New Facebook Features: What you need to know

Today in a keynote address at Facebook’s 2011 F8 Developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the social giant’s ambitious next steps. As rumors swirled prior to the event, reports suggested that Facebook might have big plans to socialize the web even further. In an era when few websites aren’t littered with Facebook’s ubiquitous Like button, it was hard to imagine what the company’s vision for a yet more hypersocial web would look like. Read on to know what changes are in store for the world’s biggest social network — and its 800 million users.

1. Timelines

While the profile page has been the crux of Facebook since its inception in 2004, the addition of the News Feed steered the social site in a somewhat different direction. Rather than focusing on static pages where our friends represented themselves, the site emphasized Twitter-like real-time updates, so we could follow along with our friends’ lives as they scroll past. With a brand new feature called the Timeline, Facebook wants to return to that more static identity without sacrificing that kind of real-time update that keeps a social site fresh and relevant.

The goal of the Timeline is to allow you to curate your Facebook profile page with the events, photos, and updates that matter. Previously, clicking over to a friend’s profile page shows a snapshot of their identity that is largely moored in very recent events like status updates, wall posts, and only their newest tagged pictures. As the Timeline replaces the traditional Facebook page, you can prune your profile to reflect what you feel represents your social identity best, which naturally might not be what you had for lunch.

The reinvented profile page will prevent your important personal information from slipping off the page as your newest status updates pour in. With an almost blog-like, photo-heavy layout, you can pick and choose from your past updates, ideally making the Timeline “an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect all your best moments in a single place.”

2. Ticker

If Timeline is meant to breathe new life into the ailing profile page, Facebook’s new Ticker feature targets the here and now. By splitting the Facebook experience into two streams — Timelines for our richer, more static profiles and Ticker for small updates like what we had for breakfast — the company will attempt to manage its signal-to-noise ratio.

While the Timeline can add a summary of activity from a single app — like Spotify, for instance — the Ticker will display each micro-action: a song you just liked or what album you’re playing right now. The Ticker will be a “lightweight stream of everything that’s going on around you,” so the social network isn’t quite so clogged up with the small stuff, like auto-generated status updates from apps like FarmVille.

3. Apps

Facebook’s overhaul will have a heavy emphasis on the mobile experience — after all, over 350 million people use Facebook on mobile devices each month. Knowing this number will only go up, Facebook has optimized the visual design of Timelines for mobile — rather than displaying a stream of tiny text updates below a profile page, Timelines will offer a more visually dynamic experience — one rich with the photos and apps that we choose to add to our timeline, which will appear in large boxes. Beyond the visual redesign through Timelines, you can expect many apps and web services to pop up with an “Add to Timeline” button — Facebook’s more identity-centric Like Button 2.0.

4. Social news and entertainment

Beyond the profile tweaks, Facebook introduced a new kind of socially curated reading and a partnership with Yahoo! News. After enabling the feature, you can see what your friends have read across Yahoo! News’ vast network, as well as view a history of what you’ve read. The new feature will closely integrate with Yahoo!, going above and beyond the action of simply “liking” a story and watching it pop up in your news feed.

Facebook also announced close integration with Spotify, the hit on-demand music streaming service that recently graced the ears of American music lovers. Users can see what their friends are listening to on Spotify via the Ticker, and stream songs without ever leaving the site. Beyond music and news, Facebook has partnered with Netflix to weave the streaming video service into the social network — a feature Netflix fans have been anxiously awaiting for some time. Like Spotify, the Netflix integration will be something of a discovery engine. You can browse your own Facebook friends for ideas about what series to start with next, or what new movies might be worth a watch. Facebook also announced a similar deal with streaming video site Hulu.

5. Privacy

Facebook’s new emphasis on a “frictionless experience” means that users might want to read the fine print more closely than ever. Instead of thinking of authorizing an app as granting it “permission,” social sharing will be posed as a positive part of an app itself — not a nuisance, like many of us likely imagine it. Authorize an app and it will operate in the background, sharing your activities across Facebook and shaping both your social profile through both the Ticker, the Timeline, and the News Feed.

But letting the apps do all the social sharing for us can have plenty of unintended consequences. Depending on how far each app takes auto-sharing, we might be posting status updates that we didn’t even remember authorizing. Now that Facebook will tie in to the music and entertainment sites we care about most, be cautious about what you allow, lest your Facebook friends find out your every last guilty pleasure from the 80s.

