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Facebook's project to provide people in developing countries access to essential websites has come under fire in India, with the local telecommunications regulator banning free mobile data programs that appear to go against net neutrality principles. Free Basics, the Facebook-created service is no longer allowed to operate in the country, after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) instituted new regulations effectively forbidding it.
WhatsApp is making a major change to its business model, by removing its annual charge. The Facebook-owned messaging app has confirmed it will be losing the $1 yearly subscription fee from the service completely over the next several weeks, making it free for all of its users, though rather than switching to an ad-based model, the service is instead looking to see if it could potentially earn money through messaging with businesses.
Say you like news but not enough to go looking for it: Nuzzel 2.0.3 is for you. This iOS and Apple Watch app tracks your Twitter and Facebook feeds for news articles that are being shared. If around three or more people you're following share the same article, Nuzzel tells you about it with a notification on your iPhone or a tap on your wrist.
Tis the season -- for end-of-year closures, it would seem. After previously announcing it would phase out its popular "One to One" personal training sessions earlier this year, Apple is closing out the service for existing members entirely now, including Group Training, replacing both services with a new reservations page for placement in future class sessions. In addition, Dropbox recently announced the folding of its Mailbox email and Carousel photo services, and FaceBook has closed its Creative Labs division, and at least three of the resulting apps.
The business social media service has updated its iPhone app to LinkedIn 9.0.0, and even if you haven't ever used it, you already know exactly how it works. For this new update is a huge revamp that doubtlessly took the company a lot of work -- once they'd spent 10 minutes looking at Facebook. We all look at Facebook, but we don't make so many notes. Seriously: open the new LinkedIn app, and for a moment you'll think you've tapped on Facebook instead.
Facebook is making it easier for developers to authenticate app users with the Apple TV, with a simplified login process. The Facebook SDK for tvOS beta will allow developers to use a confirmation code linked to a Facebook account for authentication purposes, instead of requiring users to enter a username or password on the Apple TV itself using the supplied remote control, potentially streamlining what could be a frustrating process for some users.
You do spend far too long on Facebook -- hang on, we've just had a friend request -- and Twitter, and we have absolutely no problem with that. Well, time spent reading what your friends are up to is great, it's far quicker than phoning them up, or actually going to see them. Equally, reading the news on Twitter, or writing some brilliantly witty tweets, that's great. It's all the other faffing about, getting oneself to read and to write, that bothers us -- and that is where Hootsuite 2.9.2 comes in.
It's Facebook Notify 1.0.0 but it has nothing to do with the incessant notifications that Facebook regularly sends you. Instead, this is actually a news app which wants to keep you up to date with the news that most interests you. It's really competition for the likes of Apple News and Flipboard in how it wants to be where you go to look up what's happening.
Apple has revealed it is holding Tech Talks in a number of cities around the world, to help developers create apps for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Open to members of the Apple Developer Program, the talks are being held over the next few months from December onwards, with each session said to offer technical information on creating apps for tvOS, refined coding techniques, and other assistance from on-hand Apple experts.
Some Facebook employees are being ordered to switch from using an iPhone to an Android smartphone, for the sake of the social network's development, according to a report. Chief product officer Chris Cox has apparently told members from his team to change their mobile devices, in order for the team to go through what the social network users interact with on a daily basis for themselves and in theory helping to improve related services.