Facebook wastes no time to launch its own Camera app, closely followed by an yet finalized purchase of Instagram for $1 Billion that shocked the tech world. Many in the industry are wondering why Facebook launches an app that seems to be a competitor to what they’ve just bought.
Facebook Camera is decidedly different from Instagram, it is a standalone extension of the stock Facebook client similar in fashion to Facebook Messenger app. Facebook Camera is a convenient viewing and uploading app for your photos in Facebook photos.
Facebook Camera app on App Store
Facebook has updated its iOS app to version 4 which is now a universal app with an interface for iPad. The iPad interface is pretty, without a doubt it is much easier to navigate Facebook with this native app compare with web version. If you already have Facebook app installed and is encountering error after the upgrade, simply remove the app and reinstall it from the App Store.
Facebook for iPad
Facebook has released a major update to its iOS app. Version 3.5 adds new feature such as ability to tag friends and places in posts.
Made it easier to share with who you want
- Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
- Added the ability to share external links from a web view
- Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
- Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
Facebook for iOS on App Store
Continue the highlight of classic apps, this week we feature Facebook for the iPhone and iPod touch. Being the grand daddy of social network of our time, Facebook app is often one of the first apps iOS users install. There is no native iPad interface for Facebook app.
Lately, Facebook for iOS is playing catchup as some features from Facebook website are not available on the app. Nonetheless this app is the best way for you to connect with your Facebook friends on your iPhone or iPod touch.
Facebook for iPhone/iPod touch iTunes link
Mark Zuckerberg, the guy from The Social Network movie, just confirmed that Facebook is not working on an app for iPad during Facebook’s Mobile Event.
The reason is rather lame: “iPad is not mobile…it’s a computer”. So no native app when a platform is not mobile? What an excuse to give a sub-par user experience on the iPad, as Facebook definitely is not customizing its web app for the tablet touch platform as well, unlike Google who does a great job for GMail for example.
Nevertheless it’s great news for third party iOS developers who now can gain from developing a Facebook app for iPad.
11:28AM Q: So, the iPad has been out for a while — are you building an iPad app?
11:29AM A: (Zuckerberg) The iPad’s not mobile. Next question.
11:29AM Q: I think Apple would disagree.
11:29AM A: (Zuckerberg) It’s a computer. Sorry. (laughter)
11:30AM A: (Erick) The broader question is how do we scale to a tablet form factor without locking ourselves in.
11:30AM A: (Zuckerberg) I don’t want to be rude to Apple — we all love Apple products — but this is a mobile event and we want to stay focused on that. The iPad isn’t mobile in the same way.
Facebook unveiled its location-based service Facebook Places at a launch event last evening. Places allows users to check-in with their current location. Upon check-in, you can see who else is at the location and tag friends who are there:
* Check in and your update will appear on the Place page, your friends’ News Feed and your Wall.
* Tag the friends you’re with so they can be part of your update.
* Appear in “Here Now” to friends and others nearby who are also checked in.
* Browse status updates of friends checked in nearby.
* After checking in, tap “Here Now” to see who else is checked in where you are.
At the moment, you can check-in using the newly updated version 3.2 of Facebook app on the iphone or point your non-Apple touch screen smartphones at url [touch.facebook.com](touch.facebook.com). Facebook plans to add Places to its other mobile apps in future.
Facebook Places has an API and will play nice with existing location players Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt etc.
[Visit Facebook Faces page to find out more](http://www.facebook.com/places/)
Tom Scott developed a site he called Evil that displays random Facebook users with their phone numbers using standard Facebook API. The phone numbers are public info on Facebook, although their owners probably thought it is secured.
Phone numbers can be obtained using means such as white pages, but Evil shows that your Facebook info is probably public to the world even though it might not be what you want. And most Facebook users either assume all things private by default or do not setup the privacy settings in Facebook to their liking, or simply do not bother about it.
[Evil by Tom Scott](http://www.tomscott.com/evil/)
When you look at the best Twitter clients not from Twitter Inc, the choices are often [TweetDeck](http://www.tweetdeck.com/) and [Seesmic](http://seesmic.com/). And it sure took a while for us to see Seesmic finally made it to iPhone/iPod touch, and the wait is worthwhile. Seesmic is not just a Twitter client, you can use it to manage your Facebook accounts and it has ping.fm integration. And lets hope Google Buzz support, which is available for Seesmic Desktop version, comes to Seesmic iPhone soon.
[Seesmic iTunes link](http://itunes.apple.com/app/seesmic/id320224577?mt=8)