Tech Today: Facebook launches new profile, adds Spotify
Facebook's f8 conference saw the debut of a new profile page, headlined by the Timeline feature, as well as integration of new custom music, video and news apps as part of the Open Graph platform
Facebook launches new Timeline and Profile Page
Thursday saw Mark Zuckerberg announce a raft of changes to Facebook at the f8 conference. The site has added a Timeline to your profile page which allows you to group your whole life by year. The company also unveiled a totally revamped profile page, which is headed-up by a huge landscape picture.
Open Graph project sees Spotify and more apps integrated into Facebook
The second major announcement from f8 saw the expected link-up with Spotify finally confirmed. Custom apps for Spotify, as well as Rhapsody, Rdio and MOG will come to your page, and video from Vevo, Netflix and Hulu will also be integrated. Most of those services are US based, so we await the announcement of UK partners
It's not just 'Like' anymore, it's Read, Watch and Listen
Facebook's 'Like' button has been considered a little vague for a while now, and the company seems to have realised that by adding new verbs like you "Read" a book, "Watched" a show or "Listened" to a song. To cut down on what appears in your timeline, these will appear in your ticker.
89 per cent of iPhone users sticking with Apple
Almost nine tenths of all iPhone users say their next handset will also be from Apple, according to new research. It's nearest challenger is HTC, which is at just 39 per cent. The big loser is RIM, however. It's retention rate has fallen to 33 per cent from 62 per cent in the last 18 months.
Bad blood with Samsung sees Apple look for new component suppliers
Every day it seems that Apple sues Samsung and Samsung counter sues Apple. It was only a matter of time before their mutually beneficial business arrangements were affected. Apple has been spending a fortune on Samsung components for the iPhone and iPad, but reports suggest that Apple is preparing to take its business elsewhere.