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Vine app now available on Kindle Fire

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After releasing on the Google Play Store recently, the Vine app is now available on Kindle Fire. The app requires Android 4.0 and above, so can work on every version of the Kindle Fire, except for the very first model.

For those who are not aware, Vine is a new social networking service for sharing short, six second videos. It used to be known as the Instagram of videos, until recently when Instagram itself added support for videos. The Vine app for Kindle Fire is the first tablet version of the app, as it is only available on smartphones on iOS and Android. Having said that, the UI is similar to the Play Store version of the app and not really optimized for the big screen as such. Read more »

Updated Vine for Android adds Facebook sharing, ability to search for users and hashtags

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When the Vine app eventually managed to waddle over to Android, it was a mere shadow of the iOS version, thanks to a buggy initial release and missing several features. Subsequent updates have made it bit more usable and now some more features have been brought over from the iOS version.

In the latest update, you now get the option to share your Vines on Facebook as well, whereas you could only do it over Twitter previously. It also adds the ability to search for users and hashtags, which was strangely missing in the previous version. Read more »

Instagram adds support for fifteen second video clips

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In a bid to take down Twitter and Vine, Facebook and Instagram have added a new feature on the popular mobile social network: videos. Now along with being able to upload photos, Instagram will also let you upload short videos from your phone.

After updating to the latest v4.0 of the application on iOS and Android, you will notice that there is a new button in the viewfinder mode. Tapping it brings the video recording interface. This works similar to Vine, where you press and hold the record button to record the video. You can release it as many times you want during the fifteen second span you are allotted and the app stitches the moments into one clip. As with Vine, audio is recorded as well. Read more »

Facebook adds option to post images in comments

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Facebook users may have noticed the addition of a new button next to the option to enter your comment to a post. Now you will be able to post images within your Facebook comments. While earlier images could only be inserted if you had a direct link to them, you can now choose to directly upload an image on your hard drive as a comment.

As of now this feature is only available on the web version of Facebook and should be rolling out to everyone across the world. The mobile apps can display images in comments but you can’t upload images as of now. Also, the website only supports still images and you can’t insert GIFs, which is unfortunate (or fortunate, depending upon your tolerance level for GIFs). Read more »

Instagram to add video support on June 20?

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An upcoming mysterious Facebook event has several sources speculating that the social network might be adding video support to its Instagram platform.

Instagram, which was bought by Facebook for a cool $1 billion in cash and stock in April of 2012, has been slowly losing ground on Twitter to Vine, a popular iOS and Android app which lets you share short 6 second video clips. Read more »

Nokia takes a jab at Samsung on Twitter

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Twitter wars are picking up pace recently. First it was HTC, Samsung and LG that exchanged pleasantries on the 140-character network and now it’s Nokia, who used a fan-made Condescending Wonka meme, originally posted on Nokia’s Conversations Blog to attack Samsung.

The meme clearly targets the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom and its fatty 15.4 mm waistline. Read more »

Twitter for iOS and Android updated with new UI changes

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Twitter has updated its mobile applications on iOS and Android with some new UI changes. First of all, you will notice a new tweet compose window, which instead of a popup now appears as a new screen over the current one. You will also see larger fonts while typing but more importantly they have completely changed the way you add images and preview them.

Now, when you try to add an image to your tweet, it will pop a drawer below that shows all your images from your device in a grid. This view includes images from all your folders so if you want to go to a specific folder without having to sift through all the photos then you can still do that by launching your image gallery from within the app and selecting the folder and the file. Read more »

Google to finally shutdown Buzz on July 17, will backup your posts on Google Drive

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Back in October 2011, Google announced that they will be shutting down the ill-fated Google Buzz social network. Now, the company is taking the final steps towards this goal but before they delete all your Buzz related data, they will be backing it up on Google Drive on or after July 17, 2013.

Buzz users will find a copy of all their Buzz posts in a new private folder in their Google Drive account. A second, publicly accessible folder will be made for all your public posts on Drive. As with other files on Drive, you can choose to download, share or delete these files. These newly-created files will not count against your storage limits. Read more »

Google+ mobile page gets updated design to match the updated Android app

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Google recently updated the desktop version of its Google+ social network and the accompanying Android app. Those who check Google+ through the browser on their smartphone can now enjoy the new design too.

The new Google+ mobile page uses the search giant’s new favorite UI element – the card. Now all posts in your stream are displayed as cards and they feature easy to use +1 and Share buttons. Read more »

Flickr gets a redesign, offers 1TB of free space to everyone, updates Android app

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Flickr has gone through a major redesign that completely changes the look of the homepage and your photostream. Your homepage now has large photos from your friends as well as from other Flickr users that you can like and share without even having to open the image.

Your photostream also has received a major upgrade. You now have a large cover image up top and your photos span the entire width of the screen in a tiled pattern. Open an image and it takes up a major portion of the screen and the image information is placed below while giving more prominence to the image, the way it should be. There is also a beautiful new slideshow mode. Read more »

Yahoo considers acquiring Tumblr for $1 billion

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Yahoo is the second most popular search engine on the web (according to Alexa.com) but has had issues in the last couple of years to stay relevant. Among its top problems is its aging demographic, which contributes to the company’s lack of coolness. Yahoo’s Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman even admitted this, saying the company has to make itself cool again, something it “got away from for a couple of years”.

Sources, allegedly close to both sides claim that Yahoo has been in “serious” talks with popular blogging service Tumblr on some kind of a collaboration deal or even a complete acquisition. Tumblr has what Yahoo wants – the large user base in the 18-to-24 age group. Read more »

Google + gets a redesigned stream, a Hangout application and 41 other new features

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Google+ has been one of the services that got a major update following the Google I/O keynote speech today. The social network now has a redesigned UI with a new stream, which is all about design and depth. Google has taken the multi-column design from the mobile devices and has brought it to the desktop, making the interface beautiful and dynamic.

The photos and videos in the design span multiple columns that are fast, fluid and fun. Google has also introduced delightful animations throughout its new design. Read more »

Facebook launches Trusted Contacts: the latest password security option

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Facebook has a launched a new password security option called Trusted Contacts. The latest security option allows you to select few of your trusted friends, who will help you retrieve the password if you are unable to access your Facebook account.

If you set up the Trusted Contacts option in your account, the selected friends will be provided with security codes, which will allow you to access your profile in case you are locked out of your account. Read more »

Instagram 3.5 update brings photo tagging, minor UI changes

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Instagram has released v3.5 of their mobile app for iOS and Android and along with that introduced a new feature to the service. Now, you will be able to tag your friends in your photos and see all the pictures you have been tagged in in your profile.

To tag someone in a photo, click on the ‘Add People’ option after you take a photo. You will them be asked to tap anywhere on the photo you want to tag someone and then type their profile name. You then select the ID and the photo gets tagged. You can not just tag new photos but also existing ones by clicking on the options key in the bottom right of each photo. Read more »

A new Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 with more functionality and eye candy is now available

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It looks like Facebook for Windows Phone 8 is on its way to catching up with its iOS and Android counterparts. A new beta of the official app for Microsoft’s smartphone OS improves the social networking experience, while allowing users to submit their feedback.

The app’s beta redesign includes support for high-resolution photos, improved sharing of posts, and Facebook Timeline. Read more »