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Facebook Brings ‘Chat Heads’ to iOS App

Facebook has updated its iOS app bringing a new way to chat within the app. Using a new tool called “Chat heads,” Facebook iOS users can continue chatting while they are looking at other parts of the app, like their news feed. These profile pictures will pop up when friends send the user a message no matter where they are in the app.

Earlier this month, Facebook introduced “Facebook Home” for select Android devices, which was where they first debuted the “Chat heads” feature. On Android phones these chats can happen anywhere on the phone, whereas on iOS devices, users can only chat within the Facebook app.

The iOS app update also includes a new feature called stickers, a suite of emoticons and characters that users can add to chat messages. The company is also rolling out improvements to the news feed on the iPad.

According to the company  blog, “chat heads and stickers on the Facebook app for iPhone will roll out fully over the next few weeks.”


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Oscars Recap: Best Moments and Winners (Mashable)
From host Seth MacFarlane singing about actress’ bare chests to Jennifer Lawrence’s major fall while accepting her award, the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night did not disappoint. Sure, the event honored the very best talent in film today, but viewers were also treated to some unexpected moments, including quirky pictures taken backstage.

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Facebook iOS Update Adds Voice Messages & Voice Recordings

Facebook has updated the iOS app and has added the ability to record and share voice messages and video recordings from within the app. The feature was previously available in the Facebook Messenger app for Android, but the update brings it to the social network’s main app.

InsideFacebook has more: “Users can now shoot video directly from their Facebook app by selecting ‘Photo’ atop their News Feed or ‘Share Photo’ from Timeline and then swiping from camera mode to video mode, as we’ve circled below. Though taking video from Facebook is now possible, it is fairly cumbersome to do. Video sharing is more fluid in Facebook’s Poke app and could provide some guidance for how the company might implement a better experience in the main app.”

The version 5.4 update also includes an update to the “nearby” tab to make it easier to check in places.