A new report claims that Flickr and Vimeo could see similar deep iOS integration. The report, published by 9to5mac, says that Apple is looking to increase the number of third-party social networks that are integrated within the operating system itself. This report comes ahead of this year's WWDC where it is widely expected that Apple will unveil iOS 7.
The report cites a person familiar with the software, though the final version of iOS 7 could still be radically different than what this person has seen. The integration would be extremely similar to the integration enjoyed by Facebook or Twitter. A single log on would allow you to share numerous things around the OS seamlessly.
As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. However, if it does come to pass, you'll be able to read about it here.
Tumblr has updated their iOS app shortly after being acquired by Yahoo. The newly updated app features a redesigned user interface, with the biggest change being thebrand new post type chooser. It fans out vertically from the compose button, much like the fanning effect seen on Mac OS X's dock.
The interface is also similar to that of social networking app Path. Also new in the updated app is the ability to attribute posts made from a user's iPhone. It's not clear if the redesign is a result of the acquisition or if it was already in the works. The updated Tumblr for iOS app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
Facebook has also jumped on the Glass app bus by releasing its own Facebook for Glass app. The app is currently limited in functionality compared to what is capable on the other mobile apps or the desktop version, but it's seen as an initial offering by the company, a stepping stone towards a future version.
Pictures can easily be shared on one's Timeline, with the caption being added simply by speaking the information aloud. Right now, however, users can't tag people in the picture, at least not from Glass. To tag, you'll need to grab your smartphone or notebook and use one of the better offerings.
"We look forward to exploring Facebook experiences across new types of mobile devices. This is only a first step," Facebook's Erick Tseng said in a blog post.
It makes sense that all of these apps are debuting today. After all, today is the second day of Google I/O and Glass is one of Google's big pushes this year.
Twitter produces Google Glass app, time to start tweeting all those pictures you've taken hands-free
Google Glass is starting to get a larger app selection. Twitter has launched its official Twitter app for Google Glass making it easier than ever to tweet those super-cool hands-free pictures that you so like to take. All jokes aside, the Twitter app will also let you tweet normal text as well as pictures.
In fact, you should be able to do most of the functions that you are used to: tweet pictures and text, reply to, retweet, or favorite tweets, and receive notifications. Twitter will automatically add "Just shared a photo #throughglass" to the tweet. If you happen to already have a pair of Glass, head to Google.com/myglass to turn Twitter on.
Microsoft announced today that Rovio has brought the classic Angry Birds Rio to the Windows Phone platform. The app has been available on iOS and Android for a long time, but it has finally jumped over to the fledgling Windows Phone platform. Microsoft needs popular iOS apps to continue coming to Windows Phone to encourage users to jump on the platform.
The price remains unchanged at $0.99, which seems to be the ultimate price point for apps and games. One bonus about the Windows Phone app: Xbox Live achievements and leaderboards. The app is available for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.
Apps are increasingly popular as Apple's App Store download numbers can attest to. We recently reported about a giveaway Apple was hosting to celebrate 50 billion app downloads. We can now report that the App Store has surpassed 50 billion downloads, though Apple has yet to identify the grand prize winner.
The grand prize winner will be awarded a $10,000 iTunes voucher, while 50 runners-up will each get a $500 iTunes voucher. It would have been nearly impossible to guarantee that you would download the 50 billionth app, so it all comes down to good fortune and being an active App Store user.
Google isn't happy with Microsoft over its recently released YouTube app. The app, which was released by Microsoft just over a week ago, is a much-improved YouTube app that Google apparently didn't know was coming. According to a copy of the cease and desist letter sent to Microsoft, Google is demanding Microsoft "immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013."
The main issue with the app, which makes use of Google's API for YouTube, is it's blocking of ads. Both YouTube and the content creators rely on Google's AdSense for revenue. Without these ads, Google can't pay for the hosting and serving of videos and content creators can't monetize their content.
Content creators make money on YouTube by monetizing their content through advertising. Unfortunately,by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube. In addition,your application overrides specific decisions made by some content creators to keep their content from displaying on certain types of devices, which in many cases are due to exclusive distribution arrangements those content creators have with third parties. YouTube's agreements with creators give them choices in how their content is presented and distributed, and your applicatio
Facebook's Graph Search has been met with mixed reviews from within the tech community, with my personal experience not being that exciting. Today Google announced major improvements into its graph search competitor Knowledge Graph, which it launched a year ago.
