According to Facebook, Australia couldn’t get enough of Trump in 2016

By Sunday, December 11, 2016 0 Permalink 0

Like slowing down to gawk at a car crash, Australia could not get enough of the U.S. election in 2016.

It was the most talked about topic among the 15 million or so Australians sharing posts on Facebook this year, according to the company’s own data. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and shark attacks rounded out the top three. So, all in all, a remarkably gloomy year.

SEE ALSO: Everyone hates Facebook’s ‘Year in Review,’ not just you

According to Mia Garlick, director of Facebook policy for Australia and New Zealand, 289 million people around the world created 10 billion interactions —- likes, comments, shares and original posts — from the day Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for president in Mar., 2015 through to election day this November. Read more…

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Facebook finds beautiful missing photo for girlfriend of Oakland fire victim

By Saturday, December 10, 2016 0 Permalink 0

Social media might be your go-to place to argue with your cousins and post silly cat GIFS, but sometimes, it can be really beautiful.

On Dec. 4, Saya Tomioka posted a plea to Facebook to help her find a picture of her kissing her boyfriend, Griffen Maddens, a victim of the Oakland warehouse fire in hopes of a “facebook miracle,” and social media delivered.

SEE ALSO: Inside the Oakland artist warehouse that tragically burned down

“Maybe some facebook miracle could happen,” the bereaving girlfriend wrote. “This morning I remembered the first time I went to Times Square, June 16 of 2015.”

“Griffin and I just finished watching The Book of Mormon on Broadway,” she continued, “I remember tears swelling my eyes because the city was so beautiful and amidst all the lights, I got to look at the brightest light of all, my sweetie. I cried, and we kissed. Some random photographer captured this very moment, this very kiss.” Read more…

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Facebook is super thirsty for your Facebook Lives

By Saturday, December 10, 2016 0 Permalink 0

It’s not enough that Facebook has a tentacle-hold on knowledge of your interests, demographics, life milestones and everyday activities.

The social network desperately wants to turn each of its users’ lives into something of a personal TV station, in which they regularly broadcast their experiences, news commentary, talents or just idle snapshots of their lives.

SEE ALSO: Escape from the tech hype machine: Meerkat’s founders look beyond livestreaming

At least that’s the message Facebook has been spending millions of dollars to hammer home in its single biggest national marketing campaign to date, according to ad tracking firm ; Read more…

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YouTube Reveals Top Videos, Music Videos, Ads of 2016

By Friday, December 9, 2016 0 Permalink 0

YouTube revealed its year-end lists for 2016, which highlighted the top videos, music videos and ads on the video-sharing platform.

YouTube determined the top videos and music videos of 2016 by looking at a variety of factors, including “time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking and more.” For ads, YouTube said the top 10 list included the “most watched and engaging ads of the year globally.”

Overall, the Adele Carpool Karaoke video was named the top video of the year, followed by Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PIKO-TARO in second. YouTube said the top 10 videos in 2016 collectively accumulated 550 million views and were watched for over 25 million hours.

Here’s the complete top 10:

  1. Adele Carpool Karaoke
  2. Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen/PIKO-TARO
  3. What’s inside a Rattlesnake Rattle?
  4. Nike Football Presents: The Switch ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial & More
  5. Grace VanderWaal: 12-Year-Old Ukulele Player Gets Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent 2016
  6. Water Bottle Flip Edition | Dude Perfect
  7. Channing Tatum & Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” vs. Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s “Pony” | Lip Sync Battle
  8. Donald Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  10. Brothers Convince Little Sister of Zombie Apocalypse

Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony had the top music video of the year, followed by Calvin Harris in second place.

Here are the top 10 music videos of the year:

  1. Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign
  2. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (Official Video) ft. Rihanna
  3. Hasta el Amanecer – Nicky Jam | Video Oficial
  4. The Chainsmokers – Closer (Lyric) ft. Halsey
  5. Rihanna – Work (Explicit) ft. Drake
  6. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) (Explicit)
  7. Sia – Cheap Thrills (Lyric Video) ft. Sean Paul
  9. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend (Official video)
  10. twenty one pilots: Heathens (from Suicide Squad: The Album) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Finally, the top ad on YouTube in 2016 was a commercial for Machine Zone’s Mobile Strike mobile game. This was followed by Knorr’s #LoveAtFirstTaste ad.

