Category Archives: Apps

New Apps Show Videos Are A Hot Commodity, And Just Getting Hotter

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Not to be out done by Vine or Instagram, YouTube’s co-founders have created MixBit, a new video editing app that literally does it all (shoot-edit-publish) for videos. And the co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have even done one better, since the app allows for videos to be edited together as a string of clips–up to 256 actually. Nice.

You can get the app on iPhone, and as a web app, with a version for Android slated for next week.

Boxfish App Is Twitter For Your TV

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I am in love with the Boxfish app, which shows a live feed of all my cable channels (categorized, such as news, sports, lifestyle), and let’s me easily peruse what I’m missing. The app even allows you to search in real-time and then changes the channel to the results as you want to view. It’s literally an index of your TV and it’s brilliant.

Apple And Twitter Expand With New Music Services

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In the ongoing drive to acquire additional content/assets, both Twitter and Apple had major advancements today. Twitter acquired the edgy music service We Are Hunted, which created its very own charts based on popular songs making the rounds on blogs, social media, and even BitTorrent. Integrated into Twitter, the streaming music service will soon be available via a new Twitter app. Could this all be coming on the heels of Coachella?

Major news on Apple’s front too, as the company is also dipping their toe into the pool of profits music could offer. It’s expected Apple will sign its first internet radio liscensing agreement with both Universal and Warner Music. Talks with Sony are still ongoingThe new service has unoffically been called “iRadio” (which seems aptly names considering Apple’s fondness for “i,” which is supposedly short for internet, by the way). Apple hopes the service, allowing people to hear more music, will feed additional profits into itunes as a result.

OMG, This Freaks Me Out: Can An Airplane Really Be Hacked? Really?

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Hold on, let me put the paper bag away that I’ve been breathing into….because when I read this, I seriously got the vapors. As an individual who already suffers from a fear of flying, this news could honestly send me over the edge. But frankly, when I think about it–in the digital age what can’t be hacked? 

Hacker Claims He Can Hijack Any Airplane Using a Mobile App.

Think You Can Create A Better Magazine? So Does Flipboard

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Flipboard has evolved, and the news reader now allows users to take bookmarked content and create their own digital magazine, which can be shared or kept private. The virtual magazine has arrived. Via Wired:

In true Flipboard style, once you’ve flipped a tweet, blog post, Instagram or anything else you want to share, the app organizes it into a browsable editorial spread, complete with a cover featuring a large lead image. You can tweak things like the cover image, if you choose, and since Flipboard added audio in May, you can even flip in music or podcasts to create a soundtrack to your magazine, a nice way to set the tone of your creation.

The app could prove to be a great avenue for advertisers to promote just about anything–building content around their product. For now, the app is IOS-only, with one in the works for Android. In the interim, Android users can still read the magazines.

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Time For Twitter To Go Shopping?

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With Melissa Mayer opening up Yahoo’s wallet, maybe it’s time for Twitter to do the same. A rundown of 7 companies that might be worth the social media giant’s time (and money). Full story here:

1. Timehop-serves as an archival service, let’s twitter users easily access posts from the past

2. Poptip-crowdsourcing opinions at your fingertips, Poptip records the answers to polls and displays a shareable results page.

3. BioIsChanged-automatically searches for changes in the bio and/or profile of twitter friends–and sends an email update with all changes.

4. Mass Relevance-the social engagement platform assists with the search and discovery of real-time content–and then displays it (tweets seen on the bottom of the tv during a program)

5. Pocket-lets users save articles for later. Formerly known as Read It Later. The service is integrated with over 300 apps, including Twitter.

6. Skylines-the world’s first search engine for real-time photos indexes over 5 million photos a day, and can display results in an easy-to-view stream on its website or mobile applications.

7. ThingLink-allows users to tag images with links. simply by hovering over an image, tagged icons appear which lead users to additional content–whether on Youtube, or SoundCloud for example–and the best part, you never have to leave Twitter.

To Summarize: This 17-Year Old Has More Money Than You Or I Will Ever See In This Lifetime

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Update: Was Yahoo’s purchase a smart publicity stunt? PRNewser looks into it.

If you haven’t heard by now, Summly–the app which summarizes news stories into a shortened browsing format–has been sold to Yahoo for $30 million. And if you’ve been following Summly news, you probably know this transaction makes the 17-year old creator Nick D’Aloisio one very rich teen.

Putting aside petty jealousy, Summly has the potential to change the way we consume news. The app uses an algorithm which shortens news stories into easy to read summaries, and allows for broader–and more absorbable–news consumption. It’s smart and it makes sense, especially in the digital age of media overload.

Yahoo has been on an app shopping spree as of late, scooping up Jybe (start-up for personalized recommendations), Stamped (allows users to share favorite things), OnTheAir (allows webinars to be watched via live stream), and Snip.It (a pinterest meets news startup). They also have big plans for D’Aloisio, since they didn’t stop at just buying his app–they’re also hiring him.

‘Game of Thrones’ Android App Keeps Track Of Characters

Need assistance keeping track of all the great characters and timelines on Game of Thrones? A free “A World of Ice and Fire” app can help with that (don’t worry about spoilers either, you can set the app to where you are in the book series to keep surprising plot twists just that–surprising). The updated app features 30 new illustrations for key places and offers the ability to search for characters via their alias. A word of warning though, the app is limited to detailing just eight characters, you can upgrade (companion guides for additional books at $.99 each, or get complete access for 4.99). What the hell, I say upgrade.

E-Commerce And The Future Of Retail

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Speaking of robot domination, Business Insider has a fascinating slideshow illustrating the future of retail–one which includes a robotic staff.

This sounds very Jane Jetson–but we’re already seeing the effects of mobile technology on the humble cash register–and it’s getting harder to find one in stores. Nordstrom, for instance, has employees equipped with devices capable of swiping a clients card from anywhere in the store, eliminating the need for a centralized register, and making the entire transaction less intimidating (afterall, without a clunky register, spending money becomes increasingly easier, almost dangerously so) Below are more effects we could be seeing as retail deals with e-commerce, mobile technology, and the rise of the digital wallet.

Physical Stores will become the place where consumers interact with the brand, while offering access to digital advantages similar to online: smart shelves will eliminate check out lines, and GPS will direct consumers to the exact location of the item. As mentioned above, some stores have already utilized a robotic staff. Hointer is one example, where the smartphone and the stores app comes into play–merchandise can be moved automatically to a specified fitting room (via a shoot) for an individual–even adding different sizes into the fitting room should the previous ones selected not fit. That’s pretty awesome.

Adjustable Show Rooms3D scans of your own home make the decision process easier, and illustrate how products will look in the home.