Broadcasting your bad taste is one thing, but many mobile check-in and photo-sharing apps integrate geodata about where you are. If you’ve authorized these apps to communicate freely with Facebook, you might end up letting the world pinpoint your location via GPS. To stay safe, lock down your privacy settings and read before you click, now more than ever. -By Taylor Hatmaker, Tecca | Today in Tech



Angolan student crowned Miss U; Shamcey is 3rd runner-up

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Angola Leila Lopes, a business student from the town of Benguela in her home country, was crowned Miss Universe yesterday after dazzling a panel of judges with her beauty and impressing them with her brain.

The Philippines’ bet, Shamcey Supsup, flashed her beauty and wit en route to a third runner-up finish, the best ever for a Filipina since Miriam Quiambao placed 1st runner-up in the 1999 Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Lopes, 25, laughed and smiled as she hugged runner-up Miss Ukraine Olesia

Stefanko, then felt a crown placed carefully on her head at the pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Earlier in the contest, Lopes had been asked by Lea Salonga what she might change about her physical characteristics if she could, but Lopes said she was satisfied with who she was.

“I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty,” she told the judges and the audience. “I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family, and I plan to follow those through the rest of my life.”

Lopes was the 60th winner of the prestigious annual pageant watched by millions of people around the world.

Miss Angola wore a bright bikini then paraded around the stage with poise in a form-fitting evening gown colored in gold and silver sequins and feathers.

In fan voting, Lopes tallied only a 3.6 score for the swimsuit but earned a 7.2 for her evening gown. Fan voting, however, did not count in the final tallies from nine judges.

The panelists, who ranged from race car driver Helio Castroneves to actress Vivica A. Fox, journalist Connie Chung and internationalsinging sensation Salonga, scored the women on each contest, narrowing from a group of 16 down to a final five that included women from China, the Philippines and the home country, Brazil. In all, 89 women competed for the title.

Supsup was among the early favorites and it did not come as a surprise when her name was called in the semifinals, and later in the top five.

“I feel so happy and fulfilled. I feel like a winner. I just want our people to be proud of me. I have no crown but I’m wearing my crown in my heart. I did my part already and I hope they’re (the Filipino people) happy for me,” said the 25-year-old beauty titlist.

Shamcey displayed poise and character in the three-week long competition, and the Filipinos at home were expecting her to come home with the proverbial bacon.

Fox asked Supsup if she was willing to change her religion to marry the person she loves.

Supsup’s reply: “If I have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love. Because the first person that I love is God, who created me.

“I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he’ll love my God, too.”

In General Santos City, Shamcey’s father Timoteo said he was elated over his only child’s victory.

Supsup graduated magna cum laude at the University of the Philippines and last year was the topnotcher of the board exams for architecture.

P-Noy elated over Shamcey’s accomplishment

President Aquino expressed elation over the success of Supsup, saying she indeed is not just beauty but brains as well.

“That was the personal comment of the President. And he congratulated her. He said she is indeed beauty and brains,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told Palace reporters in a briefing.

Lacierda said there was no disappointment on the part of the President even if Supsup didn’t make it to the top, because placing third runner-up is already an accomplishment.

“We welcome her, the entire Filipino people are very proud of her accomplishment,” he said.

In a press statement, Malacañang said the “humility, intellect, and grace that you (Supsup) exhibited during the competition embodied the spirit of the true Filipina.”

“In our eyes, that is the true victory today – that the world stood witness to and found an appreciation for the ideals, values, and beauty that has long characterized our nation,” Lacierda said.

“May this triumph serve as a way for other nations to come to appreciate not just the beauty of our people, but that of our country. On behalf of the Filipino people, we are proud of you; and we see even greater things ahead for you,” he added.

Vice President Jejomar Binay also congratulated Supsup, saying her feat “adds to our national pride and her victory serves to solidify our status as a beautiful country rich in natural resources and populated by hospitable, beautiful and intelligent people.”