Google says that "The search of the future will need to answer, converse, and anticipate." At today's I/O keynote, Google announced that you'll start to get important statistics, provided by the knowledge graph. Right now, you can search for the population of India; beginning today, it will anticipate what you're likely to ask next: what's the population compared to other countries? Today, Knowledge Graph is also launching in new languages: Polish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
Google also has taken a stab at Apple by launching its Siri-like Voice Search into the web. Now you can simply sit back in your chair and speak into your microphone and Google will return an audible response to your question. No need to press a button or anything. Simply say "OK Google", and state your question. Conversational voice search will be available across all platforms with Chrome.
Jay Freeman, or Saurik around the jailbreak scene, has brought the Cydia Substrate and WinterBoard to the Google Play Store. While still in their infancy, these apps perform much of the same functions as they do on their iOS counterparts. Soon enough, Google Play will likely fill up with Android themes.
As you would expect, these new apps require your Android device to be rooted, but most Android users who would be interested in these apps have already done that. For now, the Cydia Substrate doesn't do too much, but it should indicate that iOS jailbreak features will eventually make their way over to Android.
Thanks to a licensing deal with Qualcomm, makers of the mobile Snapdragon processors, Kaspersky security software will now come pre-installed on Android systems powered by a Snapdragon processor. This will, theoretically, help with Kaspersky's market share and hopefully help Kaspersky become a household name for Android security.
By itself, Kaspersky's apps normally retail for $15 and $20 for the smartphone and tablet version, respectively. Users are gaining this software for free, though some may not like the idea of more pre-loaded apps on devices that already have limited storage space.
Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Labs:
In Kaspersky Lab, we have a solid number of global companies we work with, and Qualcomm Technologies will be one of the most important among them. We are looking forward to providing solutions to a wide range of device manufacturers, who are designing and/or building Snapdragon-enabled mobile devices or tablets running on Android.
Facebook has updated its iOS app with new sharing and saving options in the photo viewer. Most likely looking to drive more sharing of photos, and thus engagement, the new version of the app makes it much easier to share pictures on a user's Timeline, save the picture to a user's Camera Roll, or set the picture as a profile picture.
- Photo viewer button lets you save, share or make profile picture
- Improved places editing when checking in on iPhone
- Events load faster on iPhone
The previous iOS app only allowed users to like, comment, or tag a picture. Facebook's continued push for a mobile-first approach has been resulting in increasingly better apps that have most of the features present on the desktop. This means users should soon no longer need to use the website.
Developers for Google's Android operating system have been given a new feature to connect with users. Google has added the ability for developers to respond directly to users' reviews on the Google Play Store. This has come as a result of Google Play Store reviews being tied to the Google+ social network.
It allows users and developers to become more connected. It also allows developers to ask for more information, respond to negative reviews, or help troubleshoot an issue. When a developer posts a response, an e-mail is dispatched to the reviewer letting them know that the developer has responded to his or her review.
We believe that this new system will lead to better user engagement and better apps on the Google Play Store.
Google I/O is just days away and there's reports that Google are to unveil their unified messaging system at the event. Google will reportedly use the name Hangouts, retiring the name Babel we've been hearing about lately.
The use of the name Hangouts is a move Google are using to keep their users within their ecosystem of services. A source of TechRadar that reportedly works at Google, provided screenshots of the new Hangouts in action, which also sees the incorporation of the GChat instant messaging service. The images show off options to archive Hangouts, block users, and revert to a previous version of the chat services.
Facebook Home is making the rounds, unfortunately not to my Nexus 4 yet, but being downloaded more than one million downloads is something to talk about. The problem is, though, that there is a massive amount of negative feedback and reviews on Facebook Home.
Technology Review have reported that the social network are aware of these issues, and their first attempt at creating their own Android overlay has been met with problems, but they've promised to get them fixed in future releases of Facebook Home. Facebook have also said that they are adding "a launcher that makes it easier to see your non-Facebook apps and doesn't reorganize them", "a way to create folders of apps within the launcher" and "a dock at the bottom of the screen that gives you quick access to your most important apps".
Just how well is Microsoft going with the Windows Phone Store? Well, they've reached over 145,000 apps, which is up from the 120,000 apps that we heard about in October.
