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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.
The Secret social networking app, less than four months after initial launch for the Apple iPhone, is now available on the Google Android platform. The new Android version includes streams of messages posted by friends and friends of friends, or a second stream shows comments posted by people in the same geographic region.
"You see people in London, England, and Australia and New Zealand using the product when we go to bed," said David Byttow, Secret co-founder, in a statement to the San Jose Mercury News. " And it's funny because they post a lot of the same things that we see here in the U.S. People come on the platform and talk about their love life or their aspirations or things they are thinking and feeling."
A quick test of the Android app reveals a curious mix of serious, comical, and sometimes rather bizarre messages. As more people begin to adopt the social networking app on Android, expect to see newer content posted in the coming days.
Today Spotify confirmed that it has a total of about 40 million monthly users, but the biggest news is that the service has managed to attract about 10 million of those users to join Spotify's Premium subscription service that cost $10 per month. This number is significant because during the first quarter of 2014, Spotify only had about 6 million Premium subscribers, meaning that they have added 4 million paying members in the last three months.
"Today we are thrilled to announce a special milestone - we now have 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users across 56 markets! Wow - we're incredibly grateful to the thousands of artists and millions of music fans around the world who have helped us reach this point,"
A strange new app has turned up for users of iOS devices called PetMatch. The app is cool in that it is designed to help people find the perfect pet to adopt in their local area. The odd part about the app is that it is designed to help people find a pet that looks just like they want.
The app lets you upload a photo of the type of dog or cat that you are looking for. An algorithm inside the app then takes that uploaded image and measures the shape of the face, distance between the eyes, and other parameters.
Google has just pushed out an update to Chrome for Android, which is now capable of support "some multi-window devices" like the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 from Samsung.
Not only that, but we have full-screen video playback with HTML5 controls and subtitles, as well as an "undo" function for when you accidentally close a tab. Bug fixes and stability improvements are also included, with the full changelog available below:
- Undo Tab Close.
- Fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls.
- Support for some multi-window devices.
- Support for casting some videos with Chromecast.
- Other bug fixes.
For months now, Samsung executives have warned that they fully intend to shut down the company's content hubs, and it looks like Samsung Music is going to be the first casualty in this disposal of antiquated apps. Today Samsung released a statement that quite firmly said that 1 July 2014 will be the final call for Samsung Music.
Samsung says that it encourages all Samsung Music / Music Hub users to "take the time to download all purchased content and use any remaining vouchers for Samsung Music before July 1, 2014 - after that date they will no longer be available." At the moment, it is still unclear as to if Samsung will be replacing Music hub with a new service, but with heavy hitters like Google Play Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music virtually sucking up customers left and right, there may not be room for a new Samsung-only music service.