Nintendo’s First Mobile App Sends Stocks Soaring

Japanese gaming company Nintendo has received a lot of criticism for not adapting to the ever-growing mobile world. On March 17, however, Nintendo released its first smartphone app, Miitomo. In the first three days it was downloaded over 1 million times by Japanese users. This week stock shares of Nintendo have risen 8.2 percent and messaging-based Miitomo is Japan’s No. 1 free-app for iOS devices. The app is scheduled to be released by the end of the month in 15 more countries, including the United States. Nintendo also promises to bring traditional characters like the Super Mario Bros and Donkey

Read More »

Facebook Dumps BlackBerry

BlackBerry has slipped to the point that not even Facebook is taking it too seriously – the social media giant is removing its support from the BlackBerry version of its app. This comes after the announcement made earlier this month by Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp, which also plans to withdraw from the BlackBerry OS. Both applications will still be available on the Android powered BlackBerry Priv device. BlackBerry has stated that it is “extremely disappointed” in Facebook’s decision to pull the apps. It is urging its users to log onto Facebook via the web browser on their handsets. This will be

Read More »

Instagram To Choose What Posts You See

People love that Instagram lists photos in reverse-chronological order, putting no more priority on one user or another. However, this could all soon be changing. Instead of showing the most recent post first, Instagram says it will be using an algorithm to determine what each user is most likely to care about and displaying that first. Parent company Facebook’s News Feed works the same way, showing each user what it believes to be most relevant content. It uses factors such as close friends and similar “likes” in the past to determine which posts get priority. Twitter has also shifted to

Read More »

Facebook Messenger to Welcome Publishers

Facebook is opening up its Messenger app to publishers, allowing them to publish stories, articles and more to users’ Messenger threads. Rumor has it the social media kingpin is working on software that will allow developers to create Messenger-based chatbots. The developers testing the software include publishers. Mark Zuckerberg further hinted at the new take on the Messenger platform when he revealed the sessions for Facebook’s upcoming F8 Conference in April. On the first day of F8, Zuckerberg will take the stage with another keynote speaker to talk about how Facebook can help developers to build, grow and monetize through

Read More »

Facebook Launches Reactions

Facebook users have historically been dissatisfied with the option to only “like” their friends’ statuses. The age-old battle over whether to add a “dislike” feature has caused concerns about cyber-bullying, and generally not gained much traction. However, a useful alternative is here. Now, alongside the “like” button, will be a “love,” “haha,” “Yay!,” “Wow,” “Sad” and “Angry” option, each possessing a emoticon representation. Facebook began testing the alternative reactions in countries including Ireland, Japan, and Spain. It officially released them worldwide yesterday. In order to express your feeling about a person’s post, you need only hover your cursor over the

Read More »

Twitter Creates Abuse Coalition

Social media’s third biggest name is taking online safety very seriously. Twitter has recently formed the Trust & Safety Council, comprised of more than 40 groups including advocacy organizations, researchers and safety experts who will help shape the company’s products and policies in an attempt to prevent abuse and attract more users. “With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking the truth,” said Patricia Cartes, Twitter’s head of global policy outreach, in the announcement blog post.

Read More »

Instagram Introduces Account Switching

You might have an Instagram account for work and a personal one for your friends and family. Who knows, you might even have an Instagram account for your cat. Well Instagram is now saying you can have up to five accounts at once and switch between them as you please. After enough pleading by dedicated users, Instagram is rolling out the ability to switch accounts for iOS and Android users. After beta testing for both operating systems, the feature is now officially available. You can save up to five accounts on your profile at once and switch between the easily

Read More »

Would You Turn Off Your Ad Blocker?

Ad blockers are a useful tool. But what’s more important to you: having the content of your favourite websites or avoiding pesky advertisements? Some companies are stopping ad-blocking users from accessing their sites in order to maintain their advertising revenue. Ad blocking users who visited Forbes.com last month were greeted with the message “Please turn off your ad blocker in order to continue.” The test worked: since Dec. 17 the publication has tracked 29 million single views of ads that would not appear with an ad blocking tool. In a Globe and Mail article, Forbes Chief Product Officer Lewis Dvorkin

Read More »

Twitter to Up its Character Limit

Hate being restricted to 140-character count when tweeting? Well, Twitter is hearing you. The social media giant is reportedly working on a feature to allow users to post up to 10,000 characters. These longer posts would show the initial 140 characters, but then expand to show more content. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the company as Chief Executive in October. Since then, he’s been experimenting with ways to make the service more enjoyable to users and the longer character count is just one of the ideas. Others include Twitter’s recently added Moments feature, adding polls to tweets, a buy

Read More »

Parental Controls Are Important

Did you give your kid a smartphone for Christmas? If you gave them that iPhone they’ve been bugging you for, it may have been a wise decision simply because it has more parental controls. “You’re giving your kid a lot of power when you hand them a smartphone,” Caroline Knorr of Common Sense Media, was quoted as saying in a New York Times article. She’s not wrong. With problems like sexting, in-app purchases and more, youngsters are falling prey to different smartphone dangers. This makes parental controls on your child’s first phone incredibly important. Although Android devices may be cheaper,

Read More »
Archives