But, this number shows that the momentum has slowed down for the Windows Phone Store, considering it doubled in size over the first half of 2012. Are developers leaving the platform? Or are they just simply not as interested in Windows Phone as they are with iOS and Android? There are those that argue that Microsoft are concentrating on quality apps versus just boat loads of apps, with iOS reaching over 800,000 apps now.
There's a glitch to the discreet hookup app 'Bang With Friends', that lets you see which of your Facebook friends are looking for a bang. The big, huge, gaping hole of a problem here is that Bang With Friends is pushed as a silent, untraceable way of looking for a hookup.
Well, not for now - as there's a huge glitch letting you find out which friends are using the app. I used the glitch myself and thankfully, there's only one person on my Facebook list using the app, but there are many of you who might find this an interesting look, and maybe spread the word about the glitch so people know and can remove their accounts from BWF.
You can use this link here to find out which of your Facebook friends are using Bang With Friends. Remember, what is seen cannot be unseen.
Google has announced that Chrome and Chrome OS are getting Google Cloud Messaging. Cloud Messaging is Google's implementation of push notifications and allows notifications, updates, news, and other alerts to be sent to an app even when running in the background. It pushes the update rather than the app having to go out and check for updates.
Push notifications are commonplace in the mobile app world. It looks like they are finally crossing the divide and will start showing up in Chrome apps.
Event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently. But what if you need to respond to something that occurs outside of Chrome, such as a news alert, a message sent to a user or a stock hitting a price threshold? Until now, you had to do this by repeatedly polling a server. This process consumed bandwidth and reduced the battery life of your users' machines. For a more efficient solution, starting today you can use Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) - across all channels of Chrome.
One of the main benefits of push notifications is reduced battery life, as noted above in the quote from yesterday's announcement. You can expect that Chrome application developers will start to make use of this new service very quickly. Battery life of notebooks should increase as a result of developers switching over and I don't t
Amazon has released a rather specialized app for iOS. Cloud Drive Photos allows iOS users to access to their Amazon Cloud storage, but only to their pictures. The app also allows iOS users to easily upload pictures to their Amazon Cloud.
- Store and secure thousands of photos in your Amazon Cloud Drive
- Protect your memories - photos from your iPhone or iPod touch are automatically saved to Cloud Drive whenever the app is running
- Have access to your entire photo collection in the Amazon Cloud, even those that aren't in your Camera Roll
- View your photo albums in stunning layouts from your iPhone or iPod touch
- Share your Cloud Drive photos on Facebook, Twitter, and through e-mail
One cool feature available in the app is the ability to queue uploads and downloads of pictures to and from the Cloud Drive. It's not really clear why users would need an app like this, but Amazon seems to think there is a market for it. The app is a free download from the Apple App Store, so it doesn't hurt anything to give it a try.
While iTunes has been available for Windows 8 in desktop mode for some time now, there still is no app for the Metro UI and things look like they will stay that way for a while into the future. Microsoft says it has rolled out the red carpet, but Apple has yet to walk down it.
"You shouldn't expect an iTunes app on Windows 8 any time soon," said Tami Reller, chief financial officer of Microsoft's Windows division. "ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying." This presents a major problem for Microsoft Surface RT users who cannot install or run any non-Microsoft desktop software.
Apple really has no incentive to build a Windows 8 iTunes app, as this would give users yet another reason to ditch their iPad's and switch to other non-Apple hardware. Apple is fine with coding desktop apps, but their Mac line is still a very niche market when you look at the big picture, while on the other hand, their iPad is the bestselling tablet by leaps and bounds.
Facebook's Home launcher is receiving an update today, bringing new features to the social networking-centric Android interface. Facebook also announced that Home has been installed nearly one million times since its launch. However, that's small fish compared to its one billion strong user base.
Facebook has said that they will not block users looking to sideload the app onto an unsupported device. This update is bringing with it fixes for bugs and some various new features. The new feature set include a "Dash Bar" that lists friends to allow for quickly starting a conversation and a "Dock" to hold your favorite apps.
This morning Netflix announced that it has updated its iOS app to version 4.1 and has implemented several new features. The updated app now includes Auto Play for TV shows, which will automatically start the next episode, when the one you are watching finishes.
Also included in the update is a new feature that brings recommendations directly into the video player by offering the top three recommendations on a screen after the current movie ends.
Netflix said that it has also enhanced the audio and added more second screen options to the app.