Binay also took pride that the beauty queen was a product of the Makati Science High School and UP, which he said were both close to his heart. – Delon Porcalla, Jose Rodel Clapano,

Miss Universe 2011 Results

September 13, 2011


Miss Universe: Angola (Leila Lopes)

First runner-up: Ukraine (Olesya Stefanko)

Second runner-up: Brazil (Priscila Machado)

Third runner-up: Philippines (Shamcey Supsup)

Fourth runner-up China (Luo Zilin)

Miss Universe Top 10 

1. Australia (Scherri-Lee Biggs )

2. Costa Rica (Johanna Solano )

3. Venezuela (Vanessa Gonçalves)

4. Ukraine (Olesya Stefanko)

5. Portugal (Laura Gonçalves)

6. Panama (Sheldry Sáez)

7. Philippines (Shamcey Supsup)

8. Angola (Leila Lopes)

9. China (Luo Zilin)

10. Brazil (Priscila Machado)

Miss Universe Top 16 


1. France ( Laury Thilleman)

2. Kosovo (Afërdita Dreshaj)

3. Columbia (Catalina Robayo)

4.China (Luo Zilin)

5. Angola (Leila Lopes)

6. Australia (Scherri-Lee Biggs )

7. Puerto Rico (Viviana Ortiz)

8. Brazil (Priscila Machado)

9. Netherlands (Kelly Weekers)

10. USA (Alyssa Campanella)

11. Ukraine (Olesya Stefanko)

12. Panama (Sheldry Sáez[)

13. Costa Rica (Johanna Solano )

14. Portugal (Laura Gonçalves)

15. Philippines (Shamcey Supsup)

16. Venezuela (Vanessa Gonçalves)

I’m still proud of you Shamcey!!!

ABS-CBN: Let’s pray for AJ, family

AJ Perez

Teen actor AJ Perez, who got his breakthrough role on the ABS-CBN drama “Sabel,” passed away early Sunday, April 17, after sustaining multiple head injuries from a vehicular accident while on his way back to Manila from a show in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. He was 18.

The van AJ was riding collided with a Partas bus while traversing McArthur Highway in Tarlac province, reports said. The actor was a passenger of the vehicle and was sleeping when the accident happened. He was rushed to Rayos Valentin hospital in Paniqui, Tarlac but was declared dead on arrival at 12:20 a.m.

AJ was with his father, Gerardo, two road managers, a driver and an event marshal in the van. AJ’s companions survived the mishap.

Police was quoted in a dzMM report that the rented van, driven by Christopher Bautista, tried to overtake a trailer truck on the southbound lane of McArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Tarlac. While the van encroached the opposite lane, the incoming Partas passenger bus did not decelerate and hit the left side of the van on the opposite lane of the highway. AJ, who leaned on the leftside window of the van, was seated behind the driver’s seat.

The driver of the Partas bus is now under police custody and faces charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and multiple physical injuries, police further said. Investigations are ongoing.

The actor had just attended the Kapamilya Karavan show in Dagupan City to celebrate the annual Bangus Festival. He performed in the show together with fellow Star Magic talents Zaijan Jaranilla and Matt Evans.

AJ rushed back to Manila to prepare for an appearance on the ABS-CBN show “ASAP Rocks” later Sunday.

As he was headed for home, AJ tweeted at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 16: “On the way home already from Dagupan.Long drive ahead.. Thanks to everybody who watched.”

AJ will have his last appearance in an episode of “Maala-ala Mo Kaya” on April 30.

ABS-CBN expressed its sympathies through a statement sent to Yahoo! OMG! Philippines.

“ABS-CBN sympathizes with AJ’s family on the untimely demise, and urges everyone to pray for the eternal repose of AJ’s soul and for the family and loved ones he left behind,” said Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN head for Corporate Communications.

“ABS-CBN continues to help AJ’s family during this difficult and discomforting time and to attend to the needs of the others who got hurt in the unfortunate accident,” he added.

AJ’s remains will be brought to his alma mater, La Salle Greenhills, on Sunday afternoon until Tuesday noontime, a post on his Twitter account made at 8 a.m. Sunday said. The tweet, apparently from AJ’s family, urged everyone to “please visit him.”

AJ, whose full name is Antonello Joseph Sarte Perez started doing commercials for various brands but was spotted by Star Magic talent scouts on a Milo commercial. He was eventually signed by the ABS-CBN talent arm then underwent talent workshops before being cast in supporting roles in the movies “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo,” “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo,” “Bahay Kubo,” “Tanging Pamilya,” and “Mamarazzi.” On TV, he appeared on the ABS-CBN shows “Lobo” and “Agua Bendita,” before he took on the lead male role in “Sabel” opposite Jessy Mendiola.

