That’s a Wrap: Video-Sharing App Viddy is Shutting Down December 15

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 … [Read more...]

Hyperlapse Turns Your Boring Videos Into Movie-esque Productions

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 … [Read more...]

Rebecca Minkoff Makes Selfies the Focus of Its Marketing

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 … [Read more...]

WhatsApp Zuck: Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19 Billion

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 … [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap-up: Spotify Goes Free; Instagram Adds Direct Instant Messaging

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 … [Read more...]

Instagram Direct Arrives, Lets Users Send Private Photo and Video Messages

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 … [Read more...]

Trunx: Secure Photo-Sharing in an Insecure Age

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 … [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap-up: Instagram Breaks its Upload Record, Motorola Moto G Goes Up for Preorder

Thanks for dropping by for another Weekend Wrap-up, where we summarize the week's top tech stories so you can get caught up. 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 … [Read more...]

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