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It looks like Instagram wants to do something with the 150 million active users it has, where the company has told The Wall Street Journal it will soon be introducing advertising to the popular app.
Instagram's director of business operations, Emily White, said that Instagram would be ready to sell ads before the year is wrapped up. Since Facebook acquired Instagram last year, the service has added more than 100 million users. Right now, there's no date on when the service will be adding ads, but the Journal has said that White is talking with advertisers right now.
White reportedly met with some advertising heavyweights last week, which included Ford and Coca-Cola. White told the Journal: "We want to make money in the long term, but we don't have any short-term pressure."
Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, Watch Dogs, is looking more impressive by the day, especially with the ctOS Mobile app. The ctOS Mobile app will let you challenge your friends, or poke them if you dominate them in a game.
The news is coming from Anne Lewis, who is a communications associate for Ubisoft, who showed the application off by locating her friend on the app's map of Chicago, tapping on them and starting a challenge. One her friend accepting the challenge, he had to hit four checkpoints within a limited time period. Her job was to stop him from changing the game world from within the app.
She elaborated by saying: "By dragging the helicopter on the screen to hover over the console player's marker (which moved in real-time with his movements on the screen) I was able to see the various aspects of Chicago's infrastructure I could affect. As my opponent stole a car and headed toward an intersection I quickly hacked the traffic lights, sending cars careening into him. His luck held out and he was able to keep moving. If a player dies during the challenge it's not an automatic game over, but he'll have to start back at the beginning and none of the time is returned."
It looks like BlackBerry's BBM for iPhone might reach us quicker than previously thought, with BlackBerry Senior Strategic Account Manager Alex Kinsella tweeting that Apple has BBM for iPhone, and BlackBerry is just waiting for its approval.
Kinsella tweeted: "Just in case we forgot to mention, BBM for iPhone was submitted for review 2 wks ago #waiting #BBM4ALL." We've already been teased of BBM for Android, so let's hope Apple is quick with its approval and gets BBM for the iPhone onto the App Store, ASAP.
Today, Microsoft released an update to the company's OneNote app for iOS. The update brings in new functionality that allows the application to become fully standalone on the iPad. Microsoft says that many of its customers requested the ability to create new notebooks from within the app on the iPad, which led to this feature being added to this update.
Additionally, the company is adding a functionality that allows users to add, rename, and delete selections, which is achieved by tapping the desired selection title to bring up the options. Microsoft says that the update also fixes several bugs and improves overall performance. Head over to the App Store source listed below to download your copy today.
Google has recently updated its Drive for iOS app by completely refreshing the user interface to more closely align with the company's de facto card-style layout. The new look showcases thumbnails that display your file contents, yet still retains the traditional app layout that can be toggled with the push of a button based on the user's preferences.
Additionally, the app now supports the viewing and editing of files in landscape mode, and folders are now grouped in a way that makes more sense than before. The update has also made it easier to copy and share links to files, while the search feature is now located in a more prominent position to make finding files much simpler. You can download the new app from the Apple App Store for free by heading over to the App Store source listed below.
Facebook beta for Android finally has a feature that will make me jump to it after I've finished typing this post, where you can now, finally edit your comments and posts! The full changelog is below:
- Use icons in status updates to express what you're feeling or doing
- Edit your posts and comments, and tap to see all your changes
- See upcoming events at a glance on your favorite Pages
- Create and share new photo albums from your phone
- Various bug & crash fixes
- "Show on lockscreen" setting is visible again
- Improvements to photo loading in news feed
- Improvements to news feed load time
- Most Recent setting in News Feed not sticking
This isn't the normal Facebook for Android, so you'll need to check out all of the details here if you want to jump on board.
BlackBerry has to do something to get into the limelight with Microsoft announcing its acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division, and Google with its unveiling of Android 4.4 KitKat, don't they?
Before it's launch, we now have a look at BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android, with a leaked video, above. The interface definitely looks nice, but is it enough to have people flocking to the messaging platform in the midst of apps like WhatsApp, and others? I don't know... tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
Those of you though been waiting diligently for BlackBerry to launch a BlackBerry Messenger will not have to wait very much longer. BlackBerry has just launched a new landing page for BlackBerry Messenger for Android, on the company's corporate website.
Judging by the information giving on the landing page, it appears that BBM will only feature text messaging at launch and it will slowly roll out voice and video messaging later this fall. While there is still no official launch date, the release appears to be imminent in should only be a few days/weeks away now. With Android being the dominate Mobile OS for quite sometime now, it makes on wonder why BlackBerry took so long to come to their senses and release the app.
Today Digg launched its first Android App, which very closely matches its iOS counterpart. The new app features support for Digg's new Reader service, a RSS feed importer designed to replace the now defunct Google Reader. The app is available for download now in the Google Play Store.
The new app also allows users to share their Diggs, and RSS stories on read-it-later apps as well as social networks. Unfortunately those who like to use the "unread-only" filter will be a little disappointed as it is not present in the android application. Personally I feel that this Digg is a little too late to the party with its App as Feedly is doing a wonderful job on my PC, Tablet, and HTC One at serving up content from my 100+ feeds.
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.