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Facebook killed off its first attempt at competing against Snapchat not long ago. That first attempt was an app called Poke. Facebook accidentally released a new app that it aims to use to compete with Snapchat this week.
The app is called Slingshot and is designed to let you send photos and videos to friends that can be drawn on and captioned. The photos and video disappear once you view them. The app went live in the Apple App Store in a few countries, but was later pulled. Before you can view an image that a friend sent you, you must send them one in return.
Skype users that use the iPhone app will soon have a new version that they can download and use. The new version of the app is much faster than the previous version. In fact, Microsoft claims that the app is five times faster than the current iPhone Skype app. The redesigned app is Skype 5.0.
Skype 5.0 has improved group chat, better navigation, and improved notification sync across devices. The updated app has smoother scrolling and simplified navigation to make it easier to swipe between conversations, contact lists, and your favorites.
If you have ever fallen asleep on the bus or train and missed your stop, you know how bad that sucks. It can be especially bad if you miss your stop by a long way and have to figure out where you are so you can get back home. Google Now has been updated with a new feature that might help you not miss your stop.
The new feature is an alarm that can go off to wake you if you fall asleep so you can get off the bus at your stop. The alarm feature knows where and when you should be getting off the bus or train, and will alarm and remind you when you get near the stop.
Tinder is a dating app that lets users select people they are interested in. It then allows the people you are interested in to swipe left or right on photos to indicate if they are interested in you back. Tinder has unveiled something new for its users that allows them to share photos with matches.
The new feature is called Moments. With Moments, the user can take a photo using the app and that photo will be broadcast to all of your matches. The matches can then swipe left or right to indicate if they like the photo or not.
Sports fans that own a Chromecast streaming device now have some new apps to take advantage of. The Chromecast users can now watch streaming content via WatchESPN and Major League Soccer apps. These apps land just in time for soccer fans to watch the World Cup.
The catch with the WatchESPN app is that you have to receive ESPN on a cable, satellite, or other pay TV network to watch. If you have that subscription, you will be able to watch all 64 world Cup games on your TV. Other ESPN content is also available via the app.
Instagram is a place where hoards of people go to share the photos they take of anything and everything from what they are eating right then to parties and more. Instagram is available online and there are apps for major mobile phone operating systems. The company has announced that it has added some major new updates to its mobile apps.
The updates are aimed at gaining users who previously turned to other software for editing photos. Instagram has added new creative tools to the apps available for both Android and iOS. The tools give the user control to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and warmth of the photos they shoot. The updates to the apps began rolling out Tuesday.
Google has announced a new update to the Google+ app for iOS users. The update aims to lure more Apple device users to the Google social network by offering new photo playback and sharing features. The newly updated app for iOS users is available for download right now.
Google has added a new Stories feature that makes it easy for users to build digital photo books. Stories was announced for Android and web users last month and makes slideshows easier to put together.
One of the most common crimes in the US is smartphone theft. Hoards of smartphones are stolen or lost each day resulting in lots of money spent replacing devices and more work for police. A company called Lookout has released new security software for smartphones that helps a user find their device and get a look at the person who found it.
The security app is able to alert the owner of the phone to suspicious activity on your phone. If someone types in the passcode wrong three times, the phone will email the owner to alert them with the location of the device and a look at the person who is holding the phone.
Watch Dogs launches just hours from now, so you'd better get the companion app, ctOS Mobile. ctOS Mobile is available for both iOS and Android, is free, has no microtransactions and doesn't require players to own Watch Dogs, either.
Ubisoft's ctOS Mobile app includes two modes, the first is Race - where the distance between checkpoints are short for gamers who have GPS enabled. The second is Free Ride, which opens up the distance of the checkpoints and turns the GPS off. As Watch Dogs gamers reach the checkpoints, they gain time, with gamers sitting on their mobile devices using the ctOS Mobile app can hack the city through a top-down view.
Using the mobile app, they can trigger barricades, set off explosions, call in assists from helicopter-stationed snipers, and the police. ctOS Mobile players have the task of stopping the gamers in Watch Dogs, and if they assist, they win. Just don't download the torrent copy of Watch Dogs, folks.
If you watch any of the restaurant failure shows such as Kitchen Nightmares or Restaurant Impossible, you will see just how much a bad eating establishment hates rating and review apps such as Yelp. Unfortunately for them, they are about to hate Yelp even more as the company is preparing to launch video reviews on its service.
Coming in June, Yelp will begin allowing users to upload videos to their reviews of business establishments. Unfortunately this new feature will only be available to Yelp's elite reviewers for the time being, but will be trickled down to everyone as time progresses. This could be a very good way to showcase server staff who are rude or just plain obnoxious, as well as showcasing health concerns such as bugs, and dirty eating space.