Gerry Plaza with reports from Glenda Villena, Yahoo! OMG! Philippines

The 2011 Oscar Winners

The 83rd Annual Oscars was held on February 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland. Here is the list of winners.

Best Picture

The King’s Speech

Best Actor

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Best Actress

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Best Director

Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech

The Rest

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3
Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Wally Pfister
Alice in Wonderland
Documentary (feature)
Inside Job
Film Editing
The Social Network
Foreign Language Film
In a Better World
The Wolfman
Music (Original Score)
The Social Network
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Music (Original Song)
Toy Story 3
We Belong Together
Sound Mixing
Sound Editing
Visual Effects
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Social Network
Aaron Sorkin
Writing (Original Screenplay)
The King’s Speech
David Seidler
Show Totals
1.The King’s Speech won 4 Oscars
2.Inception won 4 Oscars
3.The Social Network won 3 Oscars
4.The Fighter won 2 Oscars
5.Toy Story 3 won 2 Oscars
6.Alice in Wonderland won 2 Oscars
7.Inside Job won 1 Oscar
8.Black Swan won 1 Oscar
9.In a Better World won 1 Oscar
10.The Wolfman won 1 Oscar


Filipinos among Oscar nominees

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Americans have made it to the list of nominees for the prestigious 83rd Academy Awards.

Young Filipino-American actress Hailee Steinfield was one of those who got the nod of the jury. She has been nominated for best supporting actress for her performance in the film “True Grit.”

Born in California, the mom of the 14-year-old actress is a Filipino.

With her performance in “True Grit,” Steinfield is considered one of the most promising young stars in Hollywood today.

Pinoy Matthew Labatique, meantime, has been nominated under the best in cinematography category for the film “Black Swan.”

“Toy Story 3,” which was created by many Filipino animators, got several nominations including best picture.

“That’s the great thing about Pixar. I know that there are a lot of Filipinos there, a lot of really talented people there, helping us make the film,” Toy Story 3 producer Lee Unkrich said.

The 83rd Academy Awards will be shown live on February 28, Monday morning, starting at 6:30 a.m. on the Velvet channel and the main ceremonies on ABS-CBN Channel 2 at 10 a.m.–Reports from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau, and ANC |

Pinay is 2011 Ford Supermodel of the World

‘Modeling runs in her blood’

MANILA, Philippines – A 17-year-old catwalk newbie from the Philippines won the 2011 Supermodel of the World contest in New York City, the first time that the country won the prestigious model search.

Danica Flores Magpantay, a student of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines (UP), won a US$250,000 contract from the Eileen Ford Modeling Agency. It is believed be the fashion industry’s biggest prize for a model search.

Danica Flores Magpantay

Magpantay stands 5’9” and weighs 109 lbs.

First runner-up was Lithuania, whose representative won a US$150,000 modeling contract while second runner-up, Poland, took home US$100,000. Representatives from Brazil and Poland rounded up the Top 5.

Observers said that modeling runs in the blood of Magpantay with her mother, Lala Flores, now a professional make-up artist, also representing the Philippines in the same modeling contest 20 years ago.

Last year, the Philippines figured prominently in the model search when Chat Almarvez was adjudged first-runner up.

The first Filipino to join the international modeling search was 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez who finished as one of the semi-finalists.

The contest, which started in the 1980s as “Face of the 80s,’’ discovers new talent for the fashion industry.

In an interview posted by Adventures of a Beauty Queen, after she won the local model search last Oct. 31, 2010, Magpantay said that it was only last August when she decided she wanted to give modeling a try.

Magpantay said she told about her plans to her mother who agreed to her decision.

The newest Ford model said that her mother enrolled her at the Masters School for Models where she took courses on walking and posing, among others.

After Magpantay graduated from the modeling school, her mentors urged her to join the Philippine search for the representative to the Supermodel of the World contest.

In the local search, Danica’s sister, Danielle, also joined the same contest. In the end, Danica won while her sister finished eighth.

Prior to the contest, their mother had advised them not to expect anything from the contest. She said that the two sisters should be thankful that they were given the chance to join the model search.

Pogs Magpantay, a registered nurse and dad of the model sisters, has encouraged his daughters to shine as models. His friends have labeled him as model makers with three models running in the family circle.

Danica said that she trains hard at the gym. Her biggest dream is to become one of the top models for Victoria’s Secret.


Source:, by ROBERT R. REQUINTINA, January 23, 2011