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This morning Yahoo rolled out an update to its Flickr for iOS app that ushers in several new photo filters as well as the ability to customize filters and tailor them to suit your taste. Additionally the application has a new feature which the Flickr team is calling "Live Preview"
Live Preview is a new concept that we have not seen on many apps in the past. This feature allows you to preview the selected filter in real-time before taking the photo. This allows you to see which filter looks best for the scene you are composing before you press the shutter button. Rounding things out, the app now includes a few handy features such as a grid, focus and exposure locks, pinch-to-zoom, and even includes new tools like sharpening, color balancing, and levels adjustments.
The popular Internet-based television service Aereo will be headed to Android devices next month if a report from the International Business Times is correct in which Aereo's CEO Chet Kanojia confirmed the pending Android launch. By expanding to Android, Aereo would greatly expand its reach to US viewers as android has a significantly larger market share that Apple's iOS.
Aereo works by using an array of small antennas to capture broadcast TV signals and then stream them for the Internet to its users. Of course as you can imagine, this business model has not done much to please the broadcast TV industry. Nevertheless Aereo has managed to become successful in New York City, Boston and Atlanta, and is expected to be a hit in Miami, Houston, Dallas and Chicago when it launches in those markets later next month.
Everyone's favorite leakster is at it again! This time the infamous @evleaks has posted a pair of screenshots that show off the new management app for Samsung's upcoming smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. The images show that the smartwatch will pair to Samsung Galaxy devices via near field communication (NFC) instead of the assumed Bluetooth 4.0.
As expected the Apple also let users change the clock face, manage their Samsung apps, and even help users find their misplaced or lost watch. This system is quite similar to that on Sony smartwatch, as well as be quite successful Pebble smartwatch. Not much else is known about the Galaxy Gear, but all will be revealed in just a few days when Samsung launches the Galaxy Gear at the IFA trade show in Berlin Germany. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of IFA 2013 and the Galaxy Gear from Samsung.
After an outcry in UK over rape and bomb threats sent to female journalists and a member of Parliament, Twitter has updated all of its platforms with a 'report abuse' button. The social networking/microblogging site is also adding more staff to help go through the flagged tweets from the rape and bomb threats.
This all began with UK activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who successfully lobbied to have novelist Jane Austen featured on a UK banknote. People seemed to be completely outraged at this, after which she was slammed with multiple rape threats over Twitter.
It culminated in one of her followers opening up a Change.org petition pressing Twitter to make it easier to report abuse. Before Twitter implemented this change, users needed to search the site in order to find out how to report abusive messages. The Change.org petition was a huge success, taking in over 139,000 signatures.
Facebook for Android has just been updated, with some big Facebook Home changes. Facebook Home for Android now includes music controls on the lock screen during playback, which is nice.
But, it doesn't end there: there's also animated stickers now available in messages. Not a huge update, but the music controls in the lock screen is definitely a nice addition. I've tried out Facebook Home on my Galaxy S4, and I don't know what to think. If your life centers around Facebook, which many do, then it might be nice to check this out.
Today, Evernote updated their app for Windows Phone 8, bringing it more in line with its Android and iOS versions. The update ushers in several new features, including a new multi-shot camera that allows users to take multiple snapshots per note without exiting camera mode.
To complement this feature, Evernote has also included a new slideshow that can be accessed by tapping on a photo while looking at the note. This will pop up the slideshow, which you can then swipe to view the other images. Speech-to-text is now also featured in the phone. Simply tap on the speech bubble from within a note and begin talking. The app will then transcribe your words into notes and add an automatically generated title so that users no longer end up with a bunch of untitled notes.
Google has pushed out an update on Gmail for iOS, which now includes a few new improvements. First off, Gmail for iOS has reached version 2.4, with the latest version including improved integration for Drive and Google+.
This means you can open links to the respective apps by tapping on them, which is nice. Google has boosted up the attachment system, which now sees larger image thumbnails that can be opened in full-screen mode. If you want to grab the latest Gmail for iOS app, head on over to the iTunes Store, or manually update from your iOS-based device.
Google's Chromecast took the world by storm when it was released about a month ago. The little $35 HDMI streaming dongle sold out faster than any other tech item released this year. Unfortunately, consumers with an iOS device were left in the dark on how to control the dongle from their phone.
Today, Google released the official Chromecast app for iOS and it currently works with the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod touch. The app allows you to configure basic settings that are required to get the dongle up and running and will display all of the Chromecasts connected to your Wi-Fi network and their statuses. The app is available for free on iTunes, but requires users to be running iOS 5.1 or higher.
We've known that BlackBerry Messenger is making its way to Android for quite some time now, and while we had hoped for an OS-wide launch sometime in July, it appears that the first Android devices to get BBM will be of Samsung origin. Earlier today, website CrackBerry spotted a teaser ad that was posted on both YouTube and Samsung's Ghana Facebook page.
Unfortunately, the YouTube video has since been removed, but the Facebook posting is still up at the time of this writing. It makes sense that the company's Ghana page would be the first to post as BlackBerry Messenger is a major form of communication in many African countries.
So what does this mean? I think we may see the app officially announced by Samsung or BlackBerry at the IDC trade show in Berlin, Germany, next week, and with a working port for Android-based Samsung devices now in existence, it is only a matter of time before BlackBerry Messenger is in the Google Play Store for all Android devices. That is, unless BlackBerry did something stupid like sign an exclusivity deal with Samsung, but then again this is BlackBerry were talking about and weirder things have happened in the past.
As an ex-professional photographer, one of the most annoying things about 90 percent of the photos posted online is the fact that they are never straight. No one seems to care about holding their smartphone in a nice in level orientation. Today, it appears that the developers over at Instagram felt the same way and decided to fix this crooked issue.
The latest version of Instagram for iOS features built-in image straightening and the best thing about it is that it can be setup to happen automatically. The developers figured out that they can collect data from the phone's accelerometer and gyrometer sensors to figure out at what orientation and the angle the smartphone was being held at at the time the image was captured and then use that data to automatically straighten the image.