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.
If you're the sort who follows eSports, Blizzard Entertainment's got a nice surprise for you. Ahead of the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS), the Irvine, California company best known for its Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo franchises has released an iOS app that will stream both live and archived videos of matches throughout the weekend.
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.
With a 24/7 news cycle constantly spitting headlines every which way, staying informed can be a daunting task. A bunch of apps have tried to solve this problem in unique ways, but the better they are, the quicker they seem to get acquired, shut down, and folded into other services. Wibbitz just might be the next candidate for a headline-grabbing mega-sale. With a delightful interface and spot-on article summaries, Wibbitz creates beautiful mini-videos of the day's news, combining photos, graphics, and fonts into a stunning package.
There are many solutions for storing photos and videos in the cloud, and Stream Nation is the latest to offer a range of affordable options. Users are initially given 2GB of free storage for photos (JPEG, TIFF, RAW, and others) or videos (MOV, AVI, MPEG, or even MKV), which can be uploaded from Mac or Windows applications or via the free, universal iOS app. It's a slick and secure app overall, though we encountered a handful of drawbacks during use.
It seems the new MacBook Air just can't get a break. Less than a month after reports surfaced that users were having trouble connecting to the system's Wi-Fi (after which Apple quickly released a patch), we now hear via 9to5Mac that several MacBook Air owners are experiencing issues with video playback on the lightweight notebook.
It looks as though Apple has its own Project Mogul in the works, although this one (presumably) has little to do with aliens crashing in the wastes of New Mexico. In this case, "Mogul" refers to a new camera feature that was uncovered in the coding during the latest beta testing for iOS 7--one that will finally allow iPhone users to record video at a slow-mo rate of 120 frames per second. Get ready for a lot of artsy videos of plastic bags flying around on Facebook.
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.
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.
As more and more people get their hands on iOS 7, we're slowly learning that it's even more feature-packed than we originally suspected. The latest find, as discovered by iDownloadBlog, reveals that we'll be able to zoom in and out of videos we're recording via the iPhone by using the familiar pinch motion.