Yelp is occasionally a godsend when you're on the road and you're looking for neighborhood eats, but until now its iOS incarnation has been severely hampered by an inability to write full reviews straight from your iPhone. That all changes today, as Yelp has finally delivered the long-awaited feature with its latest update.
Facebook just received a huge boost to its general usefulness in the form of the ability to place reservations at restaurants across the United States through its mobile app, thanks to a collaborative effort with OpenTable. In addition, you'll be able to learn the showtimes, channel information, and descriptions for your favorite shows via each show's Facebook page.
Instagram just keeps getting better under Facebook's direction. Not long after its purchase of the popular social photography app, it announced that it was bringing 15-second videos to compete with Vine, and according to a blog post today, it's now making the service even better. With the upcoming Patch 4.1, users will now be able to import videos to Instagram from the camera roll and edit them down to 15 seconds though the app itself.
Rockmelt, the hybrid web browser and social sharing service, has been acquired by Yahoo! after more than four years of existence. Both the iOS app and web service will shut down as of August 31, 2013, and the company and its staff will be folded into its new parent company to work on other endeavors. With the shutdown imminent, Rockmelt has pulled its iOS app from the App Store, and is no longer accepting new users via its website. According to Rockmelt's blog post, users will be able to pull their kept items from the service as bookmarks and save followed feeds via an OPML file.
Today during Facebook's earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the fears expressed by many users when the social-networking behemoth acquired Instagram--ads will eventually be coming to the popular photo sharing service. It was bound to happen at some point (even if Zuckerberg and his billion-dollar check hadn't showed up), as Instagram hasn't generated any revenue for years.
It's bad enough when Facebook's official policies cause concerns about privacy; it's worse when undiscovered bugs in the gigantic social network start revealing your data to other users. And that's apparently what's been happening, as this afternoon Facebook confirmed that a bug that disclosed private contact information had affected around six million users over the last year. It has since been removed.
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.
Twitter has long been a way for musicians to connect with their fans, but the standalone Twitter #Music app is something different: It's an opportunity for the social networking company to leverage its ubiquitous service to turn users onto new artists. The glossy iPhone and iPod touch offering pulls data from tweets and trends to build visual grids of artists in different categories, with iTunes audio samples just a couple of taps away. Twitter #Music looks the part, but while you might find some diamonds in the rough, it won't necessarily be due to the app's calculations.
If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em out! According to sources close to the deal, Twitter has reportedly acquired TweetDeck, which for those unfamiliar, is an app for organizing the display of tweets, for more than $40 million in a combination of cash and stock.