Facebook makes reading the news on your iPhone a whole lot easier

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Is Finally Rolling Out Instant Articles To All iPhones.

San Francisco – A new Facebook feature that quickly displays news stories shared by friends at the leading social network arrived on iPhones on Tuesday and was heading for Android-powered devices. “We are excited to get this program going,” Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox said during an on-stage chat at a WSJDLive technology conference in Laguna Beach on the southern California coast.

Facebook’s Instant Articles feature, which allows users to tap on links in their newsfeed to instantly open them, is now live for iPhone users around the world, and it’s coming to Android later this year. People accessing Facebook through applications tailored for iPhones will start seeing lightning bolt icons in upper right corners of some stories shared in News Feeds. “What we are doing in Instant Articles is make it faster to get the news, not keep people in Facebook,” Cox said, rebuffing the suggestion that it was part of a scheme to keep people inside the social network’s walled garden. This is a major push for the new format, which Facebook has been aggressively pursuing through partnerships with publishers like the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and Washington Post. “Instant Articles not only connect readers to stories faster; they also provide a richer reading experience than standard mobile web articles, with dynamic features that make the content more fluid, interactive and immersive,” Facebook explained in a blog post.

Facebook is experimenting with custom functionality for publishers, including in-article comments, photo galleries, and interactive maps; the company is also introducing a slew of new publishers to the platform in the coming weeks. Facebook is hoping to attract additional media brands—though it likely won’t have to try hard, once they see competitors signed up—by promising them faster mobile loading times and 100% of the ad revenue if the publisher personally handles ad placement.

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Best Buy selling iPhone 6s for $1

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Best Buy is selling the iPhone 6 and 6S for $1 for 3 days.

In a significant drop from its regular $200 price tag, Best Buy retailers are drumming up a last-minute holiday sale: the iPhone 6s is now on sale for $1 until Sunday.Customers who shop at Best Buy BBY -2.55% stores or on the retail company’s online marketplace will find that it’s selling the 16GB iPhone 6s for just $1. For one, the offer only applies to Verizon VZ -1.17% and Sprint S 1.67% versions of Apple’s smartphone, leaving AT&T T -0.97% customers out of luck.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has often maintained an “iron-like grip” on Apple’s product pricing, so it’s surprising for Apple customers to see such a large bargain this holiday season. But for Best Buy, who is struggling to compete with other retailers and online shoppers, it’s a smart tactic to attract more customers into the store. The company is currently priced at $51.5 billion, according to its most recent annual sale. “Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, with revenue growing 28% to nearly $234 billion. This continued success is the result of our commitment to making the best, most innovative products on earth, and it’s a testament to the tremendous execution by our teams,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are heading into the holidays with our strongest product lineup yet, including iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch with an expanded lineup of cases and bands, the new iPad Pro and the all-new Apple TV which begins shipping this week.”

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