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Instagram gets another major update, adds location to your photo adventures

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The immensely popular photo sharing mobile app Instagram got bumped to version 3.0, people. The update adds a number of new talents to Facebook’s recent acquisition. Among them is the ability to add location to your photographic exploits, as well as infinite scrolling.

The new feature of the application is called Photo Map and allows you to add your shots to a map with a single tap of your finger. Read more »

Google+ and Google Maps for Android get updated

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Google released updates for two of their major apps on the same day. The first is the Google+ app, which gets some cool new features. The first one is that the Google+ app now allows teenagers to create and join Hangouts from their mobile, which wasn’t possible before due to age restrictions.

Another cool feature is that the mobile app now allows you to do Hangouts on Air using your smartphone, something that could only be done on desktop before. In case you are not aware, Hangouts on Air lets you create webcasts over Google+. Read more »

EA announces Origin store for OS X, Android, Facebook and Smart TV

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EA has announced that their own game distribution store Origin is now coming to several new platforms, including OS X, Android, Facebook and Smart TV.

The Origin client is currently only available on Windows and offers similar functionality as Steam. You can browse through EA’s game collection and purchase them from within the client. EA games offered through Origin are often priced lower compared to other stores, such as Steam. Read more »

Pinterest releases Android and iPad version of its mobile app

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Pinterest is a social photo sharing website that was released last year, where users ‘pin’ the photos they like (not necessarily their own but also something they found online) and thus share it with others. You can also follow other people and see the images they have pinned. The site categorizes pictures into various categories so it becomes easy to look at pictures from categories you like.

Last year, we got a mobile application for the iPhone, which for a long time remained the only mobile application for the service. Now, after over a year, Pinterest has released an Android as well as an iPad version of its mobile app. Read more »

Facebook launches real-money Bingo gambling app

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‘Bingo Friendzy,’ developed by UK developer Gamesys, has been introduced by Facebook as the social network’s first real-money gambling application.

While the app uses a separate login system from Facebook – one which requires users to enter a physical address – game activity can be published directly on your Facebook timeline. Read more »

Facebook updates photos with a new mosaic view

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Facebook has revamped the photos view in your profile, which will now show up as a mosaic of different sized photos that roughly resembles the Metro UI on the Windows 8 homescreen. It also looks very similar to the way Google+ arranges images in its photos view.

The new photos view also puts all your pictures in one location. If you want to highlight certain images, you can click on the image and select the Highlight option, at which point that photo’s thumbnail will appear four times bigger than the others. Of course, you still have the albums as before, now in a separate section. Read more »

Instagram adds support for Nexus 7, Flickr sharing.

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Nexus 7 users trying to install Instagram on their shiny new tablets would until now have gotten an unsupported device message. Lucky for them, they don’t have to wait for long as Instagram has already issued an update that adds support for Google’s newest tablet.

Although one might wonder why would anyone need Instagram on a tablet that doesn’t even have a rear camera, it would at least allow you to check photos uploaded by others on that 720p IPS display. And you can always take a picture with the front camera if you ever wanted to. Read more »

Facebook for Android update brings front camera support, new messaging features

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Facebook has issued a new update to the Facebook app for Android, which adds some minor new features. First of all, you can now take self portraits using the front facing camera from within the app itself. You will notice a tiny button will appear in the bottom left/top left of the screen within the camera view.

Next, there are some new messaging features, which let you switch between conversations, include friends of friends, share bigger photos and see who is available online. Read more »

Nokia Series 40 devices got an official Twitter app

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Here’s another step towards smarter Nokia’s Series 40 feature phones. The users of the aforementioned handsets can now download and install an official Twitter application from the Nokia Store.

Twitter’s official application joins the likes of Facebook and Google+, thus allowing you to enjoy every major social network on your entry-level Nokia. Read more »

Google updates YouTube and Google+ apps for Android

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The Google Maps app isn’t the only one getting a major update today. Google has also released updates for the YouTube and Google+ apps on Android that bring some slick new interface design to both the apps.

Let’s start with the YouTube app, which you’ll notice has a new UI that looks similar to the recently released Google+ apps. The app shows you new videos from your subscribed channels with large thumbnail images spanning the width of the display. Read more »

Google+ turns 1 year old tomorrow, celebrates 250 million users with a great tablet version

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It was just a year ago when Google launched its own social network Google+. Since then, the young social network has more than 250 million users with 150 million of those users signing in more than once per month.

Interestingly, users spend more time on Google+ from their mobile devices than from desktop computers. Statistics show that each user spends more than 60 minutes per day on the various Google products. Read more »

Microsoft to acquire Yammer for $1.2 billion

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Microsoft has announced its intention to acquire Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash. The company will be part of the Microsoft Office Division and will be headed by the division President Kurt DelBene.

For those who are not aware, Yammer is an enterprise social networking service. Think of it as Facebook for the corporations. The company was started four years ago and currently has 5 million corporate users, which includes employees from 85 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Read more »

Flipboard for Android comes out of beta, gets Google+ and YouTube integration

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Flipboard first made an appearance on Android exclusively on the Galaxy S III through a partnership with Samsung. Soon after that they released a beta for other Android phones to those who had signed up on their websites.

After a couple of months of beta testing, the final build of the app is now available on the Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore and the Barnes & Noble Nook store. On the Galaxy S III in the US, the app will come pre-installed from all the carriers. Read more »

Facebook confirms rumors, acquires

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Today Facebook officially announced that it has sealed the deal for acquiring the face-recognition software company for an undisclosed sum. A move that’s hardly surprising as we’ve been hearing about it for a while now.

The deal is expected to go through in the coming weeks. There’s no telling what Facebook’s plans about are, but the company’s services are already widely used around the world’s largest social network. Read more »

Facebook App Center goes live

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The Facebook App Center that we talked about before has now gone live. Currently, it is only available on the web version of Facebook but it should soon arrive on iOS and Android as well.

Like we said before, the App Center will house all the web apps and games that you currently play on Facebook in one place and also add mobile apps to the mix. However, unlike other mobile app stores, the Facebook App Center won’t actually house the mobile apps but will direct you to the application stores of their respective platforms. Read more »