coming to your News Feed. They are calling them spherical videos and they are shot by 24 different cameras. You can not only view these videos from different angles, but you can also walk inside them. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also demonstrated one such video of Facebook’s headquarters.

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