Here are the top 10 ads of the year:

  1. Official Mobile Strike Super Bowl 50 TV Commercial | Arnold’s Fight [EXTENDED Edition]
  2. Knorr #LoveAtFirstTaste
  3. Nike Football Presents: The Switch ft. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial & More
  4. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge: Official Introduction
  5. Clash Royale: Theme Song (Official TV Commercial)
  6. Mountain Dew Kickstart: Puppymonkeybaby | Super Bowl Spot
  7. Always #LikeAGirl – Keep Playing
  8. The Chase – Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial | The 2017 Hyundai Elantra
  9. #Pokemon20: Pokémon Super Bowl Commercial
  10. Skittles: “The Portrait” w/ Steven Tyler. Super Bowl 50 Commercial

Readers: Did your favorite videos make YouTube’s top 10 lists?

Facebook is posting old pics without permission and users are mortified

By Friday, December 9, 2016 0 Permalink 0

If you thought Facebook’s Year in Review feature was all you had to worry about this week, we’ve got some bad news.

Thanks to a glitch on the social network, posts and photographs from days, months and even years ago are apparently resurfacing on the profiles of some unlucky and mortified Facebook users.

SEE ALSO: Everyone hates Facebook’s ‘Year in Review,’ not just you

On Friday, PCMag reported several claims of outdated posts being re-shared on users’ timelines without their permission. ;

Though the cause of the issue is unknown, the timing has people wondering if the glitch is related to the new version of Facebook’s app on iOS, which came out Thursday, or the recent Year in Review feature. Read more…

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NASA Images, Videos, GIFs Land on Pinterest, Giphy

By Friday, December 9, 2016 0 Permalink 0

The final frontier? NASA shared a plethora of images and videos on its Pinterest and Giphy accounts.

NASA said in a release that pinboards on its Pinterest page contain content related to topics including aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science and human space flight.

As for Giphy, GIFs from NASA can be downloaded and shared, and NASA added that its GIFs are accessible directly via Twitter’s flagship application by clicking the GIF button in its toolbar.

A complete list of NASA’s social media accounts is available here.

Pinterest and Giphy users: Are you ready to blast off?


Facebook Testing Snapchat Discover-Like Facebook Live Navigation Bar

By Friday, December 9, 2016 0 Permalink 0

Facebook appears to be testing a Snapchat Discover-like navigation bar for Facebook Live videos.

Jenni Ryall of Mashable discovered the new navigation bar and shared the screenshot below, reporting that she was able to access the feature by clicking on a play button icon in Facebook’s flagship application, to the right of the News Feed button.

According to Ryall, the feature offers access to Facebook Live videos from publishers followed by users, as well as suggested videos. Users are also able to unfollow publications or turn off notifications by clicking on those publications from the navigation bar.

Readers: Have any of you seen anything similar?

Screenshots courtesy of Jenni Ryall, Mashable.

Woman says Victoria’s Secret manager asked her to leave store because she is black

By Friday, December 9, 2016 0 Permalink 0

A trip to a Victoria’s Secret store in Oxford, Alabama ended in tears after a black woman says she was asked to leave simply because of her race.

Kimberly Houzah was left confused and distraught on Wednesday when a manager of Victoria’s Secret in the Quintard Mall reportedly asked her and another black woman to exit the store after a woman of color was caught shoplifting.

In the midst of processing situation, Houzah decided to live stream her experience on Facebook to share her feelings with her followers.

SEE ALSO: Woman groped on plane seeks advice on Twitter

In the video, which has been viewed more than 860,000 times this week, Houzah speaks from inside the store, saying that Faith, the manager shown behind her, asked her to leave after another black female was caught stealing. Read more…

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Mobile Game Roundup: Rocky, Spin to Fit and More

By Friday, December 9, 2016 0 Permalink 0

Are you looking for a new mobile game to play this weekend? As usual, there are lots of new options available for you to try, including Nicki Minaj: The Empire from Glu Mobile. The lifestyle simulation game allows users to become hip-hop stars with the help of musician Nicki Minaj.

Elsewhere, Zynga released Dawn of Titans this week. The strategy game allows each user to build a kingdom and create an army that will be led by large Titans.

If you’re looking for something different to play, here’s a look at some of the additional mobile games that were released this week.

