Google continues to buy its way through Silicon Valley, having acquired photo backup platform Odysee this past weekend. According to a post on Odysee’s website, the company’s app will continue to run for the next couple of weeks, but on February 23, the service will be shut down once Odysee joins the Google+ team.
“We are excited to share that the Odysee Platform Team will be joining the Google+ Team.
Odysee’s vision was to be the easiest way for everyone to capture unlimited memories and access them everywhere. We are [...]
When Instagram made photo filters popular, it was only a matter of time before a company tried to bring a similar concept to video. That brought us Viddy, an app for both iOS and Android that enabled users to share filtered videos with one another.
Unfortunately, bad news has come out of the Viddy camp this morning.
TechCrunch is reporting, via App Advice, that Viddy is set to shut down on December 15. If you go to the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store, you won’t find Viddy in either one — it was removed [...]
It’s no secret that most smartphone videos leave a lot to be desired. Instagram’s new app, Hyperlapse, is here to change that—no editing or filters necessary! Gone are the days of shaky self-shot footage that leaves viewers feeling nauseous. With Hyperlapse, your videos will be transformed from unwatchable amateur clips into smooth and stabilized movie-esque productions that will have top movie directors knocking on your door to borrow your notes.
The app has an ultra simple user interface with only a record button and a slider [...]
When you think of handbags and fashion, you don’t typically think of technology, but that’s exactly what Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff, thinks about. Originally the founder of a software company, Uri thinks of ways he can utilize technology to enhance the brand, particularly through social media. As a result, the company is one of the most forward-thinking when it comes to using the most popular apps and social media outlets to engage consumers.
For example, while most people think of Snapchat as a silly teen [...]
About an hour ago, Mark Zuckerberg announced on his Facebook page that his company was buying WhatsApp, a cross-platform, non-SMS messaging app that’s gaining a million new users every day. According to a report from Reuters, Facebook is ponying up a whopping $19 billion in cash and stock, a hefty sum when contrasted with Facebook’s failed attempt to buy Snapchat back in November for the already absurd (but now paltry-seeming) sum of $3 billion. It would seem that Zuckerberg wasn’t interested in being told ‘no.’
The Reuters [...]
Thanks for checking in for this edition of the Weekend Wrap-up, where we get you all caught up on the biggest tech stories from the past week. We’ve got a lot of big ones, so let’s dive in.Spotify Offers Free, Ad-Supported Mobile Access
In the past, you had to pay $9.99 a month for Spotify’s premium tier if you wanted access on your smartphone or tablet. This past week, however, the company decided to go ahead and offer ad-supported access to Spotify on those platforms, similar to the free access available to [...]
What promised to be some big news out of Instagram at first felt like a boring seminar speech. Yahoo editor Jason O. Gilbert tweeted, “Kevin Systrom sounds like a high schooler being forced to deliver a speech on James Buchanan for AP U.S. History,” and indeed, I felt like I was watching 10th grade me drone on — one eye on my notes and the other on my stopwatch. Eventually, Systrom got to the big news — Instagram Direct, a private messaging feature that lets users snap photos and videos and share them with up to [...]
There’s an undeniable sense of unease and lack of trust on the Internet these days, ever since the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program came to light earlier this year. To some, the idea that the government could or would be monitoring what we thought were private communications was a major shock. Now a photo-sharing app called Trunx is looking to ride that wave by providing a way to “capture photos and videos and store them safely and securely in your own private vault in the cloud.”
What Trunx offers iOS users (Android’s coming in [...]
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I’m ready when you are!Instagram Has its Busiest Day on Thanksgiving — Again
Last year on Thanksgiving Day, Instagram jubilantly proclaimed that it had hit a big milestone — 10 million photos processed in one day, by far its busiest day ever. People apparently love taking photos of family and food, as Instagram was again able to make that claim this year for Thanksgiving [...]
For most American families, the Thanksgiving holiday is one spent huddled around a table with friends and family, a day designated for relaxing and being together for good food and good times.
But for Instagram, one of the world’s largest image sharing services, it’s the busiest day of the year. And it’s been that way for the past two years.
Last year, the social network company claimed that it processed over 10 million photos on the day of Thanksgiving, with a rate of 200 images per second being uploaded throughout Turkey [...]