If you thought Apple was done with acquisitions for a while after putting down $3 billion for Beats, think again. A new report from TechCrunch claims that the Cupertino company has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine offering personalized recommendations on places you should visit.
As expected, today's launch of Paper by Facebook for iPhone marks the social media giant's latest attempt to shake up its effective but aging template. If there's a problem, it's that it triggers a touch too much deja vu. Existing apps like Feedly and Flipboard already offer similar services drawn from RSS feeds and the like, but Paper cobbles its magazine-like interface out of posts from your Facebook home feed and a hodgepodge of other links suited to your interests.
For the time being, at least, Apple has turned its acquisitions ambitions away from mapping in favor of social media. As the Wall Street Journal reports (via 9to5 Mac), Apple's latest purchase is Topsy Labs Inc., which established a name for itself by pulling data from posts on social media venues such as Twitter and Google+. Apple is thought to have bought it for approximately $200 million, according to the report.
If you've been bothered by the few remaining iOS 7 apps that seem untouched by Jony Ive's new minimalist design, most of your worries are over. With today's update, Find My Friends now features the clean look of, well, almost every other app on iOS 7. Gone is the skeuomorphic leather stitching; in its place are wide fields of white space.
Tweetbot 3 embraces everything good about iOS 7. Where many of our favorite apps have undergone simple facelifts to align with the new, lighter style, Tapbots understands that iOS 7 is more than the sum of its fonts and colors. As a result, Tweetbot's interface is more alive than ever before, with rich transparencies and playful transitions that create a full and immersive experience. It starts with your timeline – the background and navigation bars have been completely bleached, with the only blasts of color coming from the blue links and icon accents, plus the new circular avatars.
Since Facebook appears to be so popular on the iPhone, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to include a few words about the latest update (particularly since it's kind of impressive). Typo-prone social media aficionados, rejoice: As of today, you can now edit your Facebook posts through the app's iOS interface.
On the heels of iOS 7's launch, a particularly nasty vulnerability issue has been discovered by user Jose Rodriguez of Spain, who sent a video detailing the problem to Forbes. By exploiting the design of the Control Center by swiping up on the lock screen, someone else can access the iPhone's photos, e-mail, and social networking accounts without even worrying about the passcode.
Ever since Facebook started monetizing itself through ads, many of us have seen them creep in between the posts from our families and friends with something approaching begrudging acceptance. But now, according to a blog post from yesterday, they might be approaching an entirely new level of annoyance with a new video feature.
Considering that Facebook spent a cool billion dollars on Instagram when it acquired it early last year, it only makes sense that it would want to get some of that money back. As a consequence, the moment many users of the popular photo sharing service have long feared is now on its way (eventually, anyway): ads are coming to Instagram, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In theory, an app-based social media platform for creating shareable stories — by stringing words, animated images, and audio together — sounds pretty cool. NARR8 aims to do all of this and more, but it fumbles the process so badly that the intriguing idea alone won't warrant your time. The overall quality of the available reading content through the app (both user- and developer-generated) is lacking, and building your own stories is an unintuitive process rife with unnecessary hoop-jumping and technical issues.