All throughout last week, we saw images of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy all over social networking sites. Social networks helped people stay in touch and gave those outside of the storm's path a way to see what kind of havoc Sandy was wreaking. Instragram was one of these sites people on the East Coast used to show the impact of Sandy, and it turns out that the Hurricane ended up being a pretty big event for the photo sharing network.
Facebook's version 5.1 iOS mobile app includes multiple new features, such as Gift giving, as well as one they seemingly forgot to mention: photo filters. This, of course, comes a few days after sources stated that Twitter is planning on adding photo filters to its own mobile app in competition of Instagram, which Facebook owns. The photo filters addition wasn't mentioned in the app's "What's New" details.
Those of you addicted to Instagram know good and well the limitations of the platform - many of them placed there by design to keep the community mobile and "exclusive", so to speak. Now Instagram has heard the cries and pleas of those begging for more web integration, more ability to connect with a notebook rather than just a smartphone and a tablet. And so it is - Instagram has announced web profiles - places where your Instagram universe comes to the big screen with a layout that's suspiciously similar to the largest social community on the internet: Facebook.
In this age of digital photography, a picture can be transformed a thousand ways, made to look like a Polaroid snapshot or an antique image, given a moody or artistic or saturated look. Instagram, the social photography app, allows smartphone users to take a picture, apply a filter, and then send it off into the social networking sphere. Now, according to sources, Twitter is poised to take on the popular photography service by adding photo filters to its own mobile app.
The app known as Skifta is one that allows you to instantly take command of the contents of every wi-fi connected device in your home with your Android device - and soon it'll be working with Dropbox and Instagram too. This app is one which we've had a brief look at in the past, and with the undeniable ease and quickness with which we were able to get up and running, there should be no doubt in the amount of greatness that's about to be unleashed with integration with the cloud-based archives at Dropbox and Instagram. This update will take place on the 23rd of October and will join an ever-growing set of channels that also work with the system.
It's Friday once again folks, with most of you already enjoying the weekend. Today, the iPhone 5 launched in 22 additional regions around the world, setting Apple's plan to have it in over 100 countries by the end of the year on track. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the sad state of Apple Maps today (recommending some other Maps apps in the process), and we took a closer look at his words in a new column. Even more surprising is the fact that the iOS App Store now features a download page specifically for other Maps applications.
Unless you live under a rock, you know what twitter and Instagram are. Twitter is a microblogging platform and Instagram is the photo taking and sharing application that allows users to apply all sorts of filters to their pictures. Recent data from a comScore mobile measurement report has shown that Instagram has beat twitter in daily mobile users for the first time ever.
We've had a rather interesting Tuesday here at SlashGear, thanks in no small part to RIM. The company held its BlackBerry Jam today, introducing us to new BlackBerry 10 features like Peek and Flow. We also learned that BlackBerry 10 will come with support for your favorite social networks, even offering a native Facebook app. Carrier testing on the new mobile OS will begin next month, and RIM CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry has a good shot at becoming number three behind Android and iOS.
Ever since the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 released last week, many apps have been updated to support the two. Google Chrome and Sparrow (coming soon) are just a couple big apps that support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 now. Added to that list is Instagram, the popular photography app that lets users take and share heavily-filtered images.
Google has snapped up Instagram-rival Snapseed, part of the apps and services portfolio of Nik Software, with the team responsible for the photo editing app apparently being integrated into Google+. Terms of the deal have not been announced, but according to insiders it's Snapseed - currently available for iOS, PC and Mac, and with an Android version in the pipeline too - that was the main target, The Verge reports, rather than the company's other image processing software.
Apple first introduced Photo Stream back with the debut of iOS 6 and iCloud but today they showed us a little bit more about this social network in disguise. Yup, we said it. This is their new social network type photo sharing and commenting system called Photo Stream so check it out below.