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Facebook is making lots of news today following its fourth quarter financial statement that was released yesterday. During his call to investors, Mark Zuckerberg, said that the social network will be taking its popular Graph Search feature to the mobile realm "pretty soon."
Graph search is one of my favorite features added to Facebook in 2013, and in fact, I use it several times a day to locate information on friends, industry leaders, and even trends in the technology world. Graph Search has been open to the public for just over a year now, and its move to mobile has been slow, and rightfully slow. Zuckerberg said that indexing more than a trillion connections and status updates is quite complex and takes time to get right.
"Pretty soon, I think, you should expect us to roll out the mobile version of this,"(speaking about Graph Search on mobile) said Zuckerberg. "I think that that's going to be an important step, because most of the usage of Facebook overall is on mobile, so we expect that that's where engagement will really start to come from on Graph Search over time."
Facebook has just launched a new iPhone app called Paper, a new standalone app for the social network that is more like a news reading app than purely a social network. Paper uses the traditional Facebook News Feed, but recreates it in a more immersive, full-sized experience.
The new app does away with nearly all of usual buttons, and UI styles for a much cleaner, bigger status update, photos, and news stories. If you tilt your iPhone, Facebook will adjust themselves, something the team calls the "Ken turns" effect. UI elements simply face away, with news stories displayed in a much different manner. Facebook has pumped over nine months into the new iPhone exclusive app, which is also locked to the US market for now. No one outside of the US market will have access to it, for now.
Paper brings forth a new venture for Facebook, where the main screen now displays completely different content. It will feel more like Flipboard infused with Facebook, made for the iPhone. A new compose screen is bought into play, where you can view the exact end product before making it live. Facebook says: "it's a publishing tool, a way of publishing great content, and a way of viewing great content".
NVIDIA has just opened up its TegraZone app to non-Tegra devices, meaning that anyone with an Android device now has access to NVIDIA's long list of Tegra titles.
All you need is Android 2.2 or higher. If you have an Android device, you can now get in on NVIDIA Tegra games, which were previously optimized for Tegra-powered devices. The TegraZone is its own world of NVIDIA goodness, with the new version of TegraZone receiving the following changes:
- Supports Google Play Game Services - provides achievements for downloading games, submitting reviews and ratings, and spreading the word about games featured in TegraZone
- Uses your Google+ login to personalize your TegraZone experience
- TegraZone Collections will allow highlighting of special interest groups of games by feature, genre, or publisher
- Sharing shortcut icon makes it easier to share via your favorite social network
- Dynamic loading of additional content when you scroll to the bottom of games lists and news
- Archived news items are now viewable
Twitter for Android has been updated, with some new additions to the mobile app that help improve and streamline the photo sharing experience. If you're uploading photos from the official Twitter app, you'll now have some new options.
These options include applying pre-defined square or wide crops, as well as a little rotation magic. If you want to upload a picture of people, it will provide you with a reminder to mention your friends in the tweet that will go along with the photo. Twitter is also boosting the amount of recommendations that popup in your timeline.
The latest Twitter app will have you pull-to-refresh your feed as usual, but when there's no new tweets to display, it will pull down a panel showing more recommendations. These will include things like suggested people to follow, trending topics, and specific tweets.
Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest franchises in gaming history, and it's latest installment is the most expensive video game ever made. Now GTA fans have even more reason to get excited... if you happen to own a Windows Phone that is. Today Rockstar Games announced that it has released GTA: San Andreas onto the Windows Phone platform.
While San Andreas has been available on Android and iOS for about a month now, Windows Phone users are getting their copy of the game today. GTA: San Andreas on the mobile platform has surprisingly been a huge success with no real major issues popping up, something you would expect from such a drastic platform port. Compatible Windows Phone devices include Lumia 1520, 1320, 822, 820, 810,and HTC's 8XT, with no mention of other Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 920, or Samsung's entry into the Windows Phone realm, the Ativ S.
If WhatsApp is king of app-based text messaging, then Aviary rules the photograph editing app world. Today the company announced that it has hit a massive milestone in the success of its company. Aviary announced that its app for Android and iOS has been used to edit over 10 billion photos since its launch.
The company says that its success is largely due to the fact that its SDK is so popular with developers who have added the apps editing tools to their own apps and websites. Aviary has been integrated with more than 7,000 partner apps, with big names such as Pic Stitch, Tango, and even SquareSpace using features from the software. Aviary says that it now has over 70 million active monthly users and that it expects growth to continue in 2014.
In a statement the company said:
As we look forward, what most exciting is the fact that a new visual lingua franca has emerged. Unquestionably, photos have become the communication language of the global mobile generation. We are long past the point when photo editing was just about turning an average picture into a good one. Photo editing is now about enhancing visual communication between billions of people across the planet, in a way that embodies the full richness of emotions, feelings and inspiration.
Bad news for anyone reading this who has taken advantage of LogMeIn's free remote access service over the last few years as today the company announced that free accounts are no longer being offered. For users who bought LogMeIn Ignition for iOS or Android, the company will offer discounts and a "gentle" transition to the subscription service.
Users have about a week to decide if they will buy into the new $20 per PC per year subscription model, or if they will jump ship and move to a competitor. LogMeIn Centeral, Cubby, and Join.Me are unaffected at this time, but there is no word on whether or not that will change in the future.
For over a year now we have been hearing rumors and seeing leaks surface around a secret music streaming service being built by Beats Audio. The service was given the code name Daisy, and at one point, it appears that it would never make it to launch, but this morning Beats Music launched on the Apple App Store.
Beats Music offers mobile music streaming of more than 20 million tracks for just $10 per month, and its MadLib-style music suggestion feature is actually pretty innovative. Users can create playlist, share them on social media, and rate their suggested songs to improve what music is selected next time. The launch of Beats Music signifies the end of MOG, the long running streaming service owned by Beats parent company. Subscribers will see their billing arrangements terminated on March 15th and annual subscribers will receive a prorated refund.
The man who seems to have his hand in everything, Kim Dotcom, has just debuted his new music streaming service known as Baboom, and the first album to hit the service is Dotcom's own album titled Good Times. Baboom is quite interesting in the fact that it plans to directly compete with Spotify and Google Play Music, but will be operating on a "pay what you want" business model.
I see Baboom as more of a streaming version of SoundCloud or MySpace, and will allow indie artist to really break out of the years old model of social networking for artist. Baboom does however encourage listeners to purchase albums through Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp and as far as I can tell, artist receive no compensation from Baboom itself.
During the DLD conference in Germany, WhatsApp CEO, Jan Koum, shared some exciting news with attendees about the messaging app's usage numbers. WhatsApp now has more than 430 million monthly active users, which makes it the worlds largest messaging app by leaps and bounds.
More importantly though are the number of messages sent every day on the service. More than 36 billion outbound messages are sent in a day while 18 billion inbound messages are received each day. That equates to 50 billion text messages sent over WhatsApp each and every day. To put that into perspective, that is more messages sent each day than all SMS messages on every carrier world wide in a 24 hour period.
With many of the largest mobile carriers still charging fees for a set amount of text messages every month, WhatsApp is now the biggest competition in the SMS realm for every wireless carrier in the world. Most of my friends as well as almost everyone I know uses WhatsApp on a daily basis, and many who use it as their sole text messaging platform. With growth like this, I feel that there is no stopping WhatsApp and if the company can released a PC version as well, the sky is the limit on how far WhatsApp will go!