Instagram blocked competitor Mobli from their API. This blocks users from sharing cross platforms. Previously Mobli users could share on Instagram by one click. This change essentially makes users choose between the two similar platforms. While Instagram did not state why they blocked Mobli it is seen as an attempt to slow the growth of Mobli
Amazon announced recently that they are launching a virtual desktop services. They also just launched a new app for iPad’s to view work in progress through the cloud and continue their work on the iPad. This is the start of Amazon’s cloud network to competed with Apple’s iCloud or Microsofts 365 service.
According to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegal 70% of current Snapchat users are women. While Speigal did not share the total size of their userbase this comes during heightened interest in the app due to the offers to buy the app that have been made public this week. This gives some clues into the user base of Snapchat that was not previously known.
Snapchat CEO confirmed this week that 400 Million Snaps are shared everyday through the app. This number is now more photos than Facebook reports posted everyday. Facebook reported that users shared 350 Million photos a day through posts. Snapchats report of growth comes on the heels of the news that Facebook offered to buy Snapchat for a reported 3 Billion dollars. Snapchat is showing no sign of slowing down users or user engagement numbers.
The London based app 23snaps is aimed at users that are families. While other social network users are complaining about pictures of babies and children this app promotes those photos by having many users on one profile. This means each family has its own page and then friends through that page. The app could be a sign of a shift toward more family friendly social networking.
The popular video clip app Vine is now available on Windows Phones. Vine announced the new availability this week. The app currently has over 40 Million users and the number continues to grow. This expansion of the app to another platform will expand the user base some but is seen as part of vine keeping up with Instagram.
It was previously announced that Instagram was going to being placing ads in users feeds. This ad was placed by fashion designer Michael Kors and was spotted by users on November 1st. All users that already follow the account saw the post as well as all Instagram users. The ad ran with a title labeled sponsor similar to the way promoted twitters are displayed on twitter.
A new Pew Research Center Study announced that 8% of American adults get their news from Twitter. While 30% currently get their news from Facebook. The 8% that get their news from twitter are younger, more educated and more mobile. The study also revelid that twitter users on average are younger than Facebook users. Twitter according to the Pew study is more likely to have breaking news presented. This shows how different the user basis are for the two social media platforms.
A new silicon supercapacitor at Vanderbilt University has been developed. This supercapacitor can be built into a chip on the phone and give a phone battery life that have previously been thought to be impossible. As this technology continues to advance it could change the versatility of smartphones as we know them.
The popular video sharing app Vine released an update today that allows users to edit videos. The new features are called Time Travel and Sessions. Time Travel allows a user to edit videos by reorganizing or removing a section of the video. Sessions allows users to be creating more than one vine at a time.
Previously users could only shoot continuous video so if a user made a mistake during the vine clip they would have to start all over. This could help vine continue to compete with Instagram which now allows user to post videos.
The once popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) was released for iOS and within 8 hours there were already 5 Million users who had downloaded the app. When BlackBerry initially announced that BBM was coming to iOS there was little fan fair because of the major recline BlackBerry has gone through in the last few years. With the huge amount of downloads in one day BBM has become the number one free app in the app store currently. This surge in popularity could help save BlackBerry who is currently floundering from their once dominate position in mobile devices.
MapBox just completed a round of funding for their cloud based mobile maps. They company is looking to improve their customizable maps by adding data the users are asking for. MapBox currently has clients such as GitHub, Uber and foursquare. MapBox is looking to add data such as weather and traffic directly onto the map so users can get real time data through one screen.
Square announced on Tuesday a new feature that allows you to send cash through email. While this is not a revolutionary feature the fact that no account is required is. All that is required is a debt card to send the money and the email address of the user you wish to send money to. The money is deposited in the recipients account within 1-2 business days.
AppSeed is an app that turns your sketches for app design into different user interface elements. The app allows you to take a picture of your sketch and then click the picture to label it as different mobile design elements. AppSeed has already raised more than its goal of $30,000 (Canadian) through kickstarter. The app has the ability to help streamline the process of designing an app by allowing sketches to quickly and easily be turned into workable UIs. AppSeed helps eliminating the need for much of the coding that was previously required.
The Twitter app for Windows Phone App updated with in stream translation for 54 languages. This feature is designed to help with Windows “Glance” feature which they are marketing to help lure users from other mobile devices. While the update helps with the apps usability it still does not carry enough weight to make users switch to windows phones.
The iCloud alternative Loom has raised 1.4 Million dollars in funding. The app currently works for iOS and for mac computers. The funding is to help bring Loom to other platforms and make it a real competitor to iCloud. The app is designed to help users save space on their mobile devices by saving pictures to the cloud instead of on the device.
Madfire has raised $5.2 to help fund its motion books. Motion Books are comics that are enhanced with sounds, music and some movement to make a comic book be more active. Madfire has paired up with deviantArt to have users works published through motion book. Motion Book will launch on deviantArt’s ios app soon. Madfire is in talks with both Marvel and DC comics to bring their works to Motion Book but only DC comics has confirmed that they are in talks. This app could change the way comic books are created as distributed.
Instagram has been dominate in the photo-sharing app market but Studio is set to be a serious contender. The app has reached 1 million downloads so far. Studio is similar to Instagram but it allows for more customization of photographs within the app such as adding borders or text to the photos. Another element of Studio that makes it different from Instagram is that you can change other users pictures by changing the border or text and then reposting it yourself, all within the app. The app is not attempting to compete with Instagram but instead to work along side with the app. You can even post Studio pictures onto Instagram.
The Moto X had an update for its camera software that is available for t-mobile customers. The update for the companies flagship headset is designed to allow users to snap photos faster. The update is also said to allow for better picture quality in outdoor settings by automatically adjusting to the brightness levels. It also allows for a glitch to be fixed that had the phone switching from front to back camera without being asked to. This update is important because it fixes one of the most used elements of a phone for the Moto X.
The California Utilities Commission has approved a variety of elements related to the popular rideshare apps SideCar, Uber and Lyft. A majority of the regulations have to do with protect public safety and ensuring that drivers have proper insurance. This is a major step in the right direction for the ridesharing apps because the commission had passed regulations not in favor of the apps their future in California would be in jeopardy.
The Uber, an app for android and IOS, updated today with a new feature that allows you to tell your friends exactly when you will arrive. The Uber is an app that allows you to order a taxi or cab through the app and see in real time when the service will arrive. It also charges your account through the app so you do not have to carry cash. The update allows you to send your friends the location information for you car so they can know the exact time of arrival.
The Like Us Network is a device that hooks up to preexisting vending machines and allows the machine to accept payment from PayPal and Google Wallet. Like Us has developed their own app which allows you to location machines which use the app and to authorize payment. This app is a movement towards implementing the digital wallet in an area that has yet to deal with the fact that non-cash payments are preferred
Uni messenger is a cross platform mobile messaging app that allows you to message people from several different social networks. This would allow you to privately message your contacts from any social networks in one location. Currently you have to private message your friends through each of the different social media platforms. This app helps simplify messaging for those who have different friends on different social networks. Uni Messenger become the main messenger for mobile users because of its versatility between platforms and networks.
Samsung’g Galaxy Gear smartwatch was revealed on Wednesday. The smartwatch is one of the most hyped up mobile devices that is on the horizon of technology. This flop shows that while the excitement is there for a smartwatch the technology has not yet bein developed to laugh the smartwatch craze.
This app allows for your emails to have the same look as most chat messengers. It includes some of the features that messengers use like doodles and real time message delivery (you can see when someone is typing). This is a change from the traditional email format that is currently dominate. The ping app could lead to less traditional email formats.