Rocky (Free on iOS) – This fighting game from Tapinator was created in conjunction with MGM Interactive to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Rocky film. The game allows users to help Rocky fight against other real players, as well as opponents from the Rocky films, such as Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang. During each match, users can attack the opponent and block the opponent’s attacks by tapping when a moving bar at the bottom of the screen is on top of colorful boxes. As users complete matches, they will earn money that they can use to train their fighters and increase their stats. Users can collect additional fighters for their teams over time.

Dropa (Free on iOS) – This endless puzzle game from Midnight Tea Studio asks users to drag puzzle pieces onto a circular grid, with the goal of creating complete rings that will be removed from the screen. Users can rotate the grid in order to find space for the next puzzle piece to fit. Games end when players run out of possible moves. If users need help while playing, they can spend in-game currency to trade the current puzzle piece for any other piece that they would like. Users can also purchase hints that tell them where they should place the next piece. Players start the game with an allotment of free in-game currency, and they can earn additional currency as they play. In addition to playing regular games, users can also participate in a daily challenge mode that rewards them with twice the currency.

Galaxy on Fire 3 – Manticore (Free on iOS) – This action game from Deep Silver Fishlabs allows users to become bounty hunters in outer space. The game’s story will see users explore the galaxy and complete missions as they attempt to figure out the cause of an event called The Shattering. In each mission, the player’s ship flies automatically, and players can use a virtual joystick to steer. By default, the ship’s weapons will automatically fire at nearby enemies when the player aims at them, but users have the option to turn this setting off and manually fire their weapons instead. As users complete missions, they’ll be able to upgrade their ships to improve their stats.

My Daddy, My Christmas (Free on iOS, Android) – This running game from Pine Entertainment follows a father who is trying to get home to his daughter for Christmas. The game is split into stages, with each stage relating to a part of the father’s trip. In each stage, the father or his vehicle will move across the screen automatically, and players will need to help him avoid obstacles. For instance, in one stage, players made need to tap to help the father jump over obstacles as he runs, while in another stage, users may need to swipe to help the father move between lanes as he rides a bike. My Daddy, My Christmas includes seven stages to complete.

Toca Hair Salon 3 ($2.99 on iOS, Android) – This children’s app from Toca Boca allows users to interact with a variety of characters and style their hair. Users can access tools like a blow dryer, scissors, a razor and more, and if they cut off too much of a character’s hair, they can use a special “tonic” to help the hair regrow. The app also allows users to change each character’s hair color, as well as their clothing and accessories. Finally, characters can grow beards that users can style. Toca Hair Salon 3 does not include time limits or high scores, so users can play for as long as they’d like. In addition, the app does not include third-party advertising.

Retro Winter Sports 1986 ($1.99 on iOS, Android) – In this winter sports game from Headup Games, players can choose to represent one of 12 different nations while competing in six events: ski jump, biathlon, bobsled, speed skating, curling and slalom. Users can practice each event in a training mode, and they can also compete against the computer in a tournament mode. Finally, users can compete against their friends in a local hot seat multiplayer mode that supports up to eight players.

Super Pixel Heroes (Free on Android) – This endless fighting game from Reliance Games contains over 30 characters to collect, including Real Steel movie robots and characters from The Jungle Book, among others. As users compete, they can trigger their characters’ special abilities, such as an obstacle shield or a last stand ability. The game also allows users to activate finishing moves to finish off their opponents. Super Pixel Heroes is coming soon to iOS.

Spin to Fit (Free on iOSAndroid) – This endless survival game from 5About challenges users to help a pair of rotating orbs fit through the gaps in obstacles in the path. The orbs will automatically fall down the screen as they rotate, and users can tap to make them “jump” into the air until they are in the proper orientation to fit through the gaps. Users can collect stars as they play, which can be spent on new orb designs. In addition to endless games, Spin to Fit includes a series of levels to complete, and these levels may contain more than two orbs.

In addition to these new releases, here’s a look at some of the previously released games that have come to new platforms.

Hill Climb Racing 2 from Fingersoft – Free on iOS; previously released for free on Android.

Animal Jam – Play Wild! from WildWorks – Free on Amazon; previously released for free on iOS and Android.

Mr. Catt from ZPlay – Free on iOS; previously released for free on Android.

Legends of Callasia from Boomzap Entertainment – Free on Android tablets; previously released for free on iPad.