Thursday, January 17, 2013

Facebook Updates an App to Assist Mobile Users

Since going public last May, Facebook has been making an effort to assure its investors that it can keep up in today’s evolving market, where users are turning to mobile devices like Apple’s iPad and iPhone. To keep in harmony with that goal, Facebook has added a recording feature to its Messenger mobile app, allowing mobile users to message each other voice messages without using their voice minutes. If you've downloaded the new update you can tap the + button next to the box where you input a message, then tap Record, speak your message and then send it off.

And that is not all. In addition to the recorded message options, iPhone users in Canada are able to make voice calls via Facebook's mobile app. Users can tap the ‘i’ button in the app and hit ‘Free Call’ to call a contact. The feature uses existing data plans to record messages and make calls. If you use Wi-Fi it’s even less expensive because it doesn’t eat into your minutes.

According to market analysts, industry metrics indicate that people tend to stay in Facebook longer than almost any other Internet-based application. Having to leave Facebook to call someone can be distracting – not cool in a digital world.  So the next natural step is to use that mobile device for what it is designed to do, call people.

As the saying goes, “There is an app for everything,” and apps that assist mobile users to stay connected with fewer interruptions are sure to be popular.

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One if by land! Two if by…. iPad?

House Speaker John Boehner survived the revolution of the Republican led house. As the debate raged, Louisiana Rep. Jeff Landry bragged to Breitbart news that the anti-Boehner ranks were 17 to 20 members strong.  As it turned out, only nine voted against their speaker, while two didn't vote, and one voted present.  However, all of D.C. knows which House members were out to dethrone Boehner.  This is because of a list that one of the coup's leaders compiled on the House floor during roll call – using his iPad.
A Politico photographer captured Tim Huelskamp, a Republican from Kansas tapping his iPad during the roll call. Boehner had removed Huelskamp from a committee for refusing to cooperate, and he in turn was checking off a list of names of other Congressmen he thought might join him in voting against Boehner.  It was reported by Politico that the list was titled, "You would be fired if this goes out."  Only those involved know if any of the Republicans on the Kansas representative's list knew of its existence.
Perhaps Huelskamp anticipated that some poor aide would risk getting ‘fired’ and let the list become public. Perhaps he simply wanted to organize his battle in the most convenient way possible – on his mobile device.