Rub the long weekend of sleeping in out of your eyes, folks -- it's time to get back to business with a post-holiday recap for our American readers. While the four-day weekend was relatively quiet on the tech front, there were still enough stories brewing for us to scoop up a handful and serve them up to you on this fine Monday, so let's get started as we put the first full week of July behind us...
Some names you don't immediately associate with Apple news this week, Microsoft and Walmart, are making some headlines for their offerings. Plus a little history is made and Apple chimes in on that. And Facebook looking, rather late, to jump in on the news and RSS game, now that Google Reader is set to bow out. That and more, as always, below the fold.
From the very first version, Instagram became a fixture on our home screen and throughout our days, and in the nearly three years since, we've used it constantly to share a small window into our daily lives – and peer into those of our pals, as well. Vine essentially used the Instagram template to deliver a similar social sharing experience with video earlier this year, but with the new 4.0 release, Instagram one-ups its biggest competitor by adding its own video-sharing ability, with many additional features giving it a notable advantage.
Well, it's official. Now that we're in our post-WWDC phase let the rumor mill begin. Leaked iPhone 5S shots, new case specs, carrier updates, stock invoices showing new handsets coming in new configurations before getting pulled, the whole enchilada. Well, we've got some of that action for you, plus a round up of other hot little news tidbits, all in one tidy package just waiting for you. Roll film!
Well hello there, Instagram with video! Seems like only yesterday we were ruminating about your very existence, and Facebook certainly didn't disappoint with its Vine competitor at Thursday's media event. But it was also a day of other introductions, such as the new drag-and-drop cloud sharing service Cloudup, and the departure of a beloved way to get music lyrics from most anywhere. Get caught up on all the news in our Friday recap!
The rumors of its appearance have been circulating for a while, but today bite-sized video content finally made its way to Facebook's Instagram. Much like Twitter's rival Vine, it thrives on short videos that you can share among your friends, but it differs significantly in design and presentation. This morning, we had a chance to try out Facebook's take on the concept and to test out the differences.
First, TechCrunch claimed Facebook's June 20 event would unveil a news reader, and now the website has an insider tip that the social network may go head-to-head with Vine by introducing video to Instagram instead.
One-tap, Instagram-style filter apps are a dime a dozen, so why not give your photos a unique look by actually lifting objects off of their background instead? That’s the premise behind PopAGraph, a slickly produced image editing app for the iPhone. PopAGraph uses Photoshop-style masking tools to separate key objects from an image, making them "pop" away from the background to create a 3D-style effect. It’s a clever trick and the developers do a good job of pulling it off.
When it comes to photo-centric social networks, some may shy away from the Facebook-owned Instagram if they prefer a quieter environment for sharing images. But what if you could dial out the noise and actually tame the Instagram experience instead? That’s the premise behind Gramatica for Instagram, a $0.99 app that serves up a handful of features currently overlooked by the photo sharing service. Want to quickly switch between multiple accounts? Prefer to filter out certain tags, photos, or even entire users? Gramatica has your back.
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