Buy & Sell through Facebook, Discover Apps through Pinterest [Tech News Digest]
Facebook channels Craigslist, Pinterest discovers apps, LookFor is dumb, House of Cards leaks, play with a First Person Lover, and the Hitman: Agent 47 trailer kills YouTube stars.
Facebook Improves For Sale Groups
People on facebook you had one job. pic.twitter.com/FWSmhzUoAG
— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) February 11, 2015
Facebook is actively making it easier to buy and sell items in Facebook Groups . Members who belong to a For Sale group will now have access to a new Sell feature, which makes the whole process of listing an item for sale much easier than it was previously.
According to TechCrunch, members of these groups have, up to now, merely added a photo and a text description of the item they want to sell. Once the new Sell feature is fully rolled out, members will have a more structured process in place.
This feature was originally tested in December but will now be rolled out across the social networking site over the “coming months.”
Pinterest Adds New App Pin Options
— Pinterest (@Pinterest) February 12, 2015
Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to help its users discover new iOS apps. Anyone browsing Pinterest on their iPhone or iPad may encounter an App Pin. This allows iOS users to download an app without ever having to leave the comfort of Pinterest.
Apple has already launched its own App Store board on Pinterest full of apps sorted into curated collections. Pinterest employees have also chosen a selection of iOS apps, which are now visible on the Staff Picks board. All you need to do to download the app you’re interesting in is click the blue ‘Install’ button.
As yet, there is no word on whether Android apps will follow in due course.
LookFor, the World’s Dumbest App
A new app called LookFor is being described by its own creator as “the world’s dumbest app.” However, we’re not so sure LookFor takes the crown from Yo!, the previous app described in such a way . In fact, the simplicity and effectiveness of LookFor could be its saving grace.
LookFor turns your phone into a bright beacon, with a colored light (chosen from a range of six) blinking on and off in quick succession. This is designed to be used by friends looking to meet up in crowded places. You simply hold your phone above your head and your friends should be able to spot you.
LookFor is available to buy for 99 cents on iOS.
Netflix Leaks House Of Cards Season 3
This is Washington. There’s always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27.
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) February 11, 2015
Netflix briefly leaked Season 3 of House of Cards, more than a fortnight ahead of schedule. The new season of the original series is set to debut on Feb. 27, but the first 10 episodes (of 13) were accidentally made available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. for a short time.
Netflix blamed a “technical glitch” and pulled the show off the service after less than an hour. However, some clever cord-cutters began watching all 10 episodes, meaning they could carry on doing so even after Netflix fixed its mistake.
There’s a small chance this was all intentional and designed to publicize the return of House of Cards, but we suspect Netflix merely messed up. Albeit briefly.
First Person Lover Changes FPS Rules
While the vast majority of first-person shooters depict violence on a scale most of us will never (thankfully) experience in real life, First Person Lover changes things up a little. And we have Swedish sports clothing brand Björn Borg to thank for this.
The free-to-play Unity game which works on both PC and Mac sees you using love to destroy hate and the people propagating it. You douse the villains in kisses, petals, bubbles, rainbows, and teddy bears, before dressing them in Björn Borg’s latest line of clothing.
First Person Lover may just be a marketing ploy, but it’s a fun one, so we’ll let it pass.
Hitman: Agent 47 Kills YouTube Stars
And finally, Hitman: Agent 47 is a new movie based on the Hitman video game series. It stars Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto, and is scheduled to be released in August 2015. However, 20th Century Fox has caused controversy with its early viral video marketing campaign for the film.
While there is a normal, run-of-the-mill trailer for Hitman: Agent 47, there is also a supercut showing several YouTube stars being assassinated by the titular hitman. While the cartoonish violence isn’t likely to fool anyone, this probably isn’t the best idea in the world.
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