Facebook feeds now playing video ads Video
Facebook feeds now playing video ads Video Transcript
Facebook has a present for you, video advertisements. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Get ready for video advertisements to automatically play in your Facebook feed. Facebook announced it will start to roll out video ads for a small number of users this week. The video will play automatically, but it will be muted when you scroll over it, just like how it works when your friends share videos. It shouldn't drain your data. Facebook says these videos are downloaded in advance when you're connected to Wi-Fi. Facebook is also adding a new donate now button that appears on a post by a non-profit organization and also on its main page. It's an easy way to give, but it's also an easy way for Facebook to receive your credit card information, because once you donate, Facebook keeps your credit card info on hand for future purchases. It appears this is the season for game controllers that attach to your smartphone. A few weeks ago some iPhone game controller cases went on sale from Moga and Logitech. And now Samsung is gaining on the game, so to speak. It revealed the gamepad controller, an android phone snaps into the frame above the buttons. It's adjustable, so it can hold phones with a screen size of 4 inches all the way up to 6.3 inches. And it can work with a phone running Android 4.1 or higher, but it's optimized for Galaxy phones with Android 4.3 or higher. Right now, about 35 app games work with the gamepad including Need For Speed, Most Wanted, Modern Combat 4, and Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame. We don't know when it's hitting the US yet, but it is being sold in some European markets. If you don't want to wait, check out Moga's android game controllers, which range in price from $30 to $80. 2013 was the year we all had Candy Crush fever. Apple says the puzzle game Candy Crush Saga was the number one most downloaded free app for the iPhone and iPad this year. It was also the top paid app for iPads. Minecraft was the top paid app for iPhones. Beyonce also broke records with her new self-titled album that was released just a few days ago, and it's the fastest selling album in iTunes' history. The most sold album of the year was Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had the top-selling iTunes song Thrift Shop, as for videos, Skyfall was the top-selling movie on iTunes and Breaking Bad was the best-selling TV show. In books, Dan Brown's Inferno was the best-selling fiction book and Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In became the top-selling non-fiction book on iTunes. That's your tech news update and you can get more details at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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