Facebook Phone: Everything you need to know

5:21 pm EDT, April 4, 2013

As expected, this morning Facebook unveiled a new phone powered by Google’s Android operating system. Stalking your friends has never been so easy.

The Facebook Phone, also known as the HTC First, is the social networking giant’s first branded phone and can be viewed as an attempt by the website to be more present in your everyday life.

The phone is designed to put all of Facebook’s features front and center through an operating system they’re calling Facebook Home. Running on a HTC device, Facebook will no longer just be one of the apps sitting in a folder, but designed to be a major part of the phone’s OS and your daily mobile life.

The phone’s UI (user interface) design comes as a welcome change from the standard built on every other phone, but to some it may feel like an unnecessary view into the lives of Facebook friends that you don’t particularly want to constantly see on your device. Take a look at what we mean.

Cover Feed

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Cover Feed is designed to be the phone’s new home and lock screen. What’s shown on these screens are status and photo updates from your Facebook feed, so that you have instant access to these updates whenever you take out your phone. Instead of opening the FB application, the HTC First is designed to give you all of this information before you even unlock your device.

Your notifications from all of your apps, text messages, etc., can all be found on this screen as well. This UI is designed so that you can swipe away a notification you don’t want to look at right away and tap the ones you want to interact with quickly, which makes it easier for users to pick and choose the applications, friends, and messages they want to respond to first.

Chat Heads


Chat Heads is what they’re calling their messaging platform. When you’re on an app or get a message on your home screen, the profile picture of the friend who messaged you will show up with that usual badge that tells you how many messages they’ve sent.

The cool thing about Chat Heads, despite it’s name, is that your friend’s picture/message notification will pop up on your screen no matter what app you’re in. You’ll then be able to respond to their message then and there without leaving the application you started on, so it’s less disruptive to your workflow.

App Launcher


You can’t have a phone without apps, of course. App Launcher provides you with your favorite apps on the first screen, which you can bookmark through your settings. You can access the other applications by swiping to the left or right, just like any other phone.

Is the Facebook Phone for you?

If you like Facebook a lot and you’re all about the social media aspect of it, then yes. However, if you’re a techie and you like a phone with a removable battery and a camera that’s better than 5 megapixels, this isn’t the right switch for you. This phone is marketed towards the people that just want a better social experience on their phones, not necessarily the people who want the high-tech specs and awesomeness that we’ve gotten used to with all of the other models.

Facebook Home is also available to download.

Don’t like the phone but like the OS? Android users will be able to download Facebook Home on April 12. The application will give you all of these Facebook features and the UI design without having to purchase the phone. However, it will not incorporate any notifications like SMS or Instagram, so think of it as a whole new Facebook application.

iPhone users can expect Home to get on your devices probably never, since Android’s open source development is what makes Home so easy to install and use. Sorry Apple fanboys, looks like we’re stuck with normal Facebook.

Will you get Facebook Home or the HTC First?

‘Galavant’ cast thank fans for #MoreGalavant campaign

"So just dance, dance, dance."

4:30 pm EDT, May 25, 2016

Galavant may have been axed over on ABC, but the fans refuse to stop the beat — and the cast are getting down to it!

There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite show cut off in its prime, but if there’s one thing that fans do best in moments of crushing adversity, that’s come together and use their voices in a cacophony. And Galavant fans? They want a third season of their little show that could and are campaigning for it to return.

That campaign has not escaped the notice of the cast, who came together to thank the fans in a video that you can’t help but move your feet to — and the rest of your body.

“It warms the cockles of my heart to see everything you’re doing to save our beautiful little show,” Timothy Odmunson says, at the top of the video — right before it launches into Justin Timberlake’s newest hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and we’re treated to a montage of familiar and brand-new footage from Galavant’s stars.

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Karen David (Princess Isabella), who has also been vocal on social media about the #MoreGalavant campaign, leads the charge — and has printed out everyone’s contributions so far. But don’t worry, she planted a tree to make up for all the paper that was used. Also shaking their tush is Genevieve Allenbury, who played the Queen of Valencia throughout Galavant’s two season run.

Other familiar faces from the cast include Robert Lindsay, Ben Presley, Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, and Muzz Khan. Not to mention the titular hero, Joshua Sasse.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Galavant without some cameos — and this thank you video is no exception to that. Making their debut are Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame), holding a sign that proclaims, “You can’t eat this Hobbit!” and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, with his own “Galavanterrific” sign.

And, what better way to close out the video than with an appearance from Weird Al. “Well, that should definitely do it,” he proclaims. “I can’t imagine any network not picking up this show now that it’s a hashtag campaign. Feel the power of the hashtag!”

So, Galavant fans, get signing and start dancing. And here’s hoping Tad Cooper breathes fire again — be it on the stage, or screen.

This week’s twist on Game of Thrones was one for the show’s history books, and now the fans and creators are acting on their emotions.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones found Hodor dying (dammit Bran) as he held back the army of wights by holding the door. A significant death like this one naturally became a big topic of conversation online, with fans coming up with adorable yet depressing tributes to Hodor.

For example, viewers have been creating Hodor doorstoppers:





Interestingly, we couldn’t find any Hodor doorstoppers for sale on Etsy. Get on that, people!

Others have added Hodor to the ‘hold door’ button in their local elevator





On last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff ‘apologized’ for killing Hodor — but not for the reason you think:

Related: After Hodor, who will die next on ‘Thrones’?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.