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I was a big Flipboard fan, that was however, until I found Feedly. But, it looks like Facebook are working on a new dedicated story browser which is going by the codename or "Reader", according to the Wall Street Journal.
There aren't many details on Reader just yet, but it is reportedly important enough that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is closely involved. The social network aren't talking about their plans, but there is more truth to this rumor than usual as the social network recently added hashtag support as a "first step" toward helping users track topics.
This would make sense, if in the near future they do release a mobile reading app, hashtags are a perfect way to let users track important and current topics.
Big brother is watching you - Heard, a new iOS app that lets you record what you heard five minutes ago
Heard is a new iOS app that constantly records audio, allowing you to take snippets out of what you truly think is important - anything else you need, you can just ask the NSA anyway.
When Heard is opened, it will begin recording anything and everything that your iPhone's microphone hears. Instead of creating one super large audoi file, Heard records into a constantly rotating buffer. If something happens that you want to record, then you would open Heard and tap a single button, recording it.
If you don't do anything, the buffer is erased and that audio just disappears (or does it). Heard will continue to record audio even if the application is running in the background, displaying a huge "RECORDING" banner at the top of your screen - you know, in case you forgot it was recording. Heard clips can be named, tagged, e-mailed or shared through Facebook.
Instagram has shared some statistics about its new videos feature that launched on Thursday. The company notes that they saw five million video uploads in the first 24 hours of the new feature being available. This number surprises me in a few different ways. For one, it shows that Instagram's new video service is viable. At the same time, the number seems lower than I would have thought.
I know at least one of my friends experienced issues with the new feature, sitting for hours waiting for his creative video to process. Other details regarding the new service include that during the Miami Heat championship, users were uploading 40 hours of video every moment.
Watching all of the videos posted during the first eight hours would take a year to do. Whether or not video for Instagram will be able to take down competing Vine remains to be seen. Opinions on the new service have been mixed, with some liking it and some arguing that 15 seconds is too long for a video.
If you were looking to port your popular app or game to BlackBerry 10, you still can, but BlackBerry will no longer provide you a reward for doing so. BlackBerry has announced the ending of its Port-a-Thon event, a program that paid out rewards to developers for porting their game or app to BB10.
BlackBerry says that the interest in the program was far beyond what they expected. BlackBerry says they paid out over $4 million in developer rewards. This works out to around 40,000 apps for their money, as developers were paid $100 per app that was approved for the BlackBerry World app store.
BlackBerry has promised more developer events later this year, the first of which will focus on making successful games.
Not too long ago, we announced that Rovio had opened a publishing studio to help new game studios get started. Rovio Stars' first game to be published is Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage. From the trailer, it appears to include aspects of Cut the Rope and Slice It! Take a look for yourself:
The game is available for $0.99 on the iPhone and $2.99 on the iPad. It looks like it could be a fun game, though I haven't yet gotten a chance to try it out for myself. One of the best parts of the game is that it features a variety of different puzzles through featuring different obstacles.
Messaging platform WhatsApp has seen massive user growth over the past four years, with a large portion of the growth coming in the last year or two. WhatsApp has announced that they are now seeing more than 250 million active users, or a quarter of the total users on Facebook.
Back in December, Twitter announced that they had surpassed 200 million active users, making it possible that WhatsApp is now ahead of the micro-blogging site. Telecom companies are likely unhappy with the growth that WhatsApp has seen as they are currently making huge profits from text messaging.
Whether WhatsApp will be able to continue this rate of growth remains to be seen.
Facebook announces Videos for Instagram for iOS and Android, includes revolutionary video stabilization
At this morning's press event held by Facebook, the company announced that Instagram is getting a video sharing feature similar to its image sharing service. Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom took the stage to show off the company's new feature and spent about 20 minutes talking about the Instagram Video's new features.
Since Instagram was released, the service has seen more than 16 billion photos shared from a community of over 130 million active users. At the moment, images shared on Instagram see an average of one billion likes daily. Instagram attributes this success to the inherent human want to create and store memories. Realizing this, the company knew that the next step was to include video in their memory sharing service.
The new video feature will allow users to create and share 15 second video clips similar to how Twitter's Vine app handles things. The similarities end there though as Instagram has enabled users to chain together clips to form a longer more informative video. Additionally, in true Instagram form, users can customize each clip or video with its own filter. The company says that it developed 13 new custom filters just for video to allow users to create a more beautiful memory.
Crittercism has just launched their new Fathom Mobile Command Center, which can help companies in many ways. With the growing digital lifestyles that not only consumers live in, but businesses have to build to sustain those consumers, the behind-the-scenes app development and maintenance headaches also grow.
This is where Crittercism is here to help with their new platform that will improve companies' mobile app strategy for the long-term. Fathom is the first solution that is capable of monitoring and reporting how third-party services and network conditions affect the performance of iOS and Android. In order to help companies manage the performance of their iOS- or Android-based apps, Fathom provides powerful tools that allow these companies to not only understand, but address these performance issues within any consumer, business-to-business or employee-facing application.
Crittercism's new Fathom Mobile Command Center will show each factor affecting app performance for each individual app session where an issue is encountered. This provides, as you can imagine, a huge understanding to mobile teams and developers who are looking to improve to overall app experience - be it consumers, or business partners, or both. Mobile teams can then use Fathom to monitor app performance in real-time, which is a nice touch.
Facebook has released an update to their iOS app that brings with it emotions for status updates and better controls over sharing. Emotions for status updates were released not too long ago on the desktop side of things, but it has now been brought to iOS through this latest update.
Facebook has also made it easier to adjust who can see something you've shared, making it easier to protect your privacy. Of course, Facebook has included the prerequisite "bug fixes," but they have also added in the ability to start a new conversation with photos you receive in messages.
The latest version of the app can be grabbed from the Apple App Store.
A lot of speculation has been circling in the rumor mill about Facebook's mysterious press event being held later this week onJune 20th. Today TechCrunch may have just cracked the code that will let the genie out of the bottle. Apparently an unknown source has confirmed that Facebook will be launching video capabilities for it's popular Instagram service.
Facebook adding videos to Instgram makes a lot of sense as its biggest competitor, Vine, is based around sharing short video clips. Analyst expect a similar model to Vine in which Instagram videos would be between 5 and 10 seconds each to make sharing quick, simple, and as low bandwidth hungry as possible.
Of course the added video feature would attract even more users which would further bolster Facebook's plans to monetize the service with ads. Being able to inject a 5 second video before a users video is played would bring in more cash than a simple banner ad placed over a photo. While details on the press event later this week are still unknown, we will be sure to bring you all the latest news as it is released.