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Facebook Camera app receives an update, adds notifications and more

Facebook Camera just received a small update, and is now available on Apple's iTunes App Store. The new version now includes the ability to choose which folder your freshly-taken snaps go into, which is a small, but needed addition.

 

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Also included are notifications, which keep you up-to-date on the going-ons of your photos, notifying you when someone comments, tags, or likes one of your photos. The update is small, but we know just how big Facebook is, so we have to report on it.

 

The update is only live for the iOS version of the app, so now Android loving here. You can grab the updated Facebook Camera for iOS app here.

Microsoft releases SkyDrive app for Android

Microsoft had announced their plans to release an official SkyDrive app for Android a few weeks ago, and they have kept their word and released an app today so that users can have access to their files across all of the various devices you may own and use. The app is designed for Android 4.0, but only requires Android 2.3 or higher.

 

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The main features of the new app:

 

  • Access your SkyDrive-documents, photos, and other files, plus the files other people have shared with you.
  • View recently used documents.
  • Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
  • Share your files and photos-send a link in email or in another app.
  • Open your SkyDrive files from other Android apps.
  • Easily manage your files-delete or create new folders.

 

In other words, it does basically everything you would expect the app to do; it allows file uploads and downloads and the ability to manage those files, go figure. Microsoft did their best to keep "the same intuitive design of all SkyDrive experiences" while integrating some of the conventional Android interactions.

 

Mike Torres, Group Program Manager of SkyDrive Apps, asks that you give the app a run and that the team can't wait to hear what you have to think. The app is available in the Google Play store.

Samsung unveils driving-friendly Drive Link app

Samsung have just unveiled the Drive Link app for their devices, with the premise behind the app that it is to provide a safe user interface and portal to the commonly used applications on your phone, whilst driving. Drive Link will make navigation, hands-free calling and music playback easier than ever.

 

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Drive Link's navigation feature will make use of your phone's GPS and mapping features, where you'll be able to speak destinations into the app, or drag them out of messages. Hands-free calling and text-to-speech message reading are available in more than one language, too. If music is what you're interested in, the Music portal gives you access to all of the media that is stored on your smartphone.

 

Samsung also notes that a Drive Link-powered device can provide services directly, even featuring the ability to connect to your car's current infotainment system with the MirrorLink protocol. Drive Link debuts on the international version of Samsung's Galaxy S III, and will arrive on other Android 4.0-powered devices in the near future.

Dropbox have enabled two-step verification process

I'm a big fan of Google's two-step verification process, and it seems that cloud-based storage giant, Dropbox, have followed through with some added security of your precious data by enabling two-step verification.

 

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In order to turn on the feature, you'll require the most up-to-date beta desktop version of Dropbox's client. Once you've acquired that, you can jump over to the Dropbox website, and enter the beta, where you can turn on the two-step verification.

 

It works pretty much identical to Google's two-step verification, where you'll be prompted to enter a limited-time, one-use password that you can receive by text, or an app similar to Google Authenticator. If you were to lose your phone, you would get a one-time use backup code, but there's only one, so you'd have to be very careful where you put it.

Facebook Messenger 1.9 for iOS and Android is now available

Social networking site, Facebook, updated their iOS app just yesterday and now they've begun rolling out the latest version of their Messenger app.

 

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Facebook Messenger has reached version 1.9, and includes some UI changes, as well as some new features. Version 1.9 also brings the app into direct integration with the main Facebook app, for the first time.

 

The new version of Messenger sports full emoji support, one-click access to friends' Facebook Timelines, as well as indications marking whether or not a friend is 'active'. Version 1.9 also includes a "last active" indicator, telling you when the last time your friend was online. You can grab the iOS version from the App Store, and the Android version from the Play Store.

Flickr for Android gets updated, receives freshly painted UI, new features

Facebook for the iPhone received its much needed update a few hours ago, and it looks like photo sharing service, Flickr, have updated their Android application. Flickr for Android hasn't been updated for close to twelve months now, and it has needed an update to catch up to its iOS counterpart.

 

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Flickr for Android now sports a new UI which features a navigation menu, and the Explore menu now sorts photos out much better, where it sorts them according to location and level of interest. Within the photo library search, the menu also sports notifications, profile, camera and upload options.

 

A pull-down refresh function keeps it feeling fresh like most other socially-orientated apps, and when the camera tab is tapped, you'll be prompted to either choose your camera, or your personal camera app of choice to take that photo. The ability to edit details/metadata on pictures and HTML content in comments and descriptions.

Samsung offers up some free apps for Galaxy Note 10.1 owners

Usually it doesn't pay to be an early adopter of technology, but in the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, it does. The company have teamed up with a bunch of high-profile developers, where they've provided some free apps to the Note 10.1 tablet.

 

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I thought there'd only be two or three, but there's actually quite a good list. Samsung have also said that all of the free apps on offer have been optimized for use with the Note 10.1's Wacom-based S Pen.

Continue reading 'Samsung offers up some free apps for Galaxy Note 10.1 owners' (full post)

Facebook intros faster iOS Facebook app

Facebook has finally updated its aging app to improve its performance. Unfortunately, this update only takes care of iOS users as there has been no announcement regarding Android. However, if you are an iOS user, this update should make you significantly more happy with the Facebook app as it is quite a bit faster.

 

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According to the Facebook post, "Facebook 5.0 for iOS is twice as fast as the previous version when launching the app, scrolling through news feed and opening photos in feed." This speed increase is due to the app being completely rewritten from the ground up. A quick update and you'll be able to see for yourself just how much better it is.

 

The changes are as follows:

 

App opens quickly: We've rebuilt the app from the ground up, so now the app opens much faster and your news feed and notifications load right when you open Facebook.

 

Stories scroll smoothly: As you scroll down your news feed, all your friends' stories appear faster than ever. A banner lets you know when new stories come in, and you can tap once to immediately see the latest updates.

 

Photos load instantly: Tap on any photo and it opens right away. Pull down to close it with a single swipe.

 

An updated and quicker app is an important thing for Facebook to focus on. They need to keep users' eyes on the app so that it becomes an attractive platform for advertising.

Continue reading 'Facebook intros faster iOS Facebook app' (full post)

Skype updates iPhone and iPad app with performance increases and Photo Sharing feature

Skype is a popular platform for communication among all walks of life. According to the post, "millions of people use Skype for iPhone or Skype for iPad each month." These users have requested features, and Microsoft has obliged with one of the most requested feature: Photo Sharing. They've also updated the apps for speed.

 

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"In addition, we've made some improvements to the performance of the app, as we know many of you want to keep Skype running on your mobile devices all the time." The new feature allows users to send photos that were taken with a user's iPad or iPhone directly to friends and family via Skype. There is no file-size limit.

 

This means the feature can be used to avoid MMS fees or e-mail attachment size limits. Regarding the performance tweaks:

 

Over the last couple of releases, we've started to improve the overall performance of Skype's mobile apps. The prior release began to make them less battery hungry when running in the background, so you can answer Skype calls throughout the day when they come in. And, as you'll be able to keep Skype open, you can respond to or send IMs to friends and colleagues all day long. In addition, this latest release improves the app start and the contact list loads even faster, so you can do all the things you love to do with Skype more quickly.

Continue reading 'Skype updates iPhone and iPad app with performance increases and Photo Sharing feature' (full post)

Preview of Firefox for Windows 8 to launch next month, sports 'Modern UI', asks Metro to take a seat elsewhere

It looks as though a preview of Mozilla's Firefox for Windows 8 is coming next month, which should show off the company's Modern UI styling and windowless Flash. We've known about the UI for a while, but this was before the whole Metro issue, as it was named Metro UI and has now had a makeover and unveiled as Modern UI.

 

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New details are leaking out about the web browser for the upcoming OS, with a few screenshots to tease us with. A developer on the project, Brian R. Bondy, has posted an update on his blog that talks of Mozilla's progress with the app and their goals for its release:

 

Work on the Metro style enabled desktop browser has progressed steadily and things are looking really good.

Continue reading 'Preview of Firefox for Windows 8 to launch next month, sports 'Modern UI', asks Metro to take a seat elsewhere' (full post)

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