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.
If you're a gamer then we've got some great great news for you on the mobile game app front down below. If you're not a gamer, we have a few things for you whether you have kids who won't go to sleep or you are into photography or you've got a cluttered Mac. All in all, a decent round up of some price drops that will save you a bundle.
If you've ever bought inexpensive cables or other accessories from Monoprice.com and wondered how they can sell them so cheaply, BuzzFeed has a great little story this week on how the company does what it does so well, and how it's expanding beyond the low-cost cables that have earned it such loyal fans. But there's plenty more you might have missed on Tuesday, so take a few minutes and get caught up, won't you?
We've seen so many slick and beautifully manicured iPhone apps over the years that it's rare to be wowed by a newcomer. However, Vine does just that when you first pop it open, immediately launching a brief shared video clip without hesitation. And assuming you have a half-decent Wi-Fi or cellular signal going, it simply doesn't stop as you scroll down the feed, with each subsequent six-seconds-or-less clip loading quickly and without prompt, giving you a very small window into the life of whoever was on the other side of that iPhone. Finally, somebody nailed the Instagram-for-video concept. Granted, that "somebody" is Twitter.
Most image editing apps for iOS are built to enhance photos or add artistic flourishes such as filters and frames, but what about using text to get your message across? Swipe makes it fun and easy to adorn your pictures with type and quickly share them with the world. The app is a model of simplicity: Merely swipe your finger across the screen wherever you want to add text, tweak to your liking, and then whisk the results off to most anywhere you’d like.
Digisocial is the latest free iPhone app with ambitions to become its own mobile social network. Instantly familiar in design to anyone who’s used Instagram or Path, Digisocial adds the ability to send and receive HD-quality voice messages, and even record audio to accompany uploaded images. It’s a clever idea that mostly works as promised – the app is fast and responsive at sending text or voice messages, and it’s quite entertaining the first few times you use it. Unfortunately, I can’t help but think Digisocial is just one announcement away from obsolescence, should an existing rival decide to incorporate the same concept.