Our morning recap is bursting at the seams with app updates! Developers have been busy this week throwing out a volley of App Store enhancements for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps, and we've managed to nab 'em all in our net and distill them down into the best and brightest — so read on before you head off for the weekend!
Videos created by Twitter-owned Vine may only be six seconds long, hardly enough to entertain let alone titillate -- but apparently for roughly one percent of its users, that's plenty enough for a quick blast of smut.
Where most video apps on our iPhones focus purely on Kodak moments, Lightt is kind of like a personal documentarian. With an eye for short clips that can be quickly captured and posted, the video-recording app stitches together your posts into an endless looping timeline that plays a bit like a disjointed flip book. Version 3 brings it up to speed with its filter-happy contemporaries, and a host of editing and audio tools make it a viable alternative to Vine and Instagram.
Vine and Instagram make it easy for would-be filmmakers to create brief epics of the imagination using just an iPhone, with no traditional editing required. But those looking to expand their horizons will find far more creative options with a modestly priced app from the creators of FocusTwist. Presumably a play on the word “vignette” as much as it is a nod to Twitter’s micro-moviemaking service, Vinyet delivers 23 real-time cinematic filters along with a host of pro-end features, like stop motion, time-lapse, animated GIF export, and more control over captured segments.
Apple isn't the only tech company holding a splashy media event today: Nokia World is going down right now in Abu Dhabi, and the soon-to-be Microsoft entity has wasted no time unveiling six new devices and some long-awaited apps for Windows Phone.
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.